The premier think-tank of the Government of India, NIII Aayog launched a 'Mentor India Campaign' which is aimed at maximizing the impact of Atal Tinkering Labs. It is a strategic nation building initiative to engage leaders who can guide and mentor students at more than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs, established across the country as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).
The premier think-tank of the Government of India, NIT! Aayog launched a 'Mentor India Campaign' which is aimed at maximizing the impact of Atal Tinkering Labs. It is a strategic nation building initiative to engage leaders who can guide and mentor students at more than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs, established across the country as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).
Addressing the ASSOCHAM National Conference on 'Empowerment of SC, ST and Women Entrepreneurs', held on September 19, 2017, Mr. Ramanathan Ramanan, Mission Director, AIM informed that the response to the 'Mentor India Campaign' has been remarkable with over 5,000 applications been received since its launch in the month of August.
NIT! Aayog is looking for leaders who can spend anywhere between one to two hours every week in one or more such labs to enable students experience, learn and practice future skills such as design and computational thinking. Atal Tinkering Labs are dedicated works spaces where students from Class 6th to Class 12th learn innovation skills and develop ideas that will go on to transform India. The labs are powered to acquaint students with state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers, robotics & electronics development tools, Internet of things & sensors etc. He added that under the initiative of AIM, the government is trying to build innovators of the future.
"AIM was launched by the Prime Minister to promote innovation and entrepreneurship," he said adding that India needs to develop as a country which can create job creators not just job seekers in order to employ 1.23 billion people profitably.
Highlighting how the government is embarked on setting up world-class incubators in India of which several womenled incubators are being set up in the country, he said "We are setting up tinkering labs in schools across the country, already 1,000 schools have been set up with tinkering labs which will empower the students to learn latest technologies like 3 D printing, lOT devices, miniature electronics, robotics, Wi-Fi, communication devices and so on."
He also said that government would be setting up 2,000 tinkering labs before the end of this year. About 20 world-class incubators have already been set up in the country through Atal Incubation scheme.
Mr. Ramanan further said that under AIM the government is also launching several challenges at school, university and national levels to promote the creation of products and solutions which is going to have job creating impact.
The vision of the AIM campaign
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