Laboratories in engineering colleges and other technical institutions operational in rural areas are all set to get a makeover, with the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) deciding to provide grants to institutions for procuring modern equipment.
The technical education regulator under the HRD Ministry will be providing grants under the Modernisation and Removal of Obsolescence (MODROBS) scheme.
Which institutes can apply for MODROBS scheme?
Only institutions that have been in existence for at least 10 years can apply for the scheme and get funding up to Rs 20 lakh. Duration of the project will be two years from the date of receipt of funds in the institute’s account. The institutions can apply under the scheme till August 28.
“100 percent grant of sanctioned amount will be released to government and government-aided institutes”.
“To private institutions, grants will be sanctioned in the form of percent of the sanctioned amount as advance, followed by 20 percent as reimbursement on submission of the utilization certificate and other supporting documents as specified in terms and conditions of MODROB,” the official said.
Aim of MODROBS scheme:
“A special drive is being undertaken by AICTE under MODROB scheme for modernising laboratories in technical institutions operating in rural areas and approved by AICTE by providing grants for procuring modern equipments,” a senior AICTE official said.
- The MODROB scheme aims to modernize and remove obsolescence in laboratories, workshops, computing facilities excluding libraries, so as to enhance the functional efficiency of technical institutions for teaching, training and research purpose.
- It also supports new innovations in classroom and laboratory, teaching technology, development of lab instructional material and appropriate technology to ensure that practical work and project work to be carried out by students is contemporary and suited to the needs of the industry.