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Amrita University campus at Ettimadai in Coimbatore

A RAILWAY level crossing right in front of the main gate sometimes delays those who drive down to the picturesque, 380-acre campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Deemed University at Ettimadai in Coimbatore.

However, the wait for the train is usually a pleasant one, with the silence broken only by the buzz and hum of insects, the occasional call of a bird and the distant blaring of a lorry horn on the main road.

Scholars know the deemed university as one that has several ongoing projects in telemedicine, hospital information systems, microelectronics, information security, cryptography, image processing, wireless technology and video conferencing.

One of the youngest deemed universities, the institution is currently engaged in research projects in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), and leading private companies.

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is the Chancellor of the deemed university, which is managed by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Besides the 380-acre Ettimadai campus, the institution has campuses at Kochi, Amritapuri (Kollam) and Bangalore.

The institution has four constituent schools. They are the Amrita Schools of Engineering, Business and Journalism (Coimbatore); Engineering, Arts and Science, Ayurveda and Biotechnology (Kollam, Kerala); Engineering (Bangalore, Karnataka); and Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Nursing (Kochi, Kerala).

All the students obtain training and orientation in cultural education, yoga and meditation, to help them cope with the everyday stresses. The deemed university is launching international centres for excellence and research in frontier areas of science and technology.

By A.A. Michael Raj

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