About the Department

The Government of India setup the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) at NITI Aayog in 2016 with the overarching purpose of promoting a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. This was done to address the need to create high-class incubation facilities across various parts of India with suitable physical infrastructure in terms of capital equipment and operating facilities, coupled with the availability of sectoral experts for mentoring the start-ups. The identified sectors included manufacturing, transport, energy, health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation etc. Niti Aayog received a total 1719 academic and 1939 non-academic applications for the grant. Ten institutions were selected from across the country after a four-stage evaluation process. Shiv Nadar University had submitted its application for the grant in the focus areas of ‘Health & Pharmaceuticals’, complemented by ‘New Materials including Nano Materials’ and ‘Education’, and has been recommended funding [of INR 8.8 crores] to cover the capital and operational expenditures in running the Centre.