Amrita University is a multi-disciplinary private institution, located across five campuses (Coimbatore, Amritapuri, Bengaluru, Kochi, Mysore) in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. A young university, it was founded in 2003. In its sixth year, it became the youngest institution to be credited ‘A’ by the National Assessment Accreditation Council, India’s higher education institution assessment body – which requires an institution to have been in operation for a minimum of five years. At 900 acres and eight million square feet built-up space, Amrita is India’s largest private institution. Its 18,000 students are overseen by over 1,700 faculty.
Its main Coimbatore campus in Tamil Nadu sprawls over 400 acres and is often likened to an “oasis in a desert”. Tree-planting and forestation activities have altered barren land into a lush learning environment. Its eight student hostels accommodate over 3,500 people, with students expected to stay there for the duration of their course. Sports facilities are plentiful on campus with the focal point being the 22,000 square metres of sports field and Olympic standard swimming pool.
Amritapuri campus is nestled in the picturesque village of Vallikavu, across the backwaters of Kerala, and spread over 80 acres. Bengaluru campus houses Amrita’s business school and the School of Engineering, where curriculum is framed with extensive industry input. Kochi campus is the site for the 1450 bed super-speciality hospital. Annual patient turnover exceeds 450,000 outpatients and nearly 40,000 inpatients. Mysore campus is located in a peaceful area, and offers state-of-the-art -art facilities with a serene ashram and temple atmosphere.
Research is a significant part of Amrita’s output and it is a partner in various international bilateral governmental research programmes and initiatives. It has links with 20 US universities for research into areas such as cyber security, and further associations with European and Japanese institutions.