2,441 schools across India have been selected for establishing Atal Tinkering Labs since its inception over a year ago
Morung Express Feature
Nine schools from Nagaland, so far, have been selected for the establishing Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) programme that encourages innovation thinking among young students.
A brainchild of NITI Aayog, under its flagship Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), 2,441 schools has become part of the mission since its inception over a year ago.
Christian Higher Secondary School, Dimapur; Cornerstone Higher Secondary School, Dimapur and Stella Higher Secondary School, Kohima were selected in the earlier round, while the rest (See Table) – Government Higher Secondary School, Pfutsero; St John’s Higher Secondary School, Tuensang; Baptist Thangyen School, Tuensang; Don Bosco High School Lakhuti, Wokha; Olympic Hr Sec School, Zunheboto; and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Peren – were in the round 2 list published in December 25 2017.
“The addition of these schools will give a major boost to realise the vision of the mission… With this announcement, AIM has selected 2,441 schools across India to establish ATLs to date since it began its operations over a year ago,” the National Institution for Transforming India, also called NITI Aayog said in a statement.
The 2441 schools were selected from over 25,000 applications, accepted till August 31, 2017.
ATLs are innovation play workspaces for students between grade VI to XII, stimulating innovations combining science and technology. Their aim is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in schools, universities and industry with a vision to “cultivate one million children in India as the innovators of tomorrow”, it said.
At present, there are at least one or more ATLs in 34 states and union territories.
According to NITI Aayog, ATLs will help our country to transform young students to young innovators. “The active participation by schools and their students in ATL will power the transformations of New India through their creativity and innovation,” it said.
The labs are designed to spur the spark of creativity, and go beyond regular curriculum and text book learning. “As part of our mission to transform India into an innovative country the active engagement of ATLs is extremely important and far reaching in its implications,” said ATL Mission Director R Ramanan. P.