The Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), faculty of engineering and technology of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) and acknowledged as Numero Uno among institutions of higher education in Odisha, has staved off the huge worldwide impact of the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure placement of about 85 per cent of the total eligible students of the 2021 graduating batch in top-notch companies.
Around 30 per cent of these students have received job offers during Day Zero dream campus drive involving reputed companies with Amazon offering the highest package of Rs. 30 lakh per annum with the average annual salary received by the students being Rs. 6.3 lakh.
The companies who have picked up these students include Microsoft, Amazon, Finastra, Robert Bosch, Dell, PWC, Kloudgin, Deloitte, HP Inc, Temenos, Informatica, MAQ Software, NPCI, Salesforce and Rapyuta Robotics. In spite of the pandemic, most of the students have also received multiple job offers.
The remaining around 55 per cent of the students have received offers from reputed MNCs and Day-1 and Day-2 recruiters like Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, DXC, Capgemini, Hexaware, HCL, NIIT Technologies, Infogain, Tudip Technologies, V-Construct, L&T Technologies, NCC, Global Edge and several others.
Besides, reputed digital marketing corporate, Mediamint, has evinced interest in recruiting a sizeable number of talents from SOA this year based on their Centre of Excellence model which could lead to placement of approximately 95 per cent of the students by end of the campus recruitment season.
More than 90 companies have participated in the campus recruitment drive in ITER this year. Besides, reputed corporates have shown their inclination towards SOA for setting up learning hubs in the campus based on the students’ performance. This would result in the students receiving enormous exposure in the industry domain in the days ahead.
Exposed to the excellent facility of training programs in coding, technology, soft skills, aptitude and intermittent counseling, students in SOA are expected to achieve their targets and recognized for their knowledge and skill at all levels.
A six-member team of ITER students, who participated in the Smart India Hackathon 2020 conducted by the Ministry of Education, emerged champions winning the problem statement RK57 (Digital Policing) winning a prize money of Rs. one lakh. Another significant achievement was the performance of the students in the TCS CodeVita Season 9 conducted by Tata Consultancy Services.
Microsoft has extended career opportunity to nine students from SOA which is the highest in eastern India for the second consecutive year while consulting major Deloitte, with offices in USA, has committed for premium category selection with a package of Rs. 7.6 lakh per annum for a significant number of talents.
Besides, the joining conversion ratio in Day-1 companies, Cognizant, Wipro and Infosys has received huge appreciation from the said corporates indicating the best conversion ratio in eastern India.
SOA’s focus being on investigation and scrutiny, it has set up 13 research centers and 42 research laboratories to boost such activities in 22 identified thrust areas. Work of SOA’s faculty and research scholars get published regularly in reputed peer reviewed international journals. The university has 7261 Scopus Indexed publications to its credit till now with an H-Index of 65. Researchers at SOA have so far filed 299 patents while the number of novel gene sequences submitted is 515.
ITER has since emerged as a centre of quality engineering education in the east for its qualified faculty members, innovative curriculum prepared in consultation with universities of repute in the world, impressive placement and industry interface.Its programs have been accredited by the prestigious Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), an internationally reputed US-based accreditation agency.
Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) Deemed to be University’s achievements in a nutshell
Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Deemed to be University here jumped four spots to be ranked among the top 20 universities in the country as the rankings in the different categories by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for 2020 were announced by the Union minister for Human Resource Development Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ in June 2020.
In the Engineering category, SOA was ranked 34th while in the category for Medical Colleges it was placed 23rd in the country this year. SOA’s faculty of dental sciences, which entered the ranking process for the first time this year, has been nationally ranked 12th. As per the new ranking for 2020, the faculties of the university’s medical sciences and dental sciences are the top ranked such institutions in Odisha.
The Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Deemed to be University, counted among the leading higher education institutions of the country, has been ranked among the top 50 in India in the latest QS India University Rankings 2020. SOA has also been ranked 15th among the top 50 Deemed to be Universities in the country in the latest Outlook-ICARE India University rankings for 2019, making it the highest ranked such university in Odisha.
The department of Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), of SOA, has now become the 4th institute in the country to get 3 of its programs accredited by the reputed Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), USA. Adding yet another feather to its glowing cap, SOA has been ranked fourth in the country in the Swachh Campus Ranking for 2019 conducted by the HRD ministry.
Nine different institutions function under the SOA umbrella offering 95 academic programmes in engineering and technology, medical sciences, dental sciences, management sciences, hospital administration, pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology, nursing, hospitality and tourism management, legal studies and agricultural sciences. Around 12,000 students including from six different countries study in the university.
Salient Features of SOA University
• 127 Acres campus
• 4,47,395 sqm. Built-up Area
• 13 Research Centres
• 38 Research Labs
• 197 e-Enabled Classrooms
• State-of-the-art1400-seat auditorium alongside four other auditoria
• 10 Student Activity Centres
• Multiple ISP Connectivity (more than 2Gbps)
• Fully Wi-Fi Campus
• 37 National Collaborations
• 27 International Collaborations
• High-end Multi-disciplinary Research in Emerging Areas
• Fully Automated Libraries with Ample Print Learning Resources
• Adequate e-Resources with e-Databases
• Fellowship for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Programmes
• Scholarship for Meritorious Students
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