The world’s largest coal-producing company, Coal India Ltd (CIL) has agreed to partner with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) to proactively support innovation and entrepreneurship across the country. AIM is a flagship initiative of the government think-tank NITI Aayog.
A virtual statement of intent (SoI) for a strategic partnership was inked between R Ramanan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission and Binay Dayal, Director Technical, CIL in the presence of Pramod Agrawal, Chairman & Managing Director CIL on Friday.
“We are very proud that CIL is partnering with AIM to help motivate the talented youth of our country towards developing great innovations thereby enabling an Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” said Ramanan. He added that the partnership would provide an excellent platform to help in the creation of innovation and entrepreneurship-led local jobs in unserved and under-served parts of the country.
Agarwal said, “CIL is proud to announce the partnership with AIM, NITI Aayog, and we are excited to take this forward in the most significant contribution towards the mission, which would further strengthen India’s innovation ecosystem.”
AIM has various innovation programmes and entrepreneurial ecosystem building initiatives such as Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) at the school level, Atal Incubation Centres (AIC) at institutional levels, Atal Community Innovation Centres (ACIC) for Tier-2 & 3 cities and rural India, Atal New India Challenges (ANIC) at the industry level and Applied Research and Innovation (ARISE) for stimulating innovations in the MSME industry.
The collaboration between CIL and AIM seeks to conduct various activities and programmes to support greater awareness and promotion of the innovation ecosystem.
According to the terms of SoI, the partnership has been bifurcated into programmes wherein CIL has agreed for the adoption of select ATLs schools, help in conducting teacher training sessions and providing mentoring support to students. Similarly, under ACICs, CIL has agreed to adopt and support such centres close to their areas of operation.