AIM Events


A mega event was organized in the State of Andhra Pradesh to showcase innovations from all ATLs in the state. The conference aimed to enhance collaboration between the Department of School Education, Samagra Shiksha, and ATLs. The event included the participation of 577 government school ATL in-charges and 26 District Science Officers across the state, fostering discussions on science education's relevance and the need to inspire young innovators. Speaking at the State-level conference on ATLs in Vijayawada, School Education Commissioner S. Suresh Kumar emphasized about the establishment of 713 ATLs across 26 districts in Andhra Pradesh, with 577 in government schools.


NITI Aayog as a part of the State Support Mission (SSM) initiated a series of workshops across multiple themes. Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) helped organize a 3-day workshop in Bangalore on strengthening the Innovation ecosystem in India. Total of 120+ participants attended the workshop across 28 States/UTs and 12 central ministries, marking a historic milestone in our collective journey towards fostering innovation ecosystems. As a next step, it has been decided to do quarterly workshops in each region to build on the outcomes from this initial workshop.


Startups and small to mid-sized enterprises(SMEs) in India and Australia working on circular economy technologies and solutions will benefit from a new accelerator program designed to open new doors to explore opportunities between the two countries. AIM, NITI Aayog today launched a new accelerator called Rapid Innovation and Startup Expansion (RISE) to support Australian and Indian circular economy startups. The India Australia RISE Accelerator is delivered in partnership between CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), the Government of India’s flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship

This hackathon was held in Tuticorin on September 8th, 2023, and witnessed active participation from Atal Tinkering Lab schools across all districts of Tamil Nadu . It was organised at SPIC Nagar Hr Sec school, Tuticorin. A total of 442 teams participated in the Tantechnova, showcasing the remarkable enthusiasm and interest of young innovators. The event provided a platform for students to channel their creativity and apply their knowledge to solve real-world problems. The Tamil Nadu State Level ATL Hackathon marked a significant milestone in the state's commitment to fostering innovation, creativity, and problem-solving skills among its youth. The event also saw participation from local partners of the State Innovation Ecosystem like Startup TN.


The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) introduced the National Space Innovation Challenge (NSIC) 2023, a national-level campaign aimed at inspiring the next generation of space enthusiasts. Open to students from Classes 5 to 12 nationwide, NSIC provided a platform for innovation, encouraging students to solve modern-day space technology problems. The challenge, which ran from August 11 to September 20, 2023, allowed students to submit entries on the Navars Edutech platform. Themes included Space Junk Collection Robot, Reusable Rocket Design, Satellite Design, and Indian Spaceship Design for Mars. The event saw participation from around 19,000 students out of which the Top 75 student teams were rewarded and recognized.


This pioneering hackathon was held in Bilaspur on August 7th and 8th, 2023, and witnessed active participation from Atal Tinkering Lab schools across all districts of Chhattisgarh. It was organized at Swami Atmanand Government Higher Secondary School, Bilaspur. A total of 110 teams from 78 ATL schools participated in the Tinkerathon, showcasing the remarkable enthusiasm and interest of young innovators. The event provided a platform for students to channel their creativity and apply their knowledge to solve real-world problems. The Chhattisgarh State Level ATL Hackathon marked a significant milestone in the state's commitment to fostering innovation, creativity, and problem-solving skills among its population


The 3rd anniversary of National Education Policy 2020 was inaugrated on 29th July 2023 at ITPO, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The two-day event was organised by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.The Samagam provided a platform for experts of schools, higher educational institutions, and skilling institutions to discuss, deliberate and share insights, strategies, success stories and best practices in implementing the NEP 2020. 40 student teams from ATLs all across India were a part of the event. 3 teams even showcased their innovations to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.


The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), in collaboration with Bayer, launched an industry visit initiative under Atal Tinkering labs at Bayer's manufacturing facility in Vapi, Gujarat. Aimed at introducing students to modern manufacturing techniques and technologies, this initiative aligns with the 'Make in India' program and government initiatives like the National Manufacturing Policy. Bayer, a partner of Niti Aayog since 2021, supports various AIM initiatives and has adopted 125 ATL schools in seven states, focusing on science-based learning. Bayer has opened its manufacturing and production plants for ATL students to provide first-hand exposure to technology, automation, and innovation in the industry.


The Startup20 Shikhar Summit, organized by the Startup20 Engagement Group under the India G20 Presidency was held in Gurugram. The two-day event represented significant achievement, celebrating the successful completion of Startup20's inaugural year and the release of the final Policy Communiqué. The two-day event marked the first major milestone of the Startup20 Engagement group. The event featured a diverse and engaging program, including dynamic discussions, enlightening presentations, and valuable networking opportunities. International delegates had the privilege of connecting with industry experts, policymakers, and thought leaders, fostering strategic alliances and shaping the trajectory of startups on a global scale


Startup20 Engagement Group, held its third meeting in Goa. Embracing the spirit of "Sankalpana," a Sanskrit term for collective resolve, the meeting brought together international delegates and experienced members of the Indian Startup Ecosystem, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange. The focal point of the meeting was to build consensus on the Draft Policy Communique, which the Startup20 had published for public feedback. The meeting featured a startup showcase, exciting talks as part of the Startup20x series, cultural experiences, and discussions on the implementation and benefits of the ideas outlined in the document. In addition, the event offered various stimulating sessions, including presentations by taskforces on the final policy communiqué, closed group country huddles, closed-door HoD meetings etc.


Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, opened registration for 'ATL Tinkerpreneur 2023,' a 7-week virtual summer boot camp in June-July. Open to students from all schools, the program equipped participants with digital skills and frameworks to create their online ventures. The boot camp offered certificates, internships, and other opportunities, with the last registration date on June 5, 2023. Dedicated mentoring from NITI Aayog's Mentors of Change was provided, and the boot camp ran from June 8 to July 24, with submissions accepted until August 6, 2023. Expert sessions, podcasts in regional languages, and weekly challenges were part of the program.


National Technology Week was organized from May 11-14, 2023 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi to showcase the latest technological advancements in India. The theme of National Technology Week 2023 was ""School to Startup: Igniting Young Minds to Innovate"". The exhibition saw the participation of more than 5000 school students, 1500+ other visitors, 800 exhibitors, 200+ student exhibitors, and 100+ startups from various sectors showcasing their innovations and products. The highlight of the event was the interaction between Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, and students of the Atal Tinkering Labs, where he encouraged young minds to innovate and contribute to the nation’s progress.


ATL schools across India participated in the world’s largest Global Climate Clock Assembly organized by Energy Swaraj Foundation with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and AICTE at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. The event made it to the Asia Book of Records for the highest number of climate clocks assembled and displayed across the country. Total 7000 participants from 3000 organizations including schools with ATL labs created 559 climate clocks. With the usage of HD2020 application, the climate clocks were synced to show the time left to make corrective and remedial changes before temperature on the earth hits the threshold of 1.5 degree celsius.


On the occasion of World IP Day, Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, Chair Startup20, G20 along with Ms. Durga Jasraj founder of Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation launched the “UPAJ: A Festival of Innovations in Arts” on Tuesday, April 26th April 2023 in NITI Aayog, New Delhi. The event was a segment of the larger World IP Day celebration organized by the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trademarks. The inauguration began with the G20 Sherpa, Shri Amitabh Kant addressing the audience via a video message, saying “This work will inculcate the awareness of the importance of the IP and copyrights for India's rich cultural heritage.” Simultaneously, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog hosted a panel discussion on the Importance and Challenges of Protecting Innovation in Performance Arts. Various stakeholders working in different areas that relate to this topic participated in the discussion, ranging from artists, innovators, Intellectual Property Rights experts, ecosystem builders, and policymakers.


Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) collaborated to promote agricultural innovation among Indian school students through Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs). Proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the initiative connected ATLs with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs) and Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMAs). In the initial phase, 55 ATLs have were connected to 11 KVKs, providing technology support and facilitating knowledge-sharing. The collaboration aimed to address agriculture challenges, with a focus on an integrated learning approach. A school visit showcased ATL innovations, emphasizing the commitment to fostering youth creativity in the agricultural sector.


People who dare to live their passion make the change that is needed for the world to be a better place. With this thought in mind Atal Innovation Mission started on a journey to find change makers that have left no stone unturned to make a difference in their own lives and that of the society surrounding them. Today Atal Innovation Mission(AIM), in the august presence of Dr Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and Shri Anurag Pratap, Vice president and CSR leader Capgemini India, and Dr. Suresh Reddy, Director SRF Foundation launched the Stories of Change – a series of captivating journeys of 15 change-makers from grassroots. These stories of impact creators from across India are aimed at inspiring an entrepreneur in each of us. This is also an opportunity provided to these innovators to bring out their stories of success and struggle.


The second meeting of the Startup-20 Engagement group, was held in Gangtok, Sikkim. At the ‘Sikkim Sabha’, the taskforce members (comprising of delegates from the G20 nations) of the Startup20 Engagement Group discussed and deliberated upon the first draft of the official policy communiqué. ‘The Sikkim Sabha’ began was graced by over 300 dignitaries from G20 members and invitee countries, international organisations, and national delegates. The Sikkim Sabha forwarded the agenda finalised during the inception meeting held in Hyderabad on 28 & 29 January 2023, with the support of all attendee delegates. During the meeting, the objectives, and deliverables of the three taskforces, namely Foundation and Alliances, Finance, and Inclusion and Sustainability, were reworked to incorporate suggestions from all the delegates.


Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) – NITI Aayog launched ATL Sarthi, a comprehensive self-monitoring framework to strengthen the ever-growing ecosystem of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL). Atal Innovation Mission is establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools across India to foster curiosity, creativity, and imagination in young minds; and inculcate skills such as design thinking mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc. As of date, AIM has funded 10,000 schools to establish Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs). AIM is continuously strengthening this ecosystem by developing tools and framework to enhance the performance of ATLs and achieve the desired objectives. ATL Sarthi is one such initiative in this direction. As the name suggests, Sarthi is a charioteer and ATL Sarthi will enable the ATLs to be efficient and effective.


Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog held its Mission High-Level Committee (MHLC) meeting on Monday, chaired by the Hon'ble Minister for Education and Skills Development, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, to discuss the progress and future plans of the mission. The committee reviewed the progress made by AIM in the last year and discussed the key initiatives planned for the years ahead.During the meeting, Chairman MHLC Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, emphasized the need for strengthening the innovation ecosystem in the country and promoting entrepreneurship among students and youth, especially in higher educational institutions in tier 2/3 cities. He also highlighted the importance of leveraging technology and digital platforms to provide greater access to resources and support for aspiring innovators.


The G20 Startup20 Engagement Group held its inception meeting in Hyderabad featuring delegates from G20 nations and nine special invitees from observer countries, representatives from multilateral organizations as well as the Indian startup ecosystem. The group formed under G20 after India assumed the presidency convened from 28th -29th January anticipating a productive development of policy recommendations on entrepreneurship and innovation priorities of and across G20 countries. The meeting created a global narrative for supporting startups and fostering synergies between startups, corporates, investors, innovation agencies, and other key ecosystem stakeholders. The meeting received inputs on the issue note and agenda of Startup20 and the task forces, which were incorporated in a democratic manner. Startup-20x was also launched during the inception meeting.


Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, partnered with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Intel India to integrate future skills like AI and Tinkering into the formal school curriculum. The collaboration aimed to align with the National Education Policy 2020, bridge the future skills gap, and make India AI-ready. The AIoT Integration in School Curriculum, launched in September 2022, showcased its pilot program's outcomes, featuring AI and AIoT-enabled projects by students and 70 exemplar lesson plans. The initiative focused on digital readiness, multimodal learning, and enhancing teaching pedagogies for a future-ready generation.


Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, had launched the applications for the 'ATL Marathon 2022-23,' a national-level innovation challenge for young innovators in India. The flagship competition under AIM's Atal Tinkering Labs program had encouraged students to solve community problems and develop innovative solutions as working prototypes or minimum viable products. The theme for that edition was "India’s G20 Presidency," aligning with G20's working group recommendations on globally relevant issues. The aim was to inspire students to innovate not only for India but for the world, addressing global problems in various sectors. The challenge had provided an opportunity for students to solve both local and global issues.


The 5th edition of Youth Co: Lab India, Asia Pacific’s largest youth innovation movement was jointly launched by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, UNDP India, and Citi Foundation on Thursday, December 15th, 2022. The applications for this edition were launched by Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director AIM, NITI Aayog, and Mr. Dennis Curry, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP India. Youth Co: Lab India is an initiative launched in 2019 by UNDP India and Citi Foundation in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and aims to regionally establish a common agenda for Asia-Pacific countries to invest in and empower youth to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation, and entrepreneurship.


As part of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week, SHE STEM, an annual event celebrating women in STEM and sustainability, was successfully held for the third consecutive year. Organized by the Embassy of Sweden in India, in partnership with the Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, and the German Centre of Innovation and Research, the event featured talks, a panel discussion, and the #SHESTEM2022 Video Challenge for students aged 13 to 17. The event aimed to inspire women's participation in STEM fields and address climate change challenges. Winners of the video challenge presented innovative ideas, emphasizing the importance of curiosity and knowledge. Notable participants included Dr. Chintan Vaishnav from Atal Innovation Mission and Cecilia Oskarsson, Trade, and Invest Commissioner of Sweden to India.


On Children's Day, 1.5 lakh students from 5,000 schools had participated in a mega tinkering activity, collectively building innovation projects. The initiative aimed to instill an experimental mindset among students, with ATLs providing crucial infrastructure and technical expertise. The session was live-streamed on AIM's YouTube channel for nationwide engagement. Several schools from the length and breadth of the country, along with their students, ATL in-charges, principals, mentors, AIM team, and partners, had participated in the event virtually from their respective ATLs. In this event, participating students all across India had built an innovation project together in one of the largest-ever global tinkering events done collectively in a single day


Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) NITI Aayog today launched the fourth edition of ‘Innovations for You’ coffee table book featuring 75 successful women entrepreneurs of India. The 75 women entrepreneurs are supported by Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) of AIM, NITI Aayog. As the country celebrates the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav – 75th Year of Independence, Innovations for You series captures how startups in various sectors are innovating to create a sustainable future for the communities. 'Innovations For You' is a Coffee Table Book series with 3 editions being released previously. The book captures success stories of start-ups supported through Atal Incubation Centres, Atal Community Innovation Centres and Atal New India Challenges, three flagship programs under the Atal Innovation Mission.


Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog today launched Call for Applications for its two leading programs Atal Incubation Centre (AIC) and Atal Community Innovation Centre (ACIC). The call for applications is a step to expand the current ecosystem of incubators and to provide them with access to global benchmarks and best practices. Both the programs envision to create and support the innovation ecosystem in the country by establishing world-class institutions which shall help budding entrepreneurs of the country. These AICs and ACICs will play a pivotal role in enriching the start-up and entrepreneurship ecosystem of India and echo the anthem of Atmanirbhar Bharat.


Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog organised 'National Outreach Meet' for the second edition of the Atal New India Challenge (ANIC) at International Centre Goa, hosted by AIC-GIM Foundation. Program Director, AIM, NITI Aayog Pramit Dash interacted with Atal Incubation Centres and startups from Goa present at the event. He highlighted the relevance of ANIC 2.0 in current innovation landscape and encouraged the stakeholders to champion the program at national and state level. He emphasised on supporting 100+ innovations in year 2022-23 through ANIC 2.0, across sectors. The first edition of the ANIC program received more than 1000 applications for 24 challenges and is currently supporting 30+ startups through grants, partnerships, networking, tech support, mentorship, infrastructure and access to investors.The sectors in which ANIC 2.0 launched the challenges include E-mobility, Road Transportation, Space Technology and Application, Sanitation, Medical Devices and Equipment, Waste Management and Agriculture.


In December 2021, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog had collaborated with the Indian School of Business (ISB) for the "Atal Catalysts @ISB" program, aimed at nurturing the top 100 business venture ideas emerging from the ATL Tinkerpreneur Bootcamp. The bootcamp, a unique summer initiative by AIM, saw participation from over 9000 students who learned entrepreneurship skills, resulting in 100 teams progressing to the second stage at ISB. The program at ISB included six masterclasses covering entrepreneurial mindset, market research, idea validation, digital marketing, finance, and pitching techniques. Over 65 mentors, ISB alumni, had provided personalized guidance, culminating in "The Big Pitch," where 10 promising ideas were selected for sponsorship and further development


The AIM-PRIME Playbook was launched on May 10th, 2022 at the Dr. Ambedkar International Center, New Delhi, in the presence of the Chief Guest Mr. Suman Bery Vice-Chair, NITI Aayog, Guest of Honor Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, Hon’ble Union Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Dr VK Paul, Member, NITI Aayog. This event marked the culmination of the nationwide AIM-PRIME program, an initiative of Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, implemented by Venture Center, Pune and is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Office of Principal Scientific Advisor.


Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) NITI Aayog celebrated the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav commemorating India’s 75 years of Independence in a grand innovation festival at Dr. Ambedkar International Center (DAIC) on 28th April 2022. The event celebrated India’s ever evolving innovation ecosystem tracing its journey right from the Independence to the current times. A special exhibition of 75 milestones which defined India’s innovation journey over the years was displayed highlighting the innovation story of the country. AIM’s journey and contribution to the innovation ecosystem was also portrayed in the event with the exhibition of innovation prototypes created by innovators from AIM’s tinkering labs and incubation ecosystem.


Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog in collaboration with UNDP, India launched the Community Innovator Fellowship (CIF) marking the “International Day of Women & Girls in Science”. The fellowship is developed as a pre-incubation model which will provide youth with an opportunity to establish their social enterprise focusing on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) based solutions for solving community issues. This is going to be a one-year-long intensive fellowship program which has been designed for an aspiring community innovator irrespective of their socio-economic background. During the course of this fellowship, each fellow will be hosted at one of the AIM’s Atal Community Innovation Centres (ACICs) and shall acquire SDG awareness, entrepreneurial skills and life skills while they are working on their idea.


The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, in collaboration with ISRO and CBSE, had successfully concluded the 'ATL Space Challenge 2021.' Coinciding with Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary, the event aimed to foster innovation among young students, receiving over 2500 submissions from across the country. Out of 6500 participants, 75 top innovators were announced, with over 35% being girls. Prof. K. VijayRaghavan had highlighted the significance of space science, emphasizing its role in shaping the economic future. AIM Mission Director, Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, had commended the challenge for providing a unique opportunity for school innovators to engage directly in the space sector. The challenge, aligned with World Space Week 2021, had sought to encourage solutions addressing space-related challenges.

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