NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), a flagship program to promote innovation and entrepreneurship nationwide in schools, universities and industry has selected additional 1,500 schools for establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) taking the overall tally to 2,441 schools across India.
ATLs are innovation play workspaces for students between Class VI to Class XII, stimulating innovations combining science and technology. These open-ended innovation workspaces equipped with state of the art technologies like 3D printers, robotics, sensor technology kits, Internet of Things (IoT), miniaturized electronics etc. enable the students to learn and solve local community problems using emerging technologies.
Students are encouraged to explore and experience design thinking and innovation, using a do-it-yourself approach and develop innovative solutions to India’s social, community or economic problems.
ATLs will help our country to transform young students to young innovators. This will be big opportunity for students to build the ‘New India’ of their dreams by 2022. The active participation by schools and their students in ATL will power the transformations of ‘New India’ through their creativity and innovation. The labs are designed to spur the spark of creativity, and go beyond regular curriculum and text book learning.
The labs will also enable students explore skills of future such as design and computational thinking, adaptive learning and artificial intelligence.
The 2,441 schools have been selected from over 25,000+ applications till date from two round of applications. It will enhance the coverage of ATLs to over 98% smart cities, 93%+ of the districts (655+ districts).
Lauding the newly selected 1,500 Schools, the Mission Director of ATL, R. Ramanan said, “As part of our mission to ‘Transform India into an Innovative Country’ the active engagement of ATLs is extremely important and far reaching in its implications.”
He has also appealed the new schools to comply speedily with the requirements as per ATL Guidelines for getting the funds for establishment and also ensure commencement of regular ATL Operations from the coming new academic sessions.