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To provide value-based education and mould the character of the younger generation through a synthesis of science and spirituality, so that their earnest endeavour to achieve progress and prosperity in life is matched by an ardent desire to extend selfless service to society, one complementing the other.

Amma believes that most present-day technical education mechanises people to the point where they lose their human side. To counteract this dehumanisation, her trust has established the Amrita Institutes of Engineering, Advanced Computing, and Advanced Management, at Ettimadai, fifteen kilometers from Coimbatore, India. Apart from these, Amma has established many more schools in the fields of medicine, arts, sciences and vocational education.

A number of things make the Amrita Institutes unique. In addition to learning the most up-to-date technologies, the students are given information on yoga, meditation, etc. As a part of the curriculum, students take a course called "Self-Awareness and Personality Growth", taught by a yoga teacher. The course is to help the students understand themselves. They learn about the human character and exactly what the mind is.

Apart from the graduate schools, meditation forms a part of the routine right from the elementary schools founded by Amma. She says, "Meditation is a priceless gift. It opens up a person's creativity and joyfulness, so that life can become a celebration."

Amma with school children

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