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Programme Structure


YIF offers you an opportunity to complement the academic depth that you gained in your undergraduate education, with intellectual breadth. The multiple ways in which you engage with the curriculum and extra-curricular initiatives enables you to build or sharpen skills that are in high demand, regardless of where you work or study: Writing, Collaboration, Communication, Problem-Solving, Critical Thinking and Leadership.


In addition to the shorter courses, there are two flagship components of the programme, which runs for eight months of the year. The Critical Writing programme trains you to read closely, think critically and write effectively. The Experiential Learning Module (ELM) allows you to apply your learning and improve your skills through working on real-world projects.


The year-long programme is divided eight terms of six weeks each. You will study six core courses and choose fourteen electives from a pool of more than twenty five. This allows you the flexibility to craft your own Fellowship experience to experiment and to align it to your future goals.


1 Year

8 Terms

6 Weeks Each

6 Core Courses

14 Electives from a pool of 25+ courses

1 Experiential Learning Module

1 Critical Writing Programme

2 Levels of Mentorship

YIF Academic Calendar 2019 - 2020



Academic Calendar, 2019-20








Term 1


6 Weeks


Monday, 15th July - Saturday, 24th August, 2019


Term 2


6 Weeks


Monday, 26th August - Thursday, 03rd October, 2019


First ELM Week


10 Days


Friday, 04th October - Sunday, 13th October, 2019


Term 3


6 Weeks


Monday, 14th October - Saturday, 23rd November, 2019


Term 4


4 Weeks


Monday, 25th November - Sunday, 22nd December, 2019


Winter Break


14 Days


Monday, 23rd December - Sunday, 5th January, 2020


Term 5


4 Weeks


Monday, 06th January - Thursday, 06th February, 2020


Second ELM Week


10 Days


Friday, 7th February - Sunday, 16th February, 2020


Term 6


6 Weeks


Monday, 17th February - Saturday, 28th March, 2020


Term 7


6 Weeks


Monday, 30th March - Saturday, 09th May, 2020


Term 8


6 Weeks


Monday, 11th May - Saturday, 13th June, 2020




Saturday, 20th June, 2020

Innovative Pedagogy


Academics and leaders from the best universities and organizations across India and the world deliver courses specifically designed for the YIF programme. 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 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. 


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.


Renowned Educators


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.


The YIF offers a dynamic range of courses every year that are carefully curated and offered by renowned faculty from India and abroad. Core courses need to be completed by all Fellows, while electives are offered as choices that Fellows are free to pick from.


Core Courses & Elective Courses






Foundations of Leadership

Prof. Dwight Jaggard


JM Financial Lectures on Reason and the Makers of Modern India

Prof. Rudrangshu Mukherjee


Art Appreciation

Prof. Anunaya Chaubey


Fundamentals of Law

Prof. Apurv Mishra


Heart of Leadership

Prof. Kenwyn Smith


Economic Reasoning and Public Policy: An Introduction to Applied Microeconomics

Prof. A.K.Shivakumar


Whose Heritage Is It?

Prof. Shobita Punja


Kabir: The Poet of Vernacular Modernity

Prof. Purushottam Agrawal


Indian Ecosophy

Prof. Aseem Shrivastava


Mathematical Thinking

Prof. Maya Saran


Problem Solving and Statistical Thinking in Modern Life

Prof. Santosh Venkatesh


Science as a Renaissance Activity

Prof. Vijay Singh


Translating India

Prof. Rita Kothari


Paradise Lost: A Text for Our Times

Prof. Malabika Sarkar


Why is Globalisation on Trial?

Prof. Nayan Chanda


Making Sense of Indian Elections

Prof. Gilles Verniers


Totalitarian Century?

Prof. Dilip Simeon


Law and Economics

Prof. Subhashish Gangopadhyay


India's Economy - Past, Present and Near Future

Prof. Omkar Goswami


The Historical Moment

Prof. Patrick French & Prof. T.C.A. Raghavan


Issues in Social Democracy and Social Justice in India

Prof. Narendra Jadhav


Basic Group Dynamics

Prof. Kenwyn Smith


The Arts of Communication

Prof. Mihir Mankad


Women, Society and Changing India 

Prof. Urvashi Butalia


Adaptive Leadership and Managerial Communication

Prof. Mihir Mankad


Gender and Culture in Bombay Cinema

Prof. Geetanjali Chanda


Shakespeare and the World

Prof. Gil Harris & Prof. Madhavi Menon


International Relations

Prof. Devesh Kapur & Prof. E. Sridharan


India and the World - A Strategic History Since 1945

Prof. Rudra Chaudhuri


Deconstructing Select Foreign Policy Challenges and Responses : A Practitioner's Perspective

Prof. Arun Singh


Global Ecosophy

Prof. Aseem Shrivastava


Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Prof. Ritwik Agrawal


Religious Pluralism : Models from South Asia

Prof. Neelima Shukla-Bhatt


Health Systems: Lessons from Comparing National Health Systems

Prof. Manoj Mohanan


Patterns of Meaning - Exploring the Borderlands of Philosophy, Science and Religion

Prof. Raja Rosenhagen


Morality and the Good Life

Prof. Clancy Martin


Energy Policy in India

Prof. Rohit Chandra


Essentials of Business

Prof. Kartik Sheth


Indian Society: Imaginations, Structures and Identities

Prof. Surinder Singh Jodhka


Intergroup Relations

Prof. Rashmi Nair