Context: Recently, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and National Informatics Centre (NIC) jointly launched CollabCAD.

About CollabCAD:

  • CollabCAD is a part of the ‘Tinker from Home’ campaign, through which young students are encouraged to learn and contribute to the journey of nation building from the safe space of their homes.
  • 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 the country to create and modify 3d designs with free flow of creativity and imagination. 
  • CAD: It is an indigenous three dimensional computer aided design system which helps to build models in virtual 3d space and create and engineering drawings, which makes it a complete package for smart manufacturing. 
  • This software would also enable students to create data across the network and concurrently access the same design data for storage and visualization.
  • Role of National Informatics Centre (NIC) : NIC is playing a crucial role in pushing the online module to reach to the students all across the country by providing a huge source of data through this software CAD system.

About AIM:

  • At the school level, AIM is establishing ATLs in all districts across India. 
  • As of today, AIM has selected a total of 14,916 schools across the country spread across 33 different states and union territories, for the establishment of ATLs.
  • ATLs established across India, provide tinkering spaces to children to hone their innovative ideas and creativity. 

AIM’s collaboration with NIC’s CollabCAD is a great platform for students to utilize indigenous, state-of-the-art made-in-India software for 3D modeling/slicing to use 3D Printing.


Other Initiatives

Tinker from Home campaignin: 

  • In the 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.

Game Development Module:

  • AIM also launched the Game Development module in partnership with DELL Technologies and Learning Links Foundation. 
  • It is an online platform where students can start their learning journey while tinkering from home. Through the platform they can learn to create their own games and also share it with others. 
  • This platform envisages to make students transition from ‘game players’ to ‘game makers’.


Atal Innovation Mission

The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is a flagship initiative set up by the NITI Aayog:

  • To promote innovation and entrepreneurship across the length and breadth of the country, based on a detailed study and deliberations on innovation and entrepreneurial needs of India in the years ahead.
  • AIM is also envisaged as an umbrella innovation organization that would play an instrumental role 
    • In alignment of innovation policies between central, state and sectoral innovation schemes 
    • Incentivizing the establishment and promotion of an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship at various levels - higher secondary schools, science, engineering and higher academic institutions, and SME/MSME industry, corporate and NGO levels.
  • Long term goals of AIM include 
    • Establishment and promotion of Small Business Innovation Research and Development at a national scale (AIM SBIR) for the SME/MSME/startups, 
    • Rejuvenating Science and Technology innovations in major research institutions of the country like CSIR (Council of Scientific Industrial Research), Agri Research (ICAR) and Medical Research (ICMR) aligned to national socio-economic needs.

AIM has adopted a holistic framework in the achievement of its objectives.

  1. Atal Tinkering Labs to promote creative, innovative mindset in schools.
  2. Atal Incubators – to promote entrepreneurship in universities and industry.
  3. Atal New India Challenges and Atal Grand Challenges - to promote specific product innovations with social / economic impact.
  4. Mentors of Change – to mentor students at ATL and AIC Incubators / Startups.

National Informatics Centre (NIC) 

  • It is an attached office under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, established in 1976. 
  • NIC provides infrastructure to help support delivery of Government IT services and delivery of some of the initiatives of Digital India.

Image Source: NITI Aayog