NITI Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) on Tuesday announced the signing of a Statement of Intent (SOI) with SAP Global to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. As part of the SOI, SAP in 2018 will adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) for five years to nurture the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning among secondary school children across India.
Acknowledging the importance of such collaborations, CEO of NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant said, "India's growth for the next few decades will depend on the innovations coming out of these tinkering labs. Tomorrow's ideas come from students, who will disrupt industries and creative sectors with new technologies and processes which will thrust India into the leadership position for technological creativity and innovation. This is possible only through effective public-private partnership and we are delighted to have SAP partner with us on AIM to nurture the future talent of our country".
The program aims to enable students to learn advanced technology topics relevant to digital transformation and the Internet of Things, e.g. design thinking methodology, introduction to programming languages, and experiential science learning.
"Such partnerships are a win-win situation for AIM and its partners. This partnership shall help support and boost innovations from the ATLs. The support to Atal Incubators will catalyse adoption of the innovations to commercial scales, ensuring deployment of the innovations to the domestic and international markets quickly and efficiently," said Mission Director, AIM, Ramanathan Ramanan.
SAP employee volunteers will coach and mentor students in advanced technology topics and the design lab of SAP Labs India, will provide trainings and allow students to gain hands-on experience with technology gadgets.
NITI Aayog's AIM envisions the creation of a collaborative ecosystem, where students, teachers, mentors and industry partners work to facilitate innovation, foster scientific temper and an entrepreneurial spirit in the children of today, who will go on to become successful contributors to nation-building tomorrow.
The Atal Innovation Mission is government of India's flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.
AIM is mandated to create an umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem of the country and revolutionising the innovation eco-system - touching upon the entire innovation life cycle through various programs.
Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) create innovators, Atal Incubation Centre and support to Established Incubation Centre will take the innovations to the market and a network of Incubators shall help create enterprises around these innovations.
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