Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
अमृत विश्वविद्यापीठम्
Motto Sanskrit: श्रद्धावान् लभते ज्ञानम्
Shraddhāvān labhate jnānam
(from the Bhagavad Gita, chapter 4, verse 39)
Motto in English
"The earnest aspirant gains supreme wisdom."
Type Private
Established 2003
Chancellor Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
Vice-Chancellor P. Venkat Rangan
Academic staff
Students 18,000
Location Coimbatore, India
10°54′4″N 76°54′10″E / 10.90111°N 76.90278°E / 10.90111; 76.90278Coordinates: 10°54′4″N 76°54′10″E / 10.90111°N 76.90278°E / 10.90111; 76.90278
Campus Amritapuri in Kollam, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Kochi, Mysore

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University) is a private university[1] spread across India in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. Its headquarters are at Ettimadai, approximately 22 kilometers from Coimbatore. The university offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs in computer science, engineering, business, biotechnology, nanotechnology, ayurveda, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, social work, communication, education, and basic sciences. Areas of specialization, such as medical informatics, computational engineering, cyber security, clinical research and oncology, have been designed in keeping with the National Development Plans of India. 18,000 students are enrolled in nearly 100 degree programs.


The chancellor of the university is Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as Amma or, simply, "Mother".

The vice-chancellor is P. Venkat Rangan, a notable Indian computer scientist, who founded the Multimedia Labs at the University of California, San Diego. The Amrita Alumni Association, or "A3", is an umbrella association for alumni of Amrita University.


The two campuses, Amritapuri and Ettimadai, started as computer training centres and evolved into colleges, inaugurated as the Amrita Institute of Technology (AITEC). AITEC, Amritapuri was affiliated to the University of Kerala and AITEC, Ettimadai was affiliated to Bharathiar University. In 2002, the colleges were inaugurated again as Amrita School of Engineering when the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham was born.

In 2011, Nobel laureate Leland H. Hartwell joined Amrita University as an adjunct faculty member.[2]


Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has five campuses, with headquarters in Ettimadai, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It has four other campuses: the Amritapuri and Kochi campuses in Kerala and the Bengaluru and Mysore campuses in Karnataka.


Amrita University was recently ranked 181 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Among Indian institutes, this ranking makes it as No. 1 private university and overall 15th among Indian universities.


Amrita Schools of Engineering

The Amrita School of Engineering at Ettimadai, Coimbatore predates Amrita University. In 1994, when it was established, it became the first Amrita institution for higher education. In 2008, the school celebrated its thirteenth "Institution Day".[3]

Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore campus
Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore

The other two Engineering Schools are at Amrita School of Engineering, Bengaluru, Karnataka and Kollam (Amritapuri), Kerala.


The three Schools of Engineering have the following departments:

The three schools offer B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD degree programs and the Kochi campus offers M.Tech in Nano-Medicine, Molecular Medicine and Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy.

Amrita School of Business

The school offers a residential two-year MBA degree program. In addition, it offers a dual degree program leading to an MS in information technology and MBA in collaboration with State University of New York at Buffalo, for working professionals at the Bangalore campus.[4] Faculty members have B.A.s and B.B.A.s from reputed foreign universities such as University of California, Berkeley, Cornell University, NYU Stern School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, and Kellogg School of Management.[1]

Amrita Schools of Arts and Sciences

The schools offer Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Business Management (BBM), Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA), Master of Computer Applications (MCA), Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and information technology degree programs.

Amrita Healthcare Campuses

Attached to the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, a 1300-bed super-speciality hospital in Kochi aims to provide the "best medical care regardless of the patient's ability to pay. "[5] It is the university's healthcare initial campus. Foundation stone for a second medical school and 2,000 bed hospital campus in Delhi is laid on of May 9, 2016. This will be the second healthcare campus and medical school."[6]"The Amrita Schools of Medicine, Dept of Hospital Administration provide MHA (Masters in Hospital Administration), Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dentistry are on this campus. They respectively offer MBBS, Bachelor of Science (Nursing), undergraduate/graduate Pharmacy programs, and Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree programs.

The School of Medicine offers graduate programs including MSc in disciplines, Diplomate of National Board (DNB), and PhD. In 2008, the first batch of MBBS students graduated with A. P. J. Abdul Kalam presiding over the graduation ceremony.[7]

Amrita School of Pharmacy

The Amrita School of Pharmacy was established in 1997 and is on the Health Sciences Campus of at Kochi, Kerala. The school is recognized by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) as well as the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The school runs programs at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels including:

Candidates pursuing M.Pharm. at this school after qualifying for the Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) receive monthly stipends from AICTE.

Amrita School of Ayurveda

The School of Ayurveda on the beautiful rural campus of Amritapuri on the bank of the backwaters of Kerala offers the Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) degree program.

Amrita School of Biotechnology

The school was started in September 2004 and offers BSc and MSc in Biotechnology, BSc and MSc in Microbiology, and MSc in Bioinformatics, as well as Ph.D. degree programs.[8] Its research spans a wide spectrum including Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, Cell-line Engineering, Wound Healing, Computational Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Phytochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Proteomics, RNAi, Analytical Chemistry, Snake Venoms, Sanitation Biotechnology.[9]

The Amrita School of Biotechnology is approved as a Center of Relevance and Excellence (CORE) in Biomedical Technology under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, TIFAC Mission REACH programme. The School of Biotechnology was selected by the DBT-BIRAC (Government of India) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as one of the top six innovators in India to develop next generation sanitation solutions using bacteriophages and other biocontrol agents.[10][11]

Amrita School of Communication

The school offers (BA and MA) degree programs in Communication. The course helps prepare students for careers in journalism, new media/animation, and short film making and advertising. It is modeled on UNESCO guidelines. Amrita University was one among the first Indian universities to adopt the UNESCO model curriculum.[12]

Other programs

Degree programs in social work (MSW) are offered by the university.

Other program include short- and long-term certificate programs, one-year programs in 3D Animation and 3D Modeling using MAYA and 3DS Max as well as two certificate programs in Interior Design and Web Development along with four short-term classes that are two-month intensives focusing in Photoshop & Illustrator, AutoCAD, Web Development, and Video Editing provided by Amrita Multimedia Academy based on the Amritapuri Campus held by university research center named 'AmritaCREATE'. Short launched few new programs like Motion graphics and Gaming which is 12-month and Mobile UI Design which is graphic based purely aimed for professional and graphic aspirants.

Campus activities

FOSS at Amrita
FOSS@Amrita is one of the most active student communities at Amrita University, dedicated to improving technical and social skills through contributing to open source.
ACM-ICPC is held annually in the month of December at Amritapuri and Ettimadai campuses under ACM's Amritapuri Chapter. It is the only university in India to host this event other than IIT-Kanpur and IIT Kharagpur.
SAE India
Amrita has an SAE chapter and is very active member of SAE in South India.
Infosys Campus Connect
Amrita is a part of Infosys Campus Connect Program undertaken by Infosys.
The IEEE has a chapter in Amrita for enhancing the skills of students in the areas of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Science Engineering.
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham plays hosts to two national tech-fests, Anokha and Pragati in Ettimadai Campus, Vidyut in Amritapuri Campus and Aarohan and Ekatva at Bengaluru Campus in addition to inter-department tech-fests across its five campuses.


Amrita University has several research centres.

Ammachi Labs

Ammachi Labs (Amrita Multi Modal Applications Using Computer & Human Interaction) is a multidisciplinary research center with a focus in technological innovation for social impact.

Centers of Excellence

In February 2007, the Amrita Center for Nano-sciences became the nation's first center to be set up for tissue engineering and stem cell research.[13]

The Centers for Digital Health and Digital Earth participate in telemedicine projects to bring healthcare to rural India.[14][15] The Centre for E-learning develops the software and infrastructure needed, eventually aimed at helping bring distance learning to village clusters.[16][17]

International symposiums organized by the centers include the Healing Across Cultures Symposium in 2007 organized by the Center for Environmental Studies.[18]

Products developed include Amrita MiTrans made at the Amrita Research Labs (ARL) to facilitate delivery of high bandwidth information to moving vehicles to help with flight scheduling, location tracking, and other content delivery.[19] ARL has filed for a patent for this product.[20]

International collaborations

The earliest research projects were initiated in partnership with Indian government organizations such as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).[21] The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), which helps promote industry-university collaborative research, provided funding to start two research centres in Biomedical Engineering and Cybersecurity.

See also



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