Amrita joins hands with ISRO for rural development

6 July, 2005 at AMRITA University Campus in Coimbatore

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary University is collaborating with ISRO, India’s foremost agency for space technology and research, to launch the AMRITA-ISRO VRC Satellite Network, (centers that connect) a comprehensive Satellite-based Rural Transformation Initiative

ISRO’s vision of the VRC (Village Resource Center) initiative is to create and implement a sustainable, scalable, space technology-supported community infrastructure catalysing the transformation of rural India. The benefits that VRCs are expected to deliver to rural India cover a broad spectrum:

Tele-Education: Using best available teachers to deliver superb quality education to large number of rural area schools across the country over the satellite network interactively via multimedia enhanced content; Imparting skill-based training in tune with local needs of the rural population.

Tele-Medicine: Delivering basic and specialized healthcare, preventive and diagnostic services digitally at every rural doorstep via satellite networks

Tele-Agriculture, Tele-Fisheries, etc.: Enhancing agricultural, fishing, and other rural occupational productivity with active assistance of timely scientific information on earth (soil, land use, etc.), water, weather, etc.

Disaster warning and management, etc.

Rural entrepreneurship with the help of micro-financing, etc.

Thus, the VRC initiative is an ambitious attempt at overall development of India’s vast rural landscape with the help of the best of communication and information technologies.

Thus, the VRC initiative is an ambitious attempt at overall development of India’s vast rural landscape with the help of the best of communication and information technologies.
Project Partners

The AMRITA-ISRO VRC Project is a one-of-its-kind University-Government-Industry partnership. AMRITA has brought in some of the foremost multinational companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Oracle, TCS, and financial firms such as IL&FS and Dhanalakshmi Bank, as technology and funding partners, to actively support this landmark initiative to launch 10 Village Resource Centers on the Satellite Network across India in the first phase.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has distinguished itself as a dynamic University well on its way to becoming a world class institution of learning, education, and research in a multitude of disciplines.  Amrita has launched numerous projects of both societal importance to our Nation and scientific relevance to the World.  The Amrita-ISRO VRC Project stands out among these by taking the benefits of satellite network to the common man’s doorstep.

Boats given to fishermen of Tamil Nadu

3 July 2005 — Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu

The Honourable Union Finance Minister, Sri. P. Chidambaram, handed more than of 210 brand-new FRP boats, outboard engines and fishing nets to the fishermen of Nagore, Pattinacherry.

The beneficiaries include fishermen from Samanthampettai, Tharangambadi, Nambiar Nagar as well as from Nagore-Pattinacherry.

The Ashram has already distributed nearly 150 repaired boats and serviced nearly 230 engines. High-quality materials were used to repair the boats and engines were serviced by experienced engineers with quality spare parts.


President of India to launch AMRITA-ISRO VRC Network

3 July 2005, Coimbatore.

The President of India, His Excellency, Bharat Ratna, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam would launch, “AMRITA- ISRO Village Resource Center (VRC)” an innovative project for rural transformation to be jointly carried by Amrita and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on 6th July 2005 at 9.00 AM at the Coimbatore Campus of Amrita University). Padmabhushan Dr. G. Madhavan Nair would deliver a distinguished address for this launch.

ISRO’s objective of utilizing state-of-the art Satellite technology for rural development and Mata Amritanandamayi Math’s Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham vision of “Self Reliant Village” is being realized through this joint venture. This initiative is yet another milestone in the societal transformation revolution carried out by Amma.

Amrita has a vast network of over 70 educational institutions, 5 hospitals and weekly medical camps in our centers all over the country. Amrita University has got the country’s first of it’s kind multi-disciplinary, multimedia satellite network with 4-way audio-visual capability connecting it’s campuses at Coimbatore, Kochi, Amritapuri and Bangalore. The way in which Amrita handled the disaster management and relief activities after the tsunami is unparalleled . Amrita is in the forefront of utilizing space technology for societal needs. And this synergy with ISRO is taking shape in VRC.

Currently 10 centers of Amrita will be connected by this network. All these 10 centers will be live on the screen when Mr. Kalam inaugurates at Ettimadai, Coimbatore. All these centers will be interacting with the President of India.

Amrita TV is airing this programme live. Not only the people of India, but the people of USA and UAE also will be able to see this programme. Stay tuned.

New boats to the tsunami victims

As a part of the tsunami rehabilitation project, 25 newly constructed boats were distributed to villagers in the Kollam and Alappuzha Districts who had lost theirs in the tsunami.
Each boat cost 1.25 lakh to build, and came equipped with a 9.9 Yamah outboard engine (costing 70,000 Rs.), 110 kg of fishing net (worth 37,000 Rs.), and additional accessories including diesel fuel.