We have worked in collaboration with the AmritaSeRVe 101 village adoption program for last 10 years in 21 Indian tribal villages across India, also fulfilling the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals.
In October 2018, The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, awarded Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham the title of ‘Centre of Excellence in Tribal Empowerment through Digital Inclusion’ in recognition of its significant work to uplift India’s tribal people in the fields of education, health and e-literacy.
A diverse group of Amrita’s departments, including Community Medicine, Public Dentistry, Nutrition and Social & Data Science, as well as AmritaCREATE (Amrita Center for Research in Analytics & Technologies for Education) worked together for this.
“Amrita is honored to have been given this distinction by the Tribal Ministry,” said Dr. Prema Nedungadi, Director, AmritaCREATE.
“Our immediate plans are to understand baseline data and the impact of technology in areas such as digital literacy, oral-contraceptive use, oral hygiene, micronutrient deficiencies, digital safety, antenatal-health monitoring, and vaccination, as well as with our Adolescent Ambassadors for the awareness program.
We have already completed awareness training in the dangers of substance abuse to 1,000 tribal students,” she added.
At 41 rural education centers in 21 states of India, Amrita RITE provides tablet-enhanced holistic educational support for children, adolescents and adults, integrating health, social and gender-equality awareness and inculcating respect for local culture and heritage. This short film highlights how the Amrita Rural Education Centers have become the heart of the village, giving not only an education to earn a living, but also an education on how to live a quality life.