SAARC University to function at temporary campus in JNU
The ambitious SAARC University will start functioning from a temporary campus in Jawaharlal Nehru University this year with 50 students in two Masters courses.
New Delhi: The ambitious SAARC University will
start functioning from a temporary campus in Jawaharlal Nehru
University this year with 50 students in two Masters courses.
JNU Wednesday agreed to provide its School of Physical
Sciences building to be used as the temporary campus of the
SAARC University, which will offer Masters in Development
Economics and Masters in Computer Application with students
from all the eight member countries.
In a letter to SAARC University CEO Prof G K Chadha, JNU
Vice Chancellor Prof B B Bhattacharya said the building can be
used for a year for running classes and administrative
purposes, a top official source said.
The campus of the university will be set up later for
which land is being acquired in Mehrauli in South Delhi.
Each course will have 25 students each. While 50 per cent
of the seats will go to the host country, India, smaller
countries will get minimum four per cent of seats.
In case of any reserved seat for a smaller country
remaining vacant, it will go to the students of another small
country, the source said.
Admission for the programmes will be carried out in July
and classes are expected to start in August this year, they
The rules, regulations and procedures for admissions were
discussed at the two-day SAARC Summit in Thimpu in April this
year. The SAARC University, which is the brainchild of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, is expected to be a centre of
The university, which will have campuses in all the member
countries like Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives,
Bangladesh and Afghanistan, will ultimately have the capacity
to accommodate 7,000 students from the region. The university
will have a faculty of 500.
India has asserted that there will be no discrimination in
visas against any student from any country, including those
from Pakistan, although police reporting would be a must.
Pakistan had reportedly objected recently to the
requirement of police reporting.