The Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), was established in 1988 with the support of Commonwealth Secretariat, ILO INTERMAN, CIDA and leading management schools in South Asia. Its mission is to promote management excellence in South Asia by networking management development institutions and facilitating their partnership with corporate enterprises and public agencies in the region.
It has 188 institutional members from seven South Asian countries and 15 reciprocal members from other parts of the world. It has organized a series of Faculty Development Workshops on frontier areas of management, three South Asian Management Colloquia and eight South Asian Management Forums - the biannual academic conference where over 1500 academics and business leaders from South Asian countries and other parts of the world have participated. Based on the outcome of the Workshops, Colloquia and Forums, AMDISA has published 18 scholarly books besides several collections of Management Cases. It publishes AMDISA Newsletter every 4 months for its members and a quarterly Journal titled 'South Asian Journal of Management' which is subscribed by libraries across the world.
It is the only association which networks management development centers across seven nations and promotes partnership between business schools, business leaders and policy administrators for enhancing the quality and effectiveness of management education in South Asia. AMDISA provides multiple ways by which member-institutions collaborate within the region.
AMDISA also provides professional development opportunities for management faculty through Regional Fellowship and other programmes. It also provides institution building assistance to business schools and corporate management development centers through its Quality Assessment and other programmes.
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 Presidentship of the Board rotates every two years among the South Asian member institutions. Its immediate past President is an invitee to the Board.
Its permanent secretariat, located in Hyderabad, India, is headed by an Executive Director and supported by Director, Research and a lean staff. While the secretariat serves the membership and initiates activity plans, its activities are hosted by member institutions in different countries of South Asia. The secretariat houses a library and a documentation centre, and is equipped to organize meetings and seminars. The Secretariat will shortly be relocated in its own premises on the University of Hyderabad campus, India.
AMDISA is recognized by the SAARC Secretariat, as an apex professional association with active chapters in all member countries.