South Asian University to offer PhD programmes next year

The South Asian University (SAU) will be introducing PhD programmes from the next academic session, with its first batch of students graduating this year.

The university, established by the eight member nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC), started functioning in 2010. The university is currently in its second year and has plans to add more courses by next year.

President of SAU G K Chadha said the university will also be starting an Institute of South Asian Studies. "This will be an autonomous centre and will be managed by experts selected after an international screening procedure," Chadha said.

He also said students from any discipline will be able to take up courses at the new institute.

"We want it to be developed as an think-tank facility. We wanted to start the PhD programmes in the first year itself but now we do not wish to delay it any further," he said.

A university spokesperson said the institute's Academic Council was discussing the courses which are to be offered under the PhD programme.

The university currently has a student strength of around 480, including those from SAARC countries. "We hope to increase the student intake to 7,000 in the coming years," Chadha said.

There is 50 per cent reservation for Indian students and ten per cent each for students from Bangladesh and Pakistan. Another 10 per cent has been reserved for students from countries other than SAARC nations.

SAU was announced by the Prime Minister at the 13th SAARC Summit held in Dhaka in November 2005. The university currently functions out of Akbar Bhavan. The campus for the university is to come up on a 100-acre area in Maidan Garhi in Outer Delhi.

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