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The Live-in-Labs® Program

Live-in-Labs® is a multidisciplinary experiential learning program that breaks classroom and lab barriers by applying learned theory in real-world settings. This credit-based academic program draws on principles of lean research for the development and deployment of sustainable solutions for current challenges faced by rural communities in India. By directly living in rural communities (labs) and co-designing sustainable solutions program participants gain first-hand knowledge along with the know-how of identifying and assessing community needs. Subsequently viable solutions are developed and implemented through various participatory methods.

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Rural Residents


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Institutional Partners


With over 160 projects in 22 states across India, Live-in-Labs® participants have touched the lives of approximately 600,000 rural residents during the past several years. With participation from over 30 institutions around the world and nearly 50 departments, schools, and centers at Amrita, students and faculty have clocked in a monumental 200,200 + hours in the field working towards sustainable development in rural communities.

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Amma, Chancellor
All universities should send their students to impoverished rural villages or city slums for at least one or two months during their education. They would be able to see directly the issues and problems that the poor face. They could then develop solutions and write papers on everything they studied. This would help us to help the poor in the most effective way and, at the same time, awaken compassion in today’s youth.

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Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Amma, Chancellor

Is the Live-in-Labs® program for me? Am I eligible to apply? Do I need to have a particular academic background and skill set to participate? Find out if you are the right candidate for our program by clicking below.

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The Live-in-Labs® program welcomes undergraduate, graduate, PhD students, and post doctoral researchers to apply. Find out more about our application process by clicking below.

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Living @ Amrita

We warmly welcome international students and researchers to our campuses and hope the experience will be both academically enriching and a personally fulfilling. Find out more about life at Amrita by clicking below.

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The Amrita Live-in-Labs® program aims to expose youth to problems faced by rural communities in India. Through experiential learning opportunities, participants put theory into practice…

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Reach & Presence

From Jammu and Leh in the North to Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the South, to Rajasthan and Gujarat in the West to West Bengal and Sikkim  in the East, the Live-in-Labs® program has implemented projects in various thematic areas.

Awards and Recognitions


Amrita Live-in-Labs® Wins ‘Innovation by Private University’ Award at 14th World Education Summit

The Amrita Live-in-Labs® program has won the “Innovation by Private University’ award…

August 12, 2019


Construction blocks from plastic waste: Team Amrita wins Swacch Technology Challenge

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has created an eco-friendly innovation that uses plastic waste…

May 20, 2022

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Awarded UNESCO Chair for Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation & Development

The United Nations awarded Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham its second …

July 12, 2020

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Former President of India

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has a major role to play in transforming our society into a knowledge society through its unique value-added education system

Dr. Lee Hartwell
Nobel Laureate

What makes Amrita students special? Western science leads to knowledge. Eastern sceince leads to understanding. Amrita has both Western and Eastern traditions in education.

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