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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions 2014-16


University and Programme Information

  1. What are the Programmes offered at Azim Premji University?
  2. Are the Masters Programmes UGC recognised?
  3. Does Azim Premji University offer Distance Learning Programmes?
  4. What is the Medium of Instruction for Programmes at the University?
  5. What is the Masters Programme curriculum?
  6. How are the Masters Programmes offered at Azim Premji University different from other similar Programmes available at Universities across the country?
  7. What is the typical daily class schedule at Azim Premji University?
  8. Is there an Internship to be carried out during the course of the Masters Programmes?
  9. Where are the details available about the Faculty who teach in these Programmes?
  10. Does Azim Premji University have a tie up with other Universities or schools for practical experience?
  11. How does Azim Premji University encourage diversity?
  12. Does Azim Premji University provide student accommodation?

Application Process


Selection Process


Fees and Financial assistance


Career Opportunities and Placement Support

 

University and Programme information


  1. What are the Programmes offered at Azim Premji University?

The University offers full-time, two year postgraduate programmes - Master of Arts in Education and Master of Arts in Development to prepare professionals for fulfilling careers in the social sector. These programmes provide a strong grounding in foundational areas, build a deep understanding of the Indian context and develop capacity in practice, policy and research. Students acquire perspectives, skills and ability to apply their learning on the ground. Students can choose to do a balanced General Programme or can specialise in the following:

M.A. Education – Curriculum & Pedagogy, Early Childhood Education and School Leadership & Management;

M.A. Development – Health & Nutrition, Law & Governance, Livelihoods, Public Policy and Sustainability. 

  1. Are the Masters Programmes UGC recognised?

Azim Premji University is the first not-for-profit, autonomous private University in Karnataka. It has been established under the provisions of the Azim Premji University Act, 2010. The University commenced its Masters Programmes in Education and in Development from July 2011, with an exceptional faculty group and a diverse student body.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recognized the University and has endorsed its degree programmes under Section 22F.

  1. Does Azim Premji University offer Distance Learning Programmes?

At the moment, the programmes offered at the University are 2 year full-time programmes.

The full-time M.A. programmes require rigorous regular study and presence on campus on a daily basis. Classes are scheduled for 4-6 hours daily, with students expected to come prepared to class with prior reading. Also, they are expected to work on various assignments including term papers, response notes, group and individual projects. Classes are focused on stimulating meaningful discussions, with faculty members guiding these.
 
The University will be offering distance learning programmes in Karnataka in the near future.

  1. What is the Medium of Instruction for Programmes at the University?

The Medium of Instruction for the Masters programmes is English.

  1. What is the Masters Programme curriculum?

Please click on the respective links to view the programme curriculum:



  1. How are the programmes offered at Azim Premji University different from other similar programmes available at Universities across the country?

The programmes at Azim Premji University especially the Masters in Education programme is primed by the experience of Azim Premji Foundation in the area of primary education for the last 10 years while working with 8 states and 20,000 schools and about 2.5 million children. Azim Premji Foundation has a fair idea of factors which are adversely affecting the delivery of quality education in this country.
 
  • Programmes offered at the University are challenging and will leverage the exciting blend of theory and practice that the University will provide through integration of academic programmes with Azim Premji Foundation’s rich ecosystem of field organizations and programmes.
  • The programmes in the University are supported by extensive research and close interaction with the field where Azim Premji Foundation is engaged in interventions both in the field of education and development.
  • Learn from an exceptional faculty consisting of leading academicians and field experts in education and development who will set exemplary standards in teaching, research and practice.
  • Students at Azim Premji University will be encouraged to think creatively, act with courage and discover the vital role that they can play in catalyzing social change. They will have a unique opportunity to take advantage of a vibrant, multi-disciplinary learning environment to develop the competencies and knowledge required for successful careers in reputed NGOs, Government and other institutions. 

  1. What is the typical daily class schedule at Azim Premji University?

Classes are scheduled for 4-6 hours daily, with students expected to come prepared to class with prior reading. Also, they are expected to work on various assignments including term papers, response notes, group and individual projects. Classes are focused on stimulating meaningful discussions, with faculty members guiding these. The programmes require sustained and continuous effort from students.

  1. Is there an Internship to be carried out during the course of the Masters Programme?

Engagement with field practice forms an integral part of this programme. This helps students develop a deeper perspective of the practical implications of their educational understanding, gained through the first year of their programme. The multiple opportunities for field engagement, starting from the first semester onwards set the tone for the programme, and also provide exposure to various settings. The field engagements also allow students to introspect on their own role as change leaders within the larger landscape. Field practice runs through the programme – a weekly practicum on a designated day a week and longer engagement with practice from 2-6 weeks.
 
The weekly practicum forms a part of the course curriculum and is carried out in locals schools, NGO’s within Bangalore. The longer field engagements are organized in conjunction with Azim Premji field institutes or with partner organisations. These require travel outside of the city.

  1. Where are the details available about the Faculty who teach Masters Programmes?

In a brief span of three years, the University is home to about 85 faculty members who are a set of exceptional academic professionals, many of whom have chosen to join the University for its social commitment and for the opportunities to contribute towards social change. The diverse faculty group at the University consists of leading academicians and practitioners, distinguished by their emphasis on the integration of research and practice in the classroom. This translates into an enriching blend of theory and practice that informs the curriculum, learning process, field work and institutional design at all levels.
 
The students also benefit hugely from access to the wealth of experience of Azim Premji Foundation’s Field Institutes and their practice related expertise. Our attempt to integrate theory, practice and research is perhaps unique among institutions of higher learning in the country.
 
Detailed faculty profiles are available at http://azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/people

 

  1. Does Azim Premji University have a tie up with other Universities or Schools for practical experience?

Azim Premji University is an integral part of Azim Premji Foundation. Azim Premji Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that has been working for more than a decade now towards making deep, large scale and institutionalised impact on the quality and equity of education in India, along with related development areas.
 
The Foundation has State Institutes in the capitals of select Indian states and several District Institutes within these states, each having dedicated teams that work at the grass root level, closely engaging with the government education system. The range of work they do spans capacity building of teachers, head teachers and other functionaries at the district level and state level. It also involves work on curriculum, assessment, educational leadership and management, policy issues and advocacy at the state level. These institutes are located at Karnataka (Bangalore, Yadgir, Mandya and Gulbarga), Rajasthan (Jaipur, Sirohi, Tonk, Barmer and Rajsamand), Uttarakhand (Dehradun, Uttarkashi, Udham Singh Nagar and Almora), Bihar (Patna), Chhattisgarh (Raipur and Dhamtari), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal) and Puducherry.
 
At many of the District Institutes, schools have been established for the specific purpose of demonstration. These schools provide quality free education to the local community, at costs and constraints similar to that of rural government schools.
 
Students do their internships at the Azim Premji Foundation Field Institutes or at other partner institutions.

 

  1. How does Azim Premji University encourage diversity?

The student body at Azim Premji University is very diverse with students from 25 states, 46% from small towns / rural areas, 50% women and 50% with work experience.
 
As a part of its commitment to equity and justice, the University is acutely aware of the role played by accumulated historical socio – economic advantages and disadvantages in structuring individuals’ opportunities, goals, and achievements. There is strong evidence that social background and origins are connected with poor representation in institutions of higher education. The admission process of the University attempts to address these inequalities via a system of awarding applicants a “disadvantage score”, in addition, to the score secured by them in the entrance test.
 
The University recognizes the disadvantages caused by socially created inequalities like a student’s gender, their family’s caste, religion, occupation, income, education and so on. Points are assigned to various aspects of the socio-economic background of every applicant, which will be added up, to arrive at an overall socio-economic “disadvantage score”. The information on socio-economic backgrounds, caste, religion etc., is sought in the application form, only for purposes of estimating the score and compensating for social disadvantage.
 
Azim Premji University has an explicit commitment towards supporting disadvantaged students and provides extensive financial assistance for deserving students to pursue studies. Different types of financial assistance are given, based on various factors like low family income, requirement for living assistance and support for dependents in the case of students who leave employment to pursue studies. The following types of financial assistance are available: Scholarships, Loans and additional support for working professionals.
 
25% of seats are reserved for Karnataka domiciled students and are offered to candidates who have met all the selection criteria.

  1. Does Azim Premji University provide student accommodation?

Student accommodation will be provided on a need basis to those who request for the same. The accommodation will be in leased premises, reasonably close to the University and will be provided on a sharing basis with three to four students in a room. The Accommodation and dining fees include expenses for food and daily transport to the University. These accommodations may undergo a change through the course of the programme as deemed fit by the University administration.


Application process

 

  1. What is the eligibility criteria for the Programmes offered?

Candidates who have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with pass percentage from a recognised University are eligible to apply for the programmes. Candidates with work experience are actively encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate students who are appearing for their final examinations and are expecting their results by July 2014 are also eligible to apply. The offer of provisional admission to Azim Premji University is valid only on successful graduation.
 
Students of all ages are welcome to apply to our programmes, provided other eligibility criteria are satisfied.

  1. What is the eligibility criteria to be a Karnataka Domicile?

Click here to know the eligibility criteria to be a Karnataka Domicile:



  1. What is a Bonafide certificate? Is there a suggested format for the same?


Bonafide certificate is to be provided by those currently in the final year of their graduation and who do not have a Bachelor’s degree certificate (OR) Final year marks sheet (OR) Provisional degree certificate. Template is shared below:

TEMPLATE FOR BONAFIDE CERTIFICATE

 

(To be taken on College / University / Institution letterhead)

Date :_____________

Admissions Coordinator,
Azim Premji University,
Bangalore.

This is to certify that Mr. / Ms. _______________________is a bonafide student of this college and is pursuing his / her final year degree in __________________. He / She has successfully completed and passed all the papers of the first and second year and has no backlog or paper left unattended in his / her first and second year examinations which will not be completed by July 2014.

 

Signature of the Principal / Authorized signatory          College / University / Institution stamp



  1. What is the application process for the Masters Programmes?

Online: Candidates can access and fill in the application form and complete the application process online at www.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/apply-now
 
Offline: Candidates can download the application form and fee payment challan from the University website. The details on the form can be hand written and sent to Admissions Cell along with the fee paid challan and copy of degree certificate.
 
Candidates can also write to the Admissions Cell, Azim Premji University, PES Institute of Technology Campus, Pixel Park, B Block, Electronics City, Hosur Road (Beside NICE Road), Bangalore, 560100, requesting for application form. Candidates are requested to enclose a self-addressed A4 sized thick envelope, affixed with a postage stamp of Rs.50. The envelope should be accompanied with a request letter having name, address and contact number of the candidate. The application form, application fee payment challan and information brochure will be mailed to the candidate.
 
Last date for receipt of filled in application form is Feb 7, 2014.

  1. What is the application Fee? What are the modes of payment?

An application fee of Rs.250 to be remitted in favour of Azim Premji University – Fees a/c. either through bank challan or internet banking. The fee remains same whether the candidate applies for one or both the programme.

Bank Union Bank of India State Bank of India
Bank challan

A/c. No: 554301010050039
Branch Code: 555436
(No bank charges apply)

A/c. No: 31645699196
Branch Code: 14125
(Bank charges of Rs. 25/- will be extra)

Internet banking

A/c no:554301010050039
IFSC Code: UBIN0555436
MICR Code: 560026027
(2.25% banking charges)

Not available

Candidates who apply offline can also pay the Application fee by credit or debit card. 2.25% transaction charges apply.
  1. What are the necessary documents to be submitted with the application form?

All candidates need to submit the following enclosures with their application forms. In case of online submissions, these can be scanned and uploaded online:

Documents required for M.A. in Education and M.A. in Development Programmes

  • A recent passport size colour photograph
  • Original Application fee payment challan (Azim Premji University copy)
  • Copy of the Bachelor’s degree certificate or final year mark sheet.
  • Bonafide certificate to be provided by those currently in the final year who do not have either of the above certificates (refer website for template).

19. How can the Admissions Cell at Azim Premji University be contacted?

Admissions cell contact:
Telephone

Toll Free Line - 1800 266 2001.
Please note that the Toll Free line will be available from
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except for Public holidays).

Address Admissions Cell, Azim Premji University, Pixel Park, B Block, PES Institute of Technology Campus, Electronic City, Hosur Road (Beside NICE Road), Bangalore 560100. India.
Fax + 91 80 6614 5145
Email

admissions@apu.edu.in

Website http://www.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in
Facebook www.facebook.com/azimpremjiuniversity
You Tube www.youtube.com/AzimPremjiUniversity

 


Selection process

 

  1. What is the selection process for Masters Programmes?


The selection process to the programmes will have a written test and a personal interview

  • Test: Eligible candidates will be required to take a National Entrance Test on  
    February 16, 2014 (Sunday). 
     
    To enable easy access for students, the test is conducted at 34 centres across the country including 3 online centres.
     
  • Personal Interview: Candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the written test will be called for a personal interview in the period  March 10 - 22, 2014. Interviews are conducted across 15 centres.

More details on the admissions process are available at http://www.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/admissions

  1. What type of questions will be asked in the entrance test?


The National Entrance Test will be objective in nature comprising of Multiple Choice Questions testing    reading comprehension, logical ability and general and social awareness. The test will be conducted in Englsih as the medium of instruction of Masters programmes is in English. 

Entrance test papers of last three years – 2011     2012      2013

  1. When and how will the test centre information be available? When will the admit card be received?


On receipt of your application form complete in all respects after verification, an admit card will be generated in January 2014 that will give you the details of your test centre.

  1. In which centres the entrance test and interview will be conducted?


To enable easy access for students, the test is conducted at 32 centres across the country including 3 online centres.

Candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the written test will be called for a personal interview across 15 centres .

  1. How are the results of the test and interview announced?


The test and interview results will be informed to the candidates via email. The date of announcement of these results will be updated on our website.

  1. What are the important dates related to the Selection process?


Admission Process 2014-16: Timelines


Key dates - Admissions for Masters Programmes 2014-16
    1
Issue of Application forms by post / uploaded online
December 4, 2013 onwards
    2 Last date of issue of forms by post January 31, 2014
    3 Last date for receipt of completed application forms February 7, 2014
    4 National Entrance Test – 2014 February 16, 2014 (Sunday)
    5
Announcement of eligible candidates for personal interview
First week of March, 2014
    6 Personal Interviews March 10-22, 2014
    7 Announcement of selected candidates Third week of April, 2014
    8 Orientation programme begins July 2014
    9 Commencement of Academic session August 4, 2014


Fees and Financial Assistance

 

  1. What is the fee structure for the Masters Programmes? When do the fees need to be paid?

 
Category of Fee
(In Rupees)
Per Semester Per Year
(2 Semesters)
Programme
(4 Semesters)
Tuition 26,500 53,000 1,06,000
Accommodation and Dining * 36,000 72,000 1,44,000
TOTAL 62,500 1,25,000 2,50,000

* Applicable only for students opting to stay at the student accommodation provided by the University.

This fee is common for both programmes offered and is payable at the beginning of each semester.

Fee Payment Schedule

Semester I Fee

  • Within 15 days of date of receipt of admission offer, in order to confirm acceptance, an advance tuition fee of Rs. 10,000 is to be paid by all students. This advance fee will be payable in the month of April 2014.
  • By May 2014 – Balance of the first semester tuition fee will be payable. Exact amount depending on the scholarship / loan will be informed to the student. Accommodation fee will be payable by July 31, 2014.

Please note: The advance and balance tuition fee for semester I are non-refundable.

Dates of payment of semester II, III and IV fees are within two weeks of the beginning of eachsemester – details below:

  Semester II Semester III Semester IV
Start of semester  Jan 10, 2015 July 15, 2015  Jan 10, 2016
Fee payment date Jan 25, 2015 July 31, 2015  Jan 25, 2016

 

  1. What is the financial assistance offered by Azim Premji University to take up these programmes?

Azim Premji University has an explicit commitment towards supporting disadvantaged students and provides extensive financial assistance for deserving students to pursue studies. Different types of financial assistance are given, based on various factors like low family income, requirement for living assistance and support for dependents in the case of students who leave employment to pursue studies. The following types of financial assistance are available:

  • Scholarships
  • Educational Loans
  • Additional support for working professionals


Scholarships

Scholarships are provided to cover the University fees (both tuition and accommodation fees).

Candidates with annual family income of less than 5 lakh rupees are eligible to apply for scholarships of upto 50%. A candidate who is awarded a 50% scholarship has to pay only 50% of the fee.

Candidates eligible for such part scholarships can choose to pay the balance fees either through educational loans facilitated by the University or from their personal funds. Illustratively, candidates with a 50% scholarship can avail an educational loan for their balance 50% fee; this means that they do not have to pay any fees from their personal funds during the programme.

For candidates with an annual family income below 2 lakh rupees, enhanced scholarships upto 100% and in addition monthly living support assistance may also be considered, based on exceptional circumstances.

Annual family income for financial assistance includes: (i) if you are single: income of parents (mother and father) / guardian only; (ii) if you are married: income of spouse only. Details of income provided must include income from salary, pension, rent, agriculture, business, investments, commission and any other sources for the financial year 2012-13. While calculating the total annual family income, your income from salary is excluded as you will be joining the programme.

The University reserves the right to award scholarship based on eligibility criteria, scrutiny of documents and background verification via due diligence. All decisions on financial assistance, including scholarship are treated on a case to case basis, and thoroughly evaluated by the University, and it may or may not approve such financial assistance, without assigning any cause. The decision of the University in this matter is final.

Scholarships are available to both recently graduated students and working professionals who meet the eligibility criteria.

Educational Loans

The University will facilitate educational loans for students through tie ups with banks. The educational loan facility is available to all students and they cover partial / full tuition fees and accommodation fees. Typically the loan repayment starts after the course completion and the repayment period is upto five years. Candidates can decide the exact amount of loan they require and are also free to avail of loans from any other bank of their choice.

Scholarships and subsidised loans may be conditional on the students explicit commitment to work in the social sector, and then, the fulfillment of that commitment. 

Additional support for working professionals

The University strongly encourages experienced professionals working in the social sector to apply, as they bring in rich field experience and add significant value to class room discussion. Such students with hands on experience gain a deeper insight that helps them become effective social change agents. The University recognises that some of these working professionals have dependents and additional financial support may be required for this as the student’s own income from salary is lost. In such exceptional cases, a monthly assistantship is provided. A limited number of such assistantships are available and this is in addition to the scholarships and loans. The assistantship amount could range up to Rs.10,000 per month.

The minimum eligibility criteria for assistantship are as follows:

  • Minimum three years of work experience with an organisation. The candidate should be employed as on March 1, 2014.
  • Annual family income (excluding candidate’s income from salary) to be less than 5 lakh rupees.


Candidate performance in the selection process (test and interviews) will also be a factor in deciding these assistantships.

  1. What is the scholarship policy? Under this policy what is the definition of ‘annual family income’? If the University has awarded a 50% scholarship, can a loan be taken for the balance amount?


Scholarships are provided to cover the University fees (both tuition and accommodation fees).Candidates with annual family income of less than 5 lakh rupees are eligible to apply for scholarships of upto 50%. A candidate who is awarded a 50% scholarship has to pay only 50% of the fee. Candidates eligible for such part scholarships can choose to pay the balance fees either through educational loans facilitated by the University or from their personal funds. Illustratively, candidates with a 50% scholarship can avail an educational loan for their balance 50% fee; this means that they do not have to pay any fees from their personal funds during the programme.
 
For candidates with an annual family income below 2 lakh rupees, enhanced scholarships upto 100% and in addition monthly living support assistance may also be considered, based on exceptional circumstances.
 
For financial assistance, annual family income includes: (i) if you are single: income of parents (mother and father) / guardian only; (ii) if you are married: income of spouse only. Details of income provided must include income from salary, pension, rent, agriculture, business, investments, commission and any other sources for the financial year 2012-13. While calculating the total annual family income, your income from salary is excluded as you will be joining the programme.

  1. What is the process for applying for a scholarship at Azim Premji University?


Candidates, whose annual family income (excluding their own income from salary), is below 5 lakh rupees and are interested in availing a scholarship, must fill in details in the application form. The application form has further details on the definition of ‘family’ and components of income that are to be included. Please note that scholarship requests will not be considered, if not indicated in the application form.

  1. When does the application for loan need to be submitted? Will the University be facilitating this process?


As a part of the registration docket that will be sent to students in early June 2014, the loan application form will be included. The students interested in availing loan are expected to fill in the details, get the co-applicant’s signature on the form and provide the supporting documents required. The filled in loan application form along with supporting documents is required to be submitted during registration at Azim Premji University at the time of joining.


Career opportunities & placement support

  1. What are the career opportunities available for students graduating from the University?


India’s focus on inclusive development and improvement in school education requires thousands of people with specialized talent. This is driven by large scale government programmes, increasing civil society efforts, NGO and corporate participation. The campus Placement cell works with several organizations to create fulfilling career opportunities for students. Last year, all our students were placed through campus offers. Azim Premji Foundation also recruits directly for many field based positions. Candidates with at least 2 years experience will be considered for employment at the time of admission and if selected, can join the Foundation on successful programme completion.

Students can look   forward to careers in various professional capacities – as administrators, curriculum designers, policy specialists, programme managers, social entrepreneurs, teacher educators and researchers. Career opportunities are available with NGOs, government and private institutions.

  1. What is ‘Pre-programme employment’ offer’ (PPEO) and how is the offer made?


Candidates with two or more years of work experience will be  interviewed at the time of admission and if found suitable will be offered a ‘Pre-Programme Employment Offer‘ (PPEO), an option to join Azim Premji Foundation as a full time employee, after successful completion of the programme. The PPEO is an assurance for working professionals who leave their jobs to join the programme.

In addition to this, the Foundation also participates in the campus interview process and all other students will have the option of applying to the Foundation as part of the regular placement programme during the final semester.

  1. Is it possible to get a scholarship and / or loan if the candidate gains eligibility under Pre-Programme Employment Offer?


The Pre-programme Employment Offer for working professionals is in addition to the scholarships and loans available for students for pursuing their studies.

Scholarships are available to all students – fresh graduates as well as working professionals who meet the economic eligibility criteria based on family income. Scholarships will pay part of the tuition and living expenses. Students can choose to fund the balance fees either from personal funds or educational loans which will be facilitated by the University. 

The Pre-programme employment offer is seen as an additional support for working professionals over and above all the financial support detailed above and gives them an assurance while leaving their jobs. It is possible to avail Loan + Scholarship + Pre-programme employment if the eligibility criteria for each are met.

  1. How was the placement scenario for the first batch of student (Class of 2011-13)?
 

The first batch of the University graduated in May 2013. Last year all graduating students were placed through campus offers. The social purpose of the University was well reflected in the placement of the first batch of graduates. Details as follows:
 

  • 76% of graduates are working at jobs at the grassroot level across the country based in the field at district level locations.
  • Almost all students are engaged in the not-for-profit sector. Breakup of the sectors that students are working in is as follows: NGO’s 67%, Fellowships 12%, Schools 10%, Corporate Social Responsibility 7% and Government organisations 4%.
  • Typically students are engaged in leading projects / programmes in education and development at the district level.
  • 25% of graduating students were offered two jobs through campus placements.
  • For most graduates without work experience, the salary offered was between Rs.2.40 – 3.60 lakhs per annum.