A centre of higher learning must ignite the desire in the student to learn not to find a job, but illuminate the society with what he or she has learned. This belief is shared by the faculty and students at Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (Deemed to be University), Bhubaneswar.
The teaching-learning process at SOA is a holistic exercise aimed at creating community leaders in given disciplines and not merely to churn out educated professionals.
After coming into existence on July 17, 2007 when the HRD Ministry conferred on it the status of a Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956– it has emerged as a centre of superlative professional education with its focus on research and a strong academic foundation. Over 12,000 students in its campuses are pursuing excellence while carving out a future for themselves.
SOA is among 60 institutions of higher learning which have been granted special status by the UGC while being ranked 24th in the country in the university category by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Ministry of HRD, in 2019. NAAC has re-accredited SOA with the highest grade.
SOA offers 16 Under-Graduate and 73 Post-Graduate, Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral programs in engineering and technology, management, medical sciences, dental sciences, nursing, hospital administration, pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology, hospitality and tourism management, legal studies and agricultural sciences.
SOA’s focus being on research, it has set up 13 Special Research Centres and 35 research labs. Research is also being conducted in 15 other independent labs in 18 identified thrust areas. Work of SOA’s faculty and research scholars regularly get published in reputed peer reviewed international journals.
The Institute of Medical Sciences, SOA’s faculty of medical sciences, has the 1000-bed SUM Hospital attached to it which has become one of the most sought after healthcare centres in the state. The teaching hospital, ranked 21st in the country by NIRF, deploys excellent modern and advanced diagnostic, surgical and life saving equipment, to extend quality medical assistance to patients at affordable cost.
The SOA Community Radio (90.4 MHz), which has been functioning since 2012, was adjudged the best community radio by the Government of India in 2014. SOA has been expanding and new disciplines are on the anvil. The principal objective, however, remains to ensure that students, while training to be professionals, value their own lives as that of others.