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Digital Disha Programme – Shanmugam IAS Academy
Atal Innovation

Digital Disha Programme

NITI Aayog, Adobe Partner to Enhance Digital Literacy and Creativity Skills

Atal Tinkering Labs is one of the flagship initiatives undertaken by NITI Aayog under the Atal Innovation Mission

NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission and Adobe signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) to collectively drive the charter of developing creative skills and spreading digital literacy across all Atal Tinkering Labs in India with the support of Adobe’s resources and expertise.

Adobe shall also implement its Digital Disha Programme across 100 schools under Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) initiative. Children and teachers across these schools and communities shall benefit from creative learning resources via free access to Adobe Spark premium– thereby empowering them with new age skills to thrive in the current digital era and preparing them for long term success.

AIM is the Government of India’s flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. As a part of AIM, more than 5,000 schools in India are selected for establishment of ATL where students of class 6th to class 12th learn innovation skills and develop ideas with support from teachers.

Adobe said it is committed to enhance creativity of young minds in India through their Adobe Digital Disha programme and will extend their support to conduct capacity building sessions regionally for teachers and students alike.

ATAL Innovation Mission

Ministry/ Department: NITI Ayog

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) including Self-Employment and Talent Utilization (SETU) is Government of India’s endeavour to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Its objective is to serve as a platform for promotion of world-class Innovation Hubs, Grand Challenges, Start-up businesses and other self-employment activities, particularly in technology driven areas.

The Atal Innovation Mission shall have two core functions:

  • Entrepreneurship promotionthrough Self-Employment and Talent Utilization, wherein innovators would be supported and mentored to become successful entrepreneurs.
  • Innovation promotion:to provide a platform where innovative ideas are generated


  • It aims to create high-class incubation facilities with necessary infrastructure in terms of capital equipment and operating facilities, coupled with the availability of sectoral experts for mentoring the start-ups.
  • The scheme is known as Atal Incubation Centre scheme.
  • The scheme focuses on the establishment of incubation centres in underserved and unserved areas to support inclusive growth.
  • Under the scheme, Atal Incubation Centre can be established either in Publicly funded institutions or Private sector funded institutions or in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
  • The sub-schemes of AIM include
    • Establishing Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) and
    • Atal Incubation Centers (AICs), for providing scaling up support to Established Incubation Centres.
  • It also includes finding ultra-low cost solution to India’s most intractable problems through Atal Grand Challenges and Atal Vikas Challenges.

Atal Tinkering Labs:

  • ATLs will function as innovation hubs for student innovators to explore solutions to unique local problems which they come across in their everyday lives.
  • These hubs will allow students to explore solutions to unique local problems and provide access to technologies like 3D Printing, robotics, Internet of Things (IoT) and microprocessors.
  • NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has selected 3,000 additional schools for establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs).
  • The new additions take number of such ATLs to 5,441 representing all states and five out of seven union territories. It will facilitate the creation of over one million neoteric child innovators by 2020.
  • These additional schools will expand reach of ATL program and increase number of children exposed to tinkering and innovation.
  • The selected schools will receive grant of Rs. 20 lakh spread over next 5 years to establish labs for nurturing innovation and entrepreneurial spirit among secondary school children across India.

Factual Information:

  • Under NITI Ayog
  • AIM started with initial sum of Rs. 500 crore
  • Started in 2015

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