Atal Innovation Mission to Encourage Ideas Equivalent to Google or Apple

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It is sad that Indian talents are working and excelling in all big Multi-National Companies (MNCs) over the world but there is not a single Indian company equivalent to Google or Apple.

Taking a serious step towards realising this goal, the Prime Minister’s Office will take on the task of identifying and nurturing an idea with the potential to be an Indian enterprise equivalent of Google or Apple.

The plan is part of the proposed overhaul of the innovation ecosystem in the country under the Atal Innovation Mission and follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Google CEO Sundar Pichai in the U.S. last month.

The organisation will identify critical path breaking innovations where it would actively pursue implementation in coordination with the NITI Aayog and the Prime Minister’s office, an expert committee on the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has recommended in its report, a copy of which was accessed exclusively by The Hindu.

The AIM will provide the framework to the government for encouraging and promoting self-employment as a career option for young people for whom India needs to generate 115 million non-farm jobs over the next decade, according to the report.

The AIM seeks to combine innovators from universities, consultants and private sector enterprises with those in government. Recognising the “urgent need for disruptive change”, the committee has recommended that the AIM promote lab culture, bring cross-functional expertise together to brainstorm and agree on a solution, and not solve problems in a sequential and hierarchical way.

The Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog will serve as the chairman of the board of the Mission. Directors on the board will include Secretary-level officials from the Ministries for skill development, industry and commerce, IT, finance, science & technology and agriculture.



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