AMDISA - Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia - is a SAARC Recognised Body. It is a network of Management Education and Management Development Institutions in South Asia. It has 246 members from the SAARC region. Its mission is to “Promote management education and management development activities in South Asia, taking into account the economic, social and cultural context of the Region, with the firm dedication to world-wide exchange of experience and ideas in the fields concerned.”
AMDISA is the only Association which networks management development institutions across the eight South Asian Nations through exchanging information, facilitating inter-country research initiatives, conducting regional conferences, workshops, colloquia and programmes, and thereby providing a forum for interaction among academics and business leaders.
AMDISA launched the global benchmark quality assurance and accreditation system for Business Schools - SAQS. SAQS is the quality assurance scheme run by AMDISA as a service to the management education profession worldwide. SAQS emerged in an EFMD - AMDISA cooperation through a European Union funded Asia - Link project in 2003-04. It is inspired by EFMD's EQUIS criteria guidelines and is designed as an international accreditation system. It is a globally benchmarked system for mentoring, quality improvement, quality assurance and accreditation. SAQS accreditation processes lead to improvement through highlighting the need to meet internationally accepted quality standards. SAQS Quality Label is a recognition to the institution's commitment to Quality and Quality Assurance through continuous improvement. SAQS accreditation is institutional. Institution being defined as the organisational unit providing business and management education. So far 36 B-Schools have entered the SAQS process since inception, of which 18 have been awarded Accreditation. 18 are in various stages of the process. More schools in the region are expected to seek the academic guidance and strategic audit provided by SAQS in the near future.
AMDISA publishes a Newsletter three times a year and the South Asian Journal of Management, quarterly. The South Asian Journal of Management (SAJM) was founded in response to the global needs to know about the current research and practice in the field of management in South Asia; the South Asian needs to network management development institutions; create a forum for promoting cooperative research and constructive dialogue on contemporary issues in South Asian Management. It is a prestigious publication and is indexed by two internationally acclaimed database services, EBSCO and ProQuest. The Editor of the SAJM is Dr Mathew J Manimala, Former Professor of Organization Behaviour & Chairperson-OBHRM Area, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
AMDISA's administrative structure includes the General Assembly of members held every two years, which elects an Executive Board. It has eleven members representing all member nations. The current President of AMDISA is Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala, President, Institute of Certified Professional Managers, Colombo, Sri Lanka and Vice President is Mr. Shathif Ali, Dean, Business School, The Maldives National University (MNU), Male, Maldives. The Presidents of National Networks in South Asia, Past Presidents of AMDISA and Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad are Ex-officio Permanent Invitees to the Executive Board.
The permanent Secretariat is located in the University of Hyderabad Campus, Hyderabad, India, and is headed by an Executive Director. The Secretariat is built on 2 acres of land, obtained as a generous gesture from the Central University of Hyderabad on its campus. The design of AMDISA's secretariat complex is representative of the SAARC spirit and is conceptualized with seven rooms networked into a central dome. The design envisages the seven rooms to represent the culture of each of the SAARC Nations. While the Secretariat serves the membership and initiates activity plans, its activities are hosted by member institutions in different countries of South Asia.