Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS) was established in 2011 as an indigenous platform for advanced research and scholarly exchange in the South Asia region. It emerges from the pressing need to nurture and promote critical research, scholarship and teaching in Southasia.

It takes interdisciplinary approach and specializes in advanced studies – research, scholarly publications and seminar series. As an endogenous initiative of region, it will fill the critical gap in knowledge generation and capacity strengthening by cultivating and promoting more engaged practice of social science in addressing social and environmental challenges.

Vision 2020: SIAS is recognized in Nepal, Southasia and globally as a rare Southern-based high quality research and teaching organization, and with significant reputation as policy think tank.

Mission: SIAS’s mission is to nurture, cultivate, organize and promote critical knowledge, research and scholarly learning in Southasia. Its initial focus would be in Nepal, Northern India and Bangladesh, and will gradually expand its geographical coverage in the region.

Governance: SIAS is registered as not-for-profit company in Nepal as per the Company Act 2006. It is governed by a board of directors elected by general members. It is a professionally managed group for delivering high quality services.