Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has a very cohesive, vibrant, dedicated, and well-managed IQAC that acts as the backbone for achieving the youngest institution to be awarded an 'A' grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body under University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country.
Our vision is to be an exemplary Institution that thrives from its commitment to the transformative power of value based education, endowed with technological and pedagogical initiatives, with a special emphasis on health and well-being, that provide the impetus for goal-oriented research for societal benefit and a motivated educational journey, towards a harmonious, prosperous and sustainable future.
Our mission is based on the foundation of three primary principles:
There are two types of education: education for living and education for life. Studying to become a professional is education for a living. On the other hand, education for life requires an understanding of the essential human values. At Amrita, we believe that education should also impart a culture of the heart, based on enduring values and inner strength.
Our motivation to pursue research originated from seeing the suffering around us – poverty, starvation, sickness, environmental pollution and contamination. We believe that if we could transform compassion from a mere word into a path of action, we would be able to solve most of the world’s problems. If we take this step courageously, then our research and its outcomes will have a special beauty, spontaneity, and power. At Amrita, we strongly believe that the culmination of all research should be societal benefit.
At Amrita, we stand united in our mission towards solving globally recognized scientific and societal challenges, including environment, development, and health. Amrita stands at the strategic juncture of two streams of cultures: East and West. It is our vision to bring the two together to bridge the divide through meaningful collaborations with world class universities and innovative approaches that will benefit the entire planet.
Amrita’s culture of education equips students to be rooted in the values of Dharma (righteousness), Karuna (compassion) and Shraddha (mindfulness). Endowed with qualities of acceptance, patience, self-confidence, perseverance and enthusiasm, the benefit of humanity will become uppermost in their thought, word and action. They will then pioneer innovative solutions for the benefit of all humankind, leading to sustainable health and prosperity for all. This resonates with the ancient Sanskrit prayer ‘Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu’. It is a reminder of our deeper connection to the entire world around us, “May our work contribute to the happiness of all beings.”
Some of the functions of the IQAC are:
IQAC evolves mechanisms and procedures for:
IQAC facilitates and contributes to:
Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) has contributed significantly for institutionalizing the quality assurance strategies and processes by constantly reviewing the teaching-learning process, structures & methodologies of operations and learning outcomes at periodic intervals.
Objectives of the Practice: IQAC recommended a goal-centric institutional structure for the end-to-end educational delivery in all programs, and to implement outcomes-based education in its true spirit, in conformance with and in adherence to the global best practices.
The Context: In alignment with the institution’s development plan aimed at achieving world-class educational experience for all stakeholders, resulting in being bracketed in the highest tiers of global ranking, national ranking, and the highest standards of curriculum design & delivery, the adoption of OBE assumes great importance.
The Practice: Teams comprising IQAC coordinators and other senior faculty members were formed by the vice-chancellor to design and develop the plan for OBE implementation. For all programs, the program objectives and outcomes were developed in alignment with the department and institution vision and mission, and subsequently, the course outcomes were developed in alignment with the programme outcomes. Orientation and training sessions were conducted for teaching & non-teaching staff, as well as students, to ensure detailed understanding of the plan and process. A department academic audit committee (DAAC) was formed to monitor and review the effectiveness of OBE implementation as well as the course and programme attainments.
Outcomes: The adoption and implementation of OBE has resulted in official recognition and certification via successfully completion of the NBA accreditation process (for several engineering programmes) and AACSB (for business management programs), greater global mobility for students via alignment with international standards, and more accurate design of quality improvement programs.
Objectives of the Practice: Integrate research skills into the curricular teaching-learning processes and outcomes, to provide greater flexibility in professional career development.
The Context: IQAC recognized that the institutional strength in terms of a vast pool of accomplished research-oriented faculty could be more effectively leveraged to add value to the various degree programs by more formally integrating research goals into the curriculum for the UG and PG programs, to foster research excellence.
The Practice: The university instituted a curricular requirement that all PG students undertake research leading to a publication, based on the rationale that research and technical writing experience would contribute substantially to the intellectual growth of the student. A pilot implementation was carried out at the PG level in engineering programs and subsequently extended to all PG (masters and doctoral) as well as UG programmes (where the requirement was for graduation with distinction). A publications coordinator was appointed in 2016 as the nodal officer for research in every school & department/center.
Outcome: The research output has enhanced the skill set of students and proved to be of value in their career progression. Compared with 2014, the number of publications has doubled over the last five years. This the increase in research papers has also been reflected in our positions in India rankings 2018. The 8th best university in India. This is an improvement of one place from 2017 rankings.
Focuses on enhancing education and research by bringing together students, teachers, and academicians from around the world to create an opportunity for the rich and diverse exchange of knowledge and ideas. International Programmes is responsible for the coordination and administration of international education and research activities for the institution. Amrita has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with several prestigious universities in Europe, Australia, East Asia, South America, and North America. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham offers a wide range of full-time and part-time opportunities such as student exchange programs, dual-degree masters programs, study abroad programs, Internships, summer school programs, the Live-in-Labs® program (experiential learning in rural India), and joint Ph.D. programs.
Amrita Live-in-Labs® is a multidisciplinary experiential learning program that facilitates the research, development, and deployment of sustainable solutions for current challenges faced by rural communities in India. The program is designed to engage participants in a mutual learning and sharing experience by breaking classroom and lab barriers to implementing theoretical knowledge to address real-world problems.
The program allows participants to study, observe, and interact with rural populations while living in rural communities to gain a better understanding of challenges in the areas of Agriculture & Risk Management, Education & Gender Equality, Energy & Environment, Livelihood & Skill Development, Water & Sanitation, Health & Hygiene, and Waste Management & Infrastructure.
|1. Dr. P Venkat Rangan, Vice Chancellor - Chairman|
|2. Swami Abhayamritananda Puri (Pro Chancellor) - Honorary Chairman|
|3. Dr. K Sankaran, Registrar - Member|
|4. Prof. C Parameswaran (Director CIR) - Member|
|5. Shri. Venugopal (Director HR) - Member|
|6. Dr.Prem Nair (Medical Director) - Member|
|7. Swami Sankaramritananda Puri (Director, School of Ayurveda) - Member|
|8. Br. Vishwamrita Chaitanya, Director, Bangalore Campus - Member|
|9. Br. Devidasa Chaitanya, Director, Amritapuri Campus - Member|
|10. Dr. U Krishnakumar (Director, ASAS Kochi) - Member|
|11. Br. Anantananda Chaitanya, Director, Mysore Campus - Member|
|12. Shri. I B Manikantan, Director, Chennai Campus - Member|
|13. Dr. R Dhandapani (Controller of Examinations)- Member|
|14. Dr. Shanti Nair (Dean, Research) - Member|
|15. Dr.Sasangan Ramanathan (Dean, Engineering) - Member|
|16. Dr. V S Somanath (Dean, Management) - Member|
|17. Dr.Bipin Nair (Dean, School of Biotechnology)- Member|
|18. Dr.Maneesha Ramesh (Dean, International Programmes) - Member|
|19. Dr.Krishnashree Achuthan (Dean, PG Programs)- Member|
|20. Dr.Balakrishnan Shankar (Associate Dean, Amritapuri) - Member|
|21. Dr. Kishore Pillai (Associate Dean-Management) - Member|
|22. Dr. S N Jyothi (Principal, ASE, Amritapuri) - Member|
|23. Dr. P Shankar (Principal, ASE Chennai) - Member|
|24. Dr. S. R. Nagaraja (Acting Principal, ASE, Bangalore) - Member|
|25. Dr. (Col) Vishal Marwaha (Principal, School of Medicine) - Member|
|26. Dr. R Balagopal Varma (Principal, School of Dentistry) - Member|
|27. Prof. K T Moly (Principal, College of Nursing) - Member|
|28. Dr. M Sabitha (Principal, School of Pharmacy) - Member|
|29. Dr. P Sureshkumar (Principal, School of Agriculture Sciences) - Member|
|30. Dr. V M Nandakumaran (Principal, ASAS Amritapuri) - Member|
|31. Dr. Rekha Bhatt (Principal i/c, ASAS Mysore) - Member|
|32. Dr. A V Shyam (Chairperson, School of Business, Coimbatore)- Member|
|33. Dr. P Manoj (Chairperson, Management, Bangalore) - Member|
|34. Prof. Sunanda Muralidharan (Chairperson, Management, Kochi) - Member|
|35. Dr. Rajiv Nair (Chairperson, Management, Amritapuri) - Member|
|36. Dr. Raghu Raman, (Director, Amrita Center for Accreditations, Rankings & Eminence) - Convener and Secretary|