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Letter of Intent signed between CSIR and AIM to promote Innovation

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  • June 10, 2020
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Letter of Intent signed between CSIR and AIM to promote Innovation

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-III – Innovation; Entrepreneurship

In News:

  • Recently, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in various sectors.

Key takeaways 

Major areas of mutual interest include:

  • Supporting world class start-ups through CSIR Incubators under Atal Innovation mission initiatives. 
  • Working together on new models of innovation including setting up of CSIR Innovation Parks.
  • Stimulating innovation and research in the MSME industry by CSIR in collaboration with ARISE initiative of AIM.
  • Creating problem solving mind-set across schools in India through close cooperation between Atal Tinkering Labs and CSIRs ´JIGYASA’ – a Student-Scientist connect program through which more than 3 lakhs students across the country have been exposed to science and technology.

Important value additions 

Atal Innovation Mission

  • It is Government of India’s flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. 
  • AIM’s objectives are: 
    • To develop new programmes and policies for fostering innovation in different sectors of the economy. 
    • To provide platform and collaboration opportunities for different stakeholders.
    • To create awareness.
    • To create an umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem of the country.
  • Five major initiatives:
    • Atal Tinkering Labs-Creating problem solving mindset across schools in India.
    • Atal Incubation Centers-Fostering world class startups and adding a new dimension to the incubator model.
    • Atal New India Challenges-Fostering product innovations and aligning them to the needs of various sectors/ministeries.
    • Mentor India Campaign– A national Mentor network in collaboration with public sector, corporates and institutions, to support all the intiatives of the mission.
    • Atal Community Innovation Center– To stimulate community centric innovation and ideas in the unserved /underserved regions of the country including Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities.
    • ARISE-To stimulate innovation and research in the MSME industry.

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