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Azim Premji University, Bangalore, Karnataka


Azim Premji University, Bangalore, Karnataka
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134 Doddakannelli,
Next to Wipro Corporate Office, Sarjapur Road
Bangalore (District Bangalore)
Karnataka, India
Pin Code : 560035

Azim Premji University, Bangalore Karnataka is a University recognised by UGC. Azim Premji University, Bangalore Karnataka is managed by Society: Ajim Premji Foundation.
Azim Premji University is situated in Bangalore of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Bangalore comes under Bengaluru (Bangalore) Tehsil, Bangalore District.

Fax # of Azim Premji University, Bangalore Karnataka is 91 - 80 - 66144903.

Contact Person(s) of the Azim Premji University, Bangalore Karnataka is (are): KS Viswanathan.

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Website of Azim Premji University, Bangalore Karnataka is www.azimpremjifoundation.org.

Contact Details of Azim Premji University, Bangalore Karnataka are : Telephone: +91-80-66144900-01-02

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Karnataka Cabinet approves Azim Premji university
Bangalore, June 18 The State Cabinet has accorded in-principle approval to the Azim Premji Foundation to set up the first private university in the State.

The university will be set up under an act of the Karnataka legislature. Addressing newspersons after a Cabinet meeting held here on Thursday, Mr Aravind Limbavali, Minister for Higher Education, and Mr Suresh Kumar, Minister for Urban Development and Law, said that a Bill will be placed before the coming session of the legislature for approval. Mr Limbavali and Mr Suresh Kumar said the promoters of the university have to deposit a sum of Rs 25 crore to the Government as guarantee money. The University will be self-financed, with no financial grant or assistance from the State Government.

Implying that reservations could apply to this university, a note issued during the meeting said that while it would be open to all classes, castes and gender, the Government of Karnataka can make special provisions. The Board of Governors will have two Secretaries holding the charge of the education departments, while the rest will be from outside the Government.

The board will appoint auditors, lay down policies, review decisions of the university, approve the budget and decide, if necessary, on the winding up of the university. The Government reserves the right to intervene in the event of mismanagement, mal-administration and indiscipline, the note, explaining some of the clauses in the proposed Bill, said.

The Governor of the State will be a visitor of the university. He can seek any information and clarifications and confer degrees and the minister for higher education will be pro-visitor (pro-chancellor). The Wipro Chairman, Mr Azim Premji, who has been extending support to the Government in improving educational facilities in several districts of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region over the past decade, had approached the Chief Minister, Mr B.S.Yeddyurappa, and Mr Limbavali to set up a private university.

The expected cost is Rs 200 crore, with a focus on educationists and teaching professionals attached to Wipro. There are several deemed universities in Karnataka, which impart medical and technical education.

Azim Premji Foundation gets nod for Pvt University
BANGALORE: Karnataka s first ever private university would be established by the Azim Premji Education Foundation, the state government announced on Thursday.

A bill to facilitate setting up of the university would be introduced in the coming legislature session, Urban Development Minister S Suresh Kumar told reporters after the state cabinet meeting. The Foundation, which is already working in the field of education in the state, would contribute the statutory endowment fund of Rs 25 crore.

The self-financing university would undertake teaching, training and R & D in fields like elementary and secondary education,education management and education policy. The University would have right to open branches elesewhere in the country, but Karnataka would remain its headquarters, Kumar and Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali said.

After Premji, Chairman of software major Wipro, approached the state with the proposal a few months ago, the BJP government in its 2009-10 budget had promised to encourage setting up of private universities in the state.

The Azim Premji foundation is currently involved in imparting computer literacy in schools.

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The Azim Premji University, a pioneering initiative in India
The Azim Premji Foundation (APF) is planning to set up the Azim Premji University (APU) a private self-financing university in Karnataka that would undertake teaching, training and R & D in fields like elementary and secondary education,education management and education policy. The APF will provide the statutory endowment fund of Rs. 25 crores. The University, while based in Karnataka will open branches elesewhere in the country. The Azim Premji University Bill is to be introduced in the Karnataka Assembly in the upcoming session, says the The Economic Times.

The Board of Governors will have two Secretaries holding the charge of the education departments, while the rest will be from outside the Government. The board will appoint auditors, lay down policies, review decisions of the university, approve the budget and decide, if necessary, on the winding up of the university. The Government reserves the right to intervene in the event of mismanagement, mal-administration and indiscipline, the note, explaining some of the clauses in the proposed Bill, said. The Governor of the State will be a visitor of the university. He can seek any information and clarifications and confer degrees and the minister for higher education will be pro-visitor (pro-chancellor). Business Standard interviewed Dileep Ranjekar, the CEO of the APF, who throws more light on their plans for the APU.

Where do you plan to have the varsity
If Karnataka finally passes the Bill, and empowers us to start the private university, then the location will be Bangalore.

What was the inspiration behind this concept
The biggest issue that has actually promoted us to think about the varsity is why is that there is no university that is focussed on elementary education in the country . We observed that we don t have people with professional backgrounds in this country to address issues pertaining to the education sector. Hence, this university will be very similar to the national law school which was launched primarily to create professional lawyers in the country. The university will engage itself in educating professionals who, in turn, will be required for building the capabilities of teachers and managers as educators. Besides, we intend to train people who will make policy decisions based on their knowledge about education.

What courses you plan to offer
Other than creating trained educational professionals, we plan to offer a post-graduate (MA) programme in education initially. We will also launch several short-term courses which will actually be targeted at in-service development needs of education managers, teacher educators and teachers. The second important activity is research, because research is lacking in education in India. The university will focus sharply on research on several issues to understand how things works; what causes better learning; how do we develop better people and what makes an effective teacher. There are hundreds of such issues. It will also have some experimental labs as part of the university. We also intend to collaborate with a number of states across the country to help them through education resource centres.

Since it will be a self-financing university, will students bear the cost
Essentially it will be borne by the students. But where the students can t afford, we will have a scholarship programme.

How much funding have you received from Azim Premji for the Foundation so far
We have earmarked close to Rs 650 crore so far, and this has been entirely funded by Azim Premji. We work with the government and we leverage the funds which we spend. The leverage is very important because the state has really the strength. Because anybody else spending money on the education is going to be very minuscule. The Foundation works with the government which is responsible for schooling. We work with close to about 20,000 schools across the country.

Will the UGC recognise the courses being offered by the university
The university that comes into existence through a state legislation, will automatically be a recognised university. We don t have to approach the UGC for this.

The Azim Premji Foundation website lists K.S. Viswanathan as the person in charge of the APU project. Viswanathan had outlined APF s thoughts on improving education in India and its current activities in an interview last January.

VP: What exactly is the Azim Premji foundation doing now in the school scene in Karnataka
K.S.V: The Azim Premji foundation is focused on Rural Government Schools in the states. We work along with the State Governments in executing some of their priorities. Karnataka has over 45,000 Elementary Schools and 8,000 Education functionaries. However, the learning levels in these schools are very low.

The key objective of the Azim Premji Foundation is to significantly contribute to the Universalisation of Elementary Education in India that facilitates a just, equitable and humane society. After 7 years of operations driving this goal, the foundation has now identified Teacher, Education functionaries as well as Examination reforms as the three pillars as the major programs to pursue.

Teachers tend to teach what gets tested. Teachers are the key transformational agents in the class rooms. Education Functionaries play an important role on how a teacher is actually engaged in a class room. What is needed is a common shared Vision amongst the various stake holders in the Education System in the country. With these goals, the Azim Premji Foundation has been working with the State Government on various initiatives that will supplement their efforts in improving the quality of education in the state.

Our programs in the Karnataka Government is built around Examination reforms, Class room teaching learning process, Teacher training and preparation and Academic support for schools.

We started with Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) in North East Karnataka (the most backward economically and academically) in 2001. This was followed with the Learning Guarantee Program ( LGP) where we ran programs to assess the learning s in the class measured in terms of Competencies acquired in Maths, Language and Science in Class 2 and Class 4. Based on our findings, the Karnataka Government set up a special Organization, Karnataka State Quality Assessment Organization ( KSQAO). KSQAO is now running the LGP program across the state to assess the competency acquired in the Elementary Schools in the state. Currently, we are implementing Child Friendly School initiatives in 330 schools in Surpur block of Yadgir district in NE Karnataka to assess the impact of Community participation in School management, Teacher support system as well as LGP. We are also running a Management Development Program for 8000 Education functionaries in the state.

VP: What does the Foundation do in other states
K.S.V: We have extended the concept of Learning Guarantee Program in the few districts in the states of MP, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttaranchal. We are also developing Child centric, self paced, interactive learning system using educational software in 18 languages including 4 tribal languages, to facilitate the unleashing of creativity in children.

In addition, in the states of Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Pondicherry, we are working with the Governments to assess the impact of Technology led initiatives in Class room learning along with, as well as providing Academic and Pedagogic support to Schools . Our programs cover 13 States, 16000 schools and 2.5 Mn children.

VP: India currently has about 35 Million children "out of school" and about 157 Million children in the school. How are you trying to bring a balance between quantity and quality

K.S.V: We have a unique challenge here. We need more schools to cover larger number of children in the country and at the same time, the quality of education in terms of school infrastructure, class room process as well as Teacher support system. Post the launch of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Universalisation of Elementary Education) program, there has been an improvement in the access to the school for the children in the rural areas. Today, close to 90 % of the children have an access to an elementary school within a distance of 3 Kms from their homes. However, in the process the quality of education has taken a beating. Other programs like Mid day meals, free text books etc have further enhanced the gross enrolment ratio in the schools to around 90%. This is good and welcome news with respect to quantity.

However, quality of education has emerged as the biggest concern in the elementary school system in the country. We have around 200 mn children in the age group of 6-14; out of who only 52% of them reach Class 8 and only 31% reach class 10.Even amongst these children, only 1/3rd of the children are able to read and write their names in their native language.

One of the main reasons for the higher drop out rate as well as low learning in the elementary schools, is the quality of class room process, Curriculum design and Teacher support system in addition to other socio economic factors. The good news is there is an increased awareness on these issues and there is a good focus from all concerned including NGO s like Azim Premji Foundation, Ministry of Education in the Central and in the state government to address these issues . It is a slow but a definite process towards improving the quality of education in the elementary schools.

VP: So what, according to you, are the key needs of elementary education today
K.S.V: Elementary Education today requires a good Academic Support System, more accountability to all stake holders including the Community for learning outcomes as well as a common shared strategic perspective amongst all stake holders in the system. Making the Teacher s job more exciting, more important as well bringing more recognition to the teachers and the Education functionaries can change the way we look at the Elementary education system in the country.

We need more Action research in the challenges of the Elementary Education. There is also a need to revamp the teacher Education system in the country focused on Elementary schools.
The APF s strategy of addressing the challenge of universalisation of elemenatary education by improving the quality of teachers and the quality of the classroom learning process is an excellent one. Their idea of walking the talk and investing to set up an university focussed on teaching and education management is a welcome step. What is more, the APF s strategy of working closely with the Government, indeed partnering with them, to leverage their strengths and complement them with the APF s own strengths is very well conceived. As Dileep Ranjekar points out, the challenge of educating all our children is a challenge of scale. No private player can match the scale of the Government s efforts. The Government has a crucial role to play. Ranjekar s choice of the word "leverage" is apt in this context. The APF s efforts (backed by its Rs. 650 crore investment - no mean sum in itself, albeit just a drop compared to the Government spending on education) can provide a multiplier effect to the Government s own investments and lead to huge improvements in teaching and learning in Government schools. By working closely with the Government (the Policy Planning Unit in the Dept. of Education in Karnataka is staffed by Government officials as well as staff from the Azim Premji Foundation) and offering the Government substantial control over the running of the proposed APU, the APF is also pre-empting the possibility of any standoffs with future Governments, run by other administrations.

The APF s initiatives in area of Education Management are described on their web site. One aspect of Education Management that doesn t find a mention in their list, but deserves attention is the economics of running schools. The challenge will be to keep fees as low as possible and affordable to the masses, yet find the ways and means to delivery a high quality education in a self-sustaining manner year on year. I hope the APF is working on this too.

The APU is likely to be the first of many more such universities likely to be set up in the coming years. Just as Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata provided the seed investment to set up the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore (still knowns as Tata Institute to Bangloreans) a 100 years ago, I can see a time not before long when we will have more such universities spawned by India s successful and farsighted business leaders. Imagine an Infosys University, a Mittal University, a Mahindra University, a Tata University, a Birla University ,a Reliance University, a HCL University, a TVS University, a Bharti University, a Bajaj University, an ITC University, an ICICI University, a HDFC University, and many more dotting the country over the next decade. Just the thought of the impact they could have, with each of them specialising in different areas, sends a frisson of excitement down the spine. It took almost 13 years, from 1896 when Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata wrote to Lord Reay about the creation of a national university, to 1909 when the Government of India issued the vesting order for the institute, for the Indian Institute of Science to see the light of day. Azim Premji has shown that it will take much less time today from idea to reality.

Finally, nod to Azim Premji University
Bangalore: After a long wait Wipro Chairman Azim Premji finally got the nod from the state government on Wednesday to establish a Private University in Karnataka. When established, it will be the first of its kind in the state.

The long-drawn attempt to establish the first private university in the state has been finally met with the promulgation of an ordinance to establish the Azim Premji University� promoted by Wipro Chairman Azim Premji� on Wednesday, informed the Azim Premji Foundation (APF) sources.

The Azim Premji University Ordinance 2009, received the assent of Governor H R Bhardwaj earlier this week, said the sources. It will be a unitary university established in Bangalore, focusing chiefly on development of school education.

The University will focus on providing high quality training for government school teachers, capacity building among government education administrators, and developing resource centers.

It will also offer degree and diploma in subjects such as education management, education policy, elementary education, teacher education, and technology education, said the sources.

Earlier, Azim Premji Foundation APF) had indicated an unwillingness to wait until the next legislative session in December for the government's nod to the project. Subsequently, the state government decided to take the ordinance route to establish the university.

The Ordinance has been modeled on the Himachal Pradesh Private Universities Act that provides the government extensive control over the university. APF, in contrast, had pressed for the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) University Act adopted by Uttarakhand - a less intrusive Act.

Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, who has been extending support to the Government in improving educational facilities in several districts of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region over the past decade, had approached Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa, and Minister for Higher Education Limbavali to set up a private university.

The expected cost of the university is Rs 200 crore, with a focus on educationists and teaching professionals attached to Wipro. There are several deemed universities in Karnataka, which impart medical and technical education.

Azim Premji Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, operational since 2001, with a vision to - 'Significantly contribute to achieve quality universal education that facilitates a just, equitable and humane society'.

The Foundation works in the area of elementary education to pilot and develop 'proofs of concept' that have a potential for systemic change in India's 1.3 million government-run schools. The Foundation focuses on working in rural areas where the majority of these schools exist. The choice to work with elementary education (Class I to VIII) in rural government-run schools follows from evidence of educational attainment in India, a summary of which is presented below.

A brief summary of India's education status, after 60 years of independence:
* Literacy 65.38% (Male 75.85%, Female 54.16%) - average world literacy 80%
* Children reaching grade V - 59.8 %(2000/01)
* Gross Enrolment Ratio girls (Class 6-8) 56%
* Human Development Index ranking 126/177 (2006)
* Only 31% of children complete education upto 10th standard and 42% complete upto 8th standard
* One out of three (67 lacs out of 1.92 crore) children in class 5 is unable to read and write
* Only about 10% primary schools have majority of children learning as per expectations
* More than 75% schools have unplanned multigrade teaching
* Public examinations of all kind focus on rote learning - with practically no focus on application, analysis, critical thinking and creativity
* 20 percentage point adverse ratios of literacy and drop outs for girls & socio-economically disadvantaged children

Our guiding principles:
* Focus on 'quality of education in rural government elementary schools'
* Contribute to systemic change and not merely create islands of excellence
* Partner with Government(s) in quality initiatives
* Implement - not just fund projects
* Significantly invest in people resources and continuously build capability within the organization to work on quality initiatives

Currently we have a team of 200 professionals associated with us, in addition to several hundred paid volunteers in the field.

Azim Premji Foundation To Set Up Private University In Karnataka. The Azim Premji Foundation (APF) of Wipro chairman Azim Premji will soon be able to set up a private university in Karnataka, the state's first, with the cabinet approving a bill to facilitate it, Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar said on Thursday.

"The bill will be introduced in the monsoon session of the legislative assembly next month to facilitate the university. The foundation will provide the statutory endowment fund of Rs.250 million (Rs.25 crore)," Kumar told reporters here.

Unlike regular universities, the APF university will train professional teachers and non-teaching staff in education and skill development for imparting quality teaching to students from primary to high school. "The self-financed university will undertake teaching, training and research and development (R&D) in elementary and secondary education, education management and education policy," Kumar said.

Though the foundation is yet to approach the government for the university's location, Kumar said it could be established in any region in the state and open branches in other parts of the country.

"The proposed private university can be headquartered in any city/town across the state, with right to set up branches in other states," Kumar noted. According to an official of the state higher education department, the estimated investment would be about Rs.2 billion (Rs.200 crore), including the endowment fund of Rs.250 million. The varsity can also impart training through distance learning or through correspondence course.

"The proposal was put up for cabinet approval after Premji made a presentation to the state government recently on the need for and benefits of such a university in building faculty pool and human capital to improve the quality of education and expand capacity," the official said. Premji and his foundation officials were not accessible to comment or share details on the proposed university.

Another state official said Premji had also expressed interest in setting up a dedicated engineering college at Karwar in Uttara Kannada, about 550 km from here, for grooming talent in different fields of engineering and absorbing them in his $5-billion global software major.

The not-for-profit foundation was set up in 2001 in India's tech hub by Wipro czar with a vision to significantly contribute to achieve quality universal education that facilitates a just, equitable and humane society.


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Azim Premji University announces admissions

Bangalore: The Azim Premji University, on Thursday, announced that it will soon set in process admissions to Masters Programmes for 2012-2014 in Education, Development and Teacher Education.The University has invited applications from working professionals, teachers and fresh graduates.

The Written test will be held at 28 centres across India on February 26, 2012 to examine proficiency in English, analytical ability, general and social awareness and knowledge of relevant subjects.The last date for receiving completed applications is February 10, 2012, it said in a release.
Aspirants can apply online at www.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in or send a request letter with name, address, and contact number in a self-addressed envelope

Azim Premji University to hold International Conference on Law, Governance and Development

Bangalore: Azim Premji University is organizing an International Conference on Law, Governance and Development on May 18-19, 2012 at TERI, 4 Main, Domlur II Stage, Bangalore. The theme for the conference is ‘Indian Legal System Reform: Empirical Baselines and Normative Frameworks’. The Law, Governance and Development Initiative (LGDI) of Azim Premji University seeks to investigate and reconfigure the understanding of governance problems in India and relocate legal system reform as a central element of governance reform in India. The conference aims to create a forum for academic enquiry and debate on law and its relationship to governance and development, and explores empirical and theoretical questions of reform of the Indian legal system using a multi-disciplinary approach.

This Conference will be organized around a set of original research contributions, made available to all the participants prior to the Conference. The Conference will encourage informed debate on the central issues of legal system reform in India, organized around various panel themes such as Legal System Reform, Civil Justice Reforms, Criminal Justice Reforms, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Reforming the Appellate Courts, Institutions for Legal System Reform etc.

This initiative will serve as a forum at which to present the work of the Initiative in the past year, engage with an international network of law and development scholars, introduce them to APU and it’s research and open up avenues for further collaborations.

This Initiative by APU has already undertaken four large scale research projects: one, an in-depth study of the functioning of the Karnataka Lokayukta in the past 15 years and the lessons from the findings on any future model of a centralized Lokpal, secondly an outcomes based study of the effect of caste based sub-categorisation on diversity in public employment in Karnataka, undertaken through a comprehensive analysis of all Group A and Group B recruitments by the KPSC in the last 15 years, thirdly a study of the functioning of the Bangalore Mediation Centre in an effort to study mediation as an effective alternative to and a solution for the problems of litigation and fourthly, a study of pendency and vacancy data of all three tiers of courts for the past 20 years in order to reconfigure the debate on judicial delays and take it beyond a simplistic pendency-vacancy co-relation.

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