Atal New India Challenge – Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) by NITI Aayog

Government of India has launched Atal New India Challenge, as a part of Atal Innovation Mission, aimed at supporting innovators to create products/solutions based on advanced technologies in areas of national importance and social relevance through a grant-based mechanism. This was disclosed by Ramnathan Ramanan, Mission Director of Atal Innovation Mission.

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He was speaking at an outreach event organised by AIC-LMCP Foundation on 7th May, 2018 at Auditorium of Ahmedabad University. Panel Discussion was held as a part of the event, in which Prof.(Dr) Navin Sheth, Vice Chancellor of Gujarat Technological University (GTU), K.K. Nirala, Director of Technical Education, Gujarat, Dr. Mahesh Chhabria, Principal of L.M. College of Pharmacy, Prof.(Dr) J.S. Yadav, Director (Research) of Indrashil University, MrChiranjiv Patel from GCCI and Mr. Ashwin Joshi from IIM-CIIE participated. MsRama Mundra, coach, trainer, and visiting faculty at IIM-A was the moderator of the discussion.

During the discussion, experts put emphasis on public-private partnership, networking of incubation centres and bridging the gap between incubation centres and innovations. Dr. Sheth advised students to take up the issues of rural and social problems and initiate innovative start up project which can solve such problems. Dr. Chhabria said that Pharma start ups have bright opportunities as Government is pushing forward many programmes for transformation of Healthcare sector. He advised students to remain motivated and be positive.

Ramnan said that the purpose of the scheme is two-fold: (1) to help create products from existing technologies relevant for national and social causes (productization) & (2) to help new deep-tech products find markets and early customers (commercialization) in the context of India. MSMEs, Startups, R&D organisations, Academicians, Innovators will be benefited from this.

The Atal New India Challenges initiative by Atal Innovation Mission is aimed at supporting innovators creating products based on advanced technologies in areas of national importance and social relevance through a grant based mechanism, with access to handholding, mentoring and other technical support. This program attempts to fill this gap in the ecosystem by providing grants oriented towards creating commercializable products from existing technologies, to fill needs across various economic and social sectors. He said in a presentation that India is a billion people country with million challenges and the challenges are million opportunities. Artificial Intelligence is a buzzword now. Around the world fusion of technologies like IOT, Robotics etc. are talk of the town. Technology is changing very rapidly.


 

Reported by – Dr. Shrinivas Savale and Vijaykumar Bhavsar

Edited by – Dr. Radhika Pandya

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