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SOA convocation: Union Minister Gadkari stresses on knowledge, innovative research

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and MSME Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said that knowledge and innovative research, backed by appropriate use of technology and policy decision, was needed for the country to move forward.

“A lot depends on vision, technology and knowledge as it can convert waste into wealth,” he said while addressing the 6th Convocation of the SOA University here.

Governor, Prof Ganeshi Lal was the chief guest. The convocation was also attended by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Odisha Minister for Higher Education Dr Arun Kumar Sahoo.

SOA Chancellor Prof Khageswar Pradhan presided over the function while Vice-Chancellor Prof Amit Banerjee presented the report.

Honoris Causa (Doctor of Science) was presented to Prof Debiprosad Duari, a distinguished scientist in the domain of astronomy and astrophysics, who is presently Director of the Birla Planetarium at Kolkata.

Union Minister Pradhan urged both academicians and students to come with new ideas and innovations which can compel policymakers to accept and implement it.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Banerjee said the SOA has been ranked among the top 25 universities in the country for two consecutive years of 2018 and 2019 while it had broken into world rankings by being placed in the 600 plus category by the Times Higher Education (THE) World Ranking.

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