BHAVANI RAO

Prof. Rao R. Bhavani is the Director of AMMACHI Labs at Amrita University which focuses on innovating and deploying new applications in learning technologies to benefit the poor with a focus on women from socio-economically underserved communities. AMMACHI Labs does pioneering work on technology-enhanced learning and computerized vocational-education training delivered through multimedia-enriched applications and cost-effective haptic-enhanced simulators for perfecting manual skills. A central focus of Prof. Bhavani’s work has been to explore the use of skill-development as the baseline strategy, and women empowerment as the underlying vision. Her current project is a massive sanitation-awareness campaign that empowers women in rural communities to become ambassadors of change, by educating them about sanitation practices and training them to build their own toilets.