ASP students can complete a year-long social internship programme called the Ashoka Quest. The Quest partners students with organizations outside of Ashoka University and exposes them to real-life problems faced by Indian communities, ranging from sanitation challenges and gender inequality to lack of digital access and literacy. The programme is divided into three parts:
Preparation: a semester-long 4-credit course that offers modules on social impact and philanthropy, leadership, fieldwork, and digital engagements with non-urban and non-Anglophone communities designed to prepare students for the challenges of the internship; some ongoing work with local Haryana village communities will be part of the preparation.
Practice: a three-week internship during the Winter Intermission, living and working with a community outside of Ashoka University. The internship will involve mentored student teams working closely with an organization already familiar with the community.
Processing: a semester-long 4-credit course that responds to the experience of the internship; the response will entail a series of follow-up assignments with the mentoring organization and a final team project that will be presented at a day-long Quest symposium for students, mentors, and faculty. This project will be either analytic or creative; it can be a formal report, a play, a film, an installation.
Q1. What are the benefits of completing ASP along with the traditional 3-year degree?
Ashoka University had originally designed its UG programme as a 4-year degree and thus we believe that the 4-year undergraduate experience transforms students into an Ashoka liberal arts honours student. It helps them to be academically well-rounded and socially engaged. It makes them better prepared for the job market and also for postgraduate study.
In addition, we feel that all students who want to pursue a Masters or a PhD degree in the US or Canada will need an equivalent of a four-year undergraduate degree. Therefore all students who are considering a Masters /PhD. Degree abroad should definitely do the 4th year.
Q2. What are the options available for the Fourth Year at Ashoka University?
Students can do a variety of courses, research, academic writing and social experiential projects in the fourth year:
Completing an Advanced Major: three courses and a capstone thesis in the Major field
Starting and/or Completing a Minor
Completing a Concentration
Converting a Minor or previously taken elective courses into a Second Major Equivalent
Undertaking the Ashoka Quest, a year-long social internship programme
Taking any courses they wish, without completing any of the above options
Q3. What is the eligibility criteria for the programme?
All Ashoka students graduating with Bachelor’s Degrees at the end of their third year, or who have completed at least 92 credits by that time of their degree programme, are eligible for admission into the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies and Research programme, also known as the Ashoka Scholars Programme (ASP)
Please note: In order to complete the Bachelor’s Degree, students need 100 credits but they are eligible for ASP with 92 credits. Students who need to complete up to 8 credits of their undergraduate degree must do so in Semester 1 of ASP (Monsoon Semester). In case of students trying to complete their undergraduate degree requirements, a maximum of 6 courses will be allowed in Semester 1.
Q4. Why does Ashoka University offer Plus One Year (ASP) instead of a four year degree?
The UGC demands that we offer undergraduate degrees that can be completed in three years. This is why 12 Major Courses and 12 Foundation Courses (including the CT sequence) have to be completed by the end of three years. However, Ashoka University has always conceived of its undergraduate programme as a 4-year experience and therefore the University offers Plus One Year which will be the crowning year of a liberal arts education.
Q5. What is the status of Financial Aid in the Fourth Year?
The Financial Aid status for Ashoka students remains unchanged for the Plus One Year (ASP). The Financial Aid awarded to them for the 3 years will continue at the same level for the fourth year.
Q6. How to apply?
ASP is open to graduates of the 3 year BA/ BSc programmes at Ashoka University. The student must formally apply through their account on Ashoka University’s LMS.
Q7. What degree do the students receive at the end of the ASP?
Students will get a Post Graduate Diploma at the end of the one year. There will be a formal graduation ceremony along with the University’s annual Convocation.
Q8. What are the various opportunities available to the students post Fourth Year?
Ashoka University will treat all the graduating students of the Plus One programme as alums who will be assisted with the following:
Career Development Office will support students in their job search
Office of Undergraduate Programmes will help the students with competitive exam preparations
Office of Undergraduate Programmes will assist the students to apply for further studies in India and abroad
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