Anurag Behar has been appointed as the vice-chancellor of Azim Premji University, India’s first private university set up by Wipro. The university that caters to the education and development sectors has been set up under the aegis of the Azim Premji Foundation.
The foundation is a philanthropic venture of business tycoon Azim Premji. It has an outreach of over 22,000 schools and over 2.5 million children in the country. The university has already announced three courses which will begin from July, 2011.
Anurag Behar is currently co-CEO of the Foundation. He also heads the Wipro’s social and ecological sustainability initiatives. He would continue to hold these positions.
Behar has an MBA in marketing and finance from XLRI, Jamshedpur, and has a degree in electrical engineering from REC, Trichy, now NIT Trichy. He was also recognised by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Young Global Leader’.
Azim Premji University will start functioning from a rented campus on the outskirts of Bangalore. The university’s own campus is expected to come up in next 18 months near Sarjapur Road . The university aims to prepare a large number of committed education and development professionals who can significantly contribute to meeting the needs of the country.
It will build new knowledge in the areas of education and development through establishing strong links between theory and practice.
Azim Premji University is established under Government of Karnataka’s Azim Premji University Act, 2010.
[Source: Business Standard]
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