Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan

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The functioning and success of universities are intricately tied to the realm of research. Research isn’t merely an activity undertaken by academics; rather, it constitutes a fundamental aspect of what educational institutions embody. Universities engage in research for multifaceted reasons, each contributing to their vitality and relevance. Firstly, research allows universities to delve deeply into various subjects, facilitating a nuanced understanding of complex phenomena. It serves as a platform for experts to explore uncharted territories, challenge established beliefs, and unearth innovative solutions to intricate questions.  

One notable exemplar of this commitment to research excellence is Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA), which emerged as the University of the Year 2023, celebrated for its pioneering strides in multidisciplinary research. SOA distinguishes itself through its unwavering dedication to interdisciplinary collaboration, wherein experts from diverse fields converge to address pressing societal challenges. By transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries, SOA exemplifies the transformative potential of multidisciplinary research, harnessing collective expertise to generate novel insights and solutions.  

Leading the Way 

Accredited by NAAC with an esteemed ‘A++’ grade in its third cycle, SOA has garnered international recognition, being prominently ranked by QS and THE World University Rankings 2023. Moreover, its exceptional performance in the MHRD NIRF India Rankings 2023 speaks volumes, with notable placements.SOA has been granted Category-I Graded Autonomy Status by the UGC, affirming its commitment to academic excellence and innovation. Notably, SOA boasts a Swachh Campus, securing the 3rd rank nationally, reflecting its dedication to cleanliness and hygiene. Additionally, it adheres to Outcome Based Education (OBE) principles and offers NBA and ICAR accredited programs. The accolades extend to its healthcare facilities, with NABH accredited SUM Hospital and NABL accredited Diagnostics Laboratory, underlining its commitment to quality healthcare and research. 

Advancing Education 

Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) is committed to enhancing education quality and learning methodologies. The university has adopted outcome-based education, project-based learning, and experiential learning approaches, along with a choice-based credit system. It emphasizes training, placement, internships, field training, and skill development to provide holistic exposure to students. The curriculum is industry-aligned with a focus on incorporating more lab components. Teaching methods are designed to meet international standards, with many prescribed textbooks used in renowned foreign universities. SOA fosters mentorship through the mentor-mentee system, provides support for incubation, and promotes the use of e-learning materials. 

University of the Year 2023 – Multidisciplinary Research 

SOA fosters a vibrant research environment, boasting 18 research and field centers, 58 research labs, and a Business Incubation Centre. These facilities provide a conducive setting for high-quality research endeavors. Many ongoing research projects receive funding from esteemed external agencies such as the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Defence Research and Development Organisation, and others. 

Among the notable research centers are the Centre of Excellence for Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences, Centre for Bio-Mechanical Sciences, and Centre for NanoSciences and Nano Technology. Additionally, SOA’s commitment to environmental research is evident through initiatives like the Centre for Environment and Climate, which monitors climatic conditions and predicts lightning strikes across Odisha. 

In a significant achievement, 22 researchers from SOA were included in Stanford University’s prestigious world ranking of top two percent scientists in 2023, reflecting the university’s research prowess and global recognition. 

As part of its future endeavors, SOA aims to play a significant role in addressing environmental challenges, particularly in Odisha, a coastal state vulnerable to climate change impacts. With a focus on mitigating issues like cloudbursts, lightning strikes, cyclonic storms, floods, and droughts, SOA is poised to contribute towards reversing these adverse trends and providing essential support to communities, including farmers working in open fields. 

Cultivating Excellence 

SOA fosters a culture of creativity and service, encouraging students to engage in meaningful activities beyond academics. Student Clubs and Activity Centers facilitate extracurricular pursuits, enabling students to explore their talents and develop their personalities. Notably, the Jaago initiative mobilizes students to work with slum children, addressing their educational, nutritional, and hygiene needs. 

The university boasts state-of-the-art infrastructure across its campuses, featuring air-conditioned classrooms equipped with ICT amenities, well-equipped hostels, gyms, healthcare facilities, and sports arenas. Regular tech and cultural festivals provide platforms for showcasing talent and fostering community engagement. Distinguished speakers from various fields are invited to interact with students, both in-person and online. 

Students actively participate in tech fests organized by government bodies and other universities, showcasing their prowess and skills. Vibrant programs by the NSS and NCC encourage students to connect with society, gaining insights into societal issues and needs. Academic support is tailored to cater to the requirements of both slow and advanced learners, ensuring inclusive learning experiences. 

 SOA’s commitment to preserving and propagating India’s cultural heritage is exemplified through the establishment of the SOA Centre for Preservation, Propagation, and Restoration of Culture and Heritage of India (PPRACHIN). This center is dedicated to reproducing and restoring ancient texts and fostering literary activities, underscoring SOA’s dedication to cultural enrichment and preservation.