PhD Programme at South Asian University

Reference No: CGCD/044/2023

Last date for submission of online application: 31/03/2023

South Asian University is an international university established by the governments of the eight member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) viz., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The University has now moved to its own beautiful 100 acres campus at Maidan Garhi. The University, established with the aim of evolving a South Asian consciousness, offers Master's programmes in the following disciplines: Biotechnology, Computer Science, Economics, International Relations, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Sociology.

Eligibility: A candidate shall be eligible for admission to a course of research leading to the award of Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), if he/she has passed : 12 years of regular Schooling and at least 3-years Bachelor’s Degree plus postgraduate education leading to MA/M.Sc../M.C.A/MS/MTech./L.L.M. degree from a recognized University/Institution with minimum 50% marks or equivalent grade for admission to Social Sciences and Law; and minimum 55% marks or equivalent grade for admission to Science subjects. Candidates, who have undergone integrated Bachelor and Master degrees, will be eligible for admission provided they have at least 5 years of College/University education leading to a Masters’ degree after completing 12 years of schooling. Degrees obtained from government recognized Universities/Institutions will only be acceptable.

Degrees obtained on the basis of work experience will not be acceptable for admission at SAU. Applicants who have not yet completed the Masters’ degree course and are yet to appear for their last year/semester exam, may also apply for admission. However, their admission will be confirmed only if they fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria of aggregate percentage of marks at the Masters’ level besides other relevant criteria.. Please note that such candidates will not have any claim to admission if their results are not declared and their mark sheets are not available latest by 26 July 2023 which is the last date for admission. However, the last date of admission can be extended up to 14 August 2023 with late fee after prior approval from the competent authority. Students who are offered admission will be required to produce original certificates of their final results at the time of admission, including mark sheets/grade sheets of their qualifying degree examination.

Selection :Admission to PhD programmes is made through two channels viz. through direct mode and through entrance test. Through Direct Mode, certain categories of candidates will be exempted from the Entrance Test. They will be shortlisted on the bases of their CVs/SOPs/Research proposals/Letters of Recommendations and will be called directly for the interviews. The eligible categories are the following: Those who have been already awarded National fellowships in different SAARC countries on the basis of their respective National Entrance Tests, Those who are funded by any Government agency to pursue PhD, Those who are salaried and can get a leave from their organization for the two year residency period.

Through Entrance Test, the admission procedure for the PhD programme consists of an Entrance Test followed by an interview. Students are required to score at least 50% marks in both the Entrance Test and the interview separately, to be eligible for admission.

The fee for appearing in the Entrance Test is INR 800. Applications for admission will be accepted only online and payment must also be made through online mode. An Entrance Test will be conducted simultaneously throughout the SAARC region on 29 and 30 April 2023 as per the schedule.

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