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Topics covered: Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.


What to study?

For Prelims: AIM, ATL and their important features, what is CollabCAD?

For Mains: Various initiatives to promote innovation and their significance.

Context: Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog & National Informatics Centre (NIC) jointly launched CollabCAD in ATL schools.

What is CollabCAD?

  • It is a collaborative network, computer enabled software system, providing a total engineering solution from 2D drafting & detailing to 3D product design.
  • The aim of this initiative is to provide a great platform to students of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) across country to create and modify 3d designs with free flow of creativity and imagination.
  • This software would also enable students to create data across the network and concurrently access the same design data for storage and visualization.

Tinker from Home campaign:

  • In light of the current situation, the ATL program has launched a ‘Tinker from Home’ campaign to ensure that the children across the county have access to useful easy-to-learn online resources to keep themselves fruitfully occupied.
  • The objective of the initiative is to harness the creativity and innovativeness of children by encouraging learning through self-initiation.

What are ATLs?

With a vision to ‘Cultivate one Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’, Atal Innovation Mission is establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools across India.

Objective: The objective of this scheme is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds; and inculcate skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc.

Financial Support: AIM will provide grant-in-aid that includes a one-time establishment cost of Rs. 10 lakh and operational expenses of Rs. 10 lakh for a maximum period of 5 years to each ATL.


  • Schools (minimum Grade VI – X) managed by Government, local body or private trusts/society can set up ATL.
  • The applicant school would have to provide at least 1,500 Sq. Ft. of built up space. Applicant schools from hilly / Himalayan and island states, UTs would have to provide atleast 1,000 Sq. Ft. of built up space.

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Prelims Link:

  1. Who can setup ATLs?
  2. What is the financial support given for setting up of ATLs?
  3. Aim and objectives of Tinker from Home campaign?
  4. What is NIC?
  5. Who heads NITI Aayog?

Mains Link:

Discuss the objectives and significance of Atal Tinkering Labs.

Sources: pib.