As part of training students to design and manufacture any products using advanced manufacturing machines, Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), will establish 50 Fabrication Laboratories at various technical colleges in the State, said JayasankarPrasad, KSUM CEO.

Inaugurating the second leg of the third edition of the FabLab Asia Network conference (FAN3) here on Tuesday, Prasad said that 20 such laboratories will start functioning by the end of February this year. Work order for another 30 laboratories have been given and the installation works will start soon.

KSUM has earmarked ₹10 crore for the project which will be a fabricating platform enabling students to come forward and develop their ideas in the lab. The training for teachers at the colleges have been completed and once the installation is completed, students can utilise the facility.

The maker culture should benefit the common man and technology should meet with art for achieving the goal. In the days to come, people can design and manufacture any product using advanced manufacturing machines linked to a computer, he added.