Union Minister Exhorts Child Scientists to Look for Solutions to Nation’s Problems

Young minds must make use of evolving technology to find solutions to India’s long list of complex problems including climate change and energy needs, union minister for petroleum, natural gas, skill development and entrepreneurship, Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan told participants at the 26th National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC-2018) being held at the SOA Deemed to be University on December 30.

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Young minds must make use of evolving technology to find solutions to India’s long list of complex problems including climate change and energy needs, union minister for petroleum, natural gas, skill development and entrepreneurship, Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan told participants at the 26th National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC-2018) being held at the SOA Deemed to be University on December 30.

India spends huge amount of money to pay its energy import bill as the country happens to be the world’s third largest consumer of energy. This could be addressed by finding alternatives to fossil fuel and hydrocarbon, Mr. Pradhan said during an hour-long interaction with the child scientists attending the conference on December 30.

“India does not have much fossil fuel but has coal deposits which could be used to generate power. Coal, at the same time, is the cause of much pollution which impacts the environment,” he said while challenging the delegates to find the way.

If the country did not have to pay such huge energy import bills, the resources could have been utilized somewhere else for the benefit of the country, Mr. Pradhan said adding efforts were on to find solutions.

Recently, he said, the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum at Dehradun had developed jet fuel from waste which could be successfully used to fly an aircraft from Dehradun to New Delhi.

The several hundred children, who are attending the NCSC-2018, hold the key to the future and the country looks forward to them to find solutions to its various energy needs, he said adding “my generation is waiting for you to come up with innovative ideas (to find solutions).”

Stating that the children of today shall have to handle the challenges India would face in the future, Mr. Pradhan said the country’s energy consumption was expected to rise further in the future.

The minister also urged the children to think about the fallout of climate change which could lead to the submergence of several island countries.

Referring to the employment scenario, he said around 2.4 crore children turn 15 every year of whom half go to school while the rest seek employment or remain jobless. By 2040, half of all jobs which exist in the market today would disappear but developing technology and digitalization would give rise to more number of jobs.

“We don’t have any idea as to what kind of jobs they would be,” Mr. Pradhan said adding “I don’t know the future of job.”

The minister recalled India’s plight in the past when food security was a burning problem. But this problem could be surmounted by agri-scientists who turned the country into a food exporter, he said.

Prof. Amit Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of SOA, introduced the minister to the children.

The minister also felicitated the state coordinators and child scientists from different states and union territories. He presented copies of “Freedom at Midnight”, authored by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins, to five children who were winners of a quiz competition conducted during the conference.

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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 as 24th best in University category in India. It is been ranked as 19th best Medical College. 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.

Adding yet another feather to its glowing cap, SOA has been ranked third in the country in the Swachh Campus Ranking for 2018 conducted by the HRD ministry.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.


  • 127 Acres campus
  • 4,47,395 sqm. Built-up Area
  • 13 Research Centres
  • 38 Research Labs
  • 197 e-Enabled Classrooms
  • State-of-the-art 1400-seat auditorium alongside four other auditoria
  • 10 Student Activity Centres
  • Multiple ISP Connectivity (more than 2 Gbps)
  • Fully Wi-Fi Campus
  • 37 National Collaborations
  • 127 International Collaborations
  • High-end Multi-disciplinary Research in Emerging Areas
  • Fully Automated Libraries with Ample Print Learning Resources
  • Adequate e-Resources with 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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