Amrita University launches Amrita Live-in-Lab

Amrita University has launched a pioneering experiential learning programme that encourages the youth to live and experience the problems in the country’s villages.

The varsity’s Amrita Center for International Programs floated its new ‘Amrita Live-in-Labs’ as part of the 60th birthday of the world-renowned spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi here.

The scheme envisages students of Amrita as well as international students from some of the best universities of the world to live in Indian villages for six months to understand the rural population’s problems in areas that include health, hygiene, energy, water, waste and environment. It also aims to define projects that seek to address the problems, devise solutions, implement, test and eventually demonstrate innovative solutions.

The idea behind the Amrita Live-in-Labs came early this year when Amma – as Mata Amritanandamayi is known worldwide – spoke in Delhi at the 150th birthday celebrations of spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda.

In her inaugural address in the national capital in January 2013, Amma had suggested a way to ensure that at least one child from every family served in rural areas for one year after their graduation. She also recommended government funds for such a programme, saying the initiative would help awaken compassion in the youth besides uplift the poor and ensure a holistic growth of the nation.

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