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.

 

  • Tanmoy Samanta
    Associate Batch 2017

    Azim Premji Foundation motivates to immerse from own experience to appreciate continuous and experiential learning process. Since 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 betterment.

  • Sonia Khudanpur
    Associate Batch 2018

    The work at school, with children and teachers, the many observations of classroom teaching, workshop sessions, the occasional interactions with education officials, the many hours of pouring over documents and books, discussions, meetings, and the struggle of living by yourself – the associate programme is a bag of myriad experiences worth carrying along.

  • 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 associate program gave me a good exposure to the kind of efforts being made in different context for improving the quality of education in our country.