"These systems will provide enough clean water for 400 families each. If we can help supply clean water, we can reduce the possibility of people getting sick. This knowledge allowed me to tackle the project with a sense of purpose. My time spent in India has become an unforgettable memory!”

- Hirata Rao, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

“I have taken many classes at my university, but I really wanted to do something in the field. Water is something that everyone needs, especially clean drinking water. I am very happy that I was able to work as part of a team and deploy a water filter that will now give clean water to everyone in the village.”

- Hiroto Tahaku, Hosei University, Japan

With a lack of consistent and sustainable employment as well as a lack of access to sustainable housing, many rural fishermen communities find themselves in cyclical poverty and spiraling debt. This study aims to understand and identify areas for potential economic growth, social development, and methods for building sustainable homes.

With a lack of consistent and sustainable employment opportunities, many villagers are forced to seek employment far away from their homes, thereby temporarily requiring families to move to different states for a major part of the year.

Rural communities, especially tribal villages, carry with them a wealth of knowledge passed down over generations regarding traditional healing practices for diseases.

The project focused on designing and testing a prototype low-cost biomass to liquid fuel system to provide a clean and sustainable source of energy for rural residents.

"During this period we learned about compost and vermicompost. It was very interesting! We also tested out some permaculture techniques, such as the bokachi technique, which is a fertilizer. Overall, this was a very enriching experience and we met a lot a nice people!"

- Loise Bagein, ISTOM, College of International Agro-Development, France

"The size, simplicity of design, and firing time for this particular kiln was perfect for the women of this village. The size would allow them to fire many items of the scale they were making within a time frame that would not keep them from their homes for too long. The design of the kiln was also simple enough to be built in just three days, and since the walls were made of a single layer of bricks, future repairs would be easy to make. "

- Meaghan Gates, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, U.S.

"This experience gave us the chance to explore our own personal strengths and weaknesses and allowed us to play to each individual’s strengths within the team. These past two months have been an amazing experience and one that will live in my memory for a long time to come."

- Emma Sumner, University of Manchester, U.K.

"My experience wholeheartedly changed my global perspective. It showed me the amount of effort, time, and energy it takes to create simple, but sustainable solutions for basic human necessities like drinking water and the work that needs to be done."

- Jewel Yoko Kentilitisca, University of New Mexico, U.S.

"The project aligned with my research interest in affordable, sustainable, and responsive housing. This was a real-world, real-time project that helped me develop, especially in regards to field work and data collection. We were in charge of the project, and moving it forward. The professors and mentors were very helpful and responsive when we needed it. It was great to collaborate and learn on a multidisciplinary team! ”

- Nicole Little, University at Buffalo, U.S.

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

"I had a chance to take the core Chemical Engineering skills to design a technology system that could be practically implemented for the genuine societal benefit through income generation and improvement of livelihood of a tribal village... Many staff members and students, including international students, worked to make this project a reality. I am extremely delighted to have been able to apply my interest in Chemical Engineering towards the betterment of a community."
-  Dr. Udaya Baskar Reddy Ragula, Department of Chemical Engineering

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.

This project is a continuation of Development of Solar-powered Steam Distillation Unit for the Production of Lemongrass Oil. The main aim is to conduct experiments on the prototype and determine optimal distillation conditions (parameters).

"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

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 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.

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.

Students from the Harvard School of Public Health worked with the Amrita School of Social Work and AmritaCREATE to conduct alcohol awareness classes and self esteem programs for children in the tribal village of Mothakara, Kerala.

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.