May, 2015

A snapshot of Spring Semester

A glance at the marquee events of the Spring Semester at Ashoka

By Team Ashoka

The Spring Semester (January to May) at Ashoka University was full of excitement and significant events. The first month of the Semester had a grand event in the form of the formal inauguration of the University by Nobel Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi. This was soon followed by the launch of the Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership, a collaborative initiative between Genpact and Ashoka. The Young India Fellowship Weekend in April was the next high point. Here is a snapshot of our power pack semester.

Official inauguration of Ashoka University by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi

The last day of January this year was a much awaited day for founders, students, academia and Young India Fellows at Ashoka University. Years of paper-work, planning and networking finally culminated in the official inauguration of Ashoka University- a University named after one of the key patrons of Liberal Arts in Indian history- Emperor Ashoka. Read more.



Dalmia Bharat Smart City Contest

Dalmia Bharat Smart City Contest was organized by Ashoka University’s Centre of Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Dalmia Bharat Group and NASA Research Park based Singularity University on March 18th. A first-of-its-kind, the contest enabled Indian students to participate in the annual Global Impact Competition (GIC) of Singularity University that is conducted across various countries. The winner received a fellowship worth $ 30,000 and will also attend the Graduate Studies Program (GSP) at Singularity University, US. Read more.


Genpact & Ashoka University launch Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership

With a vision to drive gender-inclusive growth that empowers and promotes women’s leadership across sectors in the country, Ashoka University and Genpact, a leading Business Process Management company launched Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership (GCWL) in an unique industry-academia partnership. The event was hosted at Ashoka University campus on March 23rd, 2015. Read more.



Ashoka, O.P. Jindal Global and Shiv Nadar University hosted conference on ‘The Future of the Liberal Arts in India 2015’

Ashoka University, O.P. Jindal Global University and Shiv Nadar University co-hosted a conference titled ‘The Future of Liberal Arts in India 2015’ from March 19-21, 2015. The conference, organised in collaboration with Carleton College, Yale-NUS, Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College, the Raman Research Institute and the University of Chicago Centre in New Delhi, brought together senior leaders and faculty of higher education from institutions across India and the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities for high quality teaching, scholarship and research for the Liberal Arts and Sciences in India. Read more.



Young India Fellowship Alumni Weekend 2015

The third annual Young India Fellowship (YIF) Alumni Weekend was held on April 11 and 12, 2015. The two day event hosted alumni from the past three batches of the Fellowship. More than 150 fellows travelled from different parts of the world for the weekend to share their experiences, interact with younger fellows and to relive memories. Read more.



The Ultimate Sport of Frisbee at Ashoka

The founding undergraduate batch at Ashoka University and Young India Fellows decided to play a match between themselves and called it ‘Lutsky Ultimate Frisbee Challenge’, in honour of one of their favourite teachers, Neil Lutsky, Visiting Professor of Psychology for the Spring Semester 2015. Most of the students had never played Ultimate Frisbee till they came to Ashoka and more than half in either team had not indulged in sports earlier. Read more.


The New Ships: Ashoka’s First Annual Production

On the evening of 30th April, students, staff and faculty members gathered in a dimly lit Multipurpose Hall at the Ashoka’s Campus to witness the culmination of a year of the many firsts at the University. The audience watched as actors crawled onto the stage, to the gentle sound of lapping waves and performed ‘The New Ships’, Ashoka’s first Annual Production, a play inspired by The Tempest. The Shakespeare Society and the Theatre Society of the University collaborated to reimagine Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the aftermath of the Modi-wave of 2014. Read More.



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