Wednesday, 25 May, 2022

Atal Tinkering Labs: A Disruptive Innovation for Mentor of change India

“Our aim should be to make India a global R&D hub.”- Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee 

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Our former Prime Minister late Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee believed that the future of this country lies in the hands of youth and the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), named after his legacy, is an effort towards translating his dreams into reality. Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is a flagship initiative set up by the NITI Aayog to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.

As a part of this mission, AIM is setting up state-of-the-art Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) in schools across the country. Strengthening the ATL initiative is the Mentor India Program, which is built to promote mentoring as a nation building activity for experts across professions. The Mentor India Initiative aims to optimize the influence of Atal Tinkering Labs by engaging leaders who in the Atal Tinkering Labs will cultivate and direct students.

The Mentor India program is a voluntary national movement being led by AIM, wherein skilled professionals provide pro-bono mentoring to young ATL innovators, with a strong sentiment towards nation building. Also, it will be supporting start-up entrepreneurs in knowledge creation and dissemination as well as in developing robust and active networks.

Dr Kumar Gautam is a founder of Quantum Research And Centre of Excellence (QRACE) as well as Egreen Quanta LLP, has been officially selected as an ATL Mentor of Change under Atal Innovation Mission. He has initially assigned two schools of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) for mentoring.

  1. Kendriya Vidyalaya Garhara, Begusarai, Bihar
  2. Uscd Dav Public School Maharajganj Siwan, Siwan, Bihar

As an independent incubatee, working for decentralized communities with the collaboration ofresearchers and scientists with noble ideas andglobal Growth mindsets on a common path to change the way of societal applications. ATL’s are workspaces where children can realize their ideas through hands-on do-it-yourself mode and also acquire innovation skills. The labs contain educational kits and equipment on electronics, science, robotics, sensors, 3D printers, Quantum computers, and open-source microcontroller boards. Also, topromote advanced research in quantum science and technology, technology development and higher education in science, technology and engineering disciplines.

Role of GEMs of Mentor India:

  • The GEMs of Mentor India should first and foremost continue their work as Mentors of Change and Regional Mentors of Change with the same zeal and enthusiasm.
  • Guide and motivate other MoCs by sharing your ATL experiences and best-practices.
  • GEMs of Mentor India should become ambassadors for the ATL’s challenges, innovation events and encourage participation from their region’s ATLs.

Under this initiative, NITI Aayog is looking for leaders in one or more such laboratories who can spend one to two hours per week to enable students to study, experience, and practice potential skills such as design and machine thinking. The initiative has gained good support from Corporate India and top opinion leaders from India have signed up as campaign ambassadors. Many staff of such organizations is also invited to volunteer for the drive for Mentor India. In addition, to extend funding to the Atal incubation centre and other incubation centres, the Mentor India service will be extended. Mentor India can be brought together all others advancement and can derive several direct and indirect benefits with help to stimulate a pipeline to support research and applications well into the future.

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