Q1. Where is SAU located?
South Asian University is located in New Delhi. Currently the university is functioning from its Akbar Bhawan Campus in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. A permanent campus of about 100 acres in Maidan Garhi in South Delhi has been allotted by the Government of India. While the construction of the boundary walls has already begun, the construction of the main buildings will be starting soon.
Q2. Is there any regional campus of SAU?
No, though we hope to have some in the future soon.
Q3. What major courses does SAU offer?
Currently SAU offers Masters & MPhil/PhD programmes in Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Development Economics/Economics, International Relations, Legal Studies & Sociology.
Q4. Are the degrees provided by South Asian University recognised?
Yes. The degrees provided by South Asian University are recognised in all the member nations of SAARC.
Q5. What is the eligibility criteria required for admission?
For admission to Master’s & MPhil/PhD programmes in Development Economics, Sociology, International Relations and Legal Studies, the minimum prescribed eligibility criteria in the qualifying degree is as under:
I. For candidates from the annual system: 50% and above
II. For candidates from the semester system (percentage): 55% and above
III. For candidates from the GPA semester system, the formula for determining percentage is as follows:
CGPA obtained X 100 / Maximum GPA obtainable.
Such candidates are required to have a minimum of 60% marks or above.
For admission to Master’s & MPhil/PhD programmes in Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology and Computer Science, the minimum prescribed eligibility percentage in the qualifying degree is as under:
I. For candidates from the annual system: 55% and above
II. For candidate from the semester system (percentage): 60% and above
III. For candidates from the GPA semester system the formula for determining percentage is as follows:
CGPA obtained X 100 / Maximum GPA obtainable.
Such candidates are required to have a minimum of 65% marks or above.
Q6. How are the students inducted?
Candidates seeking admission to the Master’s programmes have to take a written test. The syllabus and pattern for the test for most of the programmes can be accessed from the university website.
Admission to MPhil/PhD programmes is through an entrance test and an interview. The entrance test is based on a prescribed syllabus and pattern, uploaded on the university website. The interview for candidates from outside India can be held through Skype. The requirements for the interview are also uploaded on the university website for each programme of study.
Admission to M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes is based on an entrance test and an interview. The entrance test is based on a prescribed syllabus and pattern, uploaded on the university website. The interview for candidates from outside India can be done through Skype. The requirements for interview are also uploaded on the university website for each programme of study.
Q7. Are hostel facilities available for all students?
Separate hostels for boys and girls who come from outside the National Capital Region (of Delhi) are available on a sharing basis (4-to-a room). Accommodation is not available for family members, spouses and children of married students.
Q8. How do I apply?
You need to login to the university website and then register and apply online. It is better if you can make payment for the entrance test fee of USD 10 or INR 650 through internet banking or debit or credit card. Those who cannot make payment online are still required to apply online and then make payment through bank draft. They should write their name, application number and the programme they have applied for on the back of the bank draft (which should be drawn in favour of “South Asian University”, payable at New Delhi) and courier it to the Deputy Registrar Admissions, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, 110021, India. However, you will be registered only after your draft has been received.
Q9. When should I apply?
The admission process has already started. The last date for applying for Admissions this year is 11th March 2016 and the entrance test will be held on 10th April 2016 at specified centres in all SAARC countries.
Q10. I don’t belong to any of the SAARC countries but I want to apply. Do you have centres in countries outside the SAARC region?
If you don’t belong to any of the SAARC countries you do not need to take the entrance Test. You should fill the prescribed application form (Application Form for the Nationals of Non-SAARC Countries) and mail it directly to the Deputy Registrar Admissions, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi- 110021, India with all supporting documents including educational, identity proof and colour photograph. The application should reach South Asian University by March 28, 2016. Each application will be scrutinized by the concerned faculty to determine the eligibility of the candidate and the decision of the university will be final in this regard.
Q11. What is the teacher student ratio at SAU?
The current teacher student ratio at SAU is approximately 1:6.
Q12. Do you have any undergraduate programme?
The university doesn’t have any undergraduate programme as yet.
Q13. What are the types of scholarships available in SAU?
A large number of scholarships and freeships are available to the students. There are three major heads under which scholarships/freeships are being provided in SAU –
a) President’s Scholarships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): Two scholarships are offered for each academic programme: one to the student scoring the highest marks in the Entrance Test in the Indian list and the other to the student scoring the highest marks in the non-Indian list (South Asian countries other than India) who finally joins the University. The scholarship will comprise: Tuition fee waiver + Hostel fee waiver (if applicable) + INR 7,000 per month as living allowance. Awardees will also receive an amount of INR 10,000 (in respect of non-Indian Students) and Rupees 5,000 (in respect of Indian students) as a “Start-up Allowance” at the beginning of their tenure so as to help meet part of their inbound travel cost and book purchases etc, and as a “Pack-up Allowance” at the end to cover their outbound travel and excess baggage cost respectively.
b) SAARC India Silver Jubilee Scholarships for Master’s and MPhil/PhD Programmes: SAARC-India Silver Jubilee Scholarships (SJS), instituted by the Government of India, are offered for Master’s and Doctoral level studies to meritorious students coming from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the region i.e., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal. This Scholarship includes full Tuition Fee waiver + Hostel Fee waiver + living allowance of INR 7,000 per month (Master’s level programmes) or INR 12,000 per month (MPhil/PhD programmes). Awardees will also receive an amount of Rupees 10,000 as a “Start-up Allowance” at the beginning of their tenure so as to help meet part of their inbound travel cost and book purchases etc, and as a “Pack-up Allowance” at the end to cover their outbound travel and extra baggage cost respectively.
c) SAU Merit Scholarships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): Ten scholarships are available in each academic programme: five to the next highest scoring students in the Indian list and five to the next highest scoring students in the non-Indian (South Asian countries other than India) list in the Entrance Test, after the award of the SJS and Presidents Scholarships, who finally join the University. The scholarship will comprise: Tuition fee waiver + Hostel fee waiver (if applicable) + INR 5,000 per month as living allowance.
d) SAU Freeships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): As per SAU mandate, no student will be denied admission to the University because s/he cannot pay the fees. Therefore SAU will provide free education to such students by waiving the tuition and hostel fee (if applicable). No additional support for living expenses will be provided. The Scholarship Award Committee will accept applications from such students up to 22 August 2016, which must be supported by the following documents:
□ Authenticated Original Annual income certificate of parents issued by Government authorities or by a Revenue Officer (in case of parents being in business) in English language or accompanied by an authenticated English translation.
□ A recent, original salary slip/salary statement of Father/Mother in English or an authenticated English translation (in case of parents being in government/private service).
□ Income tax returns of Father/Mother in case income comes under tax bracket.
e) SAU Tuition Fee Waiver for MPhil/PhD Students: All MPhil/PhD students will receive tuition fee waiver.
f) Financial Support from SAU for MPhil/PhD Programmes: Financial support for MPhil/PhD students of INR 10,000 per month is awarded to students not receiving any kind of scholarship/sponsorship or JRF support from agencies like UGC/CSIR/DBT/ICMR etc. or similar agencies in other SAARC countries.
Duration of Scholarships/Freeships: In all cases, scholarships and freeships are granted for one year. They are extended in subsequent year(s) subject to satisfactory academic performance, maintenance of hostel/university discipline and good conduct, to be reviewed at the end of the first year. All recipients of scholarships and freeships must therefore be regular in attending classes and make full efforts in sustaining and improving their academic performance. Maximum duration of SAU MPhil/PhD scholarship would be 5 years.
First year scholarships will cover the summer vacation period at the end of the first two semesters. Scholarships for June and July to continuing students will be disbursed at the end of July, after they re-join the University. In the second year of all Master’s level programmes, scholarships and freeships will cease at the end of the academic session i.e. end of May 2017 and will not cover the summer vacation period at the end of the second year.
MPhil/PhD fellowships from external agencies: MPhil/PhD students who have qualified for JRF support from agencies like the Indian UGC/CSIR/DBT and ICMR, may avail the fellowship as per the terms and conditions of the granting agencies. However, if they receive fees and hostel allowances, these will be recovered from them to the extent of their allowance.
Q14. How do I apply for scholarships?
All scholarships are merit-based, depending on your rank in the entrance test. However, a limited number of freeships are available to students who cannot afford to pay the fees. Such students can apply on the prescribed application form after joining the University along with all supporting documents.
Q15. Can I get campus jobs at SAU?
A limited number of campus jobs are available under the Work – Earn programme. You can apply for these jobs on a monthly basis after joining the university.
Q16. Do non-Indian students face any disparity?
All students, whether from within India or outside, are treated as equals in all matters, whether academic or administrative. In order to promote integration amongst students living in the hostel, the university has a policy of letting students from different countries share accommodation.
Q17. What are the prospects SAU graduates might have?
SAU degrees are recognized by all SAARC member countries. Job opportunities depend, among other things, on the grades students get and other attributes you pick up while at the University. Many SAU alumni are well placed in universities, colleges, research organisations, think tanks, etc. across the region while some are pursuing higher studies around the world.
Q18. What all do I need to bring when I come to SAU after admission?
The university provides a bed along with a mattress and a table and a chair in the hostel room. Students have to bring their own bedlinen and blanket/quilt. The Delhi winter can be quite cold.
Q19. Does SAU offer MBA programme?
No. Currently SAU doesn’t offer MBA programmes.
Q20. Does SAU offer online / distance learning programmes?
No, All the Master’s and Research programmes are regular programmes and do not allow students to take up full time or even part-time jobs.