TIFAC (Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council) has initiated Mission REACH (Relevance & Excellence in Achieving new heights in educational institutions) to establish TIFAC-COREs (Centres Of Relevance & Excellence) in diverse disciplines in different educational institutions throughout the country. Launched on October 4, 2000 by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the then Chairman, TIFAC and Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, the Mission aims to bring about an architectural change in higher education system by synergizing course content, opportunities and investments to evolve world-class institutions in the form of TIFAC-COREs. The process picks up from forging a triangular relationship between funding agency, educational institution and the user organization(s) to serve as the foundation of a CORE. After the implementation period of Mission REACH, these COREs would continue in the respective institutions and operate in a self-sustaining manner beyond the three-year period. All these centres are mandated to function in a tightly networked manner under the brand of TIFAC-CORE. Most of them are located in smaller places (unlike other ‘elite’ institutions which are based in bigger cities/metros) of the country, with a view to spread quality higher education far and wide across the country. For the first time these front-line entities are made to address vocational training requirements of the industries, a service that has not been forthcoming from them hitherto. Each TIFAC-CORE is nucleated by TIFAC, nestled by academic institution and nurtured by the interest of the industries or other organizations partnering with it. With only a partial funding from TIFAC (Government) and the rest being managed by the institution and industries, these TIFAC-COREs are luminous examples of ‘functional’ industry-academia linkage, a concept that the country has been thirsting for a long time. Besides the vibrant network of TIFAC-COREs, there would be a huge reservoir of experts, state-of-the-art physical assets and large pool of researchers and students in multiple areas of industrial and societal relevance to orchestrate transformation of India into a developed nation.