New Delhi: South Asian University will be organising its maiden Convocationon 11 June 2016at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Mr. Kamal Thapa, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Nepal, will preside over the ceremony and give away the degrees. Gen (Dr) VK Singh (Retd), Minister of State for External Affairs of India, will be the Chief Guest.


Aproximately about 450 students will be receiving their degrees while 31 of them will be receiving SAU Gold Medals for excellence in academic performance. Students from all the eight SAARC countries will be present at theconvocation. These will include some gradutes who have graduated prior to 2016 as well. Many members of the University’s Governing Board, Executive Council, Academic Council and Finance Committee will attend theconvocationalong with academicians and other dignitaries.


Phantoms-In-Transit – An Intriguing Solo Exhibition Inaugurated

12 April 2016: A solo exhibition tilted Phantoms-in-Transit by a young artist Subrata Das was inaugurated today by Dr. Kavita A. Sharma at the South Asian University Gallery in Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The exhibition unravels the lives and experiences of the migrant workers across cities. Seemingly, they become phantoms-in-transit in various parts of South Asia. The artist effectively captures the struggle, the journey and their experiences through an immaculately done dozen pieces in various mediums.

This series brings out the subtlety and mundane experience of construction labourers, who flock the urban locations all around South Asia from the countryside to help construct buildings, roads and other infrastructure. Such labouring hands seldom get the opportunity to experience the luxuries of living in the high-rises they build. In return for constructing such spectacular structures, they merely make a pittance, and gingerly return to the localities with unfulfilled fantasies. This series invites viewers to interrogate this structure of non-glamorous reality.

Subrata Das is a Delhi based visual artist and was trained at the College of Art, Delhi. The exhibition, which happens to be his debut solo show, will be on for public from 12 April 2016 till 1 May 2016.



SAARC Nations Should Solve Their Problems Together, Says Professor Gohwer Rizvi


New Delhi: Many of the major challenges facing the South Asian countries are trans-national and need to be solved together as most of them cannot be solved by national governments of the region in isolation, said Professor Gowher Rizvi. He said the complementarity of the nations of this region needs to be acknowledged and the region can become the largest market in the world.




New Delhi: Faculty of Life Sciences and Biotechnology (FLSB), of the South Asian University (SAU) is organizing  “South-Asian Biotechnology Conference” from 12-14 February 2015. Biotechnologists from various SAARC countries shall participate in this three day event that will be inaugurated by Prof. GP Talwar, the erstwhile Director of the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi. Participants from SAARC countries will present their research and get first-hand information about the kind of research work being carried out in this part of the world. Besides basic Life Sciences, the Conference will have sessions on Plant and Medical Biotechnology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases.



SAARC must overcome the legacy of mistrust of the past


New Delhi: Culture, commerce and connectivity can be the building blocks for a better future for the people of South Asia, said Ms Sushma Swaraj, India’s External Affairs Minister.

The Minister was speaking at a SAARC event organised by the South Asian University (SAU) to commemorate the 30th SAARC Charter Day at India International Centre here. The event was well attended by Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Heads of international institutions, SAARC organisations, think tanks and many other dignitaries.



New Delhi: Young scholars and researchers from across the South Asian Region will debate on various socially relevant issues over two days in a regional conference. The event, Debating Identity - Dialogues across Boundaries, will be held on 16 and 17 October at the Akbar Bhawan campus of South Asian University.


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