At Ashoka, students are encouraged to initiate and lead their own clubs and societies. With the support and counsel of the Office of Student Life, students are able to find their interests represented in existing clubs and societies, as well as create new ones. Here is a quick glimpse of the existing clubs and societies:
Neev, Community Service Club
Neev brings students together to work on environmentally, socially and economically sustainable programmes for community engagement through a variety of projects. These projects work in spheres such as education, livelihood support, women’s rights, agriculture, heritage conservation and other relevant issues. The club also works on long-term projects with a strong emphasis on impact evaluation. This helps members to understand, build relationships and connect with their immediate surroundings.
Kirdaar: S.T.A.G.E for Ashoka – The Theatre Society
Kirdaar brings together those who want to express their ideas and emotions, explore themes and engage in dialogue on contemporary issues through the medium of theatre. The society attempts to cover various forms of theatre like street, stage, musical, abstract theatre, etc. At present, Stage theatre and Street theatre fall under its ambit.
The Music Society comprises two clubs that focus on different aspects of music and bring in diversity to this art form on campus.
A Cappella: This club practices a tradition of music that entails singing and performing without instruments, solely using sounds created by the singers’ voices and mouths. The club aspires to not only broaden the range of the genres of music engaged with on campus, but also aims at performances representing the university at various venues.
Compduction: The club aspires to delve into Music Composition and Production, through digital media, DAW software, Signal Processing, Software Synthesisers and Samplers, MIDI, Virtual Instruments, Mixing and Mastering. In essence, it seeks to learn and engage in producing a piece of music from scratch. The club aims to provide musicians with the means to record their compositions.
The Edict, Ashoka’s Student Newspaper
The Edict is an initiative by budding journalists on campus and is a forum for students to express and write about events and issues. It is an online newspaper, with students as the on-campus reporters and editors.
The Film Society is an interactive community for students with a deep interest in films and film making. Apart from providing insight into film and television, the society also serves as a forum for unhindered development of filmmaking skills, thus creating a rich culture of film enthusiasts at the university. The aim is also to encourage talented filmmakers, who are capable of producing movies of certain philosophical depth.
The History and Heritage Society
This society aims to generate curiosity about the history, heritage and culture of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, in an attempt to foster sensitivity towards India’s tangible and intangible heritage, and to inculcate a spirit of historical consciousness. The society aspires to release a Heritage and History Calendar in order to acquaint the larger student body with dates of historical prominence. It also contextualises the heritage of Indian festivals through presentations on the day itself. Furthermore, it aims to conduct skill-based workshops on subjects such as the recording of oral history, crafts like Batik, Origami, Puppetry, Ajrak, Phad, Madhubani and Warli art, archiving and much more.
Centre for Sustainability
The Centre aims to create and institutionalise a self-sustaining system of waste reduction and management on the Ashoka University campus by recycling paper, reusing plastic and composting organic matter. It also seeks to promote a culture of sustainability and environmental responsibility on campus through various initiatives like documentary screenings, community outreach programmes, guest lectures, etc. It works towards utilising the waste generated on campus through innovative design. A sub-section of the Centre will be dedicated to working with Pradip Krishen and Vijay Dhasmana on environmental landscaping on campus.
The Gavel Club
The Ashoka University Gavel Club will be a learning-by-doing initiative to develop student leaders who are also great communicators. The Gavel Club is the same as the internationally renowned Toastmasters Club in most ways, except that it is particularly suited to students in schools, colleges and universities. Toastmasters is a 300,000+ member strong network across 126 countries around the world. Members are encouraged to make speeches and engage in discussions on matters of significance in the world around them.
In a certain sense, therefore, this club will largely be inward-looking, while also being keenly aware of the world outside. The club welcomes guests to attend as many meetings as they like before deciding whether they would want to become members.
The Quizzing Club aims to harness the various intellectual interests of Ashoka students and develop quizzing skills in the process. It aspires to foster a healthy culture of quizzing on campus.
A vibrant and active dance club was initiated with the objective of uniting all dance enthusiasts on campus and creating a pool of trained dancers for the university. It aims to create a conducive environment for all to experiment with different dance forms - Indian or Western classical, or fusion. Dancers will train enthusiasts and in the process learn from each other, thus promoting peer-to-peer community learning.
Model United Nations Society
Ashoka’s MUN society aims to train and prepare students to participate in and organise Model United Nations conferences. It also aspires to hold intra-MUN conferences and mock conferences and bring Ashoka to the larger forum of the Model United Nations.
The Debate Society aims to foster a strong culture of debating, argumentation and sophisticated thinking. It aspires to delve into different genres such as Parliamentary Debating, Contextual Debating and the Model United Nations.
NEW AND UPCOMING CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
Ashoka University launched its Art and Cultural society, Dharohar, in February 2015, with a vision to delve into all Indian art forms, ranging from folk to classical. It aims to cover various such art forms – music, dance, oral traditions and craft. The Society aspires to create a culturally aware and sensitive campus. A unique concept, it seeks participation from not only students but also staff and faculty, making it a truly inclusive and vibrant body.
Art Appreciation Association
The AAA aims to develop a culture of art on campus and discover different aspects of the fine arts. It hopes to conduct and organise workshops to motivate the undiscovered and enhance the discovered talent at the university, and to hold exhibitions and auctions to showcase Ashoka’s budding artists. It also plans an art appreciation discussion series with the faculty.
The Art Society aims to conduct weekly activities related to various art and craft practices, developing students' ideas and stimulating artistic talent on campus. A display of the students' work will be organised twice each semester, with an annual exhibition showcasing all the different activity sessions and workshops conducted through the year. The society will also play a key role in creatively designing posters, invites, banners and notifications for events hosted on campus. Activities may also include facilitating lecture demonstrations, organising workshops and guided activity sessions.