THE Siksha O' Anusandhan University in Bhubaneswar, a deemed university under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, is fast developing as one of Orissa's foremost educational hub. It started as a small venture in 1996 when the visionary educationist Dr Manojranjan Nayak set up the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER) with 118 students. Gradually, institutes offering courses such as management, medicine, dental sciences, nursing, pharmaceutical science, biotechnology, hotel management and law were set up.
With over 7,000 students, the ITER is today one of the highly-ranked engineering colleges in the eastern region. The university has been awarded A' grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for five years from September 2009. All its institutes are housed on four campuses spread across 120-odd acres.
The university has come to be known as a centre of quality education, with its innovative curriculum, impressive placement, industry interface and qualified faculty members. Besides the ITER, which is already a brand name in the field of engineering, other institutes run by the university are Institute of Business and Computer Studies, Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, Institute of Dental Sciences, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, Centre for Biotechnology, School of Hotel Management, SUM Nursing College, and SOA National Institute of Law. In addition to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, there are doctoral programmes in all disciplines.
The Institute of Medical Sciences has a 750-bed state-of-the-art hospital attached to it, which does not charge any consultation fee and has been endeavouring to provide quality health care facilities.
The latest addition to the university is the SOA National Institute of Law. The institute will start functioning from the academic year 2011-12 and offer a five-year integrated course in law in three different streams: BA LLB; BSc LLB; and BBA LLB. There will also be LLM and PhD programmes.
The courses at the Institute of Business and Computer Studies are tailor-made for the industry, and the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences has been making sincere efforts to bridge the gap between the industry and academia.
Students from the ITER have excelled in whatever career they have chosen. Recently, an information technology firm recruited 94 per cen its students through a campus interview. Besides, 75 per cent of the students recruited by another IT company have been adjudged as high performers for the last three consecutive years.
The ITER has a modern library with more than 2,400 e-journals in engineering, science and technology. Other institutes have state-of-the-art laboratories and 24x7 connectivity with 155 Mbps bandwidth, including in hostels. It will be soon upgraded to 1 Gbps.A Special Correspondent