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Selection For Atal Tinkering Lab

Police DAV Public School gets grant of Rs.20 lacs for the establishment of Tinkering lab by NITI Aayog. (National Institution for Transforming India), Government of India. Police DAV Public School is the only school that has been selected from the city. The lab will be beneficial not only to the students of the school but will provide a platform to the neighboring schools as well for learning.


The objective of this programe is to establish ATL – Atal Tinkering laboratories in selected few schools of India to promote curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds. In all, 257 schools across India and 12 schools in Punjab have been selected for these labs. Research proposals were invited from the schools of India both under state and central boards in the month May and which had to be submitted within 3 weeks. As many as 13,005 proposals from all over India were submitted. Out of that large number, 595 schools were shortlisted. These schools were invited to give presentations at different venues in the month of November. Chandigarh was selected as the venue for Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pardesh, J&K schools. The schools were asked to provide solutions to the two challenges faced by the community of their respective areas. 1. Problem related to the community where the school is located. 2. Any general problem related to the community at large.


Police DAV presented solution to 1. the security issue of the PAP Campus where the school is located. 2. Management of the electronic waste of the city. The school is already working on these two projects. The presentations at Chandigarh were held in two rounds. In the first round the students had to give their presentation in 7 minutes and in only 7 slides. The second round was related to school’s understanding of ATAL and its purpose. Only 3 minutes were allotted and had to be presented in 3 slides only. The coaches of the various teams were cross questioned by 4 member panel of judges. The Police DAV team comprised of Dr. Navdeep Sharma, faculty incharge and Sehaj Jolly, Jivtesh Singh & Ashutosh, students of classes XI and XII. The team presented its perspective their perspective on vision and understanding of ATL, impact it will have on both student population of the school and faculty, utilization plan for the space and proposed activities that would be conducted in ATL.


The school will get an initial grant of Rs.10 lacs for instrumentation, equipment and establishment of the lab and the next Rs. 10 lac grant would be spread over a maximum of 5 years for operation, maintenance of equipment, organization of Science lectures and others science related activities. Dr. Rashmi Vij, the Principal has been promoting Science culture in the school for the past many years and the school has been scripting success story in Space Competitions organized by NASA and University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Navdeep Sharma, who is a doctorate in Aeronautical Science has been heading these projects.