At the Thirteenth SAARC Summit held in November 2005 in Dhaka, India proposed to create a Centre of Excellence, in the form of a South Asian University, which can provide world class facilities and professional faculty to students and researchers drawn from every country of the region.
The Expert Group Meeting to Finalize the Modalities for Establishing the South Asian University was held in March 2007 in New Delhi and the First Meeting of the Inter-Governmental Steering Committee on the establishment of South Asian University was held in May 2007 in New Delhi.
Since then, the following Meetings have been held:
The funding modality of the South Asian University (SAU) and the draft Statutes, Academic Structure, Business Plan, Rules, Regulations of SAU have been discussed and agreed upon at the above Meetings. Attempts are underway to commence the First Academic Session in August 2010.
The First Academic Session of SAU commenced on 26 August 2010 with an intake of 50 no. of students. 25 students have joined the MA (Development Economics) programme and 25 students have joined the MCA (Master of Computer Applications) programme.
At the 7th Inter-Governmental Meeting on the Establishment of South Asian University (New, Delhi, 21 – 22 September 2010), the Member States finalized the modalities for South Asian University. The First Governing Board Meeting of SAU was held in New Delhi on 7 March 2011 where Prof. G.K.Chadha was elected the first President of the South Asian University for a period of 5 years. The Second Governing Board Meeting of SAU was held in New Delhi on 9 March 2012. In its second year of functioning, SAU has 156 students enrolled for Masters' Degrees in Development Economics, International Relations, Sociology, Law, Biotechnology and Computer Science. For the third academic year (2012 - 13), SAU has invited applications for the common entrance examination which is to be held on 27 May 2012 and the third academic session will commence on 16 July 2012. For further information of SAU, please visit: http://www.southasianuniversity.org/