Experiential learning in rural India

Live-in-Labs® is a multidisciplinary experiential learning program that breaks classroom and lab barriers by applying learned theory in real-world settings. This credit-based academic program draws on principles of lean research for the development and deployment of sustainable solutions for current challenges faced by rural communities in India. By directly living in rural communities (labs) and co-designing solutions to development challenges, program participants gain first-hand knowledge and know-how of identifying and assessing community needs and subsequently developing and implementing viable solutions through various participatory methods.

With over 150 projects in 21 states across India, Live-in-Labs® participants have touched the lives of approximately 60,000 rural residents during the past several years. With participation from over 30 institutions around the world and nearly 50 departments, schools, and centers at Amrita, students and faculty have clocked in a monumental 200,000 + hours in the field working towards sustainable development in rural communities.

Project are available in the following areas:

  • Agriculture & Risk Management
  • Education & Gender Equality
  • Energy & Environment
  • Livelihood & Skill Development
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Health & Hygiene
  • Waste Management & Infrastructure

Time: Autumn 2019
Application closing date: 15 April 2019
Project cost: 315$ per month (food and accommodation) + 100-200$ for transportation for the whole project duration

For more information, please see https://www.amrita.edu/international/live-in-labs/.