Realizing the need to promote emerging technologies like Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, 3D and Robotics among young minds, the Modi government has proposed to open Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) across 30,000 schools in the country over the next three years.
The objective of this scheme is to foster curiosity, creativity, and imagination in young minds and inculcate skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc.
ATL provides educational and "do it yourself" kits and equipment on – science, electronics, robotics, open source microcontroller boards, sensors and 3D printers etc.
Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog told, "As many as 2400 schools across the country had already been selected to set up Atal Tinkering Labs and we will take this number to 30,000 in next three years."
"India's growth for the next few decades will depend on the innovations coming out of these tinkering labs. Tomorrow's ideas come from students, who will disrupt industries and creative sectors with new technologies and processes which will thrust India into the leadership position for technological creativity and innovation," he further added.
The Atal Innovation Mission has signed agreements with US tech giants like IBM, Intel and inked a Statement of Intent (SOI) with German-based European multinational software corporation SAP.
SAP will establish 100 labs across Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana by 2018-19, out which about 50 labs are already operational, according to SOI.