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About South Asian University

South Asian University is an international university established jointly by the eight member nations of the SAARC in 2010. Also known as SAU, the university has announced admission for the year 2013-14 to its masters and PhD programmes. You will find all the relevant information here in this blog.

Admission Announcement 2015-16

SAU announces admission to various Master’s and MPhil/PhD programmes for the session 2015-16. The selections for the seats will be based on an entrance test. There are two ways to submit your application – Online and Offline. In both modes, you need to log on to the university website

If you wish to submit your application offline, all you need to do is download the application form from the website and fill it up, and submit it to the university with a demand draft of INR 600 or USD 10.

For online submission, you just need to log on to the university website and fill up the online admission form and pay your entrance test fee using any of the these means – Internet banking, Debit Card and Credit Card. Accepted cards are Master, Visa and Maestro. It is a hassle free and a more convenient way to apply.

While the last date of form submission is 9 March 2015, we encourage you to do it as soon as possible to avoid any last minute rush. The entrance test happens on 5 April 2015 and session starts 26 June 2015.

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South Asian University is a good place to learn

Monica Verma

It took a simple google of the phrase- ‘Is South Asian University good’ for me to realize that a lot of people must be
looking for an answer to this question, those who have applied and got through, those who will be applying later and so on. After spending a good one-year at South Asian University as a student of Masters in International Relations, I can with all my conviction reply to this search term in an affirmative. Yes South Asian University is good! Initially I was apprehensive about joining a new university for a course in which I was going to be the first batch especially when I got through in other universities too but now I am sure and happy about the choice I made then. There are three reasons, which will make it easier for you to choose it over anything else:

#1 To begin with the University is a truly multicultural university. South Asia as a region is an organic entity but still cultures are many and most of them share multiple threads of commonness. Such an environment in the classroom is very healthy for rich discussions. Not only your classmates will bring examples from their particular context but also good practices in one part of the region may be tried in rest.Our student life is the right time when if exposed to a multicultural setup, we grow up to become confident individuals. This may be the time when your personality will pick up traits like sensitivity, sensibility, tolerance, cooperation etc and later when you will go for work, you will be better sought then an average individual.

#2 One of the apprehensions that you may have is the newness of the university. In case of universities, we often go for reputed established names. We may get a brand to add to our resume but what remains is our own development. South Asian University is a brand in the making. It has a great potential to be ‘The University’ amongst the SAARC countries. You will not regret your association with it as you will get to do things your way. Its up for grabs to do things you want it to do. You can make societies, clubs, and traditions etc and one day, your juniors will remember you fondly. This is something, which can happen and flourish in a new setup only. And as an insider tip, our teachers have been kind enough to teach us the way we understood the best. They have adjusted themselves to our pace without diluting the quality of the academic experience. This is something, which only South Asian University can assure you. Plus where else can you be a South Asian? Everywhere else we remain- Indian, Pakistani and so on but is not South Asian as an identity a lot much better?

#3 South Asian University has courses, which are not found anywhere, and courses, which are scarce. It has a unique course in Economics- MA Development Economics, which is not your usual masters course in economics. It has a special focus on the ‘development’ angle of economics, which makes it one of its kind and quite helpful for a region, which is developing/underdeveloped. You will be better absorbed by the system in your country for the ideas you will get here on development.Likewise International Relations, being the west-originated west-dominated discipline it is, has very few universities offering it. In India, South Asian University is the only non-private University, which is offering the course. JNU, Sikkim and Pondicherry have MA Politics IR, which is mostly about politics with a specialization in IR.Jadavpur University too has it but only for Pol Sci (H) graduates. Also, as a quick tip, IR is the best to be studied in a multicultural setup like SAU.
PS: South Asian University is an autonomous University set up by the SAARC nations- India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives and Bhutan. It is often confused with JNU or as a part of it because few courses and admin office of the university were once operating from JNU, Old Campus.

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Student Essay – Monoj Dhakal shares his experiences

The taxi driver and the passenger
-Manoj Dhakal

Before I came to South Asian University, India to join in MA Sociology program, I was working at Interdisciplinary Analysts, Nepal. Therefore, it was natural for me to complete my assignment and get ready to take off. I did.
On the evening of July 29, 2012, I was in India physically but my mind, between Nepal and India. Delhi, at the first sight, was just like Chitwan, my home district in the Terai of Nepal but buildings, malls, and residencies reminded Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Therefore, the first impression was an imagined homeland which is a developed Chitwan. The roads seemed much wider than Nepal and the trees on the both sides of the roads especially attracted me. Linguistically, I was not an alien. Thanks to Bollywood movies common in Nepal through which I learnt the conversational Hindi.

Outside the Indira Gandhi International Airport, after all the formalities at Immigration Department, I took a Taxi to reach a place where one of my friends was already staying. The taxi driver was of strange type. He was not speaking Hindi as I had heard in Hindi movies and write-ups. The seemingly weird activities were beginning to trouble me internally. My previous professional field exposure and working experience with the people of different walks of life was of no help.

At dark, the driver was seemingly driving towards the place. The road, the lights, the vehicles, the people and everything was new to me. I suddenly felt that the stars in the sky, visible from the window of the car, forming like a question mark, were asking me several questions. Every conversation he made was sure enough to aggravate my state of mind because half of the words he pronounced were not comprehensible to me.

On the way, in an attempt to make a rapport with him, I asked wherewas he from but when he asked if I belonged to outside Delhi, my preconceived notions increased even further. However, when I said I was from Nepal, he began to ask about Kathmandu, an estimated cost of visiting there for some days and other places to see in Nepal. I replied him based on my knowledge. I was conversing mechanically although my answers were true. In a same time, I was also asking him same or almost similar questions.

My anxiety was over when I reached the destination. That was the point I realized the man was from Rajasthan, as he had already told and therefore, was conversing in local dialects different from conventional Hindi. I assume, everyone belonging to one country when meets with anyone from another country is Ambassador in disguise and vice versa. It is because in most of the cases, our perception on the country and its citizens is formed even by this type of mere single encounter to each other. Although it is a kind of fallacy, fallacy exists a lot from an individual to the state level. The next sun rise, I reached the University in the first hour and quickly, I admitted and enrolled in MA Sociology program. My first month in University has already been published in our student run departmental blog.
Here, I would like to state a few of things that I experienced as a consequence of being a student of Sociology at SAU. I met with Neer Shah, a filmmaker, and Pradip Giri, a political thinker, from Nepal who came here in a program hosted by the Department of International Relations on “Current Political Developments in Nepal. About the department that I am in, Sociology is perhaps the unique department which is not just limited to classroom teaching only. Different features like Cinema and Society, Fortnightly Lecture Series, Student-run Blog, Field Trips, Wall magazines, South Asia centered Sociology, writing term papers and doing presentations are just a few to name among others.

My department is probably the most diverse department in almost every sense: faculties’ composition, students’ representations, course curriculum and subjects on offer. The texts assigned and the contexts by which diverse issues of social sciences come not just from the places in Himalayas to the Indian Ocean but throughout the globe. This means that when we discuss about the issue from Sri Lanka, we will not just read the course pack provided but also have someone from Sri Lanka to explain the issue from ‘native’ perspective. The same is true for other countries as well.
In addition, the generous scholarship scheme is helping me a lot to realize my goal of higher education. I wish to see even a better and bigger campus soon and visualize myself to be a proud alumnus of this ambitious yet possible project. I think one of the purposes of this University is perhaps to decrease the kind of fallacy that I had with the taxi driver on my first visit to India at both: an individual and the state level across South Asia and we, the students, the faculties and the staffs all are both the taxi drivers and the passengers. I hope recently proposed compulsory course “Introduction to South Asia” to all students will help to realize the goal. Amen!