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Ashoka University Introduction


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Ashoka University is a philanthropic initiative founded by eminent scholars and visionaries of our time. We offer a liberal education at par with the best in the world. Taking our inspiration as much from Emperor Ashoka's commitment to knowledge and peace to the Ivy League's emphasis on rigour and breadth, we offer multidisciplinary courses of thought and socially-conscious modes of study. Ashoka is a place where the most inspiring teachers and brightest learners come together in a uniquely holistic model of higher education.

We will nurture, not only the best students in the world, but the best students for the world.

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Ashoka University Introduction

  1. 1. Beyond Assembly Line Education
  2. 2. Liberal Education is an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings. Association of American Colleges & Universities
  3. 3. Sanjeev Bikhchandani St. Stephen’s, IIM Ahmedabad Founder, Ashish Dhawan Yale , Harvard Senior MD, ChrysCapital Founder, CSF Jerry Rao Loyola, IIM Ahmedabad , UChicago Founder, Mphasis, VBHC Atul Nishar Mumbai University Founder Aptech & Hexaware Siddharth Yog DU, Harvard Co-Founder, Xander Group Rakesh Jaggi IIT Delhi President, Schlumberger Vineet Gupta IIT Delhi, MD, Jamboree Education Pramath Sinha IIT Kanpur, UPenn Founding Dean, ISB Arjun Bhagat IIT Delhi, UCLA Chairman & CEO, Calibrated Group Puneet Dalmia IIT Delhi, IIM Bangalore MD, Dalmia Cements Founders & Philanthropists Ashish Gupta IIT Delhi, CMU COO, Evalueserve Pranav Gupta University of Kansas Chairman, MD, Parabolic Drugs
  4. 4. Some of our fulltime faculty Madhavi Menon Professor, English Ph.D. Tufts University Ratul Lahkar Asst. Professor , Economics (August 2014) Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison Gilles Verniers Asst. Professor , Political Science Ph.D. Sciences Po Kranti Saran Asst. Professor , Philosophy Ph.D. Harvard University Jonathan Gil Harris Professor Ph.D. University of Sussex Malvika Maheshwari Asst. Professor , Political Science Ph.D. Sciences Po Maya Saran Asst. Professor, Mathematics Ph.D. University of Illinois Orlanda Ruthven Asst. Professor , Anthropology Ph.D. University of Oxford Aparna Vaidik Associate Professor , History Ph.D. Jawaharlal Nehru University Sudheendra Hangal Associate Professor of Practice, Computer Science Ph.D. Stanford University Bhaskar Datta Professor, Economics Ph.D. Delhi University Mandakini Dubey Assistant Professor, English Ph.D. Duke University Rudrangshu Mukherjee Historian; Author; Opinions Editor, The Telegraph, Kolkata; D.Phil. Oxford University Aruni Kashyap Assistant Professor of English and Critical Thinking M.F.A. Minnesota State University, Mankato
  5. 5. 104 Combinations of Study Interdisciplinary Majors Computer Science & Entrepreneurial Leadership Economics & Finance English and Journalism History & International Relations Politics, Philosophy & Economics Politics & Society Pure Majors & Minors Computer Science Economics English History Mathematics Philosophy Political Science Psychology Sociology & Anthropology Interdisciplinary Minors Entrepreneurial Leadership Environmental Science Visual & Performing Arts
  6. 6. Great Books Foundations of Economics Trends in World History Literature & the World Social and Political Formations Mind & Behaviour Mathematics & Logic Principles of Science Critical Thinking Seminars Introduction to Critical Thinking Indian Civilisations Foundation Requirements
  7. 7. Academic Collaborations
  8. 8. Student Life • The Compduction Club: Music production • Ashoka Sustainability Centre: Self-sustaining waste management and reduction programme • PAWSitive: Animal rights ;“Therapy Fluffies” • Checkmate: Chess club • The Poeticians: Philosophy, politics and poetry • No Instruments Allowed: Acapella group • Poker Club • FBI: Finance, Business and Investments Club • Community Service Club • Law’gically Correct: Legal Awareness Club
  9. 9. Beyond Academics Navtej Johar Visual and Performing Arts (Bharatnatyam) Priyank Narayan IIM-A, Asian Institute of Management Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Studies Dr. Anunaya Chaubey Ph.D. at the University of Patna Deputy Dean, YIF; Art and Painting Appreciation Dr. Rajat Chauhan MBBS, M.Sc. Sports Exercise Medicine University of Nottingham, UK Director, Centre for Sports and Fitness Justin McCarthy Visual and Performing Arts (Bharatnatyam & Western Classical Music)
  10. 10. Guest Lectures: Exposure through experiential learning • His Holiness, The Dalai Lama • Madeleine Albright (Former US Secretary of State) • Gurcharan Das (Author; former CEO of Procter and Gamble India) • Namita Gokhale (Founder, Jaipur Literature Fest) • Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi (Author; Former Governor of West Bengal & Bihar) • Kiran Seth (SPIC MACAY) • Esther Duflo and Abhijeet Banerjee (Authors, Poor Economics; Founders, J-PAL) • Amit Chandra (MD, Bain Capital India) • Tiger Tyagarajan (CEO, Genpact)
  11. 11. Sports & Fitness Current facilities: • Grounds for track and field with a cricket pitch • Football field and Lawn Tennis courts • Outdoor courts for Basketball, Volleyball and Badminton • Running and cycling tracks along the perimeter of the campus • Gymnasium, Chess, Carrom, Table Tennis and Kickboxing Planned by 2015: • Swimming pool; Multipurpose courts for basketball and badminton; Two double squash courts
  12. 12. Admissions Process: Beyond Cutoffs Academic Excellence & Intellectual Vitality • Class IX, X,XI • Class XII /half year /predicted scores • SAT/ACT/PSA scores Non-academic & Personal Context • Extra-curricular achievements • Letters of recommendations • Personal context Overall Profile • In-person interview • Unconditional offers issued if SAT scores are submitted as part of the application. • Internal benchmarks will be at par with the standards adopted by the leading universities of the world
  13. 13. Round Start date End date Decision notification Acceptance deadline I 10 Nov 14 17 Jan 15 14 Mar 15 25 Apr 15 II 18 Jan 15 30 Apr 15 12 Jun 15 04 Jul 15 II 01 May 15 15 Jun 15 17 Jul 15 01 Aug 15 Applications
  14. 14. Application tips 15 • Apply as early as possible to increase the chances of admission • The portal will not accept applications that are incomplete. Students applying through the downloadable form should ensure that all the mandatory fields have been filled • Incomplete applications will not be processed • If applying for financial aid, information should be duly filled and submitted with the form • Essays in the application form should be written only by the student • Plagiarism qualifies as ground for rejecting an application • Letter of recommendation should be from someone who has had a close interaction with the student, within or outside the class room. We discourage getting recommendations from family members and relatives
  15. 15. Fees and Scholarships Inclusive model: No student is denied the chance to an Ashoka education for financial reasons 88 students (out of 133) are on scholarship, ranging from 20% to 100%. 1/6th the cost of a similar program in the US Component Annual fee ( ₹) Tuition 4,90,000 Hostel 1,10,000
  16. 16. Undergraduate Class Profile • Students admitted from 38 cities & 5 countries • SAT range of 1830 - 2310 • Students selected Ashoka over Carnegie-Mellon University, London School of Economics, Hong Kong University, St. Stephen’s, LSR, BITS, IITs • Disbursed over ₹10.93 crores of scholarships for four years
  17. 17. Academic Affiliations CBSE ISC IB Cambridge State Board AP/High School Diploma NIOS
  18. 18. Student Backgrounds Commerce 11% Humanities 20% Multidiscipline 27% Sciences 42%
  19. 19. Your peers: • Published authors • City and country academic toppers • Winners of international Olympiads and robotics challenges • Entrepreneurs who have built successful ventures • National-level sportspersons • Artists, musicians, Mridangam players, Odisi and Kathak dancers
  20. 20. Schools Represented in the Founding Batch The Doon School, Dehradun The Shri Ram School, Moulsari & Aravali, Delhi NCR DPS RK Puram, Delhi Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore Sanskriti School, Delhi Oaktree International School, Kolkata Calcutta International School, Kolkata Rishi Valley School, Madanapalle St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai Bombay Scottish School, Mahim, Mumbai Mahindra United World College, Pune Woodstock School, Mussoorie
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