We strongly believe that a student at Amrita should be a performer in all dimensions. In addition to the curriculum there are ample opportunities for the students to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities. They also have opportunites to conduct events both at University level and inter-collegiate level. The department has a few clubs under which the students are encouraged to exhibit their skills, hone inter personal skills and organizing capabilities.

Association of Students of Computer Science for Information Interchange (ASCII)

The Association of Students of Computer Science for Information Interchange (ASCII) is the technical association of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. It was established in the year 1997. It started with 195 members including both student and faculty members in 1997. It is a union of the Undergraduate students (B.Tech - Computer Science and Engineering), Post Graduate students (MCA, M.Tech -Computer Vision and Image processing and M.Tech - Computer Science and Engineering) and faculty members... Read more »

Tech{know}logy Club

“Technology makes it possible for people to gain control over everything, except over technology” , said John Tudor. Nevertheless this has proved to be true always over the past and will be in the future. Technology is so much fun, but the probability of drowning in it is high. Amrita was not an exception. The feel of this craze crept into the students of Amrita and led to the launch of the Microsoft campus club in Amrita school of Engineering, Coimbatore on 26th March 2008 as TECH{KNOW}LOGY club... Read more »


Free and Open Source software (FOSS) are those software that are liberally licensed to grant users the freedom to run the program for any purpose, to study and modify the program, and to redistribute copies of either the original or modified program (without having to pay royalties to previous developers). It can include both the system software as well as the application software. System Software include- GNU/Linux, Apache Web Server, BSD etc. and Application Software include OpenOffice, Gimp, TeX and LaTeX typesetting systems etc.

Some benefits offered by FOSS tools are:

  • Developers can modify the code and adapt it to their personal needs.
  • FOSS tools have a lot of online support as many tools are developed by a community of developers over the Internet. Hence, the bug fixing is also very quick.
  • FOSS tools are of high societal relevance because of their freeness and openness.
  • FOSS tools provide a lot of scope for innovation as the source code is available for modification
  • FOSS tools provide the necessary support for entrepreneurs who want to start off with less capital

FOSS Society at Amrita

Free and Open Source Society at AMRITA was inaugurated by Dr S. Srinivasan, Project Scientist, National Resource center for Free / Open Source Software (NRCFOSS) on 1.9.2008 at Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore. He discussed about the Development and Deployment of various FOSS Tools, Technologies, Products, Architectures and Solutions in various application domains. The FOSS activities are coordinated by Mr. V. Adinarayanan, Asst Professor, IT Department , Mr. D.Venkataraman Asst Professor, CSE Department and Ms V.Smrithi Rekha Lecturer, CSE department. 

Amrita FOSS Club Activities

The FOSS club of Amrita has been very active club. A brief overview of its activities conducted by the students and the faculty coordinators are as follows:

  • Workshop on Migration from Windows to Linux
    Two-day workshop, to help students migrate from windows to Linux, was organized from October 20 to October 21, 2008. The primary focus of the workshop was on the basics of Linux operating system, in particular, Ubuntu 8.10. The workshop included the installation of Ubuntu on Virtual machine. It also included a brief overview of the Free and Open source software in general. The participants were also familiarized with the FOSS equivalent of the commonly used proprietary software.
  • Install Fest
    A one-day “Install Fest” to install various Free and Open Source Operating System in the students’ laptops was organized on March 21, 2009. Students were shown a live demo of the installation of various Free and Open source Operating System like, Ubuntu, Fedora, Suse, Solaris, Red Hat, etc. The coordinators assisted the students to install the operating systems of the student's choice in their laptops.
  • Training towards RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer) Certification
    Fifteen days training for RHCE certification was conducted from May 11, 2009 to May 20, 2009. The first two module of the Red Hat Certification, i.e., Red Hat Linux Essentials and Red Hat Linux System Administration were covered during the training. The faculty members of CSE and IT department took seminars on different topics, like file system management, shell scripting, security, network configuration, etc. A demo exam, based on the pattern of RHCE exam, was also conducted at the end of the training to help students take up the exam on their own. A good number of students took RHCE certification exam immediately after the training and were certified.
  • Workshop on Technology for Social Work
    A one-day workshop was conducted by FOSS CLUB and MSW department of Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore for the students and faculty members of MSW (Masters in social Work) in August 2009 to explain them the relevance of Free and Open Source software in social work. Participants were shown a short demo about the various FOSS software like Sahana used for societal benefit.
  • Workshop on Shell Scripting
    A two-day workshop was organized to introduce shell scripting. The basics followed by advanced shell scripting were covered. The students were also familiarized with the command line and to execute a program in Linux shell. Some basics of web development were also introduced.
  • Workshop on Scientific Computing using Python
    A one-day workshop was conducted on January 25, 2010 to familiarize the students with the Python programming language and its applications. The first session of the workshop covered the basics of the Python programming and its applications. The students were enthusiastic to know the ease with which programs can be written and executed. The second session covered the scientific computing using Python where applications like biotechnology, electronics and image processing were discussed.
  • FOSS Project Competition
    ASCII and FOSS organized a project competition for the members of ASCII., using Free and Open source software for societal benefit.
    • G. Ashish, Manojkumar Reddy and Abishek Guntur won Second prize in the FOSS Project
    • V. Adithya, M. Deepak Raja, K. Srijith won Second Prize and Cash Award Rs.500/-, FOSS Project titled “Electricity Bill Payment System”.
    • Department of Computer Science and Engineering, in coordination with FOSS Club of Amrita conducted a FOSS workshop on Oct 10 - Oct 12 & Oct 19, 2011 sponsored by ASCII and IETE. The main focus of the workshop is to introduce Open source platform and help them to learn FOSS related tools to develop Open Source projects. The workshop also helped student on, how to use IRC and Netiquette. Around 350 students from various departments of Amrita took part in the workshop.