95 students and 10 faculty members participated in the 2019 Live-in-Labs® workshop at Amrita's Coimbatore campus from May 19-24, 2019. Conducted by 5 Live-in-Labs® faculty from the Amritapuri campus, the 6 day workshop provided training on how to identify and understand core challenges in rural communities through human-centered and sustainable approaches. The workshop also included various activities to convey important lessons in collective brainstorming, problem solving, collaborative decision-making, inclusive communication, and active listening.

Nandita Gopidas, 5th semester, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, said, "The gap between science and solicitude is now bridged. Live-in-Labs® is a platform where technology and compassion comes together to make this world a better place." 

Speaking about the workshop, Makizh Srinivas G., 5th semester, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering said, "The Live-in-Labs® workshop was an entirely new experience for me. Getting to work with a diverse group of individuals and becoming a team, a family who works to serve the underprivileged with compassion is what it's all about." 

"The concept that 'understanding is deeper than knowledge' was realized through the task sharing approach of the workshop", said Dr. C. S. Sowndaram, Professional Counsellor, Office of Student Welfare. 

"Live-in-Labs® is a program for those who are eager to learn beyond the classroom, for those who wish to broaden their knowledge and impact on society, and for those who have a passion to serve the poor, " explained Dr. Geetha Srikanth, Assistant Professor, (Sr.Gr.), Center for Computational Engineering and Networking.

Students and faculty who participated in the workshop came from various departments and centers such as Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Computational Engineering and Networking, Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Student Welfare. 

To learn more about the Live-in-Labs® program, please visit the website.

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