Under Institutional development schemes, AICTE came up with IDEA Lab (Idea Development, Evaluation & Application Lab) to encourage students studying in STEM fields for using their knowledge in practical applications and enabling institutes for the betterment of their equipment and labs. The purpose of IDEA Lab is to provide a student enough facilities so that they can convert their ideas into prototypes.
There were more than 200 institutes registered for IDEA Lab and among them 190 were screened. 152 institutes were shortlisted for the final round and after considerable decisions, only 49 were selected for the IDEA Lab Grant.
Among all the institutes to be selected, there were only two from Gujarat and GCET was one of them, receiving a grant of ₹1.10 crores.