Bhubaneswar, April 27: The SOA (Deemed to be University) here has urged the central government to declare 28th April as the National Day for Helmet Safety Awareness and treat two-wheeler ride without a helmet as dangerous as use of tobacco products.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, SOA Vice-Chancellor Prof. Amit Banerjee has suggested that no one should be permitted to ride a two-wheeler in the Smart Cities coming up in the country, including Bhubaneswar, without wearing a proper helmet.
Besides, dedicated institutions should be set up to impart the skill of riding two-wheelers, as is being done in case of automobile drivers and the government should declare a practicable deadline for zero tolerance to helmetless ride, the letter said adding SOA had also coined a slogan for the occasion: “Helmetless Ride, Path to Suicide”.
Stating that April 28 was also being observed as the World Safety and Health at Work Day, Prof. Banerjee said the same day was being proposed to be notified as the National Day for Helmet Safety Awareness as people need to return home from the workplace safely emphasizing on the slogan: “Ghar wapsi bhi zaroori hai.”
Coinciding with the National Road Safety Week being observed since April 23, he said, SOA had embarked on a nationwide project to encourage every person riding a two-wheeler and the pillion rider to wear helmets which would go a long way in reducing fatalities.
NGOs and other agencies would be systematically included in the campaign, he said adding SOA had laid down plans for strict implementation of the helmet rule for its students and staff members within its campuses.
The letter pleaded that a deadline should also be set for movies and other multimedia productions in the country not to depict anybody (including the pillion rider) riding a bike without a helmet and CBFC should decline to accept such movies for approval. Steps should also be taken to declare at the beginning of every movie that helmetless ride posed the risk of death.
Every time an actor in a movie is shown riding a two-wheeler without a helmet, a notice should pop up informing the viewers that helmetless ride was nothing but a path to suicide.
Appropriate implementation of the above was also required at the state, community and organizational level, the letter said.
Eminent neuro-surgeon Prof. Ashok Kumar Mahapatra, who is presently the Director (Health Programs) at SOA said it was a must for every two-wheeler rider to wear a properly designed helmet and strict rules should be laid down to prevent unnecessary deaths on the roads.
“If the helmet is properly designed and properly strapped, there is 75 to 80 per cent possibility of it protecting the brain in case of an accident. The helmet should protect both the brain and the spine,” he said.
Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) 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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