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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

Mr. O. S. Rawat, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, AS­SOCHAM welc Fun­da­men­tals (BRIEF) and Mr. Ravi Wig, Chair­man, Se

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