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Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship Programme 2019-2020 online applications open

Do you wish to know how to become a government school teacher in rural districts of India? This article provides information about the unique opportunity to become a school teacher in a government school in a rural Block in India by applying for the Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship Programme 2019. Details of the Fellowship stipend, eligibility criteria, application and selection process have been provided.

Azim Premji Foundation, a not-for profit organization, focuses on providing quality education in government schools across India. It also set up the Azim Premji University. Through its fellowship programme, you get an opportunity to be inclusively involved in improving the teaching-learning process in the schools. Applications are now open for the next session commencing in March 2019.

About the Fellowship Programme

The full time one year programme will be at Taluks in seven States, namely Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttarakhand. You will get the first-hand experience in the role of a teacher for the duration of 150 days at a Government school in a specific Taluk of a district. You will be able to develop an understanding of the functioning of a school through interaction with other teachers, the local community and education officials. Your work schedule will be from Monday to Thursday. During the entire fellowship programme, the Foundation's experienced members will be your mentors.

Those selected for the programme will receive Rs. 35,000/- as a monthly stipend. This is inclusive of all benefits and will be paid during the one year programme. You will be allowed to take 15 days leave per year, this being on a pro-rata basis accruing at 1.25 days per month at the end of a month. Additionally, you are expected to be an active participant in the weekly activities of the District Institute which are scheduled on a Sunday.

Upon completion of the programme, you will receive a certificate from Azim Premji Foundation. If you are eager to develop our career in the social sector, you can continue with the Foundation as a teacher educator, assisting the teachers in the schools to improve their teaching methods and working towards helping children to learn better.

Note: Those who wish to leave the Fellowship programme must give at least one month's notice before doing so.

Eligibility requirements

Only those who are really keen on taking up the role of teaching in rural areas should apply. Ideally, you should have about four to ten years of experience in their field. Those with excellent academic and professional track records are welcome to apply and those with an academic background at a premier institute will be considered even if they have less work experience.

Academically, you should have a regular post-graduate degree (such as M.A., M.Sc., MBA, etc) or a professional degree (such as C.A., L.L.B., B.Tech. etc). It is essential to be proficient in English. It is also mandatory to have oral and written skills as well as be able to read any one of the local languages, namely Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.

The maximum age limit acceptable of an applicant is 35 years.

How to apply

Applications will be accepted online at the Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship programme application website.

If you have attempted the test for this programme prior to 2018, you can reapply and those who appeared for the interview process on or before 2017 can also apply.

Once you have submitted the online application, an email intimation will be sent to your with a reference number. If your application is shortlisted, then you will get an email response from the Foundation within 15 working days. In case your application is rejected, then, too, you will receive an email intimation.

Selection of candidates

If you are shortlisted, then you need to appear for an online written test, the venue and time being informed to you via e-mail. On clearing the written test, you will be to required to send a Statement of Purpose (SOP). An evaluation of the SOP will be done and those selected on the basis of the SOP will be called for the interviews. Those selected through the interview will receive an offer of acceptance on or before the third week of January 2019 to join the Fellowship programme. On receipt of your confirmation of acceptance, you will receive a hard copy at the time of joining.

An induction program will be scheduled, details of which will be sent to you within a month of joining the programme. Note that only for the first week of moving to the location of the Taluk, you will be given accommodation. After that week, you must arrange for your own accommodation, for which members of the District Institute will help you out.

Format of written test and personal interview

The online test of 120 minutes consists of both, multiple choice and descriptive questions. It covers varied topics related to socio-economic issues and geographical awareness and includes reading comprehension, descriptive writing and analytical ability. For sample questions refer: http://azimpremjifoundation.org/sites/default/files/Sample%20MCQs.pdf

If you are selected for the personal interview, you will be required to prepare a presentation of about 10 to 15 minutes on a social issue about which you are concerned. It will be followed by a general discussion and shortlisted candidates will then attend a final round of interview.

Contact information

Azim Premji Foundation,
#134 Doddakannelli, next to Wipro Corporate Office,
Sarjapur Road, Bangalore - 560035
Ph: +91-80- 6614 4900/01/02
Website: http://azimpremjifoundation.org/

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