Instructions and FAQ

About AshokaX Certificates and Application

Specialization Certificates are AshokaX programmes comprising a sequence of short courses in a specific subject. These certificates aim at the serious working professional learner looking to acquire depth in a particular discipline.

Taught by Behavioural Science specialists from Centre for Social and Behavioural Change, the current course welcomes those new to the discipline as well as early practitioners looking to further their skills of application.

Course Duration: 10 weeks (March 11, 2023 - May 23, 2023)

Course Format: Approximately 8 hours weekly (interaction and course work)

Faculty contact time: 3-4 hours per week

Additional Learning Support with TA: 1 hour per week

Self-learning (readings, assessments & worksheets and project work): 3 hours per week

Application Process & Fees

All applicants to AshokaX Academy must fill the single-page application form which helps identify basic personal information and motivation to take the courses. On the basis of the information provided, students will be selected on their suitability for particular courses on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you face any technical issues while filling in your application form, please write to us at:

Course Fees: INR 1,50,000

Selection & Payment: All selected students will receive an email with their offer letter and payment link. There is no

application fee.


How do I know the status of my application?

You can check the status of your application by logging in to this portal. Your email id will serve as your username and your password has been sent to you via email

Where will the classes be held?

The classes will be held in zoom, an online meeting platform. All learners will need to install the latest version of zoom on their computers and ensure that they have a stable internet connection for the duration of the course.

How can I get in touch for assistance with the application, payment or status tracking?

You may contact us at for assistance with any part of the application process.

Do I get a certificate of completion at the end of the course? What must I do in order to obtain that certificate?

To be awarded the Certificate learners should:

  • Be present for at least 80% of the classroom sessions
  • Submit their assessments regularly
  • Be part of group project

This is essential for us to maintain classroom rigour and the quality of peer Learning.

Who are TA's? What are discussion sessions/tutorials?

TA's (Teaching Assistants) are experienced, trained students in the discipline who will assist the faculty member to deliver the course. They will be the Point Of Contact (PoCs) (for both learners and faculty) for any logistical query or issue during the course. They also facilitate discussion sessions and tutorials. Discussions and tutorials are usually held in smaller groups to resolve any doubts that learners may have , discuss readings, and to introduce new concepts. These serve as complimentary sessions to the lectures and add depth to learner understanding.

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.