NITI Aayog, Intel India sign pact to set up 10 Atal Tinkering Laboratories

Students would be encouraged to give shape to their ideas and come up with innovative experiments on their own in these laboratories


A total of 500 Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) would be set up across the country in schools. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
A total of 500 Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) would be set up across the country in schools. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

New Delhi: NITI Aayog on Tuesday signed a two-year statement of intent with Intel India to set up and manage 10 Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) in schools, as a part of its Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).

Students would be encouraged to give shape to their ideas and come up with innovative experiments on their own in these laboratories.

NITI Aayog had announced three programmes—creation of Atal Tinkering Laboratories, Atal Incubation Centres and scale-up support to established incubation centres in February this year, under its Atal Innovation Mission.

It had invited applications from schools, higher educational institutes, companies, technology parks, individuals/group of individuals and companies for these three programmes.

Two of these schemes have received encouraging response. “We have received a total of 11,000 applications from schools for 500 tinkering labs and around 2,000 applications from others for the 100 incubation centres,” said Amitabh Kant, chief executive, NITI Aayog, at a press conference.

The last date for submitting the applications is 20 July 2016.

A total of 500 ATLs would be set up across the country in schools and a minimum of 25% of these laboratories would be set up in schools managed by the government.

The 10 ATLs that Intel will pioneer will act as model laboratories for the remaining 490. Intel India would also facilitate mentorship, design thinking and prototyping workshops through industry experts.

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