Admissions Open in South Asian University for Students of Bhutan and SAARC Nations

Good news for students in Bhutan and other SAARC nations who wish to apply for the Master’s and PhD courses in India. The South Asian University, New Delhi has announced admissions for its Masters’s and PhD programmes for the batch of 2023-24. The programmes that are on offer are in the area of Economics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, International Relations, Legal Studies, Mathematics and Sociology. The entrance test will be conducted on the 29th and 30th of April 2023. It will be a centre-based online testing system in select centres across South Asia. The applicants will take the tests on scheduled time slots at the respective test centres.

While the student intake of the Masters’s degree programme remains at 30 as in previous years, the number of seats for the PhD programmes have been increased. Students can get entry to the PhD programmes through two ways; direct mode and entrance test. In the direct mode, certain categories of students can secure admission without writing the entrance exam, and the shortlist will be made on the basis of their CVs/SOPs /Research Proposals / Letters of Recommendation and called directly for the interview.

SAU offers a generous number of scholarships and financial support to students. They are also granted specially-created multiple-entry SAU visas. South Asian University was jointly established by the government of eight SAARC nations in the capital city of India. About half of the students studying here belong to India while the other half come from the different SAARC nations – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and then there are a few from other countries as well. The university started its operation in the academic year of 2010. Many of its alumni have found employment in the region and some are even offered higher education opportunities in other countries as well.

Each SAARC country has been allotted a quota, but if the number of students from any particular country runs short of the allotted quota, the remaining vacant seats are filled up by other countries.

The last date to apply is 31 March and more details can be sought from the university website.

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