Other Departments, Coimbatore Campus
Balakrishnan Nair A. K.
Head and Professor
Qualification: B. Sc. (Engg), M. E. (I CL/D)
Prof. Balakrishnan Nair A. K., is currently the Chairman, Admissions for the University. Prior to this, he served as the Head of the Department of Production Engineering for a decade.
Chairman - Admissions at the University 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 the University 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 University 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 the University headquarters under supervision of Chairman and Mr. Sivesh Kumar, Admission co-ordinator at the University 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
In a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary university like Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, the students have many options to choose from, in terms of programmes, courses and specializations. Such wide ranging opportunities scale up the aspiration levels of students with regard to their academic qualifications and professional careers. In order to fulfil the career ambitions of the students, it was felt necessary to provide expert guidance in specific areas, beyond their regular academic curriculum.
Corporate & Industry Relations (CIR) has been established to achieve this objective. Its main aim is to empower students with adequate Life Skills and domain skills so that they graduate from the University as competent and confident professionals who can take on the never-ending challenges of the industry. The structured programmes at CIR ensure that all students undergo wholesome learning and are industry-ready. The University management has demonstrated its commitment to this important function by facilitating excellent infrastructure, human and other resources, in every campus.
The large team is made up of counsellors and trainers who are experts in their domains and have vast experience in industry. For smooth and effective functioning, CIR has been divided into seven key areas: Learning and Development, Corporate Relations, Career Facilitation, Entrepreneurship Development, Alumni Networking, Corporate Communication and Corporate Training.
Each vertical has its role clearly defined and is responsible for strategic planning and execution. A feedback system helps to measure the effectiveness and impact. The ultimate measure is the quality of achievement and satisfaction of stakeholders, especially the students. In order to benefit all sections of students across the University, CIR has centres in all the campuses, replicating the form and function of the main centre, with necessary modifications to meet the varying nature of programmes offered.
CIR has been organising Learning and Development sessions in the three major areas of Life Skills training – Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal & Communication Skills and Soft Skills. A major milestone for Learning and Development was the introduction of the credit system for the undergraduates in the Life Skills course, which is effective from the academic year 2010 – 2011. This has also been made a credit course for the MBA students from the academic year 2013 – 2014. In addition to the Life Skills training, industry-specific core competency training is also provided to students in their domain areas, enabling them to correlate theoretical knowledge with practical applications.
Training programmes for various competitive examinations like GRE, CAT, GATE, etc. are facilitated by CIR with the help of experts in the respective areas. Courses in foreign languages like German, French and Japanese are provided in order to empower students to take up global careers. In addition, students take up the Business English Certification (BEC) awarded by Cambridge University under the aegis of British Council
The central theme of training is the overall development of the students' personality, with necessary emphasis on communication skills and reasoning abilities. To have a real-life experience, mock interviews and group discussions are conducted with internal and external experts on the panel. Tests are administered frequently to simulate corporate testing processes in intensity, variety and content. This ensures that there are no surprises when the students undergo the company placement process. The efficacy of this approach has been borne out by the placement record and subsequent feedback from employers.
The Corporate Relations function has to be all-encompassing as it has to serve varying needs of multiple disciplines of the University. 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. The University'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 the University 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 the entire university 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)
Qualification: B. Com., M. B. A. (MKU), CCNA
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.
- 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.
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.
Dr. Kumaresan O. J.
Physical Education Director
Qualification: B. Com., M. P. Ed., Ph. D.
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.
Prof. Chinnaswami R.
Qualification: M. A., M. Phil.
Prof. Chinnaswami R. heads the Dept. of Students, Welfare which guides and coordinates the students, campus activities and helps them solve their academic and non academic problems. It is a bridge between the parents and the teachers, and offers counseling to students with low motivation levels and poor academic records. It ensures and sustains an academically friendly, quiet and career-driven atmosphere in the campus where achievers thrive.
The department holds various competitions to search and identify the talented students and helps to expose their hidden skills- literary, sports, cultural and other allied fields. It also helps students to involve themselves in the campus festivals like Guru Poornima, Gokulashtami, Amritotsavam etc. There are many student-managed Clubs and Associations like Arya, Srishti, Vision, Natya Sudha, Raga Sudha, Navarasa etc., whose activities come under the purview of the Department.
It runs remedial courses to help academically backward students and involves itself in maintaining campus discipline and sustaining and promoting the cherished values which are inherent in Indian tradition.