About Ashoka University

Ashoka’s unique post-graduate Young India Fellowship (YIF), now in its sixth year, has rapidly become one of the most sought after programmes in India. An unprecedented example of collective public philanthropy in India, it is a pioneer in its focus on the Liberal Arts. It offers its students a multidisciplinary liberal education, which is usually defined as one that transcends the boundaries between the arts and sciences, and carries a strong emphasis on learning across subjects. Such an education provides depth and breadth of learning, both by exposing students to diverse disciplines and by emphasising scholarship and research. Ashoka University offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the humanities, social sciences and fundamental natural sciences. The aim is to help students become well-rounded individuals who are able to think critically about issues from multiple perspectives, communicate effectively and go on to become ethical self-aware leaders with a commitment to public service.

The University’s focus is on attracting the brightest students, putting them under the guidance of the most inspirational faculty, and developing a global reputation for innovative research. Faculty and students come from across the country, and the world, and Ashoka is committed to maintaining the highest intellectual and academic standards. Care is also taken to ensure that affordability does not become a deterrent for deserving and meritorious students. Ashoka University offers support to those who meet its demanding academic standards – over two-thirds of the current students are pursuing their education supported by scholarships and other forms of financial aid.

The University is helped in its endeavours by some of the top-rated institutions in the world. Ashoka’s academic partners include University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; University of California, Berkeley; University of Michigan; Sciences Po, Paris; Carleton College; King’s College, London and Trinity College, Dublin. These partnerships extend to the development of faculty exchanges, summer abroad programmes for students and research projects.

Ashoka’s unique post-graduate Young India Fellowship (YIF), now in its fifth year, has rapidly become one of the most sought after programmes in India. YIF alumni are making their mark in some of the top organisations across the public, private and social sectors. They can be found at leading firms such as BCG, The Gates Foundation, McKinsey and Co., Microsoft, TIME Magazine, and the World Bank. In India, acclaimed organisations like Genpact, Avendus Capital, Cipla, Goonj, STAR TV and Teach for India count Ashoka alumni among their ranks. Many have gone on to premier global research universities like Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford and Yale and been awarded well-known international scholarships such as theChevening, Commonwealth, Fulbright and Rhodes scholarships.

(Ashoka is located on a 25-acre campus in Rajiv Gandhi Education City in the NCR near New Delhi, India.)


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