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.