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The Live-in-Labs® Program

Established in 2013, Amrita Live-in-Labs® is a multidisciplinary experiential learning program that exposes youth to problems faced by rural communities in India. Participants spend two weeks to six months in Indian villages to understand current challenges and subsequently, develop sustainable solutions. The program brings together Amrita students and faculty – in conjunction with students and faculty from international universities – to put theory into practice, thereby generating innovative solutions and developing collaborative problem-solving skills.


Rural Residents


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Message from the Chancellor

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 calibre. 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. This would be like gold becoming fragrant. In our approach to sustainable development, we should not forget that it is by strengthening the people at the base of the pyramid that the entire edifice of society becomes healthy and strong.


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.

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Savitha Krishna
Amrita School of Engineering, Bengaluru

Amrita’s Live-in-Labs® project has helped me in every step of my life since I have graduated from Amrita. This kind of field exposure has helped me grow into an industry ready engineer. I would like to thank Amrita and Live-in-Labs® for giving me such a great opportunity and for all the support that they have given.

Ms. Shikha
MSW Student, Coimbatore Campus

Field experience is extremely important for a social work student. The Live-in Labs program has provided a fantastic opportunity to work on communities that are experiencing a variety of issues. This program helped us to understand the real problems existing in our surroundings and gave us an opportunity to utilise our knowledge to find a solution for them

Dr. Saravanan
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Coimbatore

It was a great experience for me to work with a multidisciplinary team. The great interest of students and the participation of the villagers drove the project. Many of the challenges we had to tackle were made easier with the support of our department and faculty

Laurence Griffioen
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

For me, the lemongrass project was the practical part of an elective I chose, called International Entrepreneurship & Development, as a part of my bachelor’s at my own university back home. It was a really nice way to put my knowledge about chemical engineering into practice, as well as get the experience of working together with a different country and culture. I also learned a lot about teamwork and project management”

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