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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