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1500 more schools selected to establish Atal Tinkering Labs

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.

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NITI Aayog launches ATL Community Day

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission launched the Atal Tinkering Lab’s Community Day in New Delhi.

The day marks Community Drive Initiative in which 25 young Mentors engaged with more than 200 students who are not enrolled in formal education system. These mentors will visit four locations in New Delhi to conduct brief sessions with children from various NGOs, on how innovations can help resolve problems in the communities.

Atal Tinkering Lab Community Drive Initiative

The initiative is aimed at maximizing impact of Atal Tinkering Labs by extending innovation to children in community who do not have access to formal educational institutions. Its purpose is to provide these children with same educational tools as the students in Atal Tinkering Labs to enable them to become problem solvers. The NGOs participating in it include organizations working with disabled children, street and working children, and girls from the weaker sections of society.

Atal Innovation Mission

NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission is among one of flagship programs of Government to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in country and to set up Atal Tinkering Labs across the country. It aims to give substantial boost to the innovation ecosystem and to catalyze the entrepreneurial spirit in the country.

It prime objective is to provide an innovation promotion platform involving academics, researchers and entrepreneurs, drawing upon national and international experiences to foster a culture of innovation in India. It will also promote a network of world-class innovation hubs, Start-up businesses and other selfemployment activities, particularly in technology driven areas.

NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Union Government, providing both directional and policy inputs. It is essentially an advisory body that seeks to provide critical directional and strategic inputs across spectrum of key elements of policy to the centre.

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