We aim to build one of the finest Indian universities in the world, founded on the principles of liberal learning.
Ashoka University is named for Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty who ruled from around 269 BCE until his death in 232 BCE. He proposed a series of edicts to reform Indian society across the subcontinent which called for a well-rounded education in order to create a just and human society that was also exceptionally tolerant.
The University’s founders and academic leaders are guided by these edicts, and have established an academic curriculum that provides intellectually curious students with a well-rounded liberal education comparable to the celebrated Ivy League institutions, at a mere fraction of the cost. With its strong emphasis on foundational knowledge, hands-on experience with real-world challenges, and thorough academic research, an Ashoka education will prepare students to be ethical leaders in a diverse world, as Emperor Ashoka had envisioned over two millenniums ago.
The Ashoka University campus is a vibrant intellectual hub located across 25 acres in the Rajiv Gandhi Education City. It can be conveniently accessed by the Delhi Metro or by car. Built in a contemporary style, its thoughtful architecture, designed by renowned firm Perkins Eastman, provides our students with state-of-the-art facilities and proximity to the national capital.
The Ashoka initiative is supported by more than 100 of India’s most eminent industry leaders who have contributed generously to build the istitution.
Academic programmes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level have been developed by renowned scholars, who have adapted the best practices around the world to the Indian context. These scholars have formed an independent Academic Council that makes decisions regarding matters of pedagogy, academics and research. The Academic Council is chaired by Chancellor Andre Beteille, National Research Professor who is also Professor Emeritus, Delhi School of Economics, and by Vice Chancellor and Eminent Historian Rudrangshu Mukherjee.
Programmes at Ashoka meet international standards and are delivered in collaboration with world-class univeristieis such as the University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, King’s College, London, Carleton College and Sciences Po, Paris. The University is also in final stages of entering into partnerships with University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, and the University of Oxford.
Partner institutions also support with development of the curriculum, and provide opportunities for student and faculty exchange.
Current Status On March 4, 2014, the Haryana Legislative Assembly passed the Haryana Private Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2014, and Ashoka University was notified as a university with full powers to award Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees and diplomas.
Ashoka is recognized as a Haryana private university, listed on the University Grants Commission (UGC) website. Programmes offered at the University are fully compliant with UGC guidelines.
The fourth batch of the Young India Fellowship, Ashoka’s postgraduate programme, and the founding undergraduate class are currently underway.
Admissions for the fifth batch of YIF has opened (click here for more information). Round 2 of admissions for the undergraduate batch commencing in 2015 are underway, the deadline set to April 30, 2015.
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