Student Entrepreneurship Program to foster young minds

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NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), in partnership with Dell and Learning Links Foundation, launched the “Nayee Dishayen, Naye Nirman” program on the eve of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda to celebrate the Top Six innovations of the country under the Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) initiative.

“Promoting innovation is key to creating sustainable solutions for a New India. The Atal Innovation Mission of NITI Aayog is transforming curriculum and pedagogy by encouraging the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in young minds,” said Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog. “By ensuring children are exposed to cutting edge technologies in Atal Tinkering Labs, a whole generation of creative individuals are being created who are poised to become job creators and not just job seekers.”

“The ATL is the flagship programme of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog which acts as a catalyst of growth by embedding the value of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship amongst children as young as 12 years old,” said Ramanathan Ramanan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, adding, “Over 3500 children from different parts of the country came together to develop over 650 product ideas to solve everyday problems using latest technologies and their out of box thinking.”

These Top Six innovations are in key social sectors of Agritech, Healthcare, Clean Energy, Smart Mobility, Waste Management and Water Resources and hail from Hyderabad (Telangana), Pune (Maharashtra), Changlang (Arunachal Pradesh), Goa, Satna (Madhya Pradesh) and Delhi.

All six teams are being awarded a 10-month ATL Student Entrepreneurship Program with DELL which will help them transform their innovative prototypes into fully functioning products and Go to Market.