Niti Aayog on Wednesday invited applications for ‘Mentor India’ campaign under which industry leaders and academicians can mentor and guide school students in more than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs established by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) across India.

Under this initiative to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, leaders are expected to dedicate 1 to 2 hours every week in such labs, enabling students from class 6 to 12 to experience, learn and practice future skills such as design and computational thinking.

The labs are equipped to acquaint students with state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers, robotics & electronics development tools, IoT & sensors.

AIM will establish 2,000 such labs by end of 2017, given 900 labs already being identified.

The labs are designed to light the spark of creativity, going beyond regular curriculum and text book learning. The labs will let students explore skills of future such as design and computational thinking, adaptive learning and artificial intelligence.

“Mentors are expected to discuss with students the various problems our Indian society is facing across multiple themes, and motivate students to develop solutions to these community problems," said the statement.

The deadline for submission of applications to join Mentor India is 30 September.

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