Mangaluru, Oct 23: Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL), a flagship initiative of the Atal Innovation Mission of the government of India, was inaugurated in St Aloysius Gonzaga School on Saturday October 23.
The chief guest Dr K V Rao, director of regional science centre at Pilikula Nisarga Dhama, Mangaluru, inaugurated the lab and expressed his views that grooming young innovators is the need of the hour, to make our nation self-reliant which will happen only when we provide opportunities to students to learn the subject through hands-on experience.
The president of the function Fr Melwin Joseph Pinto SJ, rector, St Aloysius Institutions, blessed the newly equipped lab and in his inspiring message gave a call to students to create something new and share the knowledge they gain from this lab with people around them and society at large.
During the formal programme, the principal, Fr Melwyn Anil Lobo SJ gave an introduction of the Atal Tinkering Lab and said that it is a proud moment for St Aloysius Gonzaga School to receive a grant from the government to establish ATL lab to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds and thereby help the students to enhance the skill of innovation.
The guest of honour Jayalaxmi A, regional teacher of Change for Atal Tinkering Labs, HvM of Ramakrishna High School, Puttur, in her address congratulated and advised the students to make the best use of the opportunity provided.
Also present at this event were vice principal Laurel D'Souza, staff of the school, parents and students.
On this same occasion, the newly installed solar panels, an initiative taken by the school towards going green and opting for solar energy as a part of it - was blessed by Fr Melwin Joseph Pinto SJ, rector. Deserving students were distributed with scholarships by Ladies Circle India, Mangalore Ladies circle 82 & Mangalore Round Table 115. Deepa Karkada welcomed the gathering and Shipa R Ballal proposed the vote of thanks.
The programme was compered by Acquina Rebello and Laveena Kunder. After the blessing, the dignitaries and parents perused the models that students had prepared.