Published On: Fri, Apr 1st, 2011

Azim Premji Foundation to support the Gujarat education system

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The Banglore based Azim Premji Foundation has decided to come up with new academic plans for Gujarat. According to officials, the foundation will help the state in developing outstanding professionals in the fields of education and development.

Dileep Ranjekar, Chief Executive Officer, Azim Premji Foundation, said that, “By June 2011 three new courses will be started in various educational institutes of Gujarat – Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Development and Master’s in Teachers’ Education. All the courses are of two years duration.”

The foundation has plans to increase the number of projects in schools and colleges in Gujarat. Dileep Ranjekar further said, “We plan to set up two new schools in each district of Gujarat. District-level centres will also be established for administrative and academic responsibilities. The number of these centres will be decided by 2012.”

The Azim Premji Foundation has also decided to initiate state-level institutes of learning and development in eight states, including Gujarat. Apart from these, regular assessment and accreditation centres will also be established for schools and colleges affiliated to the institute.

A well placed official in the foundation said that, “We will provide scholarships, loans, language support and hostel facilities as required. Every selected candidate will be able to study at the university irrespective of the financial constraints. Special assistance will be provided for working professionals.”

The foundation is already working at 700 schools situated in Sabarkantha and Banaskantha districts. The foundation is linked to more than 750 institutes across the country.

[Source: The Times of India]