Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo
Leadership Shaped by a Vision, Strengthened by Conviction.
“Revolutionizing the educational scenario of Odisha, with innovative approaches to nurture children through value-based and internationally bench marked standards, Dr. Sahoo created a model for many schools to adopt. His motto, ‘Be the best or different from the rest, the choice is yours’, reverberates in the heart and mind of every student”.
A visionary and a man of action, Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, is the Founder and Chief Mentor of the SAI International Educational Group comprising of four institutions namely, SAI International School, SAI Angan, SAI International Residential School and SAI International College of Commerce. He has been elevated to the status of Minister of State, an appointment by the State Government as the Advisor to Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya Sangathan, Department of School and Mass Education, Government of Odisha, with the sole mission to establish 314 CBSE English Medium Government Schools, in each block of Odisha. Dr Sahoo was conferred with the prestigious honorary degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) by the prestigious Utkal University from the Vice President of India. He was bestowed with the most coveted QCI Quality Champion Award 2020 for his perfection of processes and dedication to quality education and his contribution towards innovation, digital technology and scientific temperament.
A Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant, a Graduate in Law, armed with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration specializing in Finance and Treasury, and a Doctorate in Commerce, Dr. Sahoo has strived relentlessly, not only to acquire knowledge but disseminate it too. In his pursuit for academic excellence and to build a better India through Education, he has attained training from the prestigious Harvard Graduate School of Education, US, National College for School Leadership, UK, Asian International College, Singapore as well as other prestigious institutions. He attended LEARNIT, an educational program by the University of Nottingham, BETT in the UK, XSEED School leadership program in Dubai and was a part of the FICCI ARISE Delegation to the US.
Furthermore, he was invited by the Govt. of India Planning Commission as an Advisor on Model Concession Agreement for Public Private Partnership, to establish 2500 Rashtriya Adarsh Vidyalayas. He firmly believes that leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
On the professional front, he is a Director of Allahabad Bank, the Hindustan Shipyard Limited and a member of Shri Jagannath Temple, Managing Committee, Puri. Dr. Sahoo, an edupreneur, firmly believes in a working philosophy which primarily rests on the pillars of people and processes, and one which is deeply rooted in the core values of honesty, hard work and transparency.
Acknowledging his relentless passion for education and for creating SAI International, one amongst the top 10 schools in the country and an institution which has been instrumental in bringing about a paradigm change in the educational scenario of Odisha, Dr.Sahoo has been honored with ‘ET Now Business Leader of the Year’ as the ‘Education Entrepreneur of the Year 2020’. He has also received the lifetime achievement award for “Bringing Innovation in Learning” by Brain Feed, “Odisha Living Legend Award” by Odisha Diary and “Achiever of Odisha” by Times of India, to name a few among many. Moreover, he has received 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 which rests on knowledge, life skills and a resilient value system.