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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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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 you to learn from a range of perspectives, and prepare yourself to be a critical thinker – a key 21st century skill.

Ashoka has institutionalised the Socratic way of teaching: focusing on teaching students how to think rather than just what to think. YIF, as part of the University, encourages students to ask questions rather than just passively absorbing and churning information; and generate debate and discussion around issues rather than imposing a top-down model of knowledge dissemination. At the YIF, we want to change your perspective from the standard rote learning pedagogy and introduce in the classroom an innovative and interactive pedagogy which will lead to knowledge creation and creative thinking.

Multidisciplinary Courses

The YIF offers a dynamic range of courses every year that are carefully curated and offered by renowned faculty from India and abroad. Each course offering is from a distinct academic or professional domain. Disciplines range from sciences to social sciences and from leadership to the arts. Course offerings include public policy, art appreciation, gender and media studies, leadership, group dynamics, business essentials, Shakespeare, communication, and Indian elections. Fellows study a total of 20 courses during the programme, from a pool of over 35 offerings. For the last year, courses included but were not limited to, the following:

Courses by Ashoka University Faculty

Ashoka University Faculty
JM Financial Lectures on Reason and the Makers of Modern India
Rudrangshu Mukherjee
Chancellor, Ashoka University; Historian; DPhil, University of Oxford 
Mathematical Thinking
Maya Saran
Assistant Professor of Mathematics; PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Shakespeare and the World
Jonathan Gil Harris
Professor of English; PhD, University of Sussex
Madhavi Menon
Professor of English; PhD, Tufts University
Understanding Pandemics
Shahid Jameel 
Director, Trivedi School of Biosciences; PhD, Washington State University
Making Sense of Indian Elections
Gilles Verniers
Assistant Professor of Political Science; PhD, Sciences Po
Morality and the Good Life
Clancy Martin
Professor of Philosophy; PhD, University of Texas at Austin
Crowds of Occupation, Crowds of Protest 
Deepak Mehta 
Professor of Sociology; PhD, Delhi University
The New Geography of the Information Age
Debayan Gupta
Assistant Professor of Computer Science; PhD, Yale University

Courses by Visiting Faculty at the YIF

Visiting Faculty at the YIF
India and the World: A Strategic History Since 1945
Rudra Chaudhuri
Senior Lecturer, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
Heart of Leadership and Group Dynamics
Kenwyn Smith
Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Behavioral Science in Development
Neela Saldanha
PhD, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Leadership Lessons from the Road Less Travelled
Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Padma Shree
Founder, Infoedge (Naukri.com); Founder and Trustee, Ashoka University; MBA, IIM Ahmedabad
Issues in Social Democracy and Social Justice in India
Narendra Jadhav
Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)
Design Thinking and Innovation
Ranjan Banerjee
Dean and Professor, BITS School of Management
Ruppal W Sharma
Professor and Head, SPJIMR, New Delhi
Deconstructing Select Indian Foreign Policy Challenges and Responses: A Practitioner’s Perspective
Arun Kumar Singh
Former Ambassador of India to the United States
Building Careers, Habits and Institutions
Pramath Raj Sinha
Founding Dean, ISB Hyderabad; Founder and Chairman, Harappa Education; Founder and Trustee, Ashoka University
Indian Financial Regulation and Policy
KP Krishnan
Former Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India
Kabir: The Poet of Vernacular Modernity
Purushottam Agrawal
Renowned Kabir and Bhakti scholar
Indian Ecosophy / Global Ecosophy
Aseem Shrivastava
Environmental Economist and Activist
Totalitarian Century / The Ideology Seminar
Dilip Simeon
Author and Historian
Problem Solving and Statistical Thinking in Modern Life
Santosh Venkatesh
Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania 
Art Appreciation
Anunaya Chaubey
Artist and Provost, Anant National University
Women, Society and Changing India
Urvashi Butalia
Author, Publisher and Founder, Zubaan Books
Foundations of Leadership
Dwight Jaggard
Former Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Economics and Public Policy: An Introduction to Applied Microeconomics
AK Shiva Kumar
Development Economist and Visiting Professor, Harvard University and ISB Hyderabad
Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Ritwik Agrawal
Doctoral Researcher, University of Missouri
India’s Economy: Past, Present and Near Future Omkar Goswami
DPhil, University of Oxford
STI as Power: The Case of China Stephanie Balme
Dean, Sciences Po
Trade, Trust and Peace in South Asia Sanjay Kathuria
DPhil, University of Oxford


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