Niti Aayog kicks off ‘Mentor India’ campaign

Niti Aayog has invited invited applications for ‘Mentor India’ campaign. Under this industry leaders and academicians can mentor and guide school students in more than 900 “Atal Tinkering Labs” established by “Atal Innovation Mission” (AIM) across India.

What is Mentor India Campaign

–Initiative to promote innovation and entrepreneurship

–Leaders are expected to dedicate 1 to 2 hours every week in such labs

–Enables students from class 6 to 12 to experience, learn and practice future skills such as design and computational thinking

— Labs are equipped to acquaint students with state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers, robotics & electronics development tools, IoT & sensors.

— AIM will establish 2,000 such labs by end of 2017

— 900 labs are already being identified

The campaign is designed to light the spark of creativity, going beyond regular curriculum and text book learning. The labs will let students explore skills of future such as design and computational thinking, adaptive learning and artificial intelligence.

“Mentors are expected to discuss with students the various problems our Indian society is facing across multiple themes, and motivate students to develop solutions to these community problems,” said the press statement.

CBSE’s Statement 

CBSE additional director, Sugandh Sharma has reportedly said, “The project is part of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM). These laboratories will provide a work space to students and help them hone their innovation skills. The objectives of the scheme are to foster curiosity, creativity among students, to inculcate computational thinking, adaptive learning, and physical computing. This is to help students in understanding the basic concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by providing them an opportunity to work with tools and equipment.”

The deadline for submission of applications to join Mentor India is 30 September.

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