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Academic Vision

Azim Premji University’s academic programmes aim to prepare students to be independent thinkers and autonomous learners who go on to be successful professionals committed values of justice, equity and sustainability in Indian society. This requires the University to provide learning experiences that are responsive both to the lives and concerns of students and to the vision of justice and equity that the University holds dear. All programmes of the University are informed by this vision. The University is closely linked to the work of Azim Premji Foundation’s field institutions in various parts of the country.

The above vision has led the University to develop curricula that give students opportunities to engage with ideas and learning material critically in an environment of collaborative learning and dialogue. The focus is on understanding and also on working out the ethical and practical implications of knowledge developed in the programme. Our faculty adopt teaching styles that emphasize questioning and discussion and constantly encourage students move away from rote learning and uncritical reproduction of material. Assessment methods are flexible and varied enough to respond to diverse learning settings and less dependent on high-stakes examinations.

The University is committed to admitting students from diverse social and economic backgrounds. Educational opportunity and outcomes in India are deeply influenced by structural inequities and constraints of class, caste, gender, region, language and disability. While we do not expect to eliminate the impact of these factors, the need for diversity and inclusion will inform both the development and implementation of our programmes.

The University currently has two post-graduate degree programmes – in Education and Development; and a third, in Public Policy & Governance has just been introduced. The University has launched an undergraduate programme starting 2015.

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    The intellectual storehouse that are the students and the faculty. Something we could tap into any time and come out satisfied and stimulated.

    R. Sridhar Rao
    M.A. in Development I Class of 2014

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    It was in Gudalur, an amazing landscape in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, that I did my two week field immersion. The exposure to the vast share of unseen indigenous knowledge and culture of the Adivasi community in Gudalur was an exciting experience.

    Vijitha Rajan
    M.A. in Education | Class of 2012