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Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), a not for profit association, based at Hyderabad launched the accreditation system for Business Schools called “South Asian Quality Assurance System” with acronym as SAQS.

SAQS is the South Asian system of quality assessment, improvement, and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration.

AMDISA received financial support from EFMD during 2004-2006 for developing SAQS. AMDISA evolved the South Asian Quality Assurance System (SAQS), at a national workshop of Deans and Directors of Management Schools, coordinated by AMDISA’s Founder-President late Dr Dharni P. Sinha in June, 2000.

     Accredited schools​​​​

  • IILM Institute for Higher Education, New Delhi  

  • Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB) 

  • SVKM's NMIMS School of Business Management  Bangalore

  • Jagdish Sheth School of Management Bangalore

  • FORE School of Management, New Delhi 

  • Institute of Financial Management & Research (IFMR) Chennai 

  • Nirma University   Institute of Management  Ahmedabad 

  • Goa Institute of Management, Goa

  • Jagan Institute of Management Studies, New Delhi

  • Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai

  • Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Hyderabad

  • Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Bengaluru

  • Management Development Institute, Gurugram​​

  • Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad

  • International Management Institute, New Delhi

  • IBS - Hyderabad

  • Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

  • Jagannath International Management School (JIMS), Kalkaji, New Delhi

  • Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad, India.

  • Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Nagpur,


The financial implications of SAQS are as follows: US $ 400/- with Eligibility Application; Once eligibility is accepted, a sum of US $ 12,500/- would be payable and the next US $ 12,500/- would be payable at the time of submitting self- assessment report. The mentors and peer review experts’ travel expenses will be met by AMDISA; local hospitality is to be provided by the Institutions concerned. 

SAQS has positioned itself as Quality Assurance System representing the highest standard of achievement for management schools. AMDISA believes that Institutions that earn Quality Assurance, confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review of institutional mission and its alignment, faculty capability, and composition, curricula quality, admission and delivery system, research and executive education, pursuing regional and global network promoting connections with corporate world and making its contribution to community having appropriate academic and physical infrastructure

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