The Times of India | Laxmi Prasanna | TNN | November 16, 2016 |
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: While inviting applicants for MIT-Fab Lab Academy course, Kerala Start-up Mission (KSUM) in association with Kerala Technological University (KTU) and with the support of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) plans to set up 20 Mini Fab labs in select engineering colleges across the state by this December end. Currently, KSUM has two MIT Fab labs one at Techno park and the other at Ernakulum. “KSUM with KTU has already entered into an agreement with MIT to set up 20 Mini Fab (Fabrication) Labs in 20 engineering colleges in the state and MIT is expected to install the components for mini fab labs by December end,” KSUM chief executive officer C Jayasankar Prasad told TOI. Setting up a Mini Lab in a college will cost around Rs 50 lakh including cost of logistics and the entire 100 per cent cost to set Mini labs in government engineering colleges will be borne by the state government, he said. The students can innovate and design prototypes of products with the support of experts at these Fab labs. For government aided engineering colleges, the cost sharing will be on 50: 50 basis and in case of private colleges, 25 percent will be granted by the state and 75 percent will have to be met by the private engineering colleges themselves, he said.