Bhubaneswar, April 13: School bags were distributed among slum children on Thursday by ‘Jaago’, the social action arm of SOA (Deemed to be University), which has been encouraging them to study and prepare for a better life.
“All our efforts are aimed at making a child smile and hope for a better future,” Prof. Anita Panda, Mentor of ‘Jaago’ and a teacher in the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), faculty of engineering of SOA, said.
Ms. Saswati Das, Vice-President of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan, and Ms. Dipanjali Rout were present at the school bag distribution program conducted at ITER in the presence of its Dean, Prof. P.K.Sahu, Additional Dean (Students’ Welfare), Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Das and senior faculty members.
‘Jaago’ volunteers Akash Tiwari, Rahul Verma, Sneha Raj, Sudeep Pradhan and Satyajit were also felicitated on the occasion.
Students of SOA, under the ‘Jaago’ banner, have been educating slum children in their leisure in the campus on a daily basis except holidays. The university has provided space in one of the ITER blocks for children who are ferried by college buses into the campus from the nearby slums. The university students spend an hour every evening to coach the children in different subjects.
The youngest among the children are kept busy in a play school where they learn rhymes and alphabets while the elder ones are given tuition in varied subjects including arithmetic, language and science. The children are also given training on cleanliness and hygiene. Before they are dropped home in the buses, they are provided snacks by the institution. Medical check-up of the slum kids are also undertaken periodically.
The SOA students also spend time with the kids in their slums during festive occasions like holi and diwali.
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.
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.