Safety for women, Security for mentally challenged; a device by Amrita

appsHow can anyone live in fear? Most women are victimized for no fault of their own unable to travel and perform mundane activities. In discussions with Amrita University’s Centre for Cyber Security, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma), stressed the need for developing technology to protect and make Indian women feel more safe.

According to Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan, the director of Amrita University’s Centre for Cyber Security Systems & Networks, “Amma told us that we should try to develop a device that women can wear secretly through which they can alert the police and family members if they become in danger. With Amma’s directive in mind, we came designed the Amrita Personal Safety System (APSS).”

The Amrita Personal safety system (APSS) device is wearable devices that will never make a women feel all alone anywhere anymore! This device will empower women to trigger communication with family and police when in distress. The device will remain inconspicuous to the offender and yet easily triggerable by the victim with multiple options to ensure stealthy and secure communication. With the ability to record conversations, and communicate immediately by the press of a button or using sms and voice calls to multiple destinations, this device also offers automated information on nearest police station, hospitals, fire stations to the victim to get immediate help. The device will also have ability to video tape events in the near future. The device is designed to function even in rural areas where the speed of the communication is very minimal. Also this device combines many location aware technologies intelligently, to be able to work in indoor and outdoor environments with minimal power consumption.

This customizable device developed by Amrita’s Centre for Cyber Security provides flexibility in design for wearability, and integrates over 15 features pertaining to safety and security of women and other potential victims.
This device can also be used as a safety device for mentally challenged citizens and children with many functionalities to quickly identify their whereabouts amongst other functions.

The APSS  will be dedicated to society during Amritavarsham60 —The 60th Birthday Celebrations of Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.

AMMACHI Labs to setup vocational institutes in 101 villages

AMMACHI Labs to setup vocational institutes in 101 villages whcih would be adopted by MAM. The institutes would be centred around Computerized Vocational & Education Training (cVET) and Life-Enrichment Education (LEE) systems developed and managed by AMMACHI Labs.

AMMACHI Labs has already provided training to more than 1,000 women in fields such as plumbing through haptics technology, mobile teaching labs and other programmes. “

“AMMACHI Labs has always had a special focus on training women because research shows that woman are more likely than men to use money earned for the upliftment of the family,” said Bhavani Bijalani, director of the Labs.

AMMACHI Labs is one of the R&D departments at Amrita University.

 

MAM to adopt 101 villages throughout India

10 Sep 2013, New Delhi

The Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) to adopt 101 villages throughout India, which is being called the Amrita Self-Reliant Village Programme (Amrita Swasraya Gramam).

Announcing this in a press meet in New Delhi, Vice Chairman Swami Amrita Swarupananda said that this would amount to the most massive humanitarian programme ever undertaken by MAM – the adoption of 101 villages throughout India with the aim of helping them become self-reliant and thriving. Uttarakhand village adoption also will deploy Amrita Swasraya Gramam.

“In order to accomplish this, MAM will draw upon the totality of the humanitarian programmes it has established over the past 30 years,” the swami said.

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The Amrita Self-Reliant Village Programme will ensure that each villager has a proper home and that the villages have school buildings, community halls and junction street-lighting, he said. Other aspects of the programme will include establishing a free computer-oriented vocational-training institute in each village and keeping children in school through the provision of a tablet-based after school tutoring.

“We will also ensure that the adopted villages will have basic health facilities, trained health-workers, and access to clean water and nutrition,” the swami said. “Furthermore, we will conduct afforestation drives in the villages and teach the villagers how to set up recycling systems so that they can become ‘zero-waste’ villages.”

Other aspects of the programme—which will be unfolded in systematic phases—include the provision of pensions to widows and disabled people, scholarships for children of poor families, holding meditation and yoga camps and reducing alcohol and tobacco abuse through awareness campaigns.

“During the past 30 years, MAM has gradually established all of the programmes required to execute something of this magnitude. We built 6,200 tsunami-resistant homes in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in India. We also built 1,200 quake-resistant homes in Gujarat after the devastating Bhuj quake in 2001,” Swami pointed out.

MAM has already built 45,000 houses in 75 locations throughout India as part of its ongoing Amrita Kuteeram housing project and provided 41,000 scholarships to impoverished children. In addition, it has relocated 1,600 families from slums into new apartments and also given absolutely free medical care to 26 lakh people since 1998. In India, MAM feeds 10 million poor people annually, and Amma’s devotee-organizations outside of India annually feed 100,000 outside the country, including 75,000 in the US via soup kitchens.

“Through AmritaSREE ( Amrita Self-Reliant Education & Employment) Programme, MAM has already put more than 100,000 women throughout India into more than 6,000 self-help groups, providing them with the necessary education, marketing assistance and access to start-up capital and micro credit loans and savings accounts from government banks,” Swami said.

Haritamritam, organic farming project inaugurated

10,000 people to cultivate organic vegetables in 1,000 acres
22 Feb 2013, Amritapuri, Kollam

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated Haritamritam, a new humanitarian initiative of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math today in Amritapuri Ashram in the presence of Amma. Haritamritam is an initiative to promote organic farming in the state.

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The Math is becoming a role-model for society
Inaugurating the initiative, the Chief Minister said “The social-service activities executed by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math are always conceived with foresight: its cleaning of public places, its tsunami relief-and-rehabilitation program, etc. In my personal perception, it has not been through words, but through action, that Amma has been able to bring about so much transformation. Today, with Haritamritam, a new chapter in the math’s humanitarian initiative. Haritamritam marks an inspiring step for organic farming—a move in the right direction. Assisting these 10,000 people to cultivating organic vegetables on 1,000 acres, the Math is becoming a role-model for society.”

Through Haritamritam, MAM is promoting vegetable cultivation. This will be initiated via Amrita SREE self-help-groups members. More than 10,000 Amrita SREE members from Kollam and Alappuzha will be growing vegetables on their own land. A total of 1,000 acres of land—comprising individual plots ranging from one cent to one acre—have been earmarked for Harithamritam’s first phase.

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For good health and to restore the harmony in nature

Explaining about the initiative Amma said, “The goal of ‘Haritamritam’ is to sustain the tradition of organic farming and to revive the culture of growing vegetables that one consumes, without using chemicals and pesticides. Everyone should be able to eat vegetables grown organically at least once in a week. The state of agriculture in Kerala is such that even the vegetables and flowers used for ‘Vishu kanni’ come from other states.”

Amma’s words were full of optimism and hope. “Even if a person is able to do organic farming in one cent of land, it is a big step in restoring the lost harmony of nature. We have not inherited the land from our ancestors; we have borrowed it from our children. We have to return this land to the coming generations without allowing even the slightest damage to happen to it” said Amma in her benedictory address.  “May this ‘Haritamritam’ scheme bring about an awakening and enthusiasm in all to strive for good health and to restore the harmony in nature” Amma said.

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MAM is distributing free seeds to all the participants, and is arranging training and demonstration classes by traditional farmers and agriculturalists adept in organic farming.

An instruction booklet prepared by retired agricultural officer TS Viswan—who has dedicated his retired years to promoting organic farming—is also being distributed.

Since 2005, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) has put more than 100,000 women into more than 6,000 AmritaSREE self-help groups.

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Justice delayed is Justice denied

Chala is a small town in Kannur District of Kerala. In the recent past it bore witness to a catastrophic accident involving an LPG Gas Tanker Explosion. It was a cruel reminder of a similar incident which occurred in Karunagapalli (not so far from Amritapuri) which only added to the empathy that was felt for the victims. Exactly after one month, the grieving residents of Chala found themselves in the warmth of Amma’s Love. The relatives of the Chala disaster victims received aid of Rs 100000/- from the MAM to help them take care of the injured and finance the necessary requirements {news}.

Mr. Raveendran, the Panchayath President of Chala, was humbled by the extend of love and compassion that Amma shower on her children. “We use to get Amma’s darshan whenever she came to Kannur. But today was the day when we truly and whole heartedly appreciated the wonder that Amma is, and we were able to really feel her full divine blessing.”

When disasters strike it is not uncommon for governments to make promises. But it is very common that these promises go unfulfilled. That is where Amma, makes the difference. “For the first time, we are being offered help, instead of having to ask for it. The response from the Math was quick, direct and with out any kind of bureaucratic delay. The victims can receive the aid directly.” Said Mr. Abdul Sathar. On exactly one month from the disaster, being with Amma and being a part of the celebration of love was the best thing that these residents could ask for.

Rethi, a relative, was speechless as to how she felt being here in Amritapuri on this day. “There is no need for me to say anything more about Amma, the whole world knows and loves her. Even though I am sad, I am glad that I had the chance to see Amma and feel her kindness”. According to Preetha, Amma’s divine touch heals both body and mind, and all she wants and wishes is to see Amma, always. Some relatives however were unable to communicate. But a part of them was healing slowly, encouraged by the divine mother’s love and the promise that their prayers will always be heard.


Solace in Mother’s Arms

The horrific accident at a fireworks factory in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, crippled hundreds and scarred them for life. The relatives of the victims, however, have been offered comfort in Amma’s arms. The Math has provided around 1 lakh rupees in benefits to help take care of the victims of the fire {news}. The families who have one member injured were entitled to this aid.

Some of the family members were here in Amritapuri today, for Amma’s 59th Birthday Celebrations. They were presented the benefits by. This was the light at the end of a long and tragic tunnel for them.

Shaktivel was filled with awe and respect for Amma. “She is indeed God in human form”, he said. “She is always there to help people like us who are in need. I will be eternally grateful to Amma for her. On behalf of everyone in Sivakasi, we offer our heartfelt gratitude to Amma.”

Raman, another relative, is pleased with the benefit he has received from Amma. One of his relatives is badly injured – liver injuries and a left hand with multiple fractures. For people from a small village, the hospital costs for such injuries are unfathomable. Raman estimates a huge expense to cure his relative, and had no idea so far as to where he could finance all that. However, Amma has showered her grace on him, and his happiness is beyond words.  “I am not worthy to say anything about what I felt… except that Amma should live long, and forever. ”

“I am blessed to meet Amma, and there is nothing other than happiness in my heart and mind. I felt inner peace for the first time after I saw her smile at me. I feel much clearer now. I thank Amma for all her support.’ gushed Shankareshwari, a mother of two. She is so moved by Amma’s love, that she cannot wait to share her experience and love for Amma back home in her village.

For these villagers, the world as they knew it was shaken up. They are still recovering from their losses and tragedies, and they felt very much like kites whose strings were cut. Even though their sorrow still lingers in their eyes, it is being overcome by a strong belief of hope and faith that they have in our beloved Amma.

  -Varsha

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Free marriage for the poor

27 Sep 2012, Amritapuri – Amma’s 59th Birthday celebrations

Amma conducted the weddings for 59 impoverished couples. The couples were given new cloths  and gold ornaments and food for all family members who attended. This was part of the number of charitable activities launched during the 59th birthday celebrations of Amma.

Amma ensures our entrance to heaven

27 Sep 2012, Amritapuri – Amma’s 59th Birthday celebrations

AmritaSREE Suraksha Insurance program

Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Honorable Minister for Home Affairs, handed over 21 claims settled according to the Amrita Sree Suraksha Insurance Program. The members of AmritaSree & AmritaSREE LIC Surakha project will receive financial assistance (Rs 40,000 in natural death, RS 85,000 in accidental death, Rs 35,000 in partial disability, Rs 75,000 in permanent disability). This was part of the number of charitable activities launched  during the 59th birthday celebrations of Amma.

 

In his address, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said, “Apart from providing people security in their daily lives, Amma also ensures our entrance to heaven. Amma tries to bring purity to every field of action. ‘Amma’ is our word for world peace. Society will never forget her selfless service.”

Free monthly pension to 3000 more

27 Sep 2012, Amritapuri – Amma’s 59th Birthday celebrations
During the 59th birthday celebrations of Amma, along with the many charitable projects, AmritaNidhi, free monthly pension program was extended to 3000 more.

K.M. Mani, Minister for Finance, Law & Housing, inaugurated this new phase of Amrita Nidhi pension scheme.  in which the beneficiaries were  from 45,000 to 48,000. He said, “We all have mothers, but Kerala has only one Amma. There is an old saying: ‘Even if one has 10 foster mothers, she is not equal to the real mother.’ Amma has transformed into the embodiment of motherly love, sacrifice and service—like a real mother. Therefore, this mother of Kerala has become the mother of the world. To hear the immortal nectar of Amma’s words is an immense good fortune. Amma’s service activities are unparalleled by even the government.”

MAM to build 500 more houses for the poor

27 Sep 2012, Amritapuri – Amma’s 59th Birthday celebrations

During the 59th birthday celebrations of Amma, along with the many charitable projects, a new phase for AmritaKuteeram, homes-for-the-homeless program, was launched.

K.V. Thomas, Central Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, inaugurated the new phase in which MAM will construct another 500 houses.

MAM has already constructed more than 45,000 such homes throughout India.

 

Vidyamritam extented to 3000 more students

27 Sep 2012, Amritapuri – Amma’s 59th Birthday celebrations
Vidyamritam, free educational scholarships-for-the-poor program was expanded from 37,000 to 40,000 beneficiaries. K.C. Venugopal, Central Minister of State for Power handed over the cheque to the beneficiaries as part of the number of charitable activities launched during the 59th birthday celebrations of Amma.