Student Facilities, Health Sciences Campus
The Health Sciences Campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is located at Kochi in Kerala. The campus, spread over 125 acres, is compact and yet not confined. Students will appreciate the convenience of having teaching rooms, lecture theatres and clinical skills laboratories so close to their accommodation. All important support and leisure facilities too, such as the library, communication suites, student clubs, and cafeterias are all 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 100% residential courses providing comfortable accommodation to all students. Accommodation is as per the respective council’s requirements and each student is provided with a cot, a table, a chair, and a cupboard. Hot and cold water and laundry facilities are available in every hostel for use by the residents. Every student is provided with a personal code enabling him/her to maintain a credit account for 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 at every hostel and a security guard is on duty 24 hours a day. AMRITA attaches great importance to the nature of lifestyle in the campus. Tobacco, in any form, and any other intoxicants are strictly prohibited.
Shops within the campus include a mini-super mart that sells confectioneries, fruits, stationery, toiletries etc. Tailoring facilities, hairdressers, photocopying and photo studio shops are within walking distances of the campus. The campus has a fully fledged post office counter with Speed-Post facilities, round the clock STD/ISD telecom facilities, a bank with 24-hour ATM facilities, 24-hour taxi service, a 24-hour pharmacy, an ice-cream parlor, three cafeterias, a bookstall and optical shop.
Recreational facilities at AMRITA include basketball courts, football fields and an athletic track. All the hostels have their own gymnasiums and an outdoor volleyball court as well as indoor games like table tennis, chess and caroms.
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 libraries of AIMS that remains open until 12 midnight. The library currently has a collection of around 12,681 books, 980 CD-ROMs and multi-media materials. They also subscribe to or receive approximately 258 print journals. Apart from access to certain important electronic journals like the "The New England Journal of Medicine", "Heart" by BMJ etc. the hospital is now subscribing to the following databases:
UpToDate - an excellent tool for patient care which is based on Evidence based Medicine.
The Clinicalkey - A database of more than 500 electronic journals and more than 800 electronic books in various specialties. It also gives complete drug information, practice guidelines, multimedia and CME.
Access to these databases are IP authenticated which means it can be accessed from any computer in the campus that has an internet conncection.
A digital library has been established recently with collections of e-books, dissertations, presentations and images. The datas are stored digitally and are made available to users through our intranet. There are 212 e-books in various specialities, 24 dissertations and 30 articles published by the faculty in various national and international journals. Internet access is available in the library and the hostels.
Pure vegetarian food prepared under hygienic conditions is served in the student dining halls and the canteens from a central kitchen. The food menus include Indian, Chinese and Continental fare.
AMRITA prides itself on being a welcoming place for students of all religious faiths and denominations. There are ample opportunities for spiritual growth through organized Satsangs, Yoga, Meditation, Seminars, Retreats and Service Projects. For the convenience of students belonging to different faiths, multi religious prayer halls have been inaugurated in the campus by Prof. K. V. Thomas, Union Minister of State for Agriculture.
Life as a student has its own stresses and strains, and sometimes the need may arise to confide in, open up to, or even seek guidance from someone. At AMRITA, a Gurukula system is operational wherein each student is designated a mentor/acharya to whom students can turn 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 forms are well represented by music and drama societies that conduct regular intra-faculty competitions and intercollegiate programs. There is a movie club that shows the latest in English, Hindi and Malayalam movies 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 to promote the environment. Students who are interested in voluntary work within the local and wider community will be able to do so in various ways through societies and programs coordinated by monastics from the Math.