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 Philanthropy 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 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 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


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Udham Singh Nagar



Tehri Garhwal

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Madhya Pradesh




Dhar & Damoh

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


  • Tanmoy Samanta
    Associate Batch 2017

    Azim Premji Foundation motivates you to immerse yourself from your own experience to appreciate a continuous and experiential learning process. Since the beginning of my professional journey, I have been given challenging opportunities to work with teachers and develop understanding of education, school and society. Azim Premji Foundation work culture has also influenced my personal growth immensely and encouraged me to look deeper in every aspect of education to contribute constructively for its betterment.

  • Antara Panda
    Associate Batch 2018

    The Associate program has proved to be the best platform for me as an employee. The full one year journey has been a journey of learning. This program has played a very important part in development of my personal life as well, in addition to my career. Being a student of Science, developing my skills in basics of Language and Mathematics has been very interesting. The democratic setup of learning and performance has been a new experience for me.

  • Pritam Gupta
    Associate Batch 2015

    The foundation is not just a career option, it is one of the fewest organization which allows you to grow not only as a professional but also as an individual. The journey has been amazing, and I take pride to be associated with such a profession and able to contribute for such noble cause.  

  • Praveen Uniyal
    Associate Batch 2016

    Foundation gives ample opportunities to explore Education, primarily the public education system and its teachers, being utterly integral to the system. This happens through field experiences, internal capacity enhancement workshops and formal or informal discussions. The values, vision and work culture enable a conducive environment of learning to grow and evolve with optimism towards change while being critically reflective and thus contributing to teacher professional development.

  • Kalpana Bisht 
    Associate Batch 2018

    The year in the foundation has been a fertile ground to test what we have read and learnt as theory in our classrooms. It gives ample opportunities to explore, think and reflect on not only education but each and every aspect that we see in the society.

  • Alok Singh
    Associate Batch 2016

    The journey of the Associate program gave me a good exposure to the kind of efforts being made in different contexts for improving the quality of education in our country.