The Independent Student Newspaper of Ashoka University

ASS Proposes Reforms With Eyes on the Elections

by Divya Ravindranath The Ashokan Socialist Syndicate is currently the largest student political party contesting for the upcoming HoR elections, and manages to boast of a number of bold reforms and plans. In an open meeting held on 14th January 2021, the party presented their manifesto by first explaining the problems that they find the… Keep Reading

Interim House Sidesteps Electoral Reform, FAC, and NOTA Committee

By Vishnu Prakash and Sankalp Dasmohapatra Note: As of 12th January, Sankalp is no longer with The Edict. He is running for the upcoming elections as a candidate with Ashokan Socialist Syndicate.  In an interview conducted on the 30th of November by The Edict, the House of Representatives (HoR) admitted that it would not pursue… Keep Reading

Is UG’24 Interested In Ashokan Politics?

by Navya Asopa and Hanish Srinivasan TW: Mention of SH Entering college online with a dwindling political space and an ongoing movement to demand for workers’ rights, the UG24 batch truly had a lot to grapple with. In this context, it is important to take cognizance of the batch’s interest in Ashokan politics to contemplate… Keep Reading

Spring ’22 Fee Hike: Updates and The Way Ahead

by Sana Bashir (UG ’24) Before the Monsoon Semester commenced in 2021, many parents collectively emailed the administration, faculty, and founders to stop the continuous increase in fees. They wrote, “This latest increase comes on the back of the 6% fee hike already enforced in 2020. With the current increase of ~6%, we are burdened… Keep Reading

High Tally of By-Election NOTA Votes Explained

by Divya Ravindranath and Aakangsha Dutta Student politics forms the fabric of all educational establishments. It gives the students a voice, and acts as a servitude of change. It makes for a well-oiled machine. Elections are one of the many parts of this machine that allow it to function efficiently. The latest by-elections to the… Keep Reading

The FC Structure: Student Representatives and the Way Ahead

by Prithaa More (UG ’24) and Sana Bashir (UG ’24) In August, the MAA (Ministry of Academic Affairs) conducted a survey to gauge the student body’s views on reverting to the FC (Foundation Courses) bucket system. The MAA did not go through with it since their survey found that the majority of students had only… Keep Reading

An Invoice to Ashoka: The Case for Fee Reduction

by Rutuparna Deshpande UG’23 It is truly a remarkable feat that this University has made me believe, numerous times in the past year, that we’re all side characters in an idiot plot. If you’re not familiar, an ‘idiot plot’ is where the central conflict is entirely due to the obliviousness of its characters—a conflict that… Keep Reading

The Myth of Ashokan Academic Inclusivity

By Agnidh Ghosh (UG ’23) Ashoka inducted its largest and most diverse batch of undergraduate students in the institution’s history this academic year. Many incoming students left offers from prestigious public universities, to join what promised to be the most liberal and inclusive university in the country. However, the batch of 2023 was in for… Keep Reading

Over Dhaba Chai and Laundry: Friendship at Ashoka

By Saadia Peerzada, UG’22 Friendships are derived from a mutual adoration of each other’s company. The strings of pleasure and obligation that crop up in romantic relationships and family are hardly a factor. It finds one of its best expressions in university where young people live around and with each other. From needing support systems… Keep Reading

How Ashoka Fared in its First National Ranking: A Glance at NIRF 2021

By Devansh Mittal (UG ’24) On September 9, the Union Minister of Education released the sixth edition of the National Institute of Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings 2021 in which Ashoka University was placed at the 95th rank in the ‘University’ category and in the Rank-Band: 101-150 in the ‘Overall’ category. IIT Madras bagged the first… Keep Reading

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