The proposed SAARC university will start functioning from a temporary campus in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) this year with 50 students in two Masters courses.
JNU on Wednesday agreed to provide the School of Physical Sciences building as a makeshift 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.
JNU Vice-Chancellor Prof B.B. Bhattacharya in a letter sent to SAARC University CEO Prof G.K. Chadha, said the building can be used for a year for running classes and administrative purposes.
“JNU has been extremely kind to grant us the space for the university. This will be a good beginning for the university,” said Chaddha.
The campus of the university will be set up later, for which land is being acquired in Mehrauli in South Delhi. 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.
Admission for the programmes will be carried out in July and classes are expected to start in August this year.