Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Apply Online for Atal Tinkering Labs-Atal Innovative Mission-AIM

Apply Online for Atal Tinkering Labs under the scheme of Atal Innovative Mission AIM The Government of India has setup the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) at NITI Aayog. Realising the need to create scientific temper and cultivate the spirit of curiosity and innovation among young minds, AIM proposes to support establishment of a network  of Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL). ATL is a work space where young minds can give shape to their ideas through hands on do-it-yourself mode and learn innovation skills. The vision is to „Cultivate 1 Million children in India as Neoteric1 Innovators‟.


The objective of this scheme is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds and inculcate skills such as design mind-set, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc. Young children will get a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand what, how and why aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Features of Scheme

               ATLs can be established in schools (Grade VI – XII) managed by Government, local body or private trusts/society.  Minimum 25% of the ATLs would be set up in schools managed by Government (Central / States)


  1. The purpose of this document is to provide information to the interested applicants for the submission of their application form. It is neither an agreement nor an offer made by AIM.
  2. All communications related to the scheme including announcements of shortlisted applicants and final selection of applicants will be published on the NITI Aayog website.
  3. AIM does not make any representation or warranty as to the accuracy; reliability or completeness of the information in this document and it is not possible to consider particular needs of each applicant.
  4. No applicant shall submit more than one application.
  5. The issue of these guidelines does not imply that AIM is bound to select an applicant. AIM           reserves the right to accept/reject any or all of proposals submitted in response to the document           at         any stage without assigning any reasons whatsoever.
  6. AIM‟s decision will be final and no explanation or justification for any aspect of the selection process will be given.
  7. Applicants shall bear all costs associated with the preparation and submission of their proposals, and their participation in the selection process.
  8. Applicants may seek clarification on the guidelines within five days from the date of issue of guidelines. Any request for clarification must be emailed to
  9. Applicant schools would be required to put in place the requisite physical infrastructure such as laboratory and workshop facilities, computer lab with internet within a period of 6 months from the date of release of funds. Other desirable facilities including meeting room and video conferencing facility to chat with experts in real time can also be set up  by the schools, if possible.
  10. ATL would contain educational and learning „do it yourself‟ kits and equipment on – science, electronics, robotics, open source microcontroller boards, sensors and 3D printers etc. An illustrative list of equipment and kits is described in Annex IV. This list shall be updated regularly. The schools are also free to purchase any other equipment or kit, if required.
  11. The timings of ATL should be such that it allows students to come after working hours of the host institution (Applicant) to experiment and tinker. During working hours, specific time periods can be defined and included in the curricula of different grades to introduce the concept of tinkering laboratories.
  12. Applicant schools would be required to identify and appoint adequate number of faculty members who would be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the laboratory.
  13. ATL would also put in place mentors/volunteers for hand-holding and guidance in either an online or face-to-face environment.
  14. ATL should develop network with industries, academia, research, civil society for knowledge sharing and mentoring support.
  15. The faculty would ensure safety of the students during the working hours of ATL.

Selection Criteria

1.    Applications will be solicited from eligible schools to establish ATL.

2.    The eligibility criteria for schools are:

          All weather area (1,500 sq. ft.)
          Functional computer with internet facility
          Electricity connection
          Dedicated & qualified staff : Maths & Sciences
          Enrolment – Min. 400 students in Grade VI – XII
          Regular attendance of 75% & above of the staff & enrolled students over the past 3 years
3.    The parameters to be used for screening of schools are:

Performance of Students
          % of students scoring 70 – 80% in Grade X & XII board exams in previous 3 years
          % of students scoring 80 – 90% in Grade X & XII board exams previous 3 years
          % of students scoring 90% and above in Grade X & XII board exams in previous 3 years
          Participation of school in science-related activities at district, state and national level
          Total enrolment of students in Grade VI – XII
Implementation Plan
          Activity plan
          Linkages to mentors
          Plan to tap private sector / CSR funding for sustaining operations & funding ATL
          Difference ATL would bring to learning process for children

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