Founded by Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, a well-known humanitarian leader, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a multi-disciplinary institution with six campuses spread across Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The university has its headquarters in Ettimadai in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Amrita University is considered as one among the best private universities in India.
The university is a UGC recognized, autonomous organization that is accredited with Grade-A by NAAC. The university has various schools for different fields of education like Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita School of Business, Amrita Schools of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Amrita School of Biotechnology and Amrita School of Communication.
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham also offers several specializations in engineering programmes such as aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science engineering, electrical and electronics engineering, electronics and communication engineering, instrumentation engineering and mechanical engineering. The university is recognized by a host of national as well as international organizations and has won many awards and rankings.
NIRF ranked Amrita University 8th among the best Indian universities. The university was also ranked 168th by the QS BRICS University Rankings. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham offers more than 200 programmes and has over 20,000 students. Like any other academic institute, the university has its own pros and cons.
The best part of being in Amrita University:
- Infrastructure – All the campuses of the university have world-class infrastructures spread across huge areas. The campuses have well-equipped laboratories, modern gyms, well-stocked libraries, easily accessible locations, vast recreational areas, tennis, badminton and basketball courts and swimming pools. The campuses also provide excellent residential facilities with reading rooms, TV rooms and canteens. The university also provides students with several facilities to take part in various extra-curricular activities and cultural programmes.
- Faculty – Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has an excellent team of distinguished, qualified as well as experienced faculty members. The teachers work non-stop to provide quality education and inculcate professional skills in the students. The university has a great student-faculty ratio of 12:1 which makes the lectures relatively more effective.
- Placement – Amrita University has a dedicated placement cell that works ceaselessly to provide excellent job opportunities and career options for the students. Over 200 reputed companies visit the university every year to recruit the students. The average package for the 2018 batch was Rs 4.7 lakh per annum. The highest package received by the 2018 batch was Rs 29.63 lakh per annum. 95.32% of the students of the 2018 batch got placed.
- International exposure – The University has collaborations with several international institutions like ETH (Switzerland), TEM (France), Dartmouth College (USA), University of Ottawa (Canada), MIT (USA), Ryerson University (Canada), University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (USA), Columbia University (USA), Harvard University (USA), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), EPFL (Switzerland) and University College Maastricht (Netherlands).
These tie-ups facilitate many student and faculty exchange programmes and study abroad programmes that provide students with a global perspective and international career opportunities.
The worst part of being in Amrita University:
- Strictness – The University takes discipline very seriously. The rules and guidelines are very strict and rigid. The college strongly stresses the importance of punctuality and proper uniform code. Moreover, the hostels have several restrictions and have very strict timings for entry and exit. Also, the outing is permitted only once a week.
- Food – Although the food provided by the canteen is healthy and hygienic, the quality has a room for improvement.
- Practical training – The University focuses a little more on providing theoretical education than practical training.