Four-year Undergraduate programmes at Azim Premji University

An education that nurtures fundamental capabilities along with deep disciplinary knowledge

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Introduction

Azim Premji University started its fully residential Undergraduate (UG) programmes in 2015 with majors in Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities leading to BA, BSc, BA Honours and BSc Honours degrees. Six batches have graduated so far (including the batch of 2022) and our rigorous academic experience has opened doors to multiple opportunities in both higher education and employment for our graduates.

Using our successful experience and learning, we will be offering four-year UG programmes from 2023 onwards, in line with National Education Policy (NEP2020.

The four-year programmes will help us achieve additional curricular goals:

  • First, it will rigorously train students in a Discipline (Major) of their choice in a manner and at a pace that prepares them for employment, stemming from the discipline or further study in it.
  • Second, the programme provides an opportunity for a broad and deep engagement with an Occupational track (through Minors)—a set of courses that will help students potentially obtain employment and which may be interdisciplinary.
  • Third, it will provide every graduate with a firm grounding in foundational skills that are essential for them to engage effectively in work and as members of society (critical reading, advanced writing skills, reasoning and communication skills).
  • Fourth, it will allow for a complete immersion in an educational experience that covers both in-class and out-of-class learning (Field immersion, apprenticeships and Internships).

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While the Undergraduate programme will provide our graduates with the expertise to find higher education/​work opportunities, the residential educational experience at Azim Premji University will also prepare students to become active, self-directed learners and help them become critical and independent thinkers capable of navigating the complex professional, personal and social challenges that lie ahead of us in the twenty-first century.

The four-year Undergraduate programme

Four-year, full-time, residential BA (Honours) and BSc (Honours) degrees. 

The broad curricular structure for the four-year programme will be as below*:

i) Common Curriculum 

ii) Disciplinary Major (with an option to pursue Research)

iii) Occupational Track

‑Interdisciplinary Minor

‑Integrated Vocational Minor (one-semester internship)

iv) Flexible and Supportive Courses

*Subject to all regulatory review and approvals, the four-year BA and B.Sc programme will be offered in 2023

Note : We also offer four-year B.Sc.B.Ed Dual degree programme in Science and Education. 

We aim to provide a four-year bachelor’s degree programme that allows the opportunity to experience the full range of holistic and multidisciplinary education in addition to a focus on the chosen Major and Minors as per the choices of the student.

We also want to provide the learner a flexible curricular structure that will enable creative combinations of disciplines for study, thereby removing currently prevalent rigid boundaries and creating new possibilities for lifelong learning.

A‑COMMON CURRICULUM

The Common Curriculum will introduce students to the study of the themes and areas that emphasise and build critical and analytical abilities, and sensibilities for dialogue, reflection and cooperative learning. The Common Curriculum has three sub-components organised as below:

Foundations: Build capacity for critical thinking, reasoning and communication. 

Understanding India: India’s history, society and possible futures

Creative Expressions: Explore music, visual art, theatre, dance, martial arts, yoga, pottery, sport, and other creative areas.

B‑DISCIPLINARY MAJOR

Will help build deep disciplinary understanding, and at the same time help the student to explore integrative thinking. Students will choose majors of study from a variety of disciplinary subjects on offer.

You can choose majors for your BA Honours degree: 

Economics | English | History | Philosophy | Social Science

You can choose majors for your BSc Honours degree: 

Biology | Mathematics | Physics | Chemistry | Environmental Science and Sustainability

The courses in a Major are divided into required Core Courses and Electives. Core Courses will include introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses specific to the discipline. Elective courses will include courses from the disciplinary major or related disciplines that enhance the understanding of the student.

Research Thesis

Students who are considering higher education pathways can opt to do a semester-long independent research project in their fourth year of study.

The Research project is designed for students to be able to apply their knowledge in a synthesised piece of work. This involves working closely with a faculty member on a specific topic, developing a research question and writing up a thesis. 

C‑OCCUPATIONAL TRACK

Students must be prepared for the world of work at the end of the programme should they choose to enter it. We aim to provide the required skills and competencies for this through the Occupational Track.

The Occupational track of the programme requires students to opt for an Interdisciplinary Minor and is aimed to provide both conceptual understanding and skills and tools that will allow students to contribute through work and further study. The Occupational track has two components.

-Interdisciplinary Minor (Set of Core and Elective courses in the domain of interest) 

-Integrated Vocational Minor (One-semester Internship in organisations)

Students can dovetail their understanding of the interdisciplinary minor with an integrated vocational internship in their fourth year of study. 

(a) Interdisciplinary Minor 

Students have to opt for one of the indicative areas listed below:

  • Education
  • Media and Journalism 
  • Data and Democracy 
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Climate Studies
  • Arts

Note: Courses of interdisciplinary minor includes Perspectives, Skills, Field immersion. 

The selection of interdisciplinary minor area is based on the availability of courses and our evaluation of the student’s interests and academic needs. The list of interdisciplinary minors listed above are indicative and for each cohort this will be announced at the end of the second semester.

(b) Integrated Vocational Minor (Internship)

Students opting for the Vocational minor will complete a rigorous semester-long internship project in organisations — working in the domain allied to the first interdisciplinary minor chosen by the student. (i.e Education, Media and Journalism, etc.). Students opting to join the workforce immediately after graduation will benefit from this pathway of a vocational minor, providing them with both occupational readiness and professional capacities for employment. 

Through the Occupational Track, we aim to help students understand and engage with current Indian and global social, political and cultural and ecological conditions and also build the capacities to readily enter the workforce.

D‑FLEXIBLE COURSES

All students will have a number of courses that they can opt for, enabling them to craft their own educational experience. 

These courses could be selected to enhance and broaden their 

  • Language skills (communicative and otherwise) 
  • Quantitative reasoning capacities/​programming skills
  • Understanding of themes outside their Major subject

Students will also have the option to take additional courses in their Disciplinary major or Interdisciplinary minor that will enable them for their further higher studies or career pathways.

Programme tracks for the four-year UG programme

We offer you the option of choosing one of two tracks of study; Internship or Research. 

Programme componentTrack 1 (Internship)Track 2 (Research)
A‑Common Curriculum
B‑Disciplinary Major
‑Core and Electives 
‑Research Thesis
C‑Occupational Track
‑Interdisciplinary Minor (Courses)
‑Vocational Minor (Internship)
D‑Flexible and Supportive Courses 
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In summary — What we offer

  • Deep disciplinary understanding through theory and practical experiences
  • Critical thinking, analytical capabilities, an understanding of India — its opportunities and challenges through our Common Curriculum
  • Work readiness through our Occupational track component
  • A flexible structure that allows students to explore and follow their interests

Our Philosophy

  • Living in a learning community of faculty and mentors committed to student well-being.
  • We help each student realise their potential and the capacity to pursue their dreams.
  • We encourage you to think about the world we live in and India’s past, present and future.

A world of opportunities

Our programme will open doors to multiple opportunities in both higher education and employment. Whether in business, the social sector or even entrepreneurship, our graduates will benefit from an education that nurtures fundamental capabilities along with deep disciplinary knowledge.