Ministry of Education and ATL Marathon Empower Young Innovators

Ministry of Education and ATL Marathon Empower Young Innovators

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The Ministry of Education and UNICEF collaborate to launch an innovation challenge aimed at inspiring young individuals to create workable prototypes for creati
Ministry of Education and ATL Marathon Empower Young Innovators

Shri Sanjay Kumar, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, today launched a nationwide innovation challenge designed to inspire youth to develop workable prototypes of creative solutions. In cooperation with UNICEF and YuWaah, the Ministry of Education worked with the ATL Marathon initiative, which was led by the Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog. 

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The Department of School Education & Literacy has been committed to strengthening education in India through the National Education Policy (NEP) framework, focusing on practical learning. Initiatives like the School Education Council and various programs have been instrumental in promoting this approach. The collaboration with the ATL Marathon has been a significant step in this direction, with over 32,000 innovations submitted by school students from across India over the last six years.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Sanjay Kumar expressed that through this program, we aim to support students in working collectively, introducing them to best practices that nurture their innovation skills, and connecting them with role models. We are also committed to supporting the best innovators from the program under School Innovation Councils, by providing a seed fund of 1-lakh rupees for 200 innovators, with ATL Marathon finalists being considered, he added.

This year's ATL Marathon is themed "India's 75th Republic Day" and features problem statements in areas such as Space, Agriculture, Inclusivity, Disaster Management, Mobility, Health, Education, and Skill Development. Student teams are encouraged to build projects addressing these challenges.

The top-performing teams will have the opportunity to participate in the Student Innovator Program, which includes internships with leading corporations and incubation centers in India. They will also receive certificates from AIM, NITI Aayog, and various exciting opportunities.

The Ministry of Education is excited about the prospects of this collaboration. It looks forward to witnessing the remarkable innovations that young students will contribute to the development of India and the world through the ATL Marathon program.

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