SOA, Bhubaneswar, Dec. 27: Odisha chief minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said it was the society’s collective responsibility to inspire the younger generation to take up innovative research as evolution of better technologies in every field was needed to enhance the quality of life.
“Technology plays a very important role in improving the quality of our lives. The progress of science has led to the evolution of better technologies in every field, especially in the areas of health and environment,” Mr. Patnaik said while inaugurating the five-day 26th National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC-2018) being held in the campus of the SOA Deemed to be University.
“I think it is our collective responsibility to inspire the younger generation to take up innovative research in this direction,” he said.
The Odisha government, the chief minister said, was focusing on development of scientific temper among the children through organization of different science based programmes at various levels and establishment of science parks and planetariums at the district level to generate interest among children in various aspects of science and technology.
Referring to the theme of NCSC this year, ‘Science, Technology and Innovation for a Clean, Green and Healthy Nation’, he said “it has been aptly chosen as environment and health have emerged as two major concerns of our times.”
Nearly 800 children from all over the country, including 10 ASEAN and five Gulf countries, besides around 400 scientists, evaluators, mentors and parents are attending the conference.
Expressing his delight at the holding of the NCSC in Bhubaneswar for the second time, Mr. Patnaik congratulated the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) for organising the event and SOA for playing host.
Mr. Patnaik said Bhubaneswar had emerged as the knowledge hub of Eastern India with world class educational and research institutions like IIT, AIIMS, NISER, Institute of Physics and Institute of Life Sciences coming up in the city with a glorious heritage.
The chief minister also released a special postal cover to mark the occasion presented to him by Mr. G.Gurunathan, Director of Postal Services (HQ) in Bhubaneswar.
The inaugural programme was also graced by the Minister for School and Mass Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Badri Narayan Patra, the state Chief Secretary, Mr. Aditya Prasad Mishra and Principal Secretary in the Science and Technology department, Mr. Nikunja Bihari Dhal.
Mr. Patra said a nation’s progress was invariably linked to science and technology which has helped raise the quality of life. Indian scientists, he said, had already achieved the feat of putting the ‘Mangalayan’ in Mars orbit in their very first attempt earning kudos from the global scientific community.
The NCSC, he hoped, would go a long way in impacting children to take to science in a big way.
Dr. Sujit Banerjee, National Programme Coordinator of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, who was on the dais along with Prof. Manas Mallick, Director of SOA, said the NCSC was a festival of science which the “children must enjoy”. Around 56 per cent of the participants in the NCSC this year were girls while attempts were being made to bridge the rural-urban gap with 40 per cent of the children being from rural areas, he said.
“Dream big, you’ll achieve big,” Dr. Banerjee said urging the children to “put their best foot forward in the conference.”
The Vice-Chancellor of SOA Deemed to be University, Prof. Amit Banerjee presided while Prof. T.P. Raghunath, Chairman of the National Academic Committee for NCSC proposed the vote of thanks.
Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Admission Test (SAAT), a national level entrance test is conducted by Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Deemed to be University every year to select bright students from different parts of our country. The test is being conducted for different programs offered in constituent institutes / schools of the university. SAAT-2019, the eleventh edition of this entrance test, will be held in both online & offline format between April 13, 2019 to April 30, 2019 centers across various cities of India. The test is primarily a multiple choice type written test and the standard of the test is comparable with another national level entrance test. Short listed candidates will be called to attend counseling for admission into various programmes of the university. Another feature of this entrance test is that the candidates with diploma in engineering/ technology/ pharmacy and hotel management are eligible for admission into regular courses under lateral entry scheme through SAAT-2019.
N.B.: Admission to M.B.B.S., B.D.S., M.D./M.S. & M.D.S. is through NEET only.
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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 as 24th best in University category in India. It is been ranked as 19th best Medical College. 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.
Adding yet another feather to its glowing cap, SOA has been ranked third in the country in the Swachh Campus Ranking for 2018 conducted by the HRD ministry. 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.
• 127 Acres campus
• 4,47,395 sqm. Built-up Area
• 13 Research Centres
• 38 Research Labs
• 197 e-Enabled Classrooms
• State-of-the-art 1400-seat auditorium alongside four other auditoria
• 10 Student Activity Centres
• Multiple ISP Connectivity (more than 2 Gbps)
• Fully Wi-Fi Campus
• 37 National Collaborations
• 127 International Collaborations
• High-end Multi-disciplinary Research in Emerging Areas
• Fully Automated Libraries with Ample Print Learning Resources
• Adequate e-Resources with 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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