Tinkerers’ Lab inauguration at Nirma University

Tinkerers' Lab

Influenced by the concept of learning by doing the Nirma University inaugurated the Tinkerers’ Lab on September 22, 2022. The Tinkerers’ Lab under the auspices of Maker Bhavan Foundation (MBF) was inaugurated by Dr Hemant Kanakia, Founder of MBF. Other dignitaries present were Shri K K Patel, Vice President- Nirma University; Dr Anup K Singh, Director General, Nirma University; Dr R N Patel, Director- Institute of Technology; Dr Mehul R Naik, Head Centre for Entrepreneurship NU; Ms Damayanti Bhattacharys, CEO, MBF and Shri Piyush Shah, Co-founder of MBF.

The Maker Bhavan Foundation, California, US has funded such labs at IIT Mumbai, IIT Chennai and IIT Gandhinagar and now for the first time is going outside of the IITs by funding the lab at the Nirma University.

Addressing the students, Dr Kanakia says, ‘The idea of setting up this foundation was to encourage students to develop an inventive attitude. Learning by doing is one of the approaches which I believe needs to be implemented instead of the conventional classroom method. We want students at Nirma University to go ahead and develop new patentable ideas, build prototypes and file provisional patents.’

Tinkerer’s Lab is funded by Maker Bhavan Foundation (MBF), a US 501(c) 3 for public charity registered in the USA. MBF is a not-for-profit organisation which provides support to build collaborative classrooms to introduce project-based curricula and develop programmes that teach innovation and enhance soft skills. Tinkerers’ Lab is one such student-managed makerspaces that enable students to tinker with tools to build novel systems and convert concepts and ideas to tangible engineering products. MBF has funded nine such labs including a few IITs.

Currently, Nirma University’s Tinkerers’ Lab has high-end equipment like a 3D printer, 3D scanner, Vinyl cutter, Laser Cutting Machine, Mechanical Power Tools, other mechanical tools, Electronic CRO, Function generator, Power Supplies, Soldering Iron, etc. which can be used to make prototypes for students’ projects.