Atal Tinkering Labs Current Affairs - 2020

‘ATL App Development Modules’ launched by NITI Aayog’s AIM

On 10th July 2020, for school children across the country ‘ATL App Development Modules’ has been launched in line with the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative for transforming school students from users of the smartphone-based applications to innovative developers of the smartphone-based applications.

In collaboration with Plezmo- a mobile application(Indian Startup Company-Gunakar Private Limited), the ‘ATL App Development  Modules’ are launched by NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) under its initiative Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL).

Once the ATL App Development Modules is implemented, at school level across the world, it will be the largest App learning initiative. At present, in over 660 districts in the country, 5100 Atal Tinkering Labs have been already established.

ATL App Development Modules

The Modules are a part of an online course available at free of cost for everyone. The online course consists of a total of 6 project-based learning modules through which the school children can learn to build mobile applications. Online mentoring sessions will be provided to the children during the learning course of the Modules.

Further, in order to build capacities and acuity in the school teachers about app development, through the ‘AIM App Development Course’ the periodic training for school teachers will be conducted.

The ATL App Development Modules can be accessed at-‘appcourse.plezmo.com’.

CIL partners with AIM to boost Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiatives

On 19th June 2020, a Statement of Intent (SOI) was signed and exchanged during a virtual e-summit according to which Coal India Limited (CIL) has partnered with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM). The strategic partnership is to provide support to various entrepreneurship initiatives and innovation programs of AIM.

AIM Entrepreneurship & Innovation Building Initiatives

  • The AIM conducts various programs at the school level (ATL-Atal Tinkering Labs), institutional levels (AIC-Atal Incubation Centres) for building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country.
  • For Industry level: ANIC – Atal New India Challenges, and ARISE- Applied Research and Innovation for MSMEs.
  • Along with rural India, in Tier-2 and 3 cities: ACIC- Atal Community Innovation Centres work towards stimulating innovations.

Importance of the CIL-AIM Partnership

The partnership will focus on motivating the talented youths of the country in order to create an AtmaNirbhar Bharat. For this, CIL will adopt a certain number of ATL based schools in the country where training sessions for teachers will be conducted so that the teachers could be able to provide mentoring support to the students.

Close to areas of operation of CIL (generally in Tier 2, 3 cities, or in rural areas), CIL will support the youths by adopting programs of the ACIC, such as by hosting innovation-based events, etc. As CIL is operating in remote areas of the country, this will help the youths of these unserved and under-served regions.

In the future, as the youths understand the power of innovation and entrepreneurship, local jobs will be created that will help in creating a sustainable AtmaNirbhar Bharat.