India has a large number of gifted and deserving students who are unable to avail of a high-quality learning experience from reputed institutions in India or abroad due to financial or other constraints. YIF will reach out to such students.
Leading undergraduate programmes in India seem to focus too early on professional and specialized courses that tend to stifle the abilities of talented young minds to explore different perspectives and avenues. YIF is designed to rekindle the desire to learn and explore.
The perceived value of a broad-based liberal arts education at the undergraduate level has declined over the years. This has compromised a well-rounded learning experience at the higher education level in India. YIF wants to bring liberal arts to the centre-stage of a more holistic learning experience.
New ideas and possibilities get created at the boundaries of various disciplines. YIF aims to showcase the power of a multi-disciplinary learning environment created by some of the best and most inspirational teachers from India and the world.
“Let us launch your leadership journey…”
The YIF will catalyse your growth and development as one of India’s young leaders with an exciting one-year immersion in a world-class learning environment. Across time, internationally renowned institutions have always brought together the best and the brightest students and teachers from diverse fields. Moreover, what distinguishes these institutions is how they inspire students and teachers to engage with each other and amongst themselves. The result is an unparalleled privilege for those who have the opportunity to participate in such a learning experience. The YIF brings you such a programme right here in India to place you in a league of your own:
Join 100 Fellows from around India in the 3rd Batch of Young India Fellows: study, work and learn with India’s best minds, carefully selected for their passion and leadership potential. Your batchmates will include engineers, scientists, accountants and lawyers, as well as those who have graduated with degrees in history, sociology, English literature, and the liberal arts.
Take classes in a range of subject areas that cover anthropology to ethics, life sciences to climate change, and art appreciation to entrepreneurship. You will develop insights and a worldview on a broad set of core disciplines as well as on some of the most complex global challenges we face.
Learn from some of the world’s most reputed faculty members drawn from the best universities and institutions around the world, and known for their outstanding teaching and research. The hand-picked YIF faculty will not only inspire you and help you learn how to learn, but also challenge you to be the best you can be.
Get mentored by some of the best minds and role models with diverse backgrounds and experiences. From corporate leaders to social activists, from researchers to entrepreneurs, the YIF Council of Mentors will help you think through what you should do next in life and how.
Be coached on life skills and develop your “whole person” through a portfolio of engaging leadership courses. You will take courses in writing and communication, learn numerical analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving, and train in business and entrepreneurship.
Experience working in the real world through a year-long team-based consulting and research project created especially for the YIF. Whether for a major company or a start-up, for a university lab or an NGO, the Experiential Learning Module (ELM) will help you learn from doing.
Receive a full or partial scholarship to cover the entire fee, boarding and lodging when you enter this prestigious fully-residential, full-time programme. And on completion, our experienced placement counselors will support and guide you in securing a career or higher-study opportunity in your area of choice.
The International Foundation for Research & Education (IFRE) is a not-for-profit (Section 25) Company that has been established with the vision to set up Ashoka University – India’s first world class university. Over the last two years various academic and non-academic members from across the world have joined in to build an incomparable team of accomplished and committed individuals driven by the motivation to give back to the country.
The Haryana Govt. has allotted 25 acres of land for the university to the IFRE in the upcoming Rajiv Gandhi Education City at Sonepat. The location is at a distance of 1 hour from South Delhi and is on NH-1.
IFRE is also engaging with various reputed universities and schools in USA and Europe to firm up the scope for collaboration in building Ashoka University. A formal collaboration with the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) is already in place. UPenn is one of eight Ivy League universities and is ranked within the top five for many of its undergraduate and post- graduate programmes.
The Young India Fellowship will be the flagship programme of the Ashoka University and one that best showcases the philosophy and intent in creating a new benchmark in higher education in India. The YIF has been conceptualized under the guidance of eminent academicians and leaders from different domains and has received overwhelming response from people from different walks of life who have enthusiastically agreed to sponsor, mentor and teach on the programme.