The Government of India will engage leaders to guide and mentor students in order to foster innovation. NITI Aayog is all set to launch the Mentor India campaign for students at more than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs established across the country as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission.
The aim of Mentor India, a strategic nation building initiative, is to maximise the impact of Atal Tinkering Labs, possibly the biggest disruption in formal education globally.
“The campaign envisage to 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 stated in official statement.
The leaders are expected to spend between one to two hours every week in one or more such labs, helping students experience, learn and practice future skills such as design and computational thinking.
Atal Tinkering Labs are dedicated work spaces where students from Class 6th to Class 12th learn innovation skills. Laced with state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers, robotics & electronics development tools, Internet of things & sensors etc, the labs empower students to develop ideas required for transformation of India.
The government is in the process of setting up 900+ such labs across India and aims to have 2,000 such labs by end of 2017.