Sample another nugget of wisdom from the great physicist: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
The Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (Deemed to be University) in Bhubaneswar, overtly subscribes to both statements of the scientist as it believes a centre of higher learning must ignite the desire in the student to learn not to get a job, but illuminate the society with what he has learned.
The teaching-learning process at the SOA is a holistic exercise aimed at creating community leaders in given disciplines and not merely churn out educated professionals. There is a big difference between the two. The society’s need today is of more number of people with humanitarian views who can think of others pushing aside their own ambitions.
In its tenth year---SOA came into existence on July 17, 2007 when the HRD Ministry conferred on it the status of a Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956-- it has emerged as a centre of superlative professional education with its focus on research and a strong academic foundation.
The multi-campus infrastructure of SOA is home to more than 10,000 students who have chosen the Deemed to be University to chart out a future for themselves.
Though just a decade old, SOA’s quest for excellence was rewarded when it was counted among the top 20 universities in the country by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Ministry of HRD, for two consecutive years, finishing 16th in 2016 and 20th in 2017. It is also the youngest university in the country to find a place in the top 20 bracket.
NAAC, which has termed SOA as socially inclusive, has re-accredited it with ‘A’ Grade in November 2015 in recognition of its quality academic activities.
In September 2017, three programs of the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), SOA’s faculty of engineering and technology, were accredited by the prestigious Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), an internationally reputed US-based accreditation agency. Besides SOA, only three other Indian universities have received ABET accreditation so far.
SOA offers 16 Under-Graduate and 73 Post-Graduate, Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral programs in engineering and technology, management, medical sciences, dental sciences, nursing, pharmaceutical sciences, hospitality and tourism management, law and agricultural sciences.
SOA’s focus being on research, it has set up 12 Research Centres: Centre of Excellence in Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences, Centre for Bio-Mechanical Sciences, Multi-Disciplinary Research Center, Centre for Nano Sciences and Nano Technology, Centre for Applied Mathematics, Centre for Rural and Tribal Development, Centre for Health Awareness, Centre for Infectious Diseases, Centre for Reproductive Health, National MEMS Design Centre and Centre for Bio-Fuel and Bio-Processing. Some of the ongoing research work is supported by research grants sanctioned by several external agencies including the DST, DBT, DRDO, SCRB and MSME of the Government of India.
The Research Centers have been attached with 35 laboratories even as research was being conducted in 15 other independent laboratories in 18 thrust areas. Work of the faculty members and research scholars regularly get published in reputed peer reviewed international journals. The university has 3376 Scopus indexed publications to its credit so far with H-index of 39.
Recently, SOA took steps to set up a Technology Business Incubation Center for enabling innovative minds to give shape to their ideas. A skill development Centre is taking shape as a collaborative venture with the National Skill Development Corporation. Besides, a Centre for Environmental Sciences and Climate is on the anvil.
The Institute of Medical Sciences, the faculty of medical sciences of the Deemed to be University, has the 750-bed SUM Hospital attached to it which has become one of the most sought after healthcare centres in the state. The teaching hospital, which deploys excellent modern and advanced diagnostic, surgical and life saving equipment, extends quality medical facilities for patients at affordable cost. The hospital OPD does not charge any fee for patients while concessions are offered to senior citizens and BPL Card holders.
Two unique pan-Odisha projects, SOA Adivasi Hepatitis Mission and a project involving experts and health care workers to comprehensively address the scourge of oral cancer in the state will be taken up in collaboration with the government machinery. A Rural Health Centre, set up by SOA at Chhatabara in Khurda district, provides free treatment to the poor and those belonging to vulnerable groups.
Students are encouraged to indulge in creative work and learn to serve people in need. Student Clubs and Activity Centres promote extra-curricular activities to explore hidden talent in the students and develop their personality. Jaago, an initiative to make students think about the society, has spurred them to educate slum children.
The NSS wing at SOA has 1250 volunteers who are involved in programs relating to Swachha Bharat Abhijan, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana and other awareness initiatives related to education and health programs in and around Bhubaneswar city.
he SOA Community Radio (90.4 MHz), which has been functioning since 2012, was adjudged the best community radio by the Government of India in 2014. An entry by the station was recently chosen as the best in the ‘Jingle’ category for promoting routine immunization under “Mission Indradhanush” and won the UNICEF-AROI Radio4Child Award.
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.
- 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
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