New Delhi: The South Asian University, established by the 8 SAARC nations including Sri Lanka, has announced its admission schedule to its Masters and PhD programmes for the ninth batch. The University has simplified the process of application, which can be done entirely online, for applicants from the SAARC region. Applicants will be required to take a SAARC-wide common entrance test (including in Colombo) on 15 April 2018,and admission will be offered on merit.
The student population in this International University is almost entirely made up of students from the eight member nations of the SAARC – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. About half the students are from India and the other half from the rest of the SAARC countries.The university presents a multi-cultural ambience with cultural activities of various hues around the year. Seminars, conferences, interactions with imminent academicians and other co-curricular activities at the faculty/departmental and the university levels contribute to the overall robust academic atmosphere.
Admission to the various programmes of study is governed by a rigidly guarded quota system. Under the quota system, each member nation has a fixed number of students it can send to the University for each programme of study. But if students from one country are not available, the seats are filled up by students from other countries as per SAU rules.
Established in 2010, the university at present offers Masters and PhD programmes in the areas of Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Economics, Legal Studies, International Relations and Sociology.
The mandate of the South Asian University, as set out in the Agreement of the SAARC member states under which the University is being set up, envisages that the choice of the programs of studies to be offered at this University should enhance learning in the South Asian community that promotes an understanding of one another’s perspectives and strengthen regional consciousness.
SAU also offers generous scholarships to students on means-cum-merit basis. A maximum scholarship at SAU covers tuition fee waiver, hostel fee waiver, and a fixed monthly allowance and a fixed start-up amount.
To further facilitate free flow of information between the university and prospective students, SAU has opened a dedicated admission blog, which, among other things, provides detailed information about the programmes, admission procedure, videos and details of Admission Volunteers with whom one can interact and ask questions about the admission process and other things concerning the university. Those interested can also communicate with the university through social networking pages.
Further details like eligibility criteria, syllabus, types of scholarships, test centres, test schedule and sample questions can be accessed from the university website.