What is Robolab? Which students can use the Robolab facility?
Robolab is an Activity based learning platform which acts as the Center of Excellence for all the Robotics needs of your institutes for the students from all the departments
How much time do you take to establish the Robolab?
After receiving the confirmed Order from the customer, we take 20 working days to establish the basic Robolab.
Do you design the Robolab for the customer?
We at Robolab Technologies believe in customization and we design the Robolab as per the customer’s requirements.
Is there any after sales support provided from your end?
An after sales technical support of 12 to 18 months is included in the Robolab establishment, depending on the Robolab option that you choose to establish.
Is there any warranty/ guarantee on the material?
One year of warranty is given on the material provided in the Robolab.
How are you different & Why should we get associated with you?
We are a Long term solution of all your robotics needs.
Advanced robot learning kits with latest study platforms.
Specially tailored Robotics curricula for different age groups.
Time to time up gradations of the Robolab.
Will you be teaching the faculties?
Yes, we do teach and empower your faculties so as to run the Robolab in future. It varies from case to case basis.
Can you appoint a full-time person from your end here at our institute?
The high-quality training that empowers the Robolab Trainees and the after sales support makes the need of a full-time person from our end at the Robolab established a redundancy. Still, we keep the option open from case to case basis, depending on the customer’s need and urge to invest in having a full-time person at the Robolab facility.
Have you established such Robolabs before?
Yes, Please refer to the clientele on our website.
Who are you associated with?
Robolab Technologies is the first incubated company under the BHAU Institute Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership, COE, Pune
We are associated with our Alma mater, The College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) (An autonomous institute of the Government of Maharashtra, 3rd oldest Engineering College in Asia)
We are also associated with Ignited Innovators of India (I2I)
Can students do their Mini-projects and major projects in the Robolab?
They can. We also provided separate customized training modules for the same at the established Robolab facility at your campus.
Can Robolab cater the needs of competitions like Robocon, IIT Techfests, Mindspark?
The material provided in the Robolab is sufficient to crack the competition’s problem statement and complete the tasks easily.
Will it be beneficial to the students from the placement point of view?
A Roboticist is indeed a complete engineer who can adapt into multiple roles that the industry has to offer. The practical way of learning along with high-quality hands-on experience makes the students better equipped to cater the needs of a challenging professional career that lie ahead.
Can we sign a MoU with Robolab Technologies and make sure that we are associated with each other for the long run?
Yes, we actually prefer doing that and stay associated with our valued customers forever.
My son is in 6th standard and he wants to be a doctor. Will Robotics be useful to him?
Yes, the medical field has a wide range of application related to the field of robotics. Moreover, being involved in an activity like Robolab enhances the learning capabilities of your child in multiple ways, irrespective of the career options that he/she chooses in future.
Question – What is the Utilization Breakdown for the ATL Grant?
Answer – The Grant Utilization Breakdown is as follows –
Out of the total funds – i.e. the Rs.12 lakhs that have been transferred to the schools under the ATL grant, Rs.10 lakhs are for capital expenses and Rs.2 lakhs are for Operational and Maintainence expenses for the financial year 2017-2018.
The guidelines for Utilization of grant-in-aid is explained below:
1. Utilization of Grant-in-Aid towards Establishment Cost
One time establishment cost of up to Rs. 10.0 lakh has been provided for each ATL. The establishment cost may be utilised for the following purpose:
- Up to Rs.7 lakh may be utilised for procurement of ATL equipment as per the ATL equipment list, in first 2-3 months after receiving the grant.
- Maximum of Rs.1 lakh may be used for purchasing laptops and a projector, in case these are not already available in ATL/school.
- Refurbishment of the ATL in terms of electrical fittings, internet facility, painting procurement of furniture like tables, chairs, storage boxes, printing of banner/board etc. can be undertaken by the schools. A maximum of Rs.1.5 lakhs from the grant-in-aid may be utilised for this purpose.
- A maximum upto Rs.50,000 can be used for advanced prototyping, based on ATL specific requirements.
2. Utilization of Grant-in-Aid towards Operation and Maintenance
An amount of Rs.10.0 lakh has been provided for each ATL @ Rs. 2 lakh per year (for a period of 5 years). The O&M cost may be utilised for the following purpose:
- Repair & Maintenance of ATL equipment
- Purchase of consumables / spares
- Travel reimbursement for ATL faculty/ ATL students to attend events/meeting/training programme organised by AIM
- Organising intra and inter-school ATL related events – ATL Tinkerfest, ATL Marathon, ATL mentor sessions, competitions, guest lectures, hands-on workshops for students, training, workshops for teachers and community outreach
- Payment of token honorarium to one ATL-in-charge (only) upto to maximum Rs. 5000 per month.
- The grant-in-aid should not be used for following purposes:
Payment of salaries to ATL-in-charge, any faculty, lab assistant, equipment vendors, mentors etc.
Question – Does the ATL Grant cover the renovation of the lab?
Answer – A maximum of Rs.1.50 lakh
from the grant-in-aid may be utilized for this purpose. As per the Grant Utilization guideline, Grant-in-aid can be utilized for Refurbishment of the ATL in terms of –
- Electrical fittings
- Internet facility
- Painting and whitewashing
- Procurement of furniture like tables, chairs, storage boxes, printing of banner/board etc.
Question – Are the following modifications allowed in the Atal Tinkering Lab – Installation of Air Conditioning; Soundproofing; Other cosmetic changes? Can funds from the grant be utilized from the same?
Answer – The schools are not allowed to use funds from the ATL grant for installation of air conditioning, soundproofing, and other cosmetic changes. However, the schools can make the above modifications using the their own resources.
Question – Can the schools use the ATL grant to construct the entire lab?
Answer – No, the schools cannot use the ATL grant to construct the lab and the school is expected to provide an existing space for the ATL
Question – Does the school need to have a separate account for ATL?
Answer – Yes, the school needs to have a separate bank account for the ATL. The Bank Account should be in the school’s name in a nationalized bank or any bank having CBS (Core Banking Solution) facility. The school can maintain its existing account only if the account is in the school’s name. If the school doesn’t have a bank account in its name then it needs to open a bank account in the name of : with State Bank of India or with a nationalized bank or with a bank having CBS (Core Banking Solution) facility.
Question – Can the schools change their Bank Account Details?
Answer – No, the school cannot change their bank account details once the grant has been sanctioned. However, in case of an emergency the school can send a formal mail to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining the situation.
Question – Can Atal Innovation Mission please help us with the PMFS submission process?
Question – Our school has completed the PMFS registration but we have not received the username and password. When will we receive it?
Question – Which schools need to use DARPAN ID while registering?
Answer – The schools run by NGO should get the DARPAN ID of their parent NGO. If their parent NGO has not registered with DARPAN then they are required to register their NGO with DARPAN Portal and once DARPAN ID is generated, the same and NGO’s PAN Number is to be submitted by School while registering with PFMS on their School Name.
Question – What are the documents that have to be uploaded and sent to AIM?
Question – Is it mandatory that the Agency name and School’s name on the bank account should match?
Answer – Yes, it is mandatory that the agency name and the school’s name on the bank account must match.
Question – Is there a concession in area for hilly regions and islands? Should schools submit a letter stating the same?
Answer – Schools in hilly region/islands can avail a space concession with the minimum requirement brought down to 1000 sq. ft. for these schools. The schools need to clarify this by stating that they are located in a hilly region/island and need a space concession on the Letter of Principal.
Question – Can a school appoint multiple ATL in-charges?
Answer – No, the school can appoint only one ATL in-charge and the honorarium of Rs. 5000 per month will be allotted to that ATL in-charge. However, other individuals can provide support to the ATL in-charge. The appointment of the ATL in-charge is to be done at the discretion of the school.
Question – Who can the school appoint as an ATL in-charge?
Answer – The schools can use their discretion while appointing ATL in-charge. The school must ensure that the person appointed as the ATL in-charge is competent enough to understand the equipment being used in the ATL and mentor the students about the same. He/she should also be motivated and willing to learn more about the technologies being used in the ATL. The educational background of the ATL in-charge is not important as long as the above conditions are met. The ATL in-charge can be exclusive for the ATL or can be a subject teacher as well; this is up to the school’s discretion.
Question – How can the schools select a vendor from the suggestive list of vendors? Can schools purchase the instruments of same specifications from other vendors than approved if prices are lower?
Answer – A indicative list
of vendors have been announced by NITI Aayog. However, this list is neither exhaustive nor mandatory
, it is indicative and suggestive. Schools can procure material from other sources as well according to convenience, quality and pricing. This decision can be taken at the school’s discretion. We would suggest that the school does thorough due diligence before selecting a vendor. The schools can contact multiple vendors before finalizing one; they can also contact schools with existing Atal Tinkering Labs to get a review of the vendors and then take an informed decision
. Please note that the vendors mentioned in the indicative list have agreed to the following:
- To provide two years of comprehensive warranty at no additional cost for all equipment including 3D printers, as well as replacement of equipment during repair.
- To provide training on handling and usage of equipment at school at no additional cost.
- To provide three years of comprehensive AMC (Annual Maintenance Contract) at no additional cost.
- To provide all indicative equipment in the suggested quantity within Rs.7 lakhs.
Question – Where can we find the suggestive list of vendors?
Answer – The suggestive list of vendors has been mailed to all selected schools. The schools can access their registered e-mail IDs to find the list.
Question – Is It necessary to have WI-FI/Broadband connection for the ATL Lab? Will the vendors help in setting up the lab?
Answer – Yes, ATL must have working internet connection. No, It is the responsibility of the school to set up the lab. The grant money cannot be used to pay to vendors for setting up the lab. Vendors shall only be providing the equipment for the same.
Question – How to schedule curriculum for ATL activities for various classes?
Answer – The school can utilize zero periods/class teacher’s period for dedicated sessions. They can use block periods for continuous lab sessions – this would help provide the students ample time to work at a stretch. Make a time table for after school hours for school students and similarly, students from other schools to use the ATL.
Question – Can the schools change the Email Id that they have registered with Atal innovation Mission?
Answer – Yes, the schools can change their registered Email Id. The concerned school needs to send a formal mail from their new email Id to email@example.com requesting for a change of their old email id and stating the reason for the same. Please mention your school name and Unique Id in all such mails.
Question – How to apply for the Mentor of Change at Atal Innovation Mission?
Answer – Schools and Individuals can apply as a mentor for Atal Tinkering Labs on voluntary basis.
A aspiring ATL mentor is required to register themselves as a #MentorOfChange with Atal Innovation Mission. The website link is http://aim.gov.in/mentor.php
. Further instructions are mentioned on the website.
Question – Who can apply as a Mentor of Change at the Atal Innovation Mission?
Answer – Atal Innovation Mission is looking for leaders who can spend 1 – 2 hours every week
in one or more ATL labs and enable students to experience, learn and practice future skills such as design and computational thinking.
The mentors are expected to be enablers rather than instructors
and should be able to contribute to one or more of the following or related areas –
- Technical Know-how: building prototypes,
- Innovation and Design: inculcating solution oriented approach,
- Inspirational: leadership and self-motivation, and
- Business and Entrepreneurship: encouraging ideas and team building
- Sounding board / guide, break stereotypes and bias to bring about mind set and behavioral change
For more information please visit http://aim.gov.in/mentor.php
Question – Is the ATL accessible to students and participants outside the school? Is it possible for an NGO to tie up with a school for ATL?
Answer – If any students from the nearby schools or the community are interested in accessing the ATL or working with the students of the concerned school then the ATL school must permit them to do so. The schools are allowed to charge anyone for accessing the ATLs.Yes, it is possible for any external organization including NGOs to partner with a school hosting an ATL. However, no financial transactions of any kind are allowed from the ATL grant.
ATL:what is tinkering??
Experimenting with various available raw materials and technology tools; understanding their potential and creating a solution for local/global problems
ATL:Is there any prescribed curriculum/syllabus for different classes and set challenges which the students have to attend throughout the year?
The idea of the ATL is to ensure that children think out of the box and use the ATLs to learn science hands on, without rote learning. It is meant to encourage students to experiment in any manner that excites them. Therefore, schools have full freedom to encourage and push children in this direction, without forcing children into pigeon holes
ATL:When will be the first audit/ inspection ?
schools have to upload info to AIM portal monthly, quarterly and annually. Random checks can be conducted by NITI officials
ATL: How to set up ATL? How to train the teachers?
Mentor to help with technical aspects & building prototypes, inspire & motivate students, encourage students to generate new ideas & team building and be a sounding board / guide for students.
ATL:Who would be a competent In-charge of ATL?
Young & dynamic people with Bachelors in science or engineering / teacher in school with a proven expertise and interest in electrical, electronics, computer, physics along with a strong drive to help young people build skills, confidence & an opportunity to do something new and out of box, proficient in English & local languages.
How to train the students? Any curriculum available?
What is the responsibility of ATL-in-charge?
What can be desired qualifications of faculty members?
What will be the role of mentors?
Mentor to help with technical aspects & building prototypes, inspire & motivate students, encourage students to generate new ideas & team building and be a sounding board / guide for students.
ATL:We are in a fix, where to start from, and how to select vendor and procure kits, what will be the most transparent and simple procedure?
please use the procurement guideline to invite all vendors to present their proposals, conduct due diligence and finalize, speak to other selected ATL principals and learn how they are doing
ATL:Is it mandatory to use all the funding amount received per year in the same year; If not utilized completely in given year, can they be used in next year…?
It is mandatory to utilise all funding amount received in 1 year. You will receive the next year’s amount only after exhausting the fund
ATL:What is the role of teachers in this?
How should we implement it?
Do you give any training to teachers?
Initial training will be provided by NITI Aayog
ATL:Do we have the liberty to make our own road map for executing objectives of ATL labs.
Yes, schools have full freedom to ensure that children experiment in the labs and can use any method to encourage and propel children to think innovately
ATL:As per the provided list we feel that ATL is only mechanics ,electronics and robotics . Can we work in fundamental sciences also ?
yes, you can available equipments and create projects across all science subjects, across all centres
ATL:Till we get the design of lab it is difficult to get electrification and other furniture or storage arrangement done…. even though our location is ready to be set
the lab elements- include furniture, equipment, storage space, safety consideration, etc. You will have to finalize the final design based on your lab space. We will provide all guideline, will also share a video of AT lab set up soon. Lab has to be set up by June 30, so please start now!
ATL:What is the role of ATL Incharge? Is there any training programme is plan for them?
Role of ATL incharge – Set up ATL, get trained, collaborate with school teachers to develop timetable, engage students, conduct student ideation/ brainstorming sessions, spread awareness about ATL inside and outside the school, maintain databases & documents & ensure safety of students.
ATL:Can some selected students also attend that training session for teachers arragned by NITI?
NITI will conduct workshops for students separately
ATL:I have doubt aim already given vendors list, if we get same item with less price can we purchase items form local market with genuine bills
the final decision with regard to selection of the vendor for purchasing the equipment and training services resides with the schools. The schools may select vendors outside this suggestive list, provided the quality, equipment specification and price of the vendors matches or are better than that of the suggestive list.
ATL:Are we going to have any standard curriculum for ATL or schools have to decide individually?
NITI is in the process of developing a handbook on different concepts like idea generation, design thinking, computational thinking etc. Will conduct workshops for students. Will make the resources available
ATL:Can the funds be used for facilitating the experts called for workshops and seminars.
Grant-in-aid can’t be utilised for payment of honorariums to mentors / experts. Please see the utilisation guidelines
ATL:Is proper manual education enough for being able to operate an ATL lab or proper special training programmes are needed?
Mix of training curriculum, hands on workshops will be conducted at the schools
ATL:Some of the listed vendors are charging huge amounts of money for training teachers….. Shall we pay???
Grants cannot be used for teacher training. NITI will arrange teacher training programs for all schools. Refer to the guidelines
ATL:Whether it is necessary to purchase all the listed equipment?
ATL:How the ATL help the society. What is the main moto of ATL in school.
ATL will help students inculcate a spirit of creativity, curiosity and innovation. students and teachers will develop skills like design thinking, ideation, computational thinking, which will help them to develop solutions to india community problems.
ATL:Can we spend small part of the grand for furnitures or lab utensils?
Grant-in-aid can be utilized for Refurbishment of the ATL in terms of electrical fittings, internet facility, painting procurement of furniture like tables, chairs, storage boxes, printing of banner/board etc. can be undertaken by the schools on a 50:50 cost sharing basis. A maximum of Rs. 1.00 lakh from the grant-in-aid may be utilised for this purpose
ATL:Is it mandatory for us to involve other school students in neibhourhood to work in our ATAL LAB ?
yes it is mandatory to involve other school students and students from nearby communities
ATL:This is something new to my teachers and hence we would need serious training. Where can we seek help?
NITI to provide orientation to teachers on topics like Design Thinking, Computational Thinking, Physical computing, Prototyping etc. Training material will be released soon. Schools to conduct more such programs on a regular basis.
ATL:ATL working hours: should it be after the school hour / within the school hour ?
Utilise zero periods/class teacher’s period for dedicated sessions for tinkering
Use block periods for continuous lab sessions – this would help provide the students ample time to work at a stretch
Make a time table for after school hours for school students and similarly, students from other schools
ATL:When is the proposed date of launch? Should we wait till the launch to decide the ventors?
Please do not wait for the launch. Use the procurement guideline and fund utilization guideline shared on email to decide vendors and purchase equipment. All labs should be set up by june 30 with all equipment in place
ATL:Can we purchase the 3 D printer from a local supplier who can support us on regular basis ?
Please ensure good quality and comparable price, and that you do not exceed your budget.
ATL:let us know after deciding the space for atl, what should be our next step?
Please purchase all equipment, set up physical space, get all equipment installed, get advisory committee, get your ATL incharge ready
ATL:Will niti ayog be providing any training to the teachers?
Yes, NITI will provide orientation to teachers over the next few months
ATL:Can the students have their own designs or is there a fixed set of projects?
Students are encouraged to identify their own projects
ATL:Whether any detailed guidelines touching every aspect of ATL available ?
Operational manual with all details will be released soon.
ATL:Who will be the trainer for the innovatorsthroughout the year ?
ATL in charge who will be trained by experts through NITI initially, and then school will have to conduct teacher training, along with mentors
ATL:How to train the students in handling the kits and equipments any guidelines should be given to ATL faculties…?
NITI Aayog will share videos and other material, including detailed user manuals for the labs
ATL:Before finalising the deal with vendors, shall schools inform Niti Aayog about the same
No, schools have the freedom to pick their own vendors, after conducting due diligence
ATL:ATL activity …..is it going to be a part of curriculum ? Is it compulsory for all students to participate in this ?
ATL has 4 levels –Level 1 – Pretinker (for all students in 6 – 12th)
Level 2 – Tinker Club (open to interested students)
Level 3 – tinker Lab (atleast 3 batches of 30 students in a year – to
work on specific ideas and projects)
Level 4 – Post-tinker Lab (for motivated students to work on real time
projects with the help of mentors)
ATL:Can we include educational trips or send faculty and students to attend different seminars or summer schools to different institutes across India.
you can do these. However, budget should be utilised as per the guidelines provided to all schools
ATL:In case we select multiple vendors then what will be rules and regulations regarding the AMC of the same?
Is it up to the vendor to decide if they want to give AMC or not?
the vendors should provide 2 year warranty and 3 year AMC, wherever applicable, and clearly indicate the terms and conditions of the same.
ATL:Are there any labs which can be visited to see how the ATL Tinkering lab is supposed to be designed and conceptualized before we finalize our own layout and plan? Preferable location: AP, Telangana
We are developing a video on the design, layout of ATL. Will share soon. You can visit the school APSWR School Jr College Girls Tallapalem, Vishakhapatnam district. Please contact the school authorities
ATL:What are the guidelines and parameters to allow the other schools to work at ATL Labs?
Will they bring their own material and trainers or will we be liable to provide the same?
Other schools should utilise the equipment available in the lab
ATL:Can two teachers with different subject background ( physics or chemistry or biology) cumulatively act as teachers Incharge of ATL if that combination could work for better outcome?
There has to be one ATL Incharge responsible for all activity, others can support.