The Chancellor of Amrita University is our beloved Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) who is a world-renowned humanitarian leader. She was awarded with a Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, USA in 2010. Amma is the founder, inspiration and guiding light for all institutions under Amrita University. In our continued quest for excellence under Amma’s unparalleled leadership, our thrust has been to develop world-class centers of learning and research, as well as to nurture and encourage value-based education amongst our students and faculty.
“Be a symbol of undying optimism.”
It was the unwavering resolve of humanitarian and spiritual sage Amma who inspired us to innovate, create, and research robotics technologies for humanitarian applications. She is a design thinker and philanthropist who guided us to approach societal challenges in a novel way and start AMMACHI Labs in 2009 with a focus on robotics, skill development and women empowerment.
Please Visit: http://www.embracingtheworld.org for more details about Amma’s humanitarian projects
Notable Quotes from Amma:
“The goal of science has always been knowledge – an understanding of the human body and the universe as a whole. No doubt, the knowledge gained from scientific research and development has helped to make our external lives more comfortable and affluent. Regardless, happiness continues to elude most people. Our inner lives have, if anything, become marked by greater turmoil and confusion. This lack of inner peace and contentment is reflected in the external strife and unrest that, today marks life throughout the world. People are losing their love and respect for, and their faith in, thei fellow beings. The gap between human beings and nature – to which we are inherently connected – is constantly widening. If our increasing knowledge is truly helping us to grow and society to progress, why is all this happening? Shouldn’t open communication and friendship also be growing?”
“Scientific knowledge and spiritual knowledge are like two streams. If we merge these two streams we will find that we are able to create a mighty river, a river whose waters can remove suffering and facilitate the holistic growth of the society. Rue knowledge is, in fact, like a river that nourishes culture wherever it flows. However, if knowledge is devoid of values, it becomes a source of destruction for the world. However when values and knowledge come together, there can be no more powerful an instrument for the welfare of humankind.”
“… We all know that the real goal of education is not to create people who can understand only the language of technology. The main purpose of education should be to impart a culture of the heart, a culture based on spiritual values.”
Education is not only to help us live a comfortable life of plenty. When our plans fall apart, when we face failure and loss, when we are knocked down, education should help us get back on our feet.
Education should help us regain our mental equipoise, self-confidence and positive attitude, so that we can continue forward. In fact, studying is a form of austerity. It is a process, like the bud unfolding into a beautiful flower spreading it’s fragrance. Understanding this, we should approach our topic of study with love and patience. The world of knowledge is limitless; the possibilities are as vast as the universe.”