New Delhi: This year, the proposed SAARC University will start functioning from a temporary campus in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Initially, the University will admit 50 students in two master degree courses.Admission for the programmes will be carried out in July and classes are expected to start in August.
On Wednesday i.e. on June 2, 2010, JNU has agreed to provide the School of Physical Sciences building as a temporary campus of the SAARC University, which will offer Masters in Development Economics and Masters in Computer Application where students from all the eight member countries can apply. The students who will be granted admission will be chosen from the eight nations that are members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
Prof B.B. Bhattacharya, JNU Vice-Chancellor, in a letter sent to SAARC University CEO Prof G.K. Chadha, said that the building can be used for a year for running classes and administrative purposes. Mr Chaddha in his reply has said that JNU has been extremely kind to grant the space for the university. He also added that this will be a good beginning for the university.
As per sources, later on, the University will be shifted to its permanent campus for which land is being allotted in Mehrauli in South Delhi. Presently, 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.