‘Liberal’ Ashoka University crackdown: 2 staffers quit after signing student petition on J&K
Ashoka University is a private educational institution built through “collective public philanthropy.” It is backed by big names in business and academia including Sanjeev Bikhchandani of naukri.com; Sid Yog, managing partner, Xander Group; Puneet Dalmia, MD & CEO, Dalmia Bharat Cement; Pramath Raj Sinha, founding dean, Indian School of Business; and sociologist Andre Beteille who is the Chancellor of the university. Ashoka started the YIF programme six years ago and first opened its door to undergraduate students in 2014.
The university, according to its mission statement on the website, aims “to help students become well-rounded individuals who can think critically about issues from multiple perspectives, communicate effectively and become leaders with a commitment to public service.”
For many students, though, these words seem a little out of place since the petition on Kashmir. The university promptly held a meeting of its Governing Body to discuss this petition and passed a resolution on July 26 condemning the act of misrepresenting Ashoka University in the public domain.