Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

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Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
śhraddhāvān labhate jñānaṁ
Motto in English
The earnest aspirant gains supreme wisdom
TypeDeemed University
ChancellorMata Amritanandamayi Devi
PresidentSwami Amritaswarupananda Puri
Vice-ChancellorP. Venkat Rangan
10°54′4″N 76°54′10″E / 10.90111°N 76.90278°E / 10.90111; 76.90278Coordinates: 10°54′4″N 76°54′10″E / 10.90111°N 76.90278°E / 10.90111; 76.90278

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a private deemed-to-be-university and Institute of Eminence based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. The multi-campus, multi-disciplinary university currently has 6 campuses with 15 constituent schools across Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.[1] It offers a total of 207 undergraduate, postgraduate, integrated-degree, dual-degree, doctoral, and certification programs in Engineering, Medicine, Business, Arts & Sciences, Biotechnology, Mass Communication and Social Work. The university was founded with the opening of Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore in 1994 by Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, and is managed by her international humanitarian organisation Mata Amritanandamayi Math. In 2003, it became one of the youngest institutes to be deemed a university, when it was conferred this status by the UGC.[2]

The university has been accredited by NAAC with 'A' grade in 2009, and has been ranked 8th among the Indian universities by NIRF in 2019.[3] It continuously collaborates with top American & European universities including Ivy league universities for regular student exchange programs,[4] and has been emerging as one of the top ranked private university in India, according to the QS World University Rankings[5] and the Times Higher Education Rankings.[6]


At present, the university has 6 campuses, with 15 constituent schools spread across both rural and urban sites in three south Indian states - Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.[1] The first to be established was the Coimbatore campus in 1994, with the opening of Amrita School of Engineering at Ettimadai, a village about 20 km east of the Coimbatore city. Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) in Edapally, Kochi was inaugurated in 17 May 1998 by the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Later in 2002, two campuses were opened, one urban campus at the IT capital of India - Bengaluru, and one rural campus at the in the Amritapuri village, which also hosts the headquarters of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math that runs the university. In 2019, an engineering campus opened at Chennai. Currently, two new healthcare campuses are being constructed at Faridabad, Haryana[7] and Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh.[8]

List of Campuses of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Campus State Location Founded Schools
Coimbatore Tamil Nadu Ettimadai, Coimbatore 1994
  • School of Agricultural Sciences
  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Mass Communication
  • School of Philosophy, Arts & Culture
  • School of Social Work
Amritapuri Kerala Amritapuri, Kollam 2002
  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Ayurveda
  • School of Business
  • School of Biotechnology
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Philosophy, Arts & Culture
Bengaluru Karnataka Kasavanahalli, Bengaluru 2002
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Philosophy, Arts & Culture
Chennai Tamil Nadu Vengal, Chennai 2019
  • School of Engineering
Kochi Kerala Edapally, Kochi 1998
  • School of Allied Health Science
  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nano-sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
Mysore Karnataka Mysore
  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Education


Amrita Schools of Arts and Sciences[edit]

The schools offer Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Business Management (BBM), Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA), Master of Computer Applications (MCA), Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and Information Technology. The campuses offering Arts and Sciences are[9] located at Amritapuri, Kochi and Mysore.

Amrita Schools of Business[edit]

The school offers AACSB accredited residential two-year MBA degree program. In addition, it offers a dual degree program leading to an MS in information technology and MBA in collaboration with State University of New York at Buffalo, for working professionals at the Bangalore campus.[10] Faculty members have B.A.s and B.B.A.s from reputed foreign universities such as University of California, Berkeley, Cornell University, NYU Stern School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, and Kellogg School of Management.[11]

Amrita School of Biotechnology[edit]

The school was started in September 2004 and offers BSc and MSc in Biotechnology, BSc and MSc in Microbiology, and MSc in Bioinformatics, as well as Ph.D. degree programs.[12] Its research spans a wide spectrum including Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, Cell-line Engineering, Wound Healing, Computational Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Phytochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Proteomics, RNAi, Analytical Chemistry, Snake Venoms, Sanitation Biotechnology.[13]

The Amrita School of Biotechnology is approved as a Center of Relevance and Excellence (CORE) in Biomedical Technology under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, TIFAC Mission REACH programme. The School of Biotechnology was selected by the DBT-BIRAC (Government of India) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as one of the top six innovators in India to develop next generation sanitation solutions using bacteriophages and other biocontrol agents.[14][15]

Amrita School of Communication[edit]

The school offers (BA and MA) degree programs in Communication. The course helps prepare students for careers in journalism, new media/animation, and short film making and advertising. It is modeled on UNESCO guidelines. Amrita University was one among the first Indian universities to adopt the UNESCO model curriculum.[16]

Amrita Schools of Engineering[edit]

The university has schools of engineering in 4 of its 6 campuses, and offers undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral programs. The Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore predates the university itself as it became the first Amrita institution for higher education to be set up when it was opened in 1994, whereas the university received its deemed status only later in 2003. Other than the Coimbatore campus, the Amritapuri, the Bengaluru, and the newly established Chennai campuses have schools of engineering.

The four schools offer B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD degree programs and the Kochi campus offers M.Tech in Nano-Medicine, Molecular Medicine and Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy.

Amrita Healthcare Campuses[edit]

Attached to the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, a 1300-bed super-speciality hospital in Kochi aims to provide the "best medical care regardless of the patient's ability to pay. "[17] "It is the university's healthcare initial campus. Foundation stone for a second medical school and 2,000 bed hospital campus in Delhi is laid on of 9 May 2016. This will be the second healthcare campus and medical school."[18]"The Amrita Schools of Medicine, Dept of Hospital Administration provide MHA (Masters in Hospital Administration), Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dentistry are on this campus. They respectively offer MBBS, Bachelor of Science (Nursing), undergraduate/graduate Pharmacy programs, and Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree programs."

The School of Medicine offers graduate programs including MSc in disciplines, Diplomate of National Board (DNB), and PhD. In 2008, the first batch of MBBS students graduated with A. P. J. Abdul Kalam presiding over the graduation ceremony.[19]


University rankings
General – international
QS (Asia) (2019)[20]234
Times (Asia) (2018)[21]201-250
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2019)[22]15
NIRF (Universities) (2019)[23]8
Medical - India
Outlook India (2018)[24]16

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham was ranked 601-800 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2019[25] and 201-250 in Asia in 2018.[21] The QS World University Rankings of 2019 ranked it 234 in Asia.[20] It was ranked 15 in India overall University by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2019[22] and 8th among universities.[23] The Amrita School of Medicine was ranked 16 among medicine colleges in India by Outlook India in 2018.[24]


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