University and Programme Information
1. What are the Postgraduate Programmes offered at Azim Premji University?
The University offers two-year full-time Postgraduate programmes in M.A.Education, M.A.Development & M.A. Public Policy & Governance and One year LL.M. in Law and Development Programme to prepare professionals for fulfilling careers in the
social sector. These programmes are designed for both recently graduated students and working
2. Are the Postgraduate Programmes UGC recognized?
Azim Premji University was established in Karnataka by the Azim Premji University Act 2010 as a not-for-
profit University and all the Postgraduate programmes run at the University is recognized under Section
2F of the University Grants Commission Act 1956.
3. Does Azim Premji University offer Distance Learning Programmes?
At the moment, the University does not offer any distance learning programmes. The full-time M.A.
programmes require rigorous regular study and presence on campus on a daily basis. The University will
be offering distance learning programmes in Karnataka in the near future.
4. What is the medium of instruction for Programmes at the University?
The medium of instruction for the Postgraduate programmes is English.
5. What is the Postgraduate Programme curriculum?
Please click on the respective links to view the programme curriculum:
6. How are the Postgraduate Programmes offered at Azim Premji University different from other similar
programmes available at Universities across the country?
We have a unique learning experience with the following aspects:-
Curriculum: Foundation courses to build understanding and perspective. More than 100
interdisciplinary/ theme based elective choices and the opportunity to design your own independent
study. Comprehensive assessment pattern that focuses on learning.
Integrated Field Practice: Emphasis on field work, spread across all semesters; weekly practicums,
immersion visits, organizational internships, field research and independent project work opportunities.
Courses in Art and Craft, Music, Cinema, Literature etc. and other learning opportunities through
workshops, seminars, guest lectures and events on campus.
We value student diversity to enrich the learning experience. We have a community of students from
over twenty five states, different educational and socio cultural backgrounds, fresh and experienced
students. We value and encourage this diversity and you will enjoy and learn from this experience.
7. What is the typical daily class schedule at Azim Premji University?
Classes are scheduled for 4-6 hours daily, with students expected to come prepared to class with prior
reading. Classes are focused on stimulating meaningful discussions, with faculty members guiding these.
The assessment system followed is comprehensive and run throughout the semester. Students will be
working on term papers, response notes, group and individual projects, book reviews etc. requiring
sustained and continuous effort. Given these expectations, the University does not encourage students
to pursue other courses or work outside the campus (full or part-time), during their stay, as this will
impact their degree of involvement with the programme.
8. Is there an Internship to be carried out during the course of the Postgraduate Programme?
Yes, there is an internship to be carried out during the Postgraduate Programme that gives students the
opportunity to explore the field, critically view current practice, understand the implementation of
programmes on the ground and contribute to on-going practice or policy issues. The programmes have
field work organized in a variety of formats as below:
- Weekly one day practicum
- Two week mid-semester engagements
- Six to eight weeks long-term engagements between semesters
- Engagement with field practice forms an integral part of the programme. It attempts to help
students develop a deeper understanding of the implications of the theoretical and conceptual
ideas being developed in the programme. Field engagement also allows students to introspect
on their own role as change agents within the larger landscape. There are multiple opportunities
for field engagement in various settings.
9. Does Azim Premji University have a tie up with other Universities or schools for practical experience?
The University strongly believes that student learning is enriched by a variety of learning experiences;
these focus on learning from a variety of sources is organized in multiple ways:
- Close working with the Azim Premji Foundation Field Institutes
- Partnerships with other organizations for fieldwork, student projects
- University colloquium series, national and international seminars
The close working with the Foundation’s District Institutions informs the learning and research
programmes at the University. Critical components include:
- Students are exposed to challenges on the ground, through short term visits (2 weeks) and long-
term project work at the Field Institutes (6-8 weeks).
- Many Field Institute members with significant grassroots experience participate in class lectures
and joint workshops, and execute joint research projects along with faculty and students.
The students and faculty of the University significantly benefit from partnerships with other
organizations, both academic institutions and grassroots organizations. Senior members from these
organizations have been involved with various aspects of the programmes - from course design, field
project mentorships and guest lectures as a part of courses, bringing in deep field perspectives. These
are critical to enable students develop a much wider understanding of the education and development
Several research projects in collaboration with these organizations are underway with both students and
faculty members involved.
10. How does Azim Premji University encourage diversity?
Student diversity is integral to equity in education and learning with a broader perspective. Our students
are from across India, with linguistic, socio-economic and educational diversity. The University is deeply
committed to having a diverse student profile and the admissions process is designed to attract
applicants who show evidence of:
- A deep desire to contribute towards education and development in India
- Demonstrated independence of thought
- Orientation that is geared towards creating a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society
There is strong evidence that social background and origins are connected with poor representation in
institutions of higher education. The University recognizes the disadvantages caused by socially created
inequalities like a student’s gender, their family’s caste, religion, occupation, income, education and so
on. As part of its commitment to equity and justice, the University admission process attempts to
address these inequalities. Points are assigned to various aspects of the socio-economic background of
every applicant, which will be added up, to arrive at an overall socio-economic ‘disadvantage score’ and
this score is added to the score secured by them in the entrance test and interview.
The information on socio-economic background is sought in the application form, only for purposes of
estimating the score and compensating for social disadvantage.
25% of seats are reserved for students domiciled in Karnataka and are offered to candidates who have
met the selection criteria.
11. Does Azim Premji University provide student accommodation?
The University provides hostel facilities only for women at leased premises located 2-3 kms from the
campus. There is No hostel facility available for Men at the moment. However the university will help
students find accommodation closer to the campus. Financial support will be provided for deserving
students for their accommodation and food. These accommodations may undergo a change as deemed
fit by the University administration.
12. What are the various kinds of student support at the University?
Academic Support: Language support, reading and writing classes, course tutorials, dedicated faculty contact hours and workshops covering a range of support needs
Personal Wellbeing: Counselling, Medical facilities / Self-Development programmes
13. What is the eligibility criteria for the Programmes offered? What is the eligibility criteria for foreign nationals to apply Postgraduate Programme at Azim Premji University?
Candidates who have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with pass percentage from a recognized
University are eligible to apply for the programmes. Undergraduate students who are appearing for
their final year examinations and completing their graduation on or before September, 2018 are also
eligible to apply. Students of all ages are welcome to apply, provided other eligibility criteria are
satisfied. Candidates with work experience are actively encouraged to apply. The offer of provisional
admission is valid only on successful completion of graduation.
The eligibility criteria for foreign nationals to apply for Postgraduate Programmes at Azim Premji
University is any degree recognized as equivalent to an Undergraduate degree offered by Universities in
14. What is the eligibility criteria to be a Karnataka Domicile?
Click the link to know the eligibility criteria to be a Karnataka domicile.
15. What is the application process for the Postgraduate Programmes?
Online application forms for the Postgraduate Programmes are available online on the University
website from mid of October, 2017.
Applying online: Applicant has to click on http://azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/apply and register online
with e-mail ID, mobile number and date of birth. On successful registration, an email will be sent to the
registered e-mail ID with login credentials to access the form and complete it online.
Applying offline: Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for offline application form. The details on the form can be hand
written and sent to Admissions Office along with the Demand Draft in favour of "Azim Premji
Foundation for Development" and photographs on or before the last date. The completed application
form should be mailed to:
Azim Premji University,
PES Campus, Pixel Park, B Block,
Electronics City, Hosur Road,
Bengaluru – 560100
On receipt of the application and payment, the application number will be communicated.
16. How many times can I apply for Azim Premji University Postgraduate Programmes ?
A candidate can go through our selection process twice. After two attempts, the candidate will be
disqualified from the selection process. Any exception to this will require approval from the Admissions
committee and the Registrar.
17. What are the modes of paying application fee?
An application form fee of Rs.300/- to be remitted in favour of Azim Premji Foundation for Development either through online or offline modes.
||You can pay your application fee through PayUmoney using Debit
card/Credit card/ Net banking if making an online payment.
||Demand draft to be drawn in favour of "Azim Premji Foundation for Development"
18. How can the Admissions Office at Azim Premji University be contacted?
Admissions Office contact:
19. What is the selection process for Postgraduate Programmes at Azim Premji University?
The selection process for the programmes includes a written test and a personal interview.
- National Entrance Test: Eligible candidates will be required to take a National Entrance Test
on February 10, 2018 (Saturday). To enable easy access for students, the test is conducted at 30
centres across the country.
- Personal Interview: Candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the National
Entrance Test will be called for a personal interview in the period between March, 2018.
20. What are the important dates related to the Admission process?
|Key dates - Admissions for Postgraduate Programmes
|Availability of Online Application Forms
|Last date for receipt of completed application form
||January 26, 2018
|National Entrance Test
||February 10, 2018
|Announcement of eligible candidates for personal interview
||February 27, 2018
|Announcement of selected candidates
||Mid April, 2018
|Commencement of programme
21. Which are the centres where the National Entrance Test will be conducted? How will the test centre information be available?
The National Entrance Test is conducted at 32 centres across India. Details are provided in the below
table. On receipt of your application form complete in all respects after verification, an admit card will
be generated that will give you the details of your test centre.
National Entrance Test Center details
||Mode of Exam
22. What type of questions will be asked in the National Entrance Test?
||No of questions
||English / Reading Comprehension
|General & Social Awareness
||Statement of Purpose
||Essay (500 words)
23. Where to find the question papers of National Entrance Test of prior years?
National Entrance Test question papers of prior years - 2011 2012 2013 2014 and 2015
24. What is the interview process?
Candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the National Entrance Test will be called for a
personal interview. The candidates will go through a personal interview first with the Student
assessment panel. The student assessment panel assess the students on certain parameters like passion
and commitment for social change and development issues, readiness to learn, reflect and develop
The Financial Assistance panel will interview candidates who have applied for financial assistance. All the
financial information will be recorded and all the supporting documents will be collected at the time of
Financial Assistance interview.
25. Which are the centres where the Interview will be conducted? How will the Interview schedule be available?
The interviews are conducted at 16 centres across India. The interview schedule will be available to all
the shortlisted candidates via interview call letter that will be uploaded on the University website.
Details are given in the below table:
Personal Interview centre details
26. How are the results of the test and interview announced?
The test and interview results will be informed to the candidates via email. The date of announcement
of these results will be updated on University website.
Fees and Financial Assistance
27. What is the fee structure for the Masters Programmes? When do the fees need to be paid?
Fee Structure: 2018-20 is as below.
M.A. Education/M.A. Development/ M.A. Public Policy and Governance
|Category (In rupees)
|Accommodation and Food charges*
*Applicable to only those who avail Student accommodation.
28. What are the financial assistance offered by Azim Premji University to take up these programmes?
Azim Premji University has an explicit commitment towards supporting disadvantaged students and
provides financial assistance to deserving students for pursuing higher studies. The following types of
financial assistance are available:
- Education Loans
The Scholarships are provided to cover the University fees, both tuition and accommodation fees.
Candidates with annual family income of less than Rs. 5 lakhs / annum are eligible to apply for
scholarships of upto 50%. A candidate who is awarded a 50% scholarship has to pay only 50% of the
Based on exceptional circumstances, enhanced financial assistance may be considered for candidates
with an annual family income below Rs. 2 lakhs.
Eligibility does not guarantee scholarships. The University reserves the right to award or deny
scholarships and the University’s decision on this will be final and non-negotiable. The University will
conduct its own verification of documents and due diligence. The final award of scholarships is based on
several factors like family Income, number of dependents, background verification, appropriate
documentation proof, etc.
The University will facilitate education loans for students through tie ups with banks. All students (with
or without scholarships) can apply for education loans, for tuition and accommodation fees. The
education loan requires a co-applicant, along with the student and the University only acts as a
facilitator. It is the student’s responsibility to make available all required documents to the bank. Loan
repayment starts after completion of the programme and the repayment period is up to five years.
Candidates, depending on their requirement, can decide the exact amount of loan they need.
29. What is the scholarship policy? What is the process for applying for a scholarship at Azim Premji University?
Scholarships are provided to cover the University fees, both tuition and accommodation fees.
Candidates whose annual family income is below Rs.5 lakhs are eligible to apply for scholarships. Based
on exceptional circumstances, enhanced financial assistance may be considered for candidates with an
annual family income below Rs. 2 lakhs.
Definition of Annual Income:
- Unmarried: Income of any earning member in the family
- Married: Income of spouse only
Details of income provided must include income from salary, pension, rent, agriculture, business,
investments, commission and any other sources.
- Scholarship application: Candidates, whose annual family income is below Rs. 5 lakhs and are interested in availing a scholarship, must fill in details in the application form.
- Financial counselling: The University will conduct financial counselling for scholarship applicants during the interview process, to further understand and assess their needs.
- Candidates applying for financial assistance should furnish the supporting documents required
at the time of interview. Applications from candidates who delay submission / do not provide
required supporting documentation will not be considered. Hence, candidates are advised to
start collecting the documentation required, as soon as they apply for admissions.
- Request for financial support after joining the programme will not be considered.
30. When does the application for loan need to be submitted? Will the University be facilitating this process?
The students interested in availing loan have to come with necessary documents and the co-applicant
on the day of Registration to complete the loan documentation process. The filled in loan application
and the documents will need to be submitted to the bank authorities available on the campus on that
31. What are the kind of roles/ career opportunities students can look forward after successful
completion of Postgraduate Programmes?
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
Students at the University can look forward to fulfilling roles in organisations 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 the media.
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Click the links to read about Career opportunity in the field of Education, Development & Public Policy &Governance.
Career Opportunities & Placement Support
32. How was the placement scenario for previous batches?
Over 1000 students in five batches and have an almost 100 % placement record, right from our first
batch that passed out in 2013. Over 250 organizations have participated in our campus placements so
far. These range from large organizations in the NGO space, small organizations at the grass roots,
research institutions, policy bodies, CSRs, quasi government institutions, schools, for profit social sector
organizations etc. The number of organizations and offers have grown significantly over the last five
years, evidencing that the social sector today needs competent people. 90 % of our students are
working in the social sector, reflective of their social commitment. The average salary for campus
placements is in the range of Rs. 25000 – 30000 per month. Students with prior experience get higher
compensation. A substantial number of students have also chosen to do higher studies and fellowships
of specific interest to them.
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33. Can you name Social Enterprise or NGO’s started by Azim Premji University students?
Azim Premji University have co-founded various Social Enterprises and NGO’s working in the area of
Education for migrant Laborers’ children, New editorial analysis mobile app, Livelihood opportunity for
differently abled people etc.
- Gubbachi Learning Community
- Mitti Café
- Vidhya Vidhai
- Reach India Foundation
- Rahi Crafts of India