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Distinctive Identity

Amrita School for Sustainable Futures (ASF) is centered around making sustainable development a reality for everyone including the most vulnerable communities. Through unique experiential learning initiatives, ASF focuses on providing a blend of learning that is powered by community driven programs that revolves around creating self-reliant ecosystems.

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
“Today, universities and their researchers are ranked mainly based on the amount of funding they receive or the number of papers they publish and their intellectual caliber. Along with this, we should take into consideration how much we have been able to use their research to serve the lowest and most vulnerable strata of society. In our approach to sustainable development, we should not forget that it is by strengthening the people at the base of the pyramid that the entire edifice of society becomes healthy and strong. This would be like gold becoming fragrant.”

Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
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Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
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Guided by Amrita’s Chancellor, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, and inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, the Amrita School for Sustainable Futures (ASF) conducts research and provides training that engages in participatory initiatives to foster social and environmental inclusivity and economic equity for rural communities in India.

Key Features

  • Interdisciplinary experiential learning program in rural India for bachelor’s and master’s students
  • A minor in Sustainable Development
  • Thematic Areas: Health & Wellbeing, Climate Change & Risk Management, Water & Sanitation, Gender Equality, Peace & Social Justice, and Energy
  • Unique academic framework – Education for Life (E4Life), the School’s academic programs dynamically integrate social, economic, environmental, and cultural aspects of communities while assessing their needs, enabling global youth to experience, embrace, empower, and engage through a blend of both experiential and academic learning.
  • Led by internationally renowned faculty from multidisciplinary backgrounds, both from academia and industry, ASF offers a fully funded Phd program called E4Life



UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for
Sustainable Innovation & Development

The Chair addresses the Global Education 2030 Agenda with a distinct emphasis on Education that transforms life, building knowledge societies and thereby leveraging science and innovation for a sustainable future. The Chair will facilitate the development and implementation of a global curriculum, applicable to fourteen selected UN SDGs through an experiential learning framework that will enable a deeper understanding of challenges faced by members of remote communities, and better designing of sustainable solutions in collaboration with them.

UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment

The UNESCO Chair and the Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality at Amrita focus on 6 key areas such as security, skill-development, social and cultural environment, health and sanitation, climate change and disaster risks incorporating all UNSDGs by utilising science and technology for designing innovative methods and tools, enabling community’s active and inclusive participation in implementing technological solutions, thereby delivering effective interventional strategies towards strengthening gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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Student Testimonials

Anthony Chafa
Gender Equality, Nigeria

Amrita has very resourceful professors that are highly trained and deliver their lectures with a high sense of compassion. The sustainable development Ph.D. program courses have exceeded my expectation in terms of wide course coverage and the knowledge will be highly relevant for field implementation to solve everyday environmental issues. The program has provided me with an opportunity to see everyday problems and to offer relevant solutions. The university workshops and colloquium are super and well organised.

Ms. Selina Shah
Education and Autism, UK

I have learned an extraordinary amount and managed remote learning better than expected. Taking this program has transformed my thinking and life. I feel very privileged to be in the program.

Rondine Twist
Spirituality and Sustainability, Sustainable Water Management, USA & Belize

The Ph.D. in sustainable development at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has a dual component with potential for global impact. In addition to an interdisciplinary academic focus, it combines extensive fieldwork to design sustainable interventions for specific communities in a broad array of sustainability domains. Our international cohort of scholars from several different countries suggests that these interventions can be taken to different regions.

Contact us

Dr. Maneesha V Ramesh,
Provost, Strategic Initiatives, Research and Innovation
Dean, School for Sustainable Futures
UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation and Development
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

If you have any questions or queries, please go through our FAQs PDF file available online. In case your question is not answered in that list, please contact:

Mr. Sreejith Kumar


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