New Delhi: Ashoka University, India’s premier liberal arts and sciences Institution, today laid the foundation stone for a new 27-acre campus in Sonipat. Adjacent to the existing campus, the new complex will have 6 academic buildings, 10 residential buildings, utility and services buildings and a sports field. On completion, the new campus will add another 3500 students to the Ashoka campus, taking the total up to 6000 students. The new campus is expected to be fully operational by 2027.
The campus will address Ashoka’s increasing focus on the Sciences and research. There is already a growing demand for Science courses offered at the University, which has been at the forefront on COVID-19 research as well. There will also be organic growth in the existing departments as the student count increases, and new majors & minors can be introduced over time.
The 1.80 million square feet of area in the new campus will be integrated with the current facility and will follow Ashoka University’s existing campus design philosophy and unique brick and Jaali façade. The new campus will incorporate solar roofs, sewage treatment plants, water treatment plants, rainwater harvesting, among others in an endeavour to make it a net zero carbon campus.
Ashish Dhawan, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Ashoka University said, “Ashoka University has established itself as the country’s leading liberal arts and sciences University. The fact that we plan to double our campus size within a decade is a testimony to the excellence of our faculty and students that has made Ashoka a destination for the brightest minds in the country. ”
Prof. Malabika Sarkar, Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University said “Ashoka University has been scaling new heights every day. With the new campus, Ashoka will be able to bring in more students and faculty and enhance its research facilities. Ashoka has established itself as a liberal arts and sciences research university providing a holistic multidisciplinary learning environment. I am sure the new campus will provide significantly greater opportunities for Ashoka’s faculty, researchers and students.”
The architects of this project are Perkins Eastman & Edifice. Ashoka University is currently spread across 25 acres. It offers Undergraduate Programmes, Graduate Programmes, Young India Fellowship, and PhD programmes.