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Dr Priti Saxena

Dr Priti Saxena of Faculty of Life Science and Biotechnology was honoured with the Science Innovator Award - 2015 at the 'International Conference on Innovative Approaches in Applied Sciences and Technologies (iCiAst-2016)' organized at Kasetsart University, Bangkok during February 1 - 5, 2016..

Prof Rajen Harshe

Prof. Rajen Harshe has been nominated as the member of Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU). The term of the newly constituted INCCU is for four years. Apart from taking general interest in evolving its policies and programmes, Prof. Harshe will be specifically functioning within the sub- commission on social sciences of the INCCU. [October 2015]

Dr. Yuba Raj Pokharel

Dr. Yuba Raj Pokharel of Faculty of Life Science and Biotechnology was invited to deliver a lecture on "Cleaning the Dust: Relevance Rank Platform (RRP), a novel approach for the protein protein interaction analysis." Organized by Scientific Future group on " World congress on Cancer and Prevention Methods". 27-29th August 2015, Dubai, UAE.

Dr. Yuba Raj Pokharel

Research Article Published: Dr. Yuba Raj Pokharel In Vitro Free Radical Scavenging Activity of Methanol Extracts of Some Selected Medicinal Plants of Nepal Khaga Raj Sharma1,2*, Surya Kant Kalauni1, Suresh Awale3 and Yuba Raj Pokharel4* 1Central Department of Chemistry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2Birendra Multiple Campus Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal 3University of Toyama, Frontier Research Core for Life Science, Japan, 4Facuty of Life Science and Biotechnology, South Asian University, India, Corresponding author:*Pokharel Yuba Raj, Faculty of Life Science and Biotechnology, South Asian University, Chankyapuri, New Delhi-110021, India. Austin Journal of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Volume 2 Issue 1-2015

Dr. Luther M Rangreji

Dr. Luther Rangreji of the Faculty of Legal Studies

  • Judged the Final Rounds of the All India International Technology Law Moot Court Competition, organised by Symbiosis Law School, Pune and Surana & Surana International Attorneys, Chennai, 23 August, 2015, Symbiosis University Campus, Pune. Webcast available
  • Presented a paper on “Global Legal Education: Imperatives from International Law” at the All India Seminar on Global Legal Education, organised by the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and the Confederation of Indian Bar, 8-9 August 2015, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
  • Presented a paper on “Future Regime on Marine Biological Diversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction” and participated as a panellist at the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) Legal Expert Meeting on the Law of the Sea”, 24-25 August 2015, organized by the Secretariat of AALCO in association with the Universiti Malaysia Trengganu, Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Dr. Jagdish Chand Bansal

The research article, 'A Modified Biogeography Based Optimization' authored by Pushpa Farswan, Jagdish Chand Bansal and Kusum Deep received the outstanding research paper award during the 2nd International Conference on Harmony Search 2015 (ICHSA 2015) held at Korea University, Seoul Korea.

Dr. Luther M Rangreji 

Participated in a panel discussion on “Law of Treaties, Ratification Procedure and Best Practices in India”, with a visiting delegation of officials of Royal Kingdom of Bhutan headed by Lekji Dorji, Member of Parliament, organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and the Indian Law Institute, 18 June 2015, New Delhi.

Dr. Prabhash Ranjan

Dr Prabhash Ranjan, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, SAU, has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, from 11 May to 1 July 2015.

Dr. Luther M Rangreji

Dr. Luther Rangreji of the Faculty of Legal Studies has been

Dr. Siddharth Mallavarapu

Dr. Siddharth Mallavarapu of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of International Relations is among six internationally recognized scholars in the discipline of International Relations who have been invited as part of a Lecture Series for the Frankfurt Cluster of Excellence "Normative Orders" under the Title "Theorizing Global Order". He will be delivering a public lecture plus a seminar in the context of a "Master´s Class" with graduate students at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main in July 2015.

Prof Rajiv K Saxena

Prof. Rajiv Saxena, the Dean of Faculty of Life Sciences and Biotechnology and Vice President of SAU has been awarded Rs.25 million research grant by the Nano-Sciences Mission of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Government of India. This research grant for which DST would be used to study the interactions of carbon nanotubes and other nano sized particles with the cells of the immune system. The project would specifically focus on alterations of nano-particle uptake by immune cells upon activation with antigens or upon oncogenic transformation and would facilitate devising ways of therapeutic drug targeting to cells of the immune system. About 60% of the grant money will be used to establish a “Confocal fluorescence microscopy research facility” at SAU.

Dr.Yuba Raj Pokharel

Dr.Yuba Raj Pokharel of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Biotechnology was invited to deliver a lecture on " Identification of novel cancer relevant protien interactions by functional ranking platform for interactome analysis,5th International Conference on Stem Cells and Cancer (ICSCC- 2014):Proliferation,Differentiation and Apoptosis, 8th-10th November 2014,Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU),New Delhi, India.

Dr.Luther M Rangreji

Dr.Luther M Rangreji of the Faculty of Legal Studies,participated as a member of the Indian delegation (Legal Expert)to the Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the parties serving as the meeting of the parties to the cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 29 September to 3 October 2014,Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.

Dr.Luther M Rangreji

Dr.Luther M Rangreji of the Faculty of Legal Studies has been elected by the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP-12) held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea as a Member (Legal Expert) to the Compliance Committee of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources 2010, for a period of 4 years from the Asia-pacific Group.

Dr.Yuba Raj Pokharel

Dr.Yuba Raj Pokharel of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Biotechnology was invited to deliver a lecture on " Modulation of Multi-drug Resistance in Cancer by Ginsenoside RD" at the 1st World Ginseng Forum (WGF-2014), held in Changchun, China during August 29-31, 2014.

Prof. Rajiv K Saxena

Prof. Rajiv K. Saxena, Dean, FLSB, has been awarded the prestigious “JC Bose National Research Fellowship” by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The Fellowship is for the duration of 5 years during which Prof. Saxena will receive the fellowship of INR 25,000 per month and a contingency amount of INR 10,00,000 every year for travel and other expenditures.

Dr. Vivek Kumar Singh

Dr.Vivek Singh of the Computer Science department of the University chaired a session on ' Data Mining,Clustering and Intelligent Information Systems' at the 2nd International Conference on Advances Computing,Communications and informatics' sponsored by IEEE and held at Mysore, India during 22-25th August,2013. Certificate of appreciation

Dr. Vivek Kumar Singh

Dr. Vivek Singh of Computer Science department of the university organized a special session on 'Machine learning and Test Analytics' at 7th Multi-disciplinary workshop on Artificial Intelligence to be held on 9-11th December,2013 at Krabi,Thailand. A local copy of the brochure is availabe here. More details are at:


Dr. Sai Ramani Garimella

Dr. Sai Ramani was invited by the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg to deliver a lecture at the the IFSH Research Colloquium at the Institute, Beim Schlump, University of Hamburg, Hamburg on the 10th of July, 2013. The lecture was on the topic "South Asia - Violence against the marginalized". The lecture was about the legislative intervention against caste-based violence in the three countries of Bangladesh, Nepal and India.


Dr. Pankaj Jain Dr Jain, Associate Professor, FMCS was invited to conduct "Summer School on Numerical Analysis and Applications" by the Department of Mathematics, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal during June 24-29, 2013. During the school, Dr Jain delivered a 25-hour course consisting of series of lectures and computer hands on. The participants of the school were faculty members of various campuses of Tribhuvan University. Posted 4.7.2013
Dr. Luther M. Rangreji Dr. Rangreji has been appointed Member (Expert) of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India for a period of three years. The GEAC is a Statutory body for approving GE proposals involving large scale use of hazardous living microorganisms and recombinants in research and industrial production from the environmental angle and the release of genetically engineered organisms and products into the environment, including experimental field trials. Posted 26.6.2013
Prof Rajiv K Saxena Prof Saxena's research proposal "Modulation of erythroid line of differentiation and erythrocyte turnover in mouse model of autoimmune hemolytic anemia " has been approved for funding by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Science & Engineering Research Board, India. DST will provide Rs. 4.5 million to SAU for this project over next three years. Posted 30.4.2013
Dr Nirotpal Mrinal Dr Mrinal, Assistant Professor, FLSB, has been awarded the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Medal for Young Scientist (2013). Posted 29.4.2013
Dr Ritu Gaur Dr Gaur, Associate Professor, FLSB, has been awarded the prestigious NIH "Intramural to India" grant for working on "Development of Maturation Inhibitors as Globally effective class of Antiretrovirals". Posted 18.3.2013
Dr Ekta Walia Bhullar Dr Bhullar, Associate Professor, FMCS, delivered a seminar organized by IEEE Winnipeg Section- Communication Chapter on "Two-Stage Face Recognition using Global and Local Features" on 6th March 2013 at University of Manitoba, Canada. Posted 8.3.2013

Academic Approach at SAU

The South Asian University would strive to provide world class education in keeping with the most recent international trends in University education, in terms of choice of subjects across various disciplines and pedagogical approaches. Relevance will be ensured through alignment of the academic program with the University’s core objectives. Quality will be ensured through collecting the very best academics available in the world for teaching, research and peer review.

In order to ensure that the SAU becomes the leading center of excellence for learning in the region, the SAU aims to draw upon the very best academics working in the region and outside, whose thoughts and research work are at the cutting edge of knowledge and of direct relevance to the SAU’s objectives. The SAU would ensure this through a set of competitive incentives and facilities to attract the very best.

The SAU believes that knowledge is the most powerful means for promoting meaningful understanding of diversity, building cohesion and promoting tolerance. By providing a common forum where such knowledge is accumulated, generated and disseminated, the South Asian University aims to become the focal point for the search for common ground and socio-economic development of the region.

The SAU, therefore, aims to provide for programs of studies which:

  • have the potential to promote regional understanding, peace and security which ultimately enhances the wellbeing of the people of the region;
  • reach newer, common and challenging frontiers in various disciplines, and inter-disciplinary outfits, usually not available in individual countries.
  • lead to creation and sharing of knowledge that has the potential of creating a South Asian Community of intellectuals, endowed with expanding mutual trust and appreciation of one another’s problems

In today’s world, whether it is for pursuing very basic research inquiries or for seeking solutions to emerging problems, research efforts have to be multidisciplinary. Special Interdisciplinary Research Centers will, therefore, be a hallmark of SAU. The provision of expertise in multiple basic areas will ensure that the interdisciplinary effort can be initiated rapidly.

The interdisciplinary activities will be designed to meet the needs for 1) building a culture of understanding and regional consciousness; 2) nurturing a new class of liberal, bright and quality leadership and 3) building the capacity of the region in science, technology and other disciplines considered vital for improving the quality of life of the people. The SAU will ensure that the graduates from this University will have the most marketable and relevant skills needed for the region as also for the international job market. Specialization in these niche areas will ensure that the SAU brand name for particular skills would be established and that, in turn, would bestow substantial employment benefits on the youth of the region.

Faculties & Departments

The South Asian University will focus overwhelmingly on research and post-graduate programmes, though a small Faculty of Under-graduate Studies will also come up. The University ultimately plans to create 12 post-graduate Faculties, 6 science and 6 non-science. A flagship Institute of South Asian Studies will also be established in the University.

Faculty of Mathematics & Computer Science (FMCS) 

Mathematics & Computer Science

The faculty comprises of the Department of Computer Science & the Department of Mathematics. In the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, it is proposed to assemble a wide spectrum of expertise in mathematics as well as its applications...

Faculty of Life Sciences & Biotechnology (FLSB)


Idea of FLSB at SAU: The current millennium is the age of biological sciences. Today, we have the conceptual...

Faculty of Economics (FE)


The Faculty of Economics offers a unique Masters program in Development Economics and a PhD program in Economics...


Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)

Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) comprises of the Department of International Relations & Department of Sociology. FSS will focus on all aspects of the study of human society and of individual relationships in and to society...


Faculty of Legal Studies (FLS)

Legal Studies

Faculty of Legal Studies offers a four semester post graduate programme (LLM)...


Faculties (Planned but not yet started)

  • Faculty of Earth System Sciences
  • Faculty of Physical and Chemical Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts and Design
  • Faculty of Management
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Undergraduate Studies
  • Institute of South Asian Studies

Faculties (Accepted in principle but not yet planned)

  • Faculty of Engineering & Technology
  • Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
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