Idea Development Evaluation and Application (IDEA) LAB, introduced by AICTE, New Delhi, is a movement in the country to enhance required skill in youths to make them employable in the engineering domain. Aim is also to expose our next generation to the advanced tools and technology available at the global standard. Malnad College of Engineering is proud to receive this prestigious project, which is one among 49 institutions in the country and one among 5 institutions in Karnataka state. We are happy that the present IDEA LAB has been inaugurated by our Honourable higher education minister Sri Ashwath Narayan on 26th April 2022. The total cost of the project is 96.3 lakhs; 50% of the grant is provided by AICTE and another 50% by our college management . This is one of the AICTE Quality Improvement Schemes (AQIS) launched by Govt of India, which would align with the New Education Policy (NEP) to emphasis experience-based learning.

The stakeholders of the IDEA LAB are students and faculty members of all types of colleges and schools, local industry people, farmers, alumni, dropout students/unemployed youth in village/urban area. Such state of-the-art facility has been established in the college campus area of more than 4000 square feet. The lab will be kept open for 24/7 for all its stakeholders to make their own schedule of training and working. Motto of the MCE-IDEA lab is to train up a person to design and prepare a prototype of a product starting from its scratch.