Deep Ocean Mission would not result in any over exploitation of the marine resources by the corporate houses and will not affect the life and livelihoods of fishers in the country. The Deep Ocean Mission aims to explore deep-oceanic resources and develop technologies for their sustainable use. The outcome of the program is intended to identify potential new resources and develop technology for harnessing them in future, which may generate additional opportunity for livelihoods.

The Deep Ocean Mission is related to the Blue Economy. The activities of Deep Ocean Mission will help the components of blue economy such as fisheries, tourism and maritime transport, renewable energy, aquaculture, seabed extractive activities and marine biotechnology.

        This information was given by the Minister of State (I/C) for M/o Earth Sciences and M/o Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.



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Atal Innovation Mission launches Space challenge in collaboration with ISRO & CBSE across India

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) successfully launched the ATL Space Challenge 2021 for all school students across the country.

The challenge has been designed for all the school students, mentors and teachers across the country who not only are associated with schools having ATL labs but for all the non ATL schools as well.

This is to ensure that students of classes 6 to 12 are given an open platform where they can innovate and enable themselves to solve digital age space technology problems. 

The ATL Space Challenge 2021 aligns with the World Space Week 2021 which is being observed from 4 to 10 October each year at the global level in order to celebrate the contributions of space science and technology.

Speaking during the official launch, Mission Director AIM Dr Chintan Vaishnav said that the aim of this challenge is to enable innovation among young school students to create something in space sector that will not only help them learn about the space but create something that space programme can use itself.

“We are envisioning that the young innovators across the country will learn and engage in creating new the space sector and develop solutions that might be further beneficialas well. We are grateful to ISRO and CBSE who have partnered with us to make it a great success. Students who secure top positions will be presented exciting prizes at the conclusion of the challenge,” he said.

He further mentioned that the ATL Space Challenge 2021 one-of-a-kind challenge for school students across India that aligns with this year’s theme of celebrating 75 years of India’s independenceas “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.

The Space Challenge perfectly aligns with the objective of the nation-wide Mahotsav and support the young innovators and introduce them to newer technologies and skills.

Director Capacity Building Programme office (ISRO) Dr Sudhir Kumar expressed extreme joy on launching such a challenge for students. He said, “We take pride in collaborating with AIM & CBSE to launch this challenge where students can explore space with creative freedom. We are hoping to launch this challenge every year,” he asserted.

Chairman CBSE, Shri Manoj Ahuja in his address said that ATL space challenge 2021 has a huge potential in terms of allowing the children to come up with ideas and having an environment where they can see their ideas turning into a reality through the ecosystem that AIM, ISRO & CBSE are providing through this challenge,” he said.

“I feel for the sake of education sector and for the bigger arena of innovation and creativity among students, government organizations often need to come together” he added.

Meanwhile, Students (from ATL and Non-ATL schools) can submit their entries be it a solution or an innovation in team of up to three members. Teams must be aligned to one of the Challenge Themes under which the problems can be identified.

Students can create a solution that can be implemented and adopted leveraging technologies such as:

1. Explore Space

2. Reach Space

3. Inhabit Space

4. Leverage Space

The application for the Space Challenge can be submitted on the AIM online portal. Each team based on their interest and understanding, must select one problem which falls under any one of the Space Challenge themes.

Each unique solution must be submitted under one theme only. Submitting the same solution/ innovation under multiple themes will result in immediate disqualification.

The online application form submission will include- document submission (description of the innovation/ solution) and video submission (capturing a 360-degree view of the working prototype/ solution)

School Teachers, ATL In-Charges and mentors have been advised to support the student teams. Individual member entry is not allowed. Also if the team size exceeds 3 members limit, the entry/ submission will be immediately disqualified.



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Atal Innovation Mission successfully completes two-month long, one of its kind ‘ATL Tinkerpreneur Bootcamp’ across country

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog successfully completed two month long and a first of its kind, digital skills and an exclusive entrepreneurship ATL Tinkerpreneur summer bootcamp held across the country.

Designed for high school students across the nation, ‘ATL Tinkerpreneur’ saw a record-breaking 9000+ participants (including 4000+ girl participants) across 32 states and 298 districts.

The Bootcamp witnessed participation from 820 ATLs, 50+ live expert speaker sessions were conducted with over 4.5 lakh views and imparted 30+ digital and entrepreneurial skills.

‘Tinkerpreneur’ – the name derived from the phrase ‘enabling students to tinker from the comfort of their homes and become an entrepreneur this summer’ was a bootcamp focussed on cultivating a hands-on innovative mindset among students.

Spread across a span of 9 weeks from 31st May 2021 to 1st August 2021, ‘ATL Tinkerpreneur’ enabled the participants to develop a business idea and create an end-to-end strategy for setting up a new venture. Over the course of the bootcamp, the participants learnt the required digital skills, created and developed a business model around a digital product, generated a marketing plan, developed/established an online store, learnt business finance and culminated it by presenting their pitch deck in front of Industry experts.

Students along with their ATL in-charges were mapped in small groups with Mentors-of-Change. All those who registered got access to a repository of digital and entrepreneurial curated learning resources, do-it-yourself content, simple assignments etc. to empower the participants to create their own digital products and ventures.

Emphasising on inculcating a hands-on and innovative mindset during the finale session, Mission Director AIM, NITI Aayog Dr Chintan Vaishnav said “The whole bootcamp was designed to instil an innovative mindset as well as to help students go from an idea to a venture in a short time, by trying-failing-and trying again. We wanted them to experience both the creation of a solution as well as a business around it. As they learnt these skills by ‘doing’, we expect these learnings to stay with them throughout their life’s journey.”

Speaking during the virtual finale session of the bootcamp, Founder Infosys Mr. Narayana Murthy said, “A leader has to be a uniter and not a divider. The most important responsibility of a leader is to raise the aspiration, confidence, energy, and enthusiasm of the people and teammates around. The leader must do whatever is necessary to make a person feel an inch taller in the leader’s presence.”

He further added, addressing young innovators, “if you become a leader, ensure that people that come to you leave with higher confidence in them. His or her main job is to craft a vision that is aspirational and individually rises above region, religion, caste, and economic clauses. A leader has to imagine something that nobody has dreamt of, moving towards this requires a lot of sacrifice, hard work, discipline, deferred gratification, confidence, hope & enthusiasm. Such attributes come to the people when the followers trust the leader.”

Meanwhile, participants leveraged the knowledge and hands-on involvement of 650+ Mentors (including 180+ women mentors), inculcated and applied their inputs and improved upon their ventures. With inputs from industry leaders, regular sessions by guest speakers in 6 regional languages (Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada) and a positive environment provided students a thorough introduction to entrepreneurship along with an opportunity to network with fellow innovators from across the country.

An exclusive Tinkerpreneur web portal was also created with a curated 9-week content for self-paced learning. The portal enabled the students to submit quizzes, assignments and enabled the mentors to review student assignments and share feedback.



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Mission Viejo, CA Businessman And Entrepreneur Publishes New Book

Sales at the Top Floor: Prepare for the Best View, a new book by Gary Gustafson, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Sales at the Top Floor: Prepare for the Best View is about succeeding at the top level in a sales career. The reader can easily absorb the information as it’s written in a general conversational style rather than a lecture type style. The data comes from the author’s real-life experiences and nothing is held back.

About the Author
Gary Gustafson has had vast and successful experiences in direct sales, sales management, and marketing with honors in all categories along the way. He started his own business in 2007, a professional association called ANAE (Association of National Account Executives). It was extremely successful, and he sold the business in 2013. ANAE is still operating very successfully in 2020. In 2013 Gustafson started a consulting company called Preferred Marketing Programs Inc., concentrating in the Medical Industry. He is currently offering live and virtual training programs to large companies. He is a past board member of the Healthcare Industry Supply Chain Institute. He was educated at Oregon State University and earned a BS degree in Business Administration. After graduation he had the honor of serving as an officer in the US Army.

Sales at the Top Floor: Prepare for the Best View is a 60-page paperback, hardback, and eBook with retail prices of $10.00, $20.00, and $5.00, respectively. The ISBN is 978-1-6491-3599-5. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at

Top Nations Join Air Mission Planning & Support Virtual Conference in April 2021 in 3 Weeks

SMi Group is delighted to announce their 12th Annual Air Mission Planning & Support Conference is proudly sponsored by Airbus and Thinklogical. Convening virtually in just three weeks on the 20th and 21st April 2021, SMi Group welcomes speakers from top nations to deliver key briefings on new and innovative systems, efforts to upgrade, modernise and improve existing platforms. As allied air forces continue to seek the operational edge, this is a must-attend event for those in the air mission planning and support field.

Interested parties can register their place for US$299 for military and government personnel and US$999 for commercial organisations on

This is SMi’s only conference dedicated to air mission planning and support, the event will have a particular focus on “Maximising Air Power Capabilities by Developing and Integrating Innovative Support Systems.” Key presentations from the top nations, include Belgium, Canada, Israel, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom and USA, and will address:

“Exploring Novel Initiatives to Enhance Data Sharing Capabilities within the ACC and Guarantee Information Superiority in Near-Peer Conflict.” Presented by Colonel Alan Docauer, Division Chief, ACC/A3C, US Air Force

“Streamlining the USAF’s Software Practices to Provide Air Assets and Mission Planners with Additional Flexibility in Future Operations.” Presented by Mr Nicolas Chaillan, Chief Software Officer / Co-Lead DoD Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative, US Air Force

“Streamlining Combat and Logistics Support Operations for Expeditionary Forces – A Case Study of OP PRESENCE.” Presented by Colonel Chris McKenna, Commander, 1 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force

Opening Keynote Briefing: “Planning a Command and Control Tactic: A Methodology for Achieving Information Advantage.” Presented by Squadron Leader Michael Burley, C2 Tactics & Training, 92 Squadron, Air & Space Warfare Centre, Royal Air Force

“Optimising Logistics and Support Procedures for the F-35 Lighting II During Maritime Operations.” Presented by Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Waugh, SO1 Logistics – Lightning Force HQ, RAF/USMC

Opening Keynote Briefing: “RNORAF & Adaptation to Future Warfare: How to Improve Efficacy, Speed, Flexibility, Adaptability and Dynamism in Our Kill Chains.” Presented by Brigadier General Rolf Folland, Inspector of Air Operations, Royal Norwegian Air Force

“Mobility and Independence – Continuing the Evolution of the 3° Stormo Deployable Airbase Activation Modules (DAAM) for Joint NATO Operations.” Presented by Colonel Giovanni Luongo, Commander, 3rd Wing, Italian Air Force

This provides the opportunity to engage with key senior leaders, strategic planners and operators, from host nations and international air forces globally.

The full speaker line-up, agenda and brochure is available on

Proudly sponsored by Airbus & Thinklogical

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SMi’s 12th Annual Air Mission Planning and Support Conference
20 – 21 April 2021
Virtual Conference: Online Access Only

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