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Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Amrita University has the mission to provide value-based education and mould the character of the younger generation through a system of wholesome learning, so that their earnest endeavour to achieve progress and prosperity in life is matched by an ardent desire to extend selfless service to society, one complementing the other. Thus, the university‘s activities are based upon a deep understanding of our values and culture. This is in alignment with the educational outlook of our Chancellor, namely, - "Education for life, not just education for a living."
Amrita University was established by the renowned humanitarian leader, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, who is also the Chancellor of the University. She is also affectionately known as Amma, who has dedicated her life for the upliftment of humanity through selfless service.
The university began in November 1994 as an Institute of Technology with 120 students and 13 faculty members in the village of Ettimadai in Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu. Today, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has emerged as one of the fastest growing institutions of higher learning in India. The University spreads over five campuses in three different states of India, with its headquarters at Coimbatore. It has a student population of around 18,000 and a faculty strength of over 1700.
The university has over 150 undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs. It has 15 constituent schools in Engineering, Medicine & Allied Health, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Ayurveda, Management, Biotechnology, Arts & Sciences, Education, Communication, Nanosciences and Social Work. Research is also actively promoted in these areas.
The University is ranked along with the top institutions in India in the ivy league of Indian universities and it continues to grow from strength to strength under Amma's guidance. The Mata Amritanandamayi (MA) Math is the holding trust of Amrita University. The Math is recognized for its charitable activities initiated all over the country and throughout the world.
The MA Math also manages over 50 higher secondary schools in several Indian states and supports these educational institutions by fostering the development of individuals, who are imbibed with the highest values, in tune with the cultural ethos and traditions of our country.
Swami Vivekananda had once remarked, "We want that education by which character is formed and strength of mind is increased." At Amrita University, we are doing our part to make this happen.
Amrita give prime importance to quality teaching, academic research and development and ethical orientation. Dedicated efforts of the teaching community make this a reality.
Famous for quality of service, be it in any sector, Amrita have the unique distinction of an excellent support of large task force of Professionals in its mainstream. Divine will, unconditional love and compassion embodied by Amma have enlarged the spectrum of selfless initiatives of Amrita Institutions. This has attracted human resources of excellent quality into the multifarious activities of the Math throughout the world especially in the Education Sector.
Amrita University has a major role to play in transforming our society into a knowledge society through its unique value-added education system. -- Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam,Scientist and Former President of India
This is not just another university, but a very high quality world-class university,focusing on technology and research, dealing with very concrete issues which have immediate appplications. -- Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate
It is extraordinary what Amrita has been able to accomplish in its short history. To have developed in the space of only 15 years a first class research institution with the highest accreditation rating from the national accrediting agency is remarkable. I know of no other institution in India with a comparable record of achievement. -- Dr. Satish K. Tripathi,President, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (USA)
As a young institution that is unburdened by history and full of bold ideas for the future, Amrita has much to teach its older counterparts. Truly you are building a world-class university for the 21st century, and my UB collegues and I are deeply impressed by the success you clearly already are achieving. -- Dr. John B. Simpson, Former President, State University of New York, Buffalo
When I look at what Amrita is, its mission, the hospitals, the various campuses, there is a close synergy between what Princeton wants to do and what Amrita is doing. Our faculty will be interested in collaborative research with Amrita for the possibility of working on a real life problem. -- Dr. Maria Klawe, Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Princeton University