Azim Premji, Founder cum Chairman of Wipro, has been selected as recipient of this year’s Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy. This award is considered as one of the prestigious in the field of Philanthropy and is awarded to Premji for his contribution towards India’s Public School System.
Carnegie Corporation said after transforming Wipro into a leading international corporation, Premji turned his attention toward the inequities in Indian society through efforts to improve the country’s public school system. “This extraordinary undertaking is driven by the Azim Premji Foundation’s direct field work, currently serving seven states and over 300,000 schools and with plans to expand,” it said in a statement yesterday.
“The foundation’s university and field institutions work synergistically toward the goal of creating a more equitable and just India,” it said.
Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy was established in 2001 and is awarded once in every two years for tremendous work done towards Philanthropy. 22 Carnegie institutions across U.S. and Europe nominate the medallists. This year a total of 9 Philanthropists were named as recipients of the award.
The honourees of the award also include Mei Hing Chak, founder of the Heung Kong Charitable Foundation in China, Julian Robertson of the Robertson Foundation focuses on high-impact grants in education, the environment, and medical research and American entrepreneur Jeff Skoll who founded the Skoll Foundation.
Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York said “The recipients of the 2017 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy were selected for their distinguished and longstanding contributions to the public good,”