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Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is the founder and Chancellor of Amrita University.  She is also known as Amma to millions around the globe.  A world renowned humanitarian leader, Amma is the guiding light of the university...»»

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Live-in-Labs is a multidisciplinary, “theory into practice’’program, that facilitates the research, development, and deployment of sustainable solutions for current challenges faced by rural communities in India. The program provides international students an experiential learning opportunity where they can directly interact, observe, study, and live in rural communities in order to gain a better understanding of problems in the areas of health and livelihood, education and technology, environment and farming, and infrastructure.The program supports and facilitates students, from multiple disciplines, to define projects that seek to address problems... »»

Amrita Center for International Programs (ACIP)
Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh (Director) 
Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan (Associate Director)

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Amritapuri Campus
Amritapuri, Clappana P. O.
Kollam - 690 525, Kerala, INDIA
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Research is a highly significant activity at the university. Amrita has 100+ research projects aiming to benefit society in Biotechnology, Molecular Medicine, Nanosciences, Wireless Sensor Networks, Cyber Security, Educational Technologies, Hepatics, Biostatistics etc...»»

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

Strong collaboration with national and international organizations is the hallmark of all research carried out at Amrita University. Amrita participates in a number of strategic partnerships and alliances with academic partners around the globe...»»

DUAL DEGREES

Amrita University offers excellent Dual Degree Programs alternative to traditional curricula. Pursuing dual degree is a powerful move to put yourself ahead of competition. Equipping yourself with two degrees, from two universities, in two years is a challenging exciting prospect... »»

WINTER CAMP 2014

The Energy Field of Study at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand is organizing a winter camp (7 days intensive internship) from 15th to 21st December, 2014 for senior students (UG & PG). ... »»

November 17, 2014
Dr. J. Ravichandran, Professor at the Department of Mathematics, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore has authored a new book titled, Probability & Random Processes for Engineers. “Probability and Random Processes is one of the most difficult, but most important subjects, for engineering students.  It needs a prerequisite in probability and statistics as well. The concepts of random processes are built upon the concepts of probability and statistics and one entire chapter is dedicated to these topics. Students have been in need of a good text book to study random processes from scratch. Due to teaching this subject for a number of years, I understood the need of a book on this subject and that motivated me to spend two years writing it” shared Dr. Ravichandran.  The key features of the text book include:  9 well organized chapters. Full coverage of various topics such as important probability concepts and distributions, multivariate normal distribution, concepts of random processes, stationarity of random processes, autocorrelation and its properties, standard distribution-based special processes and Markov process and Marko chains. Explanation with suitable examples and graphical representations. Solved problems with illustrations for easy understanding. More than 200 problems in total, 100 solved examples, 100 exercise problems with answers. A number of graphs.   The 312 pages book published by I. K. International Publishing House, New Delhi is priced at Rs 345.  “I propose this book as a textbook for courses related to Probability and Random Processes for engineering students at both graduate and post-graduate levels. Clearly, this book is user friendly, as it explains the concepts with suitable examples and graphical representations before solving problems,” summed up Dr. Ravichandran. November 17, 2014 Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore
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November 10, 2014
The Amrita Sphuranam project of Amrita Centre for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA) has provided solar-powered electrification on a microgrid for the entire rural village of Valaramkunnu village near Modekkara in the Wayanad, and this model will soon be deployed in all the villages being transformed by Amrita SeRVe’s village rehabilitation project. Amrita Sphuranam grew out of Amrita University’s Live-in-Labs Program. The Chancellor of Amrita University, Sri. Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma), initiated the Live-in-Labs Program to harness the idealism, brilliance and energy of young people to uplift society. As per Amma’s instructions, AmritaWNA integrated Live-in-Lab programs into their curriculum, and students spend 2 hours a week performing activities relevant to societal transformation. The students also travel to rural villages far from the university, live in the villages for varying lengths of time, study the problems of the villagers and come up with practical, affordable solutions. The students, researchers, and faculty from AmritaWNA visited the tribal village of  Valaramkunnu to see what they could do to improve the villagers’  lives. The village is situated in the middle of a natural forest and is spread out over two small mountains. Only jeeps can manage to reach the base of the village, as the road to it is narrow, bumpy and rutted and becomes slippery mire in the rain. The last hundreds of meters are negotiated by foot. The villagers have small, simple houses. Most of the villagers work for daily wages in the fields and few have more than a 1st or 2nd grade education. They are poor, but hospitable, and have a naturally sweet and open nature.  They live in a spectacularly beautiful environment of misty mornings and evenings, surrounded by the natural grandeur of the rain forest. The villagers were already aware of Amma and her charitable projects and many had attended her medical camps in the area.  The villagers were a bit reticent at first, but gradually opened up to the students and provided the needed information. The students came back with a list of ten problems including: lack of electricity, lack of access to drinking water, improper nutrition, poor housing and lack of land. The lack of education also makes the villagers vulnerable to exploitation. The students prioritized the problems and found that  the most pressing problemwas the lack of electricity, which was the fundamental issue needing to be solved before tackling the other problems. Electrical connectivity was limited to a few houses and they were so poorly wired that the residents were in danger of electrical shock. Additionally, the people were too poor to pay their electric bills. This motivated the students to choose rural electrification as their Live-in-Lab project for transforming the village. The students believed that if they could provide the electricity, then the rest of the requirements of the village such as education, healthcare services and infrastructure development could be carried out in a better, faster and more efficient manner.Alternative energy sources were limited as there was no wind available due to many trees, water resource was available only few months a year, but there were clear areas for solar panels available in few places. Solar electrification on a microgrid was the clear choice. The 42 houses were grouped in 6 clusters spread over two small mountains, so AmritaWNA team decided to make the electrification by cluster. Each solar energy generation unit would cater to six to ten houses. When the students presented the solar electrification plan to the faculty, they asked them to come up with a detailed proposal, including a budget. On the next visit, they worked on the design of the clusters, choosing the solar equipment: the type of inverters, solar panels and batteries, measuring the wiring requirements between houses and inside each house. They looked for areas free of shade close to the habitations and got permission from the land owner to install panels on their land. The students all worked on this together and had the idea to submit the proposal for a grant from the government.  Before sending the proposal, they went to Amma as a group to show her what they were planning and told her about the cost. Amma said they should begin the work without  further delay and that they could use funding from the ashram, as well as use all ashram and university resources to complete the project as soon as possible. Amma was very happy to see the enthusiastic group and their motivation to serve the village. During this conversation Amma reiterated that the students should be involved in doing this work themselves and provide electricity to the village. They happily accepted Amma’s wish. Amrita Sphuranam started long before the idea of deployment of a isolated solar system in a village came up. In fact, it started with an instruction from Amma to Dr. Maneesha Sudheer, director of AmritaWNA, four years ago.  She had just visited a smart grid lab in a well established university in the USA and told Amma about it.  Amma replied that, “India experiences a large wastage of electricity. We should devise a system that can minimize the energy wastage and utilize it for rural villagers who don’t have electricity.” Amma asked her to initiate such a research project at Amrita. A final year Master’s student of Wireless Networks and Applications took on the task of developing a smartgrid prototype capable of real-time monitoring, line fault detection, power theft, etc. Later, along with student, a small research group continued the work aiming to solve the problems of renewable energy integration, optimal usage of energy, scheduling of dynamic energy management, power theft, poor fault detection, manual billing and context aware systems for sustainable buildings, etc. The team also understood that the Indian electrical system was not inclusive of all areas and the electrification of rural villages, together with renewable energy, was the most suitable solution. The research efforts were then focused on renewable energy, self sustainable, microgrids for India.   Now the team had the green light to go ahead and put the theory into practice, to provide a solar electric microgrid to a village of 300 people. Students and faculty of AmritaWNA then started researching companies manufacturing the solar panels, inverters, batteries, etc., needed for the project. Some elements of the project were not available in the market, so the group designed the structure to hold the solar panels and initiated manufacturing the structures in an Amrita workshop.To complete the project as soon as possible, a third group of AmritaWNA students, researchers and faculty returned to the village and started rewiringthe houses. The group needed to stay some distance away in Amma’s Amrita Vidyalayam in Manathawady, so daily they commuted 15 km to the site. They faced problems of procuring food and drinking water, as well as dealing with leeches and the threat of wild animals.  But nothing daunted the high spirits of the group.  They climbed up and down the mountain repeatedly to visit the houses and to pick up lunch, which was delivered at the bottom of the mountain.  As the project continued, many students, on their own initiative, visited the houses, talking with the villagers and playing with the children. They got to know them and their problems very well.  They said, “We slowly realised that to uplift a village requires much more than a simple electrical connection. The local culture of these people should be preserved. Their innocence, open heartedness and inner connection with nature should not be injured by the process of laying outer wiring in their houses, linking them to a modern world.  But electricity would give light to their house, an opportunity for the children to study at night, and later to charge educational tablets. We want to continue helping them and using our technical skills to improve their lives.  We’ve also learned that we have some things to learn from them. They don’t take more than they need from nature, live in the present and generously share what little they have.” The moment the solar panels arrived and the first two structures were ready, they were sent by lorry to Wayanad.  However, the lorry was not able to negotiate the steep track up the mountain, made even more challenging by rains turning the red clay into a slippery, sliding slush.  After a few unfruitful attempts, some of the students and staff gave a hand to push the truck. After several more attempts, the truck driver was ready to give up. At this moment, someone brought a strong rope and attached it to the front of the truck. Now 20 people were pulling and pushing the truck. Slowly the truck climbed the steep road, stopping now and then and sometimes moving backwards. The students and faculty of WNA, slipping and sliding, pulled the lorry as far up the mountain as they could, which was only one third of the way. Finally, they had to confess defeat to the mountain. Despite their best efforts, the truck could climb no further. But the group was determined, and started the slow process of unloading the lorry and hand carrying everything the rest of the way. All enthusiastically participated according to their ability. Water and snacks were brought to the top of the hill to fuel the effort. Four structures had to be brought up one mountain and two on the other. The 45 kg batteries had to be carried by hand to the top of the mountains, along with the steel rods and heavy metal structures for the panels. In all, two tons of material needed to be carried up the mountains!  Most of the time, the students would climb up five steps and slide back two to three steps, yet their enthusiasm was not dampened by either mud, rain or physical exertion.  Seeing this, the villagers also joined in and the daunting work became like a party as spirits soared. About this experience, one student said, “A great feeling of satisfaction arose in me, I had really been giving of myself and we achieved our goal.”  After the first two clusters were ready, the final materials arrived. The first batch left and a second group came, also needing to transport the materials under difficult conditions.The day before the team had to leave for the launch of the project on AmritaVarsham61, they decided to come at 5 in the morning to test the lights.  When the villagers found out that they had come so early, they were horrified and said it was only Grace that had saved them from being attacked by wild animals. That is the time the animals normally move about and villagers avoid being outdoors at that time of day and normally wait till 7 or 8 in the morning to leave their houses. Now, all 6 clusters are functioning and 42 houses have electricity. Each house has 3 lights and a plug point. The houses were lit during Amritavarsham61, Amma’s 61st birthday celebrations as Kerala Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy officially launched Amrita Sphuranam, the solar electrification project. The project is ongoing, however, as the students are continuing to integrate the six clusters to develop a microgrid capable of energy exchange using innovative dynamic pricing models. This will eventually lead to a microgrid that could even generate income for the village families. On successful completion, the complete system will be able to be remotely monitored and controlled from Amrita University. The AmritaWNA research team at Amrita is also focusing on the design of a monitoring system to analyse generation and consumption data from the field. ETW now intends to deploy similar installations in all the villages being transformed by Amrita SeRVe’s village rehabilitation project The team had discovered that in this village a solar installation had been provided few years ago, but technical failure of the system, the lack of local people qualified for maintenance and the absence of support from the original installer had lead the villagers to sell the system to better informed people. Learning from this experience, the group adopted a different and long term approach. The basic training of a few villagers was made a priority. Two local devotees who have the trust of the locals, and are part of the local Amrita SeRVe village rehabilitation team, are also keeping a constant connection with the villagers and reporting to the team. Electrical engineer, Fabien Robert, a member of the AmritaWNA research team commented, “While working on this electrification project, I discovered the beauty of a piece of nature that is pure and untouched by humans. I was in contact with the tribal population of this village and became aware of how much the lack of basic necessities can be a heavy burden. I was moved by their innocence, the simplicity of their life style and the joy in all the children playing around. I am glad that I could contribute to this project and am thanking Amma and all the people who gave of their time, money and energy for this project. They gave us the opportunity to provide light in the houses of this remote village and in this process the lights of our hearts became brighter.”    One of the senior researchers and project coordinator of this rural electrification project, Mr. Ullas Ramanadhan, commented, “When Amma asked us to work for the rural electrification project, I had never seen such a village. All through my life, I have lived only in cities. When I got the opportunity to interact with the kids in this village, see their state, I felt like it’s a blessing from Amma to work in such a project. I thank Amma for providing such a chance to work on this project.” Mr. Vijo, Semester 3, MTech in Wireless Networks and Application commented, “After leading a life of comfort in the cities, coming here and helping these tribals were an eye opener for us. This project enabled us to understand that with the knowledge that we gain through our lives, there is also so much responsibility to serve these people. A part of that duty seems fulfilled today. Thanks to Amma!” Mr. Sooraj of Semester 3, Mtech in Wireless Networks and Applications commented, "We consider ourselves fortunate to be part of the Living Labs program under  Amma's vision. Through this project we came in touch with the tribal people struck with poverty and in need of help. By coming to this remote village in Wayand and interacting with the people here we have seen the difficult face of life. Even though we had to drip lot of sweat in the difficult environment here, we consider ourselves to be fortunate in bringing light to the underprivileged people here by installing the solar panels.” Dr. Maneesha Sudheer, Director, WNA, summarized her vision of this Live-in-Labs project.  “With this project, Amma is bringing in a transformation in the whole society. She is creating a new genre of youngster who is keen to transform India’s rural villages using their technical knowledge. These were the young people, who earlier never had an idea of village life. They have never experienced any hardship in their lives. By seeing real life in these villages, the greatest transformation that has happened is in these youth , who are our nation’s future.  Let this lamp lit by Amma spread light all over the world.”
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October 31, 2014
Dr. B. Umadethan, Professor and Head of Forensic Medicine at Amrita School of Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi has authored the first book of Forensic Medicine in Malayalam- “Kuttanweshanathile Vaidyasastram” (Medical Science in Crime Detection). “This book is written with the objective of imparting basic knowledge to the police trainees and officers so that they will develop skills in scientific criminal investigation. Stress is given to the practical aspects of Forensic Medicine and scientific methods of investigation,” shared Dr. Umadethan. The formats of common medicolegal forms and requisitions are appended wherever necessary for the ready reference of the investigating officers. The points to be observed and materials to be collected in all types of unnatural deaths are also included. Forwards for the book were written by Mr. Jacob Punnoose IPS, former Director General of Police and State Police Chief, Kerala and Mr. Balasubramonian IPS, present Director General of Police, Kerala. Sri. K.T. Thomas, former Justice of Supreme Court, wrote the introduction to the book, “I have great pleasure in introducing this monumental work to the readers. I have two reasons, mainly, to feel so happy about it. First is that my own experience (as counsel practiced actively for seventeen years, thereafter as judge at three different levels (Sessions Court, High Court and the Supreme Court) showed that proper awareness of medical aspects has wholesome usefulness in unfurling the truth in criminal cases. Second is the impression I formed about the author for over a period of three decades that he is a connoisseur in the field of forensic medicine. A perusal of this book provided me the perception that the author’s angle has reached many new areas. He has taken pains to collect important decisions of the Supreme Court of India which dealt with medical jurisprudence and he has cited them at appropriate contexts delineated in this book. Such references will give a fair idea to the students as well as members of the faculty, apart from their utility to the members of legal profession, regarding the contours of the subject being developed now. In due course of time this book will become an oft-quoted work in criminal courts and the extracts there from will become oft-quoted passages in judgments also”. The 800 pages book published by M/S DC Books, Kottayam, Kerala is priced at Rs 595. E-book is also available. Dr. Umadethan's other works include: ‘Science in the Detection of Crime’, ‘Investigation of Unnatural Death’; ‘Practical Forensic Medicine’, ‘Forensic Medicine for the Police’, ‘Forensic Medicine for the Medicos’; ‘Memoirs of a Police Surgeon’ ‘Oru Police Surgeonte Ormakkurippukal (Malayalam) and the magnum opus ‘Principles and Practice of Forensic Medicine.’ October 31, 2014Amrita School of Medicine, Kochi
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October 29, 2014
Dr. Gireesh Kumar K. P., Professor at the Department of Internal Medicine and Chief at the Department of Emergency Medicine at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi has authored a new book on Internal Medicine (General Medicine) titled, Medicine At Your Finger Tips. The book is published by Paras Medical Books Pvt Ltd. The book was released jointly by Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Mr. Atul Kothari, Paras Medical Books Pvt Ltd on October 29, 2014. Medicine At Your Finger Tips is a practically oriented text book prepared for medical students who wish to learn the vastness of medicine in an effortless manner. The practical application tips given in this book will be very helpful in their routine medical practice also. The key features of the text book include:  A quick reference book for all undergraduate and postgraduate students in internal medicine and related subspecialties. A reference study material for programs such as MBBS, BDS, BSc Nursing, Allied Health Sciences undergraduates, MD, DNB postgraduates and practicing doctors Each topic includes a basic portion about pathophysiology and clinical features for MBBS and other undergraduates.  It also includes  advanced information regarding investigation and treatment aspects for postgraduates and practicing doctors.  The diagrammatic illustrations and simplified tabular columns provide easy understanding of the subject and fast overview of very complicated topics of internal medicine.   Dr. Gireesh's other publications include Medicine Made Easy-A Handbook of Clinical Medicine, Handbook of Diabetes and Diabetic Emergencies, Current Concepts of Sepsis Management, HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines, Fluid Electrolytes & Acid Base Balance and Handbook of Antibiotics and Advanced Emergency Life Support Protocols.  October 29, 2014 AIMS, Kochi
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October 14, 2014
For the second year in a row, Amrita University hosted the programming contest Aspirations 2020, promoted by India tech giant Infosys. Every year, Infosys conducts this contest for engineering students all over India. From last year onwards, Amrita University, Amritapuri campus took the responsibility of hosting the contest using the university infrastructure. This contest is run for budding programmers from 480 engineering colleges all over India. These colleges come under the CampusConnect initiative promoted by Infosys. The contest was hosted in a high end server located at the Amritapuri Campus of Amrita University. DOMjudge, an open source contest management software, was used to run the entire contest. A total number of 28000 contestants participated in teams to solve one medium and one hard problem in three hours. The solutions were to be submitted in C / C++ / Java languages. One wrong submission got a penalty of 20 minutes. The number of problems solved in least minutes were the toppers in this programming game.
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The Continuing Medical Education (CME) and State Conference, Mid year Cuticon Kerala 2014 will be held at the Amrita...
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The Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Bengaluru and IIT Kharagpur will...
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The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore is conducting a...
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TIFAC CORE in Cyber Security, Coimbatore Campus is conducting a two day workshop on Android Security from December 18-19,...