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Late Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder, Chairman

Leadership Shaped by a Vision, Strengthened by Conviction.

“Revolutionizing the educational landscape of Eastern India with innovative approaches to nurture children through value-based and internationally benchmarked standards, late Dr. Bijaya Kumar 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.”

Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder Chairman of the SAI International Educational Group, was a visionary and a man of action. His brainchild, SAI International Education Group, comprises of four institutions namely, SAI International School, SAI Angan, SAI International Residential School and SAI International College of Commerce. . In 2019, he was elevated to the status of Minister of State, an appointment by the State Government as the Advisor-cum-Working President 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, 1 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 in 2021. 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 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 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 part of the FICCI ARISE Delegation to the US.

Furthermore, he was invited by the Govt. of India’s Planning Commission to advise on Model Concession Agreement for Public Private Partnership, with the objective of establishing 2500 Rashtriya Adarsh Vidyalayas. He firmly believed that leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

He was also an Independent Director of Allahabad Bank, Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited and a member of Shri Jagannath Temple, Managing Committee, Puri. Dr. Sahoo, an edupreneur, firmly believed 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 making SAI International amongst the top 5 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 was honored with ‘ET Now Business Leader of the Year’ as the ‘Education Entrepreneur of the Year 2020’. He 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, among many other awards and accolades. Moreover, he received commendation from Global Teachers Accreditation from the British Council and Corporate Odisha Award for steering Leadership and Entrepreneurial Values. Dr. Sahoo truly believed that the growth of the state lies on a strong foundation which rests on knowledge, life skills and a resilient value system.

His guidance and teachings will always remain in the heart of each SAIoneer and he will continue to show the right path for us to walk on…



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JEE Advanced 2021 (State Topper)- AIR - 115

Deepak Nanda

JEE Advanced 2021- AIR - 848

Adarsh Kumar Tarai

JEE Advanced 2021- AIR - 1409

N. Anuska

JEE Advanced 2021- AIR - 2039

Akash Ganeriwal

JEE Advanced 2021 - AIR - 2066

Gauri Shankar Swain

JEE Advanced 2021- AIR - 2672

Sudeep Ranjan Sahoo

JEE Advanced 2021- AIR - 4464

Sri Harsh Mishra

JEE Advanced 2021- AIR - 13000

Nekta N Swasti Sravan Mishra


Dhruv Singh Garcha

CLAT - AIR 258


JEE Advanced 2020 - AIR - 73


JEE Advanced 2020 - AIR - 301


JEE Advanced 2020 - AIR - 853


NEET AIR - 261


NEET AIR - 521


NEET AIR - 525


CLAT 2020 AIR - 50


CLAT 2020 AIR - 418


CLAT 2020 AIR - 491

Sayantan Dhar

State Topper JEE Advanced 2019 - AIR 51

Sibasis Nayak

99.9844% in JEE Mains 2019

Sameer Kumar Patro

State NEET Topper 2018

Adyasa Ananya Das

Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi

Soumya Shambhavi

Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi

Mugdha Mohapatra

NLSIU, Bengaluru. All India Rank 55 in CLAT

Krishnasis Dash


Soumydipta Satpathy


Siddharth Chinmay

All India Rank 100, IIT KANPUR

Sandeep Pattanayak

IIT, Kharagpur

Vivek Prasad Das

Regional Winner, RBI Quiz 2015

Akshat Praneet

Regional Champion, TCS IT WIZ 2015 & 2016

Chinmoy Mohanty

Runners-up, India Today News Wiz 2016

Suswet Sukumar Patra

Runners-up, India Today News Wiz 2016

Sampriti Panda

Winner Google code-in - 2017, Bronze Medal, International Olympiad in Informatics

Tanmaya Pani

NISER, Bhubaneswar

Harsh Agrawal

IIT-BHU, Varanasi

Pallavi Panigrahi

NLSIU, Bengaluru. All India Rank 2 in CLAT

Shreya Somani

ST. Xavier's College, Kolkata

Sonali Sharma

NLSIU, Bengaluru. All India Rank 53 in CLAT

Ishani Das

Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi

Abhay Kumar Nayak

St. Stephen's College, New Delhi

Risha Bagchi

Hans Raj College, New Delhi

Anushree Somani

Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi

Vishal Aditya Sahoo

Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi

Sunayana Sasmal

NLU, Jodhpur

Raghav Kothari

Kirorimal College, New Delhi

Vikram Aditya Sahoo

Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi

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