Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog in partnership with Dell Technologies launched the Student Entrepreneurship Program 2.0 (SEP 2.0) for young innovators (inventors) of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL).
After the resounding success of SEP 1.0, it launched its second series in the presence of Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Alok Orie, President & MD, Dell Technologies, R. Ramanan, Mission Director, AIM and Dr. Anjali Prakash, Chairperson of Learning Links Foundation. Has gone.
Deputy Chairman of NITI Aayog, Dr. Rajiv Kumar said,
“Today, I am filled with optimism because I have seen the trustworthy innovations made by the young inventors of ATL. These inventors have surprised me. Young children of this country can achieve a lot when they have the opportunity to deal with the challenges faced by the citizens unconventionally. When we finished SEP 1.0 and launched SEP 2.0, I am very excited to see the impact of these innovations on the country. ”
SEP 2.0 will allow student investigators to work closely with Dell volunteers. Protection them; Prototyping and testing support; End-user feedback; Intellectual property registration and patent protection of ideas, processes and products; Manufacturing collaboration as well as product launch in the market.
Alok Orie, president and managing director of Dell Technologies, said,
“Dell is using innovative technologies to empower students based on its experiences. So that they can develop the mindset of innovation. We are very happy with the findings of the first student entrepreneurship program and look forward to the next batch of achievements. Our strong vision with NITI Aayog is expanding our technology vision to encourage social interest and new entrepreneurs. ”
In his address on the occasion, AIM Mission Director R.K. Ramanan said,
“The mission of the innovation mission is to create one million new investigators and potential job seekers in the country. The entrepreneurial abilities of young Atal Tinkering Lab inventors are increasing by encouraging young school students through the Student Entrepreneurship Program under our partnership with Dell Technologies. With this, a new platform has been created for new talents across the country. ”
SEP 1.0 was launched in January 2019. Through a 10-month-long grueling program, a nationwide competition — the top six teams in the ATL Marathon — got the chance to convert innovative prototypes into fully functional products, now available on the market. In this competition, students identified community challenges and innovations and solutions were designed at the ground level under ATL.
About 1,500 innovations were submitted in the last season of the ATL Marathon. After two difficult phases, 50 teams were selected for the student investigative program. More than 75 percent of the winning teams were from Tier-2 cities and/or rural areas and more than 60 percent from government schools. The winning party was about 46 percent girls. Then the Atal Incubation Centers were given protection for several months through the student investigator program. In this order, eight top parties were honoured at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 14 November 2019 by President Ram Nath Kovind. The top 8 teams will now move their prototypes to product levels through SEP 2.0.
Mission Director of AIM R. Ramanan congratulated the six parties and said,
“In the last few months, you have shown patience and enthusiasm to become an entrepreneur. As a result of your persistence, you have become the ‘co-founder’ of your startups and enterprises. This is the essence of self-reliant India. “
He said that such partnerships with industry are important to encourage young students and this will enable our planet to become a better place.