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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.

Fully Funded E4LIFE PhD Program


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$5.1 Million

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Amrita School for Sustainable Development

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.

Distinctive Features:

  • Unique Academic Engagements to Build Sustainable Communities.
  • Multi-disciplinary Faculty & Research
  • International Collaborators & Advisory Committee
  • Focus on Experiential & Immersive Learning
  • Enriching multi-dimensional course curriculum
  • Diverse student community

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Ph.D. in Sustainable Development

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.

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Live in labs®

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.

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Training & Capacity Development

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.



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Training and Certification Programs in Sikkim, India

Certificate Programs on

  • Sustainable Development
  • Disaster Resilience
  • Energy Literacy


  • Civil 20 India Working Group on Sustainable & Resilient Communities
  • UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation and Development
  • Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA)

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  • The workshop titled “Live-in-Labs®: Experiential Learning Platform Development Workshop” was organized to bring together all the faculty coordinators to discuss their experiences, and come up with the requirements for the development of the educational platform in a participatory manner.
  • Multiple capacity development workshops were conducted across Amrita campuses to train the faculty members on principles of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and Human-centered Design (HCD), 2 of the main pillars of our experiential learning initiative.
  • In the first quarter of 2023, multiple mentorship workshops were held for student assessment. 30+ PhD students participated in the workshop and they were trained on 2 aspects: capacity building and Training of Trainers (TTT).
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PhD student led workshops across campuses

The PhD students from Amrita School for Sustainable Futures are actively involved in conducting workshops across multiple campuses. These sessions, designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students, serve as a platform for knowledge transfer and practical skill development. The PhD students play a pivotal role in imparting their specialized knowledge, fostering a culture of peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. The workshops encompass a range of topics, including practical training in Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) techniques.

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Amrita Village Health Champions Training

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and Amrita Hospitals in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), SEED Division, Govt. of India and UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation & Development, conducted a Amrita Village Health Champions ToT (Training of Trainers) program from 16 September to 25 September 2023. The objective of this program was to train healthcare volunteers from villages across India to become community health champions.

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