Aiming to encourage innovation among students, the NITI Aayog will set up 5,000 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) by March 2019.
Speaking on the development NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar said that these labs will be setup throughout all districts in the country. The government aims to increase the number of labs to 30,000.
Kumar’s remarks came during an event showcasing top 30 innovations by school students which emerged out of the six-month-long nationwide Atal Tinkering Marathon conducted in over 2,000 such labs set up till now.
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.
While releasing a booklet on the eve of the National Technology Day featuring the top 30 innovations by students, mentors, teachers and schools, Kumar said if India continues on the path of innovation, a new era will come where India will become “an innovative society rather than an imitative society