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YSP - FAQs

1. What is the Young Scholars Programme?

  • The Young Scholars Programme is a five-day online programme that introduces high school students to liberal arts & sciences education. It is a certified online programme in which students are exposed to different disciplines such as History, Literature, Computer Science, Psychology and more through interactions and group discussions. The programme incorporates a range of activities such as faculty presentations, writing sessions, small group activities and creative workshops.  Further details can be found at  https://ashoka.edu.in/ysp

2. What is a liberal arts & science education?

  • Liberal arts & sciences education celebrates discussion and debate in the classroom. A liberal arts & science education focuses on providing critical thinking skills and multiple perspectives to students, which is considered an essential part of leading an ethical and purposeful life. Essentially, it incorporates breadth and depth across multiple disciplines.

3. What is the deadline for the submission of the application form?

  • The deadline for the submission of completed application form is Thursday, 5th April 2021.

4. What are the dates of the YSP programme?

  • YSP: June 14 to 18, 2021 (Monday to Friday)

  • These dates are not likely to change

5. 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 the completed application form. This is non-refundable.

  • YSP course fee is INR 25,000/- 

  • If selected the student has to pay the full fees to secure their spot.

6. What do the programme fees include?

  • The programme fee includes access to all the online sessions for the course duration, including founder talks, interactive sessions, and follow-up reading materials.

7. Is scholarship/financial aid available?

  • Yes, need-based financial aid is available.

8. How does one apply for financial aid?

  • The financial aid section is available on the online application form. Please visit the application portal to register and receive an application ID. This section can be accessed after filling the first section of the YSP application form. You can then continue to fill in the details required to avail financial aid in the application form and submit the completed application form.

9. 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 the required documents as mentioned in the form for need-based evaluation of financial aid. 

10. What is the programme schedule?

  • The YSP day is creatively designed to engage young minds in the best possible manner by eminent Ashoka faculty and staff. A typical day at YSP begins with students logging in the morning for academic sessions. Students are in 3 sessions before lunch, with a snack break in between. The day continues with writing sessions, workshops, guest speaker series and more. Students are given a transition time of at least 15 mins between each session. In the evening, students are invited to be part of an optional Unwind session offering an opportunity to network with their peers and Ashoka UG students in a more informal setting. The final schedule will be shared with participants of YSP closer to the programme. 

11. Are there any technical prerequisites for attending this online programme? 

  • Yes, since the YSP programme will be delivered online, good basic Internet connectivity with sufficient bandwidth up to 5 - 6 GB per day for webinars is needed. You need to download the Zoom app for attending YSP sessions. A laptop or desktop with Windows applications to engage with YSP activities. Find a quiet corner from where you can log in to absorb all the YSP learning coming your way!

12. What is the last day for making the payment?

  • 5 business days after the final YSP application deadline

13. Who are YSP counsellors?

  • The counsellors are some of Ashoka’s finest students, carefully chosen after a rigorous selection process. They are trained to work and lead activities with high school students.

14. Who is the faculty?

  • All YSP faculty are members of the teaching staff at Ashoka and 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.

15. 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 upon academic performance (your mark sheet/s), the essay to be written as part of the application and co-curricular activities.

16. Can students appearing for their Class 12 board examinations in 2021 apply for YSP?

  • Yes, students who are appearing for their Class 12 board examinations in 2021 are eligible for the YSP programme.

17. What are the academic requirements for the application?

  • The mark sheets of the previous two grades

  • Students starting Class 9: Submit mark sheets for Class 7 and 8.

  • Students starting Class 10: Submit mark sheets for Class 8 and 9. 

  • Students starting Class 11: Submit mark sheets for Class 9 and 10. (in case board results are not available, the latest Class 10 result, e.g. pre-boards/ first term, is acceptable)

  • Students starting Class 12: Submit mark sheets for Class 10 board exams and Class 11 or recent most available academic records.

  • Applicants should upload at least one available mark sheet, which could be from the previous two years of education.

18. 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. 

19. 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 finalized.

20. How will the candidates be notified about their admissions decision?

  • Candidates will be notified about the admission decision via their registered email. YSP staff actively monitor all emails and respond with the required information promptly.

21. Do we get a certificate for the Young Scholars Programme?

  • Yes, students will be given a certificate on successful completion of the programme, provided all sessions are attended and there has been desirable participation by the student.

22. Will attending the programme increase my chances of admission to the undergraduate programme at Ashoka University?

  • Attending the YSP programme will give you an insight on liberal arts & sciences education and the Ashoka pedagogy. This will surely help you with your undergraduate application form at Ashoka University. However, this does not guarantee admission to the Ashoka UG programme.

23. Are there any terms and conditions/code of conduct for the programme?

  • Yes, all YSP student participants will have to accept terms and conditions that will include:

    • Being responsible and ethical netizens 

    • Sensitive & committed to learning 

    • No use of offensive language on any platform.

24. Will I have to attend all the sessions? 

  • YSP is a very engaging programme, attending each session will add value to your learning and knowledge across various topics and also help later in college applications and making informed choices. Hence, attendance and participation are strongly advised for a meaningful experience and to obtain the programme certificate. 

25. What is the refund policy?

  • From the evening before the commencement of the programme: NIL

  • Up to seven days before the commencement of the programme: 75% of the fees will be deducted
    Up to fifteen days before the commencement of the programme: 50% of the fees will be deducted
    Up to twenty-one days before the commencement of the programme: 25% of the fees will be deducted

* All refunds will be processed after / within 30 days of the completion of the programme. This refund will be assessed on a case by case basis, and ONLY in case of a clash with the national or state boards. In such cases, the date-sheet will need to be provided, following which the refund will be permitted.

 

Given the new circumstances owing to the second wave of COVID and schools rescheduling their summer vacations any refund requests made before May 22, 2021, will be done on a case to case basis. Please email us at youngscholars@ashoka.edu.in and we will work with you to resolve the issue for you. The sooner you communicate with us will also help us plan YSP 2021 better.