Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)
The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is a flagship initiative, by our Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi. NITI Ayog was introduced to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. We as a part of it are aiming to create an umbrella structure to oversee the innovation ecosystem of our country and revolutionising the innovation eco-system touching upon the entire innovation lifecycle through various programs.
Each Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) subscheme, has three core functions:
1. To develop new programmes and policies of innovation in different sectors of the economy.
2. To provide the stakeholders with a platform and collaboration opportunities and overall to create awareness about the same.
3. To create an umbrella structure which will oversee the innovation ecosystem of the country.
The AIM includes sub-schemes which are focused on establishing Atal Tinkering Labs, Atal Incubation Centers and to support Established Incubation Centers. The sub-schemes also include finding the ultra-low-cost solution to India’s most intractable problems through Atal Grand Challenges and Atal Vikas Challenges.
Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL)
The ATL is a workspace where young minds can give shape to their ideas through hands-on do-it-yourself mode and learn innovation skills. They will get a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand the concepts of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) are established in school across India with a vision to 'Cultivate one Million children in India as New Innovators.', AIM will provide grant-in-aid that includes a one-time establishment of Rs 10 lakh and operational expenses of Rs 10 lakh for a maximum period of 5 years to each ATL. ATL will contain educational and learn ‘DIY’ kits and equipment on- science, electronics, robotics, open source microcontroller boards, computers and much more.
Support for Established Incubation Centres (EIC)
The Government proposes to enhance the capacity of the Established Incubation Centres (EICs) by providing scale-up support. The objective of this scheme is to transform the start-up ecosystem in the country by upgrading the Established Incubation Centers to world-class standards. Grant-in-support will be up to Rs 10 crore which will be provided in two (or more) annual instalments to top performing Established Incubation Centres in India selected through this scheme.
Atal Incubation Centres (AIC)
Atal Incubation Centres which we are a part of is aimed at the creation and promotion of incubation centres across the country. We promote start-ups in various sectors like manufacturing, transport, energy, health, education, agriculture, water, sanitation etc., and would provide them with necessary infrastructural facilities and other value-added services. In addition to the establishment of new incubators in institutions and as well as in the private sector, NITI Ayog has approved 10 institutes to establish new incubators.
In February 2017, NITI Ayog's Atal Innovation Mission selected six institutions to promote start-ups in India, to provide them with funding for scale-up support, one of which is the AIC BIMTECH. Each AIC is given a grant of INR 10 Cr. We were established and inaugurated on 20th January 2018, by our Tourism Minister (also an MP from Gautam Budh Nagar), Dr Mahesh Sharma.