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Translations Initiative

The work of the Translations Initiative is focused towards Azim Premji University’s vision of providing access for quality higher education to a larger number of students belonging to diverse socio-economic backgrounds. University believes that availability of quality materials in Indian languages and in addition having quality higher education programmes in Indian languages will make for richer engagement with concepts and ideas. In alignment with University’s strategy and location the focus is to initiate this for MA Education, MA Development and Undergraduate programme in two languages, namely Hindi and Kannada over the next decade. This we believe will help reach out to a diverse community of students, particularly located in small towns and villages, many of whom are unable to access quality higher education.

What we do
  • Co-ordinate in identification, selection and ensuring the collation of appropriate and good quality materials already available in Hindi and Kannada.
  • Having translated the course materials identified by the Faculty as core for their papers. This effort also extends to the other online or workshop based courses in Hindi or Kannada that the University Resource Centre or the Field teams need and develop with us.
  • Emphasizing on Institutional Model for translations wherein academicians from different discipline are involved in translating and reviewing the course readings.
  • Encouraging original idea articulation, discussions, debates and discourse building in Hindi and Kannada. This could be through seminars, forums, journal and other means. The effort is to encourage more and more people to read, experience, reflect and write
  • Build academic forums of discussion and thinking between faculty and students outside the classroom lecture framework towards comprehension and reflection on that. Develop a group of individuals and institutions with a clear process to undertake academic translations.
  • Developing readers in these languages to help student-teachers, teachers, teacher- educators and educationalists in general.
  • Strengthening Foundation’s and University’s network and develop vibrant relationship with eminent higher education institutions/ organizations.
  • Building a movement to make available quality graduate/ post graduate level text/ readings in Indian languages in different disciplines.
  • Publications in Hindi and Kannada– To enable quality original material in Hindi for educationalists, to become available in a forum for discourse on education related issues in Hindi; enrich educational knowledge emerging from grass root experience; to make quality higher education in Hindi accessible and to provide opportunities for making stronger understanding and obtaining enriched knowledge about the diverse and multi-cultural contexts to strengthen the thinking, ideas and discourses on education.
What we mean by an academic translation
  • Translated materials must appear to have been written in the target language. It should not appear as a translation but yet should be accurate, have integrity towards the original text. The final text should be cohesive, coherent as well as fluent.
  • The syntax and structure of the translation including the Idioms, sentence length, clause and question formation, subject-verb position etc. must align with Hindi / Kannada.
  • While the language should be the spoken language we need a balance between colloquial words and the words used in the academia.
Our Activities
  • Translations of Materials using large dispersed set of academia formed in to discussion and creating groups
  • Seminars and discussion Forums to generate new materials in Hindi and Kannada
  • Development of readers in Hindi and Kannada on relevant subjects organised in thematic areas meant for wider academic reading.
  • Encouraging writing of co-operative academic books in Hindi and Kannada on relevant themes and areas particularly those where there are large gaps


Webinar on ‘Teaching of Languages and Literature in School Education’ was organized in collaboration with Department of Teacher Training and Non-Formal Education (IASE), Faculty of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi .

Webinar Date: October 9 to 11, 2020.

Sessions recording shall be uploaded on Azim Premji University YouTube channel.

Past Seminars:

Subject: ‘Math education: expectations and challenges’ was organized in collaboration with Central Institute of Education, Delhi

Seminar Date: October 11-13, 2019

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Subject: ‘Contours of Teaching Work in the Changing context of School Education’ was organized in collaboration with Ambedkar University, Delhi.

Seminar Date: May 23-25, 2017.

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Subject: ‘Science and Science Education’ was organized in collaboration with Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali in Hindi and Punjabi.

Seminar Date: October 13, 14 and 15, 2018.

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Click here for concept note in Punjabi.

Upcoming Seminars

Azim Premji University has been organizing Seminars in Indian languages on subjects related to school education in collaboration with different Universities across India. In the last two years, two seminars in Kannada have been held in collaboration with various Universities across Karnataka. As a part of the seminar series, we are planning to organize following Seminars in 2020-21, the details of which are as follows:

Seminar 1: Theme: Science and Science Education

Collaboration and Venue: Central University Karnataka, Kalaburagi
Seminar dates: March 25 to 27, 2021
Last date to send in the abstracts: January 15, 2021

Mail Id: [email protected]

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Seminar 2: Theme 1: Mathematics Education: Practices, Expectations and Challenges

Theme 2: Science and Science Education

Collaboration and Venue: Davangere University, Davangere
Seminar dates: April 21 to 23, 2021
Last date to send in the abstracts: Jan 15, 2021

Mail Id (for maths): [email protected]

Mail Id (for science): [email protected]

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Click here for concept note Science

Past Seminars:

Subject: 'Language and Education'


May 9 and 10, 2019 – in collaboration with Gulbarga University and Central University of Karnataka, Kalaburagi.

June 11 and 12, 2019 – in collabration with Karnatak Univesity, Dharwad

July 10 and 11, 2019 – in collaboration with Akkamahadevi Women’s University, Vijayapura.

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First Seminar in Kannada

Subject: ‘Teachers in the present scenario of School Education’ was organized in collaboration with Mysore University, Mysore.

Seminar date: April 16, 17 and 18, 2018

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