NITI Aayog, SAP Labs India Collaborate to Foster Digital Literacy

Aims to adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Labs and augment youth-led startups with Atal Incubation Centers

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog and SAP Labs India have strengthened their partnership to promote digital literacy, innovation and entrepreneurship in India. As part of the renewed Statement of Intent (SOI), SAP will conduct Training of Trainers (ToT) under UnBox Tinkering for around 500 teachers in the next three years. SAP aims to adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Laboratories and impart digital education to 30,000 students from the states of North East, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.

AIM is the Government of India’s flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.

AIM is revolutionizing the innovation ecosystem – touching upon the entire innovation life cycle through its various programs. Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) create innovators, Atal New India Challenges will take the innovations to the market, and a network of Incubators shall help create enterprises around these innovations.

NITI Aayog introduced ATLs under AIM with an objective to build relevant skill sets among the youth and to provide access to technology that will enable innovative solutions. AIM has already selected 10,000 schools to establish ATLs, covering 93% of the total districts in India and 98% of the upcoming smart cities. Ultimately, the goal remains to expand the reach of ATLs to every district in the country and to provide an enabling ecosystem for facilitating transformational change in technological innovation and pedagogy.

Through this partnership, SAP and Atal Innovation aim to:

  • Facilitate coaching and mentoring students in advanced technology topics like Electronics, Mechatronics, Internet of Things, Digital Skills and Coding, which allows them to gain hands-on experience
  • Foster the entrepreneurship ecosystem
  • Augment incubation centres, enhance the capacity development, provide acceleration support to the youth entrepreneurs
  • Provide mentoring support to startups, ideas or incubation, and facilitate pilots with the youth-led startups

SAP, under the guidance of AIM, will create a platform for the existing 68 Atal Incubation Centers (AICs) across India. This platform will help curate and support the stakeholders’ engagement and empower all incubators to connect better with their networks in an engaging way.

Through a competitive process, SAP will select and enable select startups from AICs for further accelerator support and facilitate investment for up to five startups. SAP will conduct three idea challenges in Karnataka to curate and select up to 100 youth-led or social enterprises or ideas in the next three years. The idea challenge will support 25 youth entrepreneurs to incubate their ideas, leading to fostering socio-economic development and jobs in Karnataka.

Mission Director Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog – R Ramanan while expressing his views said, “The collaboration between AIM and SAP Labs is of great value addition for the ATLs and the youth-led startups with the AICs. The students, teachers and the startups will hugely benefit from this partnership. Such partnerships are win-win for both AIM and its partners and equip us in creating a collaborative ecosystem, where students, teachers, mentors and industry partners work to facilitate innovation, foster scientific temper and an entrepreneurial spirit across the country.

“We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL). Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), education and digital skills among school children will enable inclusive and equitable growth in the society”, said Sindhu Gangadharan, SVP and Managing Director, SAP Labs India. “With the adoption of 100 ATL’s in the next three years, SAP will equip young talent with advanced digital skills, experiential STEM education, and expertise to drive socio-economically relevant innovation at a young age. We aim to strengthen and catalyze the incubator and startup ecosystem significantly.”

Since its partnership in 2018, SAP has already adopted 49 Atal Tinkering Laboratories to promote STEM education to around 9,700 secondary school children across India. Additionally, SAP has also conducted 5 UnBox Tinkering sessions and provided training to 149 teachers with topics focusing on Electronics, Mechatronics, IoT, Digital skills and Coding.

Brian Pereira

Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He is Editor-in-Chief of Digital Creed, which he founded in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 27 years of journalism experience (since 1994). He is sound and confident about his knowledge of business technology concepts. And he is a believer in continual education/learning. Brian is the former Editor of CHIP and InformationWeek magazines (India). He has written hundreds of technology articles for India's leading newspaper groups such as The Times of India and Indian Express Newspapers (among others). And he has conducted more than 300 industry interviews during his journalism career. Brian also writes on Aviation, cybersecurity, startups, and topics directed at small and medium businesses. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn.

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