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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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Ashoka has institutionalised the Socratic way of teaching: focusing on teaching students how to think rather than just what to think. Each course offering is from a distinct academic or professional domain, while several are interdisciplinary in nature. Course offerings include public policy, art appreciation, statistics, data, psychology, philosophy, gender studies, group dynamics, design thinking, communication, international relations and more. Broad course domains are as follows:


Fellows study a total of 20 courses during the year-long programme. Most of these courses are taken by all 100 Fellows, while a few courses are taught in groups of about 25 Fellows, as choice-based Special Seminars.

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 Fellows to learn from a range of perspectives, and prepare themselves to be critical thinkers who can connect the dots.

Faculty at the YIF

Renowned faculty from Ashoka University and partner institutions (such as the University of Pennsylvania), and practitioners from leading institutions globally teach at the YIF. The following is a non-exhaustive list of current and recent faculty at the YIF.

Courses at the YIF

Please note that several courses change year on year, and the following non-exhaustive list of courses is appended below for the reader to get a sense of the kinds of courses that are offered at the YIF:


Courses by Ashoka University Faculty

Ashoka University Faculty
JM Financial Lectures on Reason and the Making of Modern India Rudrangshu Mukherjee

Chancellor and Professor of History, Ashoka University

DPhil, University of Oxford

Exploring the Universe Somak Raychaudhury

Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University

PhD, University of Cambridge

Dipankar Bhattacharya

Sunanda and Santimay Basu Professor of Astrophysics and HoD of Physics, Ashoka University

PhD, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Khayal, North Indian Classical Music and the Modern Song: A Story of the Trajectory of Modernity Amit Chaudhuri

Professor of Creative Writing, Ashoka University

DPhil, University of Oxford

The Welfare State Mekhala Krishnamurthy

Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Ashoka University

PhD, University College, London

Language, Politics and Society in India Kathryn Collins Hardy

Assistant Professor and HoD of Sociology and Anthropology, Ashoka University

PhD, University of Pennsylvania

The New Geography of the Information Age Debayan Gupta

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Ashoka University

PhD, Yale University

Shakespeare and the World Jonathan Gil Harris

Professor of English, Ashoka University

PhD, University of Sussex

Madhavi Menon

Professor of English, Ashoka University

PhD, Tufts University


Courses by Visiting Faculty at the YIF

Visiting Faculty at the YIF
Heart of Leadership and Group Dynamics Kenwyn K Smith

Former Professor, University of Pennsylvania

PhD, Yale University

Foundations of Leadership Dwight L Jaggard

Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

PhD, California Institute of Technology

Women, Society and Changing India Urvashi Butalia

Padma Shri; Writer and Founder, Zubaan Books

MA, University of London

Economic Reasoning and Public Policy AK Shiva Kumar

Development Economist

PhD, Harvard University

Problem Solving and Statistical Thinking in Modern Life Santosh S Venkatesh

Professor, University of Pennsylvania

PhD, California Institute of Technology

Indian Society: Imaginations, Structures and Identities (Society) Surinder Jodhka

Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Visual Storytelling and Cinematic Techniques Meenu Gaur


PhD, SOAS, University of London

Building Habits, Careers and Institutions Pramath Raj Sinha

Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Ashoka University

PhD, University of Pennsylvania

An Overview of Public Policy and Regulation in India with Indian Finance as a Case Study K P Krishnan

Former Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India

PhD, IIM Bangalore

Trade, Trust and Peace in South Asia Sanjay Kathuria

Former Lead Economist, The World Bank

PhD, Oxford University

Deconstructing Select Indian Foreign Policy Challenges and Responses: A Practitioner’s Perspective Arun Kumar Singh

Former Indian Ambassador to the United States, France and Israel

MA, University of Delhi

Art Appreciation Anunaya Chaubey

Provost, Anant National University

PhD, Patna University

From Theory to Practice: Using Behavioural Economics to Address Global Policy Challenges Saugato Datta

Managing Director, Ideas42

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Design Thinking and Innovation Ranjan Banerjee

Vice-Chancellor and Professor, Nayanta University

PhD, University of Minnesota

Climate Change and the Future of Health, Food, and Agriculture K VijayRaghavan

Former Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India

PhD, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

AI and Beyond: Being Human in the Age of AI Jaspreet Bindra

Thought Leader, Advisor, and Author on Digital Transformation, AI, Blockchain, and the Future of Work

Science of Emotions and Empathy: A Toolkit of Concepts and Techniques Bhismadev Chakrabarti

Professor of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Reading (UK)

PhD, Cambridge University

Global Mental Health: A Primer to Decrease Human Suffering and Increase Thriving in the World Srishti Meera Sardana

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University

Global Mental Health Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

PhD, Columbia University


Cross-Listed Courses

We have launched an initiative that provides Fellows with the chance to earn 2 additional credits beyond the YIF curriculum. These cross-listed courses encompass a wide range of subjects, including Business Analysis, Public Policy, Startup Incubation, and AI, among others. Admission to these courses is competitive, and they are offered in both the Monsoon and Spring semesters.

Currently, we are offering six courses from the Centre for Entrepreneurship and one course from the Ashoka Centre for Well-Being as part of this initiative. Looking ahead, we aspire to expand our collaboration with more centres and departments at Ashoka University to enhance the options available to YIF participants.


Business Analysis and Strategy Akhil Dhawan

Visiting Faculty, Ashoka University

MD, Locus Investment Group

MBA, The Wharton School

Sanjay Kukreja

Visiting Faculty, Ashoka University

Partner and CIO, ChrysCapital

MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

Pavan Ahluwalia

Visiting Faculty, Ashoka University

Founder and Managing Director, Laburnum Capital

MBA, Stanford University

Driving Inspired Social Impact: Deconstructing Social Sector Systems in India Seema Bansal

Visiting Faculty, Ashoka University

MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

Shoikat Roy

Visiting Faculty, Ashoka University

Master’s in Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Accounting and Financial Statements Deepali Singh

Visiting Faculty, Ashoka University

Founder and CEO, The WallstreetWiz

Life Design Lab Navyug Mohnot

Visiting Faculty, Ashoka University

Founder and CEO, QAI Global Services

Integrated Digital Marketing Strategy Shradha Agarwal

Visiting Faculty, Ashoka University

Co-Founder and CEO, grapes

Living with Purpose: Lessons for Life from Psychology, Neuroscience and Cognitive Wellbeing Arvinder J Singh

Director, Ashoka Centre for Well-Being, Ashoka University


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