Jammu: Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta chaired a meeting to take stock of arrangements for opening Atal Tinkering Laboratories in various Educational Institutions of Jammu and Kashmir.
It was informed that NITI Aayog will be establishing 1,000 Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) in Jammu and Kashmir of which 187 will be established by the end of this financial year. ATL is an initiative to boost cognitive development in children where they are given avenues to experiment and widen their understanding of phenomena on scientific ideas.
It was further informed that from 187 of this year’s target, 31 are being established across government schools of the Union territory, whereas 50 will come up in various educational institutions including KVs, JNVs, and private schools. The process for establishing the remaining 106 labs will also be initiated shortly.
The Chief Secretary directed the School Education Department to fix timelines for establishing these laboratories in various districts of the UT and also emphasize on the nomination of trainers/champions against suitable incentives.
Besides, the Department was also asked to ensure regular maintenance of infrastructure and equipment of these centres in convergence with other government departments.