Below is a compilation of frequently asked questions and their corresponding answers, for the benefit of prospective students and parents, covering aspects of academics, admissions and student life at Ashoka University.
GENERAL, CAMPUS & INFRASTRUCTURE
Who founded Ashoka University?
Ashoka is India’s largest collective philanthropic initiative, started by many of India’s most accomplished business leaders and philanthropists. Some of our Founders have also been instrumental in setting up the Indian School of Business (ISB), MakeMyTrip.com, Naukri.com, Aptech, Sun Pharma, and more.
Where is Ashoka University located?
Ashoka is located in the Rajiv Gandhi Education City, in Rai, Sonepat, Haryana. An hour and a half away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and New Delhi Railway Station, it is located at a convenient distance from the nation’s capital. There is a regular shuttle service that takes students to the closest Metro stop (Jahangirpuri) in Delhi, from where they can access any point of the capital city.
Is Ashoka a recognized university? Is it recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC)?
Ashoka University was established under the Haryana Private Universities Act, 2006 vide notification no. Leg. 24/2014 dated May 2, 2014. Ashoka University is UGC Approved. In November 2014, Ashoka University was authorised to grant degrees under Section 22 of the UGC Act. All degrees offered by Ashoka University have been approved. On April 20, 2015, Ashoka University received a letter from the UGC stating that all its compliances have been accepted and ratified. The process of Ashoka University’s UGC compliance is now complete in all respects.
What are some of the key features of the Ashoka campus?
Ashoka’s environment-friendly campus is designed by Perkins-Eastman, world-renowned University architects who were also behind the Indian School of Business (ISB) campus in Hyderabad. Some of the features of our campus are a next-generation RFID-enabled library, an indoor sports complex, online learning management systems, central air-conditioning and one-of-a-kind student commons as a part of the Students Activities Centre.
Is it mandatory to stay on campus?
Yes, it is mandatory for the students to stay on Ashoka campus to avail of the student life activities and engage in activities outside their Classroom curriculum, including guest lectures, events, etc.
What measures has Ashoka University taken to ensure safety on campus?
Ashoka is committed to creating a safe and tolerant campus for its students. The security contract has been given to G4S security agency. The shuttle service (with security personnel) is provided to commute to the nearest metro station. We also ensure all personnel on campus (irrespective of student, faculty, staff, or outsourced manpower or construction labour) are provided smart-cards to monitor entry and exit very carefully. CCTV surveillance is an integral part of effective monitoring. Prior permission can be taken from the parent whenever a student wishes to go outside the campus.
Can I visit the campus? If so, when?
We conduct regular campus visits every Friday and Monday Please visit our website to register for a campus visit. You can sign up for a campus tour here: https://www.ashoka.edu.in/campus-tours/
What is the nature and size of the classrooms at Ashoka? Does it follow the amphitheater design for all its classrooms?
Ashoka has 100 seater Lecture rooms, 50 seater Lecture rooms and 25 seater Training rooms which are usually used for Discussion sessions. While the 100 seaters are usually in amphitheater style, others can be arranged as per requirement.
What is the security system for monitoring students movement inside the campus?
The safety and security of its students is of paramount importance to Ashoka University. Security systems have been installed at multiple places on campus in order to ensure that students are provided with assistance required by them at any point from our security personnel.
What are the transport options available for travel to and from campus?
Frequent and regular Shuttle Buses ply from campus to the closest metro station (Jahangirpuri) in Delhi. There is also a shuttle every one hour during non-peak hours and days, and every 20 minutes during peak usage of the transport services.
What is the curfew for undergraduate students to report back to campus?
At Ashoka University, we take the safety of all our students seriously. Students are not allowed to leave campus without prior parental permission which is then reviewed and approved by the warden. 10 pm is the curfew for all students to report back on campus on weekdays. Taking the 9pm or 9:30 pm shuttle from the Jahangirpuri metro station is advisable.
Can students travel back home during weekends?
The option to travel back home on weekends is available but it depends on how a student schedules his/her classes.
Will the University’s academic timetable permit students to undergo training in a sport or extracurricular activity outside the campus?
The course is rigorous and undergoing training outside campus will be difficult for students. However, students can opt for training facilities available on campus.
What is the schedule for laundry?
Laundry services are available in the residential units on campus. Students can drop off their clothes in our laundry room twice a week and pick it up from there the next day.
Are their any tuck shops on campus? If not, how far do students have to travel to purchase household goods and other essentials?
A tuck shop and a cooperative store is available on campus for students to purchase both fresh and packaged food, and other general provisions.
What is a liberal or a liberal arts education?
A liberal education focuses on providing the skills and perspectives to students, which are considered an essential part of leading an ethical and purposeful life. Essentially, liberal education incorporates breadth and depth across multiple disciplines. Typically, students take a variety of courses in different disciplines and declare their dedicated course of study after exploring their interests.
What is the difference between pure and interdisciplinary majors?
Pure majors are traditional disciplinary programmes that allow students the opportunity to study their chosen academic field in great depth, acquire a certain expertise in the area, as well as explore the interconnection with other disciplines. The Interdisciplinary majors at Ashoka goes beyond the traditional boundaries of disciplines and departments to give students an opportunity to combine multiple academic interests into a single degree programme. These are not double-degree programmes, but seek to combine closely related fields or explore new approaches to the study of particular fields. (Examples: Pure Majors – Mathematics, Psychology, Economics, etc. Interdisciplinary Majors – Computer Science and Entrepreneurship, History and International Relations, English and Creative Writing, etc).
Do students have to declare their majors at the time of admission?
Ashoka offers flexibility in its programmes. Students will only indicate their preferred major at the time of application. They have the option to take major courses from as early as their first semester, alongside the mandatory Foundation Courses. They decide their specialisation in the third semester.
How viable is it to pursue a double major at Ashoka?
While Ashoka does not deny a student the opportunity to pursue a double major, the undergraduate programme being extremely academically rigorous, it is not advisable for a student to pursue a double major. The credit requirements for a major are such the student may have to spend an extra year to pursue a double major. A student can convert his or her minor into a major in their fourth year. While the degree will still be awarded towards the major chosen in the second year, the transcript will reflect your second major.
What is the nature of collaboration with partner institutions?
Through our collaborations with King’s College, London, Sciences Po, Carleton College, UPenn, UC Berkeley and University of Michigan, students experience exposure to the academic life of other top universities. This includes curriculum design, research collaborations, faculty exchange as well as student exchange programmes. Credits earned will be transferable, both for summer and semester exchange programmes.
What is the requirement to study Biology at Ashoka University?
For those wishing to major in Biology, they will need to have studied Physics in their XI and XII Grades. Biology as a subject in their senior school years (Class XI and XII) is not a requirement.
In which programmes in Ashoka it is mandatory to have studied Math?
Students who wish to study Economics / Computer Science / Finance / Physics / Mathematics should have studied Math in Class XI and XII.
What are the foreign/new languages taught at Ashoka? Do they differ from year to year? If I already have experience studying a language, how can I pursue it further at Ashoka if it’s not a part of the curriculum?
Every year, Ashoka University introduces three new languages. Currently, French, Latin and Urdu are being offered. The language courses are provided as options and are part of co-curricular courses which have 2 credits. One co-curricular course is mandatory for every student and has to be done at any point within the three years of graduation. If you wish to pursue a language you are already proficient in, which is not offered at Ashoka University, you can consider pursuing it from other language centres in Delhi (For example: German from Max Mueller Bhavan, French from Alliance Francaise, Spanish from Instituto Cervantes, etc).
Does Ashoka University have a Dean’s list? If yes, how many students from the 1st UG batch are on it? What are the GPA and other requirements for a student to be featured on the list?
Ashoka does have a Dean’s List. Presently, 11 students from the founding UG batch are on it. The GPA requirement is 3.5 as per last year.
What if a student wants to pursue a summer abroad programme in a university that is not associated with Ashoka?
Ashoka University has signed MOUs and is associated with some of the finest universities across the world. However, if a student wishes to pursue a summer abroad in a university of his choice, he or she is free to do so and we will make sure that we provide students with all the support they require to pursue this.
What are the GPA requirements for the summer abroad? What are the financial costs payable by the student to spend a summer abroad? How does a student on partial or full scholarship pay for it?
In order to pursue a summer abroad, students have to have a minimum GPA of 2.8 (on 4) to qualify for the programme. There are multiple other requirements specific to the nature of the programme and what the student seeks to pursue. All additional financial costs are to be borne by the students depending on the University and country to which they are travelling. Please note that some Universities and College require the applicants to have higher GPAs (For example: King’s College requires a 3.3 GPA).
What are the timings of classes in the University?
Classes are usually conducted between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. However, please note that evening classes might also be conducted as required by Professors and Students.
What is the duration of classes? Are the majors classes longer than those of the minor subjects?
All classes are 90 minutes long. Class duration is ideally the same. In case if it exceeds 90 mins, a bio break is provided. (For example: The IR class taught by Professor Srinath Raghavan is for 3 hours, but this is only in exceptional circumstances). The co-curricular classes which are scheduled on Wednesdays are for 120 minutes i.e. from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
How many hours of academic work does a student have to put in on an average day? Is it the same throughout the week? When does the last lecture end?
Ashoka gives its students the freedom to design their own course, so, depending on the subjects they chose, they may have a 6 hour long work day on some days of the week and only one lecture on the others.
If a student is not so good at a particular subject, how and how often can he approach a professor or TA to work on his or skills in the area?
Apart from the academic sessions, students are free to approach professors for one-on-one sessions on areas of difficulties for all subjects. If the professor should be unavailable during a particular period, their Teaching Assistants will help students with all their queries as well as work with them for a longer period to overcome any challenges if they should need assistance.
Should students bring their own laptops?
Students must carry their own laptops to campus when they move in. Almost all courses require constant usage of laptops in the form of preparation for assignments, exams or assignments.
Do students have the options to pursue extra-curricular and co-curricular activities?
Ashoka University has an active Student Life department which is committed to engaging students outside of the classroom. We currently have several student-run clubs and societies on campus, in addition to music, arts, dance, and sports opportunities. Ashoka University also has a numbers of centres which offers students any support they may need in areas of their interest.
What kind of opportunities can graduates of Ashoka University expect? Is the Ashoka degree recognised by education institutions abroad?
Graduates of Ashoka’s Young India Fellowship, have been offered admission to and are studying at some of the world’s leading universities like Oxford University, LSE, Sciences Po, Central European University, Columbia University and the University of Chicago. Many have also been placed at top corporate houses like McKinsey, BCG, American Express, Cipla, Citibank, Genpact, Godrej, and TCS. Some went on to the non-profit sector and are employed in World Bank, WWF, Amnesty International, National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), and the UN. Students have also created around eight start-ups in different fields.
Does the curriculum at Ashoka for Biology allow students to pursue higher studies in Genetics in other countries? Does Genetics require an Engineering degree such as Bio-Technology?
Yes. Genetics is part of every course. The course titled Genetics gives foundations in Genetics. Subsequently in each course, some component of Genetics (at various levels of complexity and details) will be discussed. This is because, at the mechanistic level, all Biological phenomenon is mediated by genes.
What is the degree that is offered at Ashoka? Is it a B.Sc. in Biology?
It would be as per the norms of the State Government.
According to the curriculum, Bioinformatics is being offered as an elective in the 4th year. Will it be definitely offered or is it subject to how many students opt for it?
Bioinformatics as a specialty deals with biological information or data at large scale, but many methods of bioinformatics are the same, be it with small data or big data. Each course has its own component of Informatics, Computational Methods and Data Mining. Thus, one specialized course in Bioinformatics is good at the undergraduate level. Computational methods too are taught as a standalone course (with the Computer Science department). Additionally, there are courses on Computational Biology and Mathematical Biology, which are advanced Bioinformatics courses.
What are the career options/ career path available post a major in Biology at Ashoka?
Depending on the interest of the student, s/he can:
– Pursue a Master’s degree in basic science and then a PhD, and take up an academic career (lecturer/professor; scientist etc.)
– Pursue Applied Science – Biotechnology, Translational Biomedical Science, and take up a job in the government or in private research units
– Add Management Skills and take up a career in science administration and management – in government or private sector
– Add Finance/Entrepreneurial skills and become a technology and innovation expert in a company or start one’s own company
– Gain knowledge and skills in Science Policy and become a policy advisor to various companies or government agencies
– Irrespective of the career choice, it is better to pursue a Master’s and PhD in relevant areas as stated above
When will applications open for the undergraduate batch commencing in August 2017?
Applications for the current Admissions cycle opened on October 17, 2016. The cycle comprises of three application rounds of application apart from an early action round. The round deadlines can be found here
How can I apply to undergraduate programme commencing in August 2017?
Candidates need to fill the UG Application Form in order to apply for the programme. These forms are available online on our website. Alternatively, candidates can also request for an Offline Application form, which will be sent to them after their request has been approved. The candidate needs to fill it completely with the required additional documents as mentioned in the form and post/courier it to our Admissions Office.
In which round should I apply?
You can apply in any of the three rounds of Admission. If you wish to receive an early decision, you may apply in our Early Action Round.
Is the early action decision binding?
If you apply in the Early Action Round, you will only receive your final notification decision at an earlier date. It is in no way binding. You can apply to other Universities, if you desire, even if you have been made an offer by Ashoka University in the Early Action Round.
How can I check the status of my application?
You will receive an automated email saying that your application has been submitted. After the application submission, if you are one of the selected candidates, you will receive the interview invitation by email.
When will I hear whether or not I’ve been invited to interview?
If shortlisted for the interview round, the Admissions Committee will send interview invitations to students after the application deadline of each round. This will be within the round in which the applicant has applied.
I submitted my application by the application deadline. When can I expect to receive a decision from the Admissions Committee?
The Decision deadlines for each round are mentioned on the website and the Admissions Committee will send out the final decision for each Applicant by the date mentioned.
How do I communicate a change to the Admissions Committee after I have submitted my application?
You can write to the admissions team at email@example.com to communicate any changes post submission of your application form. Please note that while some changes may be accepted, there may be changes that might not be accepted as well post submission of the application form.
What do I need to do to be considered for a merit scholarship?
Ashoka University does not offer merit based scholarships. All financial aid offered by Ashoka University is need based.
Do I need to submit official transcripts and certificates when I apply?
You will have to attach scanned copies of all your transcripts and certificates in your online application form. If you are submitting an offline application, you will have to attach photocopies of your transcripts and certificates along with your application form.
Do I need to carry or submit official transcripts and degree certificates when I come for my interview?
If shortlisted for the interview round, you will have to bring to the in-person interview, all the original transcripts and certificates of the scanned attachments or photocopies, which you have submitted with your application form. Your original documents will be checked but you will not be required to submit them.
What is the criteria for selection into the undergraduate programme?
A holistic selection process aims at determining both the fulfilled and potential merit of an applicant. Candidates will be evaluated on their consistent academic performance, active engagement outside the curriculum, and personal impact in terms of challenges they might have faced and overcome. Candidates shortlisted on the basis of their application will be invited for an interview.
What are the academic scores that have to be submitted for evaluation?
Students are required to submit their class IX, X, XI and XII final exam scores. In case they are applying before their board exam results are available, students must submit class XII predicted scores.
What are predicted grades/scores?
Students who are awaiting their final board results are required to submit their predicted grades. Predicted grades are supposed to be an accurate estimation of a student’s final grades. For students from the IB, Cambridge and other International boards, the school counselor must submit the predicted grades on behalf of the student. The process to do this is mentioned in the application form. Students from other boards may submit their own predictions, or share the school counselor’s predictions.
Does Ashoka University require the SAT?
The SAT is not a mandatory requirement for applying to Ashoka. However, as a strong indicator of general aptitude, reading comprehension and writing, students are encouraged to take and submit their SAT scores. The Admissions Committee follows the University’s no cut-offs-based admissions policy even while evaluating SAT scores. The University can give students unconditional admission on the basis of their SAT scores. However, not every student with a SAT score will be eligible for an unconditional offer. The final decision, as mentioned before, depends on a variety of factors. All students submitting their SAT scores, must send the official transcript through the College Board to Ashoka University (DI Code – 7343)
Is it possible to apply before obtaining the final class XII board exam scores?
Yes. Students can apply before obtaining board exam results. All students who are invited for the interview round are encouraged to take the online Ashoka Aptitude Test. However, students whose final board results are awaited and have not taken either the SAT, ACT or the Ashoka Aptitude Test (during the interview round), can only be made Conditional Offers, which will be confirmed after receiving their final exam scores.
What is the weightage for each component – scores, extracurriculars, essays and interview – in the final admissions decision?
The Admissions Committee handpicks students based on their potential for academic rigour and extra-curricular engagement. These include exam scores, projects, and research, if applicable, as well as disciplined and committed pursuit of varied interests and passions. Equally, the on-the-spot essay written at the time of the interview and the in-person interview with the panel, also contribute to the decision for admission.
How does one best prepare for applying to Ashoka University?
With a consistent academic, co-curricular and extracurricular record, a clear and structured approach to writing the essays, and an honest interview, all that remains is for students to convey to the Ashoka Admissions Team the spark they have for a course of liberal learning.
What is the application process like for a reapplicant?
You can apply only once to Ashoka University within one admissions cycle in one year. If an applicant chooses to apply to Ashoka University in another year or admissions cycle, the application process remains the same as a fresh application form.
FINANCIAL AID AND REFUNDS
Will my request for financial aid affect my admission to Ashoka?
While selection to Ashoka is based on merit, including academic and extracurricular achievement, scholarships are entirely based upon need. A student who has earned admission to the University will not be turned away if they are not able to pay tuition. No student has ever been turned down due to financial constraints. Ashoka University is committed to making world-class education affordable for students from all walks of life. At present, more than 50 per cent of our students are under some form of scholarship in the undergraduate programme.
Yes, we do offer financial aid for international students. However, please note that Ashoka University’s financial aid is need based and all applicants for financial aid will be required to submit financial documents to support their application.
If I miss the deadline, can I still apply for financial aid?
If you miss the deadline, you can email the Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and reason(s) for missing the deadline. Your request will be passed on to our Financial Aid team, which reserves the right to grant you permission to apply post the deadline.
How are students’ financial needs assessed for financial aid?
Financial Aid is need-based. Once you are shortlisted for the interview round at Ashoka University, you will be requested by the Admissions and Financial Aid Team to furnish the following documents prior to your interview process:
- Last 3 years Income Tax Returns for your parents/earning members of the family
- Annual complete School Fee Receipt for Grade XII
- Bank Account Statement for the last 12 months of all earning members of the family
- Details of Family Financial Asset(s) (movable and immovable property, investments, etc)
- Company Income Tax Returns and Bank Statements (for Business families)
What amount will I get refunded on withdrawal of admission?
- If a student withdraws his/her admission before the commencement date of the academic session, only 1,000 INR of the deposited fees shall be forfeited and the remaining paid amount will be refunded to the student
- If a student withdraws his/her admission within two weeks of the commencement date of the academic session, 50% of the deposited fees shall be forfeited and the balance, along with the full security deposit shall be refunded to the student. This is applicable to students who register or do not register at Ashoka University at the commencement of the progamme
- If a student withdraws his/her admission anytime post two weeks of the commencement date of the academic session, none of the deposited fees will be refunded except for the Security Deposit of 50,000 INR. This is applicable to students who register or do not register at Ashoka University at the commencement of the progamme
- The refund amount may be different for students who have been granted financial aid depending on the amount of aid given
- All refunds will happen within 4 weeks of the request for withdrawal of admission
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