Ashoka University will host live interviews, lectures and firesides with its community of scholars, teachers, experts and thought leaders on Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok

Sonipat : Ashoka University has launched Beyond The Classroom, an interactive virtual seminar series which aims to bring the best learning from the university online. Beyond The Classroom aims to provide audiences at large with a glimpse into the minds of Ashoka’s world-class faculty, and provide an opportunity to learn from and interact with them. A curated series, Beyond The Classroom will go live with its 45 minutes to 1 hour long episodes using Zoom twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday at 8:30pm. The episode will be broadcast simultaneously on Facebook and YouTube.

The first episode was broadcast on the 4th of April at 8.30 PM, featured Prof. Kranti Saran, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, on the topic of “Does morality require God?” and broke down ideas of morality and divinity into simple, relevant takeaways. It was an engaging seminar which was attended by 1600 participants.

In an episode, a faculty can deliver a lecture, participate in an interview or discussion with another panelist about a topic of their choice. Participants who have tuned in to watch the live episode will get the opportunity to send in their questions or comments, which may be answered by the faculty member, with the help of a moderator. The sessions will be hosted by an Ashoka University student, alumni or faculty.

Some prominent Ashoka faculty who will feature in the sessions are Rudrangshu Mukherjee, Malabika Sarkar, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Mahesh Rangarajan, Jonathan Gil Harris, Gautam Menon, Divya Karnad, Madhavi Menon, Upinder Singh, Vinay Sitapati, Kathryn Hardy, Rita Kothari, Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and Sudheendra Hangal. Between them, they cover the gamut of liberal education, from the humanities and the social sciences to pure sciences.

Ashoka University introduced Beyond The Classroom with an aim to make quality higher education more accessible, and fulfil their mission to be an inclusive institution and reach out to all who want to learn.

The live sessions are free and open for everyone to attend. Once the live session is over, key content from the episode will be cut and edited to be uploaded on various other platforms such as Instagram and Tik Tok. The live sessions will also be recorded and made available as episodes on Ashoka University’s website. Details of upcoming episodes will be available on Ashoka University’s website, Instagram handle and Twitter handle.

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