Azim Premji University, the first private university of the state, will start functioning from a rented nine-storey building near Electronic City from July.
Azim Premji University, the first private university of the state, will start functioning from a rented nine-storey building near Electronic City from July. The actual campus to be operational in 18 months would come up in a 100- acre land off Sarjapur Road, said sources in the university.
Meanwhile, the varsity has announced the launch of three pos-graduation courses in Education, Development, and Teachers Education. Application forms for all three courses are out, said Nisha AM, an official in the admission cell. “Last date for submitting the application forms is April 4. Students with bachelor’s degree in any disciplines can apply,” Nisha said.
“Interested candidates have to sit for an all India entrance test which will be conducted in 38 centres across the country on April 17. Based on the performance of the written test, students will be selected for a final interview,” she said. The entrance exam will test the applicants’ language and analytical ability, general and social awareness and knowledge in relevant subjects.
The university is planning to admit about 200 students in its first batch.
“We will focus on training the students in pedagogy, education management, curriculum design, textbook design, examination assessment, and general education training,” she said.
The not-for-profit university is a brainchild of Azim Premji, chairperson of Indian IT-bellwether Wipro Limited and is financially backed by the Azim Premji Foundation. The foundation as a part of its educational initiatives has taken up several educational initiatives covering 50 million children and many teachers.
According to Premji, the aim of the varsity is to create a pool of professional teachers to improve the quality of teaching in the country. The university will also provide training to teachers, government functionaries and officers who will teach children in rural and semi-rural parts of the country.
About 28 faculty members have already joined the university. “Many of them had quit their lucrative carriers in the US. We want to provide world class education to the students. We have recruited faculty members with working experience in best of universities and institutes across the world,” said an official.
The university will provide monetary help to students from financially weaker sessions of the society. “Moreover, the students coming from rural areas will be given due assistance to cope with city life. The university will also help students in polishing their communication skills,” the official said.