"I really liked the amount of responsibility we had to conduct the project. The intercultural exchange with the Amrita students and villagers was very valuable.” 
- Mathew Falcone, University at Buffalo, U.S. 

“We conducted our study in multiple settings, mainly in the hospital, and sought feedback from various health professionals. This allowed us to understand how our devices can meet the health care needs of remote rural populations.” - Arsalan Haghdel and Aye Bay Na Sa, BSc. Bioemdical Engineering, University at Buffalo, U.S.

Located 25 kms from Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, Dewgain lies on a hilly terrain with lushly green forest land.

Through Amrita's women empowerment initiatives, rural women are trained to build their own toilets, thereby addressing the urgent need for sanitation infrastructure in rural communities. However, women do face some challenges while constructing toilets such as the acquisition of construction materials (which can be expensive) and the overall time required to build the toilets.

In an effort to curtail urban migration and provide a local avenue for income generation, the project investigated the feasibility of plastic brick production as a novel employment opportunity for villagers.

 

"The production and use of plastic bricks is a one stop solution to address poor urban waste management and lack of rural sanitation infrastructure. Other benefits are employment, retarding urban migration, and shifting the concentration of economic growth from the urban to the rural sector."
Harish Mohan, Mechanical Engineer, AMMACHI Labs

The students were supposed to work on a project on Water and Health which aimed at understanding the issues faced by the local population about water. Although this area is full of canal, lakes and other water bodies, it suffers from acute water problems. 

Following a previous background study carried out on the state of education in the village of Deurbal, work is here presented on a second field excursion to trial a potential solution.

Therefore, the main aim of this project was for to study how to increase the community engagement in  the project. For that the students to engaged with the women to gain insights into their lives, their likes and dislikes and the problems that they face. An important part was also developping a step by step user manual of the technical unit that would be accessible to all people working in the factory, keeping in mind that most of them were illiterate.

Energy has a significant importance in elevating the lives of people all around the world. Students of Amrita have done field work in an empoverished village of the state of Bihar, and identified Energy as the most problematic problem area over there. Using the most advancing technologies, it was determined that a modernized smokeless Chulha, or smokeless stove, can be designed. It surpasses earlier such models, and can be of very low cost.

Amrita is conducting humanitarian oriented research to provide cost-efficient water filtration solutions to the villages in India. One of these projects is a water desalination unit. It filtrates impurities by replicating the natural cycle, where air and natural heat are used for vapourising, dehumidifying and finally collecting water.  Continuing the work carried out previously, students manufactured the unit and started testing it., They also went to the field in flood affected areas of Kerala in August 2018 to understand the actual needs of the people.

Continuous monitoring of physiological parameters such as heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, blood-oxygen saturation and many other parameters have turned out to be a common feature of critically ill patients.

Research is ongoing to see how traditional techniques can be used along with other locally available materials to propose sustainable alternatives. Amrita University Coimbatore campus students are working on rammed earth construction.

This project is about the empowerment of a village through a broad business management of the lemongrass oil distillation unit located in the district of Wayanad. Work was carried out to develop the distillation factory,  and a business model study was done to help developp it as a social entreprise.

To address the need of proper housing in some rural areas, government and NGOs have mostly relied on building concrete houses. Although it can be viewed as an efficient solution in the short term, it may not be suitable for all villages. In villages where temperatures can be extreme, concrete houses are very difficult to live in. 

To address the issue of water quality, a water desalination system was developped by the CAE Lab (Computer Assisted Engineering) of the Mechanical Engg department was a Humidification Dehumidification system. 

To address the issue of contaminated drinking water, the continuous, real-time, in situ monitoring of the river water for pollutants is an important step. This would help in finding out the point sources for preventative action, providing real-time alerts to stakeholders for taking precautionary measures, and systematic modelling and analysis with historical data for formulating effective policies for long-term actions.

Water scarcity is a major problem in India and directly impacts the villages which rely mostly on agriculture. As water becomes scarce, using it properly is even more important. 

Amrita Self Reliant Villages (ASeRVe) along with Ryerson University, Canada conducted a campaign for maternal and child health in Hadiabad, Ratanpur, Bihar.

Amrita School of Business, Amritapuri, along with the students from International Volunteers University Student Association(IVUSA), Japan, designed infrastructure for sustainable development in rural communities of Perumbalam, Alappuzha District, Kerala. The project was a part of the Live-in-Labs® program.

The AMMACHI Labs along with Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro,Rio de Janeiro, Brazil École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, conducted a campaign for sanitation awareness through water testing in the villages of Ratanpur, Bihar and Muruganpatti, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu.

AMMACHI Labs, the academic and research center of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, conducted organic farming, along with the foreign university, ISTOM College of International Agricultural Development, France.

Amrita School of Business and AMMACHI Labs, along with University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA, conducted a campaign for empowering the artist in the villages.

The departments of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, and Amrita School of Biotechnology, along with Dartmouth College, USA, set up bio-filters in the tribal villages.

Amrita Institute for Medical Sciences and Research Center (AIMS), carried forward the research, along with the foreign University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Amrita Live-in-Labs® conducted a program on Impact Analysis of Teaching Methodology, Health and Social Awareness. As a part of the program, the second year MSW students of the department of Social Work, Coimbatore, along with Ryerson University students from Canada stayed at the tribal settlement of Komalikudi in Idukki District of Kerala from 6th to 13th August 2015. 

The AMMACHI Labs along with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, designed a scalable and sustainable sanitation model in the rural villages.

The School of Social Work, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, and AMMACHI Labs, along with the foreign university, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, carried forward a research in a village of Ettimadai, Coimbatore.

Amrita School of Social Work and AmritaCREATE, along with Harvard School of Public Health, USA, conducted alcohol awareness classes and Self Esteem Programs for children in the tribal villages.

Amrita Department: School of Social Work, CREATE
Foreign Partner: Harvard School of Public Health, USA

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center (AIMS), along with the foreign university, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, carried forward the research.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Sciences, Amrita School of Engineering, along with TU Delft, Netherlands, conducted the research.

The Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA), the Department of Civil Engineering, the Amrita Center for Nanosciences– Nano Solar Division, the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences

Many villages in India do not have access to electricity. Villages that do receive power, do so intermittently and with frequent disruption, making the supply of electricity unreliable. Komalikudi, a tribal settlement in Kerala well-known for its abundant natural resources, is one such village.

India is home to some of the biggest and most densely populated cities in the world, yet only 30% of the country’s population lives in urban settlements. The true heart of India lies in its villages.

The Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications, the Department of Civil Engineering, the Amrita Center for International Programs and the members of Amrita Self Reliant Villages (ASeRve), under the guidance of Shri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma), built water distribution systems.

 

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