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April 15, 2021

Amrita has successfully developed Prabha—a remote-controlled sanitization robot that systematically disinfects rooms with ultraviolet rays. Because exposure to UV light can damage eyes and skin, the user controls Prabha via bluetooth from a separate location. At a cost of $180 US, the university’s ultimate goal is to make the robot available to other institutions and people in need on a global scale.

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April 9, 2021

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India’s top private university, has announced a grant of ₹100 crores ($13,400,000 US) to set up 50 state-of-the-art New Discovery and Innovation Labs at its campuses across India. The announcement was made during a ceremony for the first ever edition of the Amrita Innovation & Research Awards. Amma emphasized that the university is focused on compassion-driven research to find solutions for people in need, especially those who live in India’s villages.

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April 2, 2021

The upheaval caused by COVID-19 has become more visible in society’s vulnerable sections with gender equality a key issue. Regardless, our Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality remains focused on a future where women and men play different societal roles yet are of equal value. New projects range from addressing gender equity in Indian police forces to training women in mobile phone repair to a film competition about gender etiquette.

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March 23, 2021

With the effects of climate change, financial instability, a global pandemic and cultural clashes happening now, AYUDH Europe felt compelled to ACT! They want change, and they want it now. With the Achieving Tomorrow, Today campaign, their young generation addressed hate crimes, sexual abuse, environmental action, sustainable development goals and both mental and physical health.

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March 16, 2021

When the nationwide lockdown came into effect on March 22nd, all schools and other educational sectors in India closed. For rural areas, AmritaCREATE identified how to address a downward slide in educational access, child mental health during the lockdown, the stress of failing year-end exams, and a rise in the number of school dropouts.

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March 3, 2021

In addressing the Covid-19 pandemic, Amrita University’s Tribal Center of Excellence saw an immediate and crucial need to support people in India’s remote tribal areas. They are communities who usually lag behind in latest developments due to their isolation and traditional ways of life. The panic and confusion over Covid only multiplied that factor. Overall, the center was able to help a combined population of about 11,000 tribal people.

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February 24, 2021

In rural India, men play an especially important and often overlooked role in the process of women’s empowerment—either as supporters or obstacles—an imp­act study from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has found. The university’s Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality concludes that engaging with men, which has never been done on a large scale, needs to be considered as a key programming element in future projects.

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February 16, 2021

Just as in the rest of the world, the pandemic continues to cause millions of people to remain without work across the United States. Members of AYUDH Chicago decided that instead of just talking, they were going to do something to help people who are suffering. Within three weeks, they delivered food, clothing, toys and other essential needs items to two different locations in the Chicago area.

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February 2, 2021

VIDEO: There is more love in this world than hatred. More beauty than ugliness. More innocence than guilt. With this in mind, a First Nations Yuin Elder is leading the restoration of trees and plants in areas devastated by Australia’s massive bushfires last summer. Amrita Australia is sponsoring the project to help restore trees and plants in places that were most severely hit.

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January 20, 2021

Amrita Hospitals and AMMACHI Labs have collaborated to develop from scratch a type of protection equipment technology for healthcare workers that will be much more affordable in developing countries. It protects from infection via aerosolized virus particles, and of course, is of urgent need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The price for Amrita PAPR will be about $400 US as compared to $1,000 to $2,000 for other models.

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