A paper on Sakshat Amrita Virtual Labs titled, “Complementing Education via Virtual Labs: Implementation and Deployment of Remote Laboratories and Usage Analysis in South Indian Villages” , published in 2016 by International Journal of Online Engineering (iJOE), was awarded the “iJOE Outstanding Paper Award”. The paper was authored by Prof. Shyam Diwakar, Dhanush Kumar, Rakhi Radhamani, Hemalatha Sasidharakurup, Nijin Nizar, Prof. Bipin Nair of Amrita School of Biotechnology, Prof. Krishnashree Achuthan, who is the main PI of the Virtual Labs project and is the Dean of PG programs at Amrita, Prof. Prema Nedungadi of AmritaCREATE, Prof. Raghu Raman of Amrita School of Business.
The award was presented during the 14th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV 2017), held at Columbia University from March 15-17, 2017 in New York, USA.
The virtual labs project is an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Department under the National Mission on Education through ICT. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham partnered with IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Guwahati, IIT Roorkee, COE-Pune, Dayabagh University, NIT Karnataka, and IIITH.
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s Schools of Engineering, School of Biotechnology, and AmritaCREATE had jointly developed the virtual labs and AmritaCREATE had developed the CAP-VL platform on which these labs are hosted.
Since 2012, the VALUE Virtual Labs project at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham had started a Nodal center program and has several colleges and institutes across the country as partners in this program. The Nodal Centre Program allows people to follow the progress of VALUE Virtual Labs and provides a platform for everyone to contribute towards the future development of Virtual Labs and experiments.