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The Live-in-Labs® Program

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 sustainable solutions program participants gain first-hand knowledge along with the know-how of identifying and assessing community needs. Subsequently viable solutions are developed and implemented through various participatory methods.


Rural Residents


Field Hours





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 160 projects in 22 states across India, Live-in-Labs® participants have touched the lives of approximately 600,000 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 200,200 + hours in the field working towards sustainable development in rural communities.

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Awards and Recognitions


Amrita Live-in-Labs® Wins ‘Innovation by Private University’ Award at 14th World Education Summit

The Amrita Live-in-Labs® program has won the “Innovation by Private University’ award…

August 12, 2019


Construction blocks from plastic waste: Team Amrita wins Swacch Technology Challenge

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has created an eco-friendly innovation that uses plastic waste…

May 20, 2022


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 Kalam
Dr. Lee Hartwell
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
Prof. Muhammad Yunus
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
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