Rajasthan to get school from Azim Premji Foundation

The Azim Premji Foundation, a not-for-profit entity promoted by Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, will work to improve elementary education at the grassroots level across the country. The foundation, which is funded by Premji in his personal capacity, plans to set up at least one school in every district to provide quality education at a reasonable price. This is the first time that the foundation plans to become directly involved in primary education, while it continues to help strengthen the education system in partnership with state governments. "The plan is either to set up schools and manage them or explore the possibility of managing government-owned schools. We hope the first set of schools will be operational from the next academic year," Dileep Ranjekar, co-CEO of the Azim Premji Foundation said.
To start with, the foundation will establish demonstration schools wherever it launches its "district learning and development centres". It immediately plans to launch such centres in districts of Chhattisgarh, Karnataka , Puducherry, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, before going pan-India. These schools will offer classes starting from kindergarten to Class 12. The curriculum will either follow the education board of the respective states or CBSE.