KIIT University is an advanced center of excellence aiming to provide professional education and training to its students. It has always encouraged and supported creative abilities and research temperament. Read on to know about the recent events taking place at the University.
Kalinga Global Film Festival Concludes at KIIT
Date: January 24,2020
The 4th edition of the weeklong Kalinga Global Film Festival (KGFF), the annual event of the KIIT School of Film and Media Sciences concluded recently. Film ‘An Irrelevant Dialogue’ directed by Moinak Guho of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), won the first prize. Harihara Sudhan K won the second prize for ‘Patharosa’ (SRFTI), while Pratik Gupta of Film and Television Institute of India(FTII) received third prize for ‘Junction’. The awards carry a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, Rs 50,000 and Rs 30,000, for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize respectively along with a certificate and trophy.
The Special Jury Award was given to Ashish Pandey for ‘Nooreh’ (Independent) while the Jury Mention award went to Prataaya Sarkar for ‘Little Things’ of School of Film and Media Sciences, KIIT Deemed to be University.
The jury members including Prof Pankaj Saxena, Screen Studies and Research FTII, Pune, Dr Piyush Roy; critic, columnist, curator, scholar and filmmaker, Tripura Mishra, veteran Odia Actress and Mahim Joshi well known Bollywood director, writer and producer, Jury chairman Premendra Mazumder, Vice President, Federation of Film Societies of India were present on the occasion.
The 4th KGFF started at KIIT in association with the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) on January 18. Around 15 feature films, short films, and documentaries from all over Asia in the Asian window and 26 films in the student competitive section were screened. In-country focus, South Korean movies were shown to the audience. The objective of the festival was to encourage and ignite young minds, enrich intellectually inclined cineastes, and promote aspiring filmmakers.
Among others, Eminent Cine Producer Akshay Kumar Parija; Korean film director Myung Ku Han; eminent journalist Pradosh Patnaik; eminent film critic Dilip Hali; journalist and film critic Premendra Mazumder; eminent film actor Mihir Das, and eminent poet; Jnanpaith awardee Sitakanta Mohapatra; Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, and Himansu Sekhar Khatua, CEO KSFM were grace the valedictory session of 4th KGFF.
KIIT inaugurates 4th edition of Global Film Festival
Date: January 22, 2020
KIIT School of Film and Media Sciences recently inaugurated the 4th edition of the Kalinga Global Film Festival at its campus. The inauguration ceremony was graced by Tusharkanti Behera, Minister, Sports & Youth Service, Electronics & Information Technology, Govt. of Odisha.
It was also attended by delegates like Anubhav Mohanty, MP, Lok Sabha; Satyabrata Tripathy, Chairman Odisha Film Development Corporation; Bijay Kumar Nayak, Director, Culture Department, Govt. of Odisha; Prof. Pankaj Saxena, Professor of Screen Studies and Research FTII, Pune; Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and Himanshu Khatua, CEO, KIIT School of Film & Media Sciences.
Inaugurating the event, Tusharkanti Behera said Odia Cinemas need to improve more and it should maintain uniqueness. Pankaj Saxena said students of KIIT School of Film and Media Sciences should reflect in their movies what they learn from around them in Odisha. From next year it will be organized in a very bigger way, informed Dr. A. Samanta.
The objective of this film festival is to encourage and ignite young minds, enrich intellectually inclined cineastes and promote aspiring filmmakers. KGFF intends to organize a festival that would connect regular moviegoers, budding filmmakers and the movie buffs with the distinguished filmmakers so as to bring about greater understanding of the art and craft of filmmaking said, Shri Khatua.
KGFF will be presenting a selection of feature films, short films, and documentaries from all over Asia and screening of more than 15 films in the Asian Window section. The selection of competitive students’ short films has been made out of 50 films submitted. Delegates and critics from the country and abroad have participated in the festival. Besides this, there will be three-panel discussions on Film Society Movement, Film Appreciation and Critical Analysis, and Film Education.
Awards will be presented at the closing ceremony of the festival and all films screened under the competitive category as the official selection process are only eligible for completion. All the winners will get a KGFF trophy, Cash Prize and certificate of excellence as an award. The best film will be awarded INR 1 Lakh.
KIIT’s Founder Initiates Mega Job Mela in Kandhamal, Odisha
A two-day job Mela was organized at Philbani, the district headquarters of Kandhamal. As many as 7000 rural youths were placed in 71 companies in Kandhamal Parliamentary Constituency. This was taken by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Kandhamal Lok Sabha MP in cooperation with the district administration.
The Mega Job Mela was a resounding success with rural youth, mostly having under matric qualifications, getting jobs with salary ranging from INR 10000 to INR 20000 in well-established companies. The companies will provide other facilities, in addition to salary. Over 14,000 youths from Kandhamal parliamentary constituency participated in the job mela, while 12,000 youths registered their name for placement.
The event was attended by youth from Phublani, Kotagarh, Tumudibandh, Baliguda, K. Nuagaon, Daringbadi, Raikia, G. Udaygiri, Tikabali, Chakapada, Phiringia, Khajuripada block, and Phulbani Municipality area of Kandhamal district, Gania, Daspala and Nuagaon block of Nayagarh district, Bhanjanagar and Jagannath Prasad of Ganjam district. On the second day, the event was organized at Boudh where 2000 youth from Kantamal and Boudh Block registered their name for placement. A total of 21 companies participated, selecting 700 youth.
Dr. Samanta has been trying his best for the last 6 months to bring more companies to the mela to ensure maximum placement. Nearly 120 buses were arranged for the transportation of youth from various blocks to the mela. He also made arrangements to take the placement teams of various companies to Kandhamal after their arrival in Bhubaneswar. It has been possible only for the initiative of Dr. Samanta, they opined.
Naveen Patnaik Inaugurates Adani-KISS Tribal Residential School
Shri Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, inaugurated the Adani-KISS Tribal Residential School at Bankishole, Baripada, Mayurbhanj, Odisha recently. On this occasion Shri Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group; Shri Sudam Marandi, Minister, Revenue and Disaster Management, Govt. of Odisha; Shri Bishweswar Tudu, Member of Parliament (LS), Mayurbhanja; Smt. Sarojini Hembram, Member of Parliament (RS); Shri Prakash Soren, MLA, Baripada; Dr. Priti Adani, Chairperson, Adani Foundation; Sh. Karan Adani, Chief Executive Officer & Director, Adani Ports, and Special Economic Zone Ltd. and Dr. Achyutananda Samanta, Founder, KISS, and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology were present.
Addressing the gathering Shri Patnaik said, "Education is empowerment and the real transformation is possible through education. The work of KISS and its founder Dr. Samanta for the empowerment of tribals through education is really praiseworthy". Dr. Priti Adani said, "Education is the most powerful tool for social transformation. Adani Foundation is happy to strengthen the education scenario in the far off tribal areas of Odisha by partnering with the prestigious Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)".
In his welcome address, Dr. Achyuta Samanta said, "28 years back KISS took initiatives to include the tribal community in the mainstream of the society through education, which has been proved successfully today. Now KISS is the largest tribal institution and the first Tribal University in the world. More than 30 thousand students are currently pursuing their education from KG to PG, while 20 thousand students completed their education successfully and place in different sectors. 10 thousand more students are pursuing their education in ten branches in ten tribal-dominated districts of Odisha in the current academic session. It is not important for KISS that 60 thousand students are getting an education, what is important is that it has created awareness among more than 60 lakh tribal students of Odisha and other states of India".
Dr. Samanta said "Many tribal organizations and intellectuals requested me many times to open a branch in the Mayurbhanj district for underprivileged and poor tribal children. Today their requests have been fulfilled. The poor tribal students of Mayurbhaj district will get quality education in Adani-KISS residential School. In the first phase, fifteen hundred students of Mayurbhanj district will be enrolled from standard I to XII. The pass out students of standard XII from Adani-KISS can pursue their higher education in KISS Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Also, it has been decided by KISS, that only the candidates of Mayurbhanj will get employment in Adani-KISS. Adani-KISS is fully equipped with all modern facilities. Adani-KISS is established on 50 Acres of land with the complete financial support of the Adani Foundation."
On this occasion, a 50 bedded hospital in Adani-KISS campus was inaugurated by Dr. Priti G Adani. The hospital will serve the students, staff of Adani-KISS as well as the common people of Mayurbhanj district. The 24 x 7 hospital is managed by the Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Bhubaneswar, Odisha. As many as 20 thousand people from across Mayurbhanj witnessed the program. Lastly, Karan Adani proposed a vote of thanks.
KIIT Organizes 17th Kadambini Literature Festival & Patrika Hat
Date: January 5, 2020
"Human Values are the essence of Literature", opined the dignities in gracing the 17th Kadambini Literature Festival and Patrika Hat held at KIIT Deemed to be University recently. Gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest, former External Affairs Minister of India Salman Khurshid said "Human Values enjoy the uniformity across the religions. But it differs when presented in diverse languages."
The guest of honor and an eminent journalist, Rahul Dev said "The inclination towards the English language has been soared to such a level, it is envisaged that not any of Indian languages will able to upkeep its existence in years to come. India is a multilingual country, however, our excessive affinity toward the English language has thrown our own languages into jeopardy. In true sense, it is not a hazard of languages, but that of our civilization as a whole"
Gracing the occasion, Mrs. Mridula Garg said "Literature is gradually losing it sheen, following the readers' apathy. That's why the reader base is declining day by day. Now, there is a widespread difference observed between the ethical and corporal values in our nation. While basic traits like compassion, kindness, humility, and tolerance fall within the domain of moral values, only literature can uphold these. The rapid depreciation of Human Values is taking its toll on its very survival. In such circumstances, we have to sustain our literature in order to upkeep our moral values at any cost"
On this occasion, the prestigious National level Nilimarani Sahitya Samman-2020 was conferred upon distinguished novelist Anuradha Ray. She was given 5 lakhs rupees as a cash award along with a silver medal. Accepting this prestigious award, Ms. Ray said, "I have a very long relationship with Odisha. I have visited Odisha many a time. However, after going through the English version of the Magnum Opus 'Paraja' of the legendary Gopinath Mohanty, I could only learn about Odisha". "Literature and the phenomenon of climate-change have tied the whole world as a family. We should not discriminate among human beings along with surrounding geographical landforms. Besides, we should not have any prejudice to anybody", added Ms. Ray.
Likewise, eminent litterateur Haraprasad Das bagged Kadambini Sahitya Samman-2020. In the form of the award, he got 1 lakh cash prize and citation. Accepting the award, he urged to sustain the specialty and originality of Odia language and literature which is based on the foundation of one thousand-year-old tradition.
Presiding over the function, Prof. Shantanu Acharya said "Literature is nothing but visiting one's inner self. Literature has no link with the society. As life is full of joy, therefore it should be drafted into literature in various humorous forms". While the Editor of Shatadru, Upendra Nayak was honored with Kadambini Editor Award, Priyabrata Das, Binodini Devi, Bhupen Mohapatra, and Rajeswari Dalbehera were conferred Kadambini Literature Award-2020.
With this, the latest edition of Kadambini, Kunikatha and the English version of Iti Samanta's novel Shankuntalara Jhia were unveiled by the Guests. At the outset, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT & KISS placed the Welcome Address and eventually, Editor of Kadambini & Kunikatha Mrs. Iti Samanta proposed Vote of Thanks.
KIIT concludes Nanhipari Little Miss India 2019
Date: December 31, 2019
KIIT Deemed-to-be-University recently concluded its beauty pageant “Nanhipari Little Miss India” at its campus. In this event, 26 young girls between 13-16 years shortlisted for semi-final round from regional auditions from 24 cities spread over 23 States faced several competitions during the two-day event.
In the Grand Finale, Gunveen Chhabra from Raipur, Chhattisgarh was crowned KIIT Nanhipari- Little Miss India 2019. Tapti Thakur of Bhopal and Vedika Rakshita of Patna were crowned 1st and 2nd runners up respectively. The top three also received a cash award of INR 3 lakh, INR 1 lakh, and INR 50000 respectively, along with the silver crown, trophy, and certificates.
In addition to the top three winners, many other titles were decided in the final round. Some of them are – Miss Rapunzel - Most Beautiful Hair; Miss Photogenic - Best pose in Photoshoot; Miss Fashion - Best Costume; Miss Cinderella - Best Personality and many more.
The winner received a 100% academic fee waiver subject to a maximum of INR 18 lakh for studying in any discipline in KIIT Deemed to be University. Besides that, the title winner of KIIT Nanhipari Little Miss India will go on a weeklong trip with a visit and stay in South Korea along with one of her parents. Both the 1st and 2nd Runners Up received a 50% academic fee waiver subject to a maximum of INR 9 lakh for studying any discipline in KIIT. The three top winners of the beauty pageant will also go on a visit to Egypt.
“During my childhood, it was my dream to have my own crown. ‘KIIT Nanhipari’ gave wings to my dreams by giving me an opportunity to showcase my talent in front of a large audience. It increased my self-confidence and my attitude towards life and goals,” says Ms. Yashika Singh from Delhi, First Runner Up of ‘KIIT Nanhipari’ 2018. After her success, Yashika got an opportunity to act in one of the best theatres in Delhi.
"Nanhipari provided me a platform where I discovered the truth behind beauty pageants. I always thought that beauty pageants are all about being the most beautiful, but it's actually not. You need to be pretty, confident, intelligent, smart and tough", says Anira Khan, a past participant.
‘KIIT Nanhipari Little Miss India’ is a talent show for teenage girls between the ages group of 13-16 years. It was started in 2001 in a remote and small tribal town of Kendujhar District of Odisha. Patronized by eminent educationist and social activist Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, it became a national event in 2004.
Dr. Achyuta confers with Doctorate degree by IIS University
Date: December 24, 2019
IIS Deemed to be University, Jaipur conferred Honoris Causa D.Litt. degree upon Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT & KISS at its 8th Convocation. The University honored him for his relentless contribution to social services and education with human values.
The degree was presented by Justice Dalveer Bhandari, Judge, The International Court of Justice, The Hague in the presence of Justice S. N. Bhargava, Chancellor, IIS Deemed to be University. This is the 41st Honorary Degree to Dr. Samanta from national and international universities.
Expressing gratitude to the University, Dr. Samanta said, “I will continue my work for the society with commitment and determination to strive to create a level playing field for the marginalized children of the world.”
All India Commerce Conference concludes at KIIT
Date: December 24, 2019
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) recently concluded 72nd All India Commerce Conference 2019 (AICC) at its campus. More than 2000 delegates from all over India and five other countries joined the three-day conference. The event witnessed participation from eminent professors, research scholars, students from India and abroad.
The Annual General Body and Executive Council Meeting of the Indian Commerce Association (ICA) was held wherein they elected Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, KIIT as President of ICA for the year 2020-21. Prof. Sasmita said, this conference was very unique and appreciated the effort of young researchers who joined and participated in the conference. She also thanked the members of ICA for electing her the President of ICA.
An international seminar on 'Global Business: Emerging Issues and Challenges' was also held at the Institute. Apart from this, 4 technical sessions also took place namely Skill India and Employment: Roadmap Ahead, Resurgence of Deprived Society: Reinvention and Resilience, Social Media: Interface between Policy Maker and Common Man, and Nonperforming Assets: Diagnosis and Management.
Gracing the valedictory session as Chief guest, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, the 72nd AICC was a grand success and thanked the office bearers, members of ICA and delegates for their support.
KiiT International School Celebrates Annual Day
Date: December 23, 2019
KiiT International School celebrated its 13th Annual Day ‘InKredible-2019, Glory of India’ recently. Addressing the students Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS said, Celebration of Annual Day of the School is special for each and every student. Students should be disciplined and try to be a good human being, she added. In his speech, Dr. Achyuta Samanta gave importance to the student-friendly teaching-learning process.
The best students of the school were awarded on the occasion followed by a cultural program performed by students. They also performed various cultural programs including Blooming Buds, Angelic Splendor, Brave Guardians, Flavours of India, Hoo-Hoo Hoochristmassy, Adoration of the Deity, Fiesta, En Masse, Hoof it with Yoga, Euphonic Zest, Incarnation of the Almighty, Music in Accord, were most enjoyable. On this occasion, the annual Souvenir ‘Carinae’ was released by the guests.
KIIT inaugurates a National Seminar on Rural Development
Date: December 20, 2019
KIIT and Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) recently organized a national seminar on 'Science & Technology: Rural Development.’ The event was inaugurated by KIIT in its campus among the presence of distinguished members.
The guest list includes eminent ISCA scientists - Prof. V. L. Saxena, General President; Prof. S. Ramakrishna, General Secretary; Dr. B. K Das, Director, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute; Innovator Mihir Kumar Panda and Prof. J. R. Mohanty, Registrar, KIIT-DU.
The guests pointed out the importance of rural development for the social and economic well being of the rural communities. The technology should be used suitably in Indian villages to make the villagers empowered and cease migrating to cities. It is important to personalize agriculture and promote non-farming jobs in rural areas.
They went on elaborating that India is a self-sufficient country in terms of food production. The scientists, administrators and science activists must discuss issues related to rural development. With the help of science, we have to take necessary steps towards sustainable economic growth.
KIIT to Host India’s Largest Commerce Meet
Date: December 20, 2019
The 72nd All India Commerce Conference of Indian Commerce Association (ICA), Golden jubilee celebration of Odisha Commerce Association, the 40th All Odisha Commerce Conference and an International Seminar on ‘Global Business: Emerging Issues and Challenges’ will be held simultaneously in KIIT Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar from December 20 – 24, 2019. This is for the first time that Odisha and KIIT are hosting academic meets of this magnitude in the field of commerce.
More than 3000 delegates from India and different parts of the world, including the USA, Australia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Kuwait, will participate in the meet. Academicians, researchers, practitioners and scholars will provide incisive insights on the burning topics of contemporary significance selected for the conference.
For the first time in history, in the run up to the ‘Commerce Mahakumbha’, Odisha Commerce Association is conducting a student test in 30 zonal colleges of Odisha with participation from 5000 commerce undergraduate students. The winners of all zones will be awarded with prizes encouraged to participate in the conference free of cost. Besides, that it is also decided to felicitate the crown of Commerce education of the state for their contribution to make the commerce education popular in the state.
Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS is the Chief Patron of the 72nd All India Commerce Conference, while Prof. Asoka Das and Prof. Hrusikesh Mohanty, VC, KIIT are Patrons. Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro VC is the Conference Secretary and Prof. Jayanta Kumar Parida, the Organising Secretary. It will be presided over by Prof. H. Venkatswarlu, President, Indian Commerce Association under the stewardship of Prof. Narender Kumar, Secretary, ICA.
This is a unique opportunity for the commerce fraternity of the country that at one conference, 972 research articles on the five themes will be presented and deliberated upon by more than 2000 delegates coming from India and abroad. Delegates will be presented with exotic cultural attractions of Odisha through the provision of sight-seeing of the golden triangle and scintillating cultural evenings.
KIIT organizes South Asia Communication Conference
Date: December 20, 2019
The 2nd South Asia Communication Conference based on the theme ‘Journalism Education in South Asia: Is there any paradigm shift in over 100 years?’ was organized by KIIT School of Mass Communication recently The two-day conference was inaugurated in presence of Prof. Biswajit Das, Director, Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; Prof. J. R. Mohanty, Registrar, KIIT Deemed to be University and Prof. Himanshu Khatua, CEO, KIIT School of Mass Communication.
In his speech, Prof. Das said, in communication studies due to lack of a proper platform where we all come together to discuss and debate is going missing. Most of us are now depending on google. In all other important Indian conferences, there are some systematic debate and dialogue. We need this kind of debate and discuss in Journalism education. Journalism teachers should adopt a proper method, development, theory of Journalism, he added.
Emphasizing the need for a change of syllabus and curriculum Prof. Khatua said, KIIT Deemed to be university is now a point of attraction for Mass Communication and Journalism studies. B. Dash, Asst Professor & Course Coordinator, KIIT School of Mass Communication introduced the theme of the conference, while Ms. R. Nanda, Asst. Prof. KIIT School of Mass Communication proposed a vote of thanks. More than 24 eminent scholars from various South Asian countries presented their research work at the Conference.
Many eminent experts in the field of Communication and Journalism education including Dr. Ananda Mitra, Professor of Communication, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, USA; Dr. Abdur Razzaque Khan, Asso. Professor, Dept. of Mass Communication & Journalism, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee, Professor and Regional Director, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) delivered talks on journalism education during the conference.
15th Annual Convocation of KIIT
- The youth of India can take the country to new heights: Shri Om Birla
Date: November 9, 2019
“India enjoys demographic dividend and our young population is capable of taking the country to new heights”, Shri Om Birla, Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha told the graduating students at the 15th Annual Convocation of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar. Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees were awarded to 6578 students of 2018 – 19 graduating batch at the annual convocation, which was also graced by Dr. Surjya Narayana Patro, Hon'ble Speaker, Odisha Legislative Assembly; and Smt. Aparajita Sarangi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) among other dignitaries.
He thanked Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for providing free education to 30,000 tribal children through Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). “On one hand KIIT is providing world-class higher education to the aspiring young generation, on the other hand, KISS is empowering tribal children with education and skills. Prof. Samanta has dedicated his life for educating the underprivileged tribal children. He is doing a commendable work towards national reconstruction”, Shri Birla said in his convocation address.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Patro asked students to create new knowledge and use their knowledge to make the life of coming generations better. “Global warming and environmental degradation are posing a threat to the very existence of humankind. I hope you will use your education to develop new technologies to tackle these challenges”, he told the graduating students.
Expressing best wishes to the students, Prof. Ved Prakash, Chancellor, KIIT Deemed to be University, in his presidential address, said, “KIIT has been chosen as an Institution of Eminence from amongst a pool of over 900 degree-awarding institutions of higher learning in the country. Such recognition within a short span of about fifteen years is a creditable achievement”. He advised the students to hold the values symbolized by Prof. Samanta, which is an amalgamation of service, sacrifice, commitment, passion and love for the underprivileged.
KIIT has received top national recognition for its technology incubation initiatives, informed Dr. Hrushikesha Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor in his report. Its students Dutee Chand has made the country proud by winning Gold Medals in 100m and 200m in the World University Games 2019 in Italy, he added. Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-Vice-Chancellor asked students to make it a lifelong practice to explore and reinvent oneself. Education is the best investment for building generations, she said.
Trisha Chatterjee (MBBS), Swagat Khatai, (M.Tech.) and Baidehi Ghosh (B.Tech. – CSc.) won Founder's Gold Medals for their outstanding all round and academic performance. Similarly, 20 students were awarded Chancellor's Gold Medal, while 23 students got Vice Chancellor's Silver Medal. P.K. Bal Memorial Gold Medal, PPL Gold Medal, and Nanibala Memorial Gold Medal were also given away on the occasion. Eighty-five research scholars were awarded Ph.D. degrees.
Shri Kiren Rijiju Visits KISS
Date: November 8, 2019
"I can see the future Olympians among tribal boys and girls of the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). Students of KISS can bring laurels for our country”, said Shri Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State (Ind.) for Youth Affairs & Sports and Minister of State for Minority Affairs during his visit to KIIT and KISS recently. He spent ample time with 27,500 tribal students of KISS.
Addressing the students, he hoped that India would be able to better its performance in the coming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Tribal boys and girls have potential in sports and with proper training, they can be international standards.
He said, “I have visited Odisha many times, but I saw the real Odisha only today. The happiness of innocent boys and girls, especially the happiness of young people, is the real strength of India. Odisha is known for world-class sports stars like Dutee Chand. Tribal boys and girls of India will play a major role in the coming Olympics. India deserves more medals in the Olympics. The indigenous people of India are very valuable to the growth of India. As a tribal, I have dreamt of seeing the tribal being involved in the growth of India. And I would like to salute Prof. Achyuta Samanta for creating this beautiful and magnanimous institution, KISS exclusively for the young tribal boys and girls.
Tribal boys and girls have a natural talent in sports and we have to realize their full potential, he stated. "KISS is a world-class institute. When KISS is doing so much, it is the responsibility of the governments to come forward and give a helping hand. It is amazing that Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS struggled for the last 25 years to make it a world-class institute. He has sacrificed his entire life for the development of the poorest of the poor tribal people". He thanked Dr. Samanta for his commendable work for the tribal. "Love and affection I see among the boys and girls of this institute have won my heart", he added.
Among others, Vishal Dev, Special Secretary, Sports, and Youth Affairs, Govt. of Odisha; Dutee Chand, Olympian; R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS; and Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS was present.
KISS Sets Another Guinness World Record
Date: November 8, 2019
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has achieved another World Record recently. As many as 26,382 tribal students of the institute created the world record and promoted oral hygiene through brushing their teeth simultaneously at a single venue at KISS. Facilitated by the Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences (KIDS), the event was organised in partnership with the Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry (IAPHD) and Colgate Palmolive India Limited. KISS broke the previous world record held by DPS, Delhi in which 16,414 students had participated in mass brushing in January 2016.
Sudam Marndi, Minister, Revenue & Disaster Management, Govt. of Odisha; Raghunandan Das, Minister of State (Ind.) for Water Resources, Information & Public Relations (I & PR); Rishi Nath, Representative, Guinness World Records; Ram Raghaban, Managing Director, Colgate Palmolive (India); Sabyasachi Saha, General Secretary, Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry (IAPHD); Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS; Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS; and officials from Guinness World Records were present and witnessed the colourful event.
Celebrating the ‘National Tooth Brushing Day’ on November 7 coinciding with the silver jubilee of IAPHD, students of KISS raised awareness for oral hygiene. This is the fourth Guinness World Record created by KISS. Earlier, it had set the double world record in 'largest human sentence’ reading "WE URGE FOR WORLD PEACE” and 'Most simultaneous high-fives’ at the same event on a single day in December 2015. In August 2017 it created a world record for the Largest Laughter Yoga Class. KISS is the largest free residential institute in the world, which imparts holistic education from KG to PG to 30,000 tribal children.
39th WCP Concludes at KIIT University
Date: October 7, 2019
Poetry has the capability to change the world, said Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India at the valedictory session of 39th World Congress of Poets (WCP). He said, "Compassion begets compassion. This is an extremely important idea when propagated through the powerful medium of poetry". "It is a matter of great pride for us that the Congress is happening in India this year, in the beautiful and historical state of Odisha. I also commend Dr. Achyuta Samanta for envisioning poetry as the best medium to promote brotherhood and peace. It is his vision that has brought all of us here together to celebrate thoughts, words, languages, rhythm, and meaning", he added.
Addressing the gathering, which included poets and writers from 82 countries, Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Governor of Odisha said, Odisha is a divine land the philosophers of spirituality from all over the world have said that this land has the power to liberate. The beauty of this land is its caste-less, creed-less and colorless nature. Besides, sweetness, love, and compassion enrich the land. This land belongs to everybody because Lord Jagannath lives here. As far as Poetry is concerned, Lord Jagannath is also a Poet.
In his speech Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Union Minister of State for MSME, Animal Husbandry, and Fishery said, "I pay my respect to all the poets coming from all over the world. I'm inspired by this august congregation”. The earliest poetry of the world belonged to Valmiki when he saw the agony of the world. Quoting William Wordsworth, Shri Sarangi said, poetry is an emotional overflow of feelings and emotions collected in tranquillity. Poetry comes from the compassion of the heart.
Dr. Maurus Young, President, WCP said, "Time goes very fast. The 39th WCP in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India comes to an end. In the past five days, we are impressed by the Culture of Odisha. It's a land of poetry. I found many talented young poets in Odisha. It's the most well organized and successful one in the history of WCP".
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Ernesto Kahan, First Vice President of World Academy of Art & Culture WAAC), USA said, "I am in a great country and great democracy, India. I found that it is also a country of Poets". The highest honour of WCP, ‘Golden Gabel’ was conferred on Dr. Samanta by the Vice President of India, while Honorary D. Litt was conferred on Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Governor of Odisha, Shri Santanu Kumar Acharya, Eminent Odia Writer, and Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patasani, Former Member of Parliament, and Eminent Poet and Writer. ‘Prodigy Author’ award was given to Anantinee Mishra, the author of ‘Treasure of Short Stories’ and Most Promising Writer award to Atmika Patnaik, Author of ‘The Journey of a Thousand Miles’.
Naveen Patnaik, CM of Odisha inaugurates 39th World Congress of Poets in KIIT
Date:October 2, 2019
“Poetry has the power to change, transform and bring in a better social order” said, Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha on October 2, 2019. Inaugurating the 39th World Congress of Poets (WCP) in KIIT, he said, “We are celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the epitome of peace and non-violence. As the world congress of poets is all about the promotion of poetry as a natural and vital network connecting poets to the world’s need for cooperation and peace; for us here, creativity coupled with peace and non-violence is taking new strides. Odisha is a land of cultural pluralism having a rich and enviable tradition of poetry. The worldview in the immortal lines of our 19th-century poet Bhima Bhoi in the UNO Headquarters, which is now illuminating and igniting a million minds.” he added.
Speaking on occasion, Akhilesh Mishra, Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Govt. of India said, “poetry is the way to develop mutual understanding between us. Indian literature and poetry are very ancient. We can develop universal brotherhood and peace through poetry. Our Rigved is the ancient poetry of the world”. Prof. Ernesto Kahan, the 1st Vice President, World Academy of Arts and Culture, said “WCP is increasing day by day in terms of quality and quantity. Its main motto is world brotherhood and peace through poetry. We can bring change in the world through poetry”. Dr. Maurus Young, President, World Congress of Poets said, “India is the land of poetry. I have seen many WCP, but this World Congress is unique and marvelous. I thank Dr. Achyuta Samanta for organizing this 39th World Congress of Poets”.
Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and President, 39th World Congress of Poets gave the welcome address while Dr. María Eugenia Soberanis, General Secretary, World Academy of Art and Culture proposed the vote of thanks. On this occasion, WCP conferred Honorary D.Litt. on Eminent Writer and Poet, Padma Bhushan Mr. Ruskin Bond; Eminent Artist, Ganesh Haloi; and presented Gandhi Prize for literature to eminent Gandhian and Anthropologist, Acharya Bhabananda. The poets from 82 countries unveiled the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and paid to tribute to Mahatma early in the morning. They also inaugurated the public library Karamchand (Gandhi Library) and celebrated Gandhi Jayanti with the 27500 students of KISS.
KIIT International Model United Nations 2019 Concludes
Date: September 20, 2019
KIIT International Model United Nations (KIIT MUN - 2019), one of the best and most anticipated MUN conferences in Asia concluded recently. The three day MUN from September 20 – 22, was graced by Prof. Claudio Ansorena Montero, Ambassador of Costa Rica to India; Fleming Raul Duarte Ramos, Ambassador of Paraguay to India; Hector Cueva Jacome, Ambassador of Ecuador to India and Ms. Barbara Wickham, Director of British Council in India along with other prominent dignitaries in its inaugural session. On the valedictory ceremony Akash Tiwari of PETA, India and Ms. Bharati Chandra, Odisha Head, Helpage India joined as guests.
Addressing the inaugural session, Ms. Barbara Wickham, Director of the British Council in India, highlighted the scenario of Human Rights in the 21st century. In the context of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, she said that India, through Mahatma, has a significant influence in the history of India and the world. She also laid focus on the exploitation of Technology and Global Awareness. Emphasizing the values of democracy, Prof. Claudio emphasized said: “We have to work hand in hand to promote democratic values all over the world.” Mr. Hector said the agricultural productivity in India is more than 2 to 3 times that of Latin America. Moreover, in IT, Education, Health and more sectors, India is miles ahead. Mr. Fleming said, “We, as ambassadors, have the main task to develop bridges to maintain a relationship.”
Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT and KISS, welcomed and introduced the distinguished Guests to the audience. Mr. Rohan Singh, Secretary-General, KIIT International MUN read out the Annual Report. Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty, VC and Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-VC, KIIT DU were present in the inaugural session, while Prof. Jnanaranjan Mohanty, Registrar, Deemed to be University and Dr. S. Behura, Dy Director, Students Services were present in the valedictory session. Like previous years, the event attracted student-delegates from all around the globe - more than 2500 students’ delegates joined this mega event.
KiiT IS Inks MoU with ASWB
Date: September 17, 2019
KiiT International School has become the first school in the state of Odisha to have joined hands with Autism Society West Bengal (ASWB) with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to ensure that the efforts for special education are not merely aspirational, but translate into healthy teaching practices for the benefit of the students.
Being part of the KIIT Group of Institutions with philanthropy as its beacon, the school has cemented its resolve as the society has seen the success story of KISS unfold under the guidance of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. Also, Chairperson of KiiT International School, Dr. Mona Lisa Bal places inclusion as a high priority value of Education.
According to the MoU, West Bengal Autism Society led by Indrani Basu, Founder Director will provide educational support to the faculty of the school to streamline and strengthen its educational practices. Regular and planned interfaces between the two parties will create a pool of twenty trained special educators to guide fifty-six students with special needs with a teacher-student ratio of 1:3.
The areas of training will include helping teachers understand special children and their needs, customize teaching practices and assessments to empower them to join mainstream learning system without coercion or trauma of any kind. It will also engage with the parents to create awareness as well as help them cope better with the special needs of their child with an enabling and supportive environment at home.
The school will also look to build an environment of trust and sensitivity towards special children by the school community as a whole, by addressing issues of adolescence, bullying and shaming among others with a conscious and informed approach to the needs of both sides. Nothing will give the school more happiness and satisfaction than to help the students with special needs find a niche in the mainstream of education, and finally their rightful place in the world.
National Marketing Conclave at KIIT
Date: September 18, 2019
The 10th national marketing conclave of KIIT School of Management (KSOM) was held on September 14, 2019. The day-long deliberation was held on the theme-‘Delivering Customer Value Proposition through Marketing Analytics’. In his welcome address Prof. Anil Bajpai, Director, KSOM spoke about how Marketing analytics is fundamentally changing both business and consumer marketing across the customer life cycle. He was of the strong opinion that analytics is going to form the backbone of new-age marketing strategy and is going to result in better cash-flow.
The first panel comprised of Navoch Mohanayak, Strategy Consulting Leader, Frost, and Sullivan; Pallavi Palkar, National head - Tier 2 business, Bigbasket; Rajni Ranjan, Co-founder, Kraftbuy.com & Siju Narayan, GM - APAC, Loyalty Juggernaut Inc. discussed on ‘Mapping Customer DNA’. The key insight from the discussion was that with a proper understanding of customer DNA, organizations will be able to bring customers to the center of the business equation, leading to greater loyalty and value. Damandeep Singh Soni, Startup Growth Consultant moderated the discussion.
The second panel comprised of Lalatendu Panda, Sr. VP & CMO –Value Format, Reliance Retail; Parthasarathy Vallabhajosyula, Co-founder - Analytics Quotient; Rahul Sarangi, Global Head – Content and Business, The Viral Fever and Vinamra Pandiya, Founder & CEO –Qtrove discussed on ‘Marketing Analytics will replace Marketers with Machine’, and Banoja Acharya, Sr. VP – Nielsen moderated the discussion. The panel agreed that in future we can expect more localized, personalized value offerings setting a globalized context for customer expectations.
The third-panel discussion deliberated by panelists including Chiradeep Samal, Product Manager, Global Marketing Effectiveness - Nielsen; Vikas Lachhwani, Director and Co-Founder – Mcaffeine & Yuvraj Mehta, Head - Corporate Brand Management & Communications - Larsen & Toubro on ‘Is Conventional Marketing getting Disrupted?’Ramesh Krishnamurthy, CEO and Founder - Delight Foods was the moderator. The panel agreed that though disruptive innovation is inevitable irrespective of industry segment, conventional marketing will always remain relevant.
Achyuta Samanta Confers Honorary Doctorate from NHTU, Taiwan
Date:September 13, 2019
Eminent educationist and philanthropist Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS has been conferred with the prestigious Honorary Doctorate by the National Chin-Yi University of Technology (NCUT), Taiwan on September 12, 2019. At a Special Convocation Ceremony, the President of NCUT, Prof. Wen-Yuan Chen bestowed the award upon Dr. Samanta for his outstanding contributions to the fields of education and social work.
NCUT was founded in Taiwan in 1971 by Chang Ming to cultivate young talents in engineering and management. It is based on the motto of selfless service. Dr. Samanta has expressed heartfelt thanks to the President of NCUT, Prof. Chen and International Department Dean-cum-Professor C. Yan Huang for recognizing his relentless social service and contribution to education for the last thirty years.
Austin Fernando, Sri Lankan High Commissioner visits KISS
Date: August 24, 2019
Kalupage Austin Fernando visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and KIIT recently. Education is the key to all development, said Mr. Fernando, H.E. Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India. Addressing students of KISS, he said, "Tribal people are living in a state of deprivation. Only education can eradicate deprivation. So the tribal students should educate themselves to come out of poverty". He advised students to prepare themselves well to face the challenges of the future.
Appreciating the work of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, he said, "Through KISS, he has proved that one man can also make a difference. He has proved it through KISS and set an example for others in the globe". Students should learn from Dr. Samanta to give something back to their families, community, society, state, and country. "You should learn from him the qualities of humanity. You should develop yourselves as good human beings. You should not search for your role-model anywhere, because your role model is in front of you. He is none other than Dr. Samanta", he told the students.
Mr. Fernando, his wife Madam Silviya Fernando and Achini Perera, Counsellor, Sri Lankan High Commission also visited various campus of KIIT and units of KISS. Dr. Achuyta Samanta; Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS; Prof. Harekrushna Satapathy, VC, KISS Deemed to be University; Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS; Prof. H. K. Mohanty, VC, KIIT Deemed to be University and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
KIIT Polytechnic Celebrates 25th Foundation Day
Date: August 21, 2019
KIIT Polytechnic celebrated its 25th Foundation Day with gaiety and grandeur on August 20, 2019. Inaugurating the celebrations, Shri Subroto Bagchi, Chairman, Odisha Skill Development Authority emphasized to focus on seven vital qualities to achieve institutional excellence. These are – Domain, Tools, Methodology, Quality, Innovation, Branding and Governance.
KIIT has become an institution of excellence as it has adopted, practiced and executed these seven things in letter and spirit, Shri Bagchi remarked. “As far as KIIT Polytechnic is concerned, you have to contemplate up to what extent it will reach in the coming 50 years. KIIT Polytechnic can elevate its level at par with the world's best if it practices these seven qualities for which it should be totally committed and determined”, he added.
Gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest, Shri Ragunandan Das, Minister of State (I) for Water Resources, I & PR, Govt. of Odisha said, “We are witnessing today the magnificent institution in form of KIIT that has become an Institution of Eminence. It was established by dint of immense contribution and sacrifice by a small team of dedicated personnel during the nascent period of the institute. We should extol and evoke the glorious sacrifices made by the committed workers in the past. The state and nation expect much more from you (students) on which you should ponder and act accordingly”.
In his welcome address, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, one should never forget one’s past. Even if it is a small help, it should not be forgotten. Pain, adversities, and struggle we faced and help and support by our friends in the past carry priceless relevance and significance, he stated.
Bhimabhoi, Madhusudan, Gopabandhu and Biju Patnaik Research Chairs establishes at KISS
Date: August 14, 2019
The four Research Chairs namely Santha Kabi Bhimabhoi, Utkal Gaurav Madhusudan, Utkalmani Pt. Gopabandhu and Biju Patnaik have come into effect at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). Four veteran educationists have been appointed as the Head-Professors of these Research Chairs.
While Prof. Nihar Ranjan Patnaik, Pro-Chancellor, KISS has been appointed as the Head of the all Research Chairs and Biju Patnaik Research Chair Professor, Dr. Jugal Kishore Mishra appointed as the Head of the Madhusudan Das Research Chair, Dr. H. Das as the Head of the Bhimabhoi Research Chair and Dr. Basanta Kumar Panda as Head of the Gopabandhu Das Research Chair.
Founder of KIIT & KISS Dr. Achyuta Samanta felicitated them on August 13, 2019. The basic objective of the Chairs is to undertake an extensive study of available materials and research for analyzing the socio-economic relevance of their ideology and work in the present context and drawing inspiration for the future course of development of Odisha. In addition to the socio-economic-political aspects, specific emphasis will be laid on the empowerment of the Scheduled Tribe (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC) and other marginalized segments of the society for making the development process inclusive and sustainable.
The main activities of the Research Chair will be to –
- conduct in-depth study and original research,
- organize extension lecture programs,
- hold national and international seminars,
- organize photo exhibition,
- collect book materials and photographs,
- prepare a bibliography and
- to facilitate the study of research methodology both in M.Phil and Ph.D. levels.
In the event, R.N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS and Prof. Harekrushna Satapathy, VC, KISS Deemed to be University were present among others.
KIIT University receives Institute of Eminence Tag
Date: August 3, 2019
The Ministry of Human Resource Development Govt. of India has granted ‘Institute of Eminence’ (IoE) Tag to KIIT University. Five top public universities including Delhi University, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, University of Hyderabad and the Benaras Hindu University have got the IoE Tag, while Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT Deemed to be University) is among seven prominent private universities to get IoE Tag. KIIT Deemed to be University is the only Institute in Odisha to get such prestigious Tag. The UGC has recommended all these institutes for IoE Tag this year. Earlier three institutes got this prestigious Tag.
KIIT is just 22 years old as an institution for professional education (started in 1997) and 15 years old as a University. But, despite being a very young university, it has secured an impressive position in various University Rankings. For this Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS has given the credit to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank, Minister, HRD and Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha. It is a matter of pride for Odisha to get such prestigious Tag as the only Institute of the state.
KIIT Management School organises 10th National HR Conclave
Date: August 3, 2019
KIIT School of Management organized its 10th National HR Conclave on August 3, 2019, at its campus. The theme of the event was “Critical Competencies for the Future: Is Change the only Constant?" Inaugurating the conclave, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, HR is very vital for any organization, industry. KIIT & KISS can be considered as shining examples of organisations, which have achieved excellence in managing human resources. The rise of KIIT to be amongst the top 20 Institutions of Eminence in India is a testimony to this. He said in today’s knowledge-driven world, practical experience matters more than bookish knowledge, he added. Giving the context of the conclave Dr. Sanjay Muthal, CEO, Kontempore Leadership Solutions and Services said engagement quotient of employer and employee, increase in global competition and quality competitiveness of people.
Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty, VC, KIIT Deemed to be University said, in a real-life experience, you can turn to human resources. As the world is changing a lot, so the employees usually loiter between the rural world and the cyber world. Prof. Anil Bajpai, Director, KSOM outlined the genesis of HR Conclave and other activities carried out by SOM at this University for engaging with the Industry. He said that SOM had involved lots of industry stalwarts to share their view, vision, and wisdom, and that brings an opportunity for the students to build their career.
The panel discussion on the topic ‘Critical Competencies for the Future: Is Change the only Constant?’, comprised of Anil Bhasin, President, Havells India Ltd.; Lopamudra Banerjee, Head, Human Resource, Carrier Midea India Private Limited & Deputy Director SE Asia, Midea; Nadeem Kazim, CHRO, TIL “Tractors India limited" and Shailen Merchant, Vice President & Head HR, Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Co. Ltd and Anirudddha Khekale, Group Director, HR, Emerson Automation Solutions. The panel felt that in today’s competitive scenario, agility, adaptability, and empathy are critical for future managers. Gaining cross-functional exposure is essential. People will become a crucial competency in the future.
The second panel discussion on the theme “Gearing Organizations for Change: Issues, Challenges and the Path Ahead.” comprised of Reetu Raina, Head of HR, Network Software and Group Head for Talent and Culture at Sterlite Tech; Chander Thapar, CHRO, Hiranandani Group of Companies; Ganesh Subramanian, Vice President, Human Resources, Ola & Amit Das, Director, HR & CHRO, Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. (Times of India Group) had an excellent debate. The panel concurred that the challenges before organizations today are the rapid pace of change and the increasing demand from stakeholders. In this scenario, the speed of response and building adaptability is the key to dealing with change. The path ahead for organizations is to develop employees by getting them to acquire new skills to compete, excel, and grow.
KISS and KIIT to host World Congress of Anthropology 2023
The Prestigious Meet Comes to India after a Gap of 45 Years
Date:July 23, 2019
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), which is the first-ever tribal university of the world, will have the privilege to host the 19th International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) World Congress-2023, informed Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.
IUAES World Congress is held every five years in different parts of the world. India will be hosting this prestigious meet after a long gap of 45 years, which is a matter of pride for the country in general and Odisha in particular. The event is scheduled from January 15 – 19, 2023. The mega event will be attended by more than 10000 delegates, added Dr. Samanta.
The IUAES World Congress is the largest gathering of academicians and researchers in the fields of Anthropology and Ethnology in the world. In this global meet of the scholars engaged in the scientific study of humankind, KISS and Odisha would be projected in all its beauty and charm, Prof. Samanta stated, elaborating that it would bring Odisha a lot of visibility and the entire state would be a perfect center for Tourism. Several mega-events have come to the state because of constant efforts of KIIT & KISS, he added.
The host organization for the IUAES World Congress is selected through a competitive bidding process. KISS had applied in 2014 also, but on that occasion lost the bid to Brazil. India, represented by KISS, won the bid against Croatia by a considerable margin to host the next World Congress of Anthropology 2023 in collaboration with Utkal University and the Sambalpur University of Odisha and Indian Anthropological Association, Delhi. The voting was held during the congress held in Brazil from July 16 – 20, 2018. More than 5000 delegates had attended the congress.
As KISS is the home for 50,000 indigenous children, it has recognized as the world's largest anthropological laboratory, and work of Dr. Achyuta Samanta was lauded. Prof. Soumendra Mohan Patnaik, VC, Utkal University; Prof. Deepak Kumar Behera, VC, Sambalpur University and KISS team presented the plan before the General Assembly to host this mega event in Bhubaneswar, India. KIIT & KISS have been doing exceedingly well in attracting the world attention to these institutions; thus, increasing the prestige of the state.
India hosted the IUAES World Congress only once, way back in 1978, under the leadership of Late Prof. L. P. Vidyarthi in Delhi on the auspices of Indian Anthropological Association, Delhi. Besides the significant Congress, there will be some Pre-Congress and Post-Congress meets in different parts of India. Department of Anthropology, KISS, Department of Anthropology, Sambalpur University, Department of Anthropology, Utkal University and Indian Anthropological Association, Delhi are the partners of the IUAES World Congress 2023.
KIIT Names Athletic Track After Dutee Chand
Date:July 17, 2019
India’s fastest sprinter and student of KIIT Deemed to be University, Dutee Chand was felicitated by Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on July 16, 2019. Felicitating Dutee, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, she has become the pride of the nation, as she brought laurels to India by winning a gold medal in the 100-meter race at 30th Summer Universiade 2019 in Napoli, Italy. She is the first-ever Indian woman to bag a gold medal in the 100-meter race in a World Athletic meet. She clocked 11.32 seconds to achieve this landmark.
During the ceremony, Dr. Samanta declared that an athletics track in KIIT & KISS would be named after her. ‘Dutee Chand Athletic Track’ will be inaugurated soon. Dutee will also lead KIIT Athletic Academy, which will be established in the future. These will be the best gift from KIIT & KISS to Dutee, he said.
Speaking on occasion, Dutee thanked Dr. Samanta and KIIT & KISS and said, KIIT and Dr. Samanta have proved lucky for me. “What I am today, it is only due to the support of KIIT and Dr. Samanta. I am confident that I will bring more laurels to the country as well as Odisha, KIIT & KISS in coming days”, she said.
Dr. Gaganendu Dash, Director, Sports, KIIT Deemed to be University expressed his experience in Napoli. N. Ramesh, Coach of Dutee Chand, Prof. H. K. Mohanty, VC, KIIT Deemed to be University and Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar were also present at the occasion to wish and felicitate Dutee. Earlier, she was given a rousing welcome at Biju Patnaik International airport, Bhubaneswar.
KISS participates in Commonwealth Games 2019
Date: July 11, 2019
Nitya Majhi has been selected in Indian Team in 46 kg Pre-Cadet Boys for the upcoming Commonwealth Judo Championship going to held from September 22 to 30, 2019 in Birmingham, UK. Nitya, a class 10 student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), was selected in the ongoing trials of Judo Federation of India. The event took place at National Bal Bhawan, Kotla, New Delhi from July 7, 2019. He made it to the Indian team by defeating judokas from Haryana, Maharashtra, and Delhi.
He joined KISS in 2010 in standard-1 and was regularly trained in Judo since 2013 by his coach Kandan Murmu. This year, England is hosting the Commonwealth Judo Championship, where 1,000 athletes are expected to compete in various categories such as pre-cadet, cadet, junior, senior, veteran and visually impaired judoka. Nitya hails from a very poor tribal family of Murudimaha village in Tumudibandha Block of Kandhamal district. His father Abraham Majhi and mother Pusali manage their family by farming.
Nitya has won Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in State level Judo Competitions and also participated in National level competitions. Expressing happiness over the success of Nitya, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said proper care and training result in success, which has been proved by our students. He congratulated Nitya and wished him success.
IBDP Students Excel in KIIT International School
Date: July 8, 2019
The students of KiiT International School has once again excelled in IBDP examination with the highest score of 40 points awarded to Sweta Moda. The brilliant performance of the students with several others scoring the coveted 7 points (highest score possible in a subject) in individual subjects and the also highest grade of A in the core underlines the excellence in the implementation of IBDP diploma program by all the stakeholders – students, teachers, and parents. Sidhant Suar and Sweta Moda with a perfect grade of A in the Extended Essay justified the core of the diploma program.
The students will join the top universities of the world with this performance to back them. Their scores will ensure that they pursue higher studies in London School of Economics, University College London, University of Toronto, Warwick University, Kings College London, Australian National University, Kansas University and RMIT University in Australia among others. Consistent hard work, exceptional academic integrity and unstinted support from the teachers with the cooperation and faith of the parents helped to ensure excellence in the best global curriculum. As the only school in the state providing a global curriculum, it is indeed reassuring for future IB students and parents, and the institution stands apart as a truly global learning platform.
Expressing his happiness over the success, Dr. Achyuta Samnata, Founder, KIIT & KISS congratulated IBDP students and the entire team. It is a combined effort of the entire team including Coordinator Nandita Mishra, Academic Director, Pradip Dash, Chairperson Dr. Monalisa Bal, and Principal Dr. Sanjay Suar, he added.