Amrita University Launches International Programme 'Live-in-Labs”
Amrita University in collaboration with University of California has launched “Live-in-Labs” to understand the problems of rural population.
Amrita University in collaboration with University of California, San Diego, has launched “Live-in-Labs” to understand the problems of rural population. The University launched an experimental programme encouraging the youth to stay in villages and experience the villager’s problems in areas of health, hygiene, energy, water and environment.
The programme was launched as part of the 60th birthday celebrations of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. As per this programme, the students of Amrita University and students from different recognized universities of the world should live in Indian villages for six months and understand rural India’s problems and devise solutions for the problems in an innovative way.
The idea behind the ‘Amrita Live-in-Labs’ came early this year when spiritual guru Mata Amritanandamayi, known as Amma, spoke in Delhi at the 150th birthday celebrations of spiritual leader Swami Vivekanand.
Amma suggested that at least one child from every family should serve in rural areas for one year after their graduation to understand the rural area problems and devise a solution for the same. She also recommended government funds for the programmes, saying the initiative would help awaken compassion in the youth besides upliftment of the poor and ensuring growth of the nation.
Amrita University signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with University of California (UC), San Diego, in order to enhance research programme and student exchanges. The MoU was signed between University of California Executive Vice Chancellor Suresh Subramani and Amrita University Vice-Chancellor P Venkat Rangan. The MoU will facilitate joint research projects, publications and exchange of information for various programmes between the two Universities.