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YIF invites applications for the first cohort of the new decade with a focus on preparing leaders and change-makers for the post-pandemic era

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News Desk, News Nation 360:  Ashoka University announced that the second and final round of applications to the eleventh cohort of its flagship programme, the Young India Fellowship (YIF) is open till 12 th April 2021. the Young India Fellowship (YIF) started in 2011 and grooms socially conscious leaders and change-makers for the 21st century. A fully residential one-year multidisciplinary postgraduate diploma in liberal studies exposes Fellows to multiple academic and professional avenues within a year. Candidates who have a recognized undergraduate degree in any discipline (can be final-year students at the time of application), and are no more than 28

years of age on 1st August 2021 are eligible to apply. Candidates may have work experience and/or postgraduate degree and can be from any academic or professional background. Ashoka University provides a need-based Financial Aid programme for selected candidates. It aims to provide the necessary financial support to bridge the gap between the cost of the programme and their ability to pay. Need-based aid will be offered in the form of fee waivers, ranging from 25% relaxation on tuition to 100% of the entire fee including residence and meals. The Young India Fellowship (YIF) at Ashoka University has been training students in the study of Liberal Arts and Sciences, exposing them to new ways of problem-solving and thinking, preparing them to be ready for impactful careers. With an ever-diversifying set of faculty members from Harvard, Yale, ISB, University of Delhi, among others, the Fellowship opens its doors to 200 students this year. Aniha Brar, Dean, The Young India Fellowship stated that the programme was built around an exceptional cohort, great faculty, and an emphasis on writing, critical thinking and real-world projects. The strength of the YIF lies in not resting on its legacy, but always reinventing itself to remain an outstanding offering at Ashoka University. According to Karan Bhola, YIF & 14, Director, Outreach and Admissions, Founding President, Ashoka Alumni Association, a fully-online and holistic admissions process allows applicants to reflect on their own journeys and bring out their most authentic selves at various stages. We look forward to building a diverse and outstanding 11th cohort, one that will graduate with interdisciplinary perspectives and competencies that would be critical for meaningful post-pandemic careers in industry, academia, entrepreneurship or anywhere else.

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Report : Anustup Kundu