Adviser of Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya Sangathan, Govt. of Odisha and SAI International School founder, Bijay Sahoo passed away on Thursday while battling with post-COVID-19 complications.
He was undergoing treatment in a private hospital for post-Covid complications in Hyderabad.
Chief Minister expressed his condolences on tweet by writing, “Deeply saddened to know about the passing away of noted educationist and entrepreneur, Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo. As Advisor of Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya Sangathan, he had a pioneering role in transforming Govt School education. My condolences to his family, friends & students.”
Dr. B.K. Sahoo is an eminent Edupreneur who firmly believes in enriching society through the holistic grooming of a new generation of leaders. He brought a pioneering revolution in the educational scenario of Odisha with his innovative approaches to nurture children through value-based and internationally benchmarked education. He initiated a global dimension to education by partnering with renowned National and International Institutes.
Dr. Sahoo is the Founder Partner of SRB & Associates, the largest Chartered Accountant firm of the state, the Founder Director of JSS Software Technology Park, the first Private Software Park of Odisha, approved by the Government of India, the JSS Group, the IT, ITeS and Infrastructure Company. He is also a Director of Allahabad Bank, Director of Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Board Member of Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU), Chairperson Eastern Zone of FICCI Arise.
The Havard alumnus holds the ambition to build a better India through Education. He takes pride in changing the K-12 education scenario in Odisha. He founded SAI International School, which in less than a decade has made a niche in national and international educational arena. Recognised by UN, UNESCO, UNIC, British Council and Microsoft, SAI is now a name to reckon with.
For his relentless service in the education sector, Dr.Sahoo has been bestowed with the most coveted QCI Quality Champions Award 2020 for his perfection of processes and dedication to quality education and his contribution towards innovation, digital technology and scientific temperament, He has also been recognised as the ‘ET Now Business Leader of the Year’ as the ‘Education Entrepreneur of the Year 2020’. He has also received “Achiever of Odisha” by Times of India. Moreover, he has received a commendation from Global Teachers Accreditation from the British Council and Corporate Odisha Award for steering Leadership and Entrepreneurial Values. Dr. Sahoo truly believes that the growth of the state lies on a strong foundation that rests on knowledge, life skills and a resilient value system.
Dr. Sahoo’s philosophy, ‘Be the best, or different from the rest’ defines his roadmap for the year 2030. His long-term perspective includes imparting quality education in pre-schools. His plans also include setting up a world-class Teacher Training Institute and assimilating the best practices from across the world through active collaboration. A greater vision remains and that is the setting up of SAI International University for Education, Management, Business and Liberal Arts.