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Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE-Atal New India Challenges

Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE-Atal New India Challenges

Context:

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, launched the Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE-Atal New India Challenges, to spur applied research and innovation in Indian MSMEs and startups.

Details:

  • The programme will be driven by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and four ministries:
    • Ministry of Defence
    • Ministry of Food Processing Industries 
    • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
    • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Features:

  • A total of 15 sector-specific challenges will be selected where three challenges are kept for each ministry.
  • The challenge is divided into two broad categories:
    • Art & Innovation
    • Science, Technology & Innovation.
  • A grant-of-aid of up Rs. 50 lakh for a period of 9 to 12 months have been earmarked for startups to develop a minimum usable prototype.
  • Innovators would also be attracted by using the Mahatma Gandhi Challenge method which was launched on the 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Benefits:

  • The initiative will help promote technopreneurs because of their immense potential of taking India's economy forward.
  • It will support deserving applied research-based innovations by providing funding support of up to Rs 50 lakh for speedy development of the proposed technology solution and/or product.

Role of the ISRO in MSME :

  • ISRO, which is a great promoter of technology, Indian departments and big companies never encourage and promote new startups that have done unique work. For ARISE-ANIC’s success, the government must become the first buyer.
  • ISRO is planning to adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Labs, 3 each in each state and UTs.
  • ISRO has also adopted three thrust areas naming:
    • Use of Artificial Intelligence for weather forecasting and crop monitoring.
    • Use of green propellants, electric propulsion, and advanced air-breathing.
    • Use of AI and Robotics for supporting space exploration and outer space monitoring.

Source: PIB