Nationality: Indian
(M.Sc.) Chemistry, (Ph.D.) Social Science
Gusi Laureate – 2014

Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Kandhamal, Odisha
Founder Of:
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT University)
KISS Foundation UK
KISS Foundation US

20th January 1964
Born in Kalarabanka,
Odisha, India

Achyuta Samanta, after obtaining Master’s Degree in Chemistry in 1987 from Utkal University, started his career at 22 years of age. He has 30 years of teaching experience to his credit so far. 

Prof. Samanta went on to serve KIIT  as its first Chancellor and has had the distinction of being the youngest Chancellor of any Indian University. He served University Grants Commission (UGC) as Member for two consecutive terms (2008-11 & 2011-2014) and was a Member of the Executive Committee of All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE). He was also member of several other Government of India bodies like, NCTE, ISTE, ISCA, COIR BOARD, CAPART and many more. He has been a Member on the Academic Council of Central University, Silchar, Assam and the Central University, Odisha. He was the first Indian to be Member of both UGC and AICTE simultaneously and the first Odia to become Member of UGC and many other statutory bodies. Presently, he is the General President of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA). He has delivered nearly 100 motivational speeches, including convocation addresses and foundation day lectures, in different institutions and organizations across the country and the globe.

A Brief Profile


Started with seed money of Rs. 5000/- ($100)


A visionary social architect who embarked back in 1992 on a social development mission using education as the strategic medium to eradicate poverty and alienation from the surface of the earth, a goal envisaged today by global leaders that goes as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).