New Delhi: It all can start with a click and finish off with another, literally. SAARC-established South Asian University has announced admission to its various Master’s as well as M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes and aspirants can complete the entire admission process online.

With student population at the university drawnalmost entirely from the eight member nations of the SAARC, going online seems like a logical step forward. In fact the university introduced online application last year.

This year the process of application has been further simplified to make it easier for aspirants to apply to programmes of their choice, said Prof. Rajiv Saxena, Vice President. Nine out of every ten applications the university received last year was through online and this trend is expected to continue this year also, he adds.

Students, who do not have access to internet banking, credit card or a debit card, to pay the entrance test fee can still apply through the offline mode by downloading the application forms from the university website.

SAU’s President Prof. GK Chadha said, “Compared to other universities in India, we cover much more geography as far as the aspirants we cater to are concerned. With SAU gaining more popularity, we are expecting an upward swing in the number of applications."

The university is admitting students for its fifth academic year in Master’s as well as M.Phil./Ph.D. programmes in the areas of Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Development Economics, International Relations, Legal Studies and Sociology. There are 30 seats in each of the master’s degree programmes. The number of seats for M.Phil/Ph.D., though, vary from programme to programme.

To further facilitate free flow of information between the university and aspirants, SAU has opened an admission blog dedicated to the aspirants. The blog has, among other things, the detailed information about the courses, admission procedure, videos and the details of Admission Volunteers, to whom aspirants can ask questions and clarify their doubts. The aspirants can also communicate with the university through social networking pages.


While the last date of accepting applications at SAU is March 3, 2014, the SAARC-wide entrance test for both Masters &M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes is scheduled for April 6, 2014. All the details can be accessed from


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