FAQs

Does Azim Premji Foundation provide financial assistance for social sector work?

No, we are an operating organization and not a funding organization. As an implementing organization we work in partnership with the government to improve the quality of public education across the country. You may contact the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives for this.

Does Azim Premji Foundation partner with other NGOs/entities in sectors other than education to implement programmes?

Azim Premji Foundation primarily works in education as a vehicle of social change. However, we realize that related domains like health, nutrition, livelihoods, governance and ecology also have a critical bearing on education. We work in these areas recognizing their complex inter-related manner and partner with like-minded organizations where possible since it is not feasible for a single organization to work with equal intensity and focus across all these developmental domains.

What is the relationship between Wipro and Azim Premji Foundation? Is this Wipro’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) wing?

In 2001 Azim Premji founded the Azim Premji Foundation – a non-profit organization to make a significant and long-term contribution to the cause of education in the country. It is a separate legal and organizational entity and does NOT function as a subsidiary of Wipro. The Azim Premji Foundation is funded solely by Azim Premji by way of transfer of his personal shares in Wipro to the Foundation.

The Foundation is not engaged in philanthropy or charity– it is an organization of professionals who have come together to try and address a very large and complex issue. The Foundation has made a serious, long-term commitment to contribute to the country's education system with a view to providing quality education to all children. You may visit the Wipro website to find out more about Wipro's CSR activities.

What is the relationship between Azim Premji Foundation and Azim Premji University? How are the two entities connected to each other?

The Azim Premji University was established in 2010 under an act of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly to run programmes to develop education and development professionals, offer alternative models for educational change and also invest in educational research. Though constituted as an independent entity, it is organizationally continuous with Azim Premji Foundation and integral to its vision. The close working of the University with the Foundation and its practice informs all learning and research programmes. The Foundation and its teams in turn gain from the interaction with a vibrant academic community that contributes rigour and focus to the field of practice. To know more about the University visit the website.

What is Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI)?

APPI is part of a group of organisations and institutions (Azim Premji Foundation and Azim Premji University) founded by Azim Premji in the social space to facilitate a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society. It provides grants (and other support where appropriate) to organisations whose work has significant potential to contribute to social change in a synergistic manner. It is a separate entity, distinct from Azim Premji Foundation with a unique mandate. To know more visit the website.

What are some of the key beliefs that drive the Foundations’ work in education?

In the last few decades, India has made tremendous progress in different aspects of education. Access to education at different stages has increased dramatically. However, equity in and quality of education still remain a challenge resulting in poor learning outcomes and an overall loss of confidence in the public education system.

We believe that the most important change leaders for improving education quality are (a) the teacher and (b) the education administrator. Teachers are at the heart of the educational system, and any effort to improve the quality of education is centrally dependent upon the teacher. The quality of academic support, both pre-service and in-service, provided to teachers leaves much to be desired due to poor inputs, lack of resources and a series of professional constraints. Teaching has become mostly uninteresting and routinized, leading to poor classroom processes and little learning.

Research shows that school leadership is the second largest factor affecting learning outcomes in school. More importantly, it goes on to show that school leadership is even more critical in schools that are under performing. While currently the country invests in teacher development, investments in leadership and managerial capabilities of education functionaries are negligible. Education functionaries need opportunities to apply what they have learnt, to reflect on their experiences – individually, in peer groups as well as under the guidance of those who are more experienced.

The District Institutes of the Foundation therefore focus on collaboration with state governments to create avenues for professional development of teachers, school leaders, teacher educators and other education officials. They also work to reform school curriculum, teacher-education curriculum and related issues of education policy.

To know more visit the Field Institutions section.

Where all across India can I work with the Foundation?​

State District
Puducherry Puducherry
Telangana Sangareddy
Chhattisgarh

Dhamtari

Baloda Bazar

Bemetara

Janjgir

Raigarh

Raipur

Karnataka

Yadgir

Mandya

Kalaburagi

Bagalkote

Ballari

Bidar

Koppal

Raichur

Vijayapura

Bengaluru

Uttarakhand

Almora

Bageshwar

Champawat

Nainital

Pithorgarh

Rudraprayag

Udham Singh Nagar

Dehradun

Uttarkashi

Tehri Garhwal

Pauri Garhwal

Chamoli

Rajasthan

Barmer

Sirohi

Tonk

Rajsamand

Jaipur

Chittorgarh

Dungarpur

Banswara

Jalore

Partapgarh

Pali

Madhya Pradesh

Sagar

Khargone

Bhopal

The enabling functions (People Function, Knowledge Resource Centre, Finance, Information and Communication Technology, and Infrastructure Management Function) are located in Bangalore.

 

  • Anish Madhavan
    State Head, Madhya Pradesh

    While my own individual contribution may only have a limited direct impact, the understanding that it is contributing to a larger organizational strategy that has more than a good chance of impacting education in our country in a positive and long-lasting manner gives me satisfaction.

  • Archana Jha
    Raigarh District Institute

    I feel a sense of belonging to the Foundation as it has nurtured my potential. The organizational culture is inclusive while acknowledging individual differences, does not hesitate to accept new practices or processes and above all does not compromise on human values.

  • Geetika Bhandari
    Barmer District Institute

    As part of the assessment team, I have the opportunity to interact with teachers and students from different districts across India. It has helped in shaping my perspectives on education and deepened my understanding of issues faced by teachers. This in turn has only strengthened my belief in the Foundation’s vision and my resolve to continue to work in this field.

  • Paresh Kumar Pandya
    Leader, Rajsamand District Institute

    I like the work culture of the Foundation where you have the freedom to explore within a large well-defined scope. It is a great opportunity to work with people from different domains. Here I have an opportunity to work and grow as interacting with the teachers and leading our team requires me to be constantly updated on the field of education.

  • Madhav Krishna
    Leader, Almora District Institute

    Born and brought up in the hills of Uttarakhand, I always wanted to work here and to have the opportunity to be working for such a cause here, is almost like a dream. What has been a constant motivator for me over the past 5-6 years in the Foundation is the feeling of being able to do something new every day, the value given to ideas and the space available for dialogue. Individuals and their thoughts are greatly valued here, which is one of the most beautiful things about this organization.

  • Shubha HK
    Manager- Education for the Children of Migrant Labour (ECML)

    I am faced with challenges every day and at the same time I have a lot of freedom, opportunity and timely guidance to address them. I have plenty of opportunities to explore, to express, to experiment, to learn, to know, to enjoy. Every day brings a new lesson about working with children and parents of the migrant community at large. I continue to learn through this experience.

  • Harish Shah
    Head, Infrastructure Management Function

    While various aspects of my job are more or less similar to the corporate world, there is immense peace and satisfaction that I am able to use my experience and skills to indirectly contribute to a better education for children.

  • Sowmya N
    Mandya District Institute

    What I appreciate most about the organisation is that every employee is required to spend 25% of his/her time in self capacity building to contribute in a more effective manner in the field. There is an opportunity for everyone to learn and grow.

  • Ashish Tripathi
    Leader, Uttarkashi District Institute

    What I like most about my work is that we are working towards a grand vision. In our work we ‘put the purpose first’ and hence we work as a team overcoming many of our differences. Each day I come across teachers who despite so many challenges are doing their best to improve the public education system. These people give me energy and hope to do more and better.