The Amrita Global Alumni Network (AGAN) is the formal Amrita alumni association and is all set to welcome Amritians (Amrita's alumni) on board to engage with their alma mater. AGAN will have national and international chapters in several key locations worldwide.
Amritians can register themselves in their local alumni chapters and be in touch with other alumni in the region!
AGAN is a great way for Amritians to reconnect, refresh and give back to their university! Big or small, every contribution through alumni engagement is invaluable to us!
As a part of AGAN, we have officially set up an Alumni Cell at the University which has a network of Coordinators, both department-wise and campus-wise. We do not want to miss a single opportunity that can engage our alumni and the Alumni Cell will strive to do its best to implement alumni engagement activities across the University. We have also launched our annual AGAN newsletter in 2020.
Several engagement programs have been developed through which Amritians can directly contribute towards students welfare and progress at Amrita.
Being an Amritian, you will surely appreciate the fact that Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham might be the only university in the world, where the Chancellor of the university is available and approachable to ALL! That is because our Chancellor, beloved AMMA reaches out to her children in every possible way and offers them a value-based education where they learn to develop a culture of the heart along with technical knowledge.
Mata Amritanandamayi - The Guiding Light
Reiterating our Chancellor’s words here:
“There are two types of education: education for a living and education for life. When we study in college, striving to become a doctor, a lawyer, or an engineer, that is education for a living. But education for life requires an understanding of the essential principles of spirituality; it is about gaining a deeper understanding of the world, our minds, our emotions, and ourselves. Work fearlessly- that alone will bring success. This road ahead will reveal itself. Courage should guide us, not fear. Then, boldness, intelligence and talent will shine forth of their own accord.”
-- Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Amma
Conduct Local Alumni Meets
Help us organize and conduct alumni meets at your cities, at least once a year. Let’s try and network professionally and also discuss how to lead initiatives that will help Amrita and you to do better! Talk to us and we could explore opportunities and possibilities.
While you are venturing new opportunities, we know you could be facing numerous challenges financially, academically and emotionally. Here is something we would like to offer our young alumni, out there.
For our young alumni and alumni pursuing their PhD abroad:
Earn a scholarship of upto USD 1000 from Amrita, if you are a student abroad. Find out how?
Publish a paper with a Professor at Amrita, while being affiliated to an international university. It is mandatory that there is an international university getting affiliated either through you and/or your professor abroad.
Recommend Amrita among your peers regarding the opportunities at Amrita while studying abroad.
Represent Amrita in Educational fairs at your University
Spend some time in promoting Amrita on a regular basis
We welcome all our dear Amritians to engage with their alma and the University through several alumni engagement programs. We encourage you to sign up with us and contribute in whichever way possible at your convenience.
We have developed a few programs through which you can engage with Amrita students to help them with better academic progress.
Invited Talks - Online or Visit us
It is an overwhelming experience for any alumni to revisit their own campus and moreover a moment of pride to engage and interact with the current students. The students always look up to opportunities for their growth and progress and as alumni you can make a lasting impression on them with your expertise!
Here are some of the talks that happened at Amrita in 2019.
Conduct a Workshop
Not interested in doing a formal presentation, instead, are you more of a practical person?
That's great news for us as you can help us give hands-on technical experience to Amrita students through your speciality workshop!
Get in touch with us if you can conduct a technical workshop at Amrita!
Conduct a Fractal Course at Amrita
We have introduced the concept of fractal courses, where you can teach the current Amrita students with flexibility.
You can offer a one credit course, either online or in person at the campus of your choice, which will be made available to the students at the other campuses through A-View.
Each one credit course requires 15 hours of teaching per semester. You can cover the 15 hours of teaching based on your convenience.
There are two ways you can offer through this program:
Tap the counselling potential in you through our mentorship programs. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, get in touch with us. We will feature your profile on this page a student (UG/PG/PhD) wanting to be mentored by you can get in touch with us for more details.
You can also support us with career guiding sessions and other training programs that we conduct to help our students develop their soft and technical skills.
Chair/Co-chair a Conference at Amrita
Needless to say, there are numerous conferences taking place at Amrita, both national and international. We will be delighted to have you chair or co-chair a conference at Amrita based on your expertise and experience. Stay tuned to receive such opportunities through our Newsletter or look in the Upcoming Events section.
Become a Member of the Board of Studies
There is always something more we can do to enhance both, learning and teaching experience at Amrita. Being our alumni, you can be one of the significant contributors towards this activity. Many of you would have had academic, research and/or job experience, both nationally and internationally. Let us think together about the ways in which we can utilize your suggestions and make Amrita reach greater heights.
Sponsor a Student
Every year, there are numerous programs being launched at Amrita by the Centre for International Programs. We are collaborating and partnering with many international universities to offer academic experiences abroad. We bring different types of student opportunities, both short-term and long-term programs. Short-term programs range from one month upto one semester abroad that include summer programs, industry-based academic internships, and exchange programs. Long-term programs include Dual degree programs (PG programs) and Integrated programs. Despite having high calibre, some students are unable to afford these opportunities due to their financial background. You can sponsor a well-deserving student partially (bear only travel/living expenses) or fully and help them achieve better career prospects through these opportunities.
There is no end to collaborative thinking and pursuing long-term relationships based on these collaborations. All the top international universities are expanding their horizons and exploring global opportunities. You may be collaborating with us yourself or introducing us to your contacts for a potential collaboration. Either ways, there is a lot we can do if we work together. Being our alumni, we look forward to collaborating with you through several ways:
Help a Student to Publish a Paper
You may or may not be a PhD holder, but your knowledge, time and expertise is of great value to us. Spend one hour a week to help our PhD students or Master’s students to publish a paper in a scopus-indexed journal. Help them unveil, explore and learn with more fun and freedom (oops, that was meant to be a silent word) and co-author the paper. If you are interested in this, do get in touch with us!
Write a Proposal with Us
Let us create a greater impact! We are very sure that some of you would have reached greater heights in your careers as Administrators, Policy-makers, NGO-founders or other positions that will enable you to recommend or introduce us to contacts who can collaborate with us by writing joint proposals for grants and funds.
Join Amrita as a Faculty Member
There are two ways of going about this:
You can apply for a faculty position (PhD holders ONLY) through the alumni office or directly through a job advertisement or posting. We are currently looking for profiles with international academic, research/industry and teaching experience. If you are our alumni living abroad and looking for a change of role and opportunities to relocate to India, we welcome you to come and work with us. Everything is changing drastically in India and there is a lot to contribute towards the growth and development of our country. If you are looking to quench your thirst for patriotism, well we have a huge platform to offer you!
There is no doubt that many of you are walking the path of excellence in your careers. Some of you may be global leaders and game-changers in the corporate world. Why not leverage your position to help our students get benefitted?
Here are some ways to get involved:
Offer internship opportunities
Career guiding/counselling/ training session - mock interviews, Q&A, etc.
Help with campus placements
Partner with Amrita to conduct major events like Hackathon
Here is something every alum could aspire for! We are launching the Alumni Ambassador Program, where you play an active role in marketing Amrita abroad and bringing more students and people to collaborate with us.
We are looking to pursue the following activities:
Help Us with International Faculty and Student Recruitment
Bring international students to Amrita
Market Amrita International Programs abroad
Become a formal Amrita representative
Help with promotional events through known sources/communities
Help with digital media marketing/social media campaigns
Help us with international faculty recruitment
Check out one of our Alumni Ambassadors, Dr. Raja Sundar, a Postdoc Researcher at EPFL, Switzerland who shares his experience about representing Amrita at Grenoble to bring their students under our flagship academic program, Live-in-Labs®
Get in touch, to know more.
Spend some time nourishing your soul and spirit by volunteering at an MA Center near you. Participate in your local Ayudh chapters and annual summits. We will update you soon about our Alumni-Ayudh champions and inspire you with the impact they have created!
"My name is Ramya and I am pursuing MS in Computer Engineering at UNM. I am here on a dual degree program. This is my second semester here at UNM and during my first semester, I have collaborated with Dr.Jim Plusquellic who is also my advisor, on a project that puts together the concepts of hardware software codesign and Machine learning. The exposure to the world class infrastructure makes the learning experience much more beneficial. The coursework is challenging and very practical. Since, its a dual degree program and having completed my 1 year masters at Amrita, collaborating with my faculty at Amrita and getting advises from them provides me an added advantage in my journey of pursuing masters. Its been an wonderful experience so far and hope it will be so. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity again."
Varahagiri Venkata Ramya, University of New Mexico, USA (2017)
"I am Lakshmisree Damodaran, I completed my B.Tech from ECE department at Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri . I came to UNM as a part of 4+1 program from Amrita in 2017. Now I am doing my PhD in Electrical engineering at UNM, majoring in systems and controls under Dr Rafael Fierro. I sincerely thank Amrita for giving me this great opportunity."
Lakshmisree Damodaran , 4+1 Program (2017)
"I'm Siva Sai Reddy hailing from Hyderabad. I was chosen for the semester exchange at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden back in 2014. I received this offer, while I was doing my bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Amrita University, Amritapuri campus. Upon finishing my final semester of bachelor's at KTH, I went on for my master's degree in Embedded systems (joint degree program by TU Eindhoven and KTH). Currently, I'm working as ASIC/FPGA developer at Ericsson, Stockholm. Thanks to the University and the ACIP team, which was responsible for exchange and working hard for bringing new collaborations to Amrita. It is really amazing to see the drastic increase in the number of collaborations in the recent years and most of them being best in their techical/research areas. With my personal experience, I believe that these exchange programs have great potential to act as a gateway to the world of unlimited opportunities. I wish, in future Amrita would carry on this kind of activities and come up with much more innovative programs, which could greatly benefit students"
Shiv Sai Reddy, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (2017)
"Apart from having the golden opportunity of representing India and Amrita university, I was able to make life lasting friendships and bonds which proved to be direct result of having attended the Symposium. It will forever remain a cherished memory and one that has brought in more perspective, meaning and purpose to my life ahead .The symposium as a whole was very overwhelming because I had the chance to meet like-minded individuals who want to make a substantial difference in this world and the fact that they come from various different backgrounds, lifestyles or professions throws light into the certitude that everyone who wants to help another come under the humble banner of humanity”. "
Lavanya Karthikeyan , 9th Symposium at UN (2018)
"Vishwa Priyanka, and I was selected to go to TUM, Germany from Bangalore campus, EEE department (Bachelors) for the student exchange program for the year 2018. I would like to thank Amrita University and the International office for the opportunity."
Vishwa Priyanka, Student Exchange Program (2018)
"I am Sasidharan from coimbatore campus. I got selected for exchange program to University of New Mexico, USA for January 2018. I am from mechanical engineering department. I am from 2014 batch and passed out student. My experience in UNM was awesome apart from my academics I had a good multi cultural experiences. I had an opportunity to participate in international festival held at university and I represented our country in UNM. And university tour arranged by them was also good I had a chance to interact with students from different countries and different disciplines. And my project work and my professors research team was good and they made me feel good and he moulded me to good research fellow. I have added the pics to the mail of my international festival, trip to Utah and pics with my professors and research team. "
Sasidharan , (2018)
"I am Vijey Shrivathsan from Chennai, pursuing my 4th Year, B. Tech, Computer Science and Engineering at Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore. I am now an intern at Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California at Los Angeles, USA, as part of the fully funded IUSSTF-Viterbi Summer Research Program 2019. I am extremely happy that I am one among the 15 students from India, who received this opportunity. I am working on a research project, which is giving me invaluable technical and research insights and a priceless experience of working in a professional research environment in renowned labs. This experience is definitely a big leap towards pursuing higher studies in the US. Los Angeles is an amazing city and the home of Hollywood. With tons of places to visit, the Silicon Valley and the other beautiful cities of California are not far away! It is like am bestowed with best of both worlds, Academic and Adventure.
This would have certainly not been possible but for my graduate studies at Amrita University. A token of gratitude will be less in words for all the support I got from the University and my teachers. Blessings of Almighty and the support of my parents has been immense and indeed is overwhelming. "
"I am Mukund Tamizharasan, doing my 4th year BTech in Computer Science at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore. I come to attend University of Leeds Summer School, First two weeks I did robotics and currently doing Text Analyst and Data Mining. University of Leeds is ranked 93rd in world. It’s known for Research facilities and I have been in to some research labs and its facilities are excellent and fantastic.
The location of campus is closest to center and we can get anything we want in the nearby stores. The campus is known for sustainable use of energy and automation. The professors here are helpful and different in their approach to teaching. I felt that the assessments were designed to challenging and fun to explore. The city of Leeds is as a diverse population due to various university present here, so I have the opportunity to interact with people from all around the world and I also have the opportunity to try out different cuisines. The people here are very kind and welcoming to the others. Overall it is a great learning experience for me. I would like to thank my parents to supporting and encouraging me to take part in the summer school. I also would like to thank Amrita for giving me an opportunity to give me an opportunity to come here and experience how top university’s work. ."
Mukund Tamizharasan , BTech CSE student attended Summer Program @ University of Leeds, England (2019)
"My experience at Aalto University was more encouraging about life because of the high work-life balance. Seeing the startup culture in Finland I wanted to continue in a job at a Finland startup but It was really difficult to get a job due to the COVID situation. Then, I explored the Indian startup ecosystem but I felt the pay was low to start a career, later I was able to find a startup of my interest because of some of my friends in Finland with decent pay to give me the experience I needed"
"We would really like to take this moment to thank everyone in the international office for your consistent support and guidance throughout this entire process. It really was a wonderful and insightful experience. We are hoping to get back to work in the near future to land upon some sort of conclusion to our work. Although it is unfortunate that the situations weren't on our side but in the end we are grateful it happened. Thank you so much for this opportunity. "
Shreya R., Kartik Moolraj Dattani, Shweta Nayak , UPM, Madrid - Student Exchange (BSc, Biotechnology) (2020)
"I would suggest my juniors join this university, as it gives new exposures, a new way of teachings, new friendships, a new world."
Akshay Krishna, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France - 3+1+2 Integrated Masters Program (B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering) (2020)
"I had planned on taking a gap year before my master's and intern at a lab to get some experience. I was most probably going to intern at a lab in Bangalore. When I came to Madrid, I really liked the culture and the way the labs here work. When I could not come back to India after my project here due to the pandemic, I decided it's best to apply to labs in Madrid. Since I was already staying here and had a valid visa, it was easier to apply. The recommendations from my previous PI at the lab I was working in, as a part of the exchange program helped seal the deal. Now I'm a student intern at Centro de Biologia Molecular Severo Ochoa, a research institute under the joint leadership of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). I am learning a lot through this experience, which would not have been possible without the Student Exchange Program at Amrita University."
Shreya R. , Student Intern at Centro de Biologia Molecular Severo Ochoa, Research Institute under the Joint Leadership of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). (2020)