The Times of India ICON of Odisha-2011 conferred on Dr. Samanta

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.

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

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…

Dr. Samanta Appointed Gandhi Global Family National Secretary.

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.

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).

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.

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.

‘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.

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.