External affairs officer wants SOA in Bhubaneswar to admit more foreign students

Bhubaneswar: Siksha O Anusandhan (SOA) Considered a university in the capital of Odisha, should allow students from foreign countries with good relations with India to study at the university, Dr. Pradip Singh Rajpurohit said on Tuesday , joint secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs.

During a visit to the university, Dr. Rajpurohit, who covers West Asia and North Africa, spoke with senior SOA officials. He said more international students should prefer to study at SOA as it always strives for excellence.

“Middle-income families in countries like Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon , Israel, Palestine, Yemen, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain prefer India for higher education of their children.This was because of tension and war situation in several of these countries,” he said.

India has friendly relations with Israel while countries like Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Yemen have good relations with our country. The SOA should take this opportunity to allow students from these countries to study at the university, he said.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor of SOA, Prof. Pradipta Kumar Nanda gave an overview of SOA during the meeting.

Among others, Professor Manjula Das, Examination Supervisor; Prof Neeta Mohanty, Dean, Faculty of Dental Sciences; Prof Bijay Kumar Sahu, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences; Prof Sitikantha Mishra, Dean and Advisor, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management; Prof PK Sahu, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology; Prof Anup Kumar Samantaray, Dean, Faculty of Management Science; Professor Nachiketa K Sharma, Director of University Outreach Program and Professor Jyoti Ranjan Das, Dean of Student Welfare were present.

Shirlene J. Manley