NITI Aayog on June 12, 2018 announced creation of 3000 additional Atal Tinkering Labs under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).
For this purpose, NITI Aayog has selected 3000 additional schools for the establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs), bringing the total number of ATL schools to 5441.
• The selected schools will receive a grant of Rs 20 lakh in the next five years to establish Atal Tinkering Labs for nurturing innovation and entrepreneurial spirit among secondary school children.
• With the development of these over 5000 ATLSs, almost every district of India will have atleast one lab to enable an innovation ecosystem, which will facilitate transformational change in technological innovation and pedagogy.
• These additional 3000 schools will expand the reach of the ATL program, increasing the number of children exposed to innovation and technologies like 3D Printing, Robotics, IoT and microprocessors.
• These schools will facilitate the creation of over 1 million Neoteric Child Innovators by 2020.
• ATLs will function as innovation hubs for these student innovators to explore solutions to unique local problems which they come across in their everyday lives.
• With these new schools, the Atal Innovation Mission envisions strong growth in the collaborative ecosystem, where students, teachers, mentors and industry partners work to facilitate innovation.
What are Atal Tinkering Labs?
• The labs aims to be innovative play workspaces for students between Grade VI to Grade XII, which stimulate innovations combining science & technology.
• These open-ended innovation workspaces would be equipped with state of the art technologies such as 3D printers, Robotics, Sensor Technology Kits, Internet of Things and miniaturized Electronics, which enable the students to learn and solve local community problems using emerging Technologies.
• Through the labs, the students will be 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.
• The young students who have already got exposure to creative technology platforms to nurture their curiosity, creativity and imagination from ATLs in their schools, have already started designing prototype solutions and started creative projects such as better irrigation management, waste management, and sensor based solutions.
Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)
• Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is Union Government's flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.
• AIM is mandated to create an umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem of the country.
• AIM envisions the creation of a collaborative ecosystem, where students, teachers, mentors and industry partners work to facilitate innovation, foster scientific temper and an entrepreneurial spirit.
• Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs), Atal Incubation Centre and Established Incubation Centre will take the innovations to the market and a network of incubators will help create enterprises around these innovations.
• Till now, AIM had announced selection of 2441 schools across India to establish ATLs covering 93 percent of the total districts in India and 98 percent of the upcoming smart cities. However, this number now comes to 5441.