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Atal Tinkering Lab Initiative for Young Innovators
Jul 25, 2016

NITI Aayog has introduced the Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) initiative as a part of its flagship programme—the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM). As part of a crucial effort to efficiently implement the initiative, NITI Aayog signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) with Intel India.

Key Objectives

  • The key objectives of setting up Atal Tinkering Laboratories is to build relevant skill sets among youngsters and to provide access to technology that will enable solutions.
  • Intel will co-lead the creation and management of ten ATLs as State Hubs. These laboratories intend to impact 250,000 youth with innovation skills & skills for the future across 500 communities & schools.
  • Intel will support NITI Aayog in building capacities of mentors and developing linkages with Maker ecosystem for quality improvement of projects made by youth, facilitating ideation, design thinking and prototyping workshops through industry experts and co-lead an innovation festival which reaches out to 500,000 young innovators.
  • CEO, NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant said that if India needs to grow consistently at 9 to 10 percent over the next three decades, it is absolutely essential that we are able to build innovative solutions to our unique problems.
  • NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission, especially the Atal Tinkering Labs, will enable the creation of millions of child innovators who will bloom into young entrepreneurs, thus enabling India’s unprecedented growth.
  • NITI Aayog also organised an ‘Expert Consultative Group Meeting’ to help create and put in place a framework for operationalizing the Atal Tinkering Labs that will be established in schools all across the country. The technical support was provided by Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd.

The maker community deliberated on the type of equipment (must have, good to have) in a lab, success indicators and engagement with the community. It was brought out that the Atal Tinkering Labs in all schools should be entirely student-centric and ought to function with critical involvement of all stakeholders at the school level—teachers, parents, makers and other private organizationsto make the initiative a grand success.

Atal Innovation Mission

The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is set up under NITI. AIM will be an Innovation Promotion Platform involving academics, entrepreneurs, and researchers drawing upon national and international experiences to foster a culture of innovation, R&D in India. The platform will also promote a network of world-class innovation hubs and grand challenges for India.

The new scheme named as Atal Innovation Mission after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee will provide funds to a network of institutions to conduct research on innovations that can improve economic growth and job creation. The mission will also provide inputs to all central ministries on innovation and suggest a funding mechanism for result-oriented research.

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