Bhubaneswar: Thirteen eminent researchers from Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) Deemed to be University here have found place in the world ranking of top two per cent scientists drawn up by Stanford University, USA, on the basis of a subject-wise analysis conducted by it.
SOA had 11 researchers in Stanford’s list of top two per cent scientists published in 2020 of which nine have found place again in this year’s roll. Four researchers of the university — Dr Manohar Mishra, Dr Rajashree Dash, Dr Akhyay Kumar Patra and Dr Sulagna Patnaik — have made it to the prestigious list for the first time this year.
Dr Mishra and Dr Dash are Associate Professors in the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), SOA’s faculty of engineering and technology, while Dr Patra is Assistant Professor in the same institute. Dr Patnaik is an ex-Research Scholar in ITER. Nine of the 13 researchers are from ITER.
The nine researchers who have found place in the list again are Prof Ashok Kumar Mahapatra, eminent neurosurgeon and presently SOA’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof (Dr) Pradipta Kishore Dash, Prof Kulamani Parida, Prof Lala Behari Sukla, Prof RNP Choudhary, Prof Goutam Rath, Prof Niharbala Devi, Dr Manoj Kumar Nayak and Dr Satya Ranjan Mishra.
SOA’s Founder President Prof (Dr) Manojranjan Nayak felicitated the researchers in the university on Thursday congratulating them for the recognition bestowed on them. “The university is proud of you,” he said.
Speaking to the researchers on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Prof Mahapatra also congratulated them. He emphasised the need for collective research while exhorting the scientists to think of the society while pursuing their research. “If research is done with awards and recognition in mind, it does not benefit the common man. Researchers must work in public interest,” he said.