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.