TLC with a difference

Building makerspaces in academic institutions to improve the teaching-learning process

The Teaching Learning Centre (TLC) for Design and Manufacturing Education at IIITDM Kancheepuram is funded by the Ministry of Education (MoE) under the Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) scheme. The TLC aims to design and develop e-learning materials and common Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and Build-Your-Own (BYO) low-cost laboratory instruction modules for adoption and use in engineering universities, colleges, and polytechnics. The modules are mainly built using inexpensive commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) materials and components, open-source hardware, and free open-source software, making them extremely affordable. The knowledge and experience gained can facilitate innovative projects by students and teachers

“Helping resource constrained educational institutes to build affordable DIY makerspaces so that as an end result, we create a better learning outcomes.”



Teaching Learning Centre for Design and Manufacturing Education will focus on developing nationwide initiatives to improve teaching and student learning in academic institutions in the fields of innovative engineering design and manufacturing.


To be recognized as a leading center in research, development, and dissemination of innovative e-learning materials and affordable hands-on laboratory instructional modules for design and manufacturing education.


To help resource-poor academic institutions get access to hands-on laboratory instruction which is constrained by the high cost of equipment and instruments.