Atal Innovation Mission- About, Objectives & Features

Atal Innovation Mission

In New Delhi, the National Institute of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission launched the Atal Tinkering Lab’s Community Day. The day emphasize Community Drive Initiative in which 25 young mentors engaged with more than 200 students. These include those students who are not enrolled in formal education system. These mentors will visit four locations in New Delhi to conduct brief sessions on how innovations can help resolve problems in the communities with targeted children from various NGOs.


Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) includes Self-Employment and Talent Utilization (SETU) is Government of India’s endeavour to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. It holds an objective to serve as a platform for promotion of world-class Innovation Hubs, Grand Challenges, Start-up businesses and other self-employment activities, particularly in technology driven areas.

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The Atal Innovation Mission consists two core functions:

  • Entrepreneurship promotion: Through Self-Employment and Talent Utilization, wherein innovators would be supported and mentored to become successful entrepreneurs.
  • Innovation promotion: To provide a platform where innovative ideas are generated.

Atal Tinkering Laboratories

Atal Innovation Mission is establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools across India with a vision to ‘Cultivate one Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’. The objective of this scheme is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds of the country; and inculcate skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc.

Features of ATL

In order to foster inventiveness among students, ATL conduct different activities ranging from regional and national level competitions, exhibitions, workshops on problem solving, designing and fabrication of products, lecture series etc. at periodic intervals.

ATL is a work field where young minds can give shape to their ideas through hands on do-it-yourself mode; and learn innovation skills. Young children get chance to work with tools and equipment to understand the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). ATL contains educational and learning ‘do it yourself’ kits and equipment on – science, electronics, robotics, open source microcontroller boards, sensors and 3D printers and computers. Other desirable facilities include meeting rooms and video conferencing facility are also available.

Financial Support

AIM provide grant-in-aid that includes a one-time establishment cost of Rs. 10 lacs and operational expenses of Rs. 10 lacs for a maximum of 5 years period to each ATL.


Schools (minimum Grade VI – X) managed by Government, local body or private trusts/society to set up ATL are eligible in India.

Atal Incubation Centres

The AICs creates world class incubation facilities across various parts of India with suitable physical infrastructure in terms of capital equipment and operating facilities, coupled with the availability of sectoral experts for mentoring the start-ups, business planning support, access to seed capital, industry partners, trainings and other relevant components required for encouraging innovative start-ups. AIM intends to support the establishment of new incubation centres called Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) that would nurture innovative start-up businesses in their pursuit to become scalable and sustainable enterprises across India. Moreover, AICs can also be established in subject specific areas such as manufacturing, transport, energy, health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation etc.

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Financial Support

AIM will provide a grant-in-aid of upto Rs. 10 crore for a maximum period of 5 years to cover the capital and operational expenditures to establish the AIC all over India.


Entities such as such as higher educational institutions, R&D institutes, corporate sector, alternative investment funds registered with SEBI, business accelerators, group of individuals, and individuals are eligible to apply for building up the AICs.


The applicant would have to provide at least 10,000 sq. ft. of ready-to-use, built-up space, for the exclusive use of the AIC facilities.

Scale-up Support to Established Incubation Centres

AIM emphasize to augment capacity of the Established Incubation Centres in the country. It provides financial scale-up support to enable Established Incubation Centres.  The scheme would radically transform the start-up ecosystem in the country by upgrading the Established Incubation Centres to world-class standards by providing more advanced facilities.

There is a need to create world class incubation centres across various parts of India with adequate infrastructure and availability of sectoral experts for mentoring start-up businesses, and develop an ecosystem by strengthening linkages amongst incubation centres, universities and corporates in India.

Financial Support

AIM will provide a grant-in-aid of up to Rs. 10 crore in two or more annual installments for the development of Incubation Cenres.


To establish Incubation Centres, following eligibility is required:

  • EIC must have been in operations for a minimum of three years as of 1st August 2017.
  • EIC should be registered in India as public, private or public-private partnership.

NOTE- For more details about AIM kindly visit official website @

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