Admissions

Balakrishnan Nair A. K.
Head and Professor
Qualification: B. Sc. (Engg), M. E. (I CL/D) 
Email: akb_nair@amrita.edu

Prof. Balakrishnan Nair A. K., is currently the Chairman, Admissions for Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Prior to this, he served as the Head of the Department of Production Engineering for a decade.

Chairman - Admissions at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham headquarters co-ordinates the admission related activities in the three campuses, Amritapuri, Bengaluru & Coimbatore. Each Campus has a Chairman - Admission and an Admission committee.

Each campus has an Admission co-ordinator from the Administrative wing to manage the admission activities. The Admissions department at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham level has a Marketing division. The department is responsible for conducting the Engineering Entrance Examination and Counselling for B. Tech. admission in the three campuses located at Amritapuri ( Kerala ), Bengaluru ( Karnataka ) and Coimbatore ( Tamilnadu ). The entrance exam is conducted in the month of April / May of every year in around 125 Schools / Colleges across the country in 77 cities in 24 states. Staff members are deputed from the three campuses as Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Representatives to conduct the entrance examination.

Printing of Brochure, Information Handbook, Posters, OMR Applications, Hall tickets, despatching of Application forms to Banks and other campuses, processing of Applications, issuing Hall tickets, evaluation and publishing of rank list, sending counselling call letters etc. are done at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham headquarters under supervision of Chairman and Mr. Sivesh Kumar, Admission co-ordinator at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham headquarters. Counselling is conducted in all the three campuses simultaneously making use of the satellite link. 

Corporate and Industry Relations

Prof. C. Parameswaran 
Director, Corporate & Industry Relations
Email: c_paramesh@amrita.edu

CIR serves as the bridge between academia and industry, thereby facilitating Amrita’s graduating students to achieve their career objectives through three options – placements, higher studies and entrepreneurship. CIR brings to the campus great opportunities for internship and over 200+ reputed companies for final placement, which give students a wonderful start for their corporate career, including multiple placement opportunities in top-notch national and multinational corporations.

CIR organizes professional training for those aspiring to do higher studies in India or abroad. CIR nurtures entrepreneurship development through Amrita Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE). CIR also provides expert guidance to students beyond the regular academic curriculum. It empowers students with important life skills and practical domain skills.

CIR functions in eight key areas: Career Counselling, Career Competency Development, Higher Learning Initiatives, Corporate Relations, Entrepreneurship Development, Marketing Communication, Corporate Training and Placements. The CIR Directorate has its vital presence in all the campuses, replicating the form and function of the main centre, with necessary modifications to meet the varying nature of the programmes offered. An important aspect of Career Counselling is the personalised mentoring of students. Under this, mentors are assigned and career planning guidance is provided for each student in a structured manner and individual records are maintained. Students are guided in forming clear and well defined goals through self-awareness (by performing SWOC analysis), job market information, goal setting, decision-making and job opportunity identification.

The Career Competency Development function focuses on imparting life skills for the personality development of students, with necessary emphasis on verbal and communication skills, soft skills, aptitude and reasoning abilities, along with technical core-competency skills. To get a real-life experience, students are taken through mock interviews and group discussions with internal and external experts on the panel. Frequent tests are administered simulating corporate testing processes in intensity, variety and content, so that there are no surprises when the students actually face the placement process. CIR conducts pre-placement technical training during summer vacation prior to the beginning of the recruitment process and company-specific training prior to the visits of the companies for recruitment. The efficacy of this approach has been borne out by the placement records and subsequent feedback from employers.

Higher learning initiatives include helping students in the preparation of competitive examinations for higher learning such as GATE, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, CAT, etc., as some students wish to pursue higher studies, usually in the fields of engineering or management. Foreign language classes in Spanish and German are also conducted for the benefit of those students who plan to pursue their higher studies or career abroad.

The Corporate Relations vertical of CIR focuses on building and maintaining excellent rapport with the top management of various organisations and industries to forge collaborative industry-academia alliances. It initiates Memoranda of Understanding with major companies, research agencies and institutions to secure funded projects, bring in latest technology and bring about improvement in facilities. This wing facilitates visits by senior industry leaders for interaction with faculty and students; it organises guest lectures, seminars and webinars by industry stalwarts, thereby exposing students and faculty members to industry best-practices and developments in technology. Sponsorships from industry for technical events like conferences, seminars, symposia and workshops are secured through strategic relationships. It seeks the help of companies to spare working products/prototypes for academic demonstration purposes and facilitates implant training, industry visits, summer and final semester internship across all disciplines and campuses. This wing also encourages industry and corporate entities to offer consultancy and sponsored research in consonance with the expertise available in the university. It promotes Management / Executive Development Programmes for the Corporate, solicits support from reputed companies each year for the Corporate Action Plan with respect to engineering, management and other disciplines. It also initiates appropriate measures to support Heads of Placement of Engineering, Management and other schools, to improve the quality and range of placements that match the aspiration levels of students and enhance the image of the university.

To help budding CEOs who aspire to start their own enterprises, Amrita Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) was founded on 27 June 2011. ACE aims to develop and promote an entrepreneurial mindset among students. The ACE charter as envisioned by the Director, CIR, is to provide an eco-system that will kindle, nurture and support the innate desires and ideas lying dormant in the individual and create avenues to fructify those ideas into meaningful enterprises. In line with this, a separate library, laboratory and workshop facility have been set up for converting ideas into prototype models and for further development, resulting in commercialization of product or service offering. The E-club has around 990 members comprising students and alumni. It conducts Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps (EACs), Faculty Development Programmes (FDPs) on Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) under the Department of Science and Technology (DST)’s National Implementing and Monitoring Agency for Training (NIMAT) project routed through Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad. Due to the rich corporate and entrepreneurial experience of the faculty on board, ACE provides mentorship to its members. Other key activities include seminars, guest lectures, workshops, technical projects, quizzes, business plan contests, sessions by alumni entrepreneurs and industry visits. It brings in first generation entrepreneurs to share their success stories. ACE has also successfully participated in a pilot programme on Breakthrough Innovation by University of California, Berkeley extension centre along with Intel partner, FICE.

Another area of significant importance is Marketing Communication. This wing promotes university activities and creates visibility for brand Amrita in print and electronic media through regular write-ups like event reports, features etc. In addition, this vertical prepares advertisements and advertorials for various programmes for the entire university and for numerous vacancies. This arm is also responsible for creating brochures and other collaterals; managing print, electronic and digital marketing campaigns; publicizing technical events like Anokha and Pragati; as well as coordinating for participation in rankings and surveys.

One of the areas that has emerged as an integral part of corporate relations in the recent past is the area of Corporate Training and Consulting. Several technical consulting initiatives have been facilitated by the Corporate Training sub-division of CIR along with various departments. Other areas are management consulting and corporate training for leadership interventions, change management consulting, training workshops, and so on. This wing is best equipped to provide both behavioral and management consultation services to various organisations.

Excellent placements have been the natural reward for all eligible students at Amrita. The Placement arm covers all major domains in the university - Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Business and Social Work. There is a focus on domain-specific placement. Apart from assistance in providing summer placements and internship, pre-placement training and guidance is given to students via mentoring, mock tests, mock GDs and mock interviews. The standing and visibility of the university and the quality of alumni have prompted past recruiters to vie with each other for early slots in recruitment. Concerted efforts have been made by the Placement team to give ample opportunities to students from core engineering branches to find careers in relevant industries. Almost all the major players in the national scene and several global corporations regularly visit Amrita to meet their talent needs. A partial list of recruiters at Amrita is enough to speak volumes about the strength of the Placement process.

The Corporate Relations function has to be all-encompassing as it has to serve varying needs of multiple disciplines of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. CIR has been able to establish excellent rapport with senior officials of IT and core industry, besides public sector undertaking and labs, through regular visits and other means of communication. Relentless efforts in this direction have paid rich dividends in many areas like industry participation in curriculum development, faculty development, seminars, national and international conferences, technical contests, in-plant training, internships and projects, as well as MoUs with companies and research organisations. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham's close relationship with the corporate world has benefited students, faculty and others who are engaged in Research and Development to a very great extent, especially in terms of exposure to cutting-edge technologies and widening horizons.

Career facilitation, popularly known as Placement, has always been a key result area at Amrita. The standing and visibility of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and the quality of alumni have prompted past recruiters to vie with each other for early slots of recruitment. Concerted efforts have been made to give many opportunities to students from core engineering branches to find careers in core companies. This has reversed the trend of core branch students opting for jobs in the IT industry, for want of better options. Major global corporates regularly visit Amrita to meet their talent needs. What is most satisfying to faculty and management is the feedback from employers regarding significant contributions made by the alumni in their domain areas, the positive influence of their personal behaviour on their colleagues and their attitude towards the profession. It is a reflection of the assimilation by the students of the richness of academic ambience and the value system that Amrita has always been providing to them during their academic life.

Entrepreneurship development is yet another key area. To infuse entrepreneurial spirit among youngsters who dare to innovate and initiate, Amrita Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) has been established. The objective of ACE includes the design, development and execution of high impact entrepreneurship programmes to create opportunities for Amrita students at local and national levels. ACE aims at forming student clubs in each campus to promote entrepreneurship. The vision is to develop the capacity of ACE to run a mature set of entrepreneurship development programmes over the next 3 to 5 years.

Another area that has recently assumed great importance is that of Corporate Communication. This function is being undertaken by CIR with the sole objective of creating visibility in print and electronic media through regular write-ups like features, event reports, etc. In addition, this vertical also prepares advertisements and advertorials for various programmes for Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham as well as for various vacancy positions. This arm is also responsible for creating brochures and other collaterals.

The alumni of an institution are its flag-bearers. Their character, personality, achievement and recognition add great value to the positioning of the alma mater as a prestigious educational brand producing high quality professionals. The stronger the network of alumni, the greater is the impact. Additionally, the sense of belonging and identity is enhanced and this has a positive outcome when senior batch alumni return to the campus to deliver guest lectures, provide mentoring, participate in campus placement process, etc. With the above in mind, CIR has initiated a focused effort to strengthen the alumni (called ‘Amritians’) network.

In order to meet the growing demands of the corporate world for upgrading the skills of employees, especially at the managerial level, CIR has evolved specific corporate training programmes covering areas like leadership development, organisational development, change management, stress management, organisational transformation, emotional intelligence, coaching for performance, etc. Organisations have come forward to avail of this service from our experts at CIR. This kind of engagement helps in the recognition of Amrita as a centre of multidisciplinary excellence in the eyes of the corporate world.

 

Information and Communication Technology Services(ICTS)
 

Sreevalsan M.
Head, ICTS
Qualification: B. Com., M. B. A. (MKU), CCNA
Email: sree@amrita.edu

The Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) Department is responsible for identifying, providing and maintaining reliable computing facilities, computing network environment, communication facilities and related infrastructure to facilitate education, research, instructional and Institute approved business services.

The department administers all computer laboratories in the campus. The facilities are made available to the staff and students from 7.00 AM to 10.30 PM on all days excluding national holidays.

The laboratories extend all facilities required by students to fulfill their requirements for academic purposes. The department staff in these labs also assists students in their academic work. All staff rooms are also equipped with sufficient computers to help faculty to carry out their day-to-day academic requirements and also to help them in their research activities. At locations where wireless connectivity is essential, Wi-Fi hotspots have been setup to allow users to connect to the campus network over wireless links. Network cabling within a laboratory or a block is designed and implemented using the structured cabling approach. This allows flexibility and scalability for expansions in the future.

Core Services:

  • Campus-wide computing and networking infrastructure design.
  • Hosting the campus network operations centre and network services
  • Administration of computer labs.
  • Conduct of IT Training programs.
  • Technical support to all departments on IT enabled services.
  • Maintenance of all hardware and software systems.
  • Maintenance of learning resource facilities.

 

Library

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Central Library uses an automated Library Information System connected to the LAN/Wi-Fi for quick interaction with the library irrespective of the place in the campus were one is located.

The Library database system consists of of more than 45,500 books, 300 journals, 5300 back-volumes, 50 Magazines, 3800 project reports, and 4000 CD/DVD resources. Library also subscribes to 5000 Online Journals, Conference Proceedings and Standards viz., IEL(IEEE & IEE), ASME, ACM and Springer link through INDEST, AICTE consortium. The Central Library also has access to the digital library of the State University of New York at Buffalo. The central library and carpet area of 81,000 sq.feet. Library Services OPAC (On-Line Public Access Catalogue), CD-ROM Database (Full Text and Abstract) service, article alert service in co-operation with DELNET,bibliographic service, current awareness service, document delivery -issue and return, reprographic service.

Physical Education

Name Designation
Dr. O J Kumaresan Physical Education Director
Dr. K Bagavinar Assistant Physical Education Director
Ms. S Selvanayaki Physical Training Instructor
Mr. Selvanambi J Gym Instructor
Mr. Suneesh A S Gym Instructor
Mr.J.Kulasekaran Marker

Working Hours for Indoor Sports
(Location: Near Sports Ground, Extn: 5154 /5156)

Category On Working Days On Holidays
Boys 5.00 am - 7.30 am 4.00 pm - 6.45 pm 6.00 am - 8.00 am 10.00 am- 12.15 pm 4.00 pm - 6.45 pm
Staff (Gents) 5.00 am - 6.30 am 6.45 pm - 8.00 pm 6.45 pm - 8.00 pm
Girls & Staff (Ladies) (Only Indoor Games) 6.30 am - 7.30 am 6.00 am - 8.00 am 2.00 pm - 4.30 pm

In-charge: Mr. Kulasekaran - Marker (9894743871)

Working Hours for Gymnasium 1 - New Gym (Location: 1st floor Old PG Mess Hall)

Category On Working Days On Holidays
Boys 5.30 am - 7.30 am 6.00 am - 8.00 am
  4.00 pm - 7.30 pm 10.00 am -12.15 pm 4.00 pm - 7.30 pm
Staff (Gents) 5.30 am - 6.30 am 6.30 pm -7.30 pm 6.00 am - 8.00 am 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm

Gym In-charge: Mr.A.S.Suneesh- Gym Instructor (09629894402)

Working hours for Gymnasium 2 - Arogya Sadanam
(Location: Near Vasista Bhavanam Hostel, Extn: 5157)

Category On Working Days On Holidays
Boys 5.30 am - 7.30 am 4.00 pm - 7.30 pm 6.00 am - 8.00 am 10.00 am - 12.15 pm 4.00 pm - 7.30 pm
Staff (Gents) 6.00 am - 7.00 am 6.45 pm - 8.00 pm 6.45 pm - 8.00 pm

Gym In-charge: Mr. J Selvanambi - Gym Instructor (9952163278)

Working Hours for Gymnasium 3, Ladies Gym - Gargi Bhavanam
(Location: 1st Floor PG Girls Hostel Mess Hall, Extn: 5158)

Category On Working Days On Holidays
Girls 6.00 am - 8.00 am 4.00 pm - 7.00 pm 6.00 am - 8.00 am 4.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Staff (Ladies) 11.00am - 12.00 noon 11.00am -12.00 noon

Gym In-charge: Ms.S.Selvanayaki-Physical Training Instructor (9486774477)

Sports Grounds and Locations

Location Main Play Ground Available Games Cricket, Football, Hockey, Athletics, Kabaddi & Handball
Near Amriteswari Hall Basketball, Volleyball, Ball Badminton & Kabaddi
Near Visitor’s Parking Area Tennis Complex
Mythreyi Bhavanam Outdoor Badminton and Volleyball Courts
Gargi Bhavanam Mess Area Basketball, Volleyball, Tenni-Koit
Agasthya Bhavanam Volleyball Complex
Near Arogya Sadanam Football, Cricket & Handball

Issue of Equipments

The equipments will be issued to the students after entering the details in the daily issue register and submitting their college ID card at the Issue counter. As soon as they return the equipments, the ID card will be given back to them. If the students are going for outside participation, they have to make an entry in the outgoing register.

Swimming Pool

An Olympic standard Swimming pool of 50m x 25m with 2.4 million litres of water and a Toddlers’ pool for small kids are available. This is one of the three best Swimming pools in the whole of Tamil nadu. State of the art machinery has been erected to clean 2.4 million litres of water in just six hours. Not only our students, but swimming enthusiasts from outside are also allowed to use the Pool. District, Block & State Level, Various Inter School Meets organized by CBSE, SGFI, Sahodhaya and open District, State level Meets for Chief Ministers Trophy have been conducted in this pool. Anna University, Coimbatore regularly conducts its Inter Collegiate Competition here.

Category Timings Tuesday - Saturday Timings Sunday
Public & Amrita Students Amrita Students (Day Scholar Boys) 6.00am to 8.00 am 3.00pm to 4.00 pm 6.00 am to 8.00 am
Amrita Students (Girls) 4.00pm to 6.00pm 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Competitive Training for Amrita Swimmers 4.30 pm to 7.00 pm 7.00am to 9.30 am

Note: Monday will be a holiday for weekly maintenance

Dr. Kumaresan O. J.
Physical Education Director
Qualification: B. Com., M. P. Ed., Ph. D.
Email:oj_kumaresan@cb.amrita.edu

Coimbatore campus has facilities for outdoor and indoor games like Hockey, Shuttle badminton, Ball Badminton, Cricket, Football, Table Tennis, Weight lifting, Power Lifting, Basketball, Kabaddi, Tennis, Handball, Throw-ball, Volleyball, and Tennikoit. One state-of the art synthetic tennis court and a cement tennis court are are also available. A swimming pool of international standards of the size 50 X 25 meters is in operation. Recently, the CBSE South Zone competitions were hosted in this Olympic standard pool.

A toddler pool is also available. There are three gyms inside the campus equipped upride bicycle, motorized treadmill, elliptical cross trainer, 6 in 1 multi-gym, 12 in multi-gym and 8 station multi-gym. Each hostel has a separate sports room. Annual sports and athletic meet render opportunities to all students and staff to display their talents and win prizes. A 400 meter International standard track with gallery is also being developed.

Staff List

Employee Id Title Name Designation
30981188 Dr. BAGAVINAR K Assistant Physical Education Director
30951024 Dr. KUMARESAN O.J Director

Students’ Affairs

The Department of Students Affairs guides and monitors the extracurricular and nonacademic activities of the students. It encourages them to compete in state and national level sports and cultural competitions. It supports the students to organize several festivals and events. It coordinates fifteen student-managed Associations and Clubs. It has a Counseling Wing that addresses the personal and emotional problems of the students. The department is also responsible for maintaining campus discipline and sustaining and promoting the cherished Amrita values and traditions. It involves itself in maintaining a ragging-free and disciplined campus that ensures and sustains an academically friendly, quiet and career-driven atmosphere.

It acts as a one stop Help Desk to assist the students and parents to alleviate or resolve the academic and nonacademic problems of the students by liaising with other departments. It also has a grievance cell that addresses the day to day issues of the students. The team members of the department are:

Name Designation Extn. No
Dr. P. N. Kumar Head - Students Affairs Extn.No.5028 / 5787
Dr. K. Shailendhra Professor- Students Welfare Extn. No. 5050 / 5607

Staff

Name Designation Extn. No
Dr. C. S. Sowndaram Assistant Professor & Professional Counsellor Extn.No.5057 5787
Dr. P. R. Janci Rani Assistant Professor & Student Counsellor Extn. No. 5054 / 5055 5607
Dr. Tharani Devi Assistant Professor Extn. No. 5054
Ms. S. A. Rajalakshmi Visiting Faculty Extn. No. 5057
Mr. T. K. Loganathan Officer Gr.III Extn. No. 5051
Ms. S. Lakshmi Admin. Assistant Extn. No. 5051

Students Welfare Activities

The welfare activities of the department can be broadly classified into the following four categories

Counselling and Guidance

  • Counselling and Guidance
  • Students Support Services
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Redressal of grievances

Counselling and Guidance

The Department has a dedicated Counselling Wing that provides individual and group counselling to the students to help them maintain and improve their emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual well-being through a process of self-discovery that promotes over all well-being. It has a Professional Counsellor and a Student Counsellor who directly interact with students in need of personal counselling to alleviate stress, anxiety and to enhance self-esteem, to impart inter-personal skills and to achieve educational goals. Through the two-tier system of Class Advisors and Department Counsellors, it establishes a personal rapport with the individual students. It establishes cordial relations with parents by interacting in person with them on need basis. For confidential help and exigencies, students may directly contact the help line No.91-9487302905 or email to wecare@cb.amrita.edu


Dr. (Col.) PN Kumar
Head – Students' Affairs

Dr.Shailendhra. K
Professor of Students Welfare