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Azim Premji Foundation is a not-for profit organisation that has been working since 2000 with the elementary education system in rural government schools.
Basic Information
The Azim Premji Foundation began by implementing various programs to improve educational quality across the country. By 2010 however, it became clear that working on a “project” mode was inadequate and it takes continuous effort over many decades for any deep-rooted change to happen. This can only be achieved by establishing “institutions” which are embedded in the local context and can collaborate with local government structures. Thus the idea of setting up District Institutes in field locations came into being. 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. 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). In 2014, the Foundation built a third significant thrust to its work by setting up the Azim Premji Philanthropic initiatives (now referred to as the Philanthropy). It is a grants organization which provides financial support through multi-year grants to not-for-profit organisations (NPOs) who work for the most disadvantaged and marginalised people in our society.
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Core Team
Dileep Ranjeker
Chief Executive Officer
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