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The need of the hour calls for delving deeper into how holistic and comprehensive measures can be adopted so that people at the bottom of the pyramid can be uplifted by solutions that are sustainable in its truest sense. The most powerful way to bring in this transformation will be through education that imparts the necessary skills and knowledge to transform lives and reimagine a better world for everyone touching even the most vulnerable communities.
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Born out of Amma’s vision to make sustainable development a reality by touching everyone including those at the bottom of the pyramid, Amrita School for Sustainable Development (AST) strives to impart education that revolves around experience that is based on evidence. The student and research community at AST is encouraged to design and develop holistic and comprehensive solutions that are sustainable in its truest sense. In order to bring in this transformation through education that imparts the necessary skills and knowledge to transform lives and reimagine a better world for everyone, touching even the most vulnerable communities forms the foundation of the programs at AST.
With a unique framework to make sustainability a reality for people in need, the program is integrated with a comprehensive yet flexible curriculum called the “Experiential Learning Curriculum”. A fully funded PhD program, this offers opportunities for a double/joint PhD in affiliation with international universities, engagement programs with industry. Students are also provided an option to work with projects funded by global organizations.
Amrita’s Live-in-Lab® program is a multidisciplinary theory–into–practice initiative that facilitates the research, development, and deployment of sustainable solutions for current challenges faced by rural communities (villages) in India. Through experiential learning opportunities, participants from multiple disciplines can study, observe, and interact with villagers, while living in rural communities, to gain a better understanding of challenges in various thematic areas in alignment with the UN SDGs.
Training, capacity development and upskilling is conducted as a part of the experiential learning program for all the participants. As a part of this, various events such as symposiums, colloquiums and workshops are conducted.
Several capacity building workshops and training sessions are conducted for the students and villagers at different stages of the experiential learning journey. Students are initially trained through activity oriented workshops where they are trained on Human Centred Design and Prototype Design among many others.