NITI Aayog’s AIM signs SOI with SAP to foster technology innovation

Amitabh Kant, NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) with SAP to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in India, including an agreement by SAP to adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) to expose students to advanced technology topics relevant to digital transformation and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The agreement will be in effect for five years, starting this year, in an effort to nurture science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in secondary school students across India.

“India’s growth for the next few decades will depend on the innovations coming out of these tinkering labs,” said Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, adding, “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.”

Emphasising the importance of such collaborations, Kant said, “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.”

“Such partnerships are a win-win situation for AIM and its partners,” agreed Ramanathan Ramanan, mission director, AIM. “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,” he said.

SAP employees will volunteer to coach and mentor students in advanced technology topics such as design thinking methodology, introduction to programming languages, and experiential science learning, while the SAP Labs India design lab will enable students to gain valuable hands-on experience.

The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is the Government of India’s flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country through the creation of ATLs and training of teachers and mentors. In the past year, more than 50,000 students have been engaged in ATLs. AIM plans to establish more than 30,000 ATLs throughout India during the next three years.

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