The Health Sciences Campus, spreading over 125 acres, is compact and yet not confined. Students appreciate the convenience of having teaching rooms, lecture theatres and clinical skills laboratories close to their accommodation. Essential support and leisure facilities such as the library, communication suites, student clubs, and cafeterias, are also located in and around the medical school buildings. Student life at Amrita is more than just study. The Amrita schools are an integral part of a vibrant university community that offers an array of intellectual, cultural and recreational opportunities. A tropical climate enhances a campus lifestyle that is comparatively informal.
All undergraduate programs of the Health Sciences Campus are completely residential courses, with comfortable accommodation provided to all students. Accommodation meets the respective council’s requirements where each student is provided with a cot, table, chair and cupboard. Hot and cold water and laundry facilities are available in every hostel for residential use. Students are provided with personal codes enabling them to maintain a credit account for individual telephone calls; however, the possession and use of mobile phones are strongly discouraged inside the campus. Each hostel has a common room with cable TV and newspapers where students can meet and keep abreast of the news. There is a full-time warden based in every hostel and a security guard is on duty 24 hours a day. The food menus extend to Indian, Chinese and continental fare. The mess serves only vegetarian food.
Shops within the campus include a mini-super mart that sells confectioneries, fruits, stationery, toiletries and other useful items. Tailoring facilities, hairdressers, photocopying and photo studio shops are within walking distance of the campus. The campus has a post office counter with Speed-Post facilities, around the clock STD/ISD telecom facilities, a bank with 24 hr ATM facilities, 24-hour taxi service, a 24-hour pharmacy, an ice-cream parlor, three cafeterias, a bookstall and an optical shop.
Recreational facilities at Amrita include basketball courts, football fields and an athletic track. All hostels have their own gymnasiums and an outdoor volleyball court.
The library is a focal point of study in any educational institution. Should students feel the desire to burn the midnight oil, they can do so in the AIMS Library that remains open until 12:00 midnight. The library, which currently has a collection of more than 13,000 books, videotapes and multi-media materials, also subscribes to and receives approximately 4900 journal titles. They can also connect to a number of online medical and health sciences databases like MD Consult for appropriate literature. Adequate access to the internet is available in the library and in the hostels.
Life as a student has its own stresses and strains, and sometimes a need may arise to confide in, open up to, or even seek guidance from someone. At Amrita, a Gurukula system is in operation where each student is designated a mentor/acharya whom the student can turn to for help. Students are free to discuss their problems, whether they are of an academic or personal nature.
Students at Amrita are encouraged to join one of the many clubs functioning in the campus. The arts are well represented by music and drama societies that conduct regular intra-faculty competitions and inter-collegiate programs. A movie club shows the latest films in English, Hindi and Malayalam every Sunday in the air–conditioned Amriteshwari Hall. Those wanting to commune with nature can look forward to joining Green Friends, an initiative at Amrita which promotes environmental awareness. Students, who are interested in volunteer work within the local and wider community, can participate in various ways through societies and programs coordinated by renunciates from the Math.
Amrita prides itself on being a welcoming place for students of all religious faiths. There are ample opportunities for spiritual growth through organized satsangs, yoga, meditation, seminars, retreats and service projects.
With the blessings of our beloved Amma, the student volunteer initiated Seva activity- "SEVAMRITHAM" was officially inaugurated by Swami Poornamritananda Puri on January 21, 2009. In this project, sevaks from all the schools at AIMS provide psychological, social and spiritual support to patients admitted in the general wards. Each sevak adopts a bed in the ward. Volunteers visit these patients regularly and try to provide tender care.
To empower the student volunteers, various satsangs with the senior faculty of AIMS are also arranged periodically. This seva activity is in progress. With the support from the administration, sevaks are able to address some of the genuine needs of the patients.
Ongoing activities of Sevamritam are:
Super Star Express, the mobile promotional coach of Amrita TV, reached AIMS on July 4th. "Super Star" was the first reality show in Malayalam television history and was a runaway hit. The talent hunt show discovered many music jewels.
Amrita TV launched Super Star 2, sequel of the first show on July 20, 2009. As a prelude to the show, Amrita TV launched this promotional coach that traveled to different parts of Kerala.
All singers were given a warm welcome. Anand, Latha and Nitheesh led the show. They sang many popular songs for the students and staff whose enthusiasm was overwhelmingly displayed as they clapped and danced to the rhythm of their favorite tunes. Many students and staff also participated in the audition conducted on the stage.
The dental students earned the overall championship in stage events and second overall in total (onstage and off stage) events held at the All Kerala Interdental Students Fest held Thunchanparambu, Tirur on May 31, 2009. Ten dental colleges from various parts of Kerala participated in the event. Seventy students from our dental school participated in the event
The farewell function of BSc MRT 2005 batch held on May 25, 2009 in Amriteswari Hall, was inaugurated by Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director, AIMS. Dr. Bhaskaran K.Pillai, Professor and Department Head of Medical Physics and Radiation Safety, gave the presidential address. Dr. Prathapan Nair, Principal of Amrita School of Medicine also addressed the function. Dr. P. R. Sasindran, Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Dr. Sreekanth Moorthy, Professor and Head of Radiology, gave felicitation. Dr. T. K. Padmanabhan, Professor and Head of Radiation Oncology also attended the function. Student cultural programs were also conducted.
In different sports meets, the students of Health Sciences campus won the following prizes: