When my senior was a student at Azim Premji University, things were a bit different in terms of environment, pedagogy, and the way things were being taught then.
Some of the things he noticed were as follows.
- The system of evaluation was not divided on the basis of mid-term and end-term performance entirely. It was distributed across various elements like class participation, assignments, case studies, presentations, etc. Topics were mailed to the students on which they were asked to discuss and debate.
- The limits of the students are pushed and they are encouraged to think from different perspectives and come up with different possibilities. Critical thinking and discussions not only help in having an in-depth understanding of the topic but in the development of patience.
- The classes were taken by professors who were experts in their fields and even the students contributed rather than just attending lectures.
- The syllabus of the first year for all development students was the same and students can choose their subject of interest in the second year.
The university addresses the grievances of the students and the hostel facilities are also up to the mark. My senior got a scholarship of 50%. The university provides support by giving loans for the remaining amount.