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Department Head

The Head of Department (HoD) runs the business of the department and represents the Philosophy Department within the University in various committees, such as e.g. the Academic Council.

The HoD has a number of student-facing administrative tasks such as approving waivers in case a student needs to make special requests with respect to their curriculum, seeks to have an extraordinary ISM (Independent Study Modules) approved, or wishes to transfer credits. The HoD also mediates conflicts between students and Philosophy faculty where necessary.

Specific inquiries regarding such issues can be directed to the Head of Department, general inquiries regarding the department can be directed to philosophy AT ashoka edu DOT in.

Department Manager

Akash Koul - Philosophy DM

Akash Koul is the Department Manager for Philosophy, Sanskrit, and History.

A Kashmiri pandit born and brought up in Jammu, he has done his schooling from the J&K board and earned a B.A. from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam University Indore.

Akash currently resides in Delhi and before joining Ashoka in 2022, he was employed with Nulearn. There coordinated with IIM Raipur for the Executive MBA program. Akash firmly believes that hard work and learning are the key to success in life and he helps the Philosophy department with various administrative tasks, such as taking care of the degree rules, collating publication data, gathering student and faculty news, supporting the organization of the visiting speaker series and workshops or conferences, and he will also help with updating the Philosophy website.

PPE Coordinator

The Philosophy PPE coordinator interfaces with the other PPE coordinators and is the department’s dedicated contact with respect to all issues and questions concerning the PPE Major.

Website Issues

The website is curated and kept up to date by Assistant Professor Danny Weltman (below). Contact him in case you find typos or other, more serious mistakes.

TF and TA Applications

Those with a four-year undergraduate degree in philosophy (including our graduates) or, preferably, a master’s and who are interested in acting as a Teaching Fellow for a course in philosophy may apply by sending, to philosophy.tf.app@ashoka.edu.in,

  1. a current CV,
  2. a philosophical writing sample,
  3. a reference letter from a professor who can speak to the applicant’s promise and/or experience as a teacher of philosophy, and
  4. sample teaching evaluations (if available).

The deadline for application materials for courses offered in the Monsoon semester is June 1. That for courses offered in the Spring semester is November 1. We expect to be able to notify applicants about the outcome of their applications by July 31 for Monsoon and December 30 for Spring.

Teaching fellowships depend on enrollment and are not always available. Applicants will be contacted about any openings for which they are being considered.

Philosophy students in their third or fourth year (rising third years at the earliest, e.g. for the summer semester) can apply to help a faculty member as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for Philosophy courses. Typically, TAs earn 2 credits (4 credits only if there is a particularly high workload as, e.g., in Logic) that count towards their Philosophy degree requirements. Maximally 4 credits can be earned that way towards the UG degree. Interested students may apply by sending, to philosophy.ta.app@ashoka.edu.in,

  • an indication regarding what course they would like to be a TA for
  • an overview of the PHI courses they have taken
  • a statement of why they think that serving as a TA would benefit them and/or why they think that they are well-poised to be of assistance in this particular course.

In 2021, TA applications will be processed on a rolling basis, beginning in 2022, they will follow the application deadlines for TF applications mentioned above. Note that students must get a NOC to be allowed to serve as TAs – so please ensure that you request a NOC from the registrar.

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