Dibya Ghimire, an MSc. Biotechnology student who hails from Nepal, got the highest overall university grade with a final grade point average of 8.80. She along with seven other students - four from India and three from Bangladesh, will receive the newly instituted SAU Gold Medals for students who pass out with highest grades in their respective programmes.
A brainchild of the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, SAU was jointly established in 2010 by the eight SAARC nations, in New Delhi. The university has students from all the member countries of the regional body and beyond.
Although 22 students had graduated last year in MA Development Economics, it is the first time that a large number of students enrolled in seven master level academic programmes are passing out from the university.
The degrees the university provides are recognised in all the 8 SAARC counties. Admission to master's as well as the newly introduced doctoral programmes is under process for the fourth academic session to commence from July 2013.
About South Asian University:
South Asian University (SAU) is an international university established by the eight member nations of South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) viz. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
SAU started its operations from the academic year 2010. The university now offers post-graduate courses in various disciplines that include Development Economics, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Mathematics, Sociology, International Relations and Law. It will ultimately have 11 post-graduate faculties and a faculty of undergraduate studies.