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AIM, NITI and Meta Will Establish Frontier Technology Labs in Schools

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NITI Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and Meta have collaborated to establish Frontier Technology Labs (FTLs) in schools.

  • These labs represent the next level of Atal Tinkering Labs, featuring cutting-edge infrastructure that encompasses all of the components of a Tinkering Lab. 
  • This empowers students to explore and innovate using a range of advanced technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, Augmented & Virtual Reality, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Robotics, 3D Printing, and Internet of Things. 
  • The laboratories are designed to assist the government's objective of preparing young individuals with digital skills to thrive in the ever-changing world of technology and the global economy. 
  • Meta will finance the FTLs, while Atal Innovation Mission will serve as the knowledge partner.
  • Through engaging workshops, interactive sessions, and project-based learning, students will be trained to use AI tools effectively.
  • It will help them to understand generative AI & prompt engineering, explore scientific concepts interactively using AR & VR, and deal with new-age cybersecurity threats, among other things. 
  • Students will also be given access to tools and resources from Meta, such as LLaMA and other AI tools, to build innovative solutions.
  • The FTLs form an integral part of Meta's Education to Entrepreneurship initiative, which was introduced in September of 2023. 
  • The objective of this initiative is to provide a smooth and uninterrupted connection between students, young people, the working population, and micro-entrepreneurs with advanced technologies, taking digital education to the most remote areas. 
  • The ultimate goal of this program is to support the government's vision of promoting digital inclusion, education, and progress.
  • The creation of these laboratories perfectly aligns with the Atal Innovation Mission's goal of promoting a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in educational institutions throughout India. 
  • This move represents a significant stride towards developing a capable workforce that is equipped to tackle the challenges and possibilities of tomorrow. These labs will be overseen by 1M1B (One Million for One Billion), a partner of Meta.

About Atal Innovation Mission 

  • The NITI Aayog launched the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) in 2016 as a flagship initiative. It fosters a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the country. 
  • AIM aims to foster a mindset of problem-solving in schools and create an environment of entrepreneurship in universities, research institutions, and the private and MSME sectors. 
  • The initiatives of the mission are closely monitored and managed through real-time MIS systems and dynamic dashboards. Furthermore, third-party agencies review AIM's programs to ensure continuous improvement.

About Meta

Meta, previously named TheFacebook, Inc. and Facebook, Inc., is an American multinational technology company. It is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. It offers various products and services, including Facebook, Instagram, Threads, and WhatsApp


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