FAQ What is the Young Scholars Program? The Young Scholars Programme is a one week residential programme that introduces high school students to the idea of a liberal education. In this certified programme, students are exposed to different disciplines such as History, Literature, Computer Science and Psychology through a discussion based classroom experience and through experiential learning. The program incorporates a range of activities such as lectures, workshops, discussion groups, project work, presentations and performances. Further details can be found at highschool.ashoka.edu.in. What is a liberal or a liberal arts education? Liberal Education celebrates discussion and debate in the classroom. A liberal education focuses on providing the skills and perspectives to students, which are considered an essential part of leading an ethical and purposeful life. Essentially, it incorporates breadth and depth across multiple disciplines. What is the deadline for the submission of the application form? The deadline for the submission of completed application form is March 25th, 2018. What are the dates and the location for the programme? Dates: May 20-27, 2018 Location: Ashoka University Plot No. 2, Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Post Office Rai, Near Rai Police Station, Sonepat, Haryana 131028 What are the charges for the Young Scholars Programme? The charges for the programme are as follows: An application fee of Rs 500/- has to be paid with the submission of completed application form. This is non-refundable. A course fee of Rs 40,000/- has to be paid by the selected students. This is non-refundable, however need-based scholarships are available. What do the fees include? The fees include tuition, extra-curricular activities, accommodation on campus, basic medical attention, wholesome meals, study material required for the classes and access to all facilities at Ashoka such as playing fields, library, internet and laundry. It also includes a pick-up and drop shuttle service from predetermined pick-up points in Delhi. All the mentioned services are applicable to accepted students only. The fees do not include: Transport between Delhi and their residence. Expenses for specialised medical attention/hospital services. Any items for personal use that the student may need to purchase. Any additional snacks/beverages the student may want. Is scholarship/financial aid available? Yes, need-based financial aid is available. How does one apply for financial aid? The financial aid section is available in the online application form. Please visit our website highschool.ashoka.edu.in to register with us and receive an application ID. We request you to fill in the details required to avail financial aid in the application form and submit the completed application form. How is students’ financial need assessed for financial aid? The application for financial aid is part of the online application to the Young Scholars Programme. Students who apply for aid will have to submit income tax returns and provide details of gross annual income of all earning members in the family, assets, and also the number of dependents. Will my travel and related costs be covered by Ashoka? Ashoka will provide shuttles for students only from the airport and other pick-up points in Delhi, to the campus; this is included in the programme fees. All other travel and related expenses will have to be borne by the student How do I reach the campus? Ashoka University is about 40kms from Delhi (see map). Young Scholars Programme will provide shuttles from predetermined points in Delhi, and from the airport for students only. This is included in the programme fees. However, transport to the pick-up points will have to be arranged by the students. Parents may drop students to the campus independently – however, this will not be paid for by Young Scholars Programme. What are some of the key features of the Ashoka campus? Ashoka’s environment-friendly campus is designed by Perkins-Eastman, world-renowned University architects who were also behind the Indian School of Business (ISB) campus in Hyderabad. Some of the features of our campus are a next-generation RFID-enabled library, an indoor sports complex, online learning management systems, central air-conditioning and one-of-a-kind student commons as a part of the Students Activities Centre. Is the University Campus safe for students? Yes. Ashoka is committed to creating a safe and tolerant campus for its students. The security contract has been given to G4S security agency. We also ensure all personnel on campus (irrespective of student, faculty, staff, or out sourced manpower or construction labour) are provided smart-cards to monitor entry and exit very carefully. CCTV surveillance will be an integral part of effective monitoring. What are the medical facilities available on campus? Infirmaries are available in the boys’ and girls’ hostels. A nurse is on-call 24/7, and a doctor will be visiting on a daily basis. All our staff will be trained for basic first-aid response. Any pre-existing medical conditions or medication requiring special arrangements will have to be notified to us within three days of being selected for the programme. What is the schedule? The exact schedule will be released closer to the programme. The students will participate in some form of physical activity in the morning, followed by classes by eminent faculty from Ashoka until lunch. There will be an afternoon classroom session as well, followed by an evening of sports, multi-disciplinary workshops and recreation. Who are the counsellors? The counsellors are some Ashoka’s finest students, carefully chosen after a rigorous selection process. They have been trained to take care of and to work with high school students. Who is the faculty? The faculty members are some of the foremost academicians in their fields with several papers to their credit. They have years of experience teaching talented students across the world. What are the criteria for selection for the Young Scholars Programme at Ashoka? A holistic selection process is designed to determine the potential merit of the students. The evaluation is based majorly upon academic performance and co-curricular activities, and the essay to be written as part of the application. Are students appearing for their Class 12 board examinations in 2018 eligible for the programme? No, unfortunately, they do not meet the eligibility criteria. The programme is strictly reserved for students starting their Class 11 and Class 12 studies in April/May 2018. What are the academic requirements for the application? The mark sheets of the previous two grades: Students starting Class 11: Submit mark sheets for Class 9 and 10. (in case board results are not available, latest Class 10 result, eg. pre-boards, is acceptable) Students starting Class 12: Submit mark sheets for Class 10 board exams and Class 11. Is there a minimum percentage requirement to apply for the Young Scholars Programme? No, there is no cut-off percentage for applying to the programme. We welcome mark sheets of all eligible students. Is there a waitlist? Yes, there is a waitlist. Waitlisted students will be informed, and in case of vacancies, they will be contacted after admissions have been finalised. How will the candidates be notified about their admissions decision? Candidates will be notified about the admission decision via the registered email, no matter what the decision. Do we get a certificate for the Young Scholars Programme? Yes, students will be given a certificate on successful completion of the programme. Will attending the programme increase my chances of admission to the undergraduate programme at Ashoka University? No, this programme does not guarantee or increase chances of admission to the undergraduate or any other programme run by Ashoka. While the faculty and facilities might be similar, this programme is independent to other programmes run by Ashoka University. Is it a residential programme? Can I attend it only during the day? Yes, it is a week-long residential programme. Students may not leave the campus during the programme; students are required to stay on campus for the entire duration of the programme as the programme aims to give the students an immersive college experience. Where will the students live? The students will stay in double occupancy rooms separate boys’ and girls’ hostels on campus – the rooms will be assigned by Young Scholars Programme administration and cannot be changed. Each floor has shared bathrooms and toilets. Both, the rooms and the bathrooms/toilets, are cleaned on a regular basis. Can parents visit? Parents are welcome to visit the campus while dropping the students off, and to attend the parents’ orientation session. Parents are also invited to attend the Presentation Evening on the last day (more details will be provided closer to the programme). However, they may not visit the campus during the programme. Can I arrive late and/or leave early from the programme? No, students are expected to be on-site for the full duration of the programme. Late arrival or early departure from the programme will lead to the student being dismissed from the programme. Can I stay nearby during the program? Students are required to stay on campus for the entire duration of the programme. Parents may stay nearby if they wish, however, they will be permitted to visit the campus only on the first and last days, during a specific time. Will laundry services be available on campus? Laundry services are available on campus and can be availed by all the students. This is included in the programme fees. Can I bring my laptop? Laptops are not necessary to attend the classes or the programme. However, students may bring may bring their laptops at their own discretion. Not following rules with regard to electronics will lead to the gadgets being confiscated for the entire duration of the programme. Are phones allowed? Students may bring their mobile phones to use in specified times. Not following rules with regard to electronics will lead to the gadgets being confiscated for the entire duration of the programme. Is it possible to get personalised meals in the dining halls in case of certain dietary restrictions? The food served at the programme will cater to vegetarian and non-vegetarian students. Please contact us to let us know of any restrictions you may have, and we shall discuss this with you personally. How much money should I carry with me? The campus has a tuck shop where students can buy any items for personal use. Snacks, soft drinks and juices are available at eateries across the campus. If students want to purchase any of the above mentioned, they may carry money accordingly. An ATM is available on campus, if necessary. Young Scholars Programme does not take responsibility for any of the students’ belongings, including money.