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Atal Tinkering Labs Puthiyakavu selected as a “Star” innovation lab

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The Atal Tinkering Labs at Amrita Vidyalayam Puthiyakavu school was recently selected as “Star Atal Tinkering Lab of the Year.” The Atal Innovation Mission, set up by the NITI Aayog, has established Atal Tinkering Laboratories in schools across the country with the objective to cultivate the spirit of curiosity and innovation among young minds.

A milk collection society in Gujarat village

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A milk collection society contributes towards strengthening the livelihoods of smallholder milk producers who form the majority of India’s milk production system. This producer-centric institutional structures strictly conform to cooperative principles and provide rural milk producers a greater access to the organized market.

In Gujarat, our community organizer facilitated the constitution of a new milk collection society. In the society formation meeting, around 180 people participated and 131 people officially enrolled as members. Newly elected heads of the society are Komal Parmar (President), Parul Parmar(Vice President) and Radhe Parmar(Secretary).

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Prof. Rao R. Bhavani delivered the felicitation address for the 3 day National Seminar on ‘Śakti Worship in India’

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Prof. Rao R. Bhavani(Director, AMMACHI Labs & UNESCO Chair in Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality) delivered the felicitation address for the 3 day National Seminar on ‘Śakti Worship in India’ jointly organized by Amrita Darshanam – International Centre for Spiritual Studies, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham & Nari Samvaad Prakalp, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.

Śakti worship is a unique phenomenon in India. The various other cultures of the globe celebrate the femininity, the fertility and female entity as worshipful. In India, it is deified for highly evolved cultural, philosophical and social practices for the ultimate realization of the Atman. The Seminar endeavors to bring the concepts of (very best of these two under its concept) Sādhana and Upāsana in its entire extent. Eminent scholars are invited to present their papers and presentations.

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AMMACHILabs ‘Ujjawala scheme outreach program’

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Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is a scheme of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas for providing LPG connections to women from Below Poverty Line (BPL) households. #AMMACHILabs ‘Ujjawala scheme outreach program’ was organized on 12th September in Malgaon village, #Chhattisgarh. Over 90% of eligible beneficiaries (SC/ST) from the village received the benefits under the schemes, the Village Sarpanch declared the village as ‘smoke-free’ and distributed 125 LPG cylinders during the event on Wednesday. Our deployment team will continue to do social empowerment for its usage, refilling etc.

Before the event, at multiple levels, AMMACHI Labs team conducted meetings with nodal officers, oil companies dealers, and village stakeholders (Sarpanch, Sachiv and others) along with documentation completion from villagers. District Food Officer interacted with the villagers and explained to them about the benefits of #LPG gas. Around 250 people participated and community organizer Mamatha Poyam concluded the event by thanking the guests, organizers, panchayath, and agencies who helped to conduct this event. Newspaper dailies like ‘Daily Chhattisgarh’ and ‘HariBhumi’ reported the event. Thanks to the entire team who contributed and made it big (Amritha, Athira – AMMACHI Labs, Jamuna – #AServe, Sukhdev – #Create)

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AMMACHI Labs organized a painting competition on the theme #swachhbharat for the primary school students in Kanti village, Haryana #MyCleanIndia #SHS2018 “Clean up drives occurred between September 15- September 19, 2018”

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AMMACHI Labs organized a painting competition on the theme #swachhbharat for the primary school students in Kanti village, Haryana #MyCleanIndia #SHS2018
“Clean up drives occurred between September 15- September 19, 2018″https://www.facebook.com/20904…

Under the supervision of AMMACHI Labs deployment team, the tailoring assessment conducted of students who took our #Cvet course at Kodur village, Andhra Pradesh. Here are the images from the evaluation process. ” September 15- September 18, 2018″

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Under the supervision of AMMACHI Labs deployment team, the tailoring assessment conducted of students who took our #Cvet course at Kodur village, Andhra Pradesh. Here are the images from the evaluation process.
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#SHS2018 program in Dunda village, #Uttarakhand was led by AMMACHI Labs community organizer and a poster making competition was organized for school and college students on the theme #swachhbharat #MyCleanIndia

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#SHS2018 program in Dunda village, #Uttarakhand was led by AMMACHI Labs community organizer and a poster making competition was organized for school and college students on the theme #swachhbharat #MyCleanIndiahttps://www.facebook.com/2090489047641942

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) aims to safeguard the health of women and children

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Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) aims to safeguard the health of women & children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel – LPG. AMMACHI Labs conducted an awareness campaign at Gudipadu Cheruvu Village #AndhraPradesh about #PMUY and around 27 families applied for LPG connection under PMUY. On Septemeber 17th, eleven families got the connection.

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#SHS2018 program in Nani Borvai Village, #Gujarat.

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More updates from the #SHS2018 program in Nani Borvai Village, #Gujarat. Around 136 villagers participated in this event on September 15. Sarpanch, Tahsildar and other special invitees attended the rally and awareness campaign. AMMACHI Labs’ #CO Minal …

#SHS2018 program in Kalinagar village #WestBengal

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#SHS2018 program in Kalinagar village #WestBengal was led by AMMACHI Labs community organizer,#Aserve coordinator. A large number of villagers participated in the cleanup drive, awareness campaign and rally organized by our team. .#swachhbharat #MyClea…

#SHS2018 program in #Odisha

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#SHS2018 program in #Odisha was led by AMMACHI Labs community organizer,#Aserve coordinator and #Create tuition teacher. A large number of villagers participated in the cleanup drive and rally organized by our team. .#swachhbharat #MyCleanIndiahttps:/…

#SHS2018 program in Malgaon village, #Chattisgarh

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#SHS2018 program in Malgaon village, #Chattisgarh was led by AMMACHI Labs community organizer,#Aserve coordinator and #Create tuition teacher. A large number of villagers participated in the cleanup drive, awareness campaigns and rally organized by our…

In today’s fast-paced world, it is necessary to adapt to new technologies that will help us better prepare for the future

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In today’s fast-paced world, it is necessary to adapt to new technologies that will help us better prepare for the future, possibly even to survive. Prof. Gayathri Anand from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham conducted a two-day #Lego #robotics workshop for 45 children from 7 schools in Thalassery, Panoor, and Kannur town in Kannur district, Kerala. The aim of the workshop was to combine technology literacy using robotics with soft skills, such as creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Students were introduced to the basic concepts of programming and robotics through educational games and hands-on training with the Lego Mindstorms kit. The students learned to build, plan and program different kinds of robotic artifacts. They made different components in a robotic system to interact with each other to solve a variety of autonomous tasks. In the two days, they experienced a practical application of Mathematics and Science concepts to the physical world, thereby understanding and appreciating the physical constraints of a robot while operating in the real world. The final robotics challenge was a high energy stage performance starring robots. The workshop took place on September 7 & 8th and was a huge success.

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Dr. Sidney Strauss, was at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

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Dr. Sidney Strauss, Professor (Emeritus), Branco Weiss Chair for Research in Child Development and Education, Tel Aviv University was at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and spent two weeks with the researchers, faculty and social work students from AMMACHI Labs, Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality and Master of Social Work, Amritapuri. During his visit, Dr. Strauss taught a course on Qualitative Research Methods: Content Analysis.
The course aims to help the young researchers to identify the mental models or psychological entities behind human behavior and also attempt to place these psychological entities in a cultural framework.

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AMMACHI Labs’ team members attended the ‘LEGO Education Conference on Driving Innovation in India through STEM Education’

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AMMACHI Labs’ team members attended the ‘LEGO Education Conference on Driving Innovation in India through STEM Education’ on 4th September 2018 at Chennai. This workshop was conducted in association with Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum & Edutech. Mukil MV and Sreekanth Chowdary Chalasani participated in the hands-on workshops on the integration of STEM education into the classroom and in an Introductory workshop for those new to robotics and masterclasses for experienced educators. They also got the opportunity to interact with Dr. Barbara Bratzel, an internationally recognized expert in robotics in Education, Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO)

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Prof. Bhavani, UNESCO Chair in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, conducted a webinar

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Prof. Bhavani, UNESCO Chair in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, conducted a webinar on women’s empowerment and leadership to 30 European youth as part of AYUDH Europes’ Social Impact Leadership. The youth, from Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Spain, have been part of a 8-month training program, co-funded by the European Union, to develop their competences in leadership, mindfulness and project management. Over the course of the program, participants developed one project per country group to address topics such as Gender Equality, Human Rights, Education, Climate Action, Peace and Security and Intercultural Understanding. The webinar was held September 1-6 in Bilbao, Spain.

In her talk, Prof. Bhavani said: “To truly empower women to take leadership in their communities, we must first understand their vulnerabilities, needs and their unique roles in family and society. True leadership includes an attitude of respect for all, recognizing the fact that we are all are linked together like links on a chain. Only when we consider this holistic vision of leadership can we adequately empower women to live up to their full potential and realize their dreams.” Prof. Bhavani shared the work of AMMACHI Labs, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and the research under the UNESCO Chair that focuses on women’s empowerment.

She also discussed the barriers women face in leadership in society, and the role that men play in the progress of gender equality. Overall, it was an engaging learning experience for all participants.

#ayudheurope #socialimpactleadership #sil

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Happy Teachers’ Day!

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Happy Teachers’ Day! Our children’s first teachers are their mothers. By building capacities through skills based learning, we are empowering women to strengthen their communities and pass on their knowledge. Here, Jyothi and her child in Byse, refer to a tablet-based course for instructions on toilet construction. We applaud all of our teachers and thank them with gratitude! #happyteachersday #teachersday

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Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, in collaboration with University of Groningen and the University of Maryland, conducted a Summer School

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Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, in collaboration with University of Groningen and the University of Maryland, conducted a Summer School on Research Methodology and ‘R’. This event was held at E-Learning Studio at the Amritapuri Campus. Facilitators of the session, Prof. Padma Rao Sahib and Mr. Sandeep Pillai conducted various sessions on the topic including Research and writing articles, Theory in research, and Introduction to Descriptive and Summary Statistics. Participants also had the opportunity to learn R with a few hands-on workshops. The Summer School took place over seven days from Aug 20 to 26th with researchers from AMMACHI Labs, the Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality.

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World Population Day, a United Nations’ initiative celebrated on the 11th of July every year.

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World Population Day, a United Nations’ initiative celebrated on the 11th of July every year. This day seeks to focus attention on the importance of spreading awareness about the exploding world population and the importance of reproductive health. This year the theme is “Family Planning is a Human Right”. In Malegaon village(Chattisgarh), our community organizer and assistant facilitator celebrated #WorldPopulationDay at primary health center with women from the village. Jamuna, a nurse spoke to them about #womenhealth and #familyplanning.

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Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, meant to provide LPG connections to eight crores rural women by 2020.

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Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, meant to provide LPG connections to eight crores rural women by 2020. This ambitious Rs 8,000 crore scheme will partly be funded using the money saved from 1.13 crore cooking gas users voluntarily giving up their subsidies through PM’s ‘Give It Up’ initiative.

To organize #UjjwalaYojana campaign in Kodur village, AMMACHI Labs team met with the District Magistrate/Collector Dr. Vasam and District Supply Officer. The officer guided us to approach key personnel of oil companies and the very next day we could organize LPG Panchayat under Ujjwala Yojana at Kodur. Villagers enthusiastically approached to know more to avail the scheme. A detailed report was published in the well-circulated “Enadu” new paper on the 7th July, 2018. The news states that AMMACHI Labs an academic and research center at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in collaboration with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd has organized an awareness campaign.

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Educating school children on basic #hygiene and #sanitation is very important as they are in a good position to drive change in their families and communities.

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Educating school children on basic #hygiene and #sanitation is very important as they are in a good position to drive change in their families and communities. In the rural villages in India, especially women and children, are being trained by AMMACHI Labs to improve their #health and #wellbeing. Specifically, the focus is on improving access to safe drinking water and hygiene practices in daily life. To tackle the problems caused by bad hygiene &sanitation and a lack of health awareness, AMMACHI Labs’ deployment team is training the village people to learn how to protect themselves.

In Malegaon village (Chattisgarh), AMMACHI Labs’ community organizer and assistant facilitator conducted an awareness session on the topic “spreading of disease”. Attendees were upper primary school children in the village school and they had a practical session on hand washing techniques too. Students were taught “how to use a handkerchief”. We also had an interactive session where we discussed “prevention and cure of diseases” and “health and hygiene.’

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The core philosophy behind #CommunityDevelopment programme is the overall development of rural villages and people’s participation.

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The core philosophy behind #CommunityDevelopment programme is the overall development of rural villages and people’s participation. In India, CDP was formulated to provide an administrative framework through which the government can reach to the district, tehsil/taluka and village level. In every district, a “Block Development Officer (BDO)” looks after the community development programs. AMMACHI Labs team initiated a community development program in Dewgain village, Jharkhand on 6 July 2018. Shri. Gauri Shankar Sharma, BDO, Smt. Aarti, President of Child Welfare committee, Shri. Bada, Agricultural officer, Panchayat Samiti Member and the government doctor from the village attended the program. Hundreds of villagers attended the program and listened to the informative classes on village development and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act).

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In Haryana, AMMACHI Labs’ zonal coordinator, community organizer, and the village pradhan(village head) had a meeting with block development officer

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In Haryana, AMMACHI Labs’ zonal coordinator, community organizer, and the village pradhan(village head) had a meeting with block development officer to identify the Below Poverty Line(#BPL) households in Kanti village. BPL is an economic benchmark used by the government of India to indicate economic disadvantage and to identify individuals and households in need of government assistance and aid. Our team in the village conducted a survey to identify the deserving applicants under the housing scheme for BPL families across the state. The BDO came to the village and appreciated our team’s effort and promised to allow the housing scheme funds for the selected BPL families.

#CO and the women self-help group in Kanti village led #AmalaBharatham campaign, the cleanliness drive launched by #MAM. The campaign was a huge success with immense participation from the village headman, villagers, #AmritaServe and four government sweepers & vehicles provided by the government officials.

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In Kodur village, yesterday was filled with multiple activities from meeting with the government officials to life skill education

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In Kodur village, yesterday was filled with multiple activities from meeting with the government officials to life skill education with village kids and youth in the community. AMMACHI Labs team had a meeting with the block development officer(BDO) to pursue on the open defecation free (#ODF)status and also on building the remaining toilets in the community by the government. After meeting with the BDO the team approached the next higher authority who is the IEC & #SBM (Information,
Education and Communication & Swachh Bharat Mission) District Consultant. A team of officials then came to the village and after a long discussion, the Officer In-charge promised to build remaining toilets within 10 days and gave a commitment to get Kodur village certified as ODF by 15th July’18 at a village Gram Sabha-gathering.

Later we had a session with the village children and did an exercise on concentration/focused attention with them and explained the value of being ‘present’ at all times. The ‘Ideal Village’ activity was then done with a group of 10 young women folks, paired in a team of two. The computational thinking program was introduced to the women in the village and a workshop is being organized for the same. This workshop is part of the 2nd Foundation, a new education initiative by AMMACH Labs for teaching 21st-century skills to school children and young adults in rural India.

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