Qimpro 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…

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…

Dr. Achyuta Samanta 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…

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.

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.

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.

“Rathayatra 2011” 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.

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.

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…