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