India aims to have 2000 Atal Tinkering labs by end of 2017 as part of Mentor India initiative as Narendra Modi addressing the Young CEOs at the “Champions of Change” initiative organised by the NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on August 22, 2017.
India aims to have 2000 Atal Tinkering labs by end of 2017 as part of Mentor India initiative as Narendra Modi addressing the Young CEOs at the “Champions of Change” initiative organised by the NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on August 22, 2017.

Mentor India Campaign for converting Indian entrepreneur into champions of change 

In short span of a week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took out time twice to interact with Young CEOs at the “Champions of ChangeTransforming India through G2B partnership” initiative organised by NITI Aayog at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra. On 22 August 2017, it was Prime Minister Modi’s second address in this series, following his interaction with young entrepreneurs last week that reflects the significance Modi Government is according to strenghten eco-system of entrepreneurship in India, although its a long way to go!

Narendra Modi addressing the Young CEOs at the “Champions of Change” initiative organised by the NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on August 22, 2017.

Narendra Modi in an inspiring mode addressing the Young CEOs at the “Champions of Change” initiative organised by the NITI Aayog, in New Delhi.

Like the previous edition, six groups of young CEOs made presentations before the PM on themes such as Make in India; Doubling Farmers’ Income; World Class Infrastructure; Cities of Tomorrow; Reforming the Financial Sector; and New India by 2022. Appreciating the new ideas and innovations envisaged in the presentations made by the CEOs, the Prime Minister thanked them for the valuable inputs and time devoted to ideation for the benefit of the country.

He said the key decision making team of the Government has listened carefully to the presentations, and will surely benefit in their policy-making, from the 360 degree view of issues that have been presented. The Prime Minister said people’s participation is an important element of governance. Similarly, he said, this attempt at CEOs partnership with Government is aimed at enhancing their participation towards welfare of the people, and the nation.

Recalling India’s freedom struggle, he said Mahatma Gandhi made all Indians, soldiers for freedom, even as they continued to do their own work. Hence, he helped the freedom struggle become a mass movement. The Prime Minister said that today, development too, must become a mass movement. He said that a spirit should be created, whereby we all set targets for our contribution to India, by 2022. “You are my team, and we need to work together to take India forward, the Prime Minister told the CEOs,” Modi added.

Further, giving the example of value addition in agriculture, the Prime Minister said a multi-pronged approach is essential for achieving desired objectives such as doubling of agriculture incomes. Emphasising the importance of food processing, the Prime Minister said lack of infrastructure is leading to huge losses in the agriculture sector. The Prime Minister said the Union Government has taken a number of decisions that have brought about fundamental transformation. He gave the illustration of decisions taken for urea availability and production – such as gas price pooling; remuneration for excess production etc. This led to additional production of 20 lakh tonnes of urea. He said Neem-coating of urea ended its large scale diversion.

Modi also said that the Government wants to move towards making India a less-cash society. He asked CEOs to partner with Government to build momentum in this regard.  Similarly, he said that on occasions such as festivals, Khadi could be promoted through gifting etc – and this would greatly help the poor. He said an atmosphere must be created to take the poor along in every sphere of life.

The Prime Minister gave the example of Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to show how small traders are competing successfully in provision of supplies to the Government. He said 1000 crore rupees have been transacted through GeM so far and 28,000 suppliers have contributed to this platform. The Prime Minister said Indians must take pride in their own country. He said each one should develop a temperament to promote tourist destinations within India, spontaneously among their contacts.

Giving the example of “waste to wealth” entrepreneurs, the Prime Minister said that this can help achieve the objectives of Swachh Bharat and clean environment. He said the aim of entrepreneurs and business should be to provide products which solve simple problems faced by people in the country in presence of several Union Ministers and senior Government officials.

Amitabh Kant with back drop of his 'Make in India' campaign to know spearhead the Mentor India initiative

Amitabh Kant with back drop of his ‘Make in India’ campaign to now spearhead the Mentor India initiative

Taking a cue from the government’s emphasis on harnessing India’s entrepreneurial talent, NITI Aayog will launch today (23 August 2019) at hands of its CEO NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant the online nationwide- The Mentor India Campaign. It is a strategic nation building initiative to engage leaders, who can guide and mentor students at more than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs, established across the country as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission.  initiative in the capital tomorrow

Mentor India is aimed at maximising the impact of Atal Tinkering Labs, possibly the biggest disruption in formal education globally. The idea is to engage leaders who will nurture and guide students in the Atal Tinkering Labs. These labs are non-prescriptive by nature, and mentors are expected to be enablers rather than instructors.

NITI Aayog is looking for leaders who can spend anywhere between one to two hours every week in one or more such labs to enable students experience, learn and practice future skills such as design and computational thinking. Atal Tinkering Labs are dedicated works spaces where students from Class 6th to Class 12th learn innovation skills and develop ideas that will go on to transform India. The labs are powered to acquaint students with state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers, robotics & electronics development tools, Internet of things & sensors etc. 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. The Mission is in the process of setting up 900+ such labs across India and aims to have 2,000 such labs by end of 2017.

News Update | 23 August 2017| NITI Aayog calls for applications for ‘Mentor India’  

NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), Government of India’s flagship program to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, is inviting applications for ‘Mentor India’. Mentor India is as a strategic nation building initiative to engage leaders who can guide and mentor schools students in 900+ Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) established by AIM in schools across India.

Mentor India has already received strong support from Corporate India. More than 30 of India’s top thought leaders have signed up as Brand Ambassadors for the initiative. More than 90 ATLs in schools across India have been adopted and are being supported by various corporations / institutions from multiple sectors. AIM is actively looking to engage with more corporations / institutions to adopt ATLs and enable their employees to join Mentor India as volunteers. Furthermore, AIM has signed a SoI with AICTE to provide mentorship support of affiliated colleges for 366 ATLs. The deadline for submission of applications to join Mentor India is 30 Sep 2017.

News Update| 14 December 2017| NITI Aayog launches ATL Community Day

NITI Aayog’sAtal Innovation Mission will launch the Atal Tinkering Lab’s Community Day in the national capital on Friday, 15th December, 2017. The day will mark the Community Drive Initiative in which 25 young Mentors will engage with more than 200 students who are not enrolled in the formal education system.

CEO NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant will launch the initiative in which these mentors will visit four locations in New Delhi to conduct brief sessions with children from various NGOs, on how innovations can help resolve the problems in the communities.

The Atal Tinkering Lab Community Drive Initiative is aimed at maximising the impact of Atal Tinkering Labs by extending innovation to children in the community who do not have access to formal educational institutions. The purpose of this initiative is to provide these children with the same educational tools as the students in Atal Tinkering Labs to enable them to become problem solvers. The NGOs participating in these interactions include organizations working with disabled children, street and working children, and girls from the weaker sections of society.

News Update| 17 April 2018|

Atal Tinkering Labs Celebrate Annual Community Day

Atal Tinkering Labs, under the Atal Innovation Mission of the NITI Aayog, were envisioned as innovative makerspaces, setup across India, in every school, accessible to every child. Equipped with modern technologies to help navigate and impart crucial skills in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the ATLs are at the vanguard of the promoting scientific temper and an entrepreneurial spirit in children today.

The ATL Community Day initiative is an effort to spread awareness as well as engage the local communities in the neighbourhood of an Atal Tinkering Lab, to come and experience the exciting new world of science and future technologies. The Annual Community Day was held across India, over the course of April 13 – 16, with the larger theme of Ambedkar Jayanti, which was celebrated on April 14. AIM has selected more than 2400 schools in 2017 for establishing Atal Tinkering Labs.

As the world grapples with evolving technologies, a new set of skills have gained popular acceptance and have come to be in high demand. For India to contribute significantly during this age of raid technological advancement, there is an urgent need to empower our youth with these ‘skills of the future’.

Computational thinking, Internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, design thinking, advanced robotics – to name a few – are becoming increasingly relevant today. And Atal Tinkering Labs have evolved as epicenters for imparting these ‘skills of the future’ throughpractical applicationsbased onself-learning. Bridging a crucial social divide, Atal Tinkering Labs provide equal opportunity to all children across the spectrum by working at the grassroot level, introducing children to the world of innovation and tinkering.

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