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.
Shaking off Covid-19 Gloom, KIIT on Track to Achieve Record Placement for 2020-21 Graduating Batch
Date: January 13, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic brought life to a standstill in the country and the entire globe. Even as the student community is among the worst-hit - academic activities are yet to resume in schools and colleges – KIIT Deemed to be University was the first institution to adapt to the "new normal". It is the first university in the country to start online classes for its 30,000 students in 50 countries right from the beginning of the lockdown. Online teaching-learning, which is continuing successfully and effectively, has helped the university to maintain its academic schedule perfectly. KIIT has smoothly conducted all academic processes like examinations, convocation, seminars, workshops, etc. on virtual mode due to its good technology and high internet bandwidth.
KIIT was founded in 1992 as a modest vocational training centre by eminent educationist and social activist Prof. Achyuta Samanta. However, it was opened as a centre of higher learning in 1997, which is considered as the base year. The first batch of degree engineering students passed out in 2001. KIIT is known for its very successful track record in campus placement since its inception. Maintaining the trend, it achieved excellent campus placement for the 2019-20 graduating batch.
Despite the prevailing pandemic situation, the university is on track to achieve record campus placement for its 2020 – 21 passing out batch also. The process, which commenced online from July 1, has already resulted in the placement of about 80% eligible students of the Schools of Technology (SOT) of KIIT Deemed to be University.
Shaking off Covid-19 gloom, as many as 90 companies have visited online for campus placement for the 2021 passing out batch generating 3500 job offers. Over 2500 SOT students have already been placed in different national and multinational companies. As many as 1000 students have multiple offers in their hands. Students have bagged jobs offers with high pay packages of Rs. 30 lakh, Rs. 24 lakh and Rs. 19 lakh, while the average salary is Rs. 6 lakh. Going by the commitments from companies, KIIT is set to achieve placement of 700 more students by April 2021.Even though the campus placements are being conducted online, KIIT has bettered its record compared to the last academic session. Campus placement in KIT School of Management and KIIT School of Law has just started and it is hoped that these two Schools will also achieve cent percent success like every year.
Parents and students are very happy over the placement achievement in KIIT. After the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, parents and guardians of students had become disheartened about the future of their children, particularly in terms of campus placement. The job market scenario was looking very bleak with the entire corporate world resorting to reduced staffing and even mass retrenchment due to the prolonged lockdown. However, against all odds, KIIT has been ensuring very good campus placement for its 2020-21 graduating batch. It has been possible due to the leadership of its founder Prof. Achyuta Samanta, who has ensured a strong branding of KIIT in the corporate world and an exceptionally proactive Training & Placement Cell.
KIIT has academic tie-up with 195 international universities providing an excellent opportunity for students to pursue higher education abroad. KIIT facilitates the academic placement of about 500 students every year in reputed national and international institutions for higher studies. Renowned academicians, industry leaders and prominent personalities from all walks of life visit KIIT and students gain immense exposure by interacting with them. Under the innovative platform Nobel Lecture Series, 22 Nobel Laureates have delivered lectures at KIIT on subjects ranging from medicine, chemistry, physics, biotechnology to economics.
Research accomplishments of the faculty and students demonstrate the positive impact of KIIT's focus on quality academics, research and innovation. Currently, nearly 100 research and consultancy projects are funded by various national and international funding agencies. Faculty members and research scholars of the University have published about 12,000 papers in various national and international journals of repute. Over 4500 research papers have been indexed in international databases like Scopus with a high citation index.
Besides a truly world-class infrastructure, KIIT's focus on quality academics and research are reflected in its accreditation in high grades by various national and international accreditation bodies. It has been recognized as an 'Institution of Eminence' by the Govt. of India. It is accredited by NAAC in 'A' Grade and by NBA in Tier 1 (Washington Accord) for engineering streams. Its B.Tech programmes have also got the coveted Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK accreditation.
KIIT has been ranked 1st among self-financing institutions of India in the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2020, an annual ranking by the Govt. of India. It is the winner of 'Awards Asia 2020' in the category 'Workplace of the Year' by the Times Higher Education (THE). Among several accolades, it has been conferred with the 13th Quality Council of India - DL Shah Quality Silver Award and Viswakarma Award by the AICTE. KIIT also has impressive positions in national and global rankings like NIRF, Times Higher Education (THE), Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and many others.
KIIT has the highest contribution to promote sports and games in the country as a university. It has the most elaborate and comprehensive sports infrastructure located at an educational institution. KIIT has produced hundreds of talented sportspersons who have brought glory for India at various international level meets like Olympics, World University Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
QCI-DL Shah Quality Award to KIIT
Date: December 18, 2020
KIIT Deemed to be University has been conferred with the 13th Quality Council of India - DL Shah Quality Silver Award at the inaugural ceremony of the 3rd Virtual Quality Conclave recently. Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-Vice Chancellor, KIIT received the award, which was given for implementing SAP successfully. Besides KIIT, CMC Vellore, KG Hospital & Post Graduate Medical Institute, Coimbatore and Chitkara University, Punjab are other educational institutions to feature in this awards list across different categories.
Expressing pleasure over the achievement, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, KIIT has been giving importance on adopting digital innovation and best practices to improve processes, products and services. He thanked NBQP/QCI and D.L. Shah Trust for selecting KIIT for this prestigious award. KIIT is the first university in the country to implement SAP in all its schools and processes at a time in 2013. KIIT has been selected after going through five stages of selection procedure.
The assessment for the selection was made on the basis of various parameters including problem/solution clarity, Ingenuity and Innovation in approach, Data source and collection, Technical approach, Team working, Diagnosis of the problem, Benchmarking used in the project, Impact of the project: tangible benefits, intangible benefits or socio economic and environmental benefits. The assessment was done by a team of experts from NBQP/QCI and D.L. Shah Trust. Quality Council of India (QCI) is an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The QCI-DL Shah Quality Awards were launched in 2007. It has been given in various sectors including Govt. enterprises, Public Sector, manufacturing sector, IT, finance, infrastructure, healthcare, education, MSME, pharmaceutical, food sector, etc.
KIIT holds virtual convocation, 7135 students awarded degrees
Date: Novemeber 23, 2020
Total 7135 students of 2019 – 20 graduating batch of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar received their degrees at its 16th Annual Convocation, held in virtual mode. Students received degrees virtually from the Chief Guest Professor Muhammad Yunus, Founder, Grameen Bank & Nobel Peace Laureate, Bangladesh in the presence of His Holiness Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Spiritual Leader & Founder, Art of Living and other dignitaries. The University conferred Honoris Causa Degrees of D.Litt. upon His Holiness Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Shri S. K. Chaudhary, Chairman & MD, IRCON International Ltd. and Honoris Causa Degree of D.Sc. on Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General of Meteorology, India Meteorological Department, Govt. of India.
“You are entering a new phase of life. Education is a long and difficult journey but it makes you capable to transform the world”, Professor Muhammad Yunus told the graduating students in his convocation address.
Introducing Prof. Yunus, who was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his social innovation of microcredit, to the students, Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said that he has imagined and is relentlessly working for “A World of Three Zeroes” - zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions. He expressed his gratitude to His Holiness Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra and Shri S. K. Chaudhary for accepting Honoris Causa degrees from KIIT Deemed to be University.
“The pandemic has damaged the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across the world. With 50% of the world struggling to make a living, it has revealed weaknesses in our system. It is an opportunity to redesign a world, which will be more just, more equal and more resilient”, the Nobel Laureate stated. Our present system suffers from an extreme polarization of wealth with 99% of wealth concentrated in the hands of 1% population and global warming that is threatening our very existence. “With your learning and imagination, it is possible to redesign a new world”, he told the graduates, while urging them to explore entrepreneurship as an option.
In his address, the Chief Speaker His Holiness Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar stated, "The purpose of education is to build a strong personality that is equipped to convert new challenges into opportunities and broadmindedness and humility to continue learning forever". He underscored the importance of inner strength, perseverance, patience and creativity for achieving success in life. He was awarded Honoris Causa D.Litt. for “his great contributions to the field of spiritualism and world peace”. The award citation mentions, “The world is indebted to you for your humanitarian initiatives to end conflict in some of the most troubled regions of the world like Colombia, Kosovo, Iraq, Syria, and Cote d’Ivoire”.
KIIT conferred Honoris Causa D.Sc. degree on Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra for “his stupendous contributions to the field of cyclone early warning system and passion to save lives with science”. Popularly called the “Cyclone Man of India”, Dr. Mohapatra has helped save tens of thousands of lives by his accurate predictions during numerous powerful cyclones like Phailin (2013), Hudhud (2014), Titli (2018), Fani (2019) and Amphan (2020). “The award is a recognition for the contribution of science for the society and will encourage students and practitioners of science”, said Dr. Mohapatra in his acceptance speech.
In his acceptance speech, Shri S. K. Chaudhary said, “KIIT and its sister institution Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) have made tremendous contributions in the field of education in the last two decades. I congratulate the Founder of KIIT & KISS for doing such a great service to the society”. He was conferred Honoris Causa D.Litt. “for his outstanding leadership and great contributions to the infrastructure sector”. Under his leadership, IRCON International Ltd. has taken great leaps and has become a leading engineering and construction organization with significant international footprints.
Prof. Ved Prakash, Chancellor, KIIT Deemed to be University, Padma Shri Prof. (Dr.) Subrata Kumar Acharya, Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Hrushikesha Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro Vice Chancellor and Prof. J. R. Mohanty, Registrar also spoke at the convocation ceremony and expressed their best wishes to the graduate students.
Prakhar Priyesh (B.Tech.), Srishti Raj (M.Tech.) and Roshan Ojha (B.Tech.) won Founder's Gold Medals for their outstanding all round and academic performances. Similarly, 23 students were awarded Chancellor's Gold Medal, while 28 students got Vice Chancellor's Silver Medal. P.K. Bal Memorial Gold Medal, PPL Gold Medal, Nanibala Memorial Gold Medal and Shri Krushna Chandra Panda Memorial Gold Medal were also given away on the occasion. Ninety-five research scholars were awarded Ph.D. degrees.
KIIT Wins ‘The Awards Asia’ 2020
Date: November 18, 2020
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Deemed to be University has won the THE Awards Asia 2020 declared by the Times Higher Education (THE). KIIT, which has been declared winner in the category ‘Workplace of the Year’, is the only institute in India to get such prestigious recognition. It got this recognition “for its unstinting commitment to its staff and students, in particular to its early career faculty".
KIIT is well known for its decentralized governance, in which prominent staff are provided with ample autonomy and power to deliver their assignments. It is the only self-financing university which is above family domination. All senior functionaries are renowned academicians and they are chosen through a transparent process with merit as the only criteria.
Staff and faculty members gave all the credits to its Founder, Dr. Achyuta Samanta for the achievement. Dr. Samanta has given much importance on working comfortably with freedom both in financial and administrative aspects. He has created an ambience and work culture where faculty and staff could work with free hand to deliver their assignments. As a result, KIIT has been a student-friendly, parent-friendly, people friendly and environmentally friendly campus since its inception.The judging panel, joined by guest experts, evaluated hundreds of institutions that have launched initiatives to support students, teachers, researchers and local communities before declaring KIIT the winner.
Achyuta Samanta Elected as President of Volleyball Federation of India
Date: November 18, 2020
Prof. Achyuta Samanta, MP Kandhamal & Founder, KIIT & KISS has been elected unopposed as the President of Volleyball Federation of India (VFI). He is the first person from Odisha to be elected for this highest and prestigious post of the Volleyball Federation of India. With this, Prof. Samanta has become entitled to be the member of the Olympics Association of India. It is not only a great honour for the Odisha Volleyball Association, but also a matter of pride for Odisha. The Odisha Volleyball Association congratulated Prof. Samanta for the achievement and expressed good wishes for future endeavours. Shri Raj Kumar of Punjab has been elected as Executive Vice President, while nine others were elected as Vice President of VFI. Shri Anil Choudhury of Rajasthan has been elected unopposed as Secretary General of VFI. The term of the newly-elected body is from 2020 to 2024. Prof. Samanta thanked the VFI for electing him as the President. “He will try his best to take the federation to a new height”, he said.
COVID-19 Pandemic: KIIT & KISS Reach the Unreached
Date: October 06, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted and devastated the normal life and livelihood of people all over the world. Odisha too has been hit hard by the pandemic. Many organizations and individuals have come forward to supplement the Government’s efforts to deal with the emergent situation. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar and its sister institution Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), under the leadership of its Founder Prof. Achyuta Samanta, have also taken a series of initiative right from the outbreak of the disease and have been at the forefront of Odisha's war against the coronavirus. In one of the most significant measures in Odisha's war against Covid-19, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), a constituent of KIIT Deemed to be University, set up four ultramodern dedicated Covid hospitals with the support of the Govt. of Odisha, located in Bhubaneswar and three tribal-dominated districts of Odisha. The hospitals have a combined bed capacity of 1200. KIMS Covid Hospital in Bhubaneswar, a 500-bedded state-of-the-art facility including 50 critical care beds, is India's first standalone Covid hospital. The quick turn around time in setting up the Covid Hospitals has saved thousands of lives.
In a mammoth community service response, KIIT & KISS reached out to various groups facing hardship due to the extended lockdown. The intervention included the distribution of food materials and other essentials to over 3 lakh pandemic-hit people, including the disadvantaged people living in various slums,stranded migrant labourers, who were also provided temporary shelter, and people living in containment zones. Community outreach activities of KIIT & KISS strived to reach the hardest-hit and commonly overlooked people – transgenders, sportspersons, physically challenged,sex workers, etc. They were provided with allowances to cope with the prolonged lockdown. Food materials and cash to meet other expenses for three months were given to priests and other workers of several spiritual centres in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri and nearby towns. The two institutions are providing groceries and cash for miscellaneous expenses to over 40 orphanages, old age homes and leprosy centres in Kandhamal district.
The student community is one of the worst affected groups in the Covid-19 pandemic.KISS is a home for 30,000 tribal students from interior districts of Odisha pursuing their studies from Standard-I to PG/Ph.D. level. Days before the outbreak of the pandemic, they were sent to their respective homes in various districts of Odisha. As the students are in their respective homes, KISS has been sending study materials, dress and generous amount of dry foods at the doorsteps every month since April. The monthly materials also contain sanitary napkins for the adolescent girl students. This will continue until reopening of KISS.
Prof. Samanta, who has always put the education of these tribal students above everything else, arranged for the textbooks, study materials and dried food items to be provided at the students;doorsteps at the start of the new academic year. Inspired by the Prime Minister’s call for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (Self-reliant India), KISS has revved up its vocational skill centre during the Covid-19 pandemic. The centre has been scaled up to become a medium-size industry and is now making 25 different types of vocational products. These products are marketed through well developed distribution channel, besides fulfilling the in-house requirements of KIIT & KISS.
The first six months of the ongoing pandemic has made many children orphans. Such children, particularly those belonging to the poorer sections, are suffering an untold tragedy. They are vulnerable to become victims of child abuse and human trafficking. KIIT & KISS have adopted and are taking care of about 100 such orphans and providing them monthly allowance ranging from Rs. 5000 to Rs. 10000, depending upon the family size. As and when the academic institutions reopen, they will be provided with free education and subsequently complete higher education in KIIT & KISS.Support to orphans and children of the Covid-deceased has been possible due to its Founder, Prof. Achyuta Samanta’s personal childhood experience of hunger and poverty that he had to suffer after he lost his father at the tender age of four. He has always been striving to ensure that no child is deprived of quality education because of untimely death of parents or poverty.
KISS Foundation Enables Meritorious Gupchup seller to study in KIIT-DU
Date: October 05, 2020
KISS Foundation has extended a helping hand to a poor meritorious Gupchup seller to enable him to pursue mechanical engineering course in the prestigious KIIT Deemed to be University. Thanks to KISS Foundation, Rahul Mahat, a meritorious student who opted to sell gupchup, will now pursue technical higher education in KIIT.
Rahul, who hails from Anandpur under Anandpur municipality of Kendujhar district, secured 87 percent marks in +2 exams this year. Though he dreamt of becoming a mechanical engineer, he couldn’t fulfil it because of poverty. His father, the sole bread earner of the family, died a few years back. Due to poverty, even after getting good grades in +2, he took to selling Gupchup in the market to manage his family.
On knowing about him from the media, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS Foundation and MP, Kandhamal contacted Rahul’s family through his representatives. Dr. Samanta immediately announced that KISS Foundation will take the responsibility of his education in KIIT Deemed to be University free of cost. Besides education, KISS Foundation will also facilitate his suitable employment, Dr. Samanta assured. Expressing happiness, the family members of Rahul conveyed their gratitude to the KISS Foundation and Dr. Samanta for this noble gesture. It is an endeavour of KISS Foundation to ensure that not even a single child is deprived of education due to any unfortunate circumstances, added Dr. Samanta.
Utkrisht Sansthan Vishwakarma Award to KIIT
Date: September 18, 2020
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Deemed to be University has been awarded with the Utkrisht Sansthan Vishwakarma Award-2020 for its excellent performance in specific domains leading to significant contribution towards national growth and development. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India has given this award to KIIT-DU for post COVID-19 redevelopment / rehabilitation plan. The award was presented in 13 different categories, while KIIT is the only one organization in India to get the award in the above category. AICTE had held a competition “AICTE-Vishwakarma Awards-2020” for the students and AICTE-approved institutes to encourage and motivate young students and institutions to raise their performance in their specific domains. AICTE recognized and honoured the innovative work of the KIIT-DU for its social work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards were declared in the presence of Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Hon’ble Union Minister of Education; Prof. Anil. D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE; Dr. M. P. Poonia, Vice-Chairman; Prof. Rajive Kumar, Member Secretary and other eminent educationists and dignitaries.
KSOM Ranked 2nd in Times BBA Education Ranking Survey 2020
Date: September 03, 2020
In yet another landmark, KIIT School of Management has been ranked 2nd in the Times BBA Education Ranking Survey 2020. The Times Survey report was published today. The Survey was conducted on the top BBA colleges offering full time BBA courses in India. The research had three major modules including Desk Research, Factual survey & Perceptual Rating survey. Post collection of data a methodical analysis was done to rate the various BBA colleges that participated in the study and rank them accordingly. The survey was executed during the 1st week of July to 3rd week of August 2020.
The ranking process in the current year, imbibed a holistic research module involving an objective study and a perceptual study. While the objective study is done to capture a true reflection of what exists, the perceptual study on the other hand is deemed important to comprehend how the different actors and the stakeholders perceive the institutes. Thus, these two modules in tandem help to make the ranking process more robust.
KSOM is one of the oldest private B-schools of the country with a glorious past. With 80% faculty from corporate and half of them from IIMs, IITs, XLRI, MDI and other top B Schools of the country, the teaching quality is world class. Many of its students have gone to head companies, start their own venture, or occupy senior management positions in various organizations. Congratulating the students, faculties and staff of KSOM over the success of KSOM, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, it is one of India’s most premier B-schools and have been consistently ranked as one of the best B-schools of Eastern India, year after year.
International Webinar on New Education Policy at KIIT
Date: August 31, 2020
Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank’, Minister of Education, Govt. of India inaugurated an International Webinar on National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, organized by KIIT Deemed to be University recently. The inaugural session of the three-day webinar was also graced by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE; Prof. D. P. Singh, Chairman, UGC; Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Dr. Pankaj Mittal, Secretary-General, AIU; Prof. Ved Prakash, Chancellor, KIIT DU; Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty, Vice Chancellor, KIIT-DU; Prof. T. V. Kattimani, Vice Chancellor, Central Tribal University; and Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-Vice Chancellor, KIIT-DU. This is the first of its kind meet on the NEP 2020, bringing 30000 students, Vice Chancellors, policymakers and intellectuals from 50 countries on a common platform. More than 100 research papers have also been received. The three day webinar concluded today.
Inaugurating the webinar, Dr. R. P. Nishank said, “The NEP 2020 is a student-centric policy and reflects dreams and aspirations of the people as it has been framed following wide-ranging consultations. Provisions for early childhood education, emphasis on mother-tongue based early childhood education; focus on skills, credit bank and multiple entry and exits are some of the important student-centric features of the policy".
Terming NEP 2020 as a “game changing policy”, Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe suggested a single data system for institutions for regulatory reporting and accreditations. Throwing light on vision of the new policy, Prof. D. P. Singh quoted the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, “NEP 2020 will transform students into global citizens while keeping them deeply rooted in India’s history and culture”. The policy will promote integrated inclusive research solutions to human problems, he stated, adding that focused and timely implementation of the policy are important. The New Education Policy will enable the country to reap the demographic dividend and achieve SDG 2030 goals, said Mr. Amitabh Kant.
“NEP 2020 provides a big push to vocational education, which is of paramount importance”, Prof. Ved Praksh said, adding that having qualified, competent and caring teachers in each and every class is the challenge before us. Outlining salient features of the NEP 2020, Dr. Pankaj Mittal termed it as democratic, student-centric and forward looking. Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty underscored the importance of integration of science and technology and social sciences as a panacea in the testing time of pandemic.
Prof. T. V. Kattimani, who was a part of the drafting committee of NEP 2020, spoke about the importance of mother tongue and skill education in the new policy. Prof. Sasmita Samanta outlined the objectives of the webinar and introduced the dignitaries to the international audience. Eminent litterateur Mr. Haraprasad Das also spoke on the occasion.
Mega Digital HR Conclave at KIIT
Date:August 29, 2020
Two-day Mega Digital HR Conclave has inaugurated in KIIT today on the theme 'The Future is Now – Rewiring the Workplace’. Inaugurating the conclave Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, this topic is very relevant in the current context. A lot of change has happened in the economy because of the pandemic. Rewiring the workplace will bring in positivity in the tough times. Citing examples of KIIT and KISS he said, these organizations rapidly adapted to the situation and integrated digital workspace and blended learning thereby becoming one of the first educational institutions to respond and overcome the pandemic situation.
This conclave was one of the biggest digital events to have been held in India and saw participation by 200 eminent corporate personalities from 17 countries spanning 5 continents. The conclave had an audience of more than 30000 from industry, academia and student community.
Among others Mr. Scott Friedman, Author of “Celebrate! Lessons Learned from World’s Most Admired Organizations”; Mr. Manoj Kohli, Country Head, SoftBank India, Dr. Hrushikesh Mohanty, VC, KIIT Deemed to be University; Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-VC, KIIT-DU; Dr. S. K. Mahapatra, Conclave Chairperson and Director, KIIT School of Management; Dr. Sanjay Muthal, CEO, Kontempore; Dr. Kumar Mohanty, Director, Corporate Relations, KIIT and Dr. Saranjit Singh, Director, Industry Engagement and Placements, KIIT were present on the occasion.
The inaugural was followed by 16 panel discussions digitally happening across 9 different schools of KIIT. Some of the themes under discussion were ‘The Altered Workplace-Opportunities and Challenges’, ‘Reinventing the Rural Workplace’ and ‘HR 4.0: Is the workplace ready for New Age Technology like Block chain?’ The panellists were eminent speakers from various national and international corporations. A total of 100 workshops are also being organised on day 2 of the conclave. This digital conclave has been able to create a digital platform to connect industry, academia and student community.
ARIIA 2020: KIIT Bags Top Spot Among Self-financing Institutions in the Country
Date: August 18, 2020
In a landmark achievement, KIIT Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar has been ranked No. 1 among self-financing institutions of the country in the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA), 2020 of the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India. SRM Institute, Chennai and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore have bagged the 2nd and 3rd ranks respectively.
The ranking report for 2020 was announced by Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President of India in the presence of Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Hon’ble Minister of Education, Govt. of India; Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Hon’ble Minister of State for Education; Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Hon’ble Chairman, AICTE; Shri Amit Khare, Secretary, Higher Education and other dignitaries at an august ceremony in New Delhi. ARIIA is an initiative of Ministry of Education (earlier Human Resource Development), Govt. of India to systematically rank all major higher educational institutions and universities in India on indicators related to “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development” amongst students and faculties.
KIIT, which was ranked 2nd in the 2019 ARIIA Rankings, improved its rank this year to bag the top spot. KIIT Deemed to be University, recognized as an ‘Institution of Eminence’ by the Govt. of India, has achieved the top place in this prestigious rankings due to its innovation and entrepreneurship centers, advanced laboratories, centers of excellence, collaborations with industries and international institutions. Known for its student-friendly culture, it lays high emphasis on involving students in research, development and innovation activities.
“I congratulate KIIT on this achievement. We have moved to the first position this year from second place last year. It is the story of our growth in the realm of research and innovation. I thank Hon'ble Minister of HRD, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank ji for recognising our efforts”, said Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT-DU and Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha.
Free Education in KIIT-DU for Children of Covid Deceased in Odisha
Date: July 27, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has infected millions and caused much panic across the globe, including India and Odisha. The number of new coronavirus infections is increasing by day in Odisha. Many have also lost their lives. KIIT has always reached out to the distressed people at the time of natural calamities in the state. It has become the pride of Odisha as it has always stood by the people of the state at the time of their need.
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted and devastated normal life and livelihoods of the people of Odisha. Now KIIT Deemed to be University has extended a helping hand to the families of the Covid deceased. Acting on a proposal by the Founder of KIIT & KISS, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, KIIT-DU has decided to provide technical and professional education absolutely free of cost to the children of the Covid deceased.
Sons and daughters of the Covid deceased, who are interested, can apply to different Technical and Professional courses of KIIT-DU, including ITI and Diploma, as per their eligibility for admission. This facility will be available for two academic years, 2020-21 and 2021-22 only, informed KIIT authorities. Preference will be given to the children of Covid deceased from BPL, SC, ST and SCBC categories. The move will provide relief to the people of Odisha who have been made helpless by the pandemic.
KIIT is the only university in India and abroad to extend such humanitarian gesture to the families of the Covid deceased.
KIIT Intl. School Students Excel in CBSE 10th Board Exam
Date: July 16, 2020
Students of KiiT International School (KiiT-IS), Bhubaneswar posted excellent results in the Class X examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), results of which were declared recently. The highest mark scored by Subhomita Chakraborty is 98% with 35% of students having scored above 90%. All students have secured first division in the Examination. KiiT-IS offers CBSE, IGCSE and IB DP curriculum has always excelled in academics and all co curricular activities since the past 14 years of its inception. Congratulating all students for their success Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, it is possible only because of proper care and modern teaching methodology. He thanked Chairperson Dr. Monalisa Bal, Principal Dr. Sanjay Suar and other staff for their effort towards this success.
KIIT, KISS & KIMS Salute Corona Warriors by Singing ‘Bande Utkala Janani’
Date: June 01, 2020
Staff of KIIT, KISS and KIMS sang “Bande Utkala Janani” honours and motivate Corona Warriors at KIMS Campus. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on Thursday had urged people of the State to show solidarity with COVID Warriors by singing ‘Bande Utkala Janani’, . Showing solidarity with the frontline COVID Warriors including doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and others, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT, KISS and KIMS said, it is the duty of all Odia people to honour them. He thanked all the doctors and other staff of KIMS who are treating Covid patients, putting duty above their families. He also thanked staff of KIIT, KISS and KIMS who are dedicatedly preparing and distributing food and other essential commodities to the needy people, including police personnel on duty till date.
KISS Provides Food Items and Study Materials to its 30000 Students
Date: May 28, 2020
Days before the nationwide lockdown, around 30000 students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar were sent back to their homes in their respective villages. As a result, the students had not got their textbooks for this academic year. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, who has always put the education of these tribal students above everything else, arranged for the study materials and dried food items to be provided at the students' doorsteps.
On behalf of KISS, Flattened Rice, Sugar, Dal, Biscuit, Soap, Textbooks and allied study materials have been provided to students of all classes of KISS. As per the instruction of Dr. Samanta, the staff and teachers of KISS have been working on this plan since the last 15 days. Today, these materials were sent to all the KISS students in different districts of Odisha by 25 buses in the presence of Dr. Samanta, Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS and Dr. P. K. Routary, CEO, KISS.
The materials will be handed over to the guardians of the students at specific places. Showering profuse praise on KISS and its Founder Dr. Samanta, the guardians remarked that Dr. Samanta not only has thought of imparting education to our children, but has taken such a magnanimous initiative in sending study materials and food items to us. They expressed their gratitude to the institute and Dr. Samanta.In fact, during the lockdown period, KISS Management has been continuing its best possible measures to provide teaching to all KISS students by means of Digital Technology like Online and Smart-phones.
Aerial Salute to 'Corona Warriors': Air Force showers flower petals on KIMS
Date: May 04, 2020
Indian Air Force showered flower petals on Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Covid Hospital, Bhubaneswar in a flypast from its Helicopters today as a mark of gratitude from the Nation to the medical professionals fighting Covid-19. The IAF took this unique initiative to boost the morale of the Covid Warriors, who have dedicated themselves to save lives of the patients affected by novel coronavirus. The KIMS Authority has expressed pleasure for the show of solidarity by the IAF.
“We express our heartfelt gratitude to the Government of India for motivating and lifting the spirits of the Covid Warriors at KIMS. Because of this, the willpower of all the Doctors, Nurses, and Paramedical Staff along with all others Covid Warriors will be strengthened by and large and they would continue their fight against the novel coronavirus with renewed zeal”, stated Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT, KISS & KIMS. He also thanked Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik for his support to open a special Covid Hospital at KIMS. As a result, it has been possible for us to witness such a remarkable and memorable moment today, added Dr. Samanta.
"We have come forward to such an extent in this war against Covid because of Dr. Samanta’s consistent endeavor to augment our moral strength", said all the doctors present there. Among the dignitaries, Dr. Subrat Acharya, Pro-Chancellor, KIIT Deemed to be University; Dr. Bishnu Prasad Panigrahi, CEO, KIMS; Maj. Gen. Dr. P.K. Patnaik, Principal, KIMS and Dr. Ambika Prasad Mohanty, MS were present to witness the aerial Salute along with many staff members of KIMS, KIIT & KISS.
Milk Tooth Removed from Airway in a 7-year Child at KIMS
Date: May 01, 2020
Kalinga Institute of Medical sciences (KIMS), Bhubaneswar performed successful removal of a foreign body from the airway of a 7-year old child. It was blocking almost half of the lungs for which the child was feeling breathing difficulty. The procedure was smoothly completed despite an extremely challenging situation due to COVID-19 pandemic. In the ENT Department of KIMS, majority of the operative procedures require oral or nasal intervention which is considered to be a harbouring area of COVID 19 virus. As such there is a high possibility of aerosol transmission to health care workers.
The child, hailing from Soro, Balasore, presented with shortness of breath and cough after waking up from sleep. Earlier, the patient had visited various nearby institutions but a definitive diagnosis and treatment could not be given. In KIMS, Dr. Khageswar Rout, senior ENT surgeon examined the history and reports of the patient and found that there was a recent loss of milk tooth which was missed. He ordered a computed tomography of the airway which revealed a tooth obstructing the right bronchus. After discussion with the patient attenders, further treatment plan was taken up for emergency rigid bronchoscope with optical forceps. Under all aseptic measures, including personal protection equipment (PPE KIT) for all operation theatre staffs, a rigid bronchoscopy was performed with spontaneous ventilation. Since the visible part was smooth and slippery, the removal of the milk tooth was difficult and challenging for the senior surgeon and his team.
This life saving procedure was made possible by the team work of KIMS doctors from the Departments of ENT and Anesthesia. The leading surgeon was Dr. Khageswar Rout, who was assisted by Dr. Gifty Zacharias, Dr. Rachit and nursing staff. Excellent anaesthetic care was provided by the team consisting of Dr. Jagdish C. Mishra, senior anaesthetist, Dr. Amit Pradhan, Dr. Amrita and Dr. Aparna Jayaraj. Thanking the doctors and health care personnel of KIMS, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS thanked the team and said, the treatment shows the commitment and social responsibility of KIMS amid COVID 19 pandemic. He wished the child a speedy recovery.
COVID-19 Hospitals become operational in Balangir, Phulbani & Mayurbhanj
Date: April 18, 2020
COVID-19 hospitals are coming up throughout Odisha after the initiative of Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik in this regard. Two COVID-19 hospitals, managed by KIMS, Bhubaneswar and financed by Govt of Odisha, have become operational in Balangir and Kandhamal districts from April 14, 2020, and one in Mayurbhanj district from April 15, 2020. This has become possible due to the support of the Chief Minister and the State Government.
The COVID-19 Hospital in Kandhamal has 150 isolation beds, while in Mayurbhanj and Balangir the Hospitals have 200 isolation beds each. Both Balangir and Mayurbhanj COVID-19 Hospitals are functioning from the mega campuses of KISS inaugurated recently in these two districts. Earlier, two ultramodern dispensaries were built inside these two campuses of KISS.The processing for 10-bedded ICU in Phulbani COVID Hospital is in progress, while work on 20-bedded ICU in Balangir and Mayurbhanj each will be completed within a week. KIMS, Bhubaneswar has taken the responsibility of operation of these hospitals with the support of respective district administrations.
About 60 employees, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, biomedical engineers, electrical engineers and house-keeping staff, of KIMS have joined these hospitals. Three teams have been formed of doctors and medical workers in each district with support of the concerned district administrations. The teams will work there and manage the hospitals. These Covid hospitals will be managed under the direct supervision of Dr. Subrat Acharya, Pro-Chancellor of KIIT Deemed to be University and guidance of Dr. Bishnu Prasad Panigrahi, CEO, KIMS, while Dillip Kumar Panda, Registrar, KIMS has been appointed as nodal officer for these hospitals.
All modern facilities are available in these hospitals in addition to Hi-end ambulance, two innova cars and 24x7 power backup facilities. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS thanked Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik and Govt of Odisha for giving the opportunity to KIMS to open these three Covid-19 hospitals in three tribal dominated districts of Odisha. Dr. Samanta also encouraged the doctors and other medical staff of KIMS who have joined these Covid hospitals and wished them success to fight the pandemic.
500-Bedded Odisha COVID-19 Hospital Becomes Operational in KIMS
Date:April 03, 2020
A 500-Bedded Odisha COVID-19 Hospital, managed and run by Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Bhubaneswar, has become operational recently. Govt. of Odisha is financing equipment and operational costs through the CSR policy of OMC. Odisha COVID-19 Hospital has been set up under a tripartite agreement among Govt. of Odisha, KIMS, and OMC. Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha declared the hospital operational in the presence of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; Dr. Subrat Acharya, Pro-Chancellor, KIIT Deemed to University and Dr. Bishnu Prasad Panigrahi, CEO, KIMS.
The Odisha COVID Hospital has a 500-bed infrastructure, including 50 critical care beds. It is well-equipped with the latest instruments and other facilities. The Odisha COVID Hospital is functioning from a dedicated block of KIMS having a dedicated and exclusive team of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and housekeeping staff. COVID suspects as well COVID patients will have a separate entrance and exit to the KIMS campus and not intermingle with non-COVID patients. The Hospital has no linkage with other departments of KIMS and is led by Dr. Bishnu Prasad Panigrahi under the guidance of Dr. Subrat Acharya. “The Hospital adheres to the standard best practices and follows WHO and ICMR guidelines. It will be functional round the clock”, informed Dr. A. Samanta.
KIMS Inks MoU with Govt of Odisha to Set up COVID-19 Special Hospital
Date: Mar 27, 2020
Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) has signed an MoU with the Govt. of Odisha to set up a COVID-19 Special Hospital to combat the spread of novel Coronavirus in the state on Thursday. The MoU was signed by Dr. Bishnu Panigrahi, CEO, KIMS on behalf of KIMS in the presence of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Dr. Subrat Acharya, Pro-Chancellor, KIIT Deemed to be University and other Government officials.
This is one-of-its-kind initiative by the Government and KIMS to ensure that the people of Odisha get state-of-the-art infrastructure and the services of best doctors to treat and tackle this pandemic. Dr. Samanta expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik for choosing KIMS as a partner for this noble endeavour, and giving it the opportunity to serve the people of Odisha in their time of need.
"The vision of Shri Patnaik in tackling COVID-19 has been proactive and ahead of any other Indian state, and this MoU takes that vision one step further. KIMS will definitely put in all possible effort to justify the Chief Minister's faith and fulfil his vision, and serve the people of the state in a better and bigger way", Dr. Samanta said.
"It is true that doctors of KIMS might have to take on additional load, but they are willing to give their all for the welfare of this wonderful state. I hope that this partnership will bear fruit and we can soon have a COVID-19 free Odisha”, he added.
Khelo India University Games: KIIT Campus turns into Mini-India
Date: February 25, 2020
The Khelo India University Games 2020 got off to a flying start at KIIT Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, India. The opening declaration was made by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi via video conference. The opening ceremony was graced by Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Kiren Rijiju, Hon’ble Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India, and other dignitaries.
The event is a moment of pride that it is being organized at KIIT Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It is the largest of its kind extravaganza of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and a dream project of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The Govt. of Odisha and Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik have extended their support and provided all necessary aid to make this event a huge success.
"Hosting such a coveted event, Odisha undoubtedly is going to script history in the Indian sports", stated Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). "The Prime Minister has been encouraging sports in a big way. As a result, university students are now showing interest in sports", he said, while expressing thankfulness to the Govt of India, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Govt of Odisha, Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik and particularly the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Hon'ble Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju. Shri Naveen Patnaik has been promoting sports in Odisha and has supported KIUG with happiness.
Remarkably, KIIT is the one and only University in India where adequate international standard sports infrastructure and facilities are available. For which, Govt of India decided to pick KIIT to host Khelo India University Games. It is pertinent to note that, Govt of India has been trying its best to elevate the stature of Khelo India at par with Commonwealth Games. Given this, KIIT has completed all sorts of preparations. More than 4000 athletes and 1000 officials from approximately 200 universities across the country are accommodated at KIIT. "KIIT has always been promoting sports and sportspersons, so we have left no stone unturned to host such a coveted Grand Sports Meet successfully. To shape our dream, the officials and staff of KIIT are working diligently day in and day out under our guidance. Apart from boarding at KIIT, we have made meticulous arrangements on how the players will be given a basketful of fresh fruits every morning”, he added.
Khelo India features 17 different events, out of which Kalinga Stadium and JNL Indoor Stadium are the venues of two events each. The inaugural event was held at JLN Indoor Stadium, Cuttack. KIIT has taken the beautification and renovation measures in its surrounding area and roads in view of this mega event. As many as 100 participants from KIIT Deemed to be University are taking part in different events of Khelo India.
KIIT to host the 1st Khelo India University Games 2020
Date: February 21, 2020
KIIT, Deemed to be University, is all set to host the first Khelo India University Games of 2020. It is a matter of immense pride and pleasure to organize such a mega event at KIIT-DU in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It is the largest-of-its-kind sports extravaganza of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt of India, and a dream project of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The Govt of Odisha and Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik has provided all kinds of support and cooperation to make the meet a huge success. "Hosting such a coveted event, Odisha undoubtedly is going to script history in the Indian sports", stated Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS at a press meet in Bhubaneswar.
"The Prime Minister has been encouraging sports in a big way. As a result, university students are now showing interest in sports", he said, while expressing thankfulness to the Govt of India, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik and particularly the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Hon'ble Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju. Shri Naveen Patnaik has been promoting sports in Odisha and has supported KIUG with happiness.Remarkably, KIIT is the one and only University in India where adequate international standard sports infrastructure and facilities are available. For which, Govt of India decided to pick KIIT to host Khelo India University Games.
During the KIUG, more than 4000 athletes and 1000 officials from approximately 200 universities across the country will be accommodated. "KIIT has always been promoting sports and sportspersons, so we have left no stone unturned to host such a coveted Grand Sports Meet successfully. To shape our dream, the officials and staff of KIIT have been working diligently day in and day out under our guidance. Apart from boarding at KIIT, we have made meticulous arrangements on how the players will be given a basketful of fresh fruits every morning", he added.
There will be 17 different events in Khleo India, out of which two events will be conducted at Kalinga Stadium. The other two events at JNL Indoor Stadium. The Inaugural event will be held at JNL Indoor Stadium, Cuttack. KIIT has taken the beautification and renovation measures in its surrounding area and roads because of the grand event.
As many as 100 participants from KIIT Deemed to be University are taking part in different events of Khleo India. Among others, Parminder Singh Ahluwalia, Coordinator, IAU for Khelo India; Somesh Upadhyay (IAS) from Sports & Youth Services, Govt of Odisha; Dr. Samita Samanta, the Pro-VC and joint Chief Executive Officer of KIUG; Dr. Gaganendu Dash, Member Advisory Council & Director Sports, KIIT Deemed to be University; Olympian and KIIT student Dutee Chand and Rutuparna Panda, Indian badminton player were present.
Naveen Patnaik Inaugurates Motilal Oswal-KISS Residential School
Date:February 19, 2020
The Balangir Unit of KISS Bhubaneswar, Motilal Oswal-KISS Residential School, witnessed the inauguration by Hon'ble Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patanik recently. Addressing the school Chief Minister said, "I am delighted to inaugurate the Motilal Oswal-KISS Residential School at Balangir. I hope this school will play a key role for the development of tribal children in a backward region like Balangir. For such an accomplishment, I congratulate the Founder of KIIT and KISS Dr. Achyuta Samanta and the Managing Director of Oswal Group Shri Motilal Oswal ''.
"Education provides strength to us to march ahead. It brings changes in society. The State Govt. has taken many steps in educating children belonging to scheduled caste and tribe. Besides, the Govt. has been prioritizing to provide value-based education to tribal children", he added.
Gracing the occasion as Guest of Honour, Hon’ble Minister of Women & Child Welfare and Mission Shakti, Govt. of Odisha Mrs. Tukuni Sahu said that the people of Balangir will be indebted to Dr. Achyuta Samanta for his contribution in establishing a modern Residential School for the tribal children of the district. This School will usher a new era in the domain of education for the tribal children of the district, she hoped.
Hon’ble Member of Parliament (L.S.) for Balangir Smt. Sangita Kumari Singh Deo said, the tribal people are the primitive inhabitants of Balangir district. For their wholesome development, both State and Central Govts have been taken many welfare measures. She expressed gratitude to Dr. Achyuta Samanta and Shri Motilal Oswal for setting up a Residential School for the tribal children of Balangir. Hon’ble MLA of Balangir, Shri Narsingh Mishra said, “We should extend our support to Dr. Achyuta Samanta for his consistent and noble endeavour to empower the tribal students through education. It is very difficult to find a selfless and dedicated social worker like Dr. Samanta in the world”.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Motilal Oswal said, “There is no greater gift to mankind than education. The society undergoes a sea change through education. Motilal Oswal-KISS Campus has amused me. We can establish such kinds of schools for tribal children if get the right support and cooperation”. Chairperson of Motial Oswal Foundation, Ms. Sunita Agarwal informed that the Foundation has been doing many exemplary works in the field of education. “Our work will fetch dividends when thousands of children will successfully complete their education from this school”, she added.
The founders of KIIT and KIIS Dr. Achyuta Samanta briefed about the Motilal Oswal-KISS Residential School. Motilal Oswal Financial Services Group Chairman, Mr. Ramadeo Agarwal, Mrs. Bimala Oswal and Collector of Balangir, Shri Arabinda Dakua were present as well. More than 20,000 people attended the inaugural ceremony.
71st Republic Day Celebrated in KIIT & KISS
The 71st Republic Day was celebrated by KIIT and KISS on 26th January. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS unfurled the National Flag; while K.P. Ramaswamy, Chairman, KPR Mills Ltd. graced the event as Chief Guest.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Ramaswamy urged the students to follow the noble ideals of the heroes of our freedom struggle. In his address, Dr. A. Samanta said, "when we fully eradicate poverty and illiteracy from society and make the downtrodden people live with honor; then we only can achieve the goal of comprehensive development. He further went on to add that "The students of KIIT and KISS are the pride of the Nation".
On this occasion, parade and diverse colors and patriotism based cultural shows were displayed by the students of KIIT group of institutes & KISS. Among the dignitaries, Kim Seung-Jae, Professor, Hanseo University, South Korea; Olympian Dutee Chand; Prof.(Dr.) Subrata Acharya, Pro-Chancellor, KIIT DU; Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty, VC, KIIT DU; Prof. Harekrishna Satapathy, VC, KISS DU; Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-VC, KIIT and Prof. J. R. Mohanty, Registrar, KIIT DU were present.
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.