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Career Opportunities

The Azim Premji University is committed to developing outstanding leaders in Education and Development by fostering a vibrant, multi-disciplinary learning environment.

According to Anurag Behar who is the Vice Chancellor of Azim Premji University, “India is lacking professionals in education and development sector. The purpose of these programmes is to create professionals for these fields. After which the students will be able to join NGOs working in education and development sector or multinational organizations, government working in education and development areas.”

Career opportunities and Placement support


The University provides all students with placement support for careers with NGOs, multilateral agencies, government and industry.

The Foundation itself plans to hire more than 3000 people over the next 5 years. As part of the admission process itself, all students with 2 or more years of work experience will be considered for employment. If selected, they may join the Foundation as full time employees, on successful completion of the programme. All other students will have the option of applying to the Foundation as part of the regular placement programme during the final semester.

The education and development sectors are growing rapidly and require talent. There is a shortage of development & education professionals (teachers, teacher educators, policy experts, specialists, administrators)

Some Examples
  • 5 lakh teachers needed in next 5 years in public schools to fulfill RTE norms
  • Private school education growing at 14% every year
  • Over 50% vacancies in 600 Govt. Teacher Training Institutes
  • 3.3 Million NGOs in India
  • CSR professionals for corporates

The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry is according top priority to providing quality education in the 12th five year plan. To further strengthen RTE implement and improve quality in the 12th plan, the HRD ministry wants funds to have libraries and laboratories in the upper primary level. This will help in improving learning level and scientific temper among children studying in government schools, a planning commission report on 12th plan says.

Pre-programme Employment with the Foundation


Suitable students with work experience of 2 or more years will be considered for pre programme employment offers from the Foundation at the time of admission and may join the Foundation on successful programme completion. The work experience could be in the Development sector, in Education or in the corporate sector.

They should be currently employed or should have been working until April 2013.

For more information read the FAQ’s here


Career Opportunities


M.A. in Development
The Master of Arts in Development (M.A. Development) is designed as a ‘development action’ course with an emphasis on leveraging the body of knowledge around theories in development and alternative action strategies for development outcomes. Some interrelated domains on which we build a sound understanding of development and change include Livelihood, Governance, Health, Sustainable development and Education

Career Opportunities
  • NGO’s that work in multi sectorial establishments
  • Opportunities in a number of government, private and non-government organizations that work in the field of livelihoods and economic development, ecology and environment, governance, health, and education for instance UNICEF are also openings that could attract students.
  • Donor agencies or organizations that work in India
  • In various state and central missions in Government of India and the state
  • UN organizations that work in India
  • In National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM)
  • In colleges that run social and development courses
  • Positions in academia, policy think tanks, politics, corporate social responsibility departments of businesses, funding organizations and the media
We also expect some of our students to become social entrepreneurs.
Click here to read more on the Programme


M.A. Education
The Master of Arts in Education (M.A. Education) is a liberal post-graduate programme which aims to develop education professionals in areas other than teaching and teacher education. The programme is intended to help interested individuals develop into reflective education professionals, with a wide range of capabilities and a conscious alignment towards humanitarian and social concerns.

Another important reason to draw young talent into education is that education currently is a low-status and relatively low paid profession. In addition, there is a false perception that the only way to enter the sector is as a teacher. So, not many young graduates perceive education as a field of first choice. This state of affairs has to change.

The M.A. (Education) programme will address all these concerns and issues in terms of academic capability, practical ability for action, sound social concerns and development of personal strength of character.”
  • NGO’s that work in education like Pratham, Digantar, Eklavya etc
  • International organizations that work in India
  • In schools, both private and government
  • Administrators, curriculum designers, (social) entrepreneurs, policy specialists and researchers
  • Those with a teaching certifications (e.g., B.Ed) can teach Foundation Courses in pre-service teacher education programs in DIETs, teacher education colleges (subject to other UGC/State norms).
Openings could emerge with the Government with Education led projects.
Click here to read more on the Programme