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Four schools of Rajasthan to house Atal Tinkering Labs soon
It has been reported that four schools in Rajasthan could soon house Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) to 'create an innovation ecosystem in the country'. The schools have been chosen on the basis of their ranking on an eligibility criteria, it is learned.
The selected schools would enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Niti Aayog for further processing of the proposals to establish the ATLs.

The AIM is said to have a vision of creating a large number of neoteric innovators by translating their ideas into reality through the support for development of their innovation skills for which ATLs would be provided with special kits, tools and equipment related to electronics, robotics, micro-controller boards, sensors and 3D printers, computers, etc.

The funding for each ATL from AIM will be that of one-time establishment cost of Rs 10 lakh and periodic operational expenses of Rs 10 lakh for a maximum period of 5 years.

“Creating a few centres of excellence in selected schools would make innovative children at diverse places left-out. It is also against the equity and inclusion principles of education. Moreover, education has to be a politically neutral area of seeking knowledge and often the schemes get named in such a way that lead to more importance to sub-educational or hidden motives. It would be better to make all schools to perform well by changing the classroom processes to satisfy the innate inventiveness, creative urge and innovativeness of every child rather than pampering a few students at the cost of others,” said Jaipur-based retired teacher and educator Prabha Kishore while reacting to the scheme.

At the school level, it is not worthwhile to create islands of excellence and ivory towers which defy the commitment to good education for all, I feel.

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