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April 15, 2021 Thursday 05:34:47 PM IST

Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and AICTE announce partnership for students

On the occasion of Dr. BR Ambedkar Jayanti, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell announced their strategic collaboration to empower Atal Tinkering Lab school students for world-class future-ready innovation skills across the country. The partnership offers to begin with to connect around 7200+ Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) established in schools with 2500+ Institution’s Innovation Councils (IICs) functioning in higher educational institutions spread across all the states and UTs.

ATLs in schools are equipped with facilities and provide tinkering opportunities to school students to ideate and work on innovative projects and improve their innovation abilities. Whereas IICs in HEIs take the institution’s innovation capability and facility to engage students and faculties in innovation and entrepreneurship activities and provide opportunities to ideate, innovate and become entrepreneurs.

Both ATL and IIC models have proved as efficient and effective institutional mechanisms to unleash the creative potential of youth and engage in entrepreneurial manifestations. To make these models stronger and impactful, the adoption of ATLs by IICs and continuous mentoring support to ATLs is an integrated ecosystem build-up step from AICTE, MIC and AIM, NITI Aayog.

Moreover, this move is also aligned with the NEP 2020 objective of bridging the gap between schools and higher educational institutions. The adoption process will see actions of online mentoring, lecture sessions, group projects, visits of key stakeholders, etc. from both sides.

Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education, Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe while speaking on the occasion stressed upon training students as well as inculcating Indian Knowledge Systems and values associated with it.

Meanwhile, the collaboration will also offer a unique opportunity for students to participate in innovation contests, even as they have a chance to receive mentoring support, access to university ecosystem support, etc.