The course helps to inculcate a broad spectrum of knowledge to students in a vibrant atmosphereFast FactCourse BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and EntrepreneurshipDuration 4 yearsOffered at Ashoka UniversityEligibility Academic performance in 10+ 2 plus extracurricular achievementsSelection Criteria Shortlisting followed by interviewFee Structure Rs. 4.9 lakhs per year (hostel fee of Rs. 1.1 lakhs per year extra)
Samridh Kudesia is ecstatic as he prepares to become a technology entrepreneur. The first-year student of Ashoka University’s founding batch of BSc Computer Science & Entrepreneurship doesn’t regret not joining B.Tech Computer Science. And what’s the reason for that? “Most of the traditional B.Tech colleges will not give the freedom to combine a liberal curriculum. Their mindsets are limited to just the sciences. Here I have a choice to study Literature, Philosophy, Economics, and History alongside major CS subjects,” he says. The vibrant entrepreneurial spirit on the campus is a big bonus. “The best part of the course is that it closely explores entrepreneurship aspect. There are regular lectures by eminent entrepreneurs, Google start-up weekend events/workshops on design and students are encouraged to start their own ventures,” he added. Dr Vinita Shastri, Dean, Undergraduate Programmes, Ashoka University, shares why entrepreneurship was included. “By listening and interacting with successful entrepreneurs who share their failures and challenges, students get important lessons that would help build his/her company,” says Dr Shastri.
Although this four-year course is similar to B.Tech, the difference is in how it’s tailor-made to nurture talent in budding entrepreneurs. “Our CS+ Entrepreneurship programme is solely for those who are interested in starting or joining new ventures. Our course intersects between computers and other subjects like Sociology, Psychology, Media and Politics,” informs Prof. Sudheendra Hangal, Department of Computer Science, Ashoka University.
What do you study?
The Computer Science major curriculum at Ashoka University has been developed with the support of the Computer Science and NETS departments at the University of Pennsylvania. “While not giving up rigour in core CS areas such as systems and theory et al, our major focus is on newer, inter-disciplinary areas such as social networks, human-computer interaction, technologies for better governance like computational journalism and cyber-law,” Professor Sudheendra adds. One of the ‘must-learn’ areas would be fundamentals of computer programming in Java, with emphasis on applications in science and engineering; other broader aspects of computer science and algorithmic thinking, and fundamental approaches that computer scientists take to solving problems.
Dr Vanita Shastri
Dean, Undergraduate Programmes,
By listening to and interacting with successful entrepreneurs who share their failures and challenges, the student get important lessons to help build company
Prof. Sudheendra Hangal
Dept. of Computer Science, Ashoka University
Our CS+ Entrepreneurship programme is solely for those who are interested in starting or joining new ventures. Our course intersects between computers and other subjects like sociology, psychology, media and politics
The lectures are very interactive as students are mostly busy giving presentations, making creative projects, performing skits related to the course. “One course on entrepreneurship even required us to start our own venture on campus as an assignment! Visiting faculty from Princeton, MIT, Harvard Business School, Stanford come to deliver lectures. A lot of emphasis is given on writing here, so we have a centre for writing and communication to improve our writing skills,” reveals Samridh.
Are you eligible?
Ashoka University has a very holistic admission process, i.e., your class 12 results alone do not guarantee your admission. Many other factors, including your consistency/improvement in performance throughout high school, application essays, extra-curricular achievements followed by your performance in the interview, are taken into account. Most of the students who were admitted in the first batch scored around 90% or higher in their boards.
Prof. Hangal explains the must skills for a student to shine in the field. “You must be mathematically inclined, have a great eye for detail, enjoy crafting new ideas, painstakingly implementing them and work very hard to master the skills you will be taught.”
Student, BSc Computer Science & Entrepreneurship, Ashoka University
Most of the traditional B.Tech colleges will not give the freedom to combine liberal curriculum. Their mindsets are limited to just the sciences. Here I have a choice to study Literature, Philosophy, Economics, and History
Is MSc crucial post BSc?
According to Prof. Hangal depending on the skills of the student, the amount of specialization needed, and his or her inclination towards research, it is advisable to undertake a path towards MSc or even PhD. On the other hand, someone interested in a programming job or in entrepreneurship may want to develop a broad range of skills relevant to their goals and pick up depth in the industry.
Challenges of the field
The innovative way of learning is in tune with the new challenges posed by the new technologies emerging in different fields. Prof. Hangal highlights, “There are big challenges in new areas that impact society much more directly, from social and legal norms around the use of computers, networks, device, cyber-security, cyber-warfare to ideas for using technology for alleviating poverty and improving the quality of life for billions of people.”
Innumerable job opportunities
After earning the degree one gets the skills required to commercialize computing ideas and create an increased culture of entrepreneurship of information technology. There is no paucity of jobs in the CS/IT sectors. Prof. Hangal says, “After the four-year course, our students should be able to get jobs starting at a minimum of Rs. 6 lakhs per annum.” Occasionally one could see extraordinarily high IT salaries, so the sky is the limit. What sets the course apart from coventional IT degree programmes is that it is structurally geared to enable students to operationalise the technology idea they might have. It equips them to be a techno manager, who can easily straddle both the worlds.
So if you want to develop a diverse set of skills before you go for higher studies or employment or launch your own start-up, this is ‘the’ course that suits you the best. If there’s a budding entrepreneur in you, just don’t wait.
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