More foreign students enroling for SAU, most from Pakistan

While leads with 31 students, five Pakistani students enrol in Masters courses in SAU.

An increase in foreign enrolment is seen this year as students from SAARC nations have rushed in to take admissions in South Asian University (SAU), New Delhi. A total of 146 foreign students were offered seat in master‘s course, of which 96 have already joined. In all24 students have been enrolled for doctorate programme of which 15 have joined as the session started earlier this August.

As has been the trend here, Afghanistan continues to lead the way with a total of 31 students, followed by Bangladesh with 30 and Bhutan with 26 students.

This year five Pakistani students have taken admission to pursue post-graduation from the university. Last year, the Pakistani students could not secure a visa to study in India due to the frosty diplomatic relations.

Talking to Education Times about their choice of institute for higher study, Muhmmad Sufiyan Zia from Punjab, says, “I learnt about SAU on Facebook while searching for international institutes to pursue my masters‘. I found SAU to be affordable, compared to institutes in UK or the US, and with high quality of education. I reached out to some of the Pakistani alumni from the institute, who gave positive feedback.”

The 26-year-old, who traces his ancestral roots to Amritsar in India, is pursuing LLM in at SAU, and wants to be an academician. Zia faced a few hurdles such as difficulty in paying the admission fee since direct money transfers is not allowed between the two countries. At times, the SAU website would not work and he had to seek help from his friends in India.

Another Pakistani student Kojhraj Singh Sodh, from Umerkot in Sindh province, who is pursuing Master‘s in Computer Science at SAU, has been adjusting with the new environment in India. “I am a Hindu staying in Pakistan for long. I have battle questions such as -If I am ill-treated back home due to my religion. They have this misconception because of the media reports, though this is not the case. We all live in harmony back in Pakistan,” says Kojhraj.

Even though it is not even a month since these Pakistani students landed in India, they say they already feel like home because of thecultural similarities and have blended well with the locals.

Talking about the academics, Zia says, “The teachers here are well-qualified, the standard of education is high and critical thinking is encouraged here.”

SAU, established by the governments of the eight SAARC nations in 2010 to provide academic opportunities in the subcontinent and promote a sense of the South Asian community.
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