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About Live-in Labs

Live-in-Labs® is a multidisciplinary experiential learning program that breaks classroom and lab barriers by applying learned theory in real-world settings. This credit-based academic program draws on principles of lean research for the development and deployment of sustainable solutions for current challenges faced by rural communities in India. By directly living in rural communities (labs) and co-designing solutions to development challenges, program participants gain first-hand knowledge and know-how of identifying and assessing community needs and subsequently developing and implementing viable solutions through various participatory methods.

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With over 150 projects in 21 states across India, Live-in-Labs® participants have touched the lives of approximately 60,000 rural residents during the past several years. With participation from over 30 institutions around the world and nearly 50 departments, schools, and centers at Amrita, students and faculty have clocked in a monumental 200,000 + hours in the field working towards sustainable development in rural communities.

Thematic Areas

Our 7 thematic areas are integral on the path to developing sustainable and self-reliant communities

Jeevamritham

Jivamritam

Providing clean drinking water to over 5,000 villages in India

Launched by the President of India, Sri Ram Nath Kovind, on October 8th 2017, the Jivamritam Purified Clean Drinking Water Initiative aims to install drinking water filtration systems in 5,000 villages and provide clean drinking water to over 10 million people throughout India. The Jivamritam project utilizes a community cost-sharing model for the operation and sustainable management of the systems.

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With over 150 projects in 21 states across India, Live-in-Labs® participants have touched the lives of approximately 60,000 rural residents during the past several years. With participation from over 30 institutions around the world and nearly 50 departments, schools, and centers at Amrita, students and faculty have clocked in a monumental 200,000 + hours in the field working towards sustainable development in rural communities.

Reach & Presence

From Jammu and Sikkim in the North to Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the South, to Rajasthan and Gujarat in the West to Jharkhand and Bihar in the East, the Live-in-Labs® program has implemented projects in our various thematic areas throughout India.

  • Energy & Environment
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Health & Hygiene
  • Livelihood Skill & Development
  • Education & Gender Equality
  • Waste Management & Infrastructure
  • Agriculture & Risk Management
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The Live-in-Labs® program welcomes undergraduate, graduate, PhD students, and post doctoral researchers to apply.

Living @ Amrita

We warmly welcome international students and researchers to our campuses and hope the experience will be both academically..

Testimonial

Prof. Muhammad Yunus
Amma has done more work than many goverments have ever done for their people… her contribution is enormous
Prof. Muhammad Yunus2006 Nobel peace prize winner
Founder, Grameen Bank
Dr. Lee Hartwell
What makes Amrita students special? Western science leads to knowledge. Eastern science leads to understanding. Amrita has both Western and Eastern traditions in education.
Dr. Lee HartwellNobel Laureate
Dr. R. Chidambaram
The wireless sensor system developed by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and successfully tested at Munnar in Kerala to forecast natural disasters like landslides can be replicated in similar disaster-prone areas elsewhere in the country
Dr. R. ChidambaramPrincipal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has a major role to play in transforming our society into a knowledge society through its unique value-added education system.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul KalamFormer President of India
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