15 May 2023

National Technology Week Culminates: Over 10,000 ATAL Tinkering Labs Are Igniting Young Minds To Innovate

New Delhi: The National Technology Week was celebrated from May 11th to May 14th at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. This year’s theme was ‘School to Startup - igniting young minds to innovate’.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the event. He highlighted the importance of supporting and nurturing young scientists in the country. PM Modi highlighted over 10,000 ATAL tinkering labs in 700 districts have become innovation nurseries, with 60 percent of these labs in government and rural schools. 

Over 75 lakh students working on over 12 lakh innovation projects 

More than 75 lakh students are working on over 12 lakh innovation projects in Atal Tinkering Lab, which is a testament to young scientists emerging from schools and reaching the far corners of the country. The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of nurturing young talent and supporting them in implementing their ideas. 

Tinker-preneurs of India will soon become leading entrepreneurs 

PM Modi noted that hundreds of startups have been incubated at Atal Incubation Centres (AICs). He expressed his confidence that the Tinker-preneurs of India will soon become leading entrepreneurs of the world.

The exhibition saw a participation of more that 5000 school students , 1500+ other visitors, 800 exhibitors, 200+ student exhibitors, and 100+ startups from various sectors showcasing their innovations and products. The event aimed to promote and recognize the contribution of technology in India’s progress and development. 

Under Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) Pavilion, 75 exhibitors from AIM participated, including 40 exhibitors from school innovations of Atal Tinkering Labs, from 21 states across the country, and 35 Startups from across the country that have been incubated under Atal Incubation Centers.

PM interacted with students of Atal Tinkering Labs

The highlight of the event was the interaction between PM Modi and students of the Atal Tinkering Labs, where he encouraged young minds to innovate and contribute to the nation’s progress. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the AIM Pavilion, which showcased innovations from different sectors of the innovation lifecycle. 

Helping technopreneurs to become entrepreneurs

Additionally, the event included 10+ technical sessions by different ministries/departments, including special sessions conducted between Startups and Atal Tinkering Lab students. These special sessions carried the idea for technopreneurs to become entrepreneurs.

Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director of Atal Innovation Mission, stated that the event was a huge success, providing a platform for innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors to interact and exchange ideas. 

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