• The School of Social Work, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, and AMMACHI Labs, along with the foreign university, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, carried forward a research in a village of Ettimadai, Coimbatore.

  • "During this period we learned about compost and vermicompost. It was very interesting! We also tested out some permaculture techniques, such as the bokachi technique, which is a fertilizer. Overall, this was a very enriching experience and we met a lot a nice people!"

    - Loise Bagein, ISTOM, College of International Agro-Development, France

  • In an effort to implement improved waste management practices and provide a local avenue for income generation, the project investigated the feasibility of plastic brick production to address waste and sanitation challenges in the village.

  • Through Amrita's women empowerment initiatives, rural women are trained to build their own toilets, thereby addressing the urgent need for sanitation infrastructure in rural communities. However, women do face some challenges while constructing toilets such as the acquisition of construction materials (which can be expensive) and the overall time required to build the toilets.

  • AMMACHI Labs uses computerized vocational education training (cVET) to make education accessible and interesting. The smart classroom concept was introduced into the many training centers across India to enable a learning environment that would scale up skill training, maximize student participation and enhance learning.

  • Even as India’s economy booms, and the demand for skilled workers rises, vocational training in India is effectively paralyzed by social stigma, budget constraints and inadequate numbers of trainers and materials. AMMACHI Labs uses computerized vocational education training (cVET) to make education accessible and interesting.

  • mySangham is an online portal and community that will bring skill based education and employment within reach of everyone. The portal enables anyone to upload multilingual content that would be accessible to all especially the mobile-first, cloud-first generation. mySangham applies crowdsourcing to empower individuals and to leverage technology to disseminate vocational education on a mass scale by creating a comprehensive ecosystem of the vocational skills training network by connecting a large online community of those searching for skills and those who can provide skills training. 

  • Through Amrita's women empowerment initiatives, rural women are being trained to build their own toilets, thereby addressing the urgent need for sanitation infrastructure in rural communities. However, due to low literacy, women are unable to learn about constructing toilets through traditional pedagogy. To effectively disseminate instructions and ensure comprehension of concepts, a deeper understanding of village life and the women themselves are required along with a customized educational model that will empower and encourage the women.

  • "The size, simplicity of design, and firing time for this particular kiln was perfect for the women of this village. The size would allow them to fire many items of the scale they were making within a time frame that would not keep them from their homes for too long. The design of the kiln was also simple enough to be built in just three days, and since the walls were made of a single layer of bricks, future repairs would be easy to make. "

    - Meaghan Gates, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, U.S.

  • AMMACHI Labs believes that women empowerment is the key to alleviating poverty, social injustice and economic instability. Our innovative and solid programs offer sustainable solutions to India’s challenges and provide concrete steps to tackle problems and empower women and communities.

  • A solar powered classroom on wheels is what the MoVE project is all about. Skills training is the least accessible to those who stand to benefit the most from it. Making vocational education mobile may be one solution to this. In an effort to bring quality vocational education to the otherwise inaccessible regions of the diverse geography that India is, AMMACHI Labs conceptualised, designed and built a mobile vocational training center. 

  • Ammachi Labs Launches Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana - Special Project Skill Training Centers

  • "My mentor was amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to guide me. He was very knowledgeable about the subject and was dedicated to helping me with the project."

    - Iona Williams, University of Manchester, U.K.

  • The Automation and Robotic Technology group at Ammachi Labs focuses on areas such as human robot interaction, rehabilitation and assistive robotics, robotics for humanitarian aid in disaster affected areas and automation.

  • The AMMACHI Labs along with Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro,Rio de Janeiro, Brazil École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, conducted a campaign for sanitation awareness through water testing in the villages of Ratanpur, Bihar and Muruganpatti, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu.

  • The AMMACHI Labs along with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, designed a scalable and sustainable sanitation model in the rural villages.

  • Haptic technology as a modality takes advantage of the sense of human touch by applying forces and vibrations to provide real life-like experience to the user.  While haptic feedback has been typically used in sophisticated surgical simulators and other expensive high-end applications, AMMACHI Labs has chosen “high social impact” as a factor that guides our application of this technology. With this vision, we have made pioneering contributions in the area of haptic systems for skill assessment in India and guidance for applications such as vocational education and training, physical rehabilitation, and medical simulation. Specific research areas include haptic rendering, haptic devices, haptic guidance and shared control schemes for haptic simulation.

  • With an increase in globalization, urbanization and consumerism has touched all parts of India, including its villages. While the benefits of globalization and development are prevalent, an adverse byproduct is the increase of non-biodegradable waste proliferating into rural communities that have always been known for their natural and pristine environments.

  • "The project aligned with my research interest in affordable, sustainable, and responsive housing. This was a real-world, real-time project that helped me develop, especially in regards to field work and data collection. We were in charge of the project, and moving it forward. The professors and mentors were very helpful and responsive when we needed it. It was great to collaborate and learn on a multidisciplinary team! ”

    - Nicole Little, University at Buffalo, U.S.

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  • “Women in Sustaining the Environment” (WISE) is a research project between Amrita and Tel Aviv University, funded by the Consulate of Israel to South India (Bengaluru). The WISE project promotes women’s empowerment and sustainable water governance by supporting women’s participation in the choice, maintenance, and management of natural resources along with other sustainable development practices.

  • Addressing the needs of sanitation in India: Scoping and context establishment for women’s empowerment

  • Phase II of the Women’s Empowerment: Rural Toilet Builder and Community Sanitation Project scaled Phase I efforts to 21 states throughout India. WE: Sanitation II extended the initial phase of the program that was conducted from 2014-16. This phase focuses on researching the scalability, wider impact, and establishment of best practices for global knowledge transfer–on the topic of women’s empowerment and community-led total sanitation (CLTS). The inclusion of diverse income-generation programs was also studied, to see if greater economic empowerment would have greater sustainability. Community engagement through the establishment of SHGs, outreach programs, and inclusion into Government of India programs (especially Swachh Bharat Abhayan and Swajal) were also studied.