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Vernacular Innovation Program: NITI Ayog

  • IAS NEXT, Lucknow
  • 24, Dec 2021
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Recently, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog has launched Vernacular Innovation Program (VIP), to enable innovators and entrepreneurs to have access to the innovation ecosystem in 22 scheduled languages.

Key Points

  • About:
    • VIP is an initiative to lower the language barrier in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship such that it will systematically decouple creative expressions and languages of transaction.
    • To build the necessary capacity for the VIP, AIM has identified and will be training a Vernacular Task Force (VTF) in each of the 22 scheduled languages.
    • Each task force comprises vernacular language teachers, subject experts, technical writers, and the leadership of regional Atal Incubation Centers (AICs).

It will be a stepping stone in the journey of the Indian innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem which will cement the cognitive and design thinking attitude in young and aspiring minds.

  • It will assist India in building a strong local network of design experts and innovation practitioners.
    • It will help in overcoming the barriers of language and empower innovators in the farthest areas of the country.
      • It will create equal opportunity for the vernacular innovators who represent the staggering 90% of Indian population.
        As per 2011 census, only 10.4% of Indians speak English, most as their second, third, or fourth language.
      • Only 0.02% of Indians spoke English as their first language.
    • By providing access to learning in one’s language and culture, AIM looks forward to enriching the local, regional, national and global innovation pipelines.
  • Other Initiatives Related to Innovation/Entrepreneurship:
    • India Innovation Index
    • IMPRINT (IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology)
    • Uchhatar Avishkar Yojana (UAY)
    • StartUp India initiative
    • Mission Innovation 2.0
    • AIM-iCREST: NITI Aayog
    • Atal Community Innovation Center
    • Atal Tinkering Labs