The Union Cabinet has approved continuation of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), till March 2023.


What does the mission seek to do?

  • 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.
  • The total budgeted expenditure of 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 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.


About ‘Atal Innovation Mission’ –

  • AIM is an Innovation Promotion Platform involving academics, entrepreneurs, and researchers drawing upon national and international experiences to foster a culture of innovation, R&D in India.
  • The platform will also promote a network of world-class innovation hubs and grand challenges for India.
  • Under this mission two major schemes were rolled out such as –
    • Atal Tinkering Labs
    • Atal Incubation Centres
  • Atal Tinkering Labs – ATLs are play workspaces fitted with state-of-the-art technologies like 3D printers, robotics, sensor technology kits, Internet of things (IoT), miniaturised electronics. The labs are designed to spur the spark of creativity, and go beyond regular curriculum and text book learning. AIM will enhance the coverage of ATLs to over 98 per cent smart cities and 93 per cent districts.