By now we believe that you must be aware about the government’s initiative – Atal Innovation Mission through which thousands of Atal Tinkering Labs have been established across India. These ATL labs are a hub of innovation helping create an environment of learning, where curiosity is appreciated and encouraged, where one gets to experiment, observe and tinker to your heart’s content.
Leading these ATL labs are selected representatives known as ‘Mentors of Change’ who are part of a voluntary initiative known as Mentor India. Under this drive, people who can guide and mentor students are chosen to lead Atal Innovation Mission programs.
These mentors of change play a vital role in the development of students skillset as they enable them to experience, learn and practice future skills such as ideation, design thinking, 3D design and printing, computational thinking, and more.
The role envisioned for mentors centers on them serving as a soundboard for ideas, being a well of technical knowledge, applying a solution-oriented approach, motivating them to strive to better themselves and build a strong team that covers the weaknesses and augments the strengths of its members. Atal Innovation Mission has defined certain key aspects of the Mentor India program.
Who is eligible to be a mentor of change?
- Corporates (including but not limited to corporations, MSMEs, entrepreneurs, innovators, maker-spaces, NGO partners)
- Government organizations
- Higher education institutes
- Academicians (including applicants from research organizations)
- Students from undergraduate and postgraduate programs
Guidelines to adhere to for Mentors of Change
- Atal Innovation Mission expressly reserves the right to select mentors after implementing a thorough screening process.
- The mentors would be assigned Atal Tinkering Labs as deigned by Atal Innovation Mission. While the mentor’s preference would be taken into consideration, the body cannot promise that the desired ATL lab would be allocated to the mentor.
- Please note that this position is a pro-bono one and no financial remuneration would be provided for this position.
- All those who are selected won’t be allowed to promote their own products/services inside the school premises.
- The mentor would only interact with the school students in the presence of a school appointed Atal Tinkering Lab in-charge only.
- No outside school interactions between the Mentor and students would be allowed without the express permission of the school principal and the ATL in-charge.
For a more detailed rundown of the guidelines, please click here.
But what’s in it for the mentors?
- Recognition at district as well as countrywide honour board for top mentors
- Opportunity to rub shoulders with the prominent dignitaries
- Be a part of a round table headed by Mission Director of Atal Innovation Mission or NITI Aayog’s CEO
- Invites to events orgranised by GOI
- Chance to tinker and experience pathbreaking equipment in ATL Labs.
Interested in becoming a mentor?