NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) today launched the ‘ATL App Development Module’ for school children all across the country.
The ATL App Development modules have been launched in collaboration with Indian homegrown startup Plezmo with an aim to hone the skills of school students and transform them from app users to app makers in the times to come under AIM’s flagship Atal Tinkering Labs initiative.
Expressing his views on app module, CEO NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant said, “It is crucial for the young Indians to learn skills at a young age and to enable them to become the next generation of technology leaders and under the Atal Tinkering Lab initiative, AIM, NITI Aayog is proud to launch the ATL App Development module for our India’s young minds – our dear children.”
The ATL App Development module is a free online course. Through 6 project-based learning modules and online mentoring sessions, young innovators can learn to build mobile apps in various Indian languages and showcase their talent. Additionally, to build capacities and acumen for app development with school teachers, periodic teacher training sessions will be conducted on the AIM App Development course.
Speaking on the virtual launch, Mission Director Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog R Ramanan said, “The launch of AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge has been inspiring to the young students uniformly at school, university and industry level. AIM, NITI Aayog is now bringing the skills of app development to the young tinkerers of Atal Tinkering Labs across the country so that they can integrate their Tinkering Lab innovations with mobile apps enhancing the usability and reach of their innovations. This would be one of the largest app learning and development initiatives at a school level in any country.
“To foster learning and creativity within young minds, as part of the ATL #TinkerfromHome campaign, AIM, NITI Aayog has created a growing state of the art platform for the students and teachers across the country to learn and apply the latest of technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Game Design and Development, 3D Design, Astronomy, Digital Creativity Skills, etc. from the comfort and safety of their homes,” added Ramanan.
Till date, more than 5,100 ATLs are established in more than 660 districts across the country by Atal Innovation Mission with more than 2 million students having access to the Tinkering Labs.