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New Delhi : The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (CSIR) on April 9, 2021, officially adopted 295 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) across the country in an ambitious step towards inculcating scientific research and innovation culture among the students.

CSIR, with their 36 labs, have adopted 295 ATLs and their students across the country. This is going to be a path breaking opportunity for young innovators across India to learn from the best minds and scientists of the nation. The opportunity will enable innovative students to become living inspirations for their school, families, and local communities.

CSIR will be nominating top research scholars and scientists who will mentor each of the ATLs and act as resource persons. AIM and CSIR will also conduct a series of webinars for students on various topics related to scientific and technological concepts, ideas or societal issues, according to a PIB release.

Mission Director, AIM, and Additional Secy NITI Aayog, R Ramanan while speaking during the virtual launch of this collaboration held on April 9, 2021, said that the pandemic has reinforced the critical importance of “Scientific and Industrial Research driven applied Innovations. Therefore, this partnership with CSIR is a crucial landmark achievement for Atal Innovation Mission spurring STEM research and innovation collaborations with public and private organisations playing a pivotal role.

“This collaboration with CSIR will add great impetus to the opportunities provided by ATLs to young school students in the country by providing access to the latest technologies and scientific research through the CSIR labs, as it not only aligns with the vision of the NEP 2020 but also paves the way for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, DG, CSIR, Dr Shekhar C Mande, said,  “It is very interesting milestone in the history of CSIR to be able to reach out to the young students of the country. CSIR has always been connected with the people of India through its innovations, science and technology, and through its flagship “JIGAYASA” programme has connected to more than 3 lakh students in the past few years. This partnership with AIM offers us the opportunity to  expand our connect to the student community even further.”.

Director, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, Dr G. Narahari Sastry, in his address stated, “It is a great achievement that we are coming together to fulfil this dream of problem solving innovative mindset which is crucial to CSIR and AIM.”