Bhubaneswar, April 21: Researchers in agriculture should strive towards making farming sustainable for farmers and add value to farm products, Prof. G.D.Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of Bilaspur University, said on Saturday.
“The Prime Minister’s vision is that the income of farmers should double by 2022 and we have to make agriculture sustainable. Researchers and agri-experts shall have to work on new business in agriculture,” he said while addressing the 4th annual day celebration of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAS), the faculty of agriculture of SOA (Deemed to be University) here.
Researchers, he said, should put stress on new innovation to transform agriculture into a dynamic economy.
“Innovation led to researchers at the Nagaland Central University, of which I was the Vice-Chancellor, to harvest rainwater at the hill top to make it available for farming round the year,” Prof. Sharma said.
Expressing satisfaction at the growth of IAS within a period of four years, he said it was a great achievement that 27 of the 100-odd students of the first batch of the institution had qualified to be Junior Research Fellows (JRF). “Normally 2 to 3 per cent of the students of any agricultural institutions qualify to be JRFs, but in your case it is more than 25 per cent,” he said.
Prof. Sharma also praised the growth of SOA saying it had emerged as one of the country’s leading universities by getting the 24th rank as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) list leaving many other eminent universities behind. “SOA has a unique model with good scientists and faculty,” he added.
Prof. D.P. Ray, Chief Advisor to the SOA President and former Vice-Chancellor of OUAT, presided over the event which was also addressed by Prof. R.P. Mohanty, former SOA Vice-Chancellor and presently its Chief Consultant.
Speaking as the chief speaker, Prof. Mohanty urged the students, many of whom were girls, to develop the spirit of service.
Asking the students to concentrate on research and innovation, he said agriculture could make a much greater contribution to the country’s GDP than industrial development. He urged the students to strive to help scale SOA greater heights and finish among the top ten.
Prof. Premananda Mohapatra, Dean (Post Graduate Studies) and Prof. Bijay Kumar Sahu, Dean, IAS also spoke. Awards and certificates were distributed among the students who had excelled in studies and extra-curricular activities.
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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