Bhubaneswar, July 17: Education can propel the society towards transformation and liberate it from the clutches of ignorance, an eminent educationist said here on Tuesday.
“Education has a transformative role, it liberates us from ignorance and it is a continuous process,” said Prof. Padmaja Mishra, Vice-Chancellor of the Rama Devi Women’s University while addressing the 12th Foundation Day celebration of the Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (Deemed to be University) as chief guest.
Focussing on the depressing scenario of violence against women, she said while mothers generally advise their daughters to ensure their own protection from attacks, they never teach their sons as to how they should behave with the fair sex. “We should be strong and truthful to admit that we have not taught our boys how they should behave with girls,” Prof. Mishra said.
“We have not yet achieved gender equality and it was everyone’s responsibility,” she said while commenting on a play staged earlier depicting sexual harassment of women by ‘Toneelstuk’, the drama club of SOA.
Prof. Amit Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of SOA, described the Foundation Day as an occasion of celebration and rejoicing while welcoming the chief guest.
Fifty seven employees of SOA, including professors, faculty members and other staff, who had completed two decades of service, were felicitated on the occasion and presented Certificates of Appreciation and mementos. Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Das, Dean (Students’ Welfare), conducted the program which was attended by Deans, Directors and officials of different institutions under SOA.
Prof. Mishra, who was felicitated on the occasion, pointed out that there was much gender stereotype in education. Women, she said, were often ticked off saying they should pursue soft subjects though the truth was that education was gender neutral.
“As long as we believe that there is women specific education, we will be nowhere,” she said,
Talking of technology, she said “if you know how to use a cell phone, it will become a weapon in your hands. But it can also be a curse at the same time.”
“We must know how to use technology. Simply learning technology is not education. When you learn how to use technology for human development, it will be a blessing,” she said.
Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) Deemed to be University’s achievements in a nutshell
The ranking survey conducted by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Ministry of HRD, in April 2018, has ranked Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan is the Youngest among top 25 in University category in India. It is the Leading Deemed University in the East and 3rd Best Multidisciplinary Deemed University in India. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), has also accredited SOA with ‘A’ grade, and has termed this deemed to be university as socially inclusive, which is a big achievement in itself.
SOA is proud to be associated with 9 degree granting institutes, which has a whopping strength of 10,000 students. The institute leaves no stone unturned in providing quality education in the field of medicine, engineering & technology, dental sciences, management sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, law, nursing, hospitality, tourism management and agriculture. SOA keeps on updating its curriculum from time to time as per the latest industry trends and believes in providing education to students with a holistic approach.
The department of Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), faculty of engineering and technology of SOA, has now become the 4th institute in the country to get 3 of its programs accredited by the reputed Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), USA. This shows the commitment and dedication of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan’s vision to work towards the skill development of students and betterment of the society.
• 125 Acres campus
• 4,47,395 sqm. Built-up Area
• 12 Research Centres
• 29 Research Labs
• 136 e-Enabled Classrooms
• 5 Model Auditoriums
• 10 Student Activity Centres
• 1026 Mbps Multiple ISP Connectivity
• Fully Wi-Fi Campus
• 32 National Collaborations
• 50 International Collaborations
• High-end Multi-disciplinary Research in Emerging Areas
• Fully Automated Libraries with Ample Print Learning Resources
• Adequate e-Resources with 21 e-Databases
• Fellowship for Doctoral & Post-Doctoral Programmes
• Scholarship for Meritorious Students
This shows the capability and willingness of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan to provide quality education to students and conduct ground-breaking research work in various fields. SOA has been expanding and new disciplines are on the anvil. But the principal objective remains to ensure that students, while training to be professionals, value their own lives as that of others.
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