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    20-week live and online programme with 9 courses

    Online lectures by instructors during Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings

    Discussion forum on LMS for ongoing clarifications

    Mid-term feedback and end-of-term proctored examination

    Programme Overview and Experience


    The program seeks to train data professionals with interdisciplinary subject-matter expertise in climate and health data, with a key focus on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) and intersectionality. Learners will be trained with the techniques and tools of data science to address problems at the intersection of climate change and public health. The program will be taught by distinguished faculty from Ashoka University and other leading institutes like the IITs.

    This programme is for professionals who are employed, engaged or intend to engage with the social sector, with an interest in learning how to use data science to address challenges. The cohort size will be 50-75 students per year.

    Programme Structure

    Timings

    20 WEEKEND MODULES | LIVE - ONLINE | 4 HOUR SESSIONS


    Programme Faculty

    Rita Kothari

    Rita Kothari

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, MA in English Programme

    Ph.D. Gujarat University

    Rita Kothari is a multilingual scholar and translator whose work spans across different disciplines such as literature, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. Her questions emerge from observations of regions and communities in the western part of the Indian subcontinent—Gujarat, Kutch, and Sindh.

    Her ethnographic research on marginal communities—through religion, caste, occupation, and gender—focuses upon narratives of identity, raising questions of both linguistic and cultural translation. Kothari has translated extensively from Gujarati and Sindhi into English, and occasionally vice versa. Her translations, as well as her edited volumes, have made significant contributions to the field of language politics and translation. Movement across languages, contexts, and cultures form the fulcrum of her interests, making translation the prism through which she sees the Indian context.

    Her latest book, Uneasy Translations: Self, Experience and Indian Literature, interweaves her personal journey as an academic into reflections around self, language, and translation – with an eye upon the intangibly available category of experience. It is available here.

    Rita Kothari

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, MA in English Programme

    Ph.D. Gujarat University

    Rita Kothari is a multilingual scholar and translator whose work spans across different disciplines such as literature, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. Her questions emerge from observations of regions and communities in the western part of the Indian subcontinent—Gujarat, Kutch, and Sindh.

    Her ethnographic research on marginal communities—through religion, caste, occupation, and gender—focuses upon narratives of identity, raising questions of both linguistic and cultural translation. Kothari has translated extensively from Gujarati and Sindhi into English, and occasionally vice versa. Her translations, as well as her edited volumes, have made significant contributions to the field of language politics and translation. Movement across languages, contexts, and cultures form the fulcrum of her interests, making translation the prism through which she sees the Indian context.

    Her latest book, Uneasy Translations: Self, Experience and Indian Literature, interweaves her personal journey as an academic into reflections around self, language, and translation – with an eye upon the intangibly available category of experience. It is available here.

    Arvind Panagariya

    Rita Kothari

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, MA in English Programme

    Ph.D. Gujarat University

    Rita Kothari is a multilingual scholar and translator whose work spans across different disciplines such as literature, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. Her questions emerge from observations of regions and communities in the western part of the Indian subcontinent—Gujarat, Kutch, and Sindh.

    Her ethnographic research on marginal communities—through religion, caste, occupation, and gender—focuses upon narratives of identity, raising questions of both linguistic and cultural translation. Kothari has translated extensively from Gujarati and Sindhi into English, and occasionally vice versa. Her translations, as well as her edited volumes, have made significant contributions to the field of language politics and translation. Movement across languages, contexts, and cultures form the fulcrum of her interests, making translation the prism through which she sees the Indian context.

    Her latest book, Uneasy Translations: Self, Experience and Indian Literature, interweaves her personal journey as an academic into reflections around self, language, and translation – with an eye upon the intangibly available category of experience. It is available here.

    Arvind Panagariya

    Professor of Economics and Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of

    Indian Political Economy at Columbia University

    PhD Princeton University

    Arvind Panagariya is Professor of Economics and Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of

    Indian Political Economy at Columbia University.

    He served as the first Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog, Government of India in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. During this time, he also served as India’s G20 Sherpa and led the Indian teams that negotiated the G20 Leaders’ Communiqués during presidencies of Turkey (2015), China (2016) and Germany (2017).

    Professor Panagariya is a former Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and was on the faculty of the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland at College Park. During those years, he also worked with the World Bank, IMF and UNCTAD in various capacities.

    Professor Panagariya is a prolific writer. He has authored or edited 20 books. The latest among them are Free Trade and Prosperity and India Unlimited. His book India: The Emerging Giant was listed as a top pick of 2008 by The Economist and described as the “definitive book on the Indian economy” by Fareed Zakaria of CNN. The Economist has described his book, Why Growth Matters, (with Jagdish Bhagwati) as “a manifesto for policymakers and analysts.”

    Scientific papers by Professor Panagariya have appeared in the top economics journals while policy papers by him have appeared in the Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. He writes a monthly column in the Times of India and his guest columns have appeared in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and India Today.

    In March 2012, the Government of India honoured Professor Panagariya with Padma

    Bhushan, the third highest civilian honours the country bestows in any field.

    Vinay Sitapati

    Vinay Sitapati

    Associate Professor, Political Science and Legal Studies, Ashoka University

    Ph.D. Princeton University

    Vinay Sitapati is a political scientist and award-winning author, recognized as one of Apolitical’s global 100 Most Influential Academics in Government’

    After beginning his career as a journalist with The Indian Express he earned his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University where he continues to serve as Visiting Professor of Political Science. 

    He is the author of two best-selling books. His first book Half-Lion, a biography of Indian Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, was also named "A Book of the Year” by The Economist. His latest book, Jugalbandi: BJP Before Modi, traces how the BJP came to power today through an analysis of its past leaders, Vajpayee and Advani. 

    He also writes extensively for national and international publications, where he analyzes laws, provides on-ground coverage of the elections and dissects political campaigns. 

    He is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at Ashoka University.

    Vinay Sitapati

    Associate Professor, Political Science and Legal Studies, Ashoka University

    Ph.D. Princeton University

    Vinay Sitapati is a political scientist and award-winning author, recognized as one of Apolitical’s global 100 Most Influential Academics in Government’

    After beginning his career as a journalist with The Indian Express he earned his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University where he continues to serve as Visiting Professor of Political Science. 

    He is the author of two best-selling books. His first book Half-Lion, a biography of Indian Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, was also named "A Book of the Year” by The Economist. His latest book, Jugalbandi: BJP Before Modi, traces how the BJP came to power today through an analysis of its past leaders, Vajpayee and Advani. 

    He also writes extensively for national and international publications, where he analyzes laws, provides on-ground coverage of the elections and dissects political campaigns. 

    He is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at Ashoka University.

    Rohit De

    Amita Baviskar

    Dean, Faculty and Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology and Anthropology, Ashoka University

    Ph.D. Cornell University

    Amita Baviskar’s work on the politics of environmental changes and social inequity has been fundamental to developing the field of environmental sociology in India.

    She has held teaching positions in the University of Delhi and the Institute of Economic Growth, as well as been a visiting scholar at several universities including Stanford, Cornell, SciencesPo, and the University of Cape Town. Her work on the environment also earned her a position as a member of the Forest Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. 

    Her first book In the Belly of the River and her other works focus on resource rights, popular movements, and discourses on environmentalism spanning urban and rural geographies. She also writes on food and politics for academic journals, as well as contributing pieces on current issues to publications like Economic and Political Weekly.

    She is Head of Environmental Studies, as well as Professor of Environmental Studies and Anthropology at Ashoka University.

    Rohit De

    Associate Professor, Department of History, Yale University PhD Princeton University

    Rohit De is a lawyer and historian of modern South Asia and focuses on the legal history of the Indian subcontinent and the common law world.


    He held the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics and then became a fellow of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge. After that, he began to work at Yale University


    His scholarship ranges across questions of decolonisation and nationalism, comparative constitutional law, and South Asian as well as global histories of law. He was awarded a Carnegie fellowship to conduct research on social movement lawyering during civil liberty movements for Rights from the Left: Decolonisation, Diasporas and a Global History of Rebellious Lawyering. His book, A People's Constitution: Law and Everyday Life in the Indian Republic, won several awards for its analysis of how the Indian constitution suffuses the imagination of its people. His second book further studied how the ordinary citizens of India engaged with the making of the constitution in Assembling the Indian Constitution. Rohit De has also been directly involved in shaping legal reforms in his time assisting Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan of the Supreme Court of India and working on constitution reform projects in Nepal and Sri Lanka. 


    He is Associate Professor at the Department of History and an Associate Research Scholar in the Law School at Yale University.

    Partha Pratim Das

    Visiting Professor of Computer Science and Director of Centre for

    Data Science and Analytics at Ashoka University and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kharagpur

    PARTHA PRATIM DAS

    obtained his PhD in 1988. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, from 1988 to 1998. He then shifted from academics to industry, initially as a Director for Alumnus Software and as the CEO of a start-up A Quaint Technology before joining Interra Systems as a Senior Director and Centre Head, Kolkata in 2001. His areas of expertise include computer vision, digital learning, digital geometry, and image processing.

    Dr Das has been a Visiting Professor with the Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta (2003–12), Head of the Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, IIT Kharagpur, (2013–20), Professor-in-Charge for the Research Park, IIT Kharagpur (2017–20), and Joint Principal Investigator at the award-winning National Digital Library of India (NDLI) project of the Ministry of Education (2015-2022).

    Maya Ramanath

    Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Ashoka University and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Delhi


    MAYA RAMANATH

    is an associate professor in the Dept. of Computer Science and Engg. at IIT Delhi. She received her PhD from the Institute of Science, Bangalore and worked as a researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany before returning to IIT Delhi. Her interests are in the area of Data Management.

    Gautam Menon

    Dean, Research, Professor of Physics and Biology and Director of Climate Change and Sustainability (3CS) at Ashoka University


    Gautam Menon

    is a Professor of Physics and Biology at Ashoka University. He heads its Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability (3CS) and is currently Dean (Research) at Ashoka University. He was recently appointed a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on “Strengthening the use of Epidemiological Modelling”.

    He completed a BSc (Hons) in physics at St. Stephens College, Delhi, an MSc from IIT Kanpur, and a Ph.D from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He serves on the scientific review committees of several international and national agencies, including the Human Frontier Science Program and the Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance, as well as on a number of national committees.

    Anurag Agrawal

    Dean of Bio-Sciences and Health Research at the Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University


    Anurag Agrawal

    is Dean, BioSciences and Health Research, Trivedi School of Biosciences, Ashoka University, India, and former director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, a national laboratory of CSIR, India. After completing graduate medical education at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, he further trained in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA, followed by a PhD in Physiology from Delhi University.

    His primary research is in respiratory biology and broader interests are in a new vision of health and healthcare seen through the lenses of emerging technologies. He serves on numerous national and global advisory groups, most recently chairing the World Health Organization technical advisory group for viral evolution. He received the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize in 2014, the Sun Pharma Foundation award in 2020, and is a fellow of the Indian national science academies.

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    AUG 14, 2023 - FEB 21 2024

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    CHIEF DESIGNER

    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.