Amal Jyothi has emerged as the only engineering college in Kerala to be sanctioned the prestigious Centre of Relevance and Excellence (CORE) by the TIFAC (Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council) under the Dept of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. The College is one among 37 first-rate technical institutions selected since the year 2000, out of over 10000 of its kind, all over India.
TIFAC, a project mooted by former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, aims at enhancing the academic standards of professional education through supportive measures like industry–institute interface and matching grants, raising a few top-rated institutions to mini IIT status.
The proposed CORE is a tri-partite venture involving the government, industry and the college with the goal of generating trained manpower for industry and research in Farm Automation and Agro-processing.
The overall budget for a three-year period is around Rs. Nine crore of which Rs. 2.5 crore has been sanctioned by the TIFAC and over one-third is being contributed by partnering industries.
In a CORE, industries involve themselves right from the stage of drafting syllabi to absorbing trained students. This enables industries to reduce the time required to orient fresh recruits and to re-skill the existing employees at a competitive cost.
M.Tech programme in Farm Machinery and several specialized training programmes tailored to the needs of rubber and other agro-processing industries will be introduced at the CORE. Another objective is to research and develop agricultural machines, tools and components that will aid farmers and industry, necessitated by the shortage of skilled labour and the need for higher productivity.
The CORE will also offer consultancy to industries. Besides, it is seeking to establish linkage with reputed international organizations.