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Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Address:Ettimadai Post
Coimbatore (District Coimbatore)
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 641112


Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is a University recognised by UGC. Status: Deemed University.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu was established on / in 13.01.2003.


Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is situated in Coimbatore of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Coimbatore comes under Coimbatore Tehsil, Coimbatore District.

Fax # of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is 0422-2665274.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu are +91-98945-39495, +91-77801-17027.

email ID(s) is Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore Tamil Nadu

Website of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is www.amrita.edu.

Vice Chancellor : Ph: +91(422) 2656422 Extn. 303, vcoffice@amrita.edu.


Contact Details of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu are : Phone: 0422-2656422, 2685000, 2685031

Important Contact Number
Chief Operating Officer, Ph: +91(422) 2656422 Extn. 101
Fax: +91(422) 2656274, Email: coo@amrita.edu

Medical Director: Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre,Amrita Lane, Elamakkara Post,Kochi 682 026, Kerala
Ph: +91(484) 2802121, Fax: +91(484)2802180, Email: md@aims.amrita.edu

Dean Engineering Ph: +91(422) 2656422 Extn. 202, Email: mpc@amrita.edu
Dean - Administration, Ph: +91(422) 2656422 Extn. 169, Email: univhq@amrita.edu
Dean - Corporate Relations, Ph: +91(422) 2656422 Extn. 186, Email: ccr@amrita.edu

Amritapuri Campus
Director - Amritapuri Campus : Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Amritapuri, Clappana P.O, Kollam - 690 525, Kerala.
Ph: +91(476) 2896318/28, 2898318. Extn. 9000
Fax: +91(476)2896178, Email: director@amritapuri.amrita.edu

School of Engineering: Website: http://multimedia.amrita.ac.in

Dean - Amritapuri campus : Amrita School of Engineering,
Amritapuri, Clappana P.O., Kollam - 690 525, Kerala.
Ph: +91(476) 2896318/28, 2898318. Extn. 9500
Fax: +91(476)2896178, E-mail: dean@amritapuri.amrita.edu

Associate Dean : Amrita School of Engineering,
Amritapuri, Clappana P.O., Kollam - 690 525, Kerala.
Ph: +91(476) 2896318/28, 2898318. Extn. 9000
Fax: +91(476)2896178, E-mail: bala@amritapuri.amrita.edu

School of Biotechnology : Website: http://multimedia.amrita.ac.in
Chairman : Amrita School of Biotechnology
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Amritapuri, Clappana (P.O), Kollam, Kerala - 690 525.
Ph: +91(476) 2898318/28 Extn. 3000
Fax: +91(476)2896178, Email: biotech@amritapuri.amrita.edu

School of Arts & Sciences : Website: http://multimedia.amrita.ac.in
Acting Principal : Amrita School of Arts & Sciences
Amritapuri, Clappana (P.O), Kollam, Kerala - 690 525.
Ph: +91(476) 2898318/28 Extn. 1000
Fax: +91(476)2896178, Email: ravishankar@amritapuri.amrita.edu

School of Ayurveda : Website: http://multimedia.amrita.ac.in
Principal : Amrita School of Ayurveda
Kulasekarapuram, Vallikavu, Kollam -690525, Kerala
Ph: +91(476) 2899688 Extn. 271
Fax: +91(476) 2899681, Email: aamc@amritapuri.amrita.edu
General E-mail: campus@amritapuri.amrita.edu

Bangalore Campus
School of Engineering : Correspondent
Amrita School of Engineering, Kasavanahalli, Carmelaram P.O.
Bangalore - 560035
Ph: +91(80) 28439565, Fax: +91(80) 28440092
Email :dhanraj@amrita.edu

Principal : Amrita School of Engineering,
Kasavanahalli, Carmelaram P.O., Bangalore - 560035
Ph: +91(80) 28439566, Fax: +91(80) 28440092
Email : bn_nagaraj@blr.amrita.edu, General Email: info@blr.amrita.edu

Coimbatore Campus
University Website: http://amrita.edu
School of EngineeringSchool of Engineering : Website: http://amrita.edu/ase

Dean - Engineering : Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Ettimadai Post, Coimbatore - 641 105
Ph: +91(422) 2656422 Extn. 202, Fax: +91(422) 2656274, Email: mpc@amrita.edu

School of Business : Website: http://amrita.edu
Dean - Management : Amrita School of Business, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Ettimadai, Coimbatore-641 105
Ph: +91(422) 2656422 Extn. 401, Fax: +91(422) 2656274, Email: somanath@amrita.edu, General Email: asb@amrita.edu

School of Journalism : Website: http://www.amrita.edu
Faculty In-Charge : Amrita School of Journalism
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Ettimadai, Coimbatore-641 105
Ph: +91(422) 2656422 Extn. 541, Fax: +91(422) 2656274, Email: asj@amrita.edu

Kochi Campus
School of Medicine : Website: http://www.aimshospital.org
Dean : Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
Amrita Lane, Elamakkara Post, Kochi 682 026, Kerala
Ph: +91(484) 2801234 Extn. 8731, Fax: +91(484)2802020, Email: dmvasudevan@aims.amrita.edu

Principal : Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
Amrita Lane, Elamakkara Post, Kochi 682 026, Kerala
Ph: +91(484) 2801234 Extn. 8131, Fax: +91(484)2802020, Email: medicalcollege@aims.amrita.edu

School of Dentistry : Websites: http://www.aimshospital.org
Principal : Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
Amrita Lane, Elamakkara Post, Kochi 682 026, Kerala
Ph: +91(484) 2801234 Extn. 8908, Fax: +91(484)2802020, Email: dentalprincipaloffice@aims.amrita.edu

School of Pharmacy : Websites : http://www.aimshospital.org
Principal : Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
Amrita Lane, Elamakkara Post, Kochi 682 026, Kerala
Ph: +91(484) 2801234 Extn. 8261, Fax: +91(484)2802020, Email: pharmaprincipal@aims.amrita.edu

School of Nursing : Websites:http://www.aimshospital.org
Principal : Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
Amrita Lane, Elamakkara Post, Kochi 682 026, Kerala
Ph: +91(484) 2801234 Extn. 8204, Fax: +91(484)2802020, Email: nursingcollege@aims.amrita.edu

Amrita Centre for Nanosciences : Websites: http://www.amrita.edu
Chairman : Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
Amrita Lane, Elamakkara Post, Kochi 682 026, Kerala
Ph: +91(484) 2801234 Extn. 8750, Fax: +91(484)2802020, Email: researchsecretary@aims.amrita.edu

School of Arts and Sciences : Websites: http://www.amrita.edu
Director : Amrita School of Arts and Sciences
Brahmasthanam, Edappally North P.O
Kochi - 682 024
Ph: +91(484)2801965l, 2801489, Fax: +91(484)280 2511, Email : asaskochi@gmail.com, aictchn@vsnl.com

Mysore Campus
School of Arts and Sciences : Websites: http://www.amrita.edu
Principal : Amrita School of Arts and Sciences,
#114, 7th Cross, Bogadi II Stage, Mysore- 570026
Ph: +91(821) 2343479/80, Fax: +91(80) 2340911, Email: mysore@amrita.ac.in

School of Education : Websites: http://www.amrita.edu
Ph: +91(821) 2343479/80, Fax: +91(80) 2340911, Email: bed.mysore@amrita.ac.in


Courses

Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.)

* Aerospace Engineering
* Chemical Engineering
* Computer Science and Engineering
* Electrical and Electronics Engineering
* Electronics and Communication Engineering
* Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
* Information Technology
* Mechanical Engineering
* Civil Engineering (Proposed) as on February 2007

Post Graduate Programs
* M.Tech. VLSI Design
* M.Tech. Engg. Design
* M.Tech.Computational Engg. & Neworking
* M.Tech. Cyber Security
* M.Tech. Power Electronics
* M.Tech. Computer Vision and Image Processing
* M.Tech. Remote Sensing and Wireless Sensor Networks
* M.Tech. Computational Mechanics
* M.Tech.BioMedical Engineering
* M.Tech.Nano Medical Sciences
* M.Sc. Information Technology
* M.Sc. Computer Sciences
* M.Sc. Biotechnology
* M.Sc. Bioinformatics

* Master of Computer Applications
* Master of Business Administration (MBA)
* M.F.A. (Broadcast Journalism and Vedio Production)
* M.Sc. Hospital Administration
* M.A. Communication
* M.S.W.

* P.G. Diploma in Journalism
* P.G.P. in Finance

Medical and Allied Health Health Sciences
Bachelors Degree Program
* Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
* Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS)
* Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
* Bachelor of Sciences - Nursing (B.Sc. - Nursing)
* Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm.)
* Bachelor of Science in Medical Radiologic technology (B.Sc.M.R.T.)
* General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM)
* Diploma in Podiatary Sciences

Masters Degree Program
* M.Sc.
* Medical Anatomy
* Medical Physiology
* Medical Biochemistry
* Medical Microbiology
* Diabetes Sciences
* Dialysis Therapy
* Anaesthesiology & Intensive Care technology
* Allied Health Sciences
* Medical Informatics
* Medical Statistics
* Physiology
* Neuroelectro Physiology
* Cardiac Perfusion technology
* Cardiac Catheterisation Tech.
* Cardiovascular Technology
* Operating Room and Intensive Care Technology

P.G. Diploma
* Diabetes Education
* Clinical Research

Arts & Science
* B.Sc. Microbiology
* B.Sc.Biotechnology
* B.Sc. Computer Science
* Bachelor of Computer Applications (B.Sc.)
* Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.)
* Bachelor of Business Management (BBM)
* Bachelor of Library Information Sciences
* B.Sc. Visual Media
* M.Sc. Physics / Mathematics (5 Year Integrated Program)
* Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)

Course Offered by the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore
Bachelors
MBBS,
BDS,
B Pharm
BAMS (Ayurveda)
B Tech in 8 disiplines
B Sc in 8 disciplines
B Ed,
BBM,
BCA,
B Com
BA (Mass Communication)

Masters
MD,
MS,
M Ch,
DNB,
M Pharm
M Tech in 12 disciplines
MBA,
MCA,
MSW,
M Com,
MFA
M Sc in 24 disiplines
MA (Communication)

Doctoral
School of Biotechnology
Schools of Business
Engineering,
Science and Humanities
School of Medicine
Center for Nanosciences
Ph.D. Biotechnology
Diploma in Pharmacy
Diploma in Panchakarma


Profile of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

About Us
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham or Amrita University With headquarters at Coimbatore and campuses at Amritapuri, Kochi, Bangalore and Mysore, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is emerging as one of the fastest growing institutions of higher learning in India.

The university is managed by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Amma, one of the foremost humanitarian leaders in the world today, is the Chancellor of the university. The university offers 120+ high-quality undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in Engineering, Business, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Journalism, Biotechnology, Information Technology, Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences, Education, Microbiology, Hospital Management, Communication, Visual Media Studies and Ayurveda. Based on evaluation of all campuses and programs by a peer review committee, the University has been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with an 'A' grade.

Amrita University Amrita started in 1994 as a School of Engineering in an obscure village named Ettimadai, at the foothills of Bouluvanpatty ranges of the Western Ghats in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. In 1994, there were only 120 students and 13 faculty members. Today, Amrita has a student population of over 14,000 and faculty strength of 1500. There are over 220 faculty members with a Ph.D. qualification. The university faculty-student ratio of 1:8, is one of the best among all institutions of higher learning in India, especially private universities. The university, today, has a total land area of over 600 acres and a built-up space of about 7 million square feet. Right from the outset, the university has had a multi-disciplinary and multi-campus.

In 2003, Amrita became the youngest groups of higher educational institutions in India to be conferred the "University" status under "Section 3 of UGC Act 1956" by the Government of India.

Amrita Research
Research is a very significant activity in the university. Several Research Centers in cutting-edge areas like Nanosciences, Molecular Medicine, Biotechnology, Cyber Security, Computational Engineering, Environmental Studies, etc. have been started with support from various government agencies like TIFAC, DBT, DST, ISRO, DRDO, BARC, etc. as well as industry leaders like Microsoft, TCS, HP, etc. Amrita has attracted grants from various governmental and private funding agencies to the tune of over Rs. 75 crores during the past five years.

Faculty in Amrita have published over 850 papers in reputed international and national journals during this time. Amrita has also been granted fourteen major patents and inventions, including Adaptive and Automatic Insulin Pump, Wireless Telematics, Virtual Private Network (VPN), Amrita Hospital Information System (AHIS). AIMS The 1450-bed super-specialty hospital, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) attached to the Amrita School of Medicine at the Health Sciences campus in Kochi, is a unique, state-of-the-art institution offering subsidized and free treatment of over Rs. 25 crores per year, to poor and needy patients.

This super-specialty hospital offers telemedicine services to various remote parts of the country and Africa through the ISRO satellite link. AIMS hospital is accredited with ISO 9002-2000, NABH and NABL. Amrita is the university hospital in India to secure NABH accreditation. Yoga ClassAll the students of Amrita University have ample opportunities for orientation in yoga, meditation and cultural education. Integrated Amrita Meditation (IAM) technique helps them achieve holistic development of mind and body. Students have demonstrated their commitment to engaging with society and the community by participating in disaster relief and rehabilitation activities after the Gujarat earthquake in 2001; tsunami relief operations in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in 2005-2006 and flood relief operations in Bihar in 2009.

Amrita MoU with foreign Universities
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2005 between Amrita and various US Universities, most of which are ranked among the best universities in the world. Harvard, Purdue, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Berkeley, Michigan, Maryland, University of California inked this landmark agreement with Amrita for faculty and student exchange, collaborative research and education programs, cross-continental projects, broadcast of distinguished lectures using EDUSAT to around 50 institutions and universities around the country.

Prime Minister This landmark agreement was signed on July 20, 2005 during the visit of the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh to Washington DC. The then President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam launched this Indo-US Inter-University Collaborative Initiative in Higher Education and Research using EDUSAT in December 2005. Since then, there have been over 500 distinguished lectures and numerous short-term courses as part of this initiative. In addition, 7 major research projects have been undertaken and 15 full-fledged courses have been offered.

Winsoc Amrita has recently completed successfully a European Commission funded project in Wireless Sensors Networks for landslide detection. This project was between nine European universities and research centres, Amrita and Antrix Corporation, the commercial wing of ISRO.

Amrita also has joint research projects and collaborative programs with University of Milan, University of Twente, Technical University of Munich, University of Groningen, Uppsala University, etc. in Europe. Extensive faculty and student exchange programs through Erasmus Mundus of the European Commission has facilitated the deputation of 40 students and 10 faculty members from Amrita to various European universities in United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Bulgaria and Netherlands for academic and research assignments.

Introduction
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham or Amrita University is a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary research and teaching university located in India, with a National Assessment and Accreditation Council A grade as per the new grading system for the next five years. Its five campuses are in the three states of South India, in Kerala at Amritapuri and Kochi, in Karnataka at Bangalore and Mysore, and in Tamil Nadu at Ettimadai. The University Headquarters are at Ettimadai in a picturesque campus near the foothills of the Western Ghats, about twenty km from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.[1] Extensive interaction between all campuses is made possible through the Amrita-ISRO satellite network for e-learning.

The university offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs in computer science, engineering, business, biotechnology, nanotechnology, ayurveda, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, social work, journalism, education, and basic sciences. Areas of specialization which include Medical Informatics, Computational Engineering, Cyber Security, Clinical Research, and Oncology have been designed keeping in mind India's National Development Plans. 13,000 students are enrolled in nearly a 100 different degree programs. The former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on a visit to the campuses observed that "Amrita University has a major role to play in transforming our society into a knowledge society through its unique value-added education system."

Amrita University is only five-years old, and as such, it is young compared to many of the eminent Indian Universities that are at least a few decades old. Most renowned Universities of the West are also much older, some going back to over a century even.[4] In partnership with national and international organizations, it has undertaken research projects to benefit society.[5] For example, a project to investigate the use of wireless sensors in a novel manner[6], is currently underway to help predict disasters in landslide-prone areas. Another project involves the design and fabrication of an inexpensive, indigenous insulin pump for use by diabetic patients in poorer countries.

Profile of University
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a university established under section 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act of 1956. The university was founded by Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, popularly known as AMMA. AMMA's guidance, nourishment, energy, and resources have made this varsity one of the world's top class institutions which is now having 5-campus, multi-disciplinary, University with over 15 schools, 75 degree programs, 1000 faculty, and 7000 students.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is very popular for some of its specialized programs in the field of engineering, medical and management studies. Amrita's flagship colleges of engineering, have attracted reputed faculty from all over the world, who have moved permanently from prestigious schools such as Illinois, UT Austin, Purdue, Harvard, Pacific Bell, Berkeley, Rutgers, Simon Fraser, Ohio State, and IIT Madras etc. The beneficiaries are students, who, when they graduate, are much sought after by hundreds of companies.

Amrita offers various undergraduate and post graduate courses in the field of engineering, Medical & Allied Health Science, Arts & Basic Sciences. The university has a specialty that Ph.D. Programmes are offered by almost all the Schools in all the Departments.

Amrita has also been dedicated towards research activities. Its global research initiatives - winsoc aims to create and deploy new wireless sensor networks environmental monitoring (such as, landslide detection) jointly with 10 European partners.

History
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham was conferred the status of a University under Section 3 of UGC Act, vide Government of India. It is run by the Mata Amritanandamayi (MA) Math, the Holding Trust of Amrita University. The Math is famous for the charitable activities it has initiated all over the country and in different parts of the world.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, also popular as Amrita University, is a multi-campus and multi-disciplinary teaching cum research university. The University has established five campuses spread across three southern states of India - Amritapuri (Kerala), Bangalore (Karnataka), Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Kochi (Kerala), and Mysore (Karnataka). It has been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with its highest grade 'A'.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham - is a University, established under section 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act of 1956.AMRITA Vishwa Vidyapeetham has now grown into a dynamic, 5-campus, multi-disciplinary, University with over 15 schools, 75 degree programs, 1000 faculty, and 7000 students.

The University Grants Commission is the apex body of the Government of India for higher education. On May 19, 2007 Amrita University awarded 1313 Degrees including its first Ph.D. in medicine. This Center has attracted world-class full-time faculty from Seattle, Tennesse, UCLA, and the University of Texas. Several prominent multinational corporations such as Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Cognizant, Oracle, Dhanalakshmi Bank, Infosys, also invested significantly here at AMRITA towards developing information and communication technologies for India's vast rural population.

Campus
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has five campuses, with the headquarters in Ettimadai, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It has four other campuses, namely Amritapuri and Kochi campuses in Kerala and Bangalore and Mysore Campuses in Karnataka. The university is also planning to open up new campuses in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Hyderabad & Vishakapatnam(Vizag) Andhra Pradesh and one in New Delhi.

The two campuses, Amritapuri and Ettimadai had humble beginnings. Both the campuses started as computer training centers and slowly evolved into colleges, christened as Amrita Institute of Technology(AITEC) , where the AITEC,Amritapuri was affiliated to the University of Kerala and AITEC, Ettimadai was affiliated to the Bharathiyar University. In 2002, the two colleges were rechristened as Amrita School of Engineering when the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham was born.

Educational Streams
Amrita University offers education to large numbers of students through its several campuses spread across South India. Educational programs offered cover almost all the professional streams viz. engineering, medicine, management, journalism and allied fields. Research activities are actively promoted in these areas. Areas of specialization have been made to support national development plans. These specialization areas include Medical Informatics, Computational Engineering, Cyber Security, Clinical Research, Head and Neck Oncology and Nano-sciences. Efforts have been made to cover almost all the areas where skilled personnel are needed in India.

The University has developed international collaborations with reputed foreign Universities/institutes. In the year 2005, it signed the landmark Indo-US agreement, marking the beginning of an era of collaboration with leading international universities and institutions. Amrita has led a consortium of Indian organizations including the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Facilities
Amrita University provides all the requisite facilities in almost all the campuses established by it. Facilities like spacious classrooms equipped with computers, video and overhead projectors, and audio system are available in most of the campuses. State-of-the-art infrastructural facilities viz. air conditioned seminar and conference halls including, auditorium, hostel accommodation for students, hygienic cafeteria are also available.

The University maintains well stocked library with reading room containing international editions of books and journals.

Apart from the academic endeavors, it encourages extra-curricular activities and provides sports facilities including gymnasium, swimming pool, etc.

Faculties/Departments
* School of Ayurveda
* School of Biotechnology
* School of Medicine
* School of Dentistry
* School of Nursing
* School of Pharmacy
* School of Communication
* School of Education
* Schools of Engineering
* Schools of Business
* Schools of Arts and Sciences
* Dept. of Social Work

Chancellors Message
Amrita University was started by the world-renowned humanitarian leader, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Amma.

As Chancellor of the University, Amma continues to guide the university's mission and growth. Recently Amma was in Delhi to inaugurate the Vivekananda International Foundation.

'Inspire youth through dialogues, not lectures,' Amma stated in her inaugural address.

On 1 December 2009, Amma inaugurated the Vivekananda International Foundation in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The foundation, which is an independent non-partisan think-tank, will undertake solution-oriented research and studies through different activities. It also will participate in international, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue. In her inaugural address, Amma defined Swami Vivekananda as 'a great sannyasi who revolutionized and transformed the society, a perfect example of devotion to the guru, an elevated karma yogi and a brilliant orator.'

Amma endorsed Vivekananda's vision and practice of spiritual life, saying, 'According to Swami Vivekananda, spirituality was not merely a penance to be performed with closed eyes in a far away forest or cave. It was a way of living to be performed in this world, while living amongst all different types of people, and while facing all circumstances and challenges of life with courage and equanimity. He firmly believed that spirituality is the basis of life and the origin of power and intelligence.'

In her speech Amma touched on a wide range of topics, including the means of creating inter-religious harmony, the proper role of education in society, and the importance of taking pride in one's motherland and national heritage. The main focus of her talk, however, was India's youth their needs and the role adults should play in helping them attain their full potential. Amma said: 'How can young people develop spiritual values and qualities? How can we lead them on the right path? How can we use the strength of youth for the growth of society, the country, and the world? We should prepare the youth for self-unfoldment and personal development. For that, we should go to their level and understand them.'

Amma stated that India's current primary needs are strength, vigor and bravery�inherent qualities of youth. 'If our youth arise and act, they have the strength and vigor to create huge transformation in society,' she said. 'Only through awakening the inner power dormant within us will there be true transformation and a permanent solution to the problems facing society. Strength is the most important thing needed for an individual or a country. When we realize that this resides in each and every one of us, true strength awakens within.'

Amma said it was not enough for parents to provide their children with money and luxuries, but that they needed to impart to them spiritual culture and values. 'Even if a person buys the most expensive car and fills its tank with the highest grade petrol, a battery is needed in order to start the engine,' Amma said. 'Similarly, regardless of much wealth and education the child receives, it is the love and cultural values received from the parents that help the child to handle any circumstances once he or she grows into adulthood, and to give and receive love.'

Amma also stressed the importance of imparting the spiritual teachings to youth in a language, manner and context with which they can relate. She said we should not lecture the youth about spirituality but rather create heartfelt dialogues wherein their questions and criticisms are patiently and lovingly considered. 'We should approach them with compassion,' Amma said. 'Such an approach will create a change within them. Above all, we should set examples that will inspire them.'

Amma said such dialogues are essential not only for imparting spiritual teachings to youth, but also for the fostering of inter-religious harmony. Problems arise when we say, 'My religion alone is good and yours is bad.' This is like saying, 'My mother is perfect; your mother is a prostitute.' When we hold discussions with the understanding that each person sees their mother as perfect, we will be able to truly communicate with others.' Amma also stressed the importance of cultivating love and respect for one's motherland and culture. As an example, she told an anecdote about Vivekananda, which took place upon his return to India after his first tour of the United States. Amma said, 'It is said that he rolled in the sand and proclaimed through tears, 'Even after visiting so many countries, I have never found a mother like mine.' When he stayed in a five-star hotel, instead of sleeping on the fancy bed, he laid on the bare floor and shed tears remembering the poor and starving people in India. Many people who leave India come to feel, 'Our birth mother's rice gruel is tastier than our step mother's sweet pudding.''

Elaborating, Amma said, 'The curse upon our society is ignorance regarding our traditions and the basic principle of spirituality. This needs to change. I have visited so many countries of the world including Australia, Africa and America and they all take pride in their heritage. But we here in India, neither have understanding nor pride of our culture. In fact, many people even deride it. Only if we lay a strong foundation can we erect a tall building. Similarly, only if we have knowledge and pride of our forefathers and history, can we create a lustrous present and future.'

Other dignitaries on the dais included former Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachaliah, who delivered the keynote address; Vivekananda International Foundation President P. Parameswaran, who delivered the presidential address; Vivekananda International Foundation Director Ajit Kumar Doval, welcoming address; and classical and playback singer Vani Jairam, who sang the program's invocation prayers.

In his keynote address, which followed Amma's benedictory address, M.N. Venkatachaliah praised Amma and her address. 'Today we had this dose of ambrosia [from Amma],' he said. 'She told us what adds flavor to life, and her interpretation of Vivekananda was perhaps the most inspirational and accurate. And her understanding and presentation was so remarkable that I think some of us who felt gloomy now feel that as yet that there is something that is good for the world. Someone once said, 'As long as there are birds, flowers and children, everything will be all right with the world.' But I say, 'As long as there are birds, flowers and children and Mata Amritanandamayi everything will be all right with the world.''

In his welcoming address, Ajit Kumar Doval also praised Amma, referring to her as 'spirituality incarnate.' He said, '[Amma's] abiding love for humanity and her all-pervading energy are in line with the great tradition of our spiritual leaders, who from time to time lead humanity and the destiny of this nation, providing a sense of continuity to our civilization that civilization that constitutes the bedrock of our nationalism, of our identity, of our nation and its people.'

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Anna University was formerly known as School of Engineering and Technology or the Bharathidasan Institute of Technology. In December 2007, the institute was converted into an affiliating university, absorbing almost all engineering colleges in the district of South under its administration.

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Solar power storage tile launched

Amrita Centre for Nanosciences in Kochi, Kerala has launched the worlds first integrated solar power storage tile using super capacitor, named Amrita Smart on February 24 at the international conference, NANOSOLAR 2012.

The conference is organized by the Amrita Centre for Nanosciences at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences. It was the first international workshop on nanotechnology in solar and energy storage applications in Kochi.

Forty researchers headed by Amrita University Dean-Research Dr. Santhikumar Nair and Dr.Vinodkumar Gopal have developed the integrated power storage tile using super conductors. The specialty of Amrita Smart is that it is a combination of solar conversion and electricity that can be used to power devices even at night.

The patented concept uses special electronics to integrate the solar cell with the storage device. Unlike in conventional energy storage devices, the charge is stored in super capacitors instead of batteries.

Amrita Smart which can charge laptops and cellphones, can also be extended for building integrated solar storage and usage (home use) without the need for expensive battery systems. Now with the new Amrita Smart, solar-powered laptops and smartphones that work offline will be a reality.

Solar modules when exposed to a source of light for 4 hours can later charge the laptops and mobile phones in two hours and can have seven days storage capacity. It weighs only 200 gm. The patented solar storage tile is expected to be marketed in one to two years.

The energy generation and storage must go hand in hand. The development of the solar storage tile is a milestone in Nanosolar aided research and in the field of renewable energy sector and Amrita is proud to deliver such a path breaking innovation to the nations energy sector, Shanti Nair told mediapersons.

The current solar cells using silicon cells have only 16 per cent efficiency and they are expensive. As such, they are not yet competitive with the currently used exhaustible fossil fuels. Nanosolar, on the other hand, is more efficient and cheaper, Shanti Nair added.

Its efficiency is increased by creating highly conductive films. The Nanosolar uses new nano materials like graphene and carbon nano tubes that have a very high energy density and power density. The Nanosolar would also be cheaper by one third, he said.

CBSE set to roll out virtual labs online

Performing an experiment showing reflection of light on a concave mirror, the reaction of zinc with dilute sulphuric acid and other lab activities in schools is going to be different.

Students in schools affiliated to CBSE will soon enter the virtual lab environment to do tests online instead of gathering instruments and chemicals in physical lab environment.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in association with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Mumbai, the Amrita University and the ministries of human resources development and IT is readying to make available online labs for Class IX and X students across the country.

Physics and chemistry subjects alone will be taken up in the first phase.

The CBSE chairman, Mr Vineet Joshi, told Deccan Chronicle that he hoped to make the nationwide launch of the facility within the next fortnight.

The online lab is based on the idea that experiments can be taught using the internet more efficiently and less expensively.

Simulations in 2D and 3D modes and interactive animations on computers will help students understand and practice the experiments.

All these are aligned to the CBSE syllabus and will describe the working of real world experimentation concepts.

The four divisions of an experiment will consist of theory, procedure, simulator and viva voce.

This environment will enable schools spare physical lab environment and thus cut costs too. Students will be spared of coming in contact with chemicals in the case of chemistry experiments.

The tests will bring accurate results also, said Ms Susan, a teacher.

Amrita engg school gets Indias first Nobel faculty

Nobel laureate, Dr. Leland H. Hartwell, the president and director emeritus at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, has joined the Amrita School of Engineering and School of Biotechnology of Amrita University as distinguished adjunct faculty.

This is the first time a Nobel laureate has joined as a faculty of any University in India, said Dr Venkat Rangan, vice chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Dr. Hartwell won the Nobel Prize in 2001 for his research in genetic studies of cell growth and regulation.

Accepting the faculty position, Dr. Hartwell said: Ive had several interactions with the faculty at Amrita University and we have agreed to collaborate on mutual goals for education.

We are developing content for the course with the help of our colleagues in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Amrita faculty will provide extensive experience in using information technology to enhance instruction. I am pleased to accept this invitation for the purpose of pursuing our collaboration in education.

The collaborative effort will explore limitations to sustaining human health and wellbeing due to human exploitation of natural resources and how sustainable solutions can be found through science, technology and society, acting at local and global levels.

Amrita has collaborative programmes with 30 reputed universities in the US, and 25 universities in Europe, like Berkeley, Harvard and Princeton.

Since Amrita Universitys forte is research and technology for humanity, it is the preferred partner for government projects such as the National Mission for Education using ICT.

Translation tools: Student project bags Central aid

Amrita University researchers demonstrate the machine-aided translation system developed by them — DC

A group of researchers at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham at Ettimadai here has developed tools for machine-aided translation that can achieve near 100 per cent accuracy for the morphologically rich Classical Tamil language.

The researchers, V. Dha-nalakshmi, M. Anandkumar and S. Saravanan, led by Prof K.P. Soman, head of Centre for Excellence in Computational Engineering and Networking of Amrita University, and assistant professor of the department Sabarimalai Manikandan, have developed the tools to translate from English to Tamil.

The tools were developed as part of a project funded by the ministry of human resources and development to create machine translation tools for Dravidian languages, including Malaya-lam, Telugu and Kannada.

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