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Innovative Pedagogy

The Young India Fellowship attracts the finest 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.


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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 - a key 21st century skill.


Ashoka has institutionalised the Socratic way of teaching: focusing on teaching students how to think rather than just what to think. YIF, as part of the University, encourages students to ask questions rather than just passively absorbing and churning information; and generate debate and discussion around issues rather than imposing a top-down model of knowledge dissemination. At the YIF, we want to change your perspective from the standard rote learning pedagogy and introduce in the classroom an innovative and interactive pedagogy which will lead to knowledge creation and creative thinking. 


Inspiring Educators
Multidisciplinary Courses

The YIF offers a dynamic range of courses every year that are carefully curated and offered by renowned faculty from India and abroad. Each course offering is from a distinct academic or professional domain. Disciplines range from sciences to social sciences and from leadership to the arts. Course offerings include public policy, art appreciation, gender and media studies, leadership, group dynamics, business essentials, Shakespeare, communication, and Indian elections. 


Fellows study a total of about 20 courses during the programme, from a pool of over 35 offerings. For the last year, courses included but were not limited to, the following: 


Course Faculty

Foundations of Leadership

Dwight Jaggard
Professor and Former Chair of the Faculty Senate, University of Pennsylvania

JM Financial Lectures on Reason and the Makers of Modern India

Rudrangshu Mukherjee
Historian and Author; Chancellor, Ashoka University

Economics and Public Policy: An Introduction to Applied Microeconomics

AK Shiva Kumar
Development Economist and Visiting Professor, Harvard University and ISB Hyderabad

Women, Society and Changing India

Urvashi Butalia
Author, Publisher and Founder, Zubaan Books

Heart of Leadership and Group Dynamics

Kenwyn Smith
Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Art Appreciation

Anunaya Chaubey
Artist and Provost, Anant National University

Mathematical Thinking Maya Saran
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Ashoka University
Leadership Lessons from the Road Less Travelled Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Padma Shree
Founder, Infoedge (; Founder and Trustee, Ashoka University
Shakespeare and the World Jonathan Gil Harris
Professor of English, Ashoka University

Madhavi Menon
Professor of English, Ashoka University
Indian Constitutionalism: Theory and Practice / The Rule of Law Madhav Khosla
Author, Ambedkar Visiting Associate Professor, Columbia Law School
Problem Solving and Statistical Thinking in Modern Life Santosh Venkatesh
Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania 
Indian Ecosophy /
Global Ecosophy
Aseem Shrivastava
Environmental economist and activist
Kabir: The Poet of Vernacular Modernity Purushottam Agrawal
Renowned Kabir and Bhakti scholar
Indian Financial Regulation and Policy KP Krishnan
Former Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India
Design Thinking and Innovation Ranjan Banerjee
Dean and Professor, BITS School of Management

Ruppal W Sharma
Professor and Head, SPJIMR, New Delhi
India and the World: A Strategic History Since 1945

Rudra Chaudhuri
Senior Lecturer, Department of War Studies, King’s College London

Philosophy and Cognitive Science Ritwik Agrawal
Doctoral Researcher, University of Missouri
Indian Society: Imaginations, Structures and Identities Surinder Singh Jodhka
Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Whose Heritage Is It? Shobhita Punja
Art historian and independent scholar
Making Sense of Indian Elections Gilles Verniers
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Ashoka University
Totalitarian Century /
The Ideology Seminar
Dilip Simeon
Author and Historian
Issues in Social Democracy and Social Justice in India Narendra Jadhav
Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)
What is Justice? Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Former University Professor of Political Science, Ashoka University
Deconstructing Select Indian Foreign Policy Challenges and Responses: A Practitioner’s Perspective Arun Kumar Singh
Former Ambassador of India to the United States
Morality and the Good Life

Clancy Martin
Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Ashoka University

Building Careers, Habits and Institutions

Pramath Raj Sinha
Founding Dean, ISB Hyderabad; Founder and Chairman, Harappa Education; Founder and Trustee, Ashoka University