Stories of Change | Case Study Challenge

Azim Premji University announces ‘Stories of Change' - Case Study Challenge, on good practices of social change from NGOs, #Government Organizations, Social Enterprises and other organizations directly involved in design and implementation of development interventions. Apply Now at


Sambaiah Gundimeda and V.S. Ashwin [Alumni: 2013-15] AZIM PREMJI UNIVERSITY, BENGALURU, INDIA AND GEORG-AUGUST UNIVERSITY, GÖTTINGEN, GERMANY ABSTRACT Cow protection, a potent tool in the hands of cow vigilantes for atrocities against Muslims and Dalits, has become a heavily politicised issue in contemporary India. Its roots, connecting the themes of caste-Hindu religious sentiment, communalism and... Continue Reading →

Postgraduate Programmes – Inviting Working Professionals

Azim Premji University welcomes applications for our M.A. Development, M.A. Education and M.A. Public Policy & Governance programmes, from candidates with prior work experience (in any sector) who have a serious interest to work towards a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society. APPLY NOW Eligibility: Candidates with a minimum of two years of work experience in any sector after their... Continue Reading →

Science Communicator @ CURIOUSCITY

Looking for a bright young (or not so young) spark to work as a Science Communicator for CURIOUSCITY, an organization that makes science fun for kids. SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR - PROFILE: The person should be able to create science based models / exhibits that will require electrical, mechanical, woodwork etc skills. Should be imaginative, energetic, a... Continue Reading →

Project Officer @ Indo-Global Social Service Society

Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) is looking for a Project Officer who will be responsible for implementing a project funded by European Commission. The project is jointly implemented by IGSSS and OFFER (sister concern of Islamic Relief India). The project officer will be placed at IGSSS office (Lodi Colony, New Delhi). Refer to the JD for... Continue Reading →

It is possible to change gender norms in India!

Economics in action

Like many other people, my first encounter with gender discrimination is in the life of my mother. She grew up in a (small) city, completed schooling and went to the college and got the job of a clerk in the government in the 1950s. However she was forced to resign the job, and move to a village to lead the married life with five children.

My mother had never accepted this twist in her life. That had shown up in her behavior. As her eldest son, I had severe difficulty in adjusting with it, and that might have played an important role in shaping my relationship with her – a rationally concerned, but somewhat an emotionally aloof, son.

I had female cousins who were closer to me while growing up, and I was comfortable in moving with them freely. I was planning to have a long-term relationship with someone beyond…

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The Character of Indian Education? It is Colonial-Brahminical!

Economics in action

Somebody wants me to write a chapter on the overall profile of Indian education in a forthcoming book. That has made me to think about its main character and I am tempted call it `Colonial-Brahminical’. Let me elaborate.

The colonial origins of formal education in India are well known. Its purpose was to create middle and lower-level functionaries in colonial administration who understood English. They were expected to be the `interpreters’ between the colonial rulers and the millions of Indians. Facilitating social change or industrial and economic development was not the objective of this education. That was also a time when Britain was moving away from apprenticeships as part of schooling for the potential industrial workers, and accepting a `liberal’ education which intended to provide the same kind of schooling for a specific number of years to all students. The ideas of such a `liberal’ education had also influenced the…

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The global south is rich in sustainability lessons that students deserve to hear

First published here: A Western bias limits progress, so educators must share how communities in the developing world manage environmental change, argues Harini Nagendra. Women in Odisha, India, where in 2014 the Dongria Kondh forest tribe won a lawsuit to stop a bauxite mine from opening. Credit: Sanjit Das/Panos Pictures In a Bangalore slum, Dhanalakshmi... Continue Reading →

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