The New World of Ancient India
31st May to 10th June
M, Th, F – 5 to 7pm
28th May, 2021
Pre-college courses to explore specific disciplines
3-Weeks live, online courses during holidays
India's best faculty, amazing peers & learning support
Completion certificate from ashoka university
About The Course
What defines the oldest period in the history of the Indian subcontinent: the grandeur of the well-planned cities of the Harappan Civilization? The bureaucratic apparatus of the Maurya and Gupta empires? The robust exchange of men and material across the maritime networks of the Indian Ocean? The trans-regional renown of Buddhist centres of learning at Taxila and Nalanda? Ancient India is all this but much more. This course offers a tantalizing glimpse of new vistas that have opened up in recent decades in the study of India’s ancient past. From the beginning of writing to the decline of Buddhism, it brings to the fore several exciting nuggets about how ancient Indians lived and thought. The New World of Ancient India demonstrates that the historian’s craft involves something old, something new.
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Ph.D. University of Delhi
Sanjukta Datta is Assistant Professor of History at Ashoka University. She has previously taught at Gargi College and St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.
A student of ancient Indian history, she works with epigraphic sources. Her research interests focus on kingship, patronage, Buddhist networks and documentary culture. Archaeology is another area of her enquiry and she has participated in excavations of the Archaeological Survey of India and has edited some of the organization’s publications. Some of Datta’s recent and forthcoming publications appear in journals and edited volumes. Having completed her BA (Honours) in History from St. Stephen’s College, she obtained her MA, MPhil and PhD from University of Delhi.
Learning Support for the Course
Nishtha is a second year student pursuing an Interdisciplinary Major in History and International Relations at Ashoka University. Her research interests lie in archaeology and urbanism as well as gender studies. She also heads the Social Media team for a student run collective,Millennials for Environment which works towards spreading climate awareness and environmental activism and works in the Media Team for the Ashoka Society for International Affairs. In her free time she likes to engage with art in various forms and read mystery novels.