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‘The Gandhian Challenge’: launched by AIM, Atal Tinkering Labs and UNICEF India

On the occasion of 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog’s Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) and UNICEF India, including Generation Unlimited, launched ‘The Gandhian Challenge’ for school children. This innovation challenge provides a platform for every child across India to ideate innovative solutions for a sustainable India of their dreams, using Gandhi’s principles.

About The Gandhian Challenge’

Objective: To support children to thrive as young innovators and entrepreneurs.

Problem statement for Gandhian Challenge is– ‘Share your innovative solutions or ideas to create a futuristic and sustainable world of your dreams, following Gandhi’s principles.’

The contest celebrates 70 years of partnership between Government of India and UNICEF India to enable Every Right for Every Child. It is open for every child in India from 2-20 October 2019.

Through this partnership, AIM and UNICEF would recognize every child’s ability and right to voice their dreams for a world of their choice, following Gandhi’s principles.

Broad Categories through which ideas and solutions to Gandhian Challenge may be expressed: Art & Innovation (Letters, poems, painting, videos and photos, among others) and Science, Technology & Innovation (Robotics, IoT, sensors and 3D printers, among others).


The winners of The Gandhian Challenge will be awarded in New Delhi by NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission and UNICEF on the occasion of Children’s Day on 14 November 2019.

The most innovative, sustainable ideas/solutions will be showcased as a symbol of a larger movement by children taking root in every district of India. Also, Children across India can access to over 8000 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) across all districts to support their innovative ideas. In ATLs, 6th to 12th class students can acquire a problem-solving attitude, develop innovative solutions leveraging technologies like 3D printers, robotics, miniaturised electronics, Internet of Things (IOT) and programming and DIY kits, with support from teachers and mentors.

About UNICEF India and Generation Unlimited:

UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is an integral part of United Nations. It is guided by Convention on the Rights of the Child. It works with governments, civil society organizations, communities, private sector, and other partners worldwide to advance children’s rights.

Generation Unlimited: It is a new UNICEF-led global partnership that aims to ensure that every young person age 10-24 is in some form of learning, school, self-employment, training, or age-appropriate employment by 2030. It seeks to co-create and scale up proven solutions related to secondary age-education, skills for learning, employability and decent work, and empowerment, with a focus on girls.

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NITI Aayog, Adobe Partner to Enhance Digital Literacy and Creativity Skills

Atal Innovation Mission and software major Adobe have signed a Statement of Intent to collaborate on enhancing digital literacy and creativity skills.  Under the agreement, Adobe would implement the Digital Disha Programme across 100 schools under Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) initiative.

Teachers and Children across these 100 schools would benefit from the creative learning resources via free access to Adobe Spark premium. This would empower them with new age skills to thrive in the current digital era and preparing them for long term success.

Atal Tinkering Labs

Atal Tinkering Labs is the flagship initiative undertaken by NITI Aayog under the Atal Innovation Mission. Atal Tinkering Labs are aimed at inculcating the values of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship amongst India’s youngsters. Atal Tinkering Labs are dedicated works spaces where students (Class 6th to Class 12th) learn innovation skills and develop ideas that will go on to transform India.

Digital Disha Programme

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has partnered with Adobe to launch Adobe Digital Disha Programme. Under the Adobe Digital Disha Programme, the Adobe would provide Adobe Spark application, a fun and frictionless storytelling Creative Cloud application free of charge for education and skill development.

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