First convocation of South Asian University is held in New DelhiJune 11, 2016, 8:03 pm
BY S VENKAT NARAYAN
Our Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI, June 11: The first convocation of the South Asian University (SAU) was held here today at the Vigyan Bhawan.
Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister Kamal Thapa presided over the ceremony and gave away the degrees. India’s Minister of State External Affairs Minister Gen (retired) Vijay Kumar Singh was the chief guest.
About 450 students received their degrees. Thirty one of them were awarded SAU Gold Medals for excellence in academic performance. Students from Sri Lanka and seven other SAARC countries were present at the convocation. They included some who have graduated prior to 2016.
The South Asian University (SAU) is an international university established, funded and maintained by the governments of the eight member nations of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The university started its operations from the academic year 2010. It now offers Masters and MPhil/PhD research programmes in seven disciplines: Economics, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Applied Mathematics, Sociology, International Relations and Legal Studies.
The SAU attracts students from all over South Asia, and its degrees are recognized by all the eight SAARC countries. Many of its graduates have already found employment in the region and some have been offered higher education opportunities in countries beyond South Asia as well.
The university is currently functioning from Akbar Bhawan in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri here. Its permanent campus is coming up on a 100-acre plot in Maidan Garhi in South Delhi.
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