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 South Asian University Foundation Day Celebrations
Colourful rangolis. An air of festivity. Aroma of the delectable kind. South Asian University celebrated its
first Foundation Day on 7 March 2017 with a variety of events. The day marks the transition of the
university from the project mode to a full-fledged university. This was also the day in 2011 when the first
Governing Board meeting after the university came into being. The day-long celebrations saw vibrant
shades of South Asia reflected in the activities, which kick-started with the inaugural programme in the
morning when students, faculty members and official staff gathered in the SAU lawns. Dr.Kavita Sharma,
President SAU, in her inaugural speech recollected how the idea of celebrating the SAU Foundation Day
was conceptualised. She also traced the genesis of the university in her speech. While complimenting the
students on organising the event, she said that the idea of a borderless South Asia as depicted in one of
the wall installations done by the students, should be an inspiration for the politicians and policy makers
of the region. She said that despite the complexities involved in getting the construction started, her
priority would continue to be the completion of the construction of the permanent campus, which is
going on at full swing in Maidan Garhi. She hoped that by the end of 2018, the first set of buildings would
be complete.
Prof. Santosh Panda congratulated the students on organising the first ever SAU Foundation Day and
said this event will be celebrated every year and will always be a student-led event. Sariful Islam, the event
co-ordinator, expressed gratitude to the management of the university for conceptualising the event
and said the current batch of students were lucky to have been the batch that initiated the celebration of
SAU Foundation Day.

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