NITI Aayog’s flagship Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) scheme has selected additional 1,500 schools across country to establish Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) programme that encourages innovation thinking among young students.
With these, 2,441 schools have become part of AIM since its inception. The addition of these schools will give major boost to realise vision of AIM to cultivate one million children in India as innovators of tomorrow. The schools were selected from over 25,000 applications.
Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs)
ATLs are innovative play workspaces fitted with state-of-the-art technologies like 3D printers, robotics, sensor technology kits, Internet of things (IoT), miniaturised electronics to stimulate innovation among students of class 6 to 12th. These labs will help students to find solutions by exploring and experiencing design thinking and innovation, a do-it-yourself approach etc.
The labs are designed to spur the spark of creativity, and go beyond regular curriculum and text book learning. These labs will also enable students explore skills of future like design and computational thinking, adaptive learning and artificial intelligence.
ATLs will help country to transform young students to young innovators. The active participation by schools and their students in ATL will power transformations of New India through their creativity and innovation. AIM aims to enhance coverage of ATLs to over 98% smart cities and 93% districts.
Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)
AIM is government’s flagship initiative to promote culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in country. Its objectives are
- Develop new programmes and policies for fostering innovation in different sectors of economy.
- Provide platform and collaboration opportunities for different stakeholders, create awareness.
- Create umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem of the country.
AIM’s flagship schemes include establishing Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) and Atal Incubation Centers (AICs), for providing scaling up support to Established Incubation Centers. It also includes finding ultra-low cost solution to India’s most intractable problems through Atal Grand Challenges and Atal Vikas Challenges.