Odisha’s Speaker Inaugurates Atal Tinkering Lab in Gram Vikas High School, Kankia

Bhubaneswar: The Speaker of Odisha Legislative Assembly Sri Surjya Narayan Patro inaugurated an Atal Tinkering Lab in Gram Vikas High School, Kankia, today. The School has received a monetary support of Rs.20 lakhs from ‘Atal Innovation Mission’, a flagship program of the Niti Aayog, Government of India. With the help of this money the School has established an ‘Atal Tinkering Lab’ that shall foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds; and inculcate skills
such as design mind-set, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc.
A total number of 13,244 Schools had submitted applications from all across the Country to be considered and selected for the ‘Atal Tinkering Lab’, out of which 1500 Schools were finally selected. From Odisha, a total number of 720 Schools had submitted online applications before Niti Aayog, out of which 90 Schools have finally been selected. In Ganjam district alone, three Schools have been selected for the purpose. ‘Gram Vikas High School’ too falls under the same district.
The ‘Gram Vikas High School’ has more than five hundred students studying in it that primarily consists of children from the tribal communities of the State. Under the scheme, the School has been granted a fund of Rs.20 lacs for a period of five years and an initial allocation of Rs.12 lacs has already been made for the purpose.
Inaugurating the occasion, the Hon’ble Speaker appreciated the students and the teachers of the School and highlighted the significant contribution made by the Founder Chairman of Gram Vikas Dr. Joe Madiath in the field of education through his Schools in the different districts of Odisha. He also highlighted the fact that the Indian Noble laureates in economics Mr. Abhijit Banerjee & Duflo Esther have worked with Gram Vikas, and have discussed in details in their
celebrated book ‘Poor Economics’ about the instrumental contributions made by Joe Madiath in the different fields of rural development.
The inaugural ceremony concluded with cultural programs by the students of the School. The
block education officer was also present at the inaugural ceremony.

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