Dr. Achyuta Samanta

Founder
KIIT - A Group of Professional Institutes & KIIT University.
KISS - A Home for 20,000 Tribal Children (KG to PG)

 
Iranian University Confers Honorary Ph.D. to Achyuta Samanta 12.09.2014
International Award for KIIT & KISS Founder 31.03.2014
Two Honorary D.Litt Awards for KIIT Founder from Foreign Universities 12.03.2014
Dr Samanta receives D.Litt from Daffodil International University, Dhaka 06.03.2014
NHRDN Felicitates KIIT & KISS Founder 17.08.2013
KISS Represents Asia in Live Discussion with UN Secretary-General 05.08.2013
Delhi Branch of KISS to Start Functioning from This Year 28.06.2013
Dr. Achyuta Samanta Becomes Member of NCTE 15.05.2013
‘The Times’ from London Lauds Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS VIEW ARTICLE 18.04.2013
Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS receives Highest Degree from CULS, Prague 11.03.2013
Reader's Digest Features Achyuta Samanta on Cover Page VIEW ARTICLE 30.01.2013
Utkalshree Award 2012 to KIIT & KISS Founder 15.01.2013
HUMAN CHAIN FOR HUMANITY By 20,000 TRIBAL STUDENTS OF KISS, Organised under the dynamic leadership of Achyuta Samanta, Founder KIIT & KISS 10.12.2012
Achyuta Samanta Made Hony Member of AITAA   09.11.2012
Bhagwan Mahaveer Award conferred on KISS Founder VIEW PHOTOS 10.10.2012
Honorary Doctorate for Dr. Samanta by National Formosa University, Taiwan VIEW PHOTOS 09.06.2012
Qimpro Platinum Standard 2011 Award for KIIT & KISS Founder 01.02.2012
Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, inducted as member of a high-level committee on higher education, constituted by the Planning Commission of India. 20.01.2012
Dr. Achyuta Samanta elected Executive Council (EC) Member for ISCA   08.01.2012
Dainik Bhaskar India Pride Award 2011 for Dr. Samanta VIEW PHOTOS 21.10.2011
Honorary Doctorate for KIIT & KISS Founder VIEW PHOTOS 18.10.2011
Global Family Celebrates Gandhi Jayanti at KISS
Statue of Mahatma Gandhi Unveiled
  02.10.2011
Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award (Social Bravery) for KIIT & KISS Founder VIEW PHOTOS 21.09.2011
“Rathayatra 2011” celebrated at Shrivani Khetra, KISS. VIEW PHOTOS 03.07.2011
Second Term for Dr. Achyuta Samanta in National Coir Board 17th June 2011
Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Samman for KIIT & KISS Founder 7th May 2011
Rajdhani Gaurav Samman 2011 Conferred on Dr. A. Samanta 14th April 2011
The Times of India ICON of Odisha-2011 conferred on Dr. Samanta 26th Feb 2011
Second Term for Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS in UGC 25th Feb 2011
Achyuta Samanta Nominated as Member of Asia Economic Forum 4th Jan 2011
Dr. Samanta Appointed Gandhi Global Family National Secretary. 23rd Sept 2010
Swami Vivekananda National Award for KIIT & KISS Founder 21st Sept 2010
Asia’s Best Social Entrepreneur Award Conferred on KIIT & KISS Founder 23rd July 2010
Korean University Confers Hon. Doctorate on KIIT Founder 5th July 2010
Gandhi Seva Medal Conferred on Dr. Samanta 19th June 2010
Samanta Made a Member of Central Forest Right Committee 11th April 2010
‘Young EDGE-2010’ Award for Dr. Samanta 5th March 2010
Dr. Samanta Short-listed for Prestigious National & International Awards 16th Sept 2009
KIIT Founder Nominated as Member of IAUP 12th Aug 2009
 

Iranian University Confers Honorary Ph.D. to Achyuta Samanta

Yet another recognition from abroad, Roshdiyeh Higher Education, a prominent university in Tabriz, Iran has conferred Honoris Causa on Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS in recognition to his work in the field of education and social sector. Impressed by the work done by Samanta, the highest committee of the university passed a resolution to honour him on its Annual Convocation held in Tabriz on 12th September, 2014. As it is a government university, all syndicate members and important officials of Iran Government were present on the occasion. The distinguished delegates expressed rich appreciations for the work done by KIIT & KISS in Odisha in a public meeting here in afternoon.

International Award for KIIT & KISS Founder

 Achyuta Samanta, Founder of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has been conferred on another international award ‘2013 World of Difference Awards’ by US-based The International Alliance for Women (TIAW). TIAW President, Lisa Kaiser Hickey presented the award to Dr. Samanta at a ceremony in Washington on March 27, 2014 for his work in the field of women's empowerment. The citation recognizes him as a "Champion of Women's Economic Empowerment". Three Indians, including Dr. Samanta, and four persons of Indian origin are among 100 recipients in different categories.

 He established a small school for the indigenous Tribal people in the state of Odisha in 1993. It has now grown into the largest residential institute in the world – Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) - for more than 20,000 tribal children providing education, food, accommodation, clothing and health facilities absolutely free. About 50% of the students are girls. Not only this, Dr. Samanta is also promoting women empowerment through education, vocational training and employment opportunity.

 A simple equation - ‘poverty creates illiteracy and literacy eradicates poverty’ - has inspired his vision. It motivated him to work relentlessly to create an equitable society without poverty and ignorance by educating girls. He believes that women need to be the fundamental actors of the society, which motivated him to focus on ensuring that girls are educated, who in turn would educate the next generation. KISS has introduced various programs like Life Skill Education in collaboration with UNFPA, vocational training, English Access Microscholarship Programme in collaboration with US Embassy and personality development so that girls can pursue successful careers. Girls from remote tribal districts are pursuing rewarding careers in medicine, sports, economics, etc since they have passed out from KISS.

 The TIAW is a global community of economically empowered women across six continents aiming to leverage its reach and resources, creating a global community of economically empowered women.

Two Honorary D.Litt Awards for KIIT Founder from Foreign Universities

Dr. Achyuta Samana, Founder, KIIT & KISS has been conferred Honorary D. Litt. awards from Daffodil International University, Bangladesh and International University of Kyrgyzstan respectively.

Dr. Samanta has received D. Litt., the highest degree of the Daffodil International University, from Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, Hon’ble Education Minister of Bangladesh at the 4th convocation of the university on 6th March 2014. The honour was conferred to him on due recommendations of the President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh. It is the first time in the history of Bangladesh that honorary D.Litt. degree was conferred, an event widely covered by the country’s media.

He also received the Honorary D. Litt. from International University of Kyrgyzstan on 11th March 2014. In Kyrgyzstan also, the head of the country approves the resolution to confer Honorary D.Litt. degree. The honours were conferred on Dr. Samanta for his selfless and dedicated contribution towards the society, particularly in the field of education.

Dr. Samanta has received more than ten Honorary Degrees of Doctorate from National, International and Indian Central Universities. Besides he has also got two prestigious awards from The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), India's premier apex chamber, and National Book Trust (NBT) in Delhi Book Fair respectively.

Dr Samanta receives D.Litt from Daffodil International University, Dhaka

Legendary Indian educationist and philanthropist Dr Achyuta Samanta, who arrived in Dhaka to receive an honorary Doctorate of Letters (D.Litt) from a university today, met eminent personalities at the office of the Bangla daily Prothom Alo in the capital yesterday.

Dr Samanta thanked the Prothom Alo for introducing him to the educationists and distinguished people and praised Bangladeshis for their hospitality.
When Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid shook hands with Dr Samanta, "the great man" were the words that left his mouth first. “For long, I have just read about you in newspapers, and heard about your stories. Now I can see you. It is a great opportunity to meet you,” he said about the man known as "Wonder of Odisha" in India.

Dr Samanta almost single-handedly built the global standard university, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), in Odisha over the last two decades. He also founded Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).

The two institutes employ some 10 lakh people, Samanta said. "In Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), around 20,000 indigenous people receive free education.

KISS has been recognised as the world's biggest school for indigenous people. It has opened branches in Delhi and some other places in India."

Dr Samanta will receive D.Litt from Daffodil International University in Dhaka today.

University Grants Commission Chairman Prof AK Azad Chowdhury and Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman were present at the meeting.

NHRDN Felicitates KIIT & KISS Founder

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS was felicitated for his remarkable work in the field of education and social work at the 17th NHRDN Conference in Kolkata recently. The award was presented by Mr. Rajeev Dubey, National President, NHRDN, and also the President, Group HR & Executive Board Member, Mahindra & Mahindra at a glittering ceremony attended by corporate bigwigs.

The citation noted Kalinga Institute of Social Studies (KISS), where more than 20,000 tribal children are given boarding, food and education from KG to PG level along with all other basic amenities of life free of cost, as one-of-a-kind effort in India.

The Conference, partnered by KSOM, deliberated on “Building Sustainable Organizations” and emphasized on the manpower needs of businesses in today’s times and how the education sector can help. On the occasion, Dr. T. V. Rao, Founder NHRD Network, Mr. Sujoy Banerjee, President, NHRDN, Kolkata Chapter and President-Group HR and OD, McNally Bharat Engineering Company Ltd, Mr. Nadeem Kazim, Director-HR & Personnel, Exide Industries India Limited, Mr. Hemant Kanoria, Chairman & MD, SREI Infrastructure & Financial Limited and many other esteemed speakers were present to share their views.

The conference was helpful and inspirational for both young and senior managers, professionals, CEOs, strategic business heads and academicians, who witnessed various HR thought leaders sharing the need of designing and implementing sustainable practices at workplace.

KISS Represents Asia in Live Discussion with UN Secretary-General

“How can more and more girls have access to secondary education in the state?”, was the concern raised by young tribal boys and girls from Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, Odisha to the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, on the International Youth Day. On 5th August 2013, observed as the International Youth Day, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) facilitated live discussions of selected 25 tribal students of KISS with the UN Secretary-General and heads of UN entities. UNFPA is partnering with KISS for promoting life skills based sexual and reproductive health for adolescents in Odisha. The boys and girls also raised several issues relating to the education of girl child to the UN Secretary-General and a team of panelists consisting of heads of UN entities.

In the live discussion through a video conference about 125 young people from five schools – one each from Asia, Africa, Middle-east, Latin America and Europe - were connected to the UN Headquarters at New York. KISS was selected to represent Asia continent. Several issues and concerns around education, health, governance, livelihood, employment and science were raised by youth from around the world during the discussions held today.

Working with women and young people is one of the top five priorities of the UN in 2013. The UN aims to address the needs of the largest generation of young people the world has ever known by deepening the youth focus of existing programmes on employment, entrepreneurship, political inclusion, citizenship and protection of rights, and education, including on reproductive health.

Three students Bahelin Minz, Haraprasad Heproka and Nanda Kishore Patra of KISS discussed on life skill based sexuality education, Tribal girl child education in higher secondary level. Among others Dr. Deepa Prasad, State Programme Officer, UNFPA, Odisha; Dr. Prasant Ku. Routray, CEO, KISS and Dr. Sasmitarani Samanta, Registrar, KIIT University were also present on the occasion.

Delhi Branch of KISS to Start Functioning from This Year

The Delhi branch of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a free residential institute for underprivileged children, will start functioning from this academic session. An MoU to this effect was signed on June 27, 2013 between Sh. Lalmalsawma, Principal Secretary, Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minorities, Govt. of Delhi and Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KISS in the august presence of Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Raj Kumar Chauhan, Dr. (Smt.) Kiran Walia, Shri Haroon Yusuf, Shri Arvinder Singh Lovely, Hon'ble Cabinet Ministers of Govt. of Delhi, Shri Mahabal Mishra, Hon'ble MP, West Delhi, Mr. Bharat Singh, Hon'ble MLA, Najafgarh, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Mr. Deepak Mohan Spolia, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Delhi and many other senior Govt. and KISS officials.

KISS-Delhi will start functioning from this academic session where 1200 children belonging to SC, ST, Minorities, orphans and other underprivileged sections of the society will be prepared to become useful citizens of the country, said Smt. Dikshit. She described the commissioning of school a revolutionary step in bringing the wards of the poorest sections at par with other sections of the society. The school will impart education as per CBSE syllabus and make every effort to bring them to the mainstream.

The KISS would maintain and operate the school at Issapur on no-profit no-loss basis. Delhi Government has allotted about 20 acres of land with 2 lakh sq. ft. built up area in Najafgarh under Delhi Municipality for this purpose. Smt. Dikshit, who has visited KISS, Bhubaneswar twice in recent years, lauded Dr. Samanta's two decades of continuous efforts in creating this slice of heaven for the poor underprivileged tribal children where each one is given food, accommodation, health care and education from KG to PG absolutely fee. After seeing this unique institute in Bhubaneswar she had decided to set up its branch in Delhi.  

All recurring and nonrecurring cost of the Delhi branch will be borne by Govt of NCT of Delhi, informed the Chief Secretary.

Expressing satisfaction over the cooperation and support extended by the Govt. of Delhi, Dr. Samanta said that this is an eye opener for other states. Establishment of the Delhi branch for 1200 students will provide visibility to the movement and social cause of this institute, he stated. It is a matter of pride for Odisha that a development model which started in the state is now being replicated in Delhi, he added.

A large number of people from Odia community in Delhi also joined the programme. They praised the effort of Dr. Samanta and KISS. Dr. Samanta and his team have shown the world that that empowerment of the underprivileged and their sustainable livelihood is possible through education, they said, adding that given scope these 'children of lesser gods' can outshine everyone.

Dr. Achyuta Samanta Becomes Member of NCTE

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS has recently been nominated as a member of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), a statutory body of Govt. of India. A notification to this effect has been published in The Gazette of India, No. 976, dated May 1, 2013. Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India has nominated Samanta to NCTE in recognition of his commendable contribution in the field of mass education. He has become the first Odia to become a member of this body. Dr. Samanta will officiate in this capacity for a tenure of three years and be involved in framing policy on various matters in NCTE. NCTE, the apex body for policy making in the area of school education, has secretary-level officials of Govt. of India and eminent educationists as its members. Samanta has expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India for nominating him to the body.

‘The Times’ from London Lauds Dr. A. Samanta Founder KIIT & KISS

Yet again, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has been lauded for his commendable works in the field of social welfare  by the most prestigious news paper of the world ‘The Times’ from London which was established in 1788.

Hailing Samanta’s relentless work for empowering the poorest of the poor tribals living in the lowest strata of society in India through education, the daily has given a comprehensive report.  Appreciating Samanta’s love for all religions and his secular attitude, despite being a Hindu, the report has lauded Samanta for creating an ambiance of religious tolerance, good social work through synergization with formal education.

In his writing Ziauddin Sardar, an eminent journalist, showered praises on Samanta putting him on a different pedestal being so unlike of the preachers of various religions who try to help people only after converting them. Describing Samanta for being motivated by his own Hindu notion of ‘seva’ or service to humanity, The Times has hailed Samanta as a man doing service without expectation of any reward and a follower of Gandhi’s dream of educating the tribal children without any pressure on them to assimilate rather providing them with all facilities to retain their own individual dignity and cultural variation. Praising the catholicity of Samanta, he has written extensively about the model chosen by him to help the downtrodden without any intention of converting them to a particular faith.

It is, indeed, a great honour for any individual to find a place in ‘The Times, London’ being an ordinary human being, said Samanta candidly while he came to know about it from his friends in London who were euphoric for the fact that with Samanta, the entire state of Odisha in general and Bhubaneswar in particular became more known in the world for a great reason. To be featured in the largest circulated English daily from London, ‘The Times’ which sells nearly 4 (four) million copies a day, is in itself a great honour for any individual, said a prominent UK based Indian in London. Samanta has already shared the printing space with many illustrious individuals in the pages of TIME, ‘Reader’s Digest’ and many other important publications across the world.

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Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS receives Highest Degree from CULS, Prague

Yet another feather has been attached to Dr. Achyuta Samanta for his selfless and dedicated contribution towards the society, particularly in the field of education. Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS), Prague with a legacy since 1788 decided to confer the highest degree of the University, Honoris Causa, called OPS, on Dr. Samanta on 11.03.2013. The degree conferred on Dr. Samanta has been ratified by the Czech Parliament since CULS is a prominent public University of Czech Republic.

The process of selection for an outstanding human being who despite all odds could empower 20,000 Tribal Children through education took almost 2 years, since the Rector of the CULS along with some prominent members visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) without even informing KISS or KIIT authorities. Dr. Samanta will be the first OPS Laureate from Asia to be honoured by a prominent University in Europe. Two other professors from Germany are being honoured along with Dr. Samanta.

Czech University of Life Science was set up in 1788 under the former Austrian Empire. Subsequently it became a separate technical institute in 1845 and in 1906, it was renamed Czech Technical University, which ultimately became Czech University of Life Sciences. During its history of nearly 300 years, it is the first that an Asian would receive such a prestigious Degree from CULS, one of the most prestigious Universities in Central Europe.

In the award ceremony, Rectors, Deans, from all the universities across Czech Republic representatives from the Czech President, various High Commissioners, including the High Commissioner of India, would grace the occasion to applaud Dr. Samanta's remarkable achievement.

Reader's Digest Features Achyuta Samanta on Cover Page

Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS has been featured on the cover page of Reader's Digest magazine on its February 2013 issue. It is a matter of pride for everyone like him who works silently trying to create an equitable world free from hunger and ignorance despite being born poor braving all odds. It is a rare history of Reader's Digest to project an individual’s life style in 8 pages. In past, many world class publications like 'Time', 'South China Morning Post', 'Times of India',  'Outlook',  'India Today', and many others have brought out feature stories on him and his works. While all these reputed publications, being newspapers or news magazines, projected his efforts objectively; Reader’s Digest, the world's most loved magazine published in 20 languages from 50 countries with a circulation over few million copies and having a rich legacy of over 90 years, has featured Samanta on its cover page presenting his life's struggles in a lucid style. Samanta has become one among very few people from Odisha to be featured in this prestigious publication.

Utkalshree Award 2012 to KIIT & KISS Founder

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS receiving Utkalshree Award 2012 from Shri M. C. Bhandare, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha in Cuttack on January 15, 2013. The award is instituted by Utkal Sahitya Kala Parishad.

15th Bhagwan Mahaveer Award for KISS Founder

The 15th Bhagwan Mahaveer Award was conferred on Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS on 10th October 2012. He received the award from Dr. K. Rosaiah, His Excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu at a glittering ceremony held at Chinmaya Heritage Centre, Chennai in the presence of more than one thousand delegates. This prestigious National award has been instituted by Bhagawan Mahaveer Foundation.

The 15th annual awards which carry a cash price of Rs 10 lakh, a citation and a memento each, were decided after processing over 260 nominations by a jury headed by former Chief Justice of India M N Venkatachaliah. Mahaveer Award is a national award and its past recipients include eminent personalities like Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar (2012), Shri Anna Hazare (1997), Dr. Prakash Murlidar Amte and Dr. Mandakini Prakash (1998).

Achyuta Samanta Made Hony Member of AITAA

Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS was made an Honorary Member of Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association (AITAA), which held its 41st Governing Board Meeting (GBM) in KIIT from 9-11 November 2012. India hosted this meeting for the 2nd time. The meeting was attended by 15 member countries from Asia and the Pacific, including Australia. There were about 50 delegates attending the three-day meeting from different Asian Countries. It was organized under the leadership of Dr. Ajay Pradhan, President, AIT Alumni India Chapter. Besides delegates of Asian countries, there were about 12 national members attending the GBM at Bhubaneswar. Last year, the 40th AITAA Governing Board meeting was hled at Kuala Lumpur, while the 42nd AITAA Meeting proposed to be held in Yangon (Myanmar).

KIIT & KISS Founder Honoured by National Formosa University, Taiwan

The National Formosa University, considered to be one of the best public universities of Taiwan, has conferred the Degree of Doctorate (Honoris Causa) on Achyuta Samanta at its annual convocation ceremony on 9th June 2012. The University awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctorate to Samanta in recognition to his outstanding contribution towards the society and for his initiative to educate the underprivileged tribal children.

The degree is usually given to world personalities across the globe with the conferment of the country’s Parliament. “As Founder of KIIT University and in recognition to your considerable contribution to society through KISS as well as your selfless dedication in improving international relations and global harmony, it is our pleasure to confer upon you the award of Degree of Doctorate (Honoris Causa). National Formosa University reserves this premier award for outstanding personalities to display the exceptional characteristics required of veritable role models for our students, faculty and alumni,” said President of the University Dr. Jenn-Der Lin.

Samanta expressed his gratitude to the University and its authorities and hoped for greater educational cooperation and cultural exchange between Taiwan and India.

On his way back, Samanta delivered a talk on ‘Imbalances and Inequalities’ on a special invitation at the prestigious Stars Symposium in Penglai, China. The Symposium, which was held from 9 – 12 June, 2012, brought together a circle of 150 ‘Leaders of the Next Generation’ from all over the world. He was from India among 30 international speakers invited to deliver talk at the Symposium.

Platinum Standard 2011 Award for KIIT & KISS Founder

Qimpro Foundation, Mumbai conferred prestigious Qimpro Platinum Standard 2011 Award for Education to Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS at a glittering award ceremony held in Mumbai on 1st February 2012. The Award was conferred on him for his exemplary contribution in the field of education and social service. "Dr. Samanta is a unique combination of educationist, philanthropist, and social entrepreneur. His mission is to create a level playing field for the most underprivileged tribals living beyond the borders of urban and rural civilization in India. He is often referred to as the Madan Mohan Malaviya of Odisha", the citation notes. The award is given every year in three categories - Education, Business and Health - for promising work at national level. This year, Mr. Adi Godrej, noted industrialist and philanthropist received the award in Business category.

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, inducted as member of a high-level committee on higher education, constituted by the Planning Commission of India

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS has been inducted as Member of a 12-member high level committee on higher education, constituted by the Planning Commission of India. As per an order of the Planning Commission of India, Committee on Corporate Sector Participation on Higher Education, chaired by Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy, would work for formulation of the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17) for higher education. It would examine and provide recommendations on the potential and modalities for corporate sector participation in higher education in support of development of national education and innovation hubs and the Institutions of National Importance (INIs) / Centres of Excellence. The committee would also suggest models for industry-institute interaction to act as catalysts of innovation and sustainable and inclusive economic and regional development. Samanta would work for a term of 5 years. Other members of the committee include Mr. Kiran Karnik, former President, NASSCOM; Prof. P. Balaram, Director, IISc, Bangaluru; Mr. R. Gupalakrishnan, member - Secretary, National Innovation Council; Mr. Naushad Forbes, Forbes Marshall; Dr. Ashok Misra, former Director, IIT Bombay; Mr. Sudhir Vasudeva, CMD, ONGC; Mr. Arup Roy Choudhury, CMD, NTPC and others.

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS elected Executive Council (EC) Member for ISCA

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS has been elected as a Member of Executive Council (EC) for the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA). In the recently concluded election for the EC, Dr. Samanta secured highest no. of vote to become the first odia to be included in the Executive Council of ISCA. In the highest body ISCA only 10 members are elected from all over the country to take important decisions on various activities relating to Science and Technology in the country. It is indeed another feather to Dr. Samanta's cap since he has been a member of UGC, AICTE etc. With his inclusion Dr. Samanta is bound to provide a new direction in the field of science education in the country. Since the ISCA will be organized in 2013 at Kolkata, in which Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India is the president elect, the newly EC has a greater role in it. With his inclusion in the EC, ISCA is expected to get a new direction in organizing the centenary session.

The prestigious TIME magazine published one-page feature on Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and its Founder, Dr. A. Samanta in its November 1st Week Issue.

Dainik Bhaskar India Pride Award 2011 for Dr. Samanta

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS was honoured with the ‘Dainik Bhaskar India Pride Award – 2011’ for being a Change Agent in the field of Social Development and Equity at a glittering function held in New Delhi on 21st October 2011 attended by Shri Jairam Ramesh, Hon'ble Union Minister of Rural Development and Drinking Water & Sanitation and Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Hon'ble Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Govt. of India. The eight-member jury headed by Hon’ble Shri Justice J. S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India unanimously zeroed on Dr. Samanta for the award instituted by the leading media house of India - the Dainik Bhaskar Group.

Honorary Doctorate for KIIT & KISS Founder

In recognition to Founder of KIIT & KISS, Dr. A. Samanta's contribution in the fields of education and social service, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati, a centre of excellence for Traditional Sastras, conferred Degree of Doctorate (Honoris Causa) on him at its 14th Annual Convocation Ceremony held on 18th October 2011.

The citation recognized Dr. Samanta as an able administrator, a dedicated social activist and a multifarious personality. Receiving his fifth Honorary Doctorate from the Chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Dr. J. B. Patnaik, His Excellency the Governor of Assam, Dr. Samanta thanked the University for bestowing the honour on him.

It is to be mentioned here that while on all previous occasions, Dr. Samanta was conferred the Doctorate Degree by the reputed foreign Universities, this one is from a reputed and traditional Indian University directly under the administrative control of the Govt. of India. Earlier this month, he had received the prestigious Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award (For Social Bravery) for valuable contribution in the field of tribal empowerment through KISS.

Prof. Harekrishna Satapathy,Vice Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha and Prof. A. Gurumurthi, Registrar also graced the convocation ceremony.

Global Family Celebrates Gandhi Jayanti at KISS
Statue of Mahatma Gandhi Unveiled

A statue of the Father of the Nation was unveiled at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) by Gandhi Global Family (GGF) on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Eminent Gandhian social workers participated in the programme and threw light upon Mahatma Gandhi's ideals. Addressing 15,000 tribal boys and girls of KISS, they said that KISS has been able to fulfil Gandhiji's dreams. Reaching benefits of literacy and education to deprived sections of the society was Gandhiji's dream, and KISS has been able to fulfill this dream today, the guests remarked. They advised students to follow the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. A. Samanta, National Secretary of Gandhi Global Family and Founder, KIIT & KISS informed about the initiatives taken by Gandhi Global Family for wide publicity of Gandhiji's ideals through various programmes. It may be mentioned that Odisha Chapter of Gandhi Global Family has been undertaking various programmes every year in the areas of peace and amity, Gram Swaraj, removal of social vices, etc. in order to take Gandhian thinking and values to the people. Dr. Bimalendu Mohanty, Journalist Pradosh Patnaik, Surendra Das, Dr. Shashanka Chudamani, Dilip Hali, Social worker Rabi Behera, Priyadarshi Mishra, State Coordinator of GGF Dr. Dilip Srichandan, Surya Mohanty and Chinmay Sundar Das were among those present.

Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award (Social Bravery) for KIIT & KISS Founder 

Prestigious Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award has been conferred on Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS on 21st September 2011. Dr. Samanta was selected for the award in 'Social Bravery' category. Citation of the award appreciated his valuable contribution in the field of tribal empowerment through Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), where 15,000 tribal students are getting education from KG to PG, vocational training, accommodation, food and all basic amenities of life free of cost, with job guarantee after completion of education. 

Instituted by Modi Group, the award is given to individuals who have made significant contribution for the betterment of the society. Eminent persons like Dr. Verghese Kurien and Shri E. Sreedharan have been the past recipients. Similarly, the award was conferred on Sister Sudha Varghese for her relentless efforts spanning over 25 years to improve the plight of the Musahars in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and Dr. Prakash and Mandakini Amte for their exceptional work for the Gonds in Maharashtra. Dr. Jaya Arunachalam received the Social Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Bravery Awards 2010. 

Godfrey Phillips Bravery Awards aims to instill amongst citizens a culture of selfless conduct. It was instituted in 1990 to acknowledge and reward the unsung heroes of everyday life. Various categories of this award are Physical Bravery Award, Social Bravery Award, Mind of Steel Award and Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Service. Over the years, it has decorated more than 1200 individuals with exceptional achievements. The awards are present over 16 states, including, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Goa and Himachal Pradesh. 

Nominations are screened by a panel of eminent personalities from varied fields like administrative services, police, higher judiciary, social work and journalism. The selection process involves thorough checking of cited events, persons and places so as to ensure that awards go to only deserving individuals.

“RATHAYATRA” celebrated at Shrivani Khetra, KISS

The world famous auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra was celebrated at Shrivani khetra of KISS on 3rd July 2011 amid religious fervor and gaiety. More than 30 thousand devotees participated in pulling the three decorated chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra being carried on three colourful wooden chariots, festooned with flowers, appliqué and mural paintings.

The Pahandi and other rituals like Mangala Arati, Mailama,Tadapalagi, Rosha Homi, Abakasha, Surya Puja, Chariots inauguration etc followed by procession of deities from temple sanctum to the chariots began in the morning as per the ethics and rituals of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagganath Temple of Shri Khetra, Puri. Thousands of devotees gathered to pull the three chariots in the afternoon after Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS performed the holy ritual of cherapahanra, the ceremonial sweeping of the Chariots. The special feature of Ghosayatra here is that, Devadalan, the chariot of Goddess Subhadra was pulled by only females.

Special sculptors from Puri were involved in making the chariots. All rituals were conducted under the guidance of Shri Acharya Pandit Surya Narayan Rathasarma. A few years ago, Shrivani khetra at KISS was set up on the suggestion of Gajapati Maharaja Shri Dibya Singh Dev.

Second Term for Dr. Achyuta Samanta in National Coir Board

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions & KISS has been renominated as the Member of National Coir Board for a term of three years. He will continue till June, 2014 as member of Coir Board. Being the first Odia in the National Coir Board, Achyuta Samanta's appointment has been hailed by intellectuals throughout the state. Dr. Samanta was first appointed National Coir Board in 2008. Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India re-nominated him before the end of his term in June 2011. It is a significant achievement for Samanta as well as the state of Odisha as a whole.

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Samman for KIIT & KISS Founder

On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS was awarded the prestigious Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Samman. The award ceremony took place in New Delhi on May 7 on 150th birthday of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. This award was presented to Dr. Samanta in recognition of his outstanding services, achievements and contributions.

Rajdhani Gaurav Samman 2011 Conferred on Dr. A. Samanta

The Rajdhani Gaurav Samman 2011 was conferred on Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS on the occasion of the 63rd Foundation Day of Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha at Jaydev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar on 14th April 2011. Shri Pradip Kumar Amat, Hon’ble Speaker, Odisha Legislative Assembly presented the award.

Second Term for Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS in UGC

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS has been re-appointed as a Commission Member of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for a term of three years. Being the first Odia in the Commission of the UGC, Achyuta Samanta's appointment has been hailed by academicians throughout the state.

Dr. Samanta was first appointed a Commission Member of UGC in 2008. Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Union Minister of Human Resource Development re-appointed him before the end of his term in February 2011. A Gazette Notification to this effect has been issued on 25th February 2011 by the Ministry of HRD.

His contributions and his active participation in formulation of different policies earned him the distinction of being the first choice of the Ministry of HRD for the consideration of an extension of his term at a time when the private education providers in all over the country are under the scanner of the Ministry. It is a significant achievement for Samanta as well as the state of Odisha as a whole.

Dr. Samanta has also been included in a 9-member Round Table constituted by the Ministry of HRD during January last for the development of education of the downtrodden children in the society. It is a matter of prestige and pride for the state of Odisha.

Dr. Samanta is expected to continue providing his expertise and views for the growth of higher education in India. Presently, Dr. Samanta has been member of several other national and international bodies including AICTE; Coir Board of India; CAPART; Forest Right Act Committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Tribal Affairs, Government of India; National Executive Council of ISTE, Government of India; Academic Councils of the Central University, Odisha, Assam Central University, Silchar; Chairman - Advisory Committee of Nehru Gram Bharati Viswavidyalaya, Allahabad; Chairman - Advisory Committee of Padmashree Dr. D Y Patil University, Navi Mumbai; Chairman Advisory Committee of Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University, Nagpur besides being Member of IIE, New York; UMAP, Thailand; AUAP, IAUP and Asia Economic Forum.

Academicians and intellectuals from all over the state and outside have expressed their satisfaction over the appointment of Samanta into the UGC body for one more term. It is a matter of pride for Odisha, they opined.

Reacting to the notification from the Ministry of HRD re-appointing him for the second term in the UGC, Dr. Samanta thanked the Minister of HRD, Shri Kapil Sibal for reposing faith on him and giving credence to the work he did in his first stint. He will continue to work in a constructive way for the development of higher education in the country in general and in Odisha in particular, he said.

The Times of India Odisha Icon 2011 Awards (Social Service) conferred on Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.

The Times of India Odisha Icon 2011 Awards was conferred on 16 eminent odia personalities at a glittering function held in Bhubaneswar. Each category had a popular choice and a jury's choice awards. Cine Artist Jharana Das was the Guest of Honour. The recipients were Anubhav Mohanty,  Baladev Maharatha (art and culture); Harihar Das, Binash Kumar & Group (live Entertainment); Charchit Mishra, Subhrakant Panda (family business); Kiran Manisha Mahanty, Pratima Puhan & Pramila Prava Minz (sports); Achyuta Samanta (social service); Navin Kandol, Ayaskanta Mohanty (entrepreneur); Rakshyaka Nayak and Akshaya Behere (Literature) and Dr. Bidyut Dash, Ramesh Swain (professionals). The award was supported by NM Group Institutions Assotech, MBC TV, Red FM, Samaya, Mindfire Solutions and OEU.

Achyuta Samanta Nominated as Member of Asia Economic Forum

Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT & KISS has been nominated as a Member of Asia Economic Forum (AEF), an independent think tank that acts as a forum for promoting policy dialogue on major issues facing Asia at present and aims at bringing together important policy makers in various fields. It is for the first time that an Indian and an Odiya has been selected as a Member of AEF. Samanta's social commitments through KISS- the largest free residential institute for 12,000 poorest of the poor tribal children-weighed in favour of him getting selected for becoming a Member of AEF, which has set its goal to promote sustainable development that includes human development, economic progress and environmental sustainability in Asia at the time of increasing globalization and growing regionalization in the world today. The other members of AEF are various renowned policy makers from Singapore, Cambodia and Indonesia.

Expressing his happiness over such a rare honour, Samanta candidly said that in this forum, he would raise important issues among Asian leaders to work for eradication of poverty and for the economic development of the region. He would contribute towards education, health and overall development of the under-privileged of Asia, he added.

Dr. Achyuta Samanta Appointed Gandhi Global Family National Secretary
Odisha State Core Committee Constituted

Core Committee of Gandhi Global Family (GGF) for Odisha State has been constituted under the leadership of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. He was recently appointed National Secretary in charge of five eastern states-Odisha, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal. GGF is a global organization dedicated to the cause of Gandhian value and spreading the message of Gandhi.

GGF decided to appoint Dr. Samanta as National Secretary for eastern zone after a thorough verification of his background and activities. Senior office bearers of GGF also visited KIIT & KISS as a part of the process. The organization has entrusted him to appoint coordinators and constitute Core Committees in the five eastern states.       

The members of Core Committee for Odisha State are Shri Dillip Shrichandan, State Coordinator, GGF; Shri Surjya Mohanty, Odisha State Head, Wipro; Dr. Bimalendu Mohanty; Shri Surendra Das; Shri Priyadarshi Mishra; Padmashree Dr. Tulasi Munda; Shri Pradosh Pattnaik, noted columnist; Shri Sasanka Chudamani; Shri Dillip Hali, Secretary, Odisha Cine Critic Association; Shri Rabi Behera and Shri Chinmaya Sundar Das. Core committee for remaining four states would be constituted soon.

The first meeting of the Odisha State Core Committee was held at KISS campus on 22nd September, 2010 in which the members decided on programme to disseminate the message of Mahatma Gandhi among youths in the schools and colleges of the above five states. The committee also decided on activities to be undertaken on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. The Regional Office of GGF will function from N/1-290, IRC Village, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar.

GGF actively organizes meetings of Gandhians to deliberate on issues such as peace and harmony, eradication of social evils, Gram Swaraj, etc. Eminent Gandhian leader and Padma Vibhusan Nirmala Despande had been Secretary of the organization for a long time. At present, Shri Gulam Nabi Azad, Hon’ble Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare is the Central President, whereas Shri S. P. Verma is the Central Vice President of GGF. There are four National Secretaries for four zones of our country respectively.

Swami Vivekananda National Award for KIIT & KISS Founder

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS was honoured with Swami Vivekananda National Award by the Department of Youth Services and Sports, Govt. of Karnataka on 21st September 2010. He was conferred the award for immense contribution towards providing free education, vocational training, residence and all basic necessities of life to 12,000 underprivileged tribal boys and girls through Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).

Dr. Samanta was felicitated in a Youth Seminar conducted by Joint Co-ordination of Zilla Panchayat, Youth Service and Sports Department & State Youth Awarders Federation in Bijapur, Karnataka in the presence of Dr. D. C. Rajappa, IPS, Bijapur Superintendent of Police, Shri Arun Shahapur, Hon’ble Member of Legislative Council, Shri Punith Pradhan, National Youth Awardee, Shri R. B. Upase, Assistant Director, Youth Services & Sports Department, Govt. of Karnataka and Shri P. C. Rayulu, social worker from Andhra Pradesh.

Dr. Samanta has received wide recognition at national and international levels for establishing KIIT, a centre of excellence in professional education, and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a path-breaking model of tribal empowerment through education.

He is also a member of UGC, AICTE and many other apex policy making bodies of Government of India.

Asia’s Best Social Entrepreneur Award Conferred on KIIT & KISS Founder

Dr. Achyuta Samanta has been awarded the Asia’s Best Social Entrepreneur for the current year by the World HRD Congress. The award was conferred on him at a ceremony organised in Singapore on 23rd July 2010.

Dr. Samanta has received wide recognition at national and international levels for establishing KIIT, a centre of excellence in professional education, and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a path-breaking model of tribal empowerment through education. Coming out of a childhood which was marred by poverty due to untimely demise of his father, he demonstrated immense determination to set up the two institutions in Odisha, one of the most backward States of India.

KIIT, which has the distinction of being declared a university in shortest possible time due to its excellence, is leading Odisha's march towards becoming an educational hub in the country. On the other hand, KISS, which provides education from KG to PG, vocational training, residence and all the basic necessities of life to 10,000 tribal children at no cost, has come to be regarded as a highly effective and internationally replicable model of tribal empowerment.

He was chosen for Asia’s Best Social Entrepreneur Award after a thorough investigation of his background and achievements by the award committee. Members of the jury arrived at the conclusion after judging him on five stages. The award ceremony was attended by renowned personalities from different countries of Asia. Delegates present on the occasion gave him a standing ovation as the citation of the award was read out.

Intellectuals' circle in Odisha was overjoyed at the news of this recognition for Dr. Samanta. The award for Dr. Samanta is a pride for the State, they said.

Korean University Confers Hon. Doctorate on KIIT Founder

Hanseo University, South Korea has conferred the Honorary Doctorate Degree on Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. Hanseo University is world famous in the field of aviation training.

Dr. Samanta was conferred this honour for integrating quality education with human values and social service. KIIT has established itself as a centre of excellence in professional education, while KISS is the biggest tribal residential institute in the world. Dr. Ki Sun Ham, Founder and Chairman of Hanseo University presented the Degree to Dr. Samanta at the Convocation Ceremony of the University on 15th July 2010. Mr. S. R. Tayal, His Excellency the Indian Ambassador to Korea graced the ceremony as the Chief Guest.

An agreement was also signed in the presence of His Excellency the Ambassador on ‘Indo-Korean Centre for Excellence’. As per the agreement, 150-200 Korean students will visit KIIT and KISS every quarter for learning English and Odissi dance. This way, about 500 Korean students will visit KIIT and KISS every year.

Hanseo University came into contact with KIIT after learning about qualitative professional education at KIIT and social purpose of KISS. Many top officials of Hanseo University, including Dr. Ham, have visited KIIT & KISS. A MoU was also signed, providing for student exchange between the two universities. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions expressed his gratitude to Hon'ble Ambassador Mr. S. R. Tayal for his initiatives in bringing the two universities closer.

Gandhi Seva Medal Conferred on Dr. Samanta

Gandhi Seva Medal, a prestigious award, has been conferred on Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. The award was presented to Dr. Samanta in the presence of Shri Tara Chand, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of J & K, Smt. Meira Kumari, Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha and many believers of Gandhian principle on the 19th June 2010.

This annual award, instituted by Gandhi Global Family, is given to those who walk the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi Global Family was established by Padma Bhushan Nirmala Despandey. The National Committee of Gandhi Global Family decided to confer this Medal on Dr. Samanta for the year 2009.

The organization confers this medal not only on the Indian, but also foreign national. Previous recipients of Gandhi Seva Medal include, Mr. Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and late Sunil Dutt, former Member of Parliament.

Dr. Samanta was deemed worthy of the medal in recognition of his philanthropic and charitable work for the downtrodden through Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). The institute is the largest residential tribal institute in Asia and offers free education, vocational training, residence, food and all other basic amenities of life to 10,000 tribal children, the award committee observed.

Felicitation of Dr. Samanta with the prestigious award is a matter of great pride for the state of Odisha, intellectuals opined. Dr. Samanta expressed his humility to the head of the organization for conferring the award on him and said that it could only be possible due to blessings of God and the love of the people of Odisha. He will continue philanthropic work for downtrodden sections of the society, he said.

Samanta Made a Member of Central Forest Right Committee

In yet another important committee formed by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) in association with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS & KIIT has been made the only member from the state of Odisha. The Ministry of Environment and Forest notification dated the 11th April 2010, while informing the reconstitution of all important 19 member committee, clearly states that the committee shall study in details the implementation of Forest Rights Act-2006 including the factors aiding and impeding its implementation and recommend necessary policy change in the future management of the forestry sector, besides other issues like identifying opportunity for the tribals, programmes for Forest Rights by stakeholders, etc. Samanta will hold the office for a tenure of three years initially.

Expressing his happiness over his inclusion in the most important committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, Samanta said that he will contribute towards the policy and programmes keeping the interest of the state and its tribal population at the fore.

Meanwhile, Samanta has been nominated as the President’s Nominee to the Academic Council of the Assam Central University. In recognition to his contribution in the field of education, the President of India has bestowed this rare honour on him, informs a communication from the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

‘Young EDGE-2010’ Award for Dr. Samanta

The prestigious ‘Young EDGE Award’ for the year 2010 has been conferred on Dr. A. Samanta. He received the award at a glittering ceremony organized at India Habitat Center, New Delhi on 4th March 2010 from Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Union Minister for HRD, in the presence of distinguished academicians, education policy makers, planners and national and international jury members of the EDGE forum.

The award is in recognition to his commitment to inclusive growth in the field of education and efforts to provide education to the educationally deprived section. He not only transformed a small ITI into a world-class KIIT University, but also established Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a residential tribal institute for 10000 students. The Selection Committee held Dr. Samanta’s experiments in education as unique and felt that, if replicated, it can address some of the core issues faced by the country in the field of education.

This year’s EDGE Personality of the Year Award 2010 was conferred on Prof. Yash Pal for his significant contribution in the field of education over many decades and the Yash Pal Committee Report to bring significant change in Indian education.

Emerging Direction in Global Education (EDGE) has been bringing policy makers, industries and educationalist from India and abroad together to address issues pertaining to excellence in global education. Every year this forum awards outstanding personalities for their contributions in the field of education.

With this award, Dr. Samanta has joined the league with the previous recipients, who include Mr. Sam Pitroda and Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Dr. Samanta Short-listed for Prestigious National & International Awards

In yet another time, the humility of Dr. Achyuta Samanta has been recognized both at National and International forums. His dream for an equitable world through the creation of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has been shortlisted for the coveted 'India Business Award 2009' for Corporate Social Responsibility. Dr. Samanta is locking horns with two giants of Indian corporate sector - Tata Steel, the flagship of the Tata Group, and the Hindustan Unilever Ltd - for the Award scheduled to be announced on September 17 in Mumbai at a gala function to be covered live worldwide through CNBC.

While Business India has taken note of Dr. Samanta’s genius and his social concerns, the international community working for the innovations in the field of education has shortlisted Dr. Samanta to be a Laureate for World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) 2009. WISE, the global event to create a new multi-disciplinary international platform to shape education models in the 21st Century, is being supported by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), U.K, Institute of International Education (IIE), New York and RAND Corporate.

The selection through a rigorous scrutiny of hundreds of entries in three different categories zeroed down to just 16 in the innovation category. Dr. Samanta has been the only Indian to find a berth in the finalists from Africa, Asia and Oceania, Middle East, Europe, North America, South and Latin America. In the toughest competition for the WISE Laureate, Dr. Samanta is pitted against illustrious competitors from USA, UK, Brazil, South Africa and Cameroon.

The International Jury in the innovation category to select two laureates for the WISE-2009 Award comprises of the President of Beijing University, CEO of Richard Rose Federation and the Vice-President of Microsoft, USA.

As the only Indian to be shortlisted for this global award and the only Odia to be shortlisted for the coveted India Business Award-2009 definitely are matters of great importance and pride for the entire state. Dr. Samanta, however, dedicates these unique feats to the blessings of God and the love of the people of Odisha.

KIIT Founder Nominated as Member of IAUP

Dr. A. Samanta has been nominated as a member of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) in the capacity of the Founder of KIIT. The nomination is for a term of three years, as per the certificate of membership issued by IAUP, which is an Association of University Chief Executives from higher education institutions around the world. Dr. Samanta is the first person from Odisha to be nominated as a member.

The primary purpose of IAUP, founded in 1964 in Oxford, UK, is to strengthen the international mission and quality of education of the institutions in an increasingly interdependent world and to promote global awareness and competence as well as peace and international understanding through education. It is supported through cooperation with international organizations such as the United Nations, UNESCO, the World Bank and other international organization such as the European Commission and the International Association of Universities.

In another development, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India has nominated Dr. Samanta as a member of the Academic Council of Central University of Odisha. Recently, he has also been nominated to the Executive Council of the Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch.

Dr. Samanta has expressed gratitude to the organizations for nominating him and promised to discharge responsibilities associated with the office diligently.