Niti Ayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant announced the plan to set up 1,000 “Tinkering Labs” in schools this year to build a culture of innovation. Selected schools will parter with the NIti Ayog and corporates like Intel and IBM for the Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) initiative and receive a grant of Rs. 20 Lakh for setting up the labs under the Atal Innovation Mission.
“To maximize the impact of the ATLs, AIM will soon be launching Mentor India—a strategic nation-building initiative to engage leaders who can guide and mentor students in the ATLs. Mentor India is envisaged to be the largest formal volunteer network in India.” “Makers, practitioners, schools and civil society would discuss, deliberate and help create a Tinkering Lab Framework (TLF) which would act as the guideline for all the selected schools to establish Atal Tinkering lab,” said a statement by the NITI Ayog.
NITI Aayog has written to all school boards and the chief secretaries of states to apply for Atal Tinkering Labs. Last year, 475 schools were selected to set up such labs.
“This will be one of the most transformative schemes in India that will touch the lives of students,” said Kant.