South Asian University
|South Asian University|
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South Asian University (SAU) is an International University sponsored by the eight Member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The eight countries are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. South Asian University started admitting students in 2010, at a temporary campus at Akbar Bhawan, India. Its permanent campus will be at Maidan Garhi in South Delhi, India, next to Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). First academic session of the university started in August 2010 with two post-graduate academic programmes, in economics and computer sciences. At present, SAU offers Master's and MPhil/PhD programs in Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Development Economics, International Relations, Law and Sociology.
The degrees of the university are recognized by all the member nations of the SAARC according to an inter-governmental agreement signed by the foreign ministers of the 8 countries.
South Asian University attracts students predominantly from all the eight SAARC countries, although there are students from other continents attending it. A country-wise quota system comes into play when it comes to admission of students. Every year SAU conducts admission test at multiple centers in all the 8 countries.
The founding President of the university, Prof. G. K. Chadha was a renowned academician. He was the economic adviser to the prime minister of India. He also had a stint as the Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
At the Thirteenth SAARC Summit held in Dhaka, in November 2005, Indian prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh proposed the establishment of a South Asian University to provide world-class facilities and professional faculty to students and researchers from SAARC member countries. The "Inter-governmental Agreement for the Establishment of the South Asian University" was signed at the 14th SAARC Summit. And the SAARC member states also decided that the University would be established in India. Prof. G.K. Chadha, member of Economic Advisory Council and former vice chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, was formally appointed the CEO of the project.
India provides the majority of funds, around 239.930 million dollars, for the foundation of the University, which is around 79 percent of the total cost of the full establishment of the University until 2014. Although India will bear the capital costs, no more than 50 per cent of students will be from India. The main campus in New Delhi will be hosting nearly 7,000 students and an international faculty. It will also have linked campuses in other South Asian countries.
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