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Alumni Initiatives

To contribute towards social change, social entrepreneurs capable of innovative thinking are needed to ideate, create and implement path-breaking solutions to social problems. Listed below are some of the Social Enterprises and NGOs established by our Alumni

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  1. Travelling Tripod Films:
  2. Travelling Tripod Films is a documentary video and photo production house working with governments, multilateral organizations, research institutes and nonprofits in telling stories of human interest in the social development sector. In the course of time, they have been fortunate to have associated with individuals and organizations from India and abroad in covering some of the most fascinating stories of challenges, positive interventions and best practices in the development landscape.

    Travelling Tripod Films was founded by Goutham G, (M.A. Development 2011- 13), along with a group of film makers and development practitioners.

    You could know more about their work here :

  3. SIMPLE : Simple, Ingenious,Mindful, Products for Lifestyle and Environment.
  4. SIMPLE is an initiative towards creating an awareness and a consciousness regarding our consumption patterns and our waste creating lifestyle. Through our products and services we wish to start a conversation about our waste stories and the consequences our civilization and planet is facing due to the current cycle of consumption.

    Our vision is to facilitate people to live a healthy , enriching life which is guided by creative,innovative lifestyle changes that reduces the waste going in our landfills.This initiative is our way to contribute towards building a mindful community that lives to create a simple,healthy and sustainable environment free of waste.

    Simple was co-founded by Anushree and Vartika (M.A. Development
    2015-17), Azim Premji University.

    Currently they are coming up with their very own Zero Waste Travel Kits.
    You can always message them or drop them a message on their Instagram page.

    Instagram: zerowastetravel_av

  5. Maati Foundation (From Roots to Wings):
  6. The essence of Maati lies in community building as we seek to create a community where experiences are shared, ideas are emerged, individuals are empowered, partnerships are formed, challenges are tackled and solutions are found. Maati aims to re-define education and thereby facilitating the reformation of schools and the education system at large. The idea is to create a platform for the stakeholders to come together in order to initiate a conversation around school transformation.

    Maati is founded by Shreshtha Jain, Batch of 2017.
    Click here to read more about Maati Foundation.

  7. We- Mana:
  8. We- Mana is a social enterprise that is committed to nutrition, especially the nutrition of the socially and economically marginalised. Uma R. Maheswari, alumnus of Azim Premji University, Batch of 14 is the founder of We-Mana.

    Follow their initiatives here.

  9. North East Educational Trust (NEET):
  10. North East Educational Trust (NEET) is a NGO registered as a public charitable trust in Assam, Guwahati founded by Risha, an alumna of the Azim Premji University (2011-13). NEET works with the vision of creating, “A just, equitable and sustainable society, in which the dignity of labour is respected.” NEET’s mission is “to create educational cultures that nourish autonomous, creative and critical thinkers”. NEET is currently focusing on implementing library programme in government schools to strengthen children’s literature engagement and enhance their critical thinking. It intends to set up a vibrant community library and a community outreach programme that would function through a mobile library in a rural area of the Kamrup District to provide access to children of that particular area to the library experience. Through it, oral folklore and narratives from the community would be documented in the form of short stories.

    Read more about Risha’s work here.

  11. Library for All (LfA)
  12. The idea of Library for All (LfA) was born in the mind of two ex-students of Azim Premji University who hail from Manipur. The initiative endeavors to provide enriched learning environment to all children by improving existing libraries and setting up new libraries in government elementary schools and thus contributing towards the transformation of the school education system in Manipur. LfA also aims to enrich and supplement conventional curriculum in hilly regions where the variety and quality of teaching-learning resources are inadequate. It will try to ensure that all children have access to quality books and resources appropriate to their age and leaning level for a joyful and quality learning. The initiative further aims to enable all children to read, comprehend and present themselves effectively.

    Read about Yasin’s Journey here.
    Take a look at Kharingyo’s Journey here.

  13. Gubbachi Learning Community:
  14. Gubbachi are the community of learners who have come together to bridge migrant out of school children back into the public education system. A program which endeavours to make learning meaningful for the child and strives to improve the life chances of the child and potentially, his/her family!

    Five Alumni of Azim Premji University (Batch of 2013) wanted to hit the ground with a mix of Experience, frameworks and passion which resulted in Gubbachi Learning community. The founders are:

    1. Somya Suri
    2. Nomita Sikand
    3. Rizwan Ahmed
    4. Joseph deyone Jacobi
    5. Preethy Rao patel

  15. Mitti Café:
  16. MITTI facilitates the creation of cafes in corporate, healthcare and educational institutions to serve organic multi-cuisine fast food and fresh juices. MITTI Cafes are run by a team of persons with disabilities. By employing such persons, we believe that these persons would act as agents of change by example and thereby promote a system of self-sustenance and wellness through our unique livelihood development initiative. These Cafes are unique as they are designed as platforms for the differently-abled communities to showcase their potential for productive activity and to create awareness for the cause of equal opportunities in employment.

    Alina Alam (Founder) is Alumnus of Azim Premji University (Batch of 2017) aim is to provide tasty, nutritious, non-GMO and chemical- free food.

  17. Vidhya Vidhai:
  18. The purpose of Vidhya Vidhai is to bridge the gap between the resourced and under resourced schools. The drive to work for schools comes from our personal experiences with schooling. Coming from a schooling process which just thought us to rote learn and have no link between what we learn and the life we live, we realized the flaw in the education system. Vidhya Vidhai strongly believe that every individual has the right to quality education and therefore we committed ourselves to work for School Transformation Programme. The vision is “To create an egalitarian society through education” where each child has equal opportunity to access quality education

    Vidhya Vidhai is founded by Ram Prakash and Regila, Batch of 2017, Azim Premji University.

  19. Reach India Foundation:
  20. Reach India foundation is a non-governmental organization committed towards developing critical perspectives on education among the community of teachers, parents, youths, children and towards encouraging holistic education of all members of society. Reach India extends the discourse on education from quantitative to qualitative perspectives.

    Reach India is a collective of educational and development professionals. The foundation is based in Wayanad district of Kerala, which by virtue of its geographical separation, distinctness and difference in demography, faces numerous challenges including those in the provision of quality education for all.

    Janakiraman Durai, Batch of 2015, Azim Premji University anchors the initiative Reach India Foundation at Mananthavady, Wayanad, Kerala. Reach India Foundation was Co-founded by Anita Jose, Muhammed Asrath, Vijitha Rajan, Muneer C, Aboobacker Sidheque.

  21. Green saver and welfare:
  22. Started by our 2014 – 16 batch alumni Suhawan Singh (Development) this NGO provides Development consultancy to Members of Parliament. Currently the organization is assisting Chirag Paswan, M.P. of Jamui (Bihar) and designing and implementing development initiatives at adopted village under Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana

  23. Credence Learning Foundation (CLF):
  24. The organization is established at Kolar by Qaadir Maaz (Batch of 2016), Karnataka to work on life skills development among school students. Currently, the life skills are targeted through two interventions- Early Childhood Education-ECE and Adolescence Education. Both the projects are on a pilot basis. CLF is working with 2 partner schools

  25. Ayang:
  26. After the completion of his fellowship with American India Foundation, Dharamjeet (Batch of 2016) returned to work at Majuli, Assam. He and his friends Bipin & Vatan have formed ‘Ayang’, an organisation to engage with the Mishing community of the river island Majuli.

  27. Rahi Art Crafts:
  28. RCI is a national level platform for handicrafts manufacturers, suppliers and exporters. RCI emerges out with a large collection of beautiful handicrafts made by highly skilled and professional team of artisans. They basically deal in wood craft, metal crafts and other similar kind of products. The aim is to provide a wide array of handicrafts to customer at their door. Rahi is founded by Akbar, Batch of 2016

  29. Sanstuti Foundation:
  30. Sanstuti Foundation is established in Uttar Pradesh to support the Village government schools. The foundation support the government schools in Quality support programme. The Program is based on 3 principals i.e. Student Engagement, Teacher Engagement, Community Connect.

    Sanstuti is founded by Santosh Verma, Batch of 2017

  31. Knappily:
  32. Knappily is a digital magazine app meant for the “knowledge-hungry time starved people” of today. The app, available for free on Play Store and App Store, comes with an interesting framework – 5W1H (What, Why, When, Where, Who, and How). The app uses this framework to not just uncover information about a topic but also provide complete coverage on it. Ranjith kumar (CTO & Co-Founder) Alumni of Azim Premji University (Batch 2016) has a leaning towards social sector and has engaged with various NGOs for addressing developmental challenges.

  33. Dviti Foundation:
  34. After completion of M.A. Education (2013-15), Amita Nizam worked for over two years as a teacher and a teacher trainer with schools in India and the middle east.

    Her interactions and exposure to primary stakeholders-teachers and students as well as an understanding of classroom as an entity, she identified a problem that she desperately wanted to solve. She identified that while there were talks about the agency of the learner and constructivist pedagogies, at the end of their school life learners still struggle to make their own meaning out of the learning imparted in school and steer ahead in life. Conformity was still harming the basis of educational health.

    The result was Dviti Foundation, formed after a year-long research in the domain of social and emotional learning

    Read more about Dviti here

    Follow their work at

  35. RUDRA (Rural Urban Development Research and Action):
  36. When Kena Holkar completed her Engineering in Computer Science she opted to do a postgraduation in Development with a deep desire to contribute in the development Sector

    After working for organisations like Srijan she decided to form an organisation of her own and RUDRA was born.

    After the formation of Rudra, they have been working in Dadha Gram Panchayat, Chatra District, Jharkhand. Nature of work under the ambit of Rural Development is with a dream of creating a model village, a society which has achieved holistic development in all spheres of life. A society which is intrinsically linked with the laws of nature and believes in community effort. Their projects spread over all spheres of human lives i.e. Health, sanitation, livelihood, community institution building, women empowerment and Environment.

    Read Kena’s journey here.

    Follow their work at

Also listed below the important fellowship programs where our students have been selected:

  1. Tata Trust Swach Bharat Fellowship
  2. Chief Minister's Good Governance Fellowship, Haryana
  3. Chief Minister Rural development Fellowship, Maharashtra
  4. American India Fellowship
  5. Teach for India Fellowship
  6. SPARK Fellowship (BAIF)
  7. Swaniti Sparc Fellowship
  8. Vision India Fellowship
  9. Avantha Governance Fellowship
  10. Young India Fellowship
  11. WIPRO Seeding Fellowship
  12. SBI Youth Fellowship
  13. Change makers in Education Fellowship by Delhi Government
  14. India Smart Cities Fellowship Program- Ministry of Urban Affairs

Opportunities in Social sector

The social sector today offers a variety of exciting career opportunities for students with a desire to contribute to the development of the country. The sector includes NGOs, research institutions, organizations working on policy advocacy and implementation, government and corporate social responsibility function of corporates.

These opportunities cut across a very diverse range of roles from “on the ground” interventions, program management, policy related work, teaching / capacity building, technology, legal work etc., each of these requiring specific competencies.

Click here to download the Placement brochure with details of organizations that have participated in the placement process of Azim Premji University. [Page 31-34]

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