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!
SOA NSS CONDUCTS ACTIVITIES ON COVID-19
Date: September 04, 2020
NSS volunteers of the SOA Deemed to be University participated in a plethora of Covid-19 centric activities during the last five months including awareness campaigns,virtual conferences and relief distribution.
As the pandemic took the state in its swirl, the NSS Programme Coordinator Dr. N.K.Sharma and Programme Officers (PO) made efforts to register all volunteers, both regular and self-financing, under the Arogya Setu and Integrated Government Online Training (iGOT). The POs also took part in all webinars and Zoom meetings organised by both the national and state level NSS authorities. Altogether, 31 unit wise webinars were conducted on the theme ‘NSS: Role in Covid-19’ between August 20 and September 1 which turned out to be massive exercises on creating awareness among the volunteers and motivating them to don the role of covid warriors when needed. Over 1300 volunteers, POs, Deans of different institutions and others participated in the webinars.
As many as 14 webinars were held on the World Environment Day. The NSS volunteers also participated in singing ‘Vande Utkal Janani, a statewide programme held recently.The University’s NSS Programme Coordinator Dr. Sharma and Dr. Sovan Pattanaik also took part in the five-day webinar organised by Mahatma Gandhi National Centre for Rural Education.The NSS volunteers undertook relief distribution in ten slums in and around the SOA campus in the third week of April providing the people dry food and masks. They also participated in all national level programmes to promote social distancing norms. A Yoga Week culminating on June 21, the International Yoga Day, also drew over 250 participants who were trained in yoga with the theme
‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family’.Besides, a webinar on ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’ was held recently with Prof. Ashok Kumar Mahapatra, SOA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mahavir Panda and Dr. Bibhu Kalyan Prasad Nayak from NIT, Rourkela, Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Das, SOA’s Dean (Students’ Welfare), Dr. N.K.Sharma and Dr. K.L.Mohanta being the panelists.
The SOA NSS organised ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ programme in collaboration with Abha Gaikwad College of Engineering, Nagpur on in which Prof. Ashok Kumar Mahapatra, Prof.Susmit Pani, former Director, DDCE, Utkal University, Dr. Bhaskar Mishra, Law Officer, Sri Jagannath Temple Administration, Dr. N.K.Sharma, Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Das and Dr. Sovan Pattnaik participated. The activities also included creation of soft resources like video, art, paintings and slogans on Covid-19. Resource persons from SOA were invited as panelists in different TV News Channels on Covid- 19 awareness while Odia articles on various scientific aspects of Coronavirus were published in newspapers.
NIRF Rankings: SOA Placed Among Top 20 Universities in the Country
Date:July 31, 2020
SOA, as the Deemed to be University is known, has been placed 20th in this year’s ranking in the university category and 38th among overall institutions in the country as per the list released byDr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ in a video conference. Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Deemed to be University here jumped four spots to be ranked among the top 20 universities in the country as the rankings in the different categories by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for 2020 were announced by the Union minister for Human Resource Development Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Thursday.
SOA, as the Deemed to be University is known, has been placed 20th in this year’s ranking in the university category and 38th among overall institutions in the country as per the list released by Dr. Pokhriyal in a video conference.With this, SOA, which was conferred with the status of a Deemed to be University by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in 2007, remained the top institution in the university category in Odisha for the fifth consecutive year obtaining a score of 53.10 this year.
In the Engineering category, SOA was ranked 34th while in the category for Medical Colleges it was placed 23rd in the country this year. SOA’s faculty of dental sciences, which entered the ranking process for the first time this year, has been nationally ranked 12th. As per the new ranking for 2020, the faculties of the university’s medical sciences and dental sciences are the top ranked such institutions in Odisha.
After the NIRF rankings were introduced in 2016, SOA has finished among the top 20 universities in the country for the third time.Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER) is SOA’s faculty of engineering and technology while Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) and SUM Hospital and Institute of Dental Sciences (IDS) are the Deemed to be University’s faculty of medical and dental sciences respectively.
Expressing his happiness over the progress made by the university, SOA Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ashok Kumar Mohapatra said the success was the result of the hard work put in by the faculties, researchers and other stakeholders. “I hope all concerned will strive even harder to help SOA rise in the ranking ladder next year,” he said adding the university has come to be known as one of the finest in the country today.”
“The improvement in ranking will certainly motivate all staff members of SOA to achieve greater things in future. I congratulate each of them for this success,” Prof. Manojranjan Nayak, founder President of SOA, said.Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Deemed to be University retained the 24th position in 2019, it had obtained in 2018 to occupy the top spot in the university category by the Ministry of HRD, India. In the rankings conducted through the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF-2019), SOA was placed 41st among overall institutions of higher education in the country.
The Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Deemed to be University, counted among the leading higher education institutions of the country, has been ranked among the top 50 in India in the latest QS India University Rankings 2020. The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings is a UK-based annual publication of university rankings comprising the global overall and subject rankings which rank the world’s top universities.SOA has also been ranked 15th among the top 50 Deemed to be Universities in the country in the latest Outlook-ICARE India University rankings for 2019, making it the highest ranked such university in Odisha.
The department of Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), 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 fourth in the country in the Swachh Campus Ranking for 2019 conducted by the HRD ministry.Nine different institutions function under the SOA umbrella offering 95 academic programmes in engineering and technology, medical sciences, dental sciences, management sciences, hospital administration, pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology, nursing, hospitality and tourism management, legal studies and agricultural sciences. Around 12,000 students from six different countries study in the university.
IMS and Sum Hospital Chosen by ICMR for India’s First COVID-19 Vaccine Trial
Date:July 30, 2020
Indian Council for Medical Research has selected The Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, Faculty of Medical Sciences of the SOA Deemed to be University to conduct clinical trials of the first ever Covid-19 vaccine in India. So far, IMS and SUM Hospital are among the first institutes in the country and the sole institution in Odisha to have the privilege of conducting the trials.
The Covid-19 vaccine is the need of the hour and the institute will also be one of the few institutes which are planning to treat Covid-19 patients with convalescent plasma therapy. In order to commence the trials on a priority basis, the ICMR has recommended the institute to hasten any approvals that are required to begin the process. This is due to the fact that the pandemic is a public health emergency and the trails are an immediate necessary step towards mass vaccination.
The investigation of the clinical trials will be done by Prof. E. Venkat Rao from the Community Medicine department.The vaccine that will be tested in the trials has been developed in India. The ICMR National Institute of Virology had earlier isolated a strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has now been used to develop the vaccine. The Drug Controller General of India has already given a nod for development of the vaccine, and it has already qualified the first and second phase of clinical trials on human subjects.
IMS and SUM is among the country’s most infrastructurally advanced medical institutions, featuring a capacity of 1600 beds and housing 40 departments across different subjects in medicine. So far there are only 12 other institutions in India that have been selected to conduct the clinical trials. The trials are now waiting the final approval of the Institutional Ethical Committee (EIC)
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.