Seeing the need for quality research in the field of climatic change, Siksha 'O' Anusandhan (SOA) SOA University has now moved a step further and is all set to launch a distinct integrated center for research on climatic and environmental changes. This center will primarily work for creating a green environment, addressing the key changes in weather pattern with far-reaching implications.
SOA’s newest research centre, the Centre for Environment and Climate (CEC), will now have the full authority to impart education on environment and climate change, and build the skill-set to adapt to adverse weather changes with perfection. This was made clear in the Press Release issued by “SOA University”.
The plan to launch the environment and climate research centre was put forward by SOA University during the four days National Symposium on Tropical Meteorology (TROMET) conference. This event was hosted in collaboration with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and Indian Meteorological Society (IMS). This idea was greatly appreciated by the scientific community, and IMS would also be stretching its helping hand in establishing this centre.
After a series of brain-storming sessions, the launch of this centre was discussed. The committee members present during this session were Dr. Frank Marks, Director of the Hurricane Research Division (HRD) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Dr. K.J.Ramesh, Director General of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Dr. Gopal Krishnan, Head, Modeling Group of HRD, Dr. S.C.Sahu, Director of IMD, Bhubaneswar, Dr. Allen S.Jason, Scientist of HRD, Prof. U.C.Mohanty and Prof. Dev Neogy of Purdue University, USA. Prof. Manojranjan Nayak and Prof. Amit Banerjee, the Founding President and Vice-Chancellor of SOA respectively, were also present during the session.
Dr. Ramesh was seen appreciating this move, as he said that this initiative would not only be beneficial for the society but also help in training the environmental engineers and young scientists to solve the issue of ever-increasing weather hazards.
Dr. Marks said that, in recent times, large scale environmental and climatic changes were observed at frequent intervals of time. He also added that, in Miami off late, the rise in sea level and flooding of urban areas are a big reason to worry and must be dealt with seriousness. He also added that the new research facility would provide sufficient space for thinking and dealing with the climatic change with an all-round approach.
Prof. Mohanty said that the proposed centre of climate and environment research should become a multi-disciplinary zone for experts from a range of verticals including electrical engineering, civil engineering, agriculture, medicine and computer science. He also addressed the criticality of the varied weather conditions in India as well, and referred to the heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh and the Ockhi Cyclone that hit the Kerala coast. Seeing all these adversities in climatic change, he said that the whole idea should be to carry on extensive research and avail the benefits of science and give it back to the society in every possible way.
Referring to frequent heat wave conditions and cyclones, Dr. Sahu said that, “We are experiencing extreme conditions”. Adverse calamities like the Ockhi cyclone increase the importance of environmental and climate research in a bigger way, he added.
Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University’s Dean (Research), Prof. P.K. Nanda, said that the environment and climate study centre would primarily focus on inter-disciplinary research, wherein the students and faculty members would have to contribute whole-heartedly. Meanwhile, SOA has set up 12 research centers, and have identified 18 core areas with 35 research labs functioning properly, he said.
Prof. G.K. Panda of Utkal University, Prof. Bijan Bihari Das, Research Professor at SOA and former scientist with the DRDO, Dr. S.N. Patro and Dr. J.K. Panigrahi of Odisha Environmental Society, Dr. Nihar Ranjan Das, environmental scientist and Prof. Manas Ranjan Das, Head of the Civil Engineering department of the faculty of engineering of SOA, were among the other veteran faculty members who participated in the conference.
The ranking survey conducted by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Ministry of HRD, in April 2017, has ranked Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University in the 20th position among the top 100 universities. Interestingly, SOA is the youngest universities in this list that has made its mark in the top 20. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), has also accredited the SOA University with ‘A’ grade, and has termed this university as socially inclusive, which is a big achievement in itself.
SOA University 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. The university 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 University’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 University to provide quality education to students and conduct ground-breaking research work in the field of environment and climate study to create a green and sustainable atmosphere.
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