Indian Nursing Council (INC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), Kerala Nurses and Midwives Council(KNMC), Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD), National Institutional Ranking Framework(NIRF), National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers(NABH)
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary research academia that is accredited 'A' by NAAC and is ranked as one of the best research institutions in India. Amrita is spread across six campuses in three states of India - Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, with the headquarters at Ettimadai, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham continuously collaborates with top US universities including Ivy league universities and top European universities for regular student exchange programs, and has emerged as one of the fastest growing institutions of higher learning in India. The institution is managed by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math.
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is the founder and Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. She is also known as Amma to millions around the globe. A world renowned humanitarian leader, Amma is the guiding light of the institution. Amma's words, thoughts and values for education and research, helped shape the Amrita's mission and vision.
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has an extensive campus being set up at Kochi that comprises of a pre-eminent medical institute, the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) along with the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, College of Nursing, School of Pharmacy & School of Allied Health Sciences and Center for Nanosciences. The campus though dominated by the health science schools is not entirely restricted to medical sciences and has a School of Arts and Sciences and School of Business as well.
The School of Arts and Sciences at Kochi campus,located at the sprawling and serene Brahmasthanam Temple Complex at Edappally, Kochi by the NH-17, is leaping towards boundless glory and fame. The campus has an excellent landscape abundant with trees and gardens. The School of Business at Kochi campus is one among the three campuses of Amrita School of Business established in 2009. ASB, Kochi was rated as the 7th best B-School in South India by The Week in 2011. ASB offers postgraduate and Ph. D. programs in management offering specializations in the area of Finance, HR, Marketing, Operations and Information Systems.
The Health Sciences campus comprises of the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry, the College of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy and the Amrita Center for Nanosciences co-located with Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences. Committed to providing value-based medical education, these educational institutions strive to instill the qualities of dedication and service in the youth.
Amrita School of Medicine is founded on the highest principles, with an emphasis on service, compassion, charity and excellence through education. The blending of the vital ingredients of competence and compassion is an extension of the vision and inspiration of our founder, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, from whom we draw our strength and dedication and whose life exemplifies these high principles in every action. The nurturing of these values at the Amrita Health Sciences Campus complements a fine technical education by enhancing skills with a unique understanding and compassion for the patient. The faculty is dedicated to these sustaining values and has diligently worked on the curricula, techniques and methods that will be of the greatest help to the students.
Amrita Center for Nanosciences lead the way in cutting-edge research and are engaged in several funded projects that aim to succor pressing humanitarian issues. The Center was established in May 2006 as one of the seven Nanotechnology Centers funded by the Government of India under the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology initiative and is the only one in the biomedical area. The Amrita Center for Nanosciences (ACNS) is an independent Center under the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham with both research and academic components. There are over 50 students currently doing M. Tech. or Ph. D. in Nanosciences or Nanomedical Sciences. The Center is engaged in pioneering work in the development of natural tissues and organs through tissue engineering using biodegradable scaffolds, within which cells are made to attach and proliferate in a controlled fashion. The Center is also conducting research in cancer nanotechnology for the purposes of early detection and therapy of cancer, the development of biocompatible devices using nanomaterials and the development of biomedical nanosensors.
The School of Dentistry was inaugurated by Smt. Sushama Swaraj, the then Minister for Health and Family Welfare and parliamentary affairs of the Government of India. It is housed in a self-contained four-storey building, having a built-up area of 154,000 sq. ft., and is one of the biggest dental colleges in Asia. The School attracts a diverse patient population. Students have the opportunity to acquire a full range of clinical experiences, both within the dental school and the at the community level, including treatment of emergency cases, medically compromised cases, and physically and mentally challenged patients. Students become adept at attending to the special needs of patients who have complex medical histories and may already be receiving treatment for a number of diseases. By serving this varied segment of the population, students come to understand the prevalence of certain diseases and oral health problems, comprehend the patterns of disease, and learn from the outcomes of selected therapies.
The College of Nursing is committed to excellence in nursing education, research and development of leadership skills and human values. Situated within the Health Science campus in an exclusive building, the institute provides an ambience, comprising state-of-the-art infrastructure, unparalleled technical expertise, diligent faculty, and above all, the instilling of values based on the rich Indian tradition and ancient culture. Sri Shatrughnan Sinha, the then Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, inaugurated the College on 1st November 2002. The College of Nursing is recognized by the Kerala Nurses and Midwives Council and Indian Nursing Council.
Established in 1997 as a Center of Excellence in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the location of School of Pharmacy at the heart of Kochi campus makes it ideally situated to offer high quality infrastructure for training and research in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The goal of the school is not only to excel in the field of education, but also to conduct social and charitable outreach programs and thereby mould a new battalion of highly competent pharmacy professionals. The school gives due weightage to industrial, hospital, community, clinical and research aspects of pharmacy. It utilizes the wide variety of resources available at the various centers of the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and the institution for providing theoretical and practical training and orientation to the students. The School gives equal importance to industrial pharmacy and research aspects of clinical pharmacy. The students are encouraged and motivated to take part in the charitable outreach work of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS). The Amrita School of Pharmacy is recognized by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and other statutory bodies and agencies.
About The School Of Medicine
Established in September 2002, the Amrita School of Medicine has achieved great academic recognition from the students, community and educational fraternity as an institution providing not only world-class training but also the right perspective on life. The present School tower comprises 12 storeys with a total floor area of 120,000 sq. ft. The hospital has an additional floor area of 1,100,000 sq.ft.
Incorporating state-of-the-art educational facilities that meet international standards, the Amrita School of Medicine is a fusion of the latest technology with core human values. The School of Medicine building houses laboratories, lecture halls and a well-furnished central library complete with an outstanding collection of the latest editions of international and Indian medical books and journals. It also provides for electronic access to many scientific and medical databases in India and abroad. An ANATOMY MUSEUM has been established with all the latest teaching devices and with elaborate models detailing the different parts of the human body.
The School offers various undergraduate and postgraduate programs like BSc, MSc, MD/MS/PG Diploma, DM/MCh, etc., as well as a five-and-a-half year program in Medicine, including a year of internship, culminating in the award of an MBBS degree. The curriculum is based on the directives of the Medical Council of India.
The course involves both theory classes and practical sessions. Clinical exposure begins in the second year with classes conducted by clinical specialists emphasizing the relevance of the basic sciences to clinical practices. Hospital postings and field visits to public health centers aim at exposing the candidate to different scenarios in which doctors in India might find themselves, and how to go about providing the best care in all the circumstances.
A commitment to the practice of medicine in its highest form is a lifelong commitment to humanity. Our resolve to be a Center of Excellence both in medical training and in the practice of medicine will well prepare eager and talented young men and women to play a key role at the forefront of their chosen profession.
About The College Of Nursing
The Amrita College of Nursing, a constituent unit of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, was inaugurated on 1st November, 2002, by Shri. Shathrughnan Sinha, the then Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare. The college is recognized by the the Kerala Nurses and Midwives Council. Presently the college offers B. Sc. Nursing and M. Sc. Nursing. The B. Sc. Nursing program which was started in the year 2002 with an intake of 50 seats is now expanded to 100 seats per batch.The M. Sc. Nursing is offered in four different specialties with an annual intake of 36.
The College is situated within the Health Science Campus in a separate building with excellent laboratory and classroom facilities. The total area of the college is 70487.2 Sq.feet which is much above the INC specifications.
Currently the college has 39 teaching faculty. The experienced, competent and stable faculty in various specialties with six Professors, four Associate Professors and six Assistant Professors, is an asset of this institution. An all-round development of the students is ensured through the balanced blend of curricular and extracurricular activities. Class room teaching is made effective by the use of modern educational technology. Apart from the practical training in the laboratories especially Central Simulation lab, students get exposed to a wide variety of clinical conditions in the parent hospital, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, which has got the most advanced technology of health care. Here they are getting hands on training in care of patients and all the nursing procedures under the expert guidance of medical and nursing teachers. The laboratories are well equipped with most advanced manikins and simulators.The Nursing College Library has more than 6000 text books, journals, both Indian and foreign and internet facilities with online databases.
The library timing extends from 9.00am till 10.00 pm. There is also a central library located in the Medical College. This is a college among the very few having a well equipped Language Lab. This enables the students to develop their language skill which is very essential for the career mobility.
To be a global center of excellence in providing quality nursing education rooted in values, research and in preparing professionals to lead safe, dynamic nursing practice through clinical partnerships.
Amrita College of Nursing is committed to:
· Provide nursing education programmes to prepare professionals capable of providing safe, comprehensive and compassionate nursing care in an ever changing health care environment.
· Prepare advanced practice nurses, educators and administrators (capacity building).
· Enhance research that improves quality of life of individuals / families and has an impact on nursing practice.
· Integrate nursing education, research and practice through clinical partnership
The aim of the undergraduate nursing program is to prepare graduates who can provide competent, compassionate and evidence based preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative nursing care in varied settings, making independent decisions as and when required, considering the safety and rights of individuals/groups and personal and professional development.
On completion of the four year B. Sc. Nursing programme the graduate will be able to:
· Apply knowledge from biological and behavioral sciences, medicine and nursing in providing nursing care to individuals, families and communities.
· Demonstrate awareness of life style and other factors, that affect health of individuals and groups.
· Provide nursing care based on steps of nursing process in collaboration with the individuals and groups.
· Demonstrate critical thinking skill in making decisions in all situations in order to provide quality care.
· Utilize the latest trends and technology in providing health care.
· Provide promotive, preventive and restorative health services in line with the National Health Policies and programmes.
· Practice within the framework of code of ethics and professional conduct, and acceptable standards of practice within the legal boundaries.
· Communicate effectively with individuals and groups, and members of the health team in order to promote effective interpersonal relationships and teamwork.
· Demonstrate skills in teaching to individuals and groups in clinical/community health settings.
· Participate effectively as members of the health team in health care delivery system.
· Demonstrate leadership and managerial skills in clinical/community health settings.
· Conduct need based research studies in various settings and utilize the research findings to improve the quality of care.
· Demonstrate awareness, interest and contribute towards advancement of self and of the profession.
· Demonstrate personal characteristics and attitudes (like personal integrity, responsibility, reliability and showing concern for other individuals) essential for a professional.
About The School Of Pharmacy
Amrita School of Pharmacy, an integral component of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, is the first to start functioning among the schools under Health Sciences campus. Located in the vibrant city of Kochi, Kerala, Amrita School of Pharmacy offers training for one of the most sought after professional courses. The School’s commitment to excellence in healthcare is in line with the overall objective of the Kochi - based Health Sciences campus of the institution. The School of Pharmacy strives not only to provide quality education in pharmaceutical sciences but also to establish itself in research and serves as an ideal platform for the overall development of highly competent pharmacy professionals. The School maintains an exemplary clinical practice and conducts community outreach programmes that address the needs of Kochiites and the society at large.
The School is housed in a self-contained five-storied building and is located away from the hustle and bustle of the main hospital within the campus, yet has access to all the clinical services. This optimal location provides a calm and quiet atmosphere conducive for learning.
Once the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) recognised and announced the launch of the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) programme in 2008 all over India, Amrita School of Pharmacy, taking full advantage of its in-house hospital and the associated healthcare services, started offering the six - years Pharm. D. (Regular) and three years Pharm. D. (Post Baccalaureate) programmes from 2010.
The two programmes were the first of their kind in the state of Kerala and the School’s enrolment expanded significantly due to this landmark achievement.
The gradual yet steady thrust in research has culminated in the registration of candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) programme.
Since the School strongly believes in the teachings of its respected Chancellor Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma), it advocates the inculcation of cultural values in one’s day - to - day activities. Hence, value education is mandatory for all students enrolling in the School. The students are encouraged and motivated to participate in the charitable outreach activities of Mata Amritanandamayi Math.
Pharmacy profession demands strict adherence to a set of ethical principles. The vision of Amrita School of Pharmacy, therefore, is to ensure the provision of high quality value - based education with an international focus while maintaining utmost professionalism, integrity and ethics.
As the school marches ahead, it vows by its unwavering commitment to provide education to students from all sections of society regardless of race, caste, religion or economic condition.
Amrita School of Pharmacy is recognised by Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) & All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The School and the institution are accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with 'A' Grade.
· To develop as a center of excellence in Pharmacy education and research and become one among the distinguished pharma institutions in the country. It envisions to establish effective collaborations with pharma industries and international pharmacy institutions for mutual benefits.
· To provide high quality value-based education with high emphasis on research and mould competent and socially committed pharmacy professionals capable of practicing and managing the future of pharmacy profession in the country and abroad.
About the School of Dentistry
The BDS course offered by Amrita School of Dentistry commenced in September 2003 and was inaugurated by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, the then Minister for Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India. The School is housed in a self - contained four - storey building, having a built - up area of 154,000 sq. ft., and is one of the biggest dental colleges in Asia.
The building includes pre - clinical dental laboratories, lecture halls, conference center, faculty members offices, administrative offices, clinical treatment areas, small group discussion areas, research labs and library. A State of the art advanced dental care clinic provides exclusive specialist care. Sufficient area has been earmarked for future expansion. Postgraduate courses commenced in 2010 and at present, the nine specialities offered at the School have postgraduate programs. Amrita School of Dentistry seeks to provide top quality, affordable, comprehensive education in oral and craniofacial care. The School ensures that the students undergo an integrated educational experience that combines extensive clinical practice with rigorous course work.
Apart from the regular training offered in various specialties in dentistry such as Orthodontics, Prosthodontics & Implantology, Conservative Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry, Oral Medicine & Radiology, Periodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Pathology & Microbiology and Public Health Dentistry, high quality training facilities are available in Craniofacial Surgery and Plastic Surgery for trainees in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
The students are exposed to maxillofacial prosthetic rehabilitation carried out in the Department of Prosthodontics. A great deal of emphasis is placed on community - oriented dental outreach programs. The School extends the knowledge of oral health by encouraging and assisting faculty in the pursuit of innovative research.
The School stimulates and encourages the qualities of ethics, human values and character that mark the true oral health professional. The School also attracts a diverse patient population. Students have the opportunity to acquire a full range of clinical experiences, both within the School and the community, including treatment of emergency cases, medically compromised cases, and physically and mentally challenged patients. Students become adept at attending to the special needs of patients who have complex medical histories and may already be receiving treatment for a number of diseases.
Outreach - Dental Health Camps
As a part of Societal and Community Development program, Amrita School of Dentistry conducts free Dental Health Camps for the rural society and school children. In the Dental Health Camp conducted from June 2010 to May 2011, more than 10, 250 people attended the dental check-up camp. The patients were examined and screened. Nearly 530 patients were treated at the camp and 17 patients were detected for Oral cancer. The camps were conducted in various schools like, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Public School (Tripunithara), Amrita Vidyalayam(Elamakkara), Amrita College of Engineering(Amritapuri). The camps extended to areas in and around Ernakulum District(like, Aluva, Angamaly, Fort Kochi, Panampally Nagar, Edapally, Tripunithara, etc).