Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, a well-known sociotechnologist, has been appointed mission director of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), the government's flagship initiative under NITI Aayog.
Later this month, Vaishnav will succeed Ramanathan Ramanan. Since June 2017, Ramanan has served as AIM's first mission chief. Vaishnav is currently a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He graduated from MIT with a Ph.D. in technology, management, and policy.
Vaishnav is an engineer who has been qualified to comprehend and build large-scale structures involving both human and technical complexities.
He has firsthand experience of the innovation environment in both India and the United States as a trainer, innovator, and entrepreneur. He has spent the last ten years dividing his time between teaching and study at MIT and living and working with rural communities in India to develop strategies that can address fundamental barriers to improving human conditions.
He has co-founded for-profit and non-profit businesses, as well as advised startups, corporations, and governments on issues at the intersection of technology, growth, and public policy.
AIM's goal is to build and foster a thriving innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem throughout the world. AIM's numerous programs have had notable success over the last four years, since its inception.
AIM has developed 72,59 Atal Tinkering Labs in schools across 650 districts, providing access to emerging technology to over 3.5 million students. It has also put in place 68 Atal incubators, which have helped to launch over 2000 startups, 625 of which are led by women. AIM announced the winners of the Atal New India and ARISE Challenges for product inventions with a social impact, as well as the establishment of 20 Atal Community Innovation Centers to foster community-centric innovations that address rural India's needs.
With over 5,000 mentors nationally and more than 30 corporate and international partners, it has established one of the largest voluntary Mentors of Change networks. It has also established strategic partnerships with other stakeholders to help it achieve its goals.