Over the past three decades, the educational activities of the Institute have extended beyond the campus. This has been principally due to institutionalized linkages established by the Institute with various industries, R&D organizations, developmental agencies, etc. This activity for all the on-campus programmes is through the Practice School which as an integral component of the academic curriculum takes the classroom for a specified period to a professional location where the students and the faculty along with the industry experts get involved in real-life problems.
Since 1979, the Institute has been participating in the human resources development activities of the industries by evolving several degree programmes by integrating the working environment of the employees with the learning environment required by the Institute. These programmes were first started as M.E. (Collaborative) programmes in 1979. Later, from 1988, the work integrated learning philosophy has been extended to programmes like First Level Diploma in Computer Applications, Instrument Servicing & Maintenance, Workshop Technology, Nautical Sciences; M.V.S in Computer Operations & Applications, Information Management, Physician Assistant, Footwear Technology; B.S. in Technological Operations, Pharmacy Operations, Industrial Management, Process Engineering, Engineering & Industrial Technology, Optometry, Physician Assistant, Power Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Marine Engineering, Nautical Technology, Engineering Technology, Information Systems, Ophthalmic Assistant, Industrial Engineering & Technology, Nautical Sciences; M.Sc. (Tech.) Pharmaceutical Chemistry; M.S. in Systems & Information, Computer Science, Electronics & Control, Pharmacy Operations, Technological Operations, Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Design Engineering, Habitat Technology, Chemical Technology, Consciousness Studies, Consultancy Management, Engineering Management, Industrial Production & Management, Management Systems, Medical Laboratory Technology, Microelectronics, Quality Management, Software Engineering, Software Systems, Manufacturing Management, e-Business, Pharmaceutical Operations and Management, Telecommunication & Software Engineering; Mechanical Systems Design, Embedded Systems, M.Phil. in Mathematics, Physics, Science Communication & Journalism, Astronomy & Planetarium Sciences, Cardiac Sciences, Hospital & Health Systems Management, Optometry, Physician Assistant and Off-campus Ph.D.