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Programme Overview and Design

 

A multidisciplinary programme designed like no other.

Started in 2011, YIF grooms socially conscious leaders and change-makers for the 21st century. Offered as Ashoka University’s flagship residential postgraduate diploma in liberal studies, the YIF is unlike any other graduate academic programme. Fellows get access and exposure to diverse areas of study, research and practice within a year. This often helps Fellows (re)imagine themselves and discover or strengthen their passion and career trajectory. Fellows study a curated selection of courses taught by renowned educators, work on a team-based project to solve a real-world problem, and learn how to think critically and write effectively. They are also mentored by inspiring individuals, and live with a community of diverse individuals from many walks of life.

 

YIF Curriculum Structure

 

The multidimensional learning opportunities enable Fellows to build or hone 21st century skills that are in high demand, regardless of their past educational or professional backgrounds and their future goals: Collaboration, Communication, Problem-Solving, Critical Thinking, and Leadership. 

 

Learn More | Programme Overview and Design

 

Click on any of the sections below to learn about specific components of the YIF.

 

Faculty and Courses

Ever had an educator who profoundly influenced you? We bring together many.

The Young India Fellowship attracts renowned academicians, practitioners, and experts in the field to the classroom, and gives them the autonomy to innovate, create, and craft curricula. This is a rare freedom within academia and ensures an unparalleled teaching and learning experience, not just for YIF, but across all programmes at Ashoka University.

The diversity in courses is also reflected in the varied styles of teaching and assessment, which includes discussions, seminars, field visits, presentations, and group work. While catering to multiple learning styles, this allows you to learn from a range of perspectives, and prepare yourself to be a critical thinker who can connect the dots.

 

Peer Diversity and Learning

Challenge and enhance your understanding of the world around you. Try the YIF classroom. 

Young India Fellows are a group of promising young individuals, selected through a rigorous and elaborate search for passionate achievers with a desire to bring about change. At the YIF, a gold medalist from IIT, a history major from LSR, a Kathak dancer, a banker from Goldman Sachs and a journalist from Reuters, all attend lectures together. This creates an unparalleled peer learning environment rich with multiple perspectives. From engineering to design, film to agriculture, medicine to art, and law to journalism, being amidst diverse peers will enable cross flow of ideas and learning – which will complement and challenge what you learnt in your previous experiences.

Experiential Learning Module

Work on a project which has real-world impact. Explore interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Experiential Learning Module (ELM) is a core component of the YIF curriculum where the Fellows work in groups of five on real-world projects from diverse sectors in collaboration with organisations and institutions (Clients). The ELM compliments academic learning at the YIF by equipping Fellows with structured problem-solving techniques, while also training them in designing and implementing sustainable solutions. It helps students learn how to work collaboratively, solve complex problems with an interdisciplinary approach, and build domain knowledge.

Critical Writing

The ability to think critically and express effectively is valuable. No matter what you do.

The YIF Critical Writing Programme has few visible contextual precedents within the Indian higher education system. Acknowledging the importance of writing as central to processes of knowledge acquisition, production, and consumption, the programme has developed a pedagogy geared towards building critical reading, writing, and thinking skills to help Fellows engage with the world of ideas and enable them to develop and express their own ideas in a well-reasoned, lucid, and engaging manner. We do this by helping students innovate with genres of writing across different disciplines to develop a metacognitive awareness regarding their own reading and writing practices. These skills act as building blocks for the liberal arts education they receive at Ashoka University and enhance their abilities to navigate academic, professional, and social spheres once they graduate from the Fellowship.

Mentorship

Get mentored by eminent leaders and scholars of the 21st Century. 

Mentorship is one of the key pillars of the YIF, where the Fellows are connected to Mentors with strong personal, academic, and professional track records who positively impact and guide their journeys during and beyond the YIF.  The fellows have the opportunity to be mentored by not only a stalwart in academia or industry, but also by an alum who shares a similar background or interest. This allows the Young India Fellows to carve out a meaningful career path over time.

The Crossover Series

Immersions with Stalwarts.

Several public intellectuals, industry leaders, artists and other dignitaries visit campus over the year, to engage with and enrich Fellows through their craft, journey and more.

Alumni-in-Residence

The Fellowship Never Ends.

Several high-impact alumni visit campus over the year, to enrich and inspire Fellows through their personal, professional and/or academic journeys and areas of interest/expertise. This also serves as a way for alumni to reconnect with the Ashoka ecosystem.

Life at YIF

The YIF programme’s residential experience gives students access to the entire Ashoka University ecosystem. Students become a part of a vibrant community and get the opportunity to engage with people and spaces beyond the YIF. The residential experience is accentuated by the multifaceted environment of the University which includes:

● World-class infrastructure and facilities
● Multiple Centres of excellence
● Comprehensive student support systems
● Fulfilling cultural and co-curricular engagement

Life at YIF

Pathways of Possibility

Since 2011, over 2100 individuals from India and abroad have commenced their lifelong journeys as Young India Fellows. Fellows are equipped with perspectives, knowledge, and capabilities that help them understand the world better 
and engage with their field of study or practice through a multidisciplinary approach - essential for navigating leadership challenges in the 21st century. Fellows keep coming back to the Fellowship, and contribute to shaping and nurturing it further. They continue to support and collaborate with each other and with members of the larger Ashoka ecosystem in their professional and personal pursuits, regardless of what they do.

Campus Placements

The Career Development Office (CDO) facilitates campus placements for Ashokans and also organizes a career preparatory program. The CDO also looks for custom opportunities that match specific career interests, and often shares relevant work opportunities with the YIF alumni community as well.

The YIF Class of 2022 witnessed a 100% placements season. Recruiting organisations from the previous year include:

The University is a preferred destination for several leading recruiters across Consulting, BFSI, Conglomerate, IT, BPO, KPO, Research/Analytics, Social Sector, Internet, FMCG, Startup, Fintech, Pharma, Media and Advertising, Education/EdTech, and PR, and has a commitment to enhancing inclusion, diversity and social impact, and contributing to nation-building by preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

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Other Opportunities

Several opportunities exist within the Ashoka ecosystem for Fellows across graduate study, social impact and entrepreneurship. Fellows additionally also pursue further studies across leading academic institutions globally, through formal and informal support via the Ashoka community.

Turn your Fellowship into a Master’s Degree (MLS)

Extend your stay at Ashoka by a year and graduate with a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MLS) degree. The 32-credit interdisciplinary research program is open to Fellows and alumni. Students design their own…

Start an Organization

Apply to the 5-month long holistic Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR) programme at Ashoka University’s InfoEdge Centre for Entrepreneurship to incubate, develop and test your idea through a support structure that brings together a network of founders, entrepreneurs,…

Create Social Impact

Apply to the Mother Teresa Fellowship, which allows you to pursue your goals in development by providing you mentorship, professional and personal support, along with a monthly stipend. YIF alumni have started national movements, built…

Study Further

Several Fellows, either immediately after graduating from Ashoka or later, have gone on to pursue graduate and doctoral programmes at aspirational institutions and have also secured coveted scholarships.   

The YIF Alumni Community

Young India Fellows together form a community of diverse leaders and changemakers from all walks of life, driven to generate transformational impact on society. Fellows continue to make an impact across diverse spheres, whether as entrepreneurs, in the corporate world, development sector, research, journalists, policy, sports, academia or as professional artists. Members of the community continue to demonstrate a spirit of service towards the Fellowship and Ashoka.

Watch | Alumni Journeys of Transformation and Impact Watch | Pathways of Possibility | Career Conversations with Alums

 

Alumni have pursued and excelled in a diverse set of career paths. From completing further education across diverse disciplines and securing prestigious scholarships, to starting organizations and working with leading private and public sector institutions across the world, it is very likely that you will find a YIF alumnus or alumna who is pursuing a trajectory that you’d like to.

 

 

 

 

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The YIF follows a holistic admissions process, which takes into account the academic and non-academic journey, personal context, interests and potential of an individual. The online application is designed to be a reflective process.

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Hear what our #founders #AshishDhawan, #VineetGupta and #PramathRajSinha have to share about #Ashokacampus and the #YIF

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Post-YIF Pathways: Yusra Khan's (YIF '22) article on ‘Data in Healthcare: Non-rivalrous, all-encompassing Realities’ (#linkinbio) was published in the RGNUL student #research review's (RSRR) Right to Privacy and Legality of Surveillance Blog Series.

Yusra shares:

Privacy is that invisible principle in democracies that we all take for granted, about which we either think too little or depend upon the goodwill of our governments. Anxieties around data privacy today cut across sectors and ideologies – the important thing is to make people aware of the ways in which technology can both improve and disrupt lives, in order to avoid a freefall and to strengthen consensus building.

One of the first courses we were introduced to when the Fellowship began, was taught by Prof. Debayan Gupta. It intimated us with the intended and unintended consequences that come with living in a data-rich ecosystem and got me extremely interested in sociotechnical impacts of these vast changes taking place. After pursuing a short-term course in Digital Policy at University College Dublin, I began to think more intently about the importance of guardrails and regulation in different sectors, where data collection is unavoidable. I will always remain indebted to YIF and to Ashoka’s brilliant faculty for treating course curation with such care, and weaving theoretical and practical knowledge together in such a way that students take away from these modules more than just assignments and grades.

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Caricature of Professor Rudrangshu Mukherjee: JM Financial Lectures on Reason and the Making of Modern India.

#YIFreflections by Arvind Mohan, caricature artist, YIF Class of 2023.

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About Arvind's artwork:

Sea of knowledge, always keeping a tab of time across both worlds. The two timers and earth watch represents the past and the pressing present.

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#CoursesOfferedAtTheYIF

✨JM Financial Lectures on Reason and the Making of Modern India by Professor Rudrangshu Mukherjee (Chancellor, Ashoka University; Historian; DPhil, University of Oxford)

📍Course overview:

▪️The lectures will look at the life and career of certain individuals who used reason to put forward their arguments and also believed in the power of reason to transform society. The course will place individuals in a specific historical context – this will also serve to introduce to the class the basic contours of the making of modern India.

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✨Foundations of Leadership by Professor Dwight Jaggard (Visiting Faculty, Young India Fellowship; Author; PhD, California Institute of Technology)

📍Course objective:

▪️Our goal is to discover how we can best make our contribution to the world.

Professor Jaggard presently consults, coaches, teaches and lectures on the topics of leadership, decision-making, influence, persuasion, power, clear communications, and team dynamics.

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#CoursesOfferedAtTheYIF

▪️The Young India Fellowship attracts the finest academicians, practitioners and experts in the field to the classroom.

▪️Fellows study a total of 20 courses during the year-long programme. Most of these courses are taken by all 100 Fellows, while a few courses are taught in groups of about 25 Fellows, as choice-based Special Seminars.

▪️Each course offering is from a distinct academic or professional domain, while several are interdisciplinary in nature. Course offerings include public policy, art appreciation, statistics, data, psychology, philosophy, gender studies, group dynamics, design thinking, communication, international relations and more.

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Alumna-in-Focus

'What we create should last longer than we do. YIF has taught me to build things which will last longer than I will', shares Cheistha Kochhar (YIF 13)

Cheistha Kochhar is Associate Director at the Centre for Social and Behaviour Change at Ashoka University and Senior Advisor at the Behavioural Insights Unit (BIU) of India, NITI Aayog. She is a policy strategist, with extensive experience in designing and scaling national programs for global institutions, including McKinsey, the Government of India, and the University of Chicago. Cheistha’s research interests lie in examining bureaucratic behaviour and its linkages with policy outcomes.

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Caricature of Professor Dwight Jaggard: Foundations of Leadership

#YIFreflections by Arvind Mohan, caricature artist, YIF Class of 2023.

About Arvind's artwork:

Dwight's humble sitting posture during discussions represents his soothing meditative presence. The constant brewing of coffee feeding his leadership renders - partly getting evaporated as future philosophies and partly flowing into us as life lessons. The Ashoka symbol acts as a halo, his constant need for a fan even during winters, and the briefcase he carries across the globe filled with the treasure of wisdom.

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Alumna-in-Focus

Aashna Malhotra, alumna from the class of 2016 takes us on a journey around the world with memories and experiences that define her journey. If you're considering applying for the YIF, here's her advice!

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#YIFSpeaks #whyYIF

'..YIF gives you an opportunity to unlearn' shares Faraaz Ahmed, YIF Class of 2023.

'and learn for the sake of learning' adds Rishabh Jain, YIF Class of 2023.

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👏Congratulations, @rahatkulshreshtha and @gauravmehta011 - @ashokauniv alumni from the YIF Class of 2014, on your achievement. From starting Quidich Innovation Labs as a self-designed #elm Project at the YIF, to setting new #industry benchmarks.

▪️"We just won at the National Startup Awards 2022!

▪️We’re proud to be selected as winners in the category of ‘Production and Post-production’ competing against 120 finalists in the country from the Media and Entertainment sector.

▪️Thank you Startup India for recognizing our commitment to the industry!"

#tech #startup #startupindia #innovation #india #sportsbroadcast #awards

Reposted from @quidichindia

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📢 Register now #linkinbio👆 for our upcoming interactive webinar to learn more about 'What's New at the YIF'

📍25th January, Wednesday
📍5pm IST onwards

▪️Here's your chance to engage with our Admissions and Programme team to learn more about the several new initiatives being undertaken at an intake and programme level to further enrich your YIF experience.

▪️The new elements at the YIF include:

a) Chancellor's Merit Scholarship
b) Crosslisted Coursework
c) Alumni-in-Residence
d) The Crossover Series

📌Round 2 Application Deadline (20th Mar) | Apply now to the YIF Class of 2023-24 using #linkinbio

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#YIFTalentEdition

Shlok Mishra, YIF Class of 2023 shares:

"Hip-hop is rhythm, flow, emotions, expression, form, art and culture. This is what shapes my perspective to dibble with different aspect of my everyday life. I sense the culture to guide the way in which I think, the flow for me to emotionally vent and the rhythm for me to find a structure on things that I have no control over. I believe this is what gives me direction. It enables me to create music that is a representation of my cognitive and emotional complications. It gives me the drive to create my identity through the content of my songs. This is what makes me passionate." @vanillax.music

Credits: @stan_shlok.313 @nishita.k.singh and @kuhootiwari

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"Raj Bhatt (Chairman and CEO, Elara Capital) talks about his experience with the Young India Fellows. Raj Bhatt joined us as a guest speaker for the YIF Fireside Chat session.
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Caricature of Professor Kenwyn Smith and Kaustubh Khare (YIF '14): Heart of Leadership and Group Dynamics.

#YIFreflections by Arvind Mohan, caricature artist, YIF Class of 2023.

About Arvind's artwork:

@kaustubh.khare (Co-educator, Heart of Leadership and Group Dynamics) making us learn through his infographic video characters has been similarly characterized coming out of a book. His brain is connected to a fishing rod driven with a compass giving directions with strategic patience to the bait of "heart" being seemed for by the preys beneath (us - fellows)

This entire scene is being overseen and authored by Kenwyn having his binoculars and multiple roles in being a mentor, professor, educator. He is sprung on the leadership chair and only with time will we be able to understand this channel of learnings and its implications in the external World.

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"Life is multidisciplinary, you need a little bit of everything in anything you do' shares Sanjeev Bikhchandani (Co-founder, Info Edge; Founder and Trustee, Ashoka University)

Sanjeev Bikhchandani is the founder and executive vice chairman of Info Edge, the company that runs Naukri.com. He founded Info Edge in 1990, and Naukri.com in 1997. Sanjeev, along with his partner, Hitesh Oberoi, won the Ernst and Young – Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2008 for business transformation.
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📍 Post-YIF Pathways: Pulkit Goyal (YIF'22) is pursuing MA in Learning, Design and Technology at Georgetown University.

Pulkit shares:

🔹 After three years of working at the Boston Consulting Group, I came to the Young India Fellowship because I wanted to switch to the education sector. The people who influenced me the most besides my friends have always been the teachers and professors - those who taught me in school, tuitions and in college. The year I spent here at Ashoka as a Young India Fellow introduced me to more such professors, all of which had their own unique way of teaching. Instead of following a one-size-fits-all method that Indian educational institutions usually follow, YIF and Ashoka exposed me to different methods of testing and teaching that have widened my perspective of what is possible in a classroom.

🔹 I am now headed to Georgetown University for an MA in Learning, Design and Technology where I will learn more about designing curriculums, improving learning outcomes and using technology to create environments more conducive to learning. The experiences I had before and at the Young India Fellowship will surely help me settle in at Georgetown and I hope to help reimagine and broaden the idea of what learning and training is in schools, universities and corporations following my masters.

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📢 We are resuming our in-person 'Campus Tours' for YIF Aspirants.

📍When? 20th Jan, 17th Feb and 10th March (Friday)

✨Here is your chance to:

1) Visit Ashoka University in-person.
2) Engage and learn about our vibrant campus, it's culture and state of art facilities.
3) Interact with the YIF community.

📌 Spots are Limited | Book your spot using #linkinbio

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