Siksha 'o' Anusandhan University (SOA Deemed to be University) is situated in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It has MHRD NIRF India Rankings 2019 - 24th in the University category, 32nd in the Engineering category, 21st in Medical Colleges. Each year, the admission rate is always rising, and each day at the university is quite eventful. Read on to know the latest happenings, events and more!
History Created! SUM Hospital introduces TET method to remove a tumour
Date: October 17, 2019
The Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, faculty of Medical Sciences of the SOA, deemed to be University has conducted a path-breaking surgery. SUM hospital conducted a surgery on a 39-year-old woman who was admitted to the hospital after she complained of swelling in her neck. Later, she was detected with a tumour in her thyroid gland.
The tumour was removed from the thyroid gland through the woman’s transoral route. Dr. Radhmadhab Sahu, an expert in the ENT skull base said: “This is for the first time that such surgery has been conducted in the state of Odisha”.
Dr Sahu also talked about the traditional method of removing thyroid gland where they made a horizontal incision in the centre of neck and the scar length varied from 4 to 6 centimetre long. While talking about the present method he said “The present method known as Trans-oral Endoscopic Thyroidectomy (TET) is the only scarless procedure based on the principle of natural orifice transluminal surgery. It gives direct access to the thyroid gland and minimum distance to reach the gland with the least complications.
TET is a feasible procedure which could be the final frontier in endoscopic thyroid surgery. The team of doctors headed by Dr. Sahu had recently performed Endoscopic Trans Oral submandibular gland removal at IMS and SUM Hospital with excellent results and sparing the patient a big scar.
Experts conduct ‘PG Master Class’ for Gynaecology students
Date: September 30, 2019
Prof. Manish Sahu, Chairperson of the workshop, Dr. Tapasi Pati, Coordinator and Dr. Shyama Kanungo, conducted a two-day workshop at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, faculty of medicine of SOA Deemed to be University recently. Renowned gynecologists trained around 75 post-graduate students specializing in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in different medical colleges of Odisha on the new modalities of examination pattern in an ever-changing field of medical education.
Titled ‘PG Master Class 2019’ the workshop was conducted under the aegis of the Indian Society of Perinatology and Reproductive Biology (ISOPARB). The objective of the workshop was to provide the post-graduate students with a real-time exposure on examination patterns, including how to approach questions, present clinical cases as well as issues concerning facing the viva examination.
Senior faculty from inside and outside Odisha including Prof. Purna Chandra Mohapatra, Prof. Hemant Kumar Deshpande from Pune, Dr. Jaydev Mukherjee from Bihar, Dr. Maya Padhi from SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack, Dr. S.K. Rath from KIMS, Dr. Soubhagya Kumar Jena from AIIMS , Dr. Satyabhama Marandi, Dr. Sasmita Das and Dr. Tapan Patnaik from IMS and SUM Hospital interacted with the students. The workshop was inaugurated by Prof. Gangadhar Sahu, Dean, IMS and SUM Hospital in the presence of the Medical Superintendent, Prof. Pusparaj Samantasinhar.
ProQuest honors SOA Chief Librarian with Life Time Achievement Award
Date: September 26, 2019
Dr. D.B. Ramesh, Chief Librarian of the SOA Deemed-to-be University, has been honored with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his contributions to Library and Information Science and Industry by ProQuest, a Michigan-based global information-content and technology company at New Delhi recently.
Dr. Ramesh, who worked with CSIR Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology at Bhubaneswar for over three decades, is a recipient of Fulbright Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA (1992-93), British Council’s Visitorship Programme, UK (1993) and Society for Information Science (SIS) Fellowship Award (1996). With more than 42 years of professional experience and expertise in Library Management and Services, he has edited nine books and published around 110 papers in 45 peer-reviewed journals. He has also edited 65 volumes of seminar proceedings. Apart from this, he has supervised seven Ph.D. scholars under Utkal University in Library and Information Science, while five other scholars are currently doing their research work under his supervision. He is also sought as a Resource Person at different universities as also IGNOU, Bhubaneswar since 2005.
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SOA Management Science students receive their degrees
Date: September 21, 2019
Students of 2018 batch passing out of the Institute of Business and Computer Studies (IBCS), faculty of management sciences of the SOA Deemed to be University here, received their degrees at a Graduation Ceremony held in the university campus recently. Around 150 students, who completed their courses in Master in Business Administration (MBA), MBA in Hospital Administration (MHA) and Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA), received their certificates from the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Amit Banerjee, who was the chief guest on occasion.
Congratulating the students on their successful completion of the courses, Prof. Banerjee said that they were walking into a world of opportunities. “The need is to deal with new ideas as the concepts like Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence will govern how we work,” he said.
Prof. Pradipta Kumar Nanda, SOA’s Dean, Research and Development, also congratulated the students and said success in their careers would be the success of SOA. Prof. Anup Samantaray, Dean of IBCS, said the students would be successful if they were prepared to face the challenges and take risks in a turbulent environment full of ambiguities.
Rational and Judicious use of available drugs Stressed
Date: September 20, 2019
At a time when new drugs were not coming along, it was essential to rationally, judiciously and scientifically use the available drugs for the treatment of patients, eminent neurosurgeon, Prof. Ashok Kumar Mohapatra said on Friday. “New drugs are difficult to develop, and we should not use available drugs unnecessarily as they are meant for appropriate use,” Prof. Mohapatra, presently Director (Health Programs), SOA Deemed to be University, said while speaking at a two-day national seminar on ‘Drug Repurposing: Challenges and Opportunities’ organised by the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS), SOA’s faculty of pharmaceutical sciences here.
Prof. Mohapatra stressed on an antibiotic policy saying there was a need for evaluation and change in antibiotics from time to time. Pointing out that 1.2 million people in India suffered from tuberculosis, he said around ten percent of the affected people died because of drug resistance. Urging researchers to seek answers to the problems by discovering new drugs, he said if the research were aimed only for getting patents and publicity, it would not help humanity.
Addressing the inaugural session, Prof. Sudam Chandra Si, Dean of SPS, said the hurdles in discovery and development of new drugs called for alternative approaches including drug repositioning. “Drug repurposing is an important strategy to manage the high cost and poor productivity issues associated with drug research and development. Advances in the field of poly-pharmacology, herbal technology, and formulation have further paved the way for exploring opportunities in drug repurposing,” he said.
Challenges related to clinical validation, regulation and intellectual property protection impacted this strategy, Prof. Si said adding; nevertheless, this strategy provided an opportunity for quick, economic and effective means to find answers to the growing disease burden. Dr. Debasmita P. Alone, Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics and Epigenetics Laboratory at National Institute of Science, Education, and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, Dr. Anshuman Dixit, Scientist-D, Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar and Prof. Pratap Kumar Sahu, Deputy Dean, SPS, also spoke at the seminar.
SOA: Graduates in Dental Science and Pharmaceutical Sciences receive their degrees
Date: September 17, 2019
Students of 2018 and 2019 batch graduating in different courses in dental sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, and biotechnology from the SOA University, received their degrees at separate Graduation Day programs held recently. While 93 students of the Institute of Dental Sciences (IDS), pursuing the Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS) course, received their degrees, 19 students of Master of Dental Sciences (MDS) were given their certificates at a function graced by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Amit Banerjee. Over 300 students of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS) received their certificates for M.Sc. and M.Tech courses in Biotechnology for the two years in another function. Congratulating the graduating students, Prof. Banerjee asked the students to do justice to their profession as they were preparing to step into a world of opportunities. “Hold aloft the name of your institution where you were educated,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor and Prof. Prasanna Kumar Mohanty, eminent ophthalmologist and former Medical Superintendent of the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, who graced the function as the chief guest, gave away the certificates to the BDS and MDS graduates. Prof. Neeta Mohanty, Dean of IDS and Prof. Jyoti Ranjan Das, Dean (Students’ Welfare), were also present.
The Vice-Chancellor also graced the second function organised to give away the degrees to students of SPS urging the students to chalk out the plan for their lives and also for the nation. Prof. Sudam Chandra Si, Dean of SPS, said the certificate given to them was their passport into the world where they had to prove their mettle. “Our quest for excellence will continue,” he said.
“Today is the first day of your professional life, and you have to decide what you want to do,” Prof. Das told the students while congratulating them on their success. Forty-nine and 44 students respectively of the 2018 and 2019 batch were presented their degrees for M.Pharm while 29 and 39 students of the 2018 and 2019 batch were given their certificates for M.Sc (Biotechnology). Sixteen students of B.Tech (Biotechnology) and four students of M.Tech (Biotechnology) also received their degrees for 2019. Besides, 100 students of B.Pharm of 2018 batch and 97 students of the 2019 batch also received their degrees on the occasion.
SOA Figures in times world ranking for the first time
Date: September 13, 2019
The Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) Deemed-to-be University has figured in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2020 having been placed in the 1001 plus category this year in its first attempt. The rankings were generated from five broad sets of indicators which represented key areas in higher education excellence. The parameters were Teaching (the learning environment), Research (volume, income, and reputation), Citations (research influence), Industry Income (knowledge transfer) and International Outlook (international staff, students and research collaborations).
Several other Indian universities including Amity University, Andhra University, Anna University, Annamalai University, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Delhi Technological University, KIIT University, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, University of Mumbai, University of Mysore, Sastra University and SRM Institute of Science and Technology have also been placed in the 1001 plus category along with SOA.
SOA was placed 24th in the university category in India in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking in 2019 while the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, its faculty of medical sciences, and Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), its faculty of engineering, were placed 21st and 32nd respectively. “We have been striving to do better in all areas and the efforts to excel will continue,” Prof. Manojranjan Nayak, President of SOA, said.
International Expert Stresses Awareness about Brest Reconstruction
Date: September 13, 2019
The need for awareness about latest surgical techniques for reconstruction of the female breast, a symbol of femininity for centuries, was stressed by one of the world’s leading plastic surgeons, Dr. Damir Kosutic, at the SOA Deemed to be University here on Thursday.
Women lose a breast, or even both, if affected by cancer as surgical oncologists have to remove the diseased portion which is a part and parcel of the treatment protocol and it often leads to depression in the patient, Dr. Kosutic, senior plastic surgeon at the Christie Hospital at Manchester, United Kingdom, said while delivering a talk on ‘Post-mastectomy Breast Reconstruction’ at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital.
“With the advancement of medical science, breast reconstruction is possible with the help of plastic surgery,” Dr. Kosutic said adding it could be done employing various methods.
“But the most important option is the transplantation of tissues taken from the abdomen through microvascular surgery. It will look like a natural breast and also restore the patient’s psychological well being,” he said.
The need is to create awareness about such surgery so that women are informed about the possibility of restoration of a breast which has been removed, the surgeon said adding “onco-surgeons should play a role by making the patient aware about this option of breast reconstruction while they plan for treatment of breast cancer.”
The talk was organised by the department of Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the IMS and SUM Hospital. Dr. Kosutic was felicitated on the occasion by Prof. Gangadhar Sahoo and Dr. Pusparaj Samantasinhar, Dean and Medical Superintendent respectively of IMS and SUM Hospital. Dr. Jayant Kumar Dash, Head of the Department of Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, also spoke.