Azim Premji transfers 12% of Wipro shares to his trust

The Azim Premji Foundation works in rural India in partnership with state governments to help improve the quality and equity of school education. Its activities are spread across Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry, Rajasthan and Uttarkhand.As part of its strategy, the Foundation has set up the Azim Premji University in Bangalore, state level institutes in three states, district level institutes in seven districts and six demonstration schools during the last two years.

Wipro chairman Azim Premji has transferred 12 percent (295.5 million) of Wipro’s shares, valued at Rs.12,300 crore (Rs.123 billion/$2.3 billion), to an endowment trust headed by him. The transferred shares were held by entities controlled by Premji.

The trust will utilise the endowment to fund various social initiatives of the Azim Premji Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation he set up in 2001, with a view to contributing to a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society in India.

As a result, the trust’s shareholding in the company has increased to 19.93 percent, including 7.93 percent of shares transferred in 2010 when the trust was set up.

Over the next five years, the number of district level institutions will be expanded to 60, state level institutions to eight and the university will have 3,500 students with 350 faculty members across multiple programmes.[Source]

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