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Chintan Vaishnav appointed Mission Director for Niti Aayog's AIM
By TOG News service
Apr 05, 2021

TOG NEWS SERVICE, NEW DELHI, APR 05, 2021: ACCLAIMED socio-technologist Mr Chintan Vaishnav has been appointed as the new Mission Director for Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), the government's flagship initiative under Niti Aayog.

He is taking over the charge from Mr Ramanathan Ramanan, seconded by Tata Consultancy Services to NITI Aayog, who had been leading AIM since June, 2017. During his tenure, short of four years, Mr Ramanan was praised for building a "robust team of talented young professionals to carry forward AIM's mission ."

Mr Vaishnav will take over from mid-April from his current post as Senior Lecturer at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and as the Academic Director of the MIT Tata Centre for Technology and Design.

He is an engineer trained to understand and build large-scale systems, with both human as well as technological complexities. As a teacher, innovator, and entrepreneur, he has first-hand experience of the various parts of the innovation ecosystem, both in India and the US.

Over the past decade, he has split his time between teaching and research at MIT and living and working with rural communities in India to build solutions that can overcome constraints fundamental to improving human conditions.

He has co-founded both commercial and non-profit organizations. He has also advised startups, corporations, and governments on tackling challenges at the intersection of technology and systems, development, and public policy.

AIM's mission is to create and promote an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship across the length and breadth of the country. So far, AIM has established 7,259 Atal Tinkering Labs in schools across 650 districts and has also operationalized 68 Atal Incubators, fostering over 2,000 startups.

It has initiated establishment of 20 Atal Community Innovation Centres to spur community-centric innovations addressing needs of rural India. They have also established one of the largest voluntary Mentors of Change networks, with over 5000 mentors nationwide and more than 30 corporate and international partners.