About Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham - Coimbatore Campus
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham also known as Amrita University is a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary research and teaching university. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham began as a School of Engineering in 1994 in an obscure village, Ettimadai, located at the foothills of Bouluvanpatty ranges of the Western Ghats in Coimbatore District, 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, including over 220 faculty members with Ph.D. qualifications. The university is managed by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Amma, one of the foremost humanitarian leaders in the world today, is Chancellor of the university. The university offers 120+ high-quality undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs 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. 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 encompasses a total land area of over 600 acres with building complexes occupying around 7 million square feet. In 2003, Amrita became the youngest group of higher educational institutions in India to be conferred the "University" status under "Section 3 of UGC Act 1956" by the Government of India.
University Campuses - Its five campuses are in the three states of South India i.e. Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
1. Amritapuri Campus, Kerala - The campus is located adjacent to the international headquarters of Mata Amritanandamayi Math and is separated from it by the backwaters linking Kollam and Alapuzha. For more info - http://amritapuri.amrita.edu/aboutamrita/index.html
Amritapuri Campus hosts Four Schools:
Amrita School of Engineering.
Amrita School of Arts & Science.
Amrita School of Biotechnology
Amrita School of Ayurveda.
2. Bengaluru Campus - The Amrita School of Engineering, Bengaluru offers B.Tech. programs in six disciplines and M.Tech. programs in two disciplines. For more info - http://blr.amrita.edu/
Library - It has a large collection of books, journals and magazines. The exhaustive collection of books also include many international editions. Reading area is also provided for facilitating quiet reading and self learning for the students. Visual Media department has a separate media library for Books, Journals and more than 500 World Film classics. This adds fervour and quality to the guided sessions on film appreciation and activities of Media Association at Amrita( MAA ). Library is also equipped with a Digital Library System with an excellent archive of more than 1500 GB information in all subject areas in different formats. Online access to IEEE journals, ProQuest and innumerable international databases.
Classrooms - Well furnished class rooms are equipped with modern audio-visual equipments and Multimedia Projectors, large LCD panels etc. A blend of Computers and Projectors provide life to Video Demonstration Classes. Computer Labs - These are equipped with advanced and sophisticated networked computing environment with state-of-the-art technology. Over 300 desktop systems are networked over fast Ethernet LAN using switches and routers. Dual Degree (MBA / MS) - In Bangalore, Amrita offers a unique collaborative twinning program, the MBA-MS. Candidates have the opportunity to earn an MBA from Amrita University and an MS (Master of Sciences) in Management of IT Services from the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA. Designed primarily for those who aspire to management positions in high-tech industries, this is also a two-year full-time program.
Hospital - The 1450-bed super-speciality 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, totalling over Rs. 25 crores per year, to poor and needy patients. This super-speciality hospital offers telemedicine services to various remote parts of the country and Africa through the ISRO satellite link.
Research Centres - These comprise of:
Amrita RoadWAVE - Amrita RoadWAVE is a research network for exploring research problems and solution strategies related to Vehicular and Roadside Computing (RoadWAVE: Roadside, Wireless, Ad Hoc, and Vehicular Environments). Amrita RoadWAVE is being developed as a part of project, “Intelligent and Interactive Telematics using Emerging Wireless Technologies for Transport Systems” (ITEWS), sponsored by Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), India.
Amrita CUBE - Amrita CUBE is a research network for exploring research problems and solution strategies related to Ubiquitous and Embedded Computing (CUBE: Calm, Ubiquitous, and emBedded, Environments). Amrita CUBE is being developed as a part of the project, “Techniques for Secure Communication in Ubiquitous Wireless Networks” (TSCWUN), sponsored by Science and Engineering Council (SERC), Department of Science and Technology (DST), India.
WINSOC - Wireless Sensor Networks with Self-Organization Capabilities for Critical and Emergency Applications (WINSOC) is a Specific Targeted Research Project co-funded by the INFSO DG of the European Commission within the RTD activities of the Thematic Priority Information Society Technologies. One of our groups is exploring key R&D issues as a part of this initiative.
Amrita MMSec - The centre is exploring research issues in securing multimedia systems for emerging applications such as VoIP and IPTV.
CEN - Centre for Computational Engineering and Network is actively engaged in pursuing research in the areas of wireless sensor networks, software radio, natural language processing, computational drug designing and advanced signal processing methods like wavelet theory. Projects at the Centre are funded by the Ministry of IT, ISRO, NPOL. Research projects investigate socially relevant issues such as plagiarism detection and language translation.
Centre for Cybersecurity - Secure data handling, trustworthy storage and interchange, verifiable authentication and certification are important for most industries and organizations today, as they are become increasingly dependent on online information and IT enabled services. The Centre has put forth a systems research and development agenda that is proactive and industry-enabled. The Centre offers an M.Tech. in Cybersecurity and has labs in both Amritapuri and Coimbatore campuses. The innovative curriculum aims to develop professionals who are security-trained and highly aware of contemporary security risk.
Wireless Telemedicine - Amrita Research Lab has developed this integrated telemedicine solution for linking various clinics and hospitals located in the remote areas of Kerala with Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (AIMS), Cochin. Telemedicine reduced to its simplest form is connecting geographically separate health care facilities via telecommunications, video and information systems. It is the use of telecommunications technology to provide, enhance or expedite health care services, as by accessing off-site databases, linking clinics or physicians’ offices to central hospitals or transmitting x-rays or other diagnostic images for examination at another site.
Amrita E-Learning - The implementation of a satellite network connecting the Amritapuri, Bengaluru, Coimbatore and Kochi campuses made Amrita University a fully interactive, multimedia-capable, multidisciplinary virtual university. Students at any Amrita campus can attend and interact in lectures and courses being taught by faculty on other campuses and even other countries.
Centre for Environmental Studies - The Center played a major role in the greening of the Coimbatore Campus, where the Amrita University HQ is located. It was instrumental in transforming hundreds of acres of barren land into what is today, a lush-green, picturesque campus. The Centre is now spearheading similar efforts on other Amrita campuses as well.
Amrita Centre for Nanosciences - Researchers at the Amrita Centre for Nanosciences (ACNS), have come up with a novel nano bio-label that emits intense near-IR light, thus enabling easy detection of cancer by molecular receptor targeted imaging.
Amrita Centre for Wireless Networks and Applications - The system uses wireless sensor technology to provide advance warning of an impending landslide disaster, facilitating evacuation and disaster management. The Government of India has shown interest to deploy this system in all landslide prone areas including the Himalayas and the Konkan Region. The Centre is located at the Amritapuri Campus of Amrita University. The Centre now offers M.Tech in Wireless Networks and Applications.
International Admissions - Increasing numbers of NRIs, international students of Indian origin as well as Western students are beginning to seek admission to Amrita University. The 2009 Amrita Medical Entrance Exam for admission to undergraduate programs in Ayurveda, Medicine and Dentistry was conducted in California, USA as well. Dual degree programs are offered in Amrita's Bengaluru campus, wherein students have an opportunity to earn a degree from a leading Western university in addition to Amrita, through coursework primarily completed at Amrita. For more info - http://www.amrita.edu/admissions/international-admissions.php
Activities - All Amrita University students have ample opportunity for orientation in yoga, meditation and cultural education. Integrated Amrita Meditation (IAM) technique helps them to 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. Student Exchange Programs - Amrita also has joined research projects and collaborative programs with University of Milan, University of Twente, Technical University of Munich, University of Groningen and Uppsala University in Europe. Extensive faculty and student exchange programs through Erasmus Mundus of the European Commission have delegated 40 students and 10 faculty members from Amrita to various European universities in United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Bulgaria and Netherlands to academic and research assignments.
Memorandum - A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2005 by Amrita and various US Universities, most being ranked among the best in the world. Harvard, Purdue, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Berkeley, Michigan, Maryland and University of California inked this landmark agreement with Amrita for faculty and student exchange, collaborative research and education programs, cross-continental projects and broadcast of distinguished lectures using EDUSAT to 50 institutions and universities around the country. Prime Minister This landmark agreement was signed on July 20, 2005 during the visit of the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh to Washington DC. 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, seven major research projects have been undertaken and 15 full-fledged courses have been offered.
Placement - For the right candidate there is always the right job waiting through the Placement office and Centre for Corporate Relations (CCR). Major HR organisations like SHREDS, ABACUS consultants etc. are also assisting the school in campus placement and internship training. Training in soft skills is part of all the courses in various disciplines. The School Placement Services are also coordinated centrally through the Centre for Corporate Relations (CCR) at the university headquarters at Ettimadai.
The university has been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with an 'A' grade.
AIMS hospital is accredited with ISO 9002-2000, NABH and NABL. Amrita is the only university hospital in India to secure NABH accreditation.
The ashram is providing free vocational training to 3,000 Women Self-Help Groups (SHG) consisting of women from impoverished agricultural families. After completing the training, the women are also given start-up capital to begin small home-based businesses. It is envisaged to expand the program to 30,000 groups.
Amrita faculty members have published over 850 papers in reputed international and national journals.
Amrita has also been granted 14 major patents and inventions, including Adaptive and Automatic Insulin Pump, Wireless Telematics, Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Amrita Hospital Information System (AHIS).
Recently Amrita has successfully completed a European Commission funded project in Wireless Sensors Networks for Landslide Detection. This project was shared among nine European universities and research centres and Amrita and Antrix Corporation, the commercial wing of ISRO.