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Azim Premji Foundation to set up university in north India


Foundation plans to set up a university in north and scale up its network of institutions at the district and state levels to improve school system on a continued and sustained basis, a senior foundation said on Thursday.

The philanthropy's field-work has been in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the country to improve the quality and equity of public (government) system. All this work has been in partnership with various state governments.

"The field work is spread across Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry, Telangana, and along with some work in the northeastern states," said the official, a day after announced to give 34 per cent more shares of the company worth Rs 52,750 crore to support philanthropic activities.

With endowment corpus of Rs 1.45 lakh crore, the Foundation in has an overarching vision to contribute to developing a just, equitable, humane, and sustainable society.

To enable this, it works directly in and supports other non-for-profits working in some specific areas through multi-year financial grants which help create tangible improvements in the lives of deeply disadvantaged, under-served and marginalised sections of the society.

"In the past five years, these grants have supported more than 150 organisations engaged in a range of domains. Over the next several years, the activities are expected to scale up significantly," said the

The foundation has also set up in Bengaluru to develop outstanding professionals in and other related areas of human development.

The university offers various kinds of degree programmes, education programmes and conducts research in various fields. It offers post-graduate programmes (MA education, MA development, LLM and MA (Public Policy) and undergraduate programmes (BA, BSc, and B Ed).

"The team driving the field work will go up from the current 1,600 people, while the university will expand to have 5,000 students with 400 faculty members across multiple programmes," said the

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 12:55 IST