NIST was selected as one of the Remote Centres under the NMICT program conducted by IIT, Bombay. Initially a demo and workshop of the low-priced educational tablet Aakash was conducted. The programme was conducted by IIT-Bombay under National Mission on Education through ICT (MHRD, Govt. of India). A number of NIST faculty members participated in the workshop-cum-demo sessions on 10th and 11th November 2012 where experts from IIT-Bombay demonstrated and showed the knowledge-oriented applications that are possible on the Aakash tablet. Sixty-four faculty members and staff participated in this two-day workshop which was conducted simultaneously at 250 different colleges of India using A-view software. At the end of the workshop, a few groups of four persons each were formed where each group submitted a project proposal. The workshop showed how lectures can be delivered by experts using multi-way visual interaction from remote locations. Tutorials and labs were also conducted at remote centres by expert faculty at IIT Bombay.

Some of the faculty members attending the workshop were allowed to keep the tablets issued to them, for their use in educational activities in the Institute.