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South Asian University holds 2nd convocation ceremony

South Asian University holds 2nd convocation ceremony

The South Asian University (SAU), an international university established by the eight member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)-Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, organized its second convocation ceremony on 12 June 2017 at the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

MJ Akbar, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs delivered the Convocation Speech as the chief guest while Nepalese Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhya presided over the function as visitor's (chancellor) nominee. Dr Kavita A Sharma, the President (Vice Chancellor) delivered the welcome address.

A total of 185 students from eight SAARC countries were awarded Masters Degrees covering various disciplines like International Relations, Sociology, Computer Science, Development Economics, and Applied Mathematics etc. Moreover, nine students were conferred M.Phil award and 11 students were awarded gold medals for their outstanding performance.

Among the Master’s Degree achievers, 21 from Afghanistan, 28 from Bangladesh, one from Bhutan, one from Maldives, 16 from Nepal, 11 from Pakistan and 3 from Sri Lanka while the rest 104 are from India.

Chairman of Bangladesh University Grants Commission (UGC) Professor Abdul Mannan attended the function. Professor Mannan is a Board and Finance Committee member of the university.

MJ Akbar said, “India is committed to bear 100 percent of the captive cost which has been budgeted at this moment at Rs 2,500 crore needed for the physical campus of the South Asian University,”

The university, which started operation in 2010, is currently offering postgraduate and doctoral programs in applied mathematics, biotechnology, computer science, economics, international relations, legal studies and sociology.

Currently functioning from the Akbar Bhawan campus, the university will eventually move to its 100-acre campus in south Delhi where construction is underway.