Azim Premji University held its sixth convocation ceremony on August 25, 2018, with 340 students receiving their degrees.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.Established in 2010 by the Azim Premji Foundation, the University was founded with an explicit social purpose; to develop competent and committed professionals for the social sector, who can significantly contribute to a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society . In July 2018, the University started offering its integrated dual degree program, B.Sc.B.Ed with Life Sciences and Physical Sciences options. The Continuing Education programs in Education and Development domains, expanded to the North East States, Telangana and Karnataka covering Government functionaries and practitioners from other organizations. The Research program saw significant progress through our dedicated research centres for ‘Urban Ecological Sustainability’ and ‘Sustainable Employment’. Over 30 new research projects have been initiated this year.Speaking on the occasion Anurag Behar, Vice Chancellor, Azim Premji University said “We congratulate our students on their graduation, and reiterate our commitment to developing competent and committed professionals for the social sector. We continue to expand our offerings with the launch of the innovative B.Sc. B.Ed. program that draws in our deep and extensive experience in the field of school education across the country.”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.
About Azim Premji University
Azim Premji University was established as a not-for-profit, private university under the Azim Premji University Act 2010. The University has a clear social purpose of working towards a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society. Azim Premji University plays a critical role in developing new talent, building capacity in existing functionaries and creating domain knowledge in the fields of education and in development. The Azim Premji Foundation is the sponsor of the University. The roots of Azim Premji University lie in the learning and experience of a decade of work in elementary education by Azim Premji Foundation. The University is one of the Foundation’s key responses to the challenges confronting the education and development sectors in India.