Ampati, 12 June: South West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner HDB sangma inaugurated the first Atal Tinkering Laboratory at Ampati Government Higher Secondary School on Tuesday. The state of the art laboratory is the first of its kind in Garo Hills and second in the state.
The lab has been set up under the Atal Innovation Mission of NITI Aayog. Under the mission, the union government plans to establish such labs in schools across the country. The aim is to create scientific temper and cultivate the spirit of curiosity and innovation in young minds.
The lab is mentored and knowledge powered by SRJNA.
SRJNA is founded by the alumni of IITs, dedicated to empowering the ecosystem in education of k-12. More than 100 labs have already been established across the country so far.
Grant in-aid including a one-time establishment cost of Rs 10 lakh and operational expenses of Rs 10 lakh for a period of five years to each lab is provided by NITI Aayog .
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Deputy Commissioner HDB Sangma stated that the basic objective of the Atal Innovation Mission is to foster curiosity among students and build their problem solving aptitude.
She urged the teachers to help students observe their surroundings build their inquisitiveness.
Earlier, OP Godara, COO, SRJNA said that science was the most important aspect of everyone’s life and that students needed to inculcate scientific thinking to invent new things.
The lab will enable young children to work with tools and equipment to understand the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
(By Reuben Watre)