The SOA Deemed to be University, now having a global presence, looks up to its alumnis to be its international ambassadors, its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Amit Banerjee said on Saturday.

“You have a huge responsibility as the university’s alumnis and should continue to keep its flag flying,” Prof. Banerjee said while addressing the Graduation Day program of the Institution of Technical Education and Research (ITER), SOA’s faculty of engineering and technology here.

Pointing out that SOA had figured in the Times Higher Education and QS rankings this year, he said that SOA had left its footprint in the international arena. “Rankings are given on the basis of perception in the academic and social realms,” he said adding SOA now had several hundred international students from different countries including Syria, Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia and Nepal.

“You must join hands and contribute to the process of nation building,” Prof. Banerjee said. Altogether 735 students in the B.Tech and M.Tech (Dual Degree) courses of the 2018 and 2019 batches received their certificates on the occasion.

Prof. Damodar Acharya, Chairman, Advisory Board of SOA, asked the graduating students not to follow anybody but chart their own course by dint of hard work. “You must work hard and achieve your own goal,” he said adding even if they failed, they should take it as a challenge and look forward. Prof. P.K.Nanda, SOA’s Dean (Research and Development), Prof. Srikant Patnaik, Director, International Relations and Prof. Jyoti Ranjan Das, Dean (Students’ Welfare) also spoke.

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