Bioscience is the next software for India

The Trivedi School of Biosciences (TSB) at Ashoka will develop a unique identity, both in its educational goals and research themes as also in the processes and practises that are adopted to achieve these goals. Aligned with the founder’s vision, TSB aspires to be the best School of Biosciences in India in the next five years, and the best in Asia in a decade. This vision will be realized with the guidance and mentorship of global leaders that form the Scientific Advisory Board, high quality internationally recruited faculty, and bright young researchers at the postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate levels. 

The research in TSB will focus on emerging and frontier areas of Biosciences. This will include three interconnected and interdisciplinary research centers – Center for Disease Biology, Center for Inflammation Biology and Center for Synthetic Biology – that will carry out cutting edge research and support the training of future leaders. The School would also focus on human resource development by offering skills-oriented Master’s level courses in the areas of its work, especially the setting up and maintenance of technology platforms.

The School assits the University with curriculum development, active learning and pedagogy, and improve learning outcomes through the development of innovative assessment and evaluation methods. It would develop analytical ability and critical thinking among students, and provide training in developing, adopting and deploying contemporary sustainable technologies and solutions.

Ashoka’s students would be future-ready and prepared to take up careers that do not even exist today. The School will also proactively assist in developing policies and strategies for India’s educational demands and initiate training for teachers from across the country in modern pedagogical practices. It will develop online courses for students outside Ashoka and organize national and international symposia on innovations in Life Sciences education.

Why Ashoka University?

Effective health policies and outcomes enable prediction of the progression of disease, which specific policy interventions might be successful and which might fail, describe changes in population health over time, and provide the right “nudges” that could improve population-level health.

Public health policy requires inputs from health economics, sociology and gender inequalities, as much as they must include knowledge of the cause(s) of specific diseases, variable environmental conditions and population densities, variations in immune response, nutritional status, and unequal access to health care. Institutions that concentrate on one or the other, but skirt the rest cannot answer complex multi-disciplinary questions. This is best done in a university setting, where multiple strong departments with a research focus – among them biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, economics, sociology and anthropology – can contribute in a complementary way.

Ashoka provides the right platform for such an initiative. Strong research programmes in Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science and Environmental studies can provide valuable inputs for framing India-specific public health policies. Integrating the science of infectious and non-communicable diseases with public policy at Ashoka University will be unique for India.

Why Ashoka University?

Effective health policies and outcomes enable prediction of the progression of disease, which specific policy interventions might be successful and which might fail, describe changes in population health over time, and provide the right “nudges” that could improve population-level health.

Public health policy requires inputs from health economics, sociology and gender inequalities, as much as they must include knowledge of the cause(s) of specific diseases, variable environmental conditions and population densities, variations in immune response, nutritional status, and unequal access to health care. Institutions that concentrate on one or the other, but skirt the rest cannot answer complex multi-disciplinary questions. This is best done in a university setting, where multiple strong departments with a research focus – among them biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, economics, sociology and anthropology – can contribute in a complementary way.

Ashoka provides the right platform for such an initiative. Strong research programmes in Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science and Environmental studies can provide valuable inputs for framing India-specific public health policies. Integrating the science of infectious and non-communicable diseases with public policy at Ashoka University will be unique for India.