Innovation Ecosystem in India

5,000 Atal Tinkering labs to be set up by March 2019

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Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: ATLs, AIM, etc.

Mains level: Aim of the ATLs.


Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs)

  1. The NITI Aayog will set up 5,000 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) by March 2019 covering all districts in the country
  2. Aim: To promote innovation among students
  3. The goal of the student innovator programme is to test the innovations in the community
  4. Students will be trained on business and entrepreneurship skills, including intellectual property, effective communication, making an elevator pitch and so on

Part of the Atal Innovation Mission

  1. NITI Aayog had in December selected an additional 1,500 schools for setting up ATLs under the government’s flagship programme Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) taking the total number of such labs to 2,441

The innovation marathon

  1. The NITI Aayog had recently organised the innovation marathon to identify India’s best student innovators across six different thematic areas including clean energy, water resources, waste management, healthcare, smart mobility and agri-tech

More about the ATL labs

  1. Atal Tinkering Labs are innovation play workspaces for students between grade 8 to 12, stimulating innovations combining science and technology
  2. Their aim is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in schools, universities and industry

Atal Innovation Mission

  1. NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission is among one of the flagship programs of the Government of India to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the country to set up the Atal Tinkering Labs across the country
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