SOA Literary Festival



Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, is a socially inclusive Deemed to be University which focuses on quality academics and research. The teaching-learning process at SOA is a holistic exercise aimed at creating community leaders and not merely churn out educated professionals.

SOA came into existence on July 17, 2007 when the Education Ministry conferred on it the status of a Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956. SOA was set up with the primary objective of offering quality education of international standard in different disciplines with focus on research. It has since emerged as a centre of superlative professional education in eastern India. In the long run, it intends to establish a confluence of science, technology and life sciences to provide a broad-based global standard eco-system. SOA intends to stand out as an environmentally sensitive organization with thrust on art, culture, heritage, alternative and traditional systems of healthcare, smart agriculture and climatic adaptability. While keeping pace with all academic thrust areas and developments at the national level, SOA is thoroughly geared up to keep abreast with the Industrial Revolution 4.0 rapidly introducing the components of Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence etc.

SOA is home to more than 15,000 learners, including foreign students, who have chosen SOA to carve out a future for them. It has ten different institutes offering 26 under graduate, 70 post graduate, 15 post masters, Ph.D. and post doctoral programs.

SOA’s quest for excellence has been recognized at the national level as it has been consistently ranked among the top 25 universities in the country in all editions of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) since 2016.

SOA has been ranked 15thin University category, 26th in Overall category, 27th in Engineering category, 16th in Medical category, 9th in Dental category,8th in Law category and 57th in Management category by NIRF India Rankings-2023, Government of India.

SOA has been placed in the 1001-1200 bracket in QS World University Rankings-2023 and 451-500 in QS Asia University Rankings-2023. SOA has been awarded Diamond University Rating for outstanding performance by QS-I-GAUGE Rating-2020. It is the first institute in eastern India to get QS I GAUGE E-LEAD (E-Learning Excellence for Academic Digitization) for conducting online teaching-learning during Covid-19 lockdown. SOA is also recognized as Institution of Happiness (IOH) in the University and College category for the year 2021-22.

SOA is placed in the 801-1000 bracket in the THE World University Rankings-2024 and 301-350 in THE Asia University Rankings-2023. In the subject wise rankings in Engineering & Technology and Computer Science, THE placed SOA in the 301-400 position and 801+ in Health Sciences in the World University Subject Rankings-2023. SOA has been ranked 301-350 in THE World University (Young University Ranking)-2023. SOA has been ranked 3rd (Technical Institution Category) in Swachhata Ranking 2018.

The Faculty of Dental Sciences of SOA has been recognized as the affiliated centre of prestigious high evidence research association COCHRANE, UK.

SOA reached a remarkable milestone recently when National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accredited it with the highest possible Grade ‘A++’ for the 3rd cycle.

SOA has been granted with Category-I Graded Autonomy Status by University Grants Commission.

Engineering, Pharmacy, Management and Hotel Management Programs have been accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA), Govt. of India.

All programs at SOA are approved by national regulatory bodies including AICTE, NMC, DCI, INC, PCI, BCI, VCI, etc.

The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and its undergraduate programme – B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture have been accredited by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Faculty of Medical Sciences of SOA has been accredited by 5th Edition of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH). Medical Laboratories have been accredited by NABL.

SOA has been recognized as Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India.

The SOA Community Radio (90.4 MHz), functioning since 2012, has won several accolades for its programs. An entry by the station was chosen as the best in the ‘Jingle’ category for promoting routine immunization under ‘Mission Indradhanush’ and presented the UNICEF-AROI Radio 4 child Award.

SOA has several International Collaborations in Teaching and Research with global institutions and universities of repute, among which MoUs have been signed for student exchange program with University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, Earth Networks International, USA, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Mayo Clinic, USA, University of Reading, UK, Makerere University, Uganda, Nha Trang University, Vietnam, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), Malaysia, The Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe, etc.


Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan will be a leading institution of higher learning in its chosen areas of concentration, preparing future generations through quality teaching and innovative research and will emerge as a comprehensive and socially inclusive institution in the country for professional advancements in related disciplines.


  • Educate students to become responsible, enlightened and productive citizens
  • Conduct scholarship and promote entrepreneurship which improve the human condition
  • Serve business, education, government, health care systems and the community
  • Enhance the cultural environment of the region

Visionary Management:

SOA’s founder, Prof. (Dr.) Manojranjan Nayak is a renowned educationist whose emphasis has always been on quality education for students while ensuring they became useful citizens. All educational needs of the students are backed by infrastructural support and learning resources with emphasis on excellence in learning process, research publications and extension activities.


SOA (Deemed to be University) has ten institutions representing the faculties of:

  • Institute of Agricultural Sciences (Agricultural Sciences): B.Sc.H (Ag.)/M.Sc. (Ag.)/Doctoral Programme
  • Institute of Dental Sciences (Dental Sciences): BDS/MDS/ Diploma (Dental Mechanics)/Doctoral Programme
  • Institute of Technical Education and Research (Engineering and Technology): B.Tech/M.Tech/M.Sc/BCA/MCA/Doctoral Programme
  • School of Hotel Management (Hospitality and Tourism Management): BHMCT/MBA (HM)/Doctoral Programme
  • SOA National Institute of Law (Legal Studies): BBA LL.B. (H)/B.A. LL.B. (H)/LL.B.(H)/LLM/Doctoral Programme
  • Institute of Business and Computer Studies (Management Sciences): MBA/MBA (Hospital Administration)/BBA(Hons.)/Doctoral Programme
  • Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital (Medical Sciences): MBBS/MD/MS/DM/M.Ch./B.Sc Hons (Medical)/Doctoral Programme
  • School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmaceutical Sciences): B.Pharm/M.Pharm/M.Sc.(Biotech)/Integrated M.Sc. (Biotech)/Doctoral Programme
  • SUM Nursing College (Nursing): B.Sc. Nursing/P.B. B.Sc. Nursing/M.Sc. Nursing/Doctoral Programme
  • Institute of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry (Veterinary Sciences): B.V. Sc.

Admission Process:

SOA holds its own admission test, SAAT, conducted on-line across the country. Admission to Medical and Dental Sciences is done strictly on the basis of NEET qualification.

Focused Research:

SOA (Deemed to be University) focuses on intense research in 26identified thrust areas. It has 18 research and field centers, 58 research labs and one Business Incubation Centre. The research centers are:

  • Centre of Biotechnology
  • Centre for Excellence for Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Centre for Genomics and Bio-medical Informatics
  • Multi DisciplinaryResearch Centres
  • Centre for Nano-Science&Nano-Technology
  • Centre for Rural and Tribal Development
  • Centre for Reproductive Health
  • Centre for Health Awareness
  • Centre for Infectious Diseases
  • MEMSDesign centre (NPMASS)
  • Centre for Data Science
  • Biofuels &Bio Processing Research Centre
  • Centre for Environment and Climate
  • Centre for Preservation, Propagation &Restoration of Ancient Cultural Heritage of India (PPRACHIN)
  • Centre for Molecular Virology for Diagnostic and Research
  • Centre for Internet of Things
  • Centre for Embedded Systems
  • Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

SOA has nearly 11,489 Scopus and 6549 Web of Science Indexed publications to its credit with h-Index of above 101and 87 respectively. Some of the ongoing research work is supported by grants sanctioned by several external agencies including the DST, DBT, DRDO, SERB, LSRB, CSIR,UGC,  etc.


Siksha ‘O’ Ansusandhan (Deemed to be University) has a proactive placement cell with wide network. Around 90 per cent of the students of the faculty of engineering and technology get recruited by renowned companies and organizations. These include Microsoft, D.E Shaw, Autodesk, Tesco, Akamai Technologies, Commvault, Enfusion, Sigmoid, Celigo, Databricks,Reliance Industries, Amazon, Deloitte, Adani, Dell, Robert Bosch, Informatica, Capgemini, MAQ Software, MU-Sigma, Cognizant, Wipro and Infosys.

Industrial Connectivity:

Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan enjoys an exemplary level of industry-institution integration. It has collaborated with leading local players as well as global giants. The hallmark of academic process here is the insistence on skill-oriented and project-based learning with a sound knowledge base.

Community Outreach:

Since its inception, SOA has been instrumental in its community outreach and extension activities i.e. conducting health camps, eye camps, dental camps, awareness programmes on AIDS, child education, gender violence, COVID, Smile Train programme, Operation Smile, providing free treatment to the needy and underprivileged section of the society, etc.

SOA has adopted 25 villages and continuously strives for their all round development in terms of electrification, education, sanitization, renewable energy, capacity development and health.