Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University (SOA University) is a private research focused Deemed university located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, eastern India. The university is composed of nine degree-granting schools and colleges and has a student body of over 10,000. Many of SOAU's programs are nationally accredited for meeting high standards of academic quality, including engineering, medicine, pharmacy, business, nursing, biotechnology, science, humanities, environment, nano technology, materials science, agriculture and law. SOA University was ranked 16th by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The first NIRF ranking list was released in April 2016.
It was originally founded as Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER) in the year 1996 in Bhubaneswar and it received AICTE approval for Undergraduate degree (B.Tech) courses. Since its inception it was affiliated to Utkal University. Subsequently it was affiliated to Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) between 2002 and 2007. Recognizing its contribution to technical and professional education the University Grants Commission (UGC), in 2007, declared Siksha 'O' Anusandhan as a Deemed university by the U/S 3 of the UGC Act, 1956. Since 2007, Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), Bhubaneswar became a constitute institute of Siksha O Anusandhan University. Currently the university has nine degree granting schools and institutes. Various institutes and schools and departments of SOA University spread over 200 acres (0.81 km2) campuses in the city of Bhubaneswar. Siksha 'O' Anusandhan was previously recognized as an educational society under Societies' Registration Act XXI of 1860.