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Career Opportunities

The social sector today offers a variety of exciting career opportunities for students with a desire to contribute to the development of the country. Growing public investment, landmark legislations like the Right to Education Act and large government programmes like NREGA, NRLM etc., and the increasing participation of NGOs in the development process - from policy-making to implementation and monitoring, call for talented professionals in large numbers. In addition, social entrepreneurs capable of innovative thinking are needed to ideate, create and implement path-breaking solutions to social problems.

Students at the University can look forward to fulfilling roles in organizations that engage in grassroots work in the field. They can also look forward to roles in academia, policy think tanks, politics, government programmes, multilateral agencies, corporate social responsibility departments of companies, funding organizations and in the media.

Career opportunities in different disciplines

M.A. in Education

Students can look forward to contributing to the education sector working with NGOs, in government and private school systems, and in teacher education in various professional capacities as administrators, curriculum designers, social entrepreneurs, policy specialists and researchers. Students may also work with the Government on education specific projects.

M.A. in Development

Students can look forward to career opportunities in several government, private and non-government organizations, academia, policy think tanks, politics, corporate social responsibility departments of businesses, funding organizations and media in the fields of livelihoods and economic development, ecology, and environment.

M.A. in Public Policy & Governance

Students can look forward to career opportunities in government, private and non-government organizations, academia, policy think tanks, political organizations, law firms and media in the fields of public policy, law and governance.

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  • Living aspiration, friendship and love through music make life at Azim Premji University beautiful. Here I found freedom in belonging

    Ritu Gopal
    M.A. in Development I Class of 2014


  • If only life itself was amazing as it is at Azim Premji University. Or perhaps henceforth we could make it.

    Lavanya Murali
    M.A. in Education I Class of 2014


  • 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


  • 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