1st Quarter 2014 Newsletter amrita university amrita international

GLOBAL @ AMRITA is the official newsletter of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University), publishing news and events pertaining to the various research and international educational activities in which the University is involved. GLOBAL @ AMRITA is widely distributed among the University’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni as well as its international educational, research, and industrial partners. All of the featured research and technological advances are carried out under direct guidance of Amma, our Chancellor. Amma was recognized by the Pulitzer Prize winning Huffington Post as one of the 50 most powerful women leaders to celebrate on International Women's day.

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Values &

Knowledge is like a river, its nature is to flow. The nature of knowledge is to flow to all corners of the world and nourish the cultures there. We should never stem its flow and turn it into a stagnant pond. It is said that knowledge is the greatest gift one can give, for knowledge is imperishable. Even if we light a thousand lamps from one flame, the lustre of the first lamp never diminishes. Similar is the greatness of knowledge. Knowledge does not diminish, no matter how much it is shared. In fact, the more you give, the more it develops and expands.

- Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
(from a speech at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York on May 25th, 2010)


Amrita was conferred with the status of “University” by the Government of India on January 13th, 2003. In 2009, Amrita was given an ‘A’ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for all its campuses and programs and was ranked among the “Ivy league of Indian Universities”.


Breaking News

The Amrita School of Biotechnology Receives
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant

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Research Highlights

Amrita Wireless Sensor Networks All Set
for World's Tallest Mountain Range

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are one of the most promising emerging technologies, providing the opportunity for real-time monitoring of geographical regions (remote and hostile) that are prone to disasters...

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Core-Shell Nanomedicine for Targeting
Multiple Targets in Cancer

The Amrita Centre for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine has developed a novel core-shell nanomedicine that can simultaneously target two critical cancer mechanisms in drug resistant chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)...

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Design and Analysis of a Parallel Haptic Orthosis for Upper Limb Rehabilitation

Parallel haptic orthoses were designed to improve human locomotion capability, develop joint strength, and increase endurance through physical rehabilitation exercises for the human limbs...

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Non-enzymatic Glucose Sensor with a
Wide Detection Range

Amrita's chemical engineering department, Amritapuri, has devoleped a non-enzymatic glucose sensor, with a wide detection range, utilising the tantalum oxide honeycomb architectures...

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Molecular Docking Studies elucidating the interaction of Anacardic Acid with MMP2

Research at the Amrita School of Biotechnology has recently elucidated a novel role for two potential natural product lead molecules to facilitate and enhance the wound healing process...

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Distinguished Lectures

  • Dr. Suresh Subramani, Executive Vice Chancellor, UCSD (USA)
  • Dr. Venkat N. Krovi,
    University at Buffalo, State University of New York (USA)
  • Dr. Charles F. Zukoski,
    Provost, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (USA)
  • Dr. Walter Suemitsu,
    UFRJ (Brazil)
  • Dr. Kaykobad Plain,
    University of Engineering and Technology (Bangladesh)
  • Dr. Timothy Paape,
    University of Zurich (Switzerland)
  • Dr. Upamanyu Madhow,
    UC Santa Barbara (USA)
  • Dr. Masahiro Fujita,
    University of Tokyo (Japan)
  • Dr. Nava Subramaniam,
    Deakin University (Australia)
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New Adjunct Faculty

  • Dr. Leland Hartwell,
    Nobel Laureate
    , Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (USA)
  • Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri,
    Nobel Laureate
    , Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (India)
  • Dr. Vijayaragavan Viswanathan, CERN Jablotron Alarms, European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva (Switzerland)

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New Faculty

  • Dr. Anand Ramachandran, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin,USA
  • Dr. Shantanu Bhowmik, Ph.D. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Dr. Kalyan Sasidhar, Ph.D. University of North Texas-Denton, Texas, USA
  • Dr. Dhanesh G. Kurup, Ph.D. Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Dr. Tirumale K. Ramesh, Ph.D. Oakland University, USA
  • Dr. Navin Kumar, Ph.D. University of Aveiro, Portugal

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The Live-In-Labs Program

Amrita University launched the Live-in-Labs program where researchers, experts, and students, from multiple disciplines, will work to identify, develop, and deliver integrated and sustainable solutions to transform India’s villages into zero waste, self-sustainable, and self-reliant communities ....

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Social Responsibility

Initiated by Chancellor Amma to inspire young people to restore Mother India’s natural beauty, the Amala Bharatham Campaign has become a shining example of engaging in socially responsible activities that promote environmental conservation. Students, faculty, and staff at Amrita University have actively participated in several projects that help restore the harmony that exists between man and nature. In November 2013, over 3,400 students, faculty ....

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Tech Transfer and Product Highlights


Amrita Personal Safety Device

Amrita Personal Safety Device
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Gesture-Based Wheel Chair

Gesture-Based Wheel Chair
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My Sangam - Educational Portal

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Amrita Portable Health Record

Amrita Portable Health Record
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Amrita portable Super Charger

Amrita portable Super Charger
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Tissue Patch

Tissue Patch
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Theft Monitoring System

Multimedia-Based Theft MonitoringRead More

Rural India Education Tablet

Rural India Education TabletRead More

Flexible Polymer Wafer

Flexible Polymer Wafer to Prevent the Recurrence of Brain Tumors
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Nano Medicine

Nano Medicine to Fight Drug-Resistant Leukemia
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Awards & Recognitions


Amrita University hosted the prestigious ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) for the 9th consecutive year and has become “the largest ACM-ICPC's regional contest site in the world”.

Amrita CREATE achieved a significant milestone with the endorsement of Online Labs (OLabs) by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). CBSE has recommended OLabs to all 14,500 schools in India that are affiliated with the board. Over 1,500 schools are currently using the OLabs.

Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications, received the 2012 NABARD Innovation Prize for contributions towards rural development in India. The Center was chosen for its successful deployment of a Real-Time Wireless Sensor Network Landslide Monitoring and Detection System in Munnar, Kerala. Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh, director of the Center, accepted the award on behalf of AmritaWNA.

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Faculty Awards

Dr. Shantikumar Nair received the prestigious National Research Award from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Every year, this award is bestowed upon only one scientist in the entire country.

Dr. Shantanu Bhowmik, Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Head of Research at the Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore, won the prestigious Marie Curie Research Award from the European Union’s 7th Framework Program in November 2013. He was also awarded the prestigious research award, Brain Pool Korea, from the Korean Government in July 2013.

Dr. Sanjeev K. Singh, Senior Medical Administrator at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, was selected as a SHEA (Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America) Ambassador from India. This honor is conferred on the ten best professionals in the world that specialize in the control and management of infectious diseases.
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Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) wins the ‘Best Hospital’ Award

Best Hospital Award

The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences was awarded the best hospital in the country for the “betterment of healthcare” by the Federation of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) in December 2013. Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director of AIMS, received the award on behalf of the hospital.

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Student Achievements

S. Kaushik, Krishnan Nakul, R. Prasanth, and Sachith G. Pai, from the Amritapuri campus, have qualified for the world finals of the most reputed computer problem-solving and software programming competition - the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). The final round of the international contest will take place this year in Russia from June 22-26.

John Stanley, Suneesh P. V., and Keerthy Dhara won the 2013 Best Project Presentation Award in Basic Sciences at a students’ research convention organized by the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.

Ms. Aryadevi R.D., Research Associate at the Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications, was selected for the 2013 TCS Research Scholars Program for PhD students.

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Upcoming Events

The 6th IEEE International Conference on Technology for Education (T4E) will be held at Amrita University, Amritapuri from December 18th, 2014 to December 21st, 2014. Read More

Recent Publications

Ramesh, M. et. al, Data Reduction and Energy Sustenance in Multi-Sensor Networks for Landslide Monitoring, IEEE Sensors Journal.

Chandran P. et. al., Simultaneous Inhibition of Aberrant Cancer Kinome Using Rationally Designed Polymer, Nanomedicine.

Raman R. et. al., The VLAB OER Experience, IEEE Transactions in Education.

Suneesh P. V. et. al, Tantanlum oxide Honeycomb Architectures for Development of Non-enzymatic Glucose Sensor, Biosensors and Bioelectronics. Read More

Student Programs

The Amrita Center for International Programs (ACIP) is the central point for international academic relations at Amrita University. It focuses on enhancing education and research by bringing together students, teachers, and academicians from around the world to create an opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and ideas. Read More

Recent Collaborations

KTH - Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

University of California, San Diego (USA) Read More

Conferences & Events

Our Villages, Our World:
What Can We Offer?

An ambitious nation-wide initiative was launched to transform a significant number of India’s villages into centers of learning, employment, productivity, and prosperity via sustainable development. Eminent speakers includes Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Nobel Laureate Dr. Leland Hartwell, ...

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Our Villages, Our World

Amrita Bioquest 2013

Amrita Bioquest, held at the Amritapuri campus of Amrita University and hosted by the Amrita School of Biotechnology, provided a forum to discuss emerging, multidisciplinary themes related to the use and application of biotechnology for the benefit of humanity.

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BioQuest 2013

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New Academic Initiatives


Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, inaugurated the Global Center for Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility during his visit to the Amritapuri Campus of Amrita University in January 2014. The Center will devolep management and governance solutions in order to impliment and foster sustainable devolepment initiatives.


The Amrita School of Communication, Coimbatore, commenced a PhD in Communication in the 2013-2014 academic year, with specializations in Print Media, Broadcast Media, New Media, Film Studies, Integrated Marketing Communication, and Advertising. One of the few universities in the country that offers a PhD in Communication, Amrita's PhD program encourages interdisciplinary research, both within the field of communication and with other fields in the social sciences.


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