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Spectacular parade marks I-Day celebration at SOA varsity

Bhubaneswar, Aug 15: A spectacular parade by contingents from various institutions under it and a colorful cultural presentation on contemporary patriotic themes marked the 70th Independence Day celebration at the SOA University on Monday.

The Vice-Chancellor Prof Amit Banerjee, who unfurled the national tricolor and took the salute in the ceremonial parade, congratulated the teachers, researchers, students and other employees for their dedicated contribution which had catapulted the university to the 16th position in the country as per the rankings conducted by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the Ministry of HRD this year.

“This has been an unprecedented achievement but our challenge is to compete with ourselves to rise further,” he said adding that the university had been given ‘A’ Grade twice consecutively by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) which was no mean achievement.

Urging the students to work hard to realise their potential, Prof. Banerjee said the university had been taking steps to go beyond the class rooms and laboratories to help the community by launching two special programs for containing oral cancer and combating the scourge of Hepatitis-B in Odisha.

The university would conduct a survey in the tribal areas in the state to ascertain the extent Hepatitis-B was prevalent among them. It will conduct immunization and extend treatment among children in tribal schools in collaboration with the government, he said.

Besides a contingent of the NCC, students of the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital (IMSSH), Institute of Business and Computer Studies (IBCS), School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS), School of Hotel Management (SHM), Sum Nursing College (SNC), Institute of Dental Science (IDS), SOA National Institute of Law (SNIL), Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAS), Institute of Higher Secondary Education (IHSE) and security guards, took part in the parade held at the university stadium.

A two-member jury comprising Col. S.N.Palo and Col. M.S.Das chose SNIL as the best contingent in the parade followed by IMSSH and IHSE. Students erected a human pyramid comprising 70 boys and girls to mark the country’s 70th I-Day.

Deputy Chairman of the university Prof. B.K.Sarap, Registrar Prof. B.B.Pradhan, Deans of various institutions, Dean (Research), Prof. P.K.Nanda,  Dean (Students’ Welfare) Prof. S.S.Nanda and senior officials attended the program.

Earlier at midnight on August 14, students of the university took out a candlelight procession recalling India’s attainment of freedom at midnight 70 years ago. 

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