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International Conference on Sustainable Development and Governance: Building Commerce and Communities

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham to hold an International Conference on “Sustainable Development and Governance: Building Commerce and Communities” from 12th December, 201214th December, 2012 at Ettimadai Campus, Coimbatore. The International Conference on Sustainable Development and Governance : Building Commerce and Communities will be a platform for leaders and academics from around the world to consider Management and Governance solutions for the Water, Energy and Waste Management crisis facing communities and industry across India.

Noted researchers will provide stimulating discussion on emerging and innovative ways that businesses and communities can come together to promote sustainable development. The Conference has been facilitated in partnership between Amrita University, India and Deakin University, Australia, along with support from the United Nations Global Compact and industry leaders such as TATA, INFOSYS, ADITYA BIRLA, BIOCON and more.

The conference will provide a forum for researchers, policy makers, funding bodies, corporate and non-governmental organizations from across the field to explore the latest data on the major themes of the Conference, which include natural resource management and innovation ( water, energy, waste ); strategy and governance; economics, market valuation and regulation; and gender and community.


International Conference on Security of Internet of Things

The First International Conference on ‘Security of Internet of Things ( SecurIT 2012 )’ will be held at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham from 17th August, 2012 to 19th August, 2012.

The conference will focus on security in the areas of computing, communication and control systems.

It will bring together researchers, practitioners and ethical hackers from various parts of the world for discussing the latest advances in security in cloud computing, mobile networks, cyber – physical control systems, etc.

It will also include tutorials, keynote speeches, technical tracks, workshops, hands-on training sessions, hacking and start – up contests, etc.

The organisers are inviting technical papers and contributions of original work by the participants. Apart from publication in ACM digital library, best papers will be selected for publication in the Journal of Computer Security, IOS Press.

Last Date :

Last date for full paper submission is 30th April, 2012, notification of selection is 31st May, 2012, workshop proposal submission is 10th June, 2012, and camera ready paper submission is 15th July, 2012.

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For details on topics for technical papers and registration, visit

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Free Online Tuition for College Students

The Amrita University is pioneering a free online education initiative for college students.

The initiative, named Free All India Tuition Programme, is supported by the National Mission on Education Through Information Communication Technology under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri, vice – chairman of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, said the pilot programme would cover Kerala and later extended to other States.

The programme would be launched on September 27, 2011 at a function to be organised at Amritapuri to celebrate the 58th birthday of Mata Amritanandamayi.

The programme would start with career guidance and subsequently other subjects would be added.

Praveen Bist, communications manager of Amrita E – Learning Lab, said the programme would be available free of cost to all college students.

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Amrita University does well in Placements

Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore has done well regarding job placements.

A press release says Infosys sent offer letters to 1,224 students. In the following two weeks, 96 per cent students received two or more offers.

Companies that have hired Amrita students include Caterpillar, IBM, Microsoft, National Instruments, Thermax, Toyota, Accenture, Ford, LMS Emmenskay, Titan, Soliton Technologies and Cognizant.

The release says 1,412 students have been placed with 2,933 offers and many more companies are waiting to recruit Amrita students.

C. Parameswaran, Director, Corporate and International Relations, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Deemed University, says it is the vision of the university to provide wholesome learning that enables students to achieve this milestone.


Students of the Amrita School of Business have also done well in academics and placements. Recruiters of business students include P&G, Irevna, Thomas Cook, Payoda, GMMCO and Kotak Bank.


Indian convocation at Amrita University

It was a plain, white affair at the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University convocation on Saturday. The University conducted its seventh convocation for 3,392 graduands of five campuses minus the ceremonial robe. There was no gown. No head gear either.

The institution had tweaked the dress code, asking the men to wear dhoti and white shirt and the women to drape sari. “We chose to make the whole affair culturally rich by giving a very Indian dress to those receiving degree certificates,” says Venkat Rangan, Vice – Chancellor.

“It is in keeping with the university’s belief in Indian values and culture.”

The university has been doing so since its first convocation, he says and credits the rather unusual dress code to Brahmachari Abhayamrita Chaitanya, Pro – Chancellor.

The dress code also found a mention in the speech of Gururaj Deshpande, the chief guest.

In his speech he complimented the management for the unique attire.

And the dress code did find support in students. “It is very much in sync with the Indian way of receiving a degree,” says Vivek Menon, who received his doctorate in computer science.

The new dress is also comfortable, he says and adds that the knowledge from the West complements the dress from the East.


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