Germany-based global life science major Bayer AG has signed a statement of intent (SoI) for a strategic partnership with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), the government’s programme to create and promote innovation and entrepreneurship.
The SoI will span promotion of science education, advancing digital solutions and agri-tech to strengthen supply chains, and healthcare projects, the company said in a statement.
Bayer will also explore opportunities to mentor school children, inculcate design thinking, problem solving and adaptive learning skills amongst them and support and adopt mutually agreed schools, the statement said.
AIM director R Ramanan said, “The collaboration with Bayer is a long term, strategic one for Atal Innovation Mission as their areas of specialisation — agriculture, healthcare and life sciences — are areas of national importance, especially more so in the times of the pandemic.”
The partnership will be holistic in nature, spurring and supporting knowledge and innovation at school, university and start-ups leveraging Bayer’s domain expertise, global reach and facilities.
Bayer CropScience Limited’s Vice Chairman & Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, D. Narain said, “Bayer is pleased to partner with the Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog. Through this collaboration, we endeavor to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in India across the sectors of agriculture and healthcare.
“It will enable us provide multiple opportunities to mentor school children and inculcate scientific curiosity as a part of the ‘Atal Tinkering Labs’ initiative, enable digital solutions across value chains and partner with inventive start-ups. At this critical time, entrepreneurship and science-led innovation can play an important role in accelerating our progress towards doubling farmer incomes and expanding access to health solutions across India,” he added.
Bayer has been present in India for over 120 years and as a leader in agriculture, healthcare and nutrition has consistently aimed at using science and technology to benefit a large section of society. This first of a kind collaboration in the sectors of agriculture and healthcare between AIM and Bayer will aid in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.