Education means more than acquiring knowledge. Knowledge is power. It means that knowledge is more powerful than physical strength and no great work can be done without knowledge and education is the fundamental precondition for political development, democracy and social justice.
Education gives us a knowledge of the world around us and changes it into something better. It develops in us a perspective of looking at life. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life.
Azim Premji University was established as a not-for-profit, private autonomous university under the Azim Premji University Act 2010 of the Karnataka Legislature. The Azim Premji Foundation is the sponsor of the university. Azim Premji is the chancellor of the university and Anurag Behar is the vice chancellor.
This year, marks the graduation of the first batch of Undergraduate students, with B.Sc. / B.A. degrees in Physics, Biology, Economics and Humanities. This comprehensive program with multiple majors and minors, combines fundamental capabilities along with deep disciplinary knowledge. The sixth batch of Masters students graduated with degrees in Education, Development, Public Policy and Governance and Law. The convocation was held on 25th August 2018.
The University is deeply committed to diversity and to offering equal opportunity to students from disadvantaged backgrounds through extensive financial and personal support. It has enrolled over 2200 students from over 25 states since inception and currently has a team of 220 people, comprising faculty, researchers and others.
Today, the Foundation with 1000+ employees has field institutes in 40+ districts across 6 states and 1 union territory (Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Puducherry) reaching more than 3,50,000 schools across the country.
The Foundation has also set up demonstration schools in Yadgir, Sirohi, Tonk, Dhamtari, Uttarkashi and Udham Singh Nagar to provide quality free education to the local community, at costs and constraints similar to that of rural government schools.