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#AshokaIsForAll: Anurit Kanti’s Path from Ashoka University to Global Impact

The financial aid meant a lot to me, not only for the transformative year in YIF but also because, as the founding batch of MLS, our tuition fee was waived, and we could work at Ashoka to cover our residential fee for the year.

Anurit Kanti

4 December, 2023 | 4m read

Since graduating from Ashoka in 2016 (and 2015 from YIF), I have worked in various capacities in the sustainability and climate action domain, including roles in sustainable products, environmental journalism, corporate sustainability/ESG, and as a Senior Consultant-Sustainability Specialist at Capgemini since 2022. I am also a Global Shaper in the Gurugram Hub of the Global Shapers Community, an Agenda Contributor to the World Economic Forum, and have won various accolades in my career.

I chose to come to Ashoka after speaking with various stakeholders who unanimously agreed that choosing the YIF at Ashoka was a better option than the 9-5 job I had been offered. The financial aid offered by Ashoka was crucial in making this choice a reality. The financial aid meant a lot to me, not only for the transformative year in YIF but also because, as the founding batch of MLS, our tuition fee was waived, and we could work at Ashoka to cover our residential fee for the year.

I pursued a concentration in International Relations, and over time, I realized that working in the climate action field is much more in tune with my Ashoka education in liberal arts, as sustainability and climate issues are cross-cutting across disciplines. Ashoka’s financial aid program was instrumental in helping me achieve my ambitions of graduate studies.

My education at Ashoka has been instrumental in navigating the complex space of sustainability and climate action, instilling in me the belief that such issues require all hands on board, from every discipline, function, background, industry, and more. On the personal front, my education at Ashoka has made me a better critical thinker and writer, emotionally intelligent, and equipped me with the basic technical knowledge and skills to thrive in the field.

To prospective students considering Ashoka University, I’d say talk to alumni who have benefited from Ashoka’s education, network, campus life, peer-learning opportunities, and career goals. The experience is sure to give you a ride of a lifetime. Don’t worry too much about financing initially, as the financial aid team is supportive and accommodating.

One memorable experience I had was when I was chosen as one of the representatives of Ashoka University at Symbiosis’ Liberal Arts & Sciences conference. I presented on “Liberal Arts as a Tool to Promote Sustainable Development,” which influenced my Master’s thesis and later guided my thought process in my career. This presentation led to more opportunities and my writings as an environmental journalist and a WEF Agenda Contributor. My time at Ashoka, both as a YIF and MLS student, was extremely memorable, teaching me more about life, people, and navigating through situations.


Anurit Kanti is an Ashoka alum from the Batch of 2015 of Young India Fellowship, the first YIF batch on campus, and the founding batch of MLS (Masters in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Environmental Economics).

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