Founded by the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Madanjeet Singh in 2000, the South Asia Foundation (SAF) is a secular, non-profit and non-political organization, comprising eight autonomous chapters:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
SAF’s core objective is to promote regional co-operation through a number of UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institutions of Excellence in the eight SAARC countries, offering different courses in various centers of South Asia including Nepal for Development Studies at  National College in Kathmandu.
Along with the provision of scholarships for the South Asian students to pursue development studies at National College, the joint activities of the SAF and the college include NextGen Fellowship program, seminars and conferences.