Programs in News: AIM-PRIME programme of NITI Aayog

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Programs in News: AIM-PRIME programme of NITI Aayog. NITI Aayog Vice Chairperson Suman Bery launched ‘AIM-PRIME Playbook’. 

Latest Programs and Policies are very important for RBI Grade B, NABARD Grade A Exam. The social issue part in Economics and social issue deals with government schemes and programs in RBI Grade B and NABARD Grade A Exam. This Article will provide you insight on recently launched AIM-PRIME programme of NITI Aayog.

Programs in News: AIM-PRIME programme of NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog Vice Chairperson Suman Bery launched ‘AIM-PRIME Playbook’. It marked the culmination of the nationwide AIM-PRIME programme, an initiative of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), that is being implemented by Venture Center, Pune and is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Office of Principal Scientific Advisor. 

What is AIM-PRIME?

• In April 2021, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launched AIM-PRIME (Programme for Researchers on Innovation, Market Readiness and Entrepreneurship). 

• Implemented by the Venture Center, the PRIME programme was aimed at promoting science-based, deep technology ideas to market, through training and guidance over a period of 12 months.

• The programme included several lectures and hands-on sessions on various topics related to the lab-to-market  journey. These lectures provide diverse and at times contradictory advice on several aspects of the journey.  

• The first cohort of the AIM PRIME programme consisted of science-based startups, faculty entrepreneurs and incubator managers, where they worked on progressing their ideas by teaming up with an incubator.

• The cohort included 40 organizations and 64 participants, representing 23 different cities across seven states and represented a wide variety of science-based sectors, including industrial automation, Internet of Things (IoT), electronics, robotics, energy and environment, health and rehabilitation, and food, nutrition and agriculture.

• AIM-PRIME Playbook is synthesized based on the knowledge shared by these experts. It aims to be a comprehensive resource for academic researchers, entrepreneurs and incubators involved in building science-based enterprises from lab to market.

• Other benefits of the programme include the PRIME Library, a curated resource shared by the faculty and expert mentors associated with the programme, and the PRIME Videos, an open-access video collection of the lectures delivered as part of the PRIME Classroom. 

What is Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)?

Recently, the cabinet has approved the extension of Atal Innovation Mission till March 2023.

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved continuation of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), till March 2023. The AIM shall work on its intended target of creating an innovation culture and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country. This will be done by AIM via its various programs.

The intended targets that will be achieved by AIM are:

  • Establishing 10000 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs),
  • Establishing 101 Atal Incubation Centers (AICs),
  • Establishing 50 Atal Community Innovation Centers (ACICs) and
  • Supporting 200 startups via the Atal New India Challenges.

Funding: The total budgeted expenditure of  Rs.2000+ crore shall be incurred in the process of the establishment and supporting the beneficiaries.

The Mission has been set up under the NITI Aayog, in accordance with the Hon'ble Finance Minister's declaration in the 2015 Budget Speech. The objectives of the AIM are to create and promote an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship across the country via interventions at school, university, research institutions, MSME and industry levels. The AIM has focused on both infrastructure creation and institution building. As evident from these examples, the AIM has worked on integrating innovation ecosystem both nationally and globally:

  • The AIM has created bilateral relations with various international agencies for building synergistic collaboration on innovation and entrepreneurship such as the AIM – SIRIUS Student Innovation exchange program with Russia, AIM – ICDK (Innovation Centre Denmark) Water Challenge with Denmark, and IACE (India Australian Circular Economy Hackathon) with Australia.
  • The AIMs played a pivotal role in the success of InSpreneur, an Innovation Startup Summit hosted between India and Singapore.
  • The AIM partnered with the Ministry of Defense to set up the Defense Innovation Organization which is fostering innovation as well as procurement in the defense sector.

AIM sub-schemes

Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs)
  • ATL is a state-of-the-art space established in a school with a goal to foster curiosity and innovation in young minds, between grade 6th to 12th across the country through 21st century tools and technologies.
  • The technology includes Internet of Things, 3D printing, rapid prototyping tools, robotics, miniaturized electronics, do-it-yourself kits and many more.
  • The aim is to stimulate a problem-solving innovative mindset within the children of the ATL and nearby communities.
Atal Incubation Centers (AICs)
  • AIM has been establishing world class incubators called Atal Incubation Centers (AICs) at universities to create an ever-evolving ecosystem of start-ups and entrepreneurs.
  • These Centers aim to foster and support world class innovation, dynamic entrepreneurs who want to build scalable and sustainable enterprises
Atal Community Innovation Centers (ACICs)
  • AIM is setting up Atal Community Innovation Centers with a unique partnership driven model to promote the benefits of technology led innovation to the unserved/underserved regions of India including Tier 2, Tier 3 cities, aspirational districts, tribal, hilly and coastal areas.
Atal New India Challenges
  • AIM has launched over 24 Atal New India Challenges to create product and service innovations having national socio-economic impact.
ARISE ANIC challenges
  • To promote innovation in a phased manner in the MSME/Startup sector, AIM has launched 15 ARISE-ANIC challenges along with partner Ministries.
Mentor of Change
  • To enable all the initiatives to succeed AIM has launched one of the largest mentor engagement and management program “Mentor India – The Mentors of Change”.

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