Government think tank NITI Aayog on Wednesday partnered with software major Adobe to develop creative skills and spread digital literacy among school children in India.
The Statement of Intent (SOI) signed by NITI Aayog and Adobe as part of the Atal Innovation Mission will open Digital Disha Programme across 100 schools under the Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL).
The Digital Disha Programme, which is expected to touch the lives of one million students by 2020, is aimed at driving synergies in creative thinking and technology-based learning. It will empower them with new-age skills to thrive in the current digital era and prepare them for long term success.
"Fostering digital skill sets is an essential building block for shaping the future of a new, technologically empowered India," Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, said in a statement.
"The collaboration with Adobe as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission seeks to kindle the spirit of creativity amongst young minds and couple it with innovative thinking to build and enable the next generation of visionaries in India with the competence and mindset to build sustainable solutions for a modern India in the future," he added.
Atal Innovation Mission is the government's flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.
As part of the mission, more than 5,000 schools in India are selected for establishment of ATL where students of Classes 6 to 12 learn innovation skills and develop ideas with support from teachers.
"As India charts the next stage of its growth in the technology era, digital is key to unlocking a new world full of opportunities. We are committed to advancing the creative acumen of India's young students," said Bryan Lamkin, EVP and GM, Digital Media, Adobe.