India’s first non-profit liberal arts university, Ashoka University and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A), have joined hands to design an entrepreneurship curriculum to be delivered at Ashoka University.

The initiative aims to emphasise on the relevance of the merger of liberal arts and management studies to create leaders and change makers.

“We are delighted to collaborate with IIMA for this minor in entrepreneurship. We are positive that this will be a holistic experience for liberal arts students who envision themselves as entrepreneurs,” said Sanjeev Bikhchandani, founder, Ashoka University and an alumnus of IIM-A.

Priyank Narayan, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE) at Ashoka University further stated, “Students at Ashoka will be exposed to different themes of entrepreneurship as a part of the programme. This partnership will bring to the forefront the inter-disciplinary nature of entrepreneurship. There will be a focus on segments like cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit, creative problem solving, social entrepreneurship, design thinking and new venture planning.”

As part of the programme, IIMA’s Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) and the Ashoka University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE) will work closely to design and teach the minor in entrepreneurship to undergraduate students at Ashoka. Also, the IIM-A faculty members will deliver lectures at Ashoka University.

This includes names such as Mukesh Sud, Associate Professor in the Business Policy Area at IIMA, who has earlier taught entrepreneurship at a US liberal arts college for 10 years. And Ankur Sarin, an Assistant Professor at IIMA, who teaches courses in Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy.

The minor in Entrepreneurship would require a student to study 6 courses in Entrepreneurship over 3 years.

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