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AshokaX: Redefining Lifelong Learning Experiences

AshokaX came into being as classes shuttered amidst the pandemic's grasp. The struggle of disparate classes emerged, accentuating the necessity for an inclusive online education platform to bridge this gap. Ashoka University recognised the need to equip the faculty with a platform facilitating connectivity, not only within its own student body but also extending to a broader learner community. With the intent to further Ashoka’s mission to be inclusive, innovative, and diverse for learners, beyond the confines of Ashoka campus, AshokaX launched in 2020 with a virtual seminar series called ‘Beyond The Classroom’, followed by a multitude of live online courses and weekend seminars as part of AshokaX Academy, in 2021 - 2022. Currently, AshokaX is a lifelong learning initiative bringing Ashoka’s scholarly aptitude, renowned faculty and unique pedagogy to a broader audience in India and around the world.

Empowering Leaders: The Three Pillars of AshokaX

AshokaX now has three fundamental pillars, each designed to cater to diverse learning needs and preferences.

The first pillar encompasses Executive Education programs, exemplified by flagship offerings like India@75 and its curated renditions for senior professionals and decision-makers, empowering leaders to drive impactful change.

Scheduled for April 2024 in Mumbai, the ‘Demystifying Regulatory Landscape for the Financial Sector’ program, led by Isaac Center for Public Policy (ICPP), will provide CEOs & CFOs from various sectors with a comprehensive understanding of India’s regulatory framework. Through engaging sessions led by industry practitioners such as K.P. Krishnan (Former Secretary, Government of India), K.V. Kamath (Chairman, Jio Financial Services), U.K. Sinha (Former Chairman, SEBI), D. Subbarao (Former Governor, RBI), learners will gain valuable insights to navigate the complexities of the Indian financial sector.

Further, later this year, we will launch an Artificial Intelligence program tailored for senior management professionals across corporate India. The program will delve into generative-AI algorithms and technology, enabling learners to strategically leverage AI solutions within their organisations. Additionally, it will address crucial ethical considerations surrounding the sustainable use and regulation of AI in today's business landscape.

The second pillar revolves around synchronous programs such as the Applied Behavioural Science program led by CSBC and the renowned ‘Writing for the 21st Century Professional’ program. This professional writing program explores the ins and outs of good writing in an immersive, accessible and peer-centric manner. Experiencing success with the inaugural cohort, the next edition of the program will be launched later this year. AshokaX’s synchronous programs provide interactive learning experiences facilitated by expert instructors, fostering dynamic discussions and collaborative engagement among learners.

The third pillar of AshokaX comprises asynchronous programs, which serve as condensed versions of renowned, previously successful courses. Hosted on online platforms, the programs aim to broaden our reach and audience by offering flexible learning opportunities that accommodate diverse schedules and preferences. Together, these three pillars form the foundation of AshokaX, reflecting our commitment to lifelong learning, innovation, and accessibility in education.


How to Change Your Life

Faculty: Dr Sanna Balsari-Palsule is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social and Behavioural Change, Ashoka University

Course Dates: January 15, 2024 (tentative date, subject to change)


Application Deadline: January 7, 2024


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Introduction to the Science of Climate Change

Faculty: Professor Gautam Menon, Dean of Research, Professor of Physics and Biology, and Head of Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability (3CS) at Ashoka University.

Course Dates: January 25, 2024 to March 30, 2024 (tentative date, subject to change)

Application Deadline: December 10, 2023


Certificate Course: Rs 40,000/- (all inclusive)

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Writing for the 21st Century

Faculty: Aditi Sriram and Devapriya Roy, Senior Writing Fellow at Ashoka University, and Anuja Chauhan, bestselling Indian author.

Course Dates: March 10, 2024 to May 30, 2024 (tentative date, subject to change)


Application Deadline: Feb 10, 2024


Certificate Course: Rs 55,000/- +GST

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Madhavi Menon

Professor of English, Ashoka University

Director, Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality

Director of the PhD Programme in English

Ph.D. Tufts University

Madhavi Menon is an eminent theorist and scholar of gender, sexuality, politics, and identity. 

She joined Ashoka University in 2013 as one of its founding faculty members. She went on to establish the university’s Centre for Gender & Sexuality Studies (CSGS), which is the first of its kind in India. Previously, she was a professor at Ithaca College and American University

Most prominently known for her work on queer theory and Shakespeare, she has also edited the collection Shakesqueer and written three books on Shakespeare and sexuality. She is also most recently the author of Infinite Varieties: A History of Desire in India and Law of Desire: Rulings on Sex & Sexuality in India. 

In addition to being Director of CSGS, she is the Director of the Ph.D. programme in English and Professor of English at Ashoka University.