Our Research Philosophy

Inspired by our Chancellor, compassion-driven research with a strong societal impact is the dominant theme underlying the University’s vision and priorities. This theme runs through our thrust areas of research in Science, Technology, Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, and aligns with several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs). In addition to having a strong societal benefit through real-world deployments that are saving lives and improving the quality of living, research at Amrita has also resulted in high-impact publications and patents. Amrita is ranked #1 in Research Funding by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The University has over 800 research scholars, more than 30 research centers - 20 of which have been identified as Centers of Excellence.

Chancellor’s Message

“Today, universities and their researchers are ranked mainly based on the amount of funding they receive, the number of papers they publish, and their intellectual caliber, but along with this, we should take into consideration how much we have been able to use their research to serve the lowest and most vulnerable strata of society. If we could transform compassion from a mere word into a path of action, we would be able to solve 90 percent of the world’s humanitarian problems.”

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
Chancellor,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Five Pillars (I5s) of Amrita

The core vision of Amrita lies in providing education for life, grounded in intellectual social responsibility through compassion driven research that will translate into a positive global impact. This vision is supported by five pillars (I5s): Interdisciplinary Education & Research, Cutting Edge Innovation, International Outreach, Industry Partnerships, and Social Transformation in India.

Innovation

Amrita is a world leader and pioneer in humanitarian technological innovations. Few notable achievements include: wireless sensor network for rainfall induced landslides; a Cisco recognized multimedia e-learning platform for immersive learning experiences, and the world’s first wireless robotic coconut tree climber.

Industry

Amrita has fostered strong relationships at the national and international level. Global partners include IBM, Microsoft, Bosch, Cisco, Qualcomm, Juniper Networks, Monsanto, Cognizant, Larson and Turbro, Infosys, and Tata Consultancy Services. Amrita is also home to a top 5, nationally ranked Technology Business Incubator (Amrita TBI).

Interdisciplinary

Amrita synergizes diverse disciplines for maximum impact in applied research in areas such as sustainable and resilient communities, management sciences, frugal technologies, and integrative medicine, among others.

International

Amrita’s outreach work is grounded in strategic global communication, diverse research collaborations, and competitive faculty and student mobility programs. The institution has over 200 international collaborations, 74+ international adjunct faculty, 35+ academic mobility programs, a UNESCO chair in Gender Equality & Women Empowerment, and a World Center of Excellence on Landslide Disaster Reduction.

India

Amrita is recognized as an academic leader in national development. Notable initiatives include:a multidisciplinary experiential learning program in rural India; a ₹100 crore initiative to bring clean drinking water to Indian villages; a Gates foundation grant to reinvent rural toilets; a UN funded initiative for rural women empowerment and vocational training; and a nationally adopted sustainable waste management initiative

First in the World

Amrita has broken barriers and attained global recognition for its work, with a focus on innovative thinking, integrated research, and understanding and meeting the needs of the future

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First in India

Amrita engages in research and design with emphasis on contributing to the social stability of the nation by empowering India’s masses in a sustainable and cost-effective way.

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Other Notable Projects

University researchers have initiated several additional research projects for the welfare of society, both domestically and around the world via innovative technological solutions.

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First in the World

Wireless Sensor Network for Landslide Detection

Amrita Oceannet: Internet Connectivity to Fishermen at Sea

Amaran: Semi Autonomous Coconut Harvesting Robot

Male to Female Upper Arm Transplant

First in India

Double Hand Transplant

Rare Intra-uterine Foetal Procedure at Amrita Saves Life of Woman & Child

Other Notable Projects

Jivamritam: Community-Based Solution for Clean Drinking Water

Amrita Water Distribution System - Water Management In Rural India

Solar-Based Rural Electrification System

Amrita Rural India Tablet Education