DECEMBER 2010
 
KIIT inks MOU with UNICEF, Odisha
31.12.2010
KISS Organises Media Advocacy Programme on LSE & ARSH
24.12.2010
NE Inter University Women Football Tournament Inaugurated at KIIT
22.12.2010
 
J & K Delegation Visit KISS
22.12.2010
 
CM Inaugurates KiiT International School Campus
20.12.2010
Valedictory function  of the All India Law Teachers Congress on  “Law Teaching and Research: Recent Development”.
19.12.2010
18.12.2010
KIIT Organises Rendezvous with Alexander Gorlizki
16.12.2010
658 KIIT Students Picked Up By Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Campus Placement
KIIT Sets Campus Placement Record in Eastern Region
16.12.2010
 
International Law Week Concludes at KIIT
12.12.2010
National Secretariat of UMAP Inaugurated at KIIT
11.12.2010
Seventh day at International Law Week in KIIT
10.12.2010
KIIT Boy Selected for Asian Para Games 2010
10.12.2010
 
International Law Week at KIIT
Former Judge of Supreme Court of UK Delivers Speech on Rule of Law
09.12.2010
Mr. Navin Chawla at International Law Week in KIIT
07.12.2010
KISS Model Charms Delhi CM. Source : The Times of India
06.12.2010
 
1568 Students Awarded Degrees at KIIT Convocation
05.12.2010
International Law week starts at KIIT
04.12.2010
KISS players selected for National Volley and Kabaddi Championship
01.12.2010

News & Events
KISS Organises Media Advocacy Programme on LSE & ARSH

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) organized a media advocacy workshop for the correspondents of both print and electronic media on 24th December 2010 at Hotel New Marion, Bhubaneswar. The workshop aimed at sensitizing correspondents so that they would advocate for bringing appropriate changes in the policy framework for inclusion of Life Skills Education (LSE) in the existing educational system.

With the support of UNFPA, KISS has been honing the abilities of its tribal students through LSE and Adolescent Reproductive Sexual Health (ARSH) for enabling them to deal with the demands and challenges in their quotidian life effectively. In Odisha, many tribal adolescents and their family members have little access to information pertaining to health provisions, government schemes and facilities, and hence are deprived of those benefits.

LSE and ARSH initiative of KISS, which is a pioneer educational institute providing free education with residential facilities to 12,000 tribal students, has created a sustainable and enabling environment for the students. The project also aims at building the capacity of KISS as a resource center to support and expand LSE and broaden research base in areas of ARSH.

Interventions undertaken during one year of LSE project in KISS include development of course based curriculum, empanelling resource persons, strengthening counseling services and liaisoning with government officials for state-wide implementation of the project. In addition, the research activities on adolescent issues have been undertaken with the support Utkal University, Fakir Mohan University, Sambalpur University and North Odisha University. Total 19 research papers are now available with KISS reflecting health, life skills and social issues of adolescents in Odisha. Resource and communication materials are being developed and disseminated for the smooth spread of LSE and ARSH. Young people have been enrolled as trained peer educators and counselors.

Under the LSE project an Adolescent Resource Centre has been established which serves the needs of its adolescent students. Exposure visits to Public Utility places are also organized for the students to develop their skill in accessing the systems. In addition, outreach programmes have been carried out for slum adolescents in nearby slums on ARSH. Co-curricular activities like street theatres, puppetry, Pala, Daskathia are performed by the peer educators for the promotion of LSE and ARSH. Shri Hemanta Dwibedy, State Programme Coordinator, UNFPA, Said media should come forward to help those unprivileged, while Dr. Prashanta Routray brief about the programme. Achyuta Samanta also commented on the role of media for advice and proper publicity. The media advocacy programme highlighted different facets and significance of LSE in KISS.

NE Inter University Women Football Tournament Inaugurated at KIIT

North-East Zone Inter University Football (Women) Tournament 2010 was inaugurated at KIIT Sports Ground on 22nd December 2010. Ms. Shradhanjali Samantaray, Former Captain, Indian Women Football team declared the tournament open in the presence of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, VC, KIIT University and Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar. Total 20 teams from universities of North-Eastern part of the country are participating in four groups. Matches will be played both on knockout and league basis during the five-day tournament. On the first day, BRA Bihar, Guru Ghasidas, KIIT, Utkal, Punjabi, C.S.J.M, Ram Mohan Lohia Abodh won the matches by walkover.
Result :
Allahbad University (2) Vs. VBS Purvanchal (0)
Delhi University (12) Vs. RML Abodh (0)
KIIT University (2) Vs. Pandit Ravi Shankar (0)
Punjabi (3) Vs. Ranchi (1) -- (On Penalty shoot out)

J&K Delegation Visit KISS

A youth delegation from Jammu & Kashmir led by eminent social worker, Mr. Punit Pradhan visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). The delegation is in Odisha as a part of Jammu & Kashmir Youth Exchange Programme, a unique initiative of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) which provides opportunities to the youth of J&K to visit important places of historical and cultural significance in different part of the country.

The visit will give them an opportunity to interact and understand their fellow countrymen and develop a feeling of pride in the country they belong to. As per the programme, members of the visiting delegation performed cultural programme including Mr. Shivankur Bharti, Indian idol at KISS. Similarly, students of KISS also showcase their talent through various traditional and folk cultural presentations.

Shri Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS welcomed the delegation to KISS. Dr. A. S. Kolaskar, VC, KIIT University and Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS also interacted with them.

CM Inaugurates KiiT International School Campus

New campus of KiiT International School was inaugurated by Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Odissa on 20th December 2010. He also graced 4th Annual Day celebration of the School. Shri Patnaik said that KiiT International School is one of the best schools in the eastern India. He was impressed with eco-friendly green campus of the School and also with its world class facilities.

The Chief Minister also released first issue of the annual magazine of KiiT International School, 'Carinae'. Dr. Prasanna Patasani, Hon'ble MP and Shri Bagirathi Badajena, Hon'ble MLA graced the occasion along many reputed persons from various walks of life.

KiiT International School was established four years back to fill the void of a reputed international school in eastern India. It is the first school in region to offer IB Board syllabus. In addition, it offers the National CBSE and International IGCSE curriculum. Padmashree Ruskin Bond, eminent writer of international repute is associated with the school as it's Brand Ambassador.

Shri Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS thanked Shri Naveen Patnaik and other dignitaries for their presence on this occasion. As emphasis now is on school education, it was very much necessary to establish an institution like KiiT International School in Odisha to provide the students opportunities and access to various global qualification, he said.

Smt Saswati Bal, President, KIIT-KISS delivered the presidential address. Dr. Mona Lisa Bal, Chairman, KiiT International School and
Mr. Sanjay Suar, Principal also spoke on the occasion. Students presented live band and cultural programme on the theme “Strings of
Harmony”, which was based on peace.

KIIT Organises Rendezvous with Alexander Gorlizki

KIIT School of Film & Media Sciences and KIIT School of Fashion Technology jointly hosted an event called ‘The Rendezvous with Alexander Gorlizki’ in presence of veteran art critic and eminent writer, Prof. Deba Prasad Pattnaik, Noted Artist and Mr. Vijayant Dash on 16th December 2010.

As an invited speaker, Alexander Gorlizki spoke on different aspects of art and sculpture. “An artist should immerse himself with nature before creating something new”, he said. He described his journey through his illustrious work and enjoyed a lively interaction with the students and eminent artists of the state.

Alexander Gorlizki in an eminent sculpture, painter and photographer and an alumni of famous Slade School of Fine Art and has been a visiting lecturer in renowned art institutions like Wimbledon School of Art, London and University of West England (UWE) at Bristol. Many visiting lecturers and artists moderated the entire programme, while eminent artists like Ramahari Jena, Subrat Mallik, Anjan Sahu, Smruti Ranjan Nayak and Ramakanta Samantaray graced the occasion.

KIIT School of Media Sciences offers Bachelor of Film & Television Production including cinematography, direction, editing and animation and School of Fashion Technology offers 4-year Bachelor Degree in Fashion Design & Textile Design.

658 KIIT Students Picked Up By Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Campus Placement
KIIT Sets Campus Placement Record in Eastern Region

KIIT University’s strong brand continues to charm India’s top recruiters with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) picking up a whopping 658 students in the campus placement on 15th December 2010, while as many as 702 students bagged job offers from Tata Group. The selected students, who would be passing out in 2011, belong to B.Tech, M.Tech and MCA streams of the University. Job offer to so many students by a single company in campus placement on a single day is a record in Eastern India.      

Recruiters from the Indian IT behemoth, who conducted the campus placement, were overwhelmed with the students’ profile. KIIT students fared extremely well with 658 of 705 students who went through the selection process making it to the final list. Over the years, KIIT University has emerged as the favourite recruiting ground for Tata Group. Tata Power and Tata Cummings are other companies of the group that offered jobs to KIIT students.

In addition to Tata Group, ten core companies including Shapoorji Pallonji, L&T ECC, IVRCL, TATA Steel, Soma Infrastructure, Tega Industries and TVS Motors participated in KIIT campus placement, offering jobs to 250 students of technology stream. Total 100 students from School of Computer Application (MCA) have already being placed. Similarly, with about 100 students already placed in management stream, KIIT University is all set to record cent percent placement in yet another year. 

It is just the start of placement season at KIIT and most of the students of 2011 passing out batch are placed, said Shri N. V. Shastry, Dy Director - Placement, KIIT University, while expressing confidence that all the students would be placed in coming weeks.
  
Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and Mr. Prithwish Ray, GM and Regional HR Head (East), TCS expressed happiness at the selection of so many students (658) by TCS. Consistent high level performance and best exposure and academic facility provided to the students have contributed to excellence in campus placement year after year, Dr. Samanta said.

International Law Week Concludes at KIIT

International Law Week, a novel initiative of School of Law of KIIT University organized in collaboration with the British Council, concluded on 12th December 2010. Eminent legal luminaries including Mr. Ram Jethmalani, Hon'ble MP (Rajya Sabha) and
President, Supreme Court Bar Association; Ms. Pinky Anand, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Lord Justice Mark Oliver Saville, Former Judge, Supreme Court of UK and Prof. J. Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University, U.K. graced the valedictory ceremony. 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jethmalani said that the true objective of legal profession is social service. As a major proportion of Indian population is below poverty line, they are not able to get proper justice, he said. Helping them is a challenge for law students, he added. Helping those who are below poverty lines is the greatest duty of lawyers towards democracy, he said. Recognising tribals as the root source of our civilization, he asserted that they should get their rights. Calling Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS as a great visionary, he said Dr. Samanta has done a tremendous job by providing free education to tribal children through Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). Mr. Jethmalani advised students to freely exercise the right of speech. 

Ms. Pinky Anand advised students to work for bonded labourers, women, children and those who are under trial along with their legal study. Practice of law has become a very demanding and challenging profession these days, she added. Lord Justice Mark Oliver Saville expressed his satisfaction over the International Law Week. Application of information technology can improve the legal system in India and UK, he said. 

The International Law Week was organized with the objective of providing students of law with an opportunity of interaction with some of the global leaders of the legal fraternity. The nine day programme included workshops, seminars; practical exercises and open house discussions with globally reputed legal scholars. There were special lectures on all days delivered by eminent personalities from legal and allied fields. Hon'ble Justice A. K. Patnaik, Judge, Supreme Court, Shri Naveen Chawla, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri Ashok Parija, Sr. Advocate and Member, BCI, and Dr. Sumate Yamnoon, General Secretary, UMAP were some of the speakers who illuminated the audience. 

Smt. Saswati Bal, President KIIT-KISS, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Mr. Ruskin Bond, eminent writer, Prof. N. K. Chakraborty, Director, KIIT School of Law were also present at the valedictory session.

National Secretariat of UMAP Inaugurated at KIIT

KIIT University added yet another feather to its cap with the inauguration of India Secretariat of a very important organization, UMAP. University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), dedicated for the cause of University level education in Asia and the Pacific, is an association of government and non-government organizations which administer student mobility in order to enhance international understanding among university students in 34 member countries with more than 364 participating Universities in the region of Asia and the Pacific.

UMAP National Secretariat of India at KIIT University was inaugurated on 11th December 2010 by Sri Debi Prasad Mishra, Hon’ble Minister of Higher Education, Tourism & Culture, Govt. of Odisha in the presence of Dr. Sumate Yamnoon, Secretary General, UMAP, Dr. H. K. Satapathy, VC, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapitha, Tirupati and Madam Voravan Limtong, Director of the International Secretariat, UMAP.

KIIT has the unique distinction of being the only member of the country in UMAP since last two years. KIIT's focus on internationalization, knowledge sharing with more than 50 partner Universities across the globe, and other international activities were taken into consideration by the International Secretariat and the Board Members of UMAP to consider opening the UMAP National Secretariat of India at KIIT.

It is indeed a great honour for KIIT and for the State of Odisha that the India Secretariat has been opened in KIIT. Students and Universities of India can take advantage of it, said Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS who incidentally happens to be a Member of the Executive Board of UMAP.

KIIT Boy Selected for Asian Para Games 2010

G. Dilaswar Rao, a student of KIIT, is set to participate in the Asian Para Games 2010, which will kick off in Guangzhou, China from 12th December 2010. Dilaswar is a B.Tech (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) 3rd Semester student. He will represent the India in Badminton. Previously, Dilaswar had participated in different Badminton championships for the physically challenged at national and international levels. In two of his recent outings in Israel and South Africa he won silver medals.

Approximately 5,500 athletes from 45 Asian member nations are expected to participate in this multisport competition. Selection of a KIIT student for this prestigious sporting event is a matter of great pride, said Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. Congratulating him for the achievement, he hoped that Indian Physically Challenged Badminton squad would perform well in the games. His success will inspire others, he added.

Last month, Bhagyalaxmi Barik, a girl from KISS, participated in Asian Games held in the same location as a part of Indian Women Rugby team.

International Law Week at KIIT
Former Judge of Supreme Court of UK Delivers Speech on Rule of Law


International Law Week, being organized by School of Law of KIIT University, had a distinguished legal luminary in Lord Justice Mark Oliver Saville, former Judge, Supreme Court of UK as Guest Speaker on its sixth day on 9th December 2010. He spoke on Rule of Law and Principles and Meaning of Justice. Democracy and Rule of Law go hand in hand and in absence of later, democracy has no meaning, he said.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS welcomed the Lord Justice to KIIT campus. Prof. J. Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University, UK, Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, VC, KIIT University, Prof. Faizan Mustafa, VC, National Law University of Odisha and Prof. N. K. Chakraborty, Director, KIIT School of Law were present.

Speaking to the budding legal professionals, law students and faculty members, Lord Justice said that Rule of Law and administration of justice are essential for smooth functioning of our society. In view of increasing complexity of human affairs, legal education assumes great signification, he added.

Lord Justice Mark Oliver Saville, who was accompanied by his wife, went around different campuses of KIIT and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). Referring to KISS, a free residential institute for 12000 tribal students, he said it is a dream come true for Dr. Samanta. He appreciated the intellectual vibration of KIIT School of Law and called it one of the finest Law Schools he has visited.

Ms. Joelle Uzarski of US Embassy in New Delhi, who was also another guest speaker on the sixth day, outlined the English Access Microscholarship Programme being implemented in KISS. A large number of students and faculty attended the programme. International Law Week is being organised by KIIT School of Law in collaboration with the British Council.

Mr. Navin Chawla at International Law Week in KIIT

Mr. Navin Chawla, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, and Mr. Ashok Parija, Senior Advocate and Member, Bar Council of India graced the fourth day of International Law Week, being organized by School of Law of KIIT University in collaboration with the British Council.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Prof. J. Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University, UK, Prof. Faizan Mustafa, VC, National Law University of Odisha and Prof. N. K. Chakraborty, Director, KIIT School of Law were present on the occasion.

Legal social work and legal education should go hand in hand, said Mr. Chawla in his address to the students. Students should take initiative in providing legal aid to poor who are under trial or languishing in jail for want of funds to pursue the case against them, he said. He congratulated the students of KIIT School of Law for their activism in ensuring right to vote for transsexuals. He also answered questions of the students in a Question & Answer Session.

International Law Week aims to provide budding lawyers and students with a unique opportunity to interact with global leaders of the legal fraternity.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Parija laid emphasis on legal education system in the country. There are 900 institutions imparting legal education which produce more that 50000 graduates every year, he informed, adding that there is further need to strengthen legal education system as most of these institutions do not have adequate faculty. Legal education should be brought closer to technical and management education in view of influx of multinationals in the country as a result of globalization, he added. Proportion of legal professionals in the country is 1:1800, while it is 1:300 in UK, Mr. Parija said.  

KISS Model Charms Delhi CM
Source : The Times of India (06.12.2010)

Describing poverty and illiteracy as two ugly spots on the beautiful face of Odisha, His Excellency The Governor of Odisha Shri M.C. Bhandare called upon students to drive away these problems. “ When these two are removed, Odisha will shine with all its glory and  splendor and become one of the most developed states of the country,’ Shri Bhandare  said, addressing students at the sixth convocation of KIIT University here on Sunday.

Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit and five other eminent personalities were conferred Honoris Causa(degree of doctorate) by the university on the occasion.

After receiving the honorary degree, Dikshit said her government was going to set up a school for  children of construction workers and slum dwellers in Delhi on the model of the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). “ It is really amazing that KISS residential school could provide free education  to over 10,000 students under one roof. I want to replicate it in my state and have brought two ministers from my cabinet to study the model properly,” she said.

Other recipients of honoris causa were state Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai, noted social activist Sruti Mohapatra. While honorary degree of DSc was conferred on Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister &  Secretary and Director General of DRDO,  Dr. V.K. Saraswat, and Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr. K. Radhakrishnan. Honorary Degree of D. Law was conferred on Prof. J. Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University.

Speaking on the occasion, Chancellor of KIIT University, Hari Gautam described KIIT University as one the most dynamic residential academic campuses of this country offering academic diversity and confluence of modernity and tradition. The university has signed MoUs with more than 17 universities from 12 countries in last one year, informed  Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. A. S. Kolaskar.

1568 Students Awarded Degrees at KIIT Convocation

Total 1,568 graduates of 2010 batch of KIIT University received degrees at Sixth Annual Convocation of the University on 5th December 2010. In addition, the University conferred Ph.D. to ten candidates and D.Litt to one candidate. Shri M. C. Bhandare, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and delivered the convocation address. 

KIIT University conferred Degree of Doctorate (Honoris Causa) to six distinguished personalities from various walks of life. Honorary Degree of D.Litt was conferred on Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Hon'ble Chief Minister, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Shri Prafulla Chandra Ghadai, Hon'ble Minister of Finance & Excise, Odisha and Dr. Sruti Mohapatra, Noted Social Activist & Chief Executive, Swabhiman. Honorary Degree of D.Sc. was conferred on Padmashri Dr. V. K. Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister & Secretary, Deptt. of Defence Research & Development, Ministry of Defence D.G., DRDO, Govt. of India and Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation, Govt. of India. The University conferred Honorary Degree of D.Law on Prof. J. Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University, U.K.

Speaking to the graduating students, Shri M. C. Bhandare reminded them that the society is waiting to see them join the task of nation building, and secure for India its place of pride among the leaders of the global community. He advised the graduates to emulate the values of their alma mater and its Founder, Dr. A. Samanta, who made it a mission in life to reach out to the unreached and by setting up Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, an institute for 12,000 tribal children. 

As a self financing university, KIIT University has been doing remarkable work in education and research in India, the Governor observed, adding that continuous value addition has made KIIT, one of the fastest growing universities not only in India but in the world. 

Accepting the honorary D.Litt degree, Smt. Dikshit said that KIIT University has an aroma of passionate pursuit of excellence and, above all, humane touch. Efforts and dedication of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS have made it a very well known university in a short span of time, she added. KIIT University has emerged as an epicenter of professional education in the state, said Shri Ghadai. Expressing his gratitude, Dr. Saraswat termed the award as recognition for his team that has contributed immensely in making India self reliant in missile technology. 

In his acceptance speech, Prof. Hunter called KIIT as his spiritual home. Determination of Dr. Samanta has changed lives of thousands of students, said Dr. Mohapatra. She advised graduating students to keep their homes and hearts open for persons with disability.     
Academic value addition has enriched the institution, said Dr. Samanta, while emphasizing that KIIT is perhaps the only university which integrates education with human values. Expressing gratitude to the recipients of honorary degree of doctorate, he said it was a rare honour to honour them. Dr. Samanta congratulated the successful graduates of the university and wished them a bright future.     

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University urged graduates to always be proud as Indians. Stating that KIIT University is one of the most dynamic residential academic campuses of this country offering academic diversity and confluence of modernity and tradition, he said that this has only been possible because Dr. Samanta's special dynamism, a unique passion, an unabated commitment, an honest sincerity, personal sacrifice and a high indexed integrity. 
KIIT University has taken steps to internationalize education and has signed MoU's with more than 17 Universities from 12 countries in last one year, informed Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor. The University has appointed the best teachers and this has translated into high achievements of its students, he said in his report. Recently, the university has achieved exciting success in the field of research and development, he added. Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar, KIIT University proposed vote of thanks.

Outstanding students were awarded gold and silver medal at the ceremony. Mahmudul Hasan, M.Tech in Electronics Engineering, and Namrata Kar, B.Tech in Electronics Engineering, bagged Founder's Gold Medal for securing highest CGPA among Post Graduate and Under Graduate courses respectively.

International Law Week Starts at KIIT

International Law Week 2010, a novel initiative of School of Law of KIIT University, commenced on 4th December 2010. The event was inaugurated by Hon’ble Mr. Justice A. K. Patnaik, Judge, Supreme Court of India in the presence of National and International legal luminaries at Convention Centre of KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. Those who graced the inaugural ceremony include Hon’ble Mr. Justice M. M. Das, Hon’ble Mr. Justice L. Mohapatra, Hon’ble Mr. Justice B. P. Das, Judges of Odisha High Court, Prof. J. Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University, U. K. and Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.

International Law Week, being organized in collaboration of British Council, aims to provide budding lawyers with a unique opportunity to interact with global leaders of the legal fraternity. This endeavour of KIIT School of Law, a leading law school in the country set up on the pattern of National Law Schools by KIIT University, is an attempt towards internationalization of legal education as envisaged by the National Knowledge Commission, Govt. of India.

Inaugurating the conference, Justice Patnaik said that international legal thinking is creeping into domestic laws. Analysing the interactions between international law and domestic laws, he said that India has to be a part of international covenants due to economic compulsions and, therefore, adapt its domestic laws. Citing example of resistance for women reservation bill in Parliament, Justice Patnaik observed that international resistance in the matters of human rights in India is high. Fortunately, however, international thinking in the area of human rights is influencing our domestic laws, he said.             

“KIIT is a centre of excellence and we will try to make KIIT School of Law the finest law school in India”, said Prof. Hunter. It is important for students to know the diversity of law as practiced in different parts of the world, said Justice M. M. Das, adding that this will prepare them for an international legal profession.

Speaking on the occasion, Justice Mohapatra said that the purpose of five year integrated course in law is to attract bright students to the profession. However, he regretted that a vast majority of such graduates opt for corporate jobs, rather than legal practice. Justice B. P. Das elaborated on sources and sense of international law and explained treaty and agreements between nations.     
   
The week long programme includes workshops, seminars, practical excercises and open house discussions with globally reputed legal scholars. There would be special lectures on all days to be delivered by eminent personalities from legal and allied fields. Hon’ble Ms. Justice Geeta Mittal, Judge, Delhi High Court, Shri Naveen Chawla, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri Ashok Parija, Sr. Advocate and Member, BCI, Shri Fali S. Nariman, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Lord Justice Mark Oliver Saville, former Judge, Supreme Court of U.K., Mr. Sanjay Wadvani, British Dy. High Commissioner, Eastern India, Shri Ram Jethmalani, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Dr. Sumate Yamnoon, General Secretary, UMAP are some of the speakers who would illuminate the audience.          

A special feature of the International Law Week is Law Mela on 9th December 2010, in which students and faculty of the KIIT School of Law will get rare opportunity of informal interaction with legal luminaries in small groups. The event will conclude on 12th December 2010. The valedictory ceremony will be graced by Mr. Suhel Seth, theatre actor and social activist and Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, IBN.

Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University and Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor also spoke on the occasion. Prof. N. K. Chakraborty, Director, KIIT School of Law proposed the vote of thanks.

KISS players selected for National Volley and Kabaddi Championship

12 students of KISS have been selected in the Odisha Team to participate in the Mini National Volleyball Championship for Boys and Girls, which will be held at Chennai from 30th November to 5th December, 2010. Four students of KISS will represent the boy’s team whereas, eight students will represent the girl’s team.

Similarly, Rebati Singh, a student of KISS has been selected to participate in the 37th National Boy’s and Girl’s Kabaddi Championship which will be held at Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS and KIIT conveyed his best wishes to the participating team.