Strategic Plan NAAC 2014-2019

Academic Plan

  • Personalized Academic Pathways to provide a flexible academic program that is personalized to the needs of the students.
  • Integrate choice based credit system and increase flexibility in the curriculum.
  • Transform learning experiences to be participative, activity and project-oriented.
  • Amrita Values program, cultural education and exposure to societal needs should be integral to every student’s education. Periodic exposure and training for holistic well being such as Amrita Yoga, IAM Meditation and their integration.
  • Introduce novel programs to align to national and industry requirements having focus on employability/ entrepreneurship/ skill development.
  • Aspire beyond program objectives. Enhance training and mentorship to create showcasable talent at regional, national and global forums.
  • Accommodate students with a wide range of proficiencies from all strata of society and mould them into extraordinary human beings who are motivated to serve society. Towards this end, the university will be structured with a graded learning environment which will provide adaptive learning for slow learners, average students, and exceptional performers. In addition, the university plans to inspire students from disadvantaged backgrounds to dream higher, provide the essential bridge training, and compensatory exposure to build self-confidence and communication skills.
  • Experiential Learning to provide students with real world environments beyond the classroom and the labs.

Research Plan

Our 5 Pillars, or 5 I’s, which form the foundation of our research planning are Interdisciplinary, International, India, Industry, Innovation. 

A second emphasis is on compassionate research which is designed to uplift those most in need and therefore can benefit the most from scientific and technological innovations and solutions.

Holistically address national and global challenges. To bring together multiple related disciplines to tackle complex problems faced in societal applications.   The following interdisciplinary research programs are planned based o established strengths in the individual disciplines:

  1. Chemistry, Nanotechnology and Environmental Engineering
  2. Wireless technologies, engineering and Computer Science
  3. Haptics Technologies, computer sciences and Social work/economics
  4. Nanotechnology and Medicine
  5. Medicine and AI
  6. Big Data Analytics and Machine learning
  • Develop PG student’s research acumen and evolve their skills with respect to reasoning, argumentative thinking and writing.

Amrita places a very strong emphasis on collaborative research including both international and national partners. We also plan to pursue cutting-edge advanced research and innovation leading to technology transfer and entrepreneurship with interactions with industry

  • Drive progressive initiatives to enhance complementarity through collaborative research with National academia, international organizations and industries.
    • Expand the network of International partners in Europe, US, Asia and Australia.
  • Explore educational programs with leading Universities ranked amongst the Top 500 in the world.
  • Identify Joint and collaborative opportunities with International academia and organizations to enhance the research eco-system.

We intend to enhance both the quality and quantity of research output through increased publications in high impact journals.

The university places emphasis on patents and their translation as it represents societally applicable research.

To boost investment in these critical areas the university will invest significantly in providing opportunities for faculty to develop in these areas by way of seed grants. The projected target is to reach Rs. 5 crores in 5 years.

The key to success in any research program is to successfully secure extramural research funding.  The purpose of the seed money is to develop preliminary data to compete for larger grant funding.  The university seeks to develop large departmental or centres of excellence which will spur substantive research in critical areas as well as obtain projects in specialized areas that will help build overall research capability in a broad range of areas.   The strategic projection is to reach a projected level of about 30 crores in five years. At the same time the University wishes to add some centres of excellence in areas of its strengths.  This includes nanotechnology, wireless networks, chemical and environmental engineering and green technologies.

Innovation ecosystem involves encouragement of applied product-oriented research but also the infrastructure and manpower facilities to help translate laboratory based innovations to the market.  For this purpose, the strategic plan is to have an entrepreneurial hub involving an incubator and an ecosystem to facilitate startups. On the medical side, clinical translation requires manufacturing and testing under clean room conditions. Approval of clinical trials of new medical products requires manufacturing under strict regulatory guidelines.  Given the importance of our healthcare research an important strategic plan is the development of such facilities. 

  • Become role models in promoting green, clean and sustainable practices.
  • Focus on National Missions such as Education, Literacy, Empowerment, Water, Disaster management and develop implementable and adaptable solutions.
  • Orient research objectives and work with communities for societal impact through Amrita’s adopted villages program and other initiatives
  • Work with World Organizations such as UN, EU, UNDP etc. to translate and scale research outcomes so as to achieve UN SDG goals.
  • Develop University-wide initiatives that embrace, appreciate and incentivize societal impact. This can be in the form of extension activities as well. 
  • Compassionate Research - extension activities towards society is one measure of compassionate research. The strategic plan is to involve at least 90% of students in extension activities such as medical camps, community service, Live-in-Labs involving service to villages, etc.

Infrastructure Plan

  • Adopt online learning, delivery, management and evaluation systems such as AUMS, Ample, A-VIEW and Virtual Labs, to the maximum extent permitted by regulatory bodies.
  • Augment research facilities and adopt a phased approach to their expansion to meet their respective strategic objectives.
    • The university commits as part of the strategic plan to expand its research infrastructure. The components of this infrastructure include: research labs and major equipment (facilities) and research library and digital databases.  Major facilities include Central instrumentation labs addressing specific research areas, computing facilities, visual media labs and business labs.   Some of the strategic areas of interest include, nanotechnology, wireless networks, chemical engineering and green technologies, renewable energy, automobile and aerospace engineering and computational engineering. 
  • We plan to have in place state of the art teaching and research labs for all programs in various disciplines including industry sponsored laboratories from international corporate leaders that train students in state-of-the-art instrumentation and computational tools.
  • We plan to enhance our medical research center with sophisticated robotics labs. We target to work on imaging technologies for 3D and 4D images for ultrasound systems and high resolution MRI scanners.
  • A clean-room GMP facility is in the process of being established for medical product manufacturing in the Kochi campus.
  • We plan to convert 90% of the classrooms into smart classrooms by equipping them with wifi, Digital Displays, high speed internet connectivity, multimedia capabilities that enable lecture capturing.