August 2017
 
Independence Day Celebrated at KIIT & KISS 15.08.2017  
Can Nano Curcumin be used as an adjunct therapy
for Malaria, Cancer and TB in humans?
12.08.2017  
UN Under Secretary General Visits KISS and KIIT 11.08.2017  
 IGCSE Results: KiiT International Re-emphasizes Quality  11.08.2017  
18th National Cities Team Chess Championship concludes
KIIT (Odisha) Team Bags Champion Trophy
09.08.2017  
18th National Cities Team Chess Championship
inaugurated at Kalarabank
06.08.2017  

News & Events

Independence Day Celebrated at KIIT & KISS

71st Independence Day has been celebrated in KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). Prof. Sudarshan Nanda, acting VC, KIIT University hoisted the National Flag in KIIT while, Dr. B. N. Nanda, Senior most Economic Advisor, Govt of India and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and broadcasting hoisted the National Flag in KISS and took salute. Addressing the students he remembered the role of great Tribal freedom fighters like Birsa Munda and Laxman Nayak. Everybody should cooperate and support in the development of our country, he added. You should respect your parents, teachers and elders and you should have developed a sacrificing mentality, he advised the students.

Among others Smt. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS; Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS, Dr. P.K. Routary, CEO, KISS; Dr. P. K. Das, Director, KISS were also present during the occasion. After flag hoisting March-past was performed by the students of KISS. The students also performed colourful cultural programme.  Mr. Ridzal Saat, Mr. Benjamin Van Rooyen, Mr. Aga Hussain, Mr. Mahes Mathai, Mr. Saurav Chatterjee from World, Rugby, Asia Rugby and Rugby India were also joined the Flag hoisting ceremony in KISS. Similarly Independence Day also celebrated in KiiT International School and Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS).

Can Nano Curcumin be used as an adjunct therapy
for Malaria, Cancer and TB in humans?

KIIT Technology Business Incubator (KIIT-TBI) an initiative of Dr. Achyuta Samanta Founder, KIIT & KISS to provide a vibrant ecosystem for promoting innovations and entrepreneurship development. It was started in 2009 and supported by National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Dept. of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India.

Recently a group of scientists develop a medicine which is very beneficial for many diseases. Turmeric (Haldi) has been traditionally used in our food for centuries not only because it spices up our curries but because Curcumin, the bioactive polyphenolic compound present in turmeric may provide some therapeutic benefits. Recent research has shown that curcumin is not only non toxic but it can give us relief from pain and help in wound healing, reduce inflammation and tissue damage.  But Curcumin is very poorly soluble in water and therefore very little of whatever we eat in our food goes into blood and shows very little effect. Therefore if natural curcumin can be converted into a bio-available form   it can be taken orally and will be therapeutically more effective.  Working on this line a nanotised form of pure curcumin was developed by the lead researcher Professor Santosh Kumar Kar at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. Since nano curcumin showed about five times better bioavailability than the natural curcumin its therapeutic efficacy was tested in mice for various human disease conditions like Malaria, Cancer and Tuberculosis. It was shown that bioavailable Curcumin when fed to mice infected with the rodent malaria parasitePlasmodium yoelii the untreated mice died in few days while the nano curcumin fed mice controlled the infection and survived. This observation has been published in Advances in Biotechnology. Encouraged by this observation the nano curcumin was tested in a mouse model of breast cancer in collaboration with Prof. Gaurisankar Sa of Bose Instutute, Kolkata. Nano curcumin was found to modulate T regulatory cell responses and was effective in controlling tumor growth in mouse. This observation has been published in the journal Immunology.

Then we tested the efficacy of the nano curcumin in a mouse model of TB.  In humans when TB develops due to infection with drug sensitive organisms the antibiotics treatment is usually given for 6 to 9 months and for drug resistant TB, treatment can go up to 24 months.  When the treatment is long, patients usually stop taking the drugs after some time leading to emergence of drug resistant strains which cannot be treated with the available drugs.  .Further, all the drugs used for treatment of TB are very toxic and their prolonged use damages the liver and other organs. But in an animal model of TB  we have shown  that use of nano curcumin along with Isoniazid not only reduces the time for cure by 50% but the  liver at the end of treatment remains intact, the mycobacteria does not show much  latency and the immune system of the mice remains intact..This work was done in collaboration with Prof. Gobardhan Das, of Centre of Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has been recently published in Frontiers in Immunology. These results in mice model have very important implication for human TB and we wish to pursue it.

Realizing that curcumin can help in wound healing, Prof Biswabandita Kar of School of Technology, KIIT University and Dr. Bansidhar Mulia from KIMS formed a team and   guided three students for their M. V. Sc thesis which has been completed. The research   was done under their supervision at the Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, OUAT, Bhubaneswar by the team of   Prof. Jayakrishna Das. It has shown remarkable effect on the healing of difficult wounds of dogs.

Mouth wash prepared from our nano curcumin   was tested by the team of Dr. Hemamalini Rath at the Department of Public Health Denstry, SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack involving human volunteers. It was found to delay in most cases the onset of oral mucocytis in comparison to the gold standard Benzydamine. This will be very useful for management of oral cancer whose incidence in our country is very high and increasing every day. The research work at KIIT University was assisted by .Mr. Sitabja Mukherjee a graduate student of Prof. Santosh Kumar Kar. Expressing his satisfaction Dr. A. Samanta thanked all scientists and wish their success. 

UN Under Secretary General Visits KISS and KIIT

United Nations (UN) under Secretary General Erik Solheim visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and KIIT University on Friday. Erik along with a high level delegation visited various campuses of KIIT and the various departments of KISS. On this occasion addressing 25,000 students of KISS Erik said, the campuses of these two great institutions are fantastic. KISS is the only institution in world where 25.000 students are living in one campus. Dr. Achyuta samanta who made these two great institutions is hero for us. He also said the world is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. He had four dreams. He dreamed for poverty free world. We need to fight for poverty free world by 2030. Mahatma Gandhi believed in nature. We have to protect our nature. He always said cleanliness is godliness. We should keep our India Clean. We should keep his dreams alive, Erik advised the students. You are the future of the world. You can make great your parents, family, society, country and the world. Among others Satya S. Tripathy, Senior Advisor on UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Juris Dierckx, CEO, BNP Paribas India, Ratna Dharashree, CEO, Micro Finance Institutions Network of India were also present. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS and KIIT gave welcome address while R. N. Dash, Secretary, KISS and KIIT proposed vote of thanks.

 IGCSE Results: KiiT International Re-emphasizes Quality 

In a record breaking turn of events, 90% of the students from KiiT-IS achieved the highest grade, proving themselves distinctions holders. Every year, the school provides a foundation to IGCSE students such that they go on to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and consistently stand a better chance of getting chosen into Ivy League universities around the world.

Among 10,000 schools across 160 countries, KiiT International School (Bhubaneswar) stands out as the only school in Odisha which offers Cambridge qualifications to students with high ambition and great potential. On the 10th of August 2017 (Thursday), KiiT International School celebrated the phenomenal success of all its pupils who have been pursuing the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), the most popular international curriculum in recent history.

18th National Cities Team Chess Championship concludes
KIIT (Odisha) Team Bags Champion Trophy

KIIT (Odisha) Team won the 18th National Cities Team Chess Championship Title, which was concluded at Kalarabank on 9th August. This tournament was jointly organized by KIIT University and Jagatsinghpur district Chess Association. It is for the first time in the country that, a national level chess event is being held in a rural area. Puri Senior (Odisha), Kolkata-2, KISS (Odisha) secured second, third and fourth position respectively. All these top four teams selected for the Asian Cities Chess Championship to be held at KIIT from 26th August to 1st September 2017. The champion team won trophy with cash prize worth of Rs. 25 thousand while the runners up team won trophy with 15 thousand, top third got 10 thousand and top fourth team got trophy with Rs. 5 thousand rupees cash prize. Ananta Das, State Minister (I) Higher Education and Chandra Sarathi Behera State Minister (I) Electronics & Information Technology, Sports & Youth Services and Brigadier L. C. Patnaik, Member OPSC graced the valedictory function and distributed prizes. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS delivered the welcome address while Sekhar Ch. Sahoo, President, AOCA proposed vote of thanks. Antaryami Samanta, President NMCT presided over the valedictory function. Such kind of National level Chess tournament held in a village for the first time is pride for Jagatsinghpur district and Odisha, opined the guests. As many as 31 cities teams including Odisha, Haryana, West Bengal, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telengana have participated in the tournament. More than 150 chess players participated. In KIIT (Odisha) team Swanshu Mishra, Sekhar Ch. Sahoo, Utkal Ranjan Sahoo, Saina Salonika and Kiran Manisha Mohanty have participated in the tournament.

18th National Cities Team Chess Championship
inaugurated at Kalarabank

The 18th National Cities Team Chess Championship inaugurated at Smart Village Kalarabank on Sunday. This tournament is jointly organized by KIIT University and Jagatsinghpur district Chess Association. It is for the first time in the country that, a national level chess event is being held in a rural area. Prafulla Samal, Minister, Women and Child Development, Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, and MSME, Govt. of Odisha; Dr. B. N. Nanda, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and broadcasting and senior most Economic Advisor, Govt of India; Yamini Sarangi, Collector and Dist. Magistrate, Jagatsinghpur; Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS; Sekhar Ch. Sahoo, President, AOCA; K K Sharma, Honorary Secretary, AOCA and Antaryami Samanta, President NMCT, Kalarabank joined the inaugural ceremony as guests. Such kind of National level Chess tournament held in a village for the first time is pride for Jagatsinghpur district and Odisha, opined the guests. As many as 30 cities teams including Odisha, Haryana, West Bengal, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telengana have participated in the tournament. More than 150 chess players including chess stars of Odisha Swanshu Mishra, Aparajita Gochhikar, Saina Salonika and Kiran Manisha Mohanty have participated in the tournament. This tournament will be played in 7 rounds and the final round and closing ceremony will be held on 9th August 2017. Through this trournament 4 best teams will be selected for the Asian Cities Chess Championship to be held at KIIT from 26th August to 1st September 2017. There are 16 teams participated the tourney from Odisha only, while four from West Bengal, Four from Bihar, one each from Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Telengana, Assam each participated.