New Delhi: Workshops for the Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) programme have been started from 2017-18 onwards, wherein teachers and students are given exposure for tinkering and acquainted with the futuristic technology. The first round of 22 teacher training workshops for the schools selected in 2017 was organized between August and December 2017. Additionally, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) conducted Atal Tinkering Marathon, which was a four month long nationwide challenge started in September 2017, across six different focus areas of national importance. Schools are also independently conducting trainings for their students and teachers.
As of December 2017, 2441 schools have been selected for establishment of ATLs. The sanctioned amount for each school is Rs. 20 lakh over five years, out of which, the Rs 12 lakh is provided in the first tranche. The total amount sanctioned for these 2441 schools is Rs 488.2 crore over the duration of the programme. As on 28th February 2018, 1100 schools have been transferred the first tranche of grants under the programme.
This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Shri Upendra Kushwaha today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.