- SAQS was launched in 2003 through the pioneering effort of Dr. Dharni P. Sinha, Founder President & Coordinator, AMDISA.
- SAQS evolved through 15 National and Regional Workshops involving extensive interactions with Deans and Directors from South Asian Management Schools and representatives from EFMD, AACSB and National Management Association in South Asia.
- 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.
- The cooperation included designing, testing and launching a quality assurance system.