OASAC - Orthopaedic Association of SAARC Countries




It was felt that there was a need to establish a forum for orthopaedic surgeons of South Asia and the proposal of creating "An Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons" was agreed between 1988 and 1998.


Fifteen orthopaedic surgeons from SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries gathered in Katmandu, Nepal, for a scientific conference arranged by the Nepal Orthopaedic Association from 29 April to 1 May 1998, with the idea to establish "A Joint Forum for Orthopaedic Surgeons of SAARC".

Founding Members

The Constitution was drafted and approved by the General Body of 15 founding members on 30 April 1998 in Nepal.


Dr M.P. Shrivastava
Prof Ramesh Kamar
Prof Ashok Baskota
Dr Anil Shrestha
Dr Saroy Rajial
Dr SK Sherestha


Prof A.F.M. Rahu ul Haq


Prof P.S. Miani
Prof M. Goel
Prof N.S. Laud
Prof K.P. Sherivatava
Prof D.K. Taneja


Prof Khalid Balooch
Dr Ashraf Nizami
Prof Syed Awais

Prof P.S. Miani from India was elected as the First President.

Mission Statement

"The Orthopaedic Association of SAARC Countries (South Asian) will consist of full active members of the National Orthopaedic Associations of the SAARC Countries, and will promote education, training and practice of Orthopaedic Surgery. It will also act as an advisory organization in a way that all countries have equal representation and equal opportunities to contribute."

Past Presidents

  • Prof P.S. Miani (India)
  • Prof Somroo (Pakistan)
  • Prof Rahul ul Haq (Bangladesh)
  • Prof Sherivastava (Nepal)
  • Dr Habib (Maldives)

List of Meetings

  • New Delhi, India (2000)
  • Karachi, Pakistan (2002)
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh (2004)
  • Katmandu, Nepal (2006)
  • Male, Maldives (2008)
  • Thimphu, Bhutan (2010)
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka (2012) 

Relationship of OASAC with SICOT

In 2007, OASAC applied to SICOT for affiliation. In 2007, during the Fifth SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, the SICOT Board of Directors and International Council approved its status of Affiliated Society of SICOT.