ARM (Accessible, recycled, material) prosthetics in India

Ref: 10003012


Engineering & Computer Science (UG & PG) students enrolled on the modules: Strength of Materials (ENGD2007), Solid Mechanics (ENGD3016), Advanced Solid Mechanics (ENGT5258), Advanced Digital Design (ENGD3001), Project Management (ENGD2010) and Engineering Business Environment and Energy Studies, (ENGT5219) modules are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum number the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This trip provides students with an opportunity to contribute to an exciting multidisciplinary research project supported by the Academy of Medical Sciences. The project explores the utilization of up-cycled material for the development of low-cost, mass-manufacturable prosthetics sockets for amputees in India. It is in line with UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) by providing a sustainable and accessible solution for amputees in developing as well as developed countries.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops being organised as a part of research project. In this workshops, they will be able to engage with research partners from Industries, NGOs as well as UK and Indian academic institutions. In addition, participants will benefit from visits to BMVSS (Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti) which is a world’s largest organisation for the handicapped in terms of fitment of artificial limb, crutches, ambulatory aids like wheel chairs, and other aids and appliances. Besides, students will be able to learn the techniques how engineering is helpful in healthcare sector in developing countries. Furthermore, it will give an opportunity to explore how the UN’s Sustainable Goals are being implemented in prosthetics. In nutshell, this trip is aimed at both UG and PG students who wish to develop the high valued knowledge and skills in rapidly growing biomedical and sustainable manufacturing fields.

Cultural activities

Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan in Northern India. It is a major tourist destination in Indiaforming a part of the Golden Triangle.

This trip provides the opportunity to visit Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Cultural activities will include visiting Achrol Fort Day Trek with Rappelling, Jaipur Food Tour (local food tasting) and Chour Ghati Trek in Jaipur. You will also visit and interact with rural communities and understand how our needs differ from some of the world’s economically challenged populations.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Indian immigration requirements.

The #DMUglobal team will provide documents as required. You must ensure that you apply for your visa as soon as you have been formally accepted on to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Most students will need a visa to visit India, and more information can be found on the website. Contact the High Commission of India to find out how to apply for a visa. The Square Mile Team will be able to help and advise with obtaining a visa.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 15 April 2019
  • Return date: Saturday 20 April 2019
  • Overall estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £800
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural visits, food & drink, visa (if applicable) and vaccinations
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 25 February 2019 9am