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Atal Tinkering Lab Guidelines

GUIDELINES FOR SETTING UP OF ATAL TINKERING LABORATORIES (ATL)
1.0 Background
1.1. 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) in India. ATL is a work space where young minds
can give shape to their ideas through hands on do-it-yourself mode and learn / develop
innovation skills. The vision is to ‘Cultivate 1 Million children in India as Neoteric1
Innovators’.
2.0 Objectives
2.1. 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, rapid calculations, measurements 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).
3.0 Features of Scheme
3.1. ATLs can be established in schools (minimum Grade VI – X) managed by State/ Central
Government, Local body (Municipality / Nagar Nigam), Private trusts/society or
Tribal/Social welfare department etc.
4.0 Funding Support
4.1. The applicant schools would be provided financial support in the form of Grant-in-aid
for a maximum period of 5 years.
4.2. Key aspects of funding ATLs in schools:
a) One time establishment charge of up to Rs. 10.00 lakh would be provided for each
ATL in the first year for instruments, prototyping equipment like do-it-yourself kits,
3D printer, electronic tools, etc. An illustrative list of equipment and kits is at
Annexure V. A checklist of mandatory equipment and other infrastructure would be
communicated to selected schools. The schools will procure equipment and kits at
their end, however the AIM will provide support for the same.

b) An amount of Rs. 10.00 lakh would be provided for each ATL over a maximum
period of 5 years for operation of ATLs, maintenance of equipment, purchase of
consumables, organising popular science lecture series, innovation events and other
scientific activities, competitions and payment of honorariums to the faculty and
mentors involved.
4.3. Contributions from philanthropic and other institutions and under Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) would be encouraged for financing / upgrading ATLs. Local
Industry / Institution will be encouraged to support the initiative by creating
subject/domain specific exhibits/tinkering laboratory facilities.
5.0 Infrastructure
5.1. The applicant school would have to provide at least 1,500 Sq. Ft. of built up space.
Applicant schools from hilly / Himalayan and island states, UTs would have to provide
atleast 1,000 Sq. Ft. of built up space. The existing facilities for meeting rooms and video
conferencing among others can be used to supplement the laboratory space.
6.0 Applicant schools intending to establish ATLs may visit http://www.niti.gov.in and
submit their application online to the Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog. The
prescribed application format is at Annexure III. Additionally, a declaration form on the
school letterhead will have to be uploaded online by the school, the format is at Annexure
IV. It can also be downloaded from the application form.
8.0 The applications would be screened based on the screening criteria. Shortlisted applicants
will then be evaluated based on Selection Criteria (Annexure II).
11.0 Selected Schools will be required to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
(Annexure VI) and Bond (Annexure VII) with AIM. The schools managed by
Government (Central / States) or local body (Municipality / Nagar Nigam) are exempted
from executing the Bond.

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