Ashoka University, Sonepat is an independent private university promoted by the International Foundation for Research and Education (IFRE), a sector 25 non-profit organisation. Named after the great emperor Ashoka, Ashoka University is a fully residential university with a focus on the liberal arts, located in Kundli, Haryana, which falls under the National Capital Region. Founded in 2014 with first undergraduate batch of 350 students, Ashoka University is recognised as a private university under the Haryana Private Universities Act of 2006, with full power to award its own degrees, diplomas and doctorates. Ashoka University has been recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The Ashoka initiative is supported by more than 100 of India’s most eminent industry leaders who have contributed generously to build the institution. The university’s council is chaired by Vice Chancellor and eminent historian Rudrangshu Mukherjee. Historian Ramachandra Guha, World Bank's Chief Economist Kaushik Basu and department chairs at Michigan, Penn and Princeton are among other notable members.
The university has a fully residential wifi-enabled campus designed to provide comfortable spaces for learning and socialising inside and out of the classroom. The campus facilities include state of the art classrooms, auditoriums, conference halls, a well stocked library open 24 hours for students along with access to online resources and a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, a tuck shop and cooperative store to purchase both fresh and prepared foods, and other general provisions.
The university provides an hourly van for transport to and from the Jahangirpuri Metro station for easy travel to New Delhi.
The campus hostel is equipped to house 350 students in 175 fully furnished, air-conditioned rooms. There are separate hostels for men and women with multiple lounge spaces, facilities for laundry and fitness. A centrally-located mess hall also offers nutritious meals and snacks four times a day.
The campus also houses medical clinics, staffed with physicians and an ambulance service for students who require immediate healthcare.
Ashoka University offers three-year B.A. (Hons) and B.Sc. (Hons) programmes in compliance with the most recent directive from the UGC.
Ashoka University currently offers nine pure majors in which students can earn either their B.A. or B.Sc.
Computer Science; Mathematics
Economics; English; History; Philosophy; Political Science
Computer Science and Entrepreneurship; Economics and Finance
English and Journalism; History and International Relations; Politics, Philosophy and Economics; Politics and Society; Psychology; Anthropology and Sociology
Courses that students can take outside their area of specialisation or "major", students will have to take a minimum of 6 courses in a particular discipline to be able to earn a minor. Minors can be taken in the fields of:
Entrepreneurial Leadership; Visual and Performing Arts; Environmental Science
The Young India Fellowship
YIF is a one-year, residential programme for recent college graduates with eight-semesters in liberal arts and sciences curriculum that offer courses in a number of disciplines from literature to economics, from visual communication to group dynamics.
Admission process includes evaluation of candidates’ consistent academic performance, active engagement outside the curriculum and personal impact in terms of challenges they might have faced and overcome. Shortlisted candidates are called for interview with the university’s admissions team and faculty members.
Application for the undergraduate programme commences in August 2015 and the admission process comprises four rounds, extending from November 2014 to July 2015.
Prospective undergraduate students can contact the admissions office on +91 9015 151 151 for queries and assistance.
The annual fee includes
Tuition INR 4,90,000/-
Hostel INR 1,10,000/-
Ashoka University offers courses of international standards, delivered in collaboration with renowned universities such as the University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, University of California, Berkeley, King’s College, London, Carleton College and Sciences Po, Paris. Ashoka’s partner institutions support with curriculum design, setting up of departments, and providing opportunities for faculty exchange and student study-abroad programmes.