The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, has given Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham the title of ‘Centre of Excellence in Tribal Empowerment through Digital Inclusion’ on October 9, 2018. The title was given by recognizing Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s significant work to uplift India’s tribal people in the fields of education, health and e-literacy by The Government of India. The ministry also highlighted the distinctive work that has led to the fulfillment of the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals through its 101 adopted villages project - Amrita SeRVe.
“Amrita is honored to have been given this distinction by the Tribal Ministry,” said Dr. Prema Nedungadi, Director, AmritaCREATE (Amrita Center for Research in Analytics & Technologies for Education).
“Our immediate plans are to understand baseline data and the impact of technology in areas such as digital literacy, oral-contraceptive use, oral hygiene, micronutrient deficiencies, digital safety, antenatal-health monitoring, and vaccination, as well as with our Adolescent Ambassadors for the awareness program. We have also already completed awareness training in the dangers of substance abuse to 1,000 tribal students,” she added.
The title recognizes the accomplishments of a multidisciplinary approach to empower tribal communities. The participation comes from a diverse group of Amrita’s departments, including Community Medicine, Public Dentistry, Nutrition and Social & Data Science, as well as AmritaCREATE.