Our story

We have unusual origins.

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In early 2000, the Azim Premji Foundation set out to work in the field of elementary education in government schools across India. The foundation hoped to impact the quality of education of India at a deep and institutional level in close partnership with the government.

Over the years, the foundation set up district level institutions that worked to improve the capacity of teachers, school leaders, teacher educators and administrators in public education.

A decade of grassroots work generated critical insights into the challenges and opportunities on the ground. The biggest need of the hour was for well-qualified professionals in the social sector.

Our university was set upa in response to this need in 2011. We began with two programmes in education and development, along with courses for working professionals that enhanced the capacity of those who already work in the field.

Over the years, we have nurtured a community of individuals motivated by a commitment to social justice, equity, humane values and sustainability enshrined in the Indian constitution. We believe that higher education can create critical and reflective practitioners with an understanding of the social impact of education and debates on law, development and policy. 

Over the years, the foundation set up district level institutions that worked to improve the capacity of teachers, school leaders, teacher educators and administrators in public education.

A decade of grassroots work generated critical insights into the challenges and opportunities on the ground. The biggest need of the hour was for well-qualified professionals in the social sector.

Our university was set up in response to this need in 2011. We began with two programmes in education and development, along with courses for working professionals that enhanced the capacity of those who already work in the field.

Over the years, we have nurtured a community of individuals motivated by a commitment to social justice, equity, humane values and sustainability enshrined in the Indian constitution. We believe that higher education can create critical and reflective practitioners with an understanding of the social impact of education and debates on law, development and policy. 

Azim Premji University was founded in 2011, born out of the vision to contribute to the realisation of a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society.

  • 11 degrees
  • 1100 alumni in the field
  • 30 short courses for professionals every year
  • 220 faculty
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  • 53% women students
  • 40 % students from rural India
  • 50% students with financial aid

We now have 5 postgraduate degrees in Teacher Education, Education, Development, Public Policy & Governance and an LLM in Law and Development. We offer undergraduate degrees in social science, science, the humanities, and a dual degree in science and teacher education.

We prepare students with competence, integrity and social commitment. Our programmes are rigorous and encourage exemplary quality.

We conduct 30 short courses for professionals every year, in the fields of education, development, policy and governance across the country. We have conducted more than 500 workshops for working professionals – teachers, teacher educators, development professionals and researchers alike.

Over a 1000 or more graduates from our programmes have gone on to create gradual but impactful change in the social sector. Our 220 faculty create and teach challenging and reflective curricula for the classroom, research and field practice. Our Research Centre brings together individuals from across the university in interdisciplinary teams to address questions about India’s futures.

Our students come from diverse social backgrounds and are supported through our efforts to make education accessible.