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Retrospect : The year 2016 for Ashoka University

The year 2016 witnessed significant milestones for Ashoka University. The year began with a visit from Honourable Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri ML Khattar at the campus and ended with the appointment of current Vice Chancellor Rudrangshu Mukherjee.

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1 February, 2017 | 10 Mins read

Rudrangshu Mukherjee named next Chancellor of Ashoka University

Ashoka University named renowned historian and current Vice Chancellor Rudrangshu Mukherjee as its next Chancellor, after Prof. Andre Beteille’s three-year term ends in April 2017. Rudrangshu Mukherjee has played a crucial role as Ashoka’s first Vice Chancellor and has led the achievement of a significant number of milestones since his appointment in 2014.  The University has commenced the search for a new Vice Chancellor, who can lead its next phase of growth. Read more 

Shakespearean extravaganza at Ashoka University

Ashoka University is back with the yearly Shakespeare festival. Enthusiasm flowed in from all corners of the Multipurpose Hall at the University, which was filled with Young India Fellows as 22 teams performed chimerical reimaginings of Shakespeare’s texts The Tempest and Othello, creating a convivial atmosphere during the two-day long festival. Students turned out in large numbers to cheer the collective effort, while Madhavi Menon (Professor of English) and Jonathan Gil Harris (Dean of Academic Affairs) appraised the performances. The duo was critical of the performances but was exuberant in praise for the innovative ideas. Read more 

Exploring the vernacular roots in contemporary literature

Three authors and former chief editor of HarperCollins India sit down to discuss the complexities of translation, writing in English and vernacular roots. The English and Creative Writing programmes organised a panel discussion ‘The Vernacular Life of English’ on the afternoon of October 26. Three Ashoka writers – Saikat Majumdar, Janice Pariat and Aruni Kashyap spoke at the event with Karthika VK, Publisher and Chief Editor of HarperCollins, who also moderated the discussion. Read more

Ashoka welcomes the second cohort of Entrepreneurs in Residence Programme

This year, 11 Young India Fellows have come together to form the second batch of Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiR) for the Centre for Entrepreneurship housed at the Ashoka campus. The Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) programme is a 5-month programme open to the Young India Fellowship alumni of Ashoka University. The underlying philosophy behind the programme is to offer avenues of growth to alumni intending to take their entrepreneurial ventures to the next level. Read More

Eminent Faculty join Ashoka University

Ashoka University has added renowned faculty members from across the globe to further the University’s overall academic offerings. These faculty members are not only well-known for their contributions and the impact they have made in their respective fields, they are also famed for their ability to inspire students with original ideas. Read more 

Summer Conference, 2016

The Student Conference or the Summer Conference named Summer of’16, took place on the 20th of September at the campus. It featured the stories and experiences of students who interned, studied abroad or took up an interesting activity or initiative during the summer break. I was involved as an emcee of the event, which gave me a birds-eye of the conference and what went into it. Read more

Ode to Summer Abroad 2016

The Office of International Programmes at Ashoka University offers students exciting opportunities to study during the summer in partner universities and beyond. This year, 28 Ashoka undergraduates spent a memorable summer abroad. Read more

Highlights of the Undergraduate Orientation Week 2016

The one-week long orientation programme welcomed over 330 undergraduate students to the Ashoka University Campus. Here is a quick snapshot. Read more

YIF Orientation 2016 : The Journey begins

The thirteenth of July, 2016, marked an important day not just for Ashoka University, with the commencement of the Young India Fellowship, in its sixth year, but also for the 215 Fellows who joined it with anxious, yet eager faces.

The weekend before the four day long ‘Orientation’ saw dozens of new Fellows pouring into the 25 acre campus, waiting to finally see others who they had been talking to, over various messaging and social media platforms. As a Fellow who graduated little over a month ago, it was fascinating to follow the induction frame-by-frame, and cover the same. Read more

“Stay hungry, stay smart and make a difference”, says T.N Ninan at YIF Convocation

The University hosted the Convocation ceremony of Young India Fellowship (YIF), Class of 2016 at its campus in Sonepat on 25th June 2016. The fifth cohort received their certificates from the Guest of Honour on the occasion, veteran journalist T. N. Ninan in the presence of Founder and Trustee Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha, Vice-Chancellor Dr. Rudrangshu Mukherjee along with Pro Vice-Chancellor Mr. Vineet Gupta, faculty, friends and families of the graduating students, and other members of the Ashoka family. Read more

Quick Bytes of Alumni Weekend 2016

Malini Bose, Young India Fellow, Class of 2013 and Senator, Alumni Association describes the Alumni Weekend 2016 with catchy phrases in her witty writing style. Read more

Highlights of Young Scholars Programme 2016

Students of the one-week long Young Scholars Programme 2016 were exposed to different disciplines through experiential and hands-on learning. The programme included a range of activities including lectures, workshops, discussion groups, project-work, presentations and performances. Here is a quick look at the highlights of the week which high school students spent at the Ashoka campus. Read more

Ashoka University celebrates Founders’ Day

On a foggy morning on the 31st of January, founders, faculty, and students of Ashoka University gathered for a celebration of Ashoka University’s second Founders’ Day. The Honourable Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri ML Khattar, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Read more

Amitabh Kant talks about “Make in India” at Ashoka University

Ashoka University welcomed Amitabh Kant, the Secretary of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Mr. Kant, also the man who is driving the “Make in India” scheme, had a stimulating interaction with students and founders of the University. Read more

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