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Ashoka Centre for China Studies (ACCS)

The Ashoka Centre for China Studies (ACCS) has been set up to build China Studies at Ashoka University as an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary area studies program with a strong commitment to disciplinary depth and language learning. Launched by a variety of capacity-building initiatives that enhance the study on China nationally, the Centre for China Studies is committed to becoming a leading institute on China-related research and collaboration across academic disciplines, and foster a greater understanding of China across academic, policy-making, and public audiences in India. The ACCS is chaired by former Ambassador Shivshankar Menon. The Centre will set the academic research focus and strategy for China studies, develop coursework and degree programs, and facilitate educational exchanges for faculty and students, and through the creation of a hub at Ashoka support the development of China Studies across prominent institutions in India.

 

Ashoka Centre for a People-centric Energy Transition

Ashoka Centre for a People-centric Energy Transition (ACPET) was launched in March 2023 to fill a critical knowledge gap in India, and the global south, with a state-of-the-art research center focused exclusively on the daunting challenge of achieving an energy transition that is both context-responsive and advances the three pillars of sustainable development.

 

Ashoka Centre for Translation

The Ashoka Centre for Translation (ACT) is established with a view to foster, nurture, and foreground India’s multilingual ethos. It hopes to unlock knowledge and aid its dissemination through translation. Given the urgency to make knowledge available and democratic, the Centre does not confine itself only to English. In fact, it aims to translate material from many Indian languages into many other Indian languages, including English. Thus, the received binaries of (one) source and (one) target do not characterize the aims of the Centre. A range of texts from literary and popular, political and scientific, and oral and written domains—all of these are important to the Centre’s vision.

Ashoka Centre for Well-Being

The ACWB is a non-aligned center that offers counseling and psychological support for students, staff, and faculty at Ashoka University. The ACWB was established to offer a safe space that offers free and confidential individual and group counseling support. Furthermore, ACWB resources are spent on promoting the value of good mental health to improve individual coping capacity through skill building. Director Arvinder J. Singh founded the center in 2016, and now leads the center.

Centre for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

The Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Ashoka University will study biological processes through advanced mathematical and computational modelling. The centre concentrates on interdisciplinary approaches that combine chemistry, physics and biology together with mathematics, information science and computer science. The centre is actively engaged in the analysis of a diverse set of genomic, sequence, and proteomics data. It offers both internship programs and hands-on training to prepare new generations of students in modern methods of bioinformatics and computational biology. The Centre may explore offering a major and a minor in computational biology to undergraduate students.

 

Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability

The Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability (3CS) at Ashoka University is established with the aim of facilitating interdisciplinary research and teaching about global climate change, health and environment, and launching awareness and educational initiatives. 3CS will focus on high-impact inter-disciplinary research projects, faculty-led courses on climate change, environment and health, and awareness and education initiatives using documentaries, seminars, conferences, blogs, and a 3CS podcast.

Centre for Economic Data and Analysis

The Economics Department of Ashoka University has set up the Centre for Economic Data and Analysis (CEDA) with the primary aim of facilitating informed debate about economic and social developments in India. To this end, CEDA has developed a public data repository along with a visualization toolkit that is accessible, searchable, interactive, and will be of use to researchers, journalists, policymakers, students, and others.

Centre for Entrepreneurship

Ashoka University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship is the creative hub that fosters the entrepreneurial endeavours of all Ashokans – students, fellows, faculty members, & founders. The Centre for Entrepreneurship helps students turn their dreams into viable business ventures. The CfE encourages a culture of innovation on the campus through various activities & campaigns under the guidance of some of India’s most successful entrepreneurs. Students are guided through each step of setting up a new business like inspiration, ideation, incubation, monetisation, & internationalisation.

Centre for Interdisciplinary Archaeological Research

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Archaeological Research (CIAR), the first of its kind in India, aims to create a state-of-the-art facility that brings archaeology and the sciences together in order to offer new perspectives that will deepen the study of the Indian past. It aims to do this through interdisciplinary field-based projects led by Ashoka faculty and students along with off-site laboratory work. Simultaneously, it seeks to introduce a pedagogy that draws upon both the sciences and the humanities for teaching courses on traditional and modern archaeology that will help impart field knowledge of archaeological sites and diverse landscapes of India.

Centre for Social and Behaviour Change

Ashoka University Centre for Social and Behaviour Change (CSBC) is set up by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The vision of the Centre is to establish an institution in India that is globally reputed for thought leadership and excellence in impactful behaviour change interventions for poor and marginalized populations.

The Centre works in the areas of nutrition, sanitation, maternal health, family planning, and financial services. The Centre executes this vision through a mix of (i) behaviour change programmes, in partnership with the Government of India and non-government organizations (ii) foundational research to improve the field’s understanding of poor & marginalized communities, the channels to reach them and the content to engage them and (iii) capability building – bringing latest advances in behavioural science, design thinking, data science, & implementation science to design sharper interventions.

Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP)

Established in 2016 and led by Ingrid Srinath, the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP) at Ashoka University is India’s first academic centre focused on enabling strategic and robust philanthropy for greater social impact. Through its research and knowledge products, convening and facilitation opportunities, and leadership development programmes, CSIP is cultivating a stronger civil society for a vibrant and equitable India.

We envision robust and resilient social impact leaders and institutions, recognised for their contribution to India’s economic, social, political, and cultural vitality. To realise this vision, CSIP focuses on four goals:

—Informing sector strategy and debate through credible, accessible data and knowledge products

—Facilitating development of coherence, norms, vision, voice, and collaboration by convening platforms and networks

—Raising sector ambition, sustainability, and talent availability through capacity and leadership development

—Enhancing sector credibility by driving evidence-based discourse, legitimacy, transparency, and accountability standards

Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality

The Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) was established at Ashoka University in 2015, and is one of the Centres of Excellence at the university. It is the first Centre of its kind in India to study the broader spectrum of questions relating to both gender and sexuality. This spectrum includes issues of inequality, fantasy, pleasure, identity, and politics that are key realities of our everyday lives.

Set in the interdisciplinary Liberal Arts context of Ashoka University, the Centre is committed to studying the many intersections at which we encounter these questions, in India and around the world, and address them through scholarship and activism. The Centre regularly offers summer internships to students and organizes several events on the Ashoka University campus, as well as in Delhi-NCR, such as a speaker series, student seminars, workshops, performances, and film screenings.

Centre for Writing and Communication

Centre for Writing and Communication (CWC) works closely with the academic community in Ashoka to develop critical thinking, writing, and communication skills. CWC is the largest centre in Ashoka and works with all the diverse sections that make the Ashoka community: the entire student body (from the undergraduate students to research scholars), faculty, staff, and other specialised centres in the university.

This is made possible by the diversity of the CWC team which is a vibrant group of scholars, professionals, writers, and researchers whose combined expertise actively contributes to the interdisciplinary engagement at Ashoka.

Koita Centre for Digital Health at Ashoka (KCDH-A)

Koita Centre for Digital Health at Ashoka (KCDH-A) is an interdisciplinary Centre, offering robust academic and research programmes aimed at advancing and developing a fresh perspective on Digital Health. It will focus on the convergence of healthcare, genomics, information technology, and artificial intelligence revolutions. KCDH-A aspires to nurture a new generation of Digital Health thinkers, innovators, and implementers through a balanced emphasis on education and research.

The Centre will offer strong academic programmes in digital health & informatics, drive research in next generation digital health tools & solutions and create strong executive education in digital health.

KCDH-A is a joint centre of the Trivedi School of Biosciences and the Department of Computer Science at Ashoka University, established with support from Koita Foundation, a philanthropic organisation with a mission to accelerate Digital Health adoption in India.

Since 2017, Koita Foundation has launched and supported multiple national scale initiatives to help create a strong Digital Health ecosystem in India, through collaboration with government, doctors, hospitals, labs, pharmacies, health insurance companies, educational establishments, and technology companies. KCDH-A is the latest in a series of partnerships to drive academic programs, research, collaboration and professional development in Digital Health.

The Centre for the Creative and the Critical

The Centre’s purpose is to provide a forum in which to raise and address questions to do with both creative practice and critical argument. The convergence of creativity with thought has a history that’s central to literature and the arts. Some of the most influential criticism across cultures was written by writers and artists, and creativity itself was a powerful form of thinking.

Isaac Centre for Public Policy

Isaac Centre for Public Policy has been established with a vision to build India’s leading public policy centre. The Centre aims to contribute towards accelerated, inclusive and sustainable growth that enables India to become a $ 10 trillion economy by 2035.

Trivedi Centre for Political Data

The Trivedi Centre for Political Data aims at promoting data-driven research, policy work, and journalism on India’s political life by producing and disseminating in open access scientifically collected and treated political data. It also aims at improving the quality of existing public data by developing and providing access to web-based tools adapted to Indian data. It also aims at enhancing knowledge and understanding on political processes and dynamics by conducting research on the basis of the data collected, in partnership with individual scholars or academic institutions.

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