SAsian varsity receives 4,600 apps for 250 seats

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 16, 2014-

The New Delhi-based South Asian University is set to begin its fifth academic session by July-end this year.  About half of the newly inducted students are from the seven SAARC countries other than India while the other half comes from India, said the university in a statement.

The university got the highest ever number of applications this year, with more than 4,600 candidates competing for about 250 seats the university offers at present in seven Master’s and seven M.Phil/Doctoral degree programmes. The students were selected through a common entrance test conducted across the South Asian region in 21 centres. The university follows a quota system for the member nations of the regional body and students from the same country compete amongst themselves to fill up the specified seats in each programme. SAU is perhaps the only university in the region with substantial representation of students from all the South Asian countries.

 “We have seen a sharp increase in the total number of applications. This year, for example, the number of applications received from Bangladesh rose by more than 50 percent. This is a common pattern and we encourage more and more students to apply,” says Prof Rajiv Saxena, acting president of the SAU. The varsity is currently functioning from its temporary campus in Akbar Bhawan,New Delhi. Its permanent campus is being constructed on a 100 acre land area in South Delhi, adjacent to the Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Published: 17-07-2014 08:44

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