Admissions Open for Fully Funded Ph. D. in Sustainable Development


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.


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


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.

Amrita faculty and students are currently working to deploy the Jivamritam water filtration systems through the Live-in-Labs® program. The project includes applied research in the geographical distribution of water contaminants, filtration techniques and processes, awareness programs, and community empowerment strategies.

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Live-in-Labs® Promo Video

Water and Sanitation Work in Tamil Nadu. Lea Pascal (EPFL, Switzerland)

Amrita Water Distribution System: Sustainable Water Management in Rural India (Orissa)

Amrita Water Distribution System: Sustainable Water Management in Rural India (Rajasthan)

Amrita Alcohol Awareness Ambassador's Program with Harvard University



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.



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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 Kalam
Former President of India

This is not just another academy, but a very high quality,world-class institution, focusing on technology research, dealing with very concrete issues which have immediate applications

Prof.Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Laureate

What makes Amrita students special? Western science leads to knowledge. Eastern sceince leads to understanding. Amrita has both Western and Eastern traditions in education.

Dr. Lee Hartwell
Nobel Laureate