Our work in the field directly leverages and builds upon the rich experience gained through grass roots level engagements for ten years. All our work in the field has close linkages with other Units such as the University and the Institute for Assessment and Accreditation to ensure a strong two-way connection between theory, research and actual practice. This is ensured through a deliberate and dynamic institutional structuring. The key field institutions of Azim Premji Foundation include:
These are permanent institutions which have been established at the State and District level in several states across India. The Azim Premji Institutes manage and deliver programs in the field, addressing the specific needs of that state or district. Examples of programs range from teacher and education leadership development to assessment reform to technology deployment.
The Azim Premji Institutes at district and state levels function as strong institutional anchors for the improvement of education in the geographies in which they operate and also provide the fulcrum to work in other related domains (such as nutrition, governance etc.) and as expertise centers for our own schools, affiliated schools and partner activities.
These State and District level institutes are currently operational at Chhattisgarh (Raipur, Dhamtari), Uttarakhand (Dehradun, Uttarkashi, Uddhamsinghnagar), Karnataka (Bangalore, Yadgir), Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan (Jaipur, Sirohi, Tonk), Puducherry, Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal) and Bihar (Patna).
IAA is a critical component of Azim Premji Foundation’s mission to have deep, at-scale and institutionalized impact on the quality of education in India. IAA achieves this by spreading awareness of, and creating demand for, assessment / accreditation-driven quality improvements in the system. IAA’s work entails developing holistic standards of excellence for various institutions involved in the educational system; assessing/accrediting institutions against these standards; and facilitating their ongoing improvement.
A limited number of demonstration schools have been established for the specific and limited purposes of providing learning spaces for the University, the IAA and the Azim Premji Institutes and supporting specific elements of the Foundation’s strategy and as “exemplars” in those specific areas. These schools provide good quality education at costs and constraints similar to that of rural government schools.
As of June 2012, our schools are operational in the following states (districts): Uttarakhand (Uddhamsinghnagar, Uttarkashi), Rajasthan (Tonk, Sirohi), Karnataka (Yadgir) and Chattisgarh (Dhamtari). 100 such schools are planned to be established by 2016.
These schools are not intended to supplant or supplement the Government school system in any way – but to help in local capacity building and awareness creation for “quality education”.