Atal Tinkering Labs Current Affairs

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 Mentor India Campaign

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has launched Mentor India Campaign, a strategic nation building initiative to engage leaders for guiding and mentoring students at Atal Tinkering Labs.

The Mentor India Campaign aims at maximising the impact of Atal Tinkering Labs by engaging leaders who will nurture and guide students in the Atal Tinkering Labs.

Under this initiative, NITI Aayog is looking for leaders who can spend one to two hours every week in one or more such labs to enable students learn, experience and practice future skills such as design and computational thinking.

Atal Tinkering Labs

More than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs have been established across the country as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission. These labs are meant to be non-prescriptive by nature, and mentors are expected to be enablers rather than instructors. They are dedicated works spaces where students from Class 6th to Class 12th learn innovation skills and develop ideas that will go on to transform India.

Atal Innovation Mission

NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission is among one of the flagship programs of the Government to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the country and to set up the 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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