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About the Program

Indian Research / Industry sector, both government-funded and private, have a rich tradition of philanthropy and the sectors have made huge efforts to minimize the gap in several social areas to uplift the common well-being of society. Social Responsibility is established on the reciprocal dependence between an organization and society. The Social Responsibility guidelines attempt to move ahead of a philanthropic model to a more expansive view that encompasses the integration of social and environmental issues into research decisions, goals and operations and also the integration between organisations and their stakeholders. There is an increased need for organizations to focus on evolving a strong Social Responsibility policy and ensure implementation of the same. It is imperative that such policy should address the felt needs of community and society but also create shared social value both for the organization and its stakeholders for sustainability. Our country’s major visionary growth policies are aligned with achieving the 169 targets leading to 17 UN Sustainable Development Goal’s. This Training programme will be a gateway for understanding the ground reality in devising such policies, ability to solve many of the social issues and problems through Innovation and inculcate effective altruism ( i.e. evidence and reasoning to help establish the mutual benefits that effective altruism bestows on both the giver and the receiver of the benefits made available). The program would also include interaction with many eminent people who have worked on a wide variety of social projects who will share their experiences in a detailed way in this specially designed Online Training programme.


  1. To understand and update on devising a sustainable social responsibility policy.
  2. To understand methods to identify the societal needs and how to devise research goals.
  3. To provide insight into the existing models and challenges faced in implementation.

About the Host Institute

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary research university that is accredited and ranked amongst the top 1% of universities in India by National Ranking agency (NIRF) and recognized as No.1 Private University in India by THE and QS worldwide ranking agencies. Amrita has over 18000 students, 15 constituent schools, 150+ (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral) programs, more than 20 research centers m engineering, medicine, business, sciences, social work, nanotechnology, sustainable energy and so on.

One of our key missions has been to pioneer socio-techno solutions for sustainable development Over the past decade; The following are to name a few,

A. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has developed and implemented ICT based solutions to provide ‘Quality Education’ to the under-privileged. Today, over 10 million people from diverse backgrounds i.e. vocational trainees, K-12 students, higher education graduates and teachers use Amrita’ s solutions

B. In the area of ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’, Amrita won Gates Foundation Award, to develop technologies to conserve water and bio-treat sanitary wastes. In addition, our research centers have architected low cost, DIY design construction of toilets to help scale the massive needs of toilets in India by helping local communities build them in over 21 states across India.

C. Amrita has been instrumental in empowering over 5000 women in skills based training and holistic development over the past 3 years.

D. The UNDP (UN Global Development Network) has recognized Amrita’ s work as one of the best examples in the world for architecting programs for enabling financial inclusivity of women and Amrita was awarded the ‘UNESCO chair in Gender Equality’ in 2016. The United Nations has officially made Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham India’s first ever UNESCO Chair on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The official bestowing of the UNESCO Chair on the Coimbatore-based university took place in Paris.

E. In 2015, Amrita has also been invited to the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative to showcase the enormous social impact it has made. On 8 July at United Nations Headquarters, the United Nations Academic Impact Initiative (UNAI) and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham co-hosted a one-day conference on “Technology for Sustainable Development”.

Amrita has had active engagements with over 40+ academic and research institutions in Europe from Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. These include Bi-lateral funded research projects by EU in FP6, FP7, Leading coordinating roles for EU projects in India under the Erasmus+ programs for capacity building.

Amrita at UN Academic Impact

Amma will delivered the keynote address during the conference at the United Nations on technology and sustainable development in New York.

Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, the Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amma addressed researchers representing 93 leading international universities at a conference co-hosted by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).

My conviction is that science, technology and spirituality must unite in order to ensure a sustainable and balanced existence of our world.

Amma – Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham



Target groups under the Scheme are Scientists/ Technologists holding scientific post/ Working in Scientific Ministries/ Departments of Govt. of India and State Governments, Autonomous Institutions/ Public Sector Undertakings of Central/ State Governments, Research and Development Institutions/ Research Laboratories of Central/ State Governments, Central / State Universities, State Science & Technology Councils.

Application Procedure

The interested scientists/teachers/officers of government departments can send the filled and approved applications to the address given on the last page.

In situations where a participant is unable to obtain signature of his\her nominating authority, the institute will also accept nominations which are forwarded as received from the official email ids of Heads of the institution or Registrars.

The soft copy of the advance application may be sent to the following Email Id:

Highlights & Important Dates

Program Highlights

  • Exclusively designed with 3 sessions in a day
  • Sessions have the blend of practical experiences and virtual insight into societal project implementation.
  • A typical day of the virtual training programme is as follows:
Session Remarks Timing Log In/Out
06.30 AM to 07.30 AM Guided Yoga session Not Mandatory
09.30 AM to 11.15 AM Session 1
(including 30min for evaluation and feedback)
11.15 AM to 11.45 AM Break
11.45 AM to 01.15 PM Session 2
(Including 30min for evaluation and feedback)
01.15 PM to 02.15 PM Lunch Break
02.15 PM to 04.00 PM Session 3
(Including 30min for valuation and feedback)
06.00 PM to 07.00 PM Physical fitness / Diet advices etc. Not Mandatory
Last date for receiving nominations: 20th Nov 2020
Confirmation of selection for the Training Programme: 25th Nov 2020
Online links for the training programme will be shared after the registration confirmation.
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