AMMACHI Labs at L&T Construction Skills Training Institute, Jadcherla Mandal, Hyderabad

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We are happy to inform that L&T Construction Skills Training Institute, Jadcherla Mandal, Hyderabad have joined the other three #CSTI ( Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu), Pilkuwa (Uttar Pradesh), Serampore (Kolkata)) in training the bar bending skill set through the Bar Bending V2 Simulator developed by AMMACHI Labs.
Last week the AMMACHI Labs engineers successfully completed the commissioning of the simulator and also provided training to the trainers on how to train the bar bending skill through the BBV2 simulator. Balu Menon, Shanker Ramesh, Nidhin Sugunan, Deepu Ds, Sooraj K Babu, Akshay Nagarajan, Aswathi Pv, Gayathri Anand, Bhavani Chechi

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`National Technology Day’ is celebrated across India on May 11

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`National Technology Day’ is celebrated across India on May 11 to memorize the anniversary of Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test held on 11 May 1998. The official theme for this year is “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future.” On 11th May 2018, National Technology Day was celebrated at AMMACHI Labs’ Hadiabad Center in Bihar. Community Organizers, Health workers, #Aserve coordinator and facilitators along with 50 self-help group women participated in the tablet training program where more women from the village were invited to learn how to use a tablet.

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Earth Day celebrations

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According to Earth Day Network, each year, earth day- April 22nd-marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. This year is dedicated to spreading awareness about plastic pollution. AMMACHI Labs community organizers a…

We are honored to be one of the finalists in this round.

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We are honored to be one of the finalists in this round. We take inspiration from seeing how our research & technology is able to uplift communities. Whether it’s using technology to train women in vocational skills, or using our research and development to alleviate the drudgery of manual labour through some of our innovations, we are pleased to witness how a humanitarian focus in our research has impacted people’s lives.

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AMMACHI Labs at UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week in Paris, France.

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The Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality and AMMACHI Labs were invited to participate in UNESCO’s #MobileLearningWeek #MLW2018 in Paris, France. Srividya Sheshadri, Senior Researcher, represented both AMMACHI Labs and CWEGE and delivered a presentation entitled, “Transformative Pathways: Women’s Empowerment, Skill Development, and Digital Skills” at the Symposium themed “Closing Inequalities and Gender Divides.” She shared CWEGE and AMMACHI Labs’ approach to women’s empowerment and inclusive skill development through technology.

Mobile Learning Week is UNESCO’s flagship ICT in education conference. Mobile Learning Week 2018 was organized in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for ICT. Way to go Srividya!

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After the successful delivery of the Bar Bending simulators

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After the successful delivery of the Bar Bending simulators at Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Coimbatore, the Constructions Skills Training Institute at Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu and Pilkuwa, Uttar Pradesh, the training center at Serampore, Kolkata has now followed suit. A successful skill training program brings all employees to a higher level so they all have similar skills and knowledge and this simulator has had amazing results in training workers with precision and consistency.

Engineers from AMMACHI Labs have also commissioned the simulator at Kolkata and this would be the third L&T training center in India to provide training to bend rebars through the haptics based rebar bending simulator. The simulator is combined with a virtual environment and is capable of providing manual skill training and evaluation of the trainees. The first project on using #ICT for vocational education was born from the vision shared with AMMACHI Labs by our Chancellor and world-renowned humanitarian, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Amma. Read the full story with developer credits: bit.ly/2p22djA #vocational #education
Sooraj K Babu Shanker Ramesh Nidhin Sugunan Deepu Ds Balu Menon Akshay Nagarajan

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AMMACHI Labs’ “Women Empowerment: Community Sanitation through Democratic Participation” (WE: CSDP) project organized

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AMMACHI Labs’ “Women Empowerment: Community Sanitation through Democratic Participation” (WE: CSDP) project organized the “Train the Trainer” program at the training center in Haryana. Community organizers from various states participated in this eight days training camp.

The one week TTT program is packed to provide awareness classes, information and discussions on various government schemes (Sukanya Samridhi, Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojna, Ujwala Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, Kisan Bima Yojna, Atal Pension Yojna), Life Enrichment Education classes, Legal literacy and Right based awareness (Child sexual abuse, Senior citizen act, Human trafficking, Domestic violence, Child marriage, FIR, SHG ), water testing and financial literacy. The classes were led by the participants and they also organized group discussions, poster presentation, and drama.

Village Sarpanch Shri. Mr. Devi Singh Debu inaugurated the closing ceremony and addressed our women trainees with an inspiring speech and gifted them presents as a token of appreciation. Apart from our deployment team, team members from #AServe also actively participated in the TTT program.

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Ayyappan A. presented his paper at the 2018 IEEE’s 3rd International Conference

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Ayyappan A. presented his paper at the 2018 IEEE’s 3rd International Conference for Convergence in Technology, Gateway Hotel Hinjawadi Pune. The paper titled “Design of Hybrid Powered Automated Compressed Stabilized Earth Block (CSEB) Machine” was also coauthored by Sekhar Milan, Vipina Valsan, Sreejith Kailas T, P Kanakasabapathy. Ayyappan is on the Haptics team at AMMACHI Lab that innovates technology solutions for rural issues. This paper focuses on the design for an eco-friendly brick making machine that uses solar energy to mix and create bricks. The machine could potentially alleviate the drudgery of manual brick making and could automate the process for laborers. AMMACHI Labs teaches women to build toilets in rural India, and such a design if ever manufactured, could potentially help rural women produce bricks locally for lower cost and without heavy manual labor. “I really enjoy the work here at AMMACHI Labs because it is a good balance of MTECH and Research, all for social good.”

#IEEE #I2CTD #Pune #haptics #womensempowerment

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Harith J, Master of Social Works student, CGE&WE presented his research paper

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Harith J, final year Master of Social Works student from Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham presented his research paper on “Exploring Digital Tools for Participatory Rural Appraisal Activities” at the “International Conference on Transformation of Economy Through Digitalization Management Perspectives” (28, 29 March, 2018). The event was organised by Department of Commerce and Management of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, ASAS Kochi, Kerala. The main theme of this conference is “Transformation of economy through digitalisation management” and the aim of the conference is to share the insights of various stakeholders towards digitalisation and making of Digital India on the management perspective.

Harith co authored this paper with Sreeram Kongeseri, Balu Menon, Aswathi Pv and Prof. Rao R. Bhavani(Bhavani Chechi). This research work is expected to support the larger research initiative to create a toolkit for Vulnerability Mapping at the Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality.

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Gainful Employment to AMMACHI Labs’ Sanitation Change Ambassadors!

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Gainful Employment to AMMACHI Labs’ Sanitation Change Ambassadors!

Last September, our Allahabad village Sarai Nooruddin had achieved #ODF feat, with community’s participation. Around same time, we nominated 21 village youth for Government’s #CLTS (Community led total sanitation) training including our CO & Facilitator. Today all of them are employed and engaged in triggering behavioural change in other villages of the district through role pay, rally, presentations and series of other interventions during their field visit).

They get paid an avg. 6000-8000/month for 3-4 hours field visit, in addition to food and accommodation at site. While earning they can keep up with their studies/vocation also. Majority are girls and we are pleasantly surprised none dropped out and are actively involved. Earlier they did triggering exercise in and around the villages near the Ganges (during Kumbh Mela in Jan/Feb). Now this work seems for 6-7 months. It is heard, after this government plans to scale up by hiring them to capture data, analysis, making performance reports of villages/district. Since majority of these youth are our computer students, they stand a good chance.

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Prof. Bhavani Chechi, Chris Kripasagar Coley and Karen Sneha Moawad participated at CSW62: The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

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Prof. Bhavani Chechi, Chris Kripasagar Coley and Karen Sneha Moawad participated at #CSW62: The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The priority theme this year was “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.”

Professor Bhavani was a featured panelist at the session: “Empowerment Through Democracy, Civil Society and Innovation,” a side event hosted by the UN Democracy Fund during the Session of the Commission on Status of Women. The interactive panel session showcased several UNDEF Projects from around the world which focus on women’s empowerment. Professor Bhavani’s talk: “Women as Champions of Sanitation and Innovative Vocational Education,” presented the successes of the Amrita’s Women’s Empowerment: Community Sanitation through Democratic Participation (#WE:CSDP) Project and highlighted our women’s empowerment interventions in rural villages in India. The team had several high level meetings with UN representatives and delegates. #sanichampion #womenempowerment, #ODFree
#WECSDP #GenCen #championsofchange
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TTT candidates visited Guptapada Village in Odisha

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AMMACHI Labs’ “Women Empowerment: Community Sanitation through Democratic Participation” (WE:CSDP) project #TTT candidates visited Guptapada Village in Odisha during women Day celebrations, after their successful visits of Aditya Birla Foundations. Our community organisers introduced themselves to the villagers and explained why they are here. Even though they had some language barriers (villagers speak Odiya language) the interaction with villagers turned out to be good for both Train The Trainer program students and village women. TTT students utilised the opportunity to interact with the village community, shared their experiences from the sessions and played a drama on alcoholism.

Students of this TTT program are definitely going to be our change agents in their respective villages and will be assisting their community in obtaining benefits from available government schemes.They are confident and determined. While attending Life Enrichment Education sessions they have learned more about social issues and shared their experiences. Trainees also learned to use water testing device. TTT program covered the topics like financial literacy(Weekly expense & Monthly planning on the basis of their income).

During the closing ceremony of the TTT program, our chief guest Ms. Manaswani Mishra, District Social Welfare Officer for Women & Child Development spoke about empowering women & inspiring change. Ms. Padma, District Social Welfare Coordinator, Ms. Mamata Das, Chief Branch Manager of SBI (an all women’s branch), Ms. Mausami , Principal, Amrita Vidyalayam were also part of the all women panel who addressed the function.

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The theme for World Water Day 2018 .

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The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. On the occasion of World Water Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the importance of “Jal Shakti” and said that when people conserves water, cities, villages and farmers benefit tremendously.
#WorldWaterDay was celebrated in Hadiyabad village, Bihar with a huge turn out of people. Our community organiser and facilitator led a street play on ‘save water’ theme. In Kalinagar village, West Bengal villagers participated in a rally on conservation of water. #CO, facilitator and #SHG women used awareness videos and encouraged discussions about the importance of saving water. Social works students and AMMACHI Labs team members organized #Amalabharatham campaign and conducted a street play about water conservation.

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One month long camp activities, research and academic experiences from Juna Kattiwada village, Madhya Pradesh through short stories photos.

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AMMACHI Labs team along with researchers and social works students from Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality presenting their one month long camp activities, research and academic experiences from Juna Kattiwada village, Madhya Pradesh through short stories photos.

Click on the pictures to read the stories behind each photograph! Sooraj K Babu, Reshma Ramesh

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On 18th march 2018, AMMACHI Labs and Social work students organized “Valaramkunnu Gramotsavam”.

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On 18th march 2018, AMMACHI Labs and Social work students from our Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality organized “Valaramkunnu Gramotsavam” at Valaramkunnu, a tribal village located at Wayanad district, Kerala. The program was organised for three tribal settlements namely Paniya colony, Kattupara nayakar colony and Kuruchur colony. Panchayat president P. Thangamani inaugurated the program and Panchayat member U.V Chacko did the welcome address.

AMMACHI Labs team members, faculty and students from CWE&GE are leading #skilldevelopment sessions and various awareness programs on #education, #sanitation, #alcoholism and #childmarriage among the tribal population in Valaramkunnu. Apart from this, students are also engaged in academic and research activities in the tribal community and the outcome is expected to bring significant findings and recommendations for overall development of the Valaramkunnu community. The one month long camp will conclude in the last week of March.

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Illuminating Guptapada village in Odisha

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Illuminating Guptapada village in Odisha

It’s been over 11 days, our adopted village has no electric supply. It’s like dark days for them and life almost comes to standstill as soon sun sets, disrupting many of their daily activities. Children are not able to study properly in these exam days, the drinkable water supply stopped forcing them to intake from contaminated sources, and cannot charge phones.

We were told the previous week villagers had gone to electricity office and Panchayat to enquire the reason and were informed their transformer damaged (burnt) and that it will be rectified only when outstanding dues of all consumers are paid in full. Since it was a huge amount for each one, they were clueless on what to do.

We reached the village on 23rd Feb’18 and spoken to few #SHG women and found there were more issues and the electricity situation in the village had been highly erratic in the past too.
Women told there’s no proper metering system at many houses, bill does not come monthly, collection officer comes once in 4 months, few BPL family ends up paying INR 400 per month due to wrong meter reading (even if they have just two bulbs in a two room house).
Looking at the long standing problem, when we asked women to come to meet Sarpanch at Panchayath alongwith our #CO, few agreed. Upon calling Sarpanch, he quickly came to meet us at our center. According to him, 9 families out of 33 had no dues outstanding. So we requested it is not proper to cut electricity of the entire village. Our CO also mentioned the water issue and student’s difficulties due to lack of electricity.

On the third day, we along with our community organizer Urmila and AServe Coordinator Asith, went and met the area JE, of FEDCO (franchisee of governmentt electricity board). He showed us a huge bill per person in village accumulated for many months running upto 20k. We tried to reason with him how villagers will pay this and why didn’t it was a monthly effort etc.

Our next destination then was district divisional office, we met the head person Mr Manoj, by designation the AGM & Executive Engineer, CESU(Government Electricity Board). He heard the concerns and was of great assistance. He immediately called relevant offices and ordered installation of a new transformer with immediate effect. And connected our CO to that department. This divisional head also assured to reassess all outstanding and will apply waiver to possible extent.

Then we discussed strategies by which this overdue condition does not happen again. He called area collection officer and instructed for future and to solve the other hanging issues. He seeked help from us in recovering some marginal amount from villagers. He was impressed to hear that our community organizer will initiate it and will conduct awareness campaign at village for timely payment and in bringing problematic issues to notice. Our CO who spoke assertively at all offices, plans to conduct a ‘gram sabha’ (community meeting) where these officials will be invited. He also agreed to our suggestion that field officers must seek the opinion of villagers and both parties should collectively solve the issues.
Now electricity is back in Guptapada village!!!

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AMMACHI Labs initiated International women’s day celebrations in Juna Kathiwada village, MadhyaPradesh

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AMMACHI Labs initiated International women’s day celebrations in Juna Kathiwada village, MadhyaPradesh by honouring the most active change agents in the village. Our field staff Praveen Bhai spoke about their role in empowering women in the Village and different activities that they can pursue in future together. Later on our MSW students, who are there in the village, presented a play on domestic violence. In Kalinagar village, West Bengal, an awareness session on “Child marriage” (a major problem in the village) was conducted by our #CO and women #SHG members.
Community organizer, tailoring teacher, students and around 30 village women celebrated international women’s day in Kanti village, Haryana, by organising a rally on the theme “Save the girl.” In Sarai Nooruddin village, Allahabad, community organizer led the celebrations. MSW students organized classes on child marriage and skill development activities in Vallaramkunnu village, Kerala.

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Women Leaders Inspire Future Generations on International Women’s Day.

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Women Leaders Inspire Future Generations on International Women’s Day.

On International Women’s Day our ten women #COs in #Odisha who are training at the #TTT train-the-trainer program shared their social empowerment experiences with the young boys girls enrolled for skill courses at Aditya Birla Group Skills Foundation A few days before, the central manager of the foundation was so impressed by the confidence of our women, that he requested our COs to share their expertise through an interactive, motivational session. The COs happily agreed and gave inspiring speeches to the students about how the #WE:CSDP (Women Empowerment Community Sanitation Through Democratic Participation) project transformed their lives and their communities. They also encouraged the youth by sharing their personal stories of success, that even with little or no education, these strong rural women transcended social and economic barriers to achieve great success. India’s youth must then rise up and use education as the most powerful tool to change the world. Our women stressed the importance of the younger generation to study well and work diligently towards contributing to society. The youth applauded the session and were so inspired, that many approached the COs after to learn more about how they too can take step towards positive change. The women COs were also touched to share their successes of becoming true #ChampionsofChange. United Nations Development Programme – UNDP United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) #IWD2018 #womenempowerment #GenCen

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Today is International Women’s Day

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Today is International Women’s Day, dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the globe. Today also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and reminds us that much work is still needed in the area of gender equality. International Women’s Day is not just another “greeting card” holiday to celebrate friends and family, it is a day to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. We at AMMACHI Labs & the Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality salute all women and men who are striving to make gender equality a reality.

#PressforProgress #ConnectedSheCan
#GenCen #womensempowerment #girlpower #womensday #HeForShe #YesAllWomen #ConquertheDivide #IWD2018 #InternationalWomensDay #TogetherWeCan

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Today at Odisha, visit to government offices were made to get them familiar with AMMACHI Labs initiatives

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Today at Odisha, visit to government offices were made to get them familiar with AMMACHI Labs initiatives besides to check on facilities for villagers under government schemes. At block office, our deployment team met with BDO and JE to follow up on toilet building under #SBM at Guptapada village.

Later on, our team members visited the Collector, District Magistrate Mr. Nirmal Chandra Mishra and showcased work of Odisha village besides informing on other skill programs (in the picture he can be seen going through the file pictures of Guptapada skill program).He then gave reference of the District Social Welfare Officer, Women & Child Development Department. Thus also met Ms. Manaswani Mishra and the District Coordinator.

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In Gujarat, our CO leading awareness sessions on SSY

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Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana is a small deposit scheme of the Government of India meant exclusively for a girl child and is launched as a part of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Campaign. In Gujarat, our #CO leading awareness sessions on SSY and assisting village …

During our last visit we had noticed Alcoholism as a major problem in the Kalinagar village

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During our last visit we had noticed Alcoholism as a major problem in the Kalinagar village at West Bengal (many were making liquor, as a source of living too). However, this time we got to know that many of the illicit liquor suppliers were forced to stop & liquor consumption reduced by 95%. This was due to frequent inspection by an excise inspector Mr Biswajit. So we met this SI to applaud his efforts who is doing this service in this locality for past 3 months. He said he is honestly implementing the “zero illicit liquor” rule. We could see his sincerity as, for 7 youth of this village whose liquor shops were closed he provided gainful employment in near by private companies. He is doing the same in near by villages too. He showed us bonds and video clips obtained from the illegal suppliers and family members of them confessing never to indulge again.
AMMACHI Labs deployment team suggested that it would be great if his team conducts an awareness session on the ill effects of alcoholism as a sustainable effort to curb this social issue. To our pleasant surprise he was happy with the idea & immediately agreed to do it in March.

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In bringing social transformation at Kalinagar village West Bengal

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In bringing social transformation at Kalinagar village West Bengal, through community engagement, we conducted a mass awareness program yesterday with 50 women in attendance. They were mostly #SHG members & change agents, they were initially apprised of their role as change models. Later on, our team shared success stories of women from other villages.

After initial inspiration, next we showed them a video with social message and then the floor was open for anyone to come and speak about it. We could see women leaders emerging.Having thus created a fertile ground for interactions, we asked them to name 4-5 most pressing problems. They were grouped into 4 groups and each group had to choose one problem and suggest any solutions they could possibly imagine.What followed was a good presentation, we formed 4 task groups (with a leader and a second in command with 8 to 10 members), for solving drinking water problem, road building, perusing for 100% ODF, pension issue. These groups will now work with our Community Organizer in putting efforts to solve issues they took up, thus building community ownership.
#sanichampion #womenempowerment, #ODFree
#WECSDP #GenCen

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February 17, 2018It was a special day for the women

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February 17, 2018
It was a special day for the women’s groups and the entire community at Kanti village #Haryana because Jeffrey Sachs & the #UNSDSN team made an exclusive visit hosted by AMMACHI Labs and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Prof. Jeffrey Sachs is an American economist and director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is well known as one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty.

He toured the village and learned about our skill development programs which have trained more than 50 women in toilet building, tailoring, computer & #lifeskills in Kanti. He also saw an overview of the wider #MAMath programs from Amrita SeRVe and AmritaCreate.

Around 2500 residents live in Kanti village and many did not have access to clean water, proper sanitation and decent roads until the #MAMath began development work in 2015. Jeff Sachs was pleased to hear about some of the sucesses due to Amrita’s many interventions and those specifically carried out by AMMACHI Labs such as:

-Women trained in Rural Toilet Building and life skills through computerized training
-Women taking part in other skill programs on economic empowerment and income generation by training on soap making courses, computers skills and tailoring skills.
-Concerted community-wide action towards achieving open defecation free #ODF status through awareness, behavioral change and toilet building.
-Community-wide cleaning, waste management & hygiene promotion activities and events specific to sanitation, women’s health, education for girl children, legal rights, anti-alcohol and anti-tobacco awareness and campaigns.
-Self Help Group (#SHG) formation and microfinance initiatives and skill training.
-Establishment of programs & structures that promote women’s leadership and gender equality such as women stepping into the role of community organizer #CO, women becoming change agents, women becoming Mahila Police Volunteers under the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development, thus promoting women’s safety, subject matter experts #SMEs and more.
-Water testing & installation of reverse osmosis filtration #RO
-Sustainability through a “Green revolution” of community-wide tree planting & participating in creating Amrita gardens, with organic, locally grown vegetables.
-Empowering women to build capacities and effectively liaise with Government and external agencies

Jeffrey Sachs also participated in several meetings with the SHG members, listening to their success stories and how they have been able to overcome personal, family, and community development challenges. One was an interactive discussion with the women’s groups, toilet building team and health workers where he spent time learning about the specific issues and understanding the impact of the project. Another meeting was with with tailoring students, and school age children and students who attend tuition classes and the school. This team presented their observations and findings from the Ideal Village exercise and their plan for next five years. He also leaned about our games for community development and participated in a demo.

Overall, he enjoyed interacting with the #sanitation champions and change makers who are working hard to transform the village. Because of all these initiatives, several success stories have emerged of women stepping into their power and making a change. Prof. Sachs commented positively about AMMACHI Labs’ pioneering work. In 2016, he was a plenary speaker at the RAHA 2016 conference at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. We sure hope to have Jeffrey Sachs and team back at Amrita very soon!

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Apart from our existing village Junakatthiwada in Madhya Pradesh

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Apart from our existing village Junakatthiwada in Madhya Pradesh, we also visited three newly adopted villages Muljipura , Haveli Kheda and Golamba to get a look and feel about the village and the community as a whole, in order to prepare for upcoming meetings with state officials.

Almost all the villagers have access to community toilets in these villages that are being used. The community is vibrant and there is a lot of potential for growth irrespective of their educational background and cultural diversity.

Education for their children, especially girls is perceived as very important. The women in community are capable and independent in decision making. The community at all these villages are welcoming & there is a lot of scope to implement successful development programs here. #sanichampion #womenempowerment, #ODFree
#WECSDP #GenCen

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AMMACHI Labs deployment team members were at Jharkhand village

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AMMACHI Labs deployment team members were at Jharkhand village last week. Team organised community meetings particularly with the direct beneficiaries of mould toilets.We are involving them as volunteers to make sure that there is an increased awareness & they understand the importance of getting one. They are also participating in government funded toilet building happening in parallel at Dewgain village.

Through our tailoring project, we are exploring to get some lasting employment for the pass outs by connecting them to relevant business units. In this connection we spoke to Niraj Kumar, CSR head of Arvind Mills. They are branching out to many places to fund/induct rural talents & sounded positive on our way of skilling. He was introduced to us by Mr Halder, a senior from Jharkhand state food commission & quite familiar of our work in villages.

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AMMACHI Labs was delighted to host Prof. Miriam Reiner

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AMMACHI Labs was delighted to host Prof. Miriam Reiner, head of the Virtual Reality and NeuroCognition lab at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. הטכניון. Her recent visit to Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham aimed to promote inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. She met with key members at Amrita and had group dissucions with the AMMACHI Labs Technologies Group at the Makerspace. She gave a talk titled “Enhancing human performance- Integrating virtual and augmented reality with physiological measures to study cognitive-affective responses.”

Earlier this year, Prof. Bhavani met with Prof. Reiner and Dr. Uri Leron at the Vr.NeuroCog Labs at Technion in Israel.

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Last week, the Robotics for Education #R4E team conducted a study

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Last week, the Robotics for Education #R4E team conducted a study called ”Examining factors associated with intrinsic motivation in young people for learning simulation based robotics: a qualitative approach” with 6 students. The study focused on competitive robotics and was lead by Prof. Gayathri Manikutty and Kavin Prasad S and Vishnu Somasekhar. The children participated in an 11 hour training in the Lego Digital Designer simulation software for Lego robotics and a Virtual Robotics Toolkit during their December Winter holidays. After the training, the children were given a mini, 3 week challenge using the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit. They had a 4-hour per week time limit to use the physical robotics kit but had unlimited time to work with the simulation software. After the competition, the students were interviewed to get their perspectives about the competition which was very positive! Here’s a short video of the first few rounds of the mini robotics competition. #robotics

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May Dharma be victorious in every country

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May #Dharma be victorious in every country
#RepublicDay Wishes

The Dharma Chakra of the #IndianFlag has 24 spokes.
12 represents the following causal links. These in reverse reprsents the other 12.
Avidyā: ignorance
Sanskāra: conditioning of mind unknowingly
Vijñāna: consciousness
Nāmarūpa: name and form (constituent elements of mental and physical existence)
Ṣaḍāyatana: six senses (eye, ear, nose, tongue, skin, and mind)
Sparśa: contact
Vedanā: sensation
Tṛṣṇā: thirst
Upādāna: grasping
Bhava: coming to be
Jāti: being born
Jarāmaraṇa: old age and death

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The 4th International Dharma-Dhamma Conference

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The 4th International Dharma-Dhamma Conference on “State & Social Order in Dharma Dhamma Traditions” at Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar (Jan 11-13) was an important platform that fostered harmony and dialogue through the shared values of dharmic traditions from various spiritual heritages. Sooraj Subrahmanyan from AMMACHI Labs presented his paper is titled: “Pluralism and Coexistence in Dharma Tradition” at the conference which was organized by Nalanda University in collaboration with the Centre for Study of Religion and Society, India Foundation, and the Ministry of External Affairs. The President of India Shri Ramnath Kovind inaugurated the three-day conference which had delegates from 11 countries.

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Teams from AMMACHI Labs & Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality

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Teams from AMMACHI Labs & the Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality hit ground running with their Annual Meeting on New Year’s Day. Several guests from other departments of the University and the Ashram attended the meeting. Teams presented their past achievements, updates and plans for the new year. Prof. Bhavani, Director of both the lab and the Center, gave inspiring words in the vision of Chancellor Amma’s dream for research and academics for social good. Teams also shared funny videos and stories of the past year and geared up for another exciting and fun year at the best little labs and center ever. #OneTeamOneDream #womensempowerment #gencen #newyear2018

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In Kodur Village, Sangareddy district of Telangana state

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In Kodur Village, Sangareddy district of Telangana state, AMMACHI Labs has been actively involved in engaging the community in skill training and community cleanliness. Ongoing tailoring training sessions via tablet conducted by local SME tailors, Community Organizers & facilitators has proved to be successful. Recently, assessments for the 4th and 5th batch of tailoring students, showed great results and promise for these women as they continue to improve quality and fine tune their skills. The group is eager to continue attending classes and practice what they have learned.

Community cleanliness and waste management programs are part of AMMACHI Labs’ village outreach awareness training. Community Organizers and facilitators conducted a cleanup drive and around 30 people of all ages eagerly participated. The village was full of trash as the group started with the entrance of the village and made their way through. At the end, the village was transformed into a spotless beautiful place. This drive taught the community about waste management and environmental cleanliness and opened new possibilities towards maintaining a clean village. Check out the amazing before and after pics!
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UNESCO Chairholder on Technology, Internationalization and Education, Dr. Rafi Nachmias and Dean of the School of Education, Dr. David Mioduser from Tel Aviv University

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UNESCO Chairholder on Technology, Internationalization and Education, Dr. Rafi Nachmias and Dean of the School of Education, Dr. David Mioduser from Tel Aviv University | אוניברסיטת תל-אביב visited Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham to initiate research projects and collaboration opportunities with Amrita.

The guests participated in many team discussions about teaching and learning, making, robotics, the 2nd Foundation, women’s empowerment projects and technologies for skill development. A tour of the Amrita Makerspace was followed by hands on demos of our simulators for skill development.

The professors also gave a wonderful presentation about their research and work at the Knowledge Technology Lab and current research projects in technology, cognition and learning. It was a wonderful visit with Dr. Nachmias and Dr. Mioduser and we hope they come back soon!

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AMMACHI Labs hosted a special guest lecture and film screening with filmmaker, producer and influencer, Andrew Garton.

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AMMACHI Labs hosted a special guest lecture and film screening with filmmaker, producer and influencer, Andrew Garton. Prof. Garton is an adjunct Industry Fellow, Media and Communication at the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. He has a background in community access video and broadcasting and is very committed to documenting social issues by capturing real people’s stories through film. His documentary, “Ocean In a Drop” about the impact of broadband internet in rural India resonated with many at AMMACHI Labs. Our team shared experiences in the villages with ICT and technology. Prof. Garton also visited Sadivayal village and was touched by the experience and spent time getting to know the various women’s empowerment projects through Zonal lead Sivaprasad. Prof. Garton was in India screening his film at the Australian High Commission and the #ChennaiFilmFestival

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A year ago, some of the brightest minds in the field of robotics and automation from India

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A year ago, some of the brightest minds in the field of robotics and automation from India and all over the world assembled at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham for the world’s first International Conference on Robotics and Automation for Humanitarian Applications. With more than 385 participants and 18 speakers from 12 countries, the event paved the way for a blueprint in the applications of robotics and automation to bring about true societal changes. #Robotics4Good

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Earlier this year, a Second Foundation train-the-trainer workshop series took place

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Earlier this year, a Second Foundation train-the-trainer workshop series took place for for five #AmritaVidyalayam school teachers on #robotics with #LegoMindstorms. One teacher in particular, Mr. Ramakrishna Harish from Amrita Vidyalayam New Delhi, became passionate about teaching robotics for school children and participated further in an immersive training at AMMACHI Labs. Upon returning to Delhi, he worked with team members Kavin, Vishnu and Vennila remotely over video-conference to discuss strategies and solutions for preparing children for competitive robotics. Mr. Harish is now teaching the latest and most updated curriculum in competitive robotics with Lego Mindstorms for Amrita Vidyalayam students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

This training has prepared the students for the World Robotics Olympiad (#WRO2017) and several other inter-school competitions earlier this year. Recently, a student team took part in Robocup Junior 2017-18 and bagged 1st Place in the Delhi NCR region as well as the best overall performance award. The team has now progressed to the nationals.

This collaborative effort between Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and Amrita Vidyalayam​ schools signifies amazing future prospects for students in robotics.

We are proud of our student teams and wish them all the very best for the nationals! #Robocup #Robotics #SecondFoundation #robotics4good

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AMMACHI Labs’ zonal coordinator and community organizer met with Shri. Rajiv Khajuria, Assistant Commissioner Developments

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AMMACHI Labs’ zonal coordinator and community organizer met with Shri. Rajiv Khajuria, Assistant Commissioner, Developments, Department of Rural Development, Jammu and Kashmir. #CO gave a brief introduction about Women Empowerment: Community Sanitation through Democratic Participation (WE:CSDP) Project and its presence in J&K. After listening to the successful stories of rural toilet building programe and sanitation awareness campaigns by AMMACHI Labs, the officer has promised to look into availability of funds to start toilet building activities in Jammu and Kashmir.
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Dr. Donald Wertlieb, Professor emeritus from from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University, Massachusetts

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Dr. Donald Wertlieb, Professor emeritus from from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University, Massachusetts visited Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus. He led engaging discussions on research language, vulnerability and resilience with team members from AMMACHI Labs and the Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality. He was very impressed by the projects of AMMACHI Labs with regards to women’s empowerment and skill development and enjoyed Prof. Bhavani’s informative presentation.

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Children are the best change agents at home and in the community.

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Children are the best change agents at home and in the community. In many of our community awareness programs, children actively particpate along with our women #SHG groups. AMMACHI Labs community organizers and facilitators have undertaken many initiatives in collaboration with the village schools to promote #hygiene and #cleanliness. Last week, we organized a one day life enrichment education session for hundreds of school children in Pandori village, Jammu and kashmir. Through this class now they have more awareness about the importance cleanliness and also attended a practical session on ‘7 steps of handwashing’.
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AMMACHI Labs deployment team facilitated free legal seminars

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AMMACHI Labs deployment team facilitated free legal seminars and a session on right to information act as part of the legal awareness training program for the #SHG women in Pandori village, Jammu and Kashmir. Our new community organizer Barkha Rani called a meeting of SHG members, to discuss about the existing government initiatives for self help groups and women in the village. As per the study of our team, there are 9 widows in the village who never heard about widow pension scheme. Barkha invited their attention to Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and promised to assist eligible applicants to apply for pension.

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RTB trainees in Maira village, Punjab successfully completed 5 mold based toilet

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#RTB trainees in Maira village, Punjab successfully completed 5 mold based toilet walls and one foundation (total 10 foundations) with our deployment team. The mold-based toilet construction technique makes constructing toilets easier, efficient and economically viable for rural women. AMMACHI Labs’ rural toilet building program also ensure involvement of beneficiaries in the toilet construction process. Community participation is considered as key to sustainability of the project outcome.
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AMMACHI Labs’ community organizers Surekha and Renu arranged a medical health camp

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AMMACHI Labs’ community organizers Surekha and Renu arranged a medical health camp and awareness program for community people in Malakpan village, Goa. This program was focused towards educating the rural people and make them aware about how to take proper care of their #health. Leading doctors addressed issues like personal health care, #hygiene, #sanitation, illness prevention etc.
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Member of Legislative Assembly and other government officials visited our training center in Goa

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Member of Legislative Assembly and other government officials visited our training center in Goa. A one day exhibition of jute bags made by Women #SHG from Malakpan village was organised on the occasion of official visit. MLA has assured everyone that he will look into the funding possibilities for the training center and encouraged the women to keep up the good work.
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