PUNE: KPIT Technologies has signed a two-year statement of intent (SOI) with NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) to support and mentor select Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) for secondary level school children across the country, under the central government’s flagship programme, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).
ATLs are open-ended workspaces where students give shape to their ideas through hands-on ‘do-it-yourself’ learning modules and acquire critical skills to innovate with technology.
They go beyond the school curriculum, work with tools to understand concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including chemistry, electronics, robotics, IoT (Internet of Things), 3D printing and improve inventiveness. The labs are equipped with low-cost prototyping tools such as 3D printers, robotics, electronics and communications kits.
R Ramanan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, and Anup Sable, Chief Technology Officer at KPIT signed the partnership agreement at the NITI Aayog office in New Delhi.
KPIT will depute an Innovation Guardian for nurturing creative talent and innovative mindset of students and leverage its network of employees and customers to induct volunteers for the programme. To augment learning, KPIT will organise workshops, boot camps, innovation contests, and science exhibitions.
R Ramanan said, “The government’s emphasis is on giving impetus to building a knowledge economy that represents growth led by education, a robust R&D culture and a fast-evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem. With this partnership, KPIT will enable us to augment our vision of promoting grass-root innovators with a bottom-up approach and set precedence for greater public-private partnerships in advancing the country’s education system.”
KPIT will provide two volumes of Chhote Scientist booklets to help over 2,500 schools under the ATL initiative to prepare curriculum and teaching aids. It will provide an online teaching aid for execution of the referenced experiments in the booklets for entry-level ATL students. In collaboration with its partner NGO Jnana Prabodhini, KPIT will work on developing an advanced syllabus which will be at the next level to the scientific learning imparted through the Chhote Scientists platform.
In the future, KPIT, in association with the Atal Innovation Mission, will conduct teachers’ training programmes for ATLs, apply psychometric tests to measure improvement in scientific temperament of students, and potentially come up with quarterly newsletters for all ATL schools.