Azim Premji University was established in Karnataka by the Azim Premji University Act 2010 as a not-for-profit University. The University was founded as one of the key responses to the constraints and challenges that the Foundation encountered both within and in the environment, and as part of a larger strategy to contribute to the Education and Development sectors in the country.
The University has an explicit social purpose. As an institution, it exists to make significant contributions to education in a manner consistent with social justice, equity, humane values and sustainability within the framework of a secular and democratic Indian polity. The University is part of the Foundation and integral to its vision of ‘Education for Social Change: To contribute to the realisation of a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society’.
The University started by offering two postgraduate programme M.A. Education and M.A. Development in 2011.
In the past 4 years – since the first batch graduated in 2013, more than 700 students have graduated. Most of these alumni are pursuing careers in the social sector. For an institution like ours with a clear social purpose, the creation of an Alumni association will help build a vibrant community who will actively support the University’s journey in various possible ways. The strong ties between alumni and their alma mater are all the more relevant and vital given the University’s vision to contribute to social change.
To establish an alumni network and to ensure sustained interest, it is important to:
- Harness the enthusiasm and willingness of several individuals who are willing to take on the organizational initiative and sustain it.
- Capture the interest of a reasonable nucleus of alumni and current students to participate in the association’s activities.
Keeping in mind the vision of the University, and the preparation of students committed to a career in the social sector, it is important that the alumni stay connected at a deeper level to each other and to the current batches. Given the nature of the relationship we would like to establish, it seems appropriate to get this together in an organic and student led manner.