December 2016
Odia Girl Maitri Manali Bags KIIT Nanhipari-Little Miss India 2016 Title 30.12.2016
61st DAE-Solid State Physics Symposium at KIIT 26.12.2016
Focus on Green Environment
10th Annual Day of KiiT International School
2nd Kalinga International Film Festival Kicks off at KIIT 13.12.2016  
4th National Children's Literary Festival Kicks off at KiiT International School 10.12.2016  

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Odia Girl Maitri Manali Bags KIIT Nanhipari-Little Miss India 2016 Title

Style, compassion, talent, intelligence and elegance were at its best as teenage models took the ramp in the 16th Nanhipari- Little Miss India talent beauty pageant, which concluded at KiiT International School in Bhubaneswar on 30th December, 2016. Thirty two young girls between 13-16 years shortlisted for semi final round from regional auditions from Guwahati, Luknow, Kolkata, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad faced several competitions during the two-day event.

In the Grand Finale on December 30, Maitri Manali Pradhan from Bhubaneswar crowned KIIT Nanhipari- Little Miss India 2016. Dipanwita Dey of Kolkata and Swayamprabha Dalabehera of Mumbai were crowned first runner-up and 2nd runner up respectively. The top three also received a cash award of Rs. 3 lakh, Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 50,000 respectively, along with silver crown, trophy and certificates.

Many other titles were decided in the final round such as, Miss Rapunzel - girl with most beautiful hair, Miss Photogenic - girl with best pose in photoshoot round, Miss Selfie - Maximum likes on facebook page, Miss Fashion girl with best costume in both rounds, Miss Whizkid girl with highest marks in quiz round, Miss Cindrella girl having best personality, Miss Urvasi girl with Best Talent, Miss Catwalk girl with best ramp walk, Miss Monalisa most beautiful girl with most beautiful smile and Miss Active - most active girl in sports round and got a cash prize of 10 thousand each.

Renowned music director Goodly Rath, Rekha Khan, Feature editor, Nav Bharat times; Shriti Vyakaran, Miss Asia Pacific; Suprit Kaur Miss India UN; Hera Bin, representative of Korean Cosmetic company were the jury members while, Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA; Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Chief Patron of KIIT Nanhipar; Malay Mohapatra, Patron; L. N. Gupta, Secretary, Dept of MSME, Govt of Odisha; Manoranjan Panigrahi, Secretary, Culture, Govt. of Odish were also present on the occasion.

Many attractive prizes were introduced in the 16th edition of the competition this year. The Prize Money for the winner is Rs. 21 lakh - Rs. 3 lakh cash prize and 100% academic fee waiver subject to a maximum of Rs. 18 lakh for studying in any discipline in KIIT University. The 1st Runners Up would win Rs.10 lakh Rs. 1 lakh cash prize and 50% academic fee waiver subject to maximum of Rs. 9 lakh for studying any discipline in KIIT University. Similarly, the 2nd Runners Up would get Rs. 9.5 lakh Rs. 50,000/- Cash Prize and 50% academic fee waiver subject to maximum of Rs. 9 lakh for studying any discipline in KIIT University.

"Nanhipari" is a talent show for teenage girls between the age group of 13-16 years. It had a modest start in 2001 in a remote and small tribal town of Keonjhar District of Odisha. In a short time-span of just 16 years, it has become a national event of repute, touted as the 'Little Miss India' competition, the only one of its kind. Patronized by noted visionary, social activist, educationist, Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, the purpose of KIIT Nanhipari Little Miss India is to build an institution and a tradition dedicated for spotting and nurturing the talented young girls to become successful women subsequently in their adulthood.

61st DAE-Solid State Physics Symposium at KIIT

The 61st DAE-Solid State Physics Symposium, organized by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and KIIT University, was inaugurated at KIIT on 26th December 2016. Opening the symposium as the chief guest, Padma Shri Prof. Srikumar Banerjee, Chancellor, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai said, enormous research facilities for solid state Physics are now available in the country. Neutron scattering facilities, which are helpful in the study of magnetic structure, are available at Dhruva Reactor, he informed, elaborating, a synchrotron radiation spectrum is also available for research in solid state physics.

There is a lot of opportunities to use synchrotron radiation in India, Prof. Banerjee said, while advising the young researchers of the country to use these, instead of going outside.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University said, the students and young researchers should take benefit of this symposium. Prof. Saibal Basu, convener of DAE SSPS 2016 highlighted the main purpose behind organizing the symposium. Prof. N. K. Sahu, Associate Director, Physics Group, BARC highlighted various facilities available in Atomic Energy Department for research in solid state physics.

Eminent scientists from India and abroad will deliver talks during this five-day Symposium. Best poster award, Young achiever award and Best thesis award will also be given. More than 900 delegates, including eminent scientists and research scholars from India and abroad, are participating.

Among others, Dr. Sushant Kumar Sahoo, Asst Professor, Department of Physics, KIIT University and the convener of local organizing committee and Dr. Shovit Bhattacharya, Scientific Secretary, DAE SSPS 2016 were also present. 

Focus on Green Environment
10th Annual Day of KiiT International School

KiiT International School celebrated its 10th Annual Day on 23rd December 2016. This year the theme of the function was ‘Decade of Transcendence’. The environment hazards we come across these days is one of the most precarious issue at the global scenario. In order to lend its support to the cause of making this world a better and healthier place, KiiT International School this year has taken up the initiative of planting 7000 saplings in and around the campus. This has indeed made the campus a vibrant green learning hub for its students. Other than making it greener the campus also boasts about its cleanliness and maintaining the same. This green thinking of the management has led to the theme “Decade of Transcendence” which reflected in the 10th Annual Function.

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, KiiT International School has always been giving importance on student-friendly teaching-learning process. Dr. Mona Lisa Bal, Chairperson of the School delivered the welcome address, while Mr. Sanjay Suar, Principal presented the annual report of the School. Best students of the School were awarded on the occasion followed by cultural programme by students of the school.

Students of KiiT International School performed various cultural programmes including Celestial Twitters, Cuddly Bubbles, We need a Break, Arabian Nights, Lit Wranglers, A cappela, Joy of Indywood, Wings of Zenith, Cutting Edge, Polyphonic Smelt, Imploration, Legendry Panorama, Emperyan Concerto, Funk unplugged, How Green is my Village (Drama), memoir, Fusion Dance etc.. A cappela, instrumental concert by junior students; wings of zenith, modern dance by senior students; Legendry Panorama, Odishi Dance and emperyan concerto, fusion music concert by students were most enjoyable.

2nd Kalinga International Film Festival Kicks off at KIIT

The 2nd Kalinga International Film Festival, organized jointly by KIIT School of Film and Media Sciences and KIIT Film Society with support of the Federation of Film Societies of India, was commenced at KIIT campus on December 13, 2016. The festival was inaugurated by renowned film director Mr. Susant Mishra in presence of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University; Prof. Himanshu Khatua, CEO, KIIT School of Film and Media Sciences and MD, Kalinga TV; and Dr. Sucheta Priyabadini, Director, Students Affairs, KIIT.

In his inaugural speech Mr. Mishra said, films are born in mind and die on paper and reborn in studios. KIIT has provided enormous facilities to its students for development of their creativity in various fields along with regular course. As a result, many KIIT students have excelled in various fields. Lalit Paikray and Kartik Bhagat are two among them. Lalit, an alumnus of KIIT, is the Co-producer of Udta Punjab, Producer of Dangerous Husn and actor in Impossible Murder. Currently he is producing Syndicate Queen with Michael Bregman of Bregman Production, who are best known for ScarfaceDog Day AfternoonCarlito's Way and Bone Collector. Similarly Amit Pandey, another alumnus of KIIT, is the project manager of Fox Life, an American show. Kartik Bhagat, yet another alumnus, is now a photographer of international repute. His studio Dreams Diaries at Mumbai is famous for photography.

During this three-day festival, six films from Latvia, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, Austria and India will be screened. Mother I love youfrom Latvia, My name is Maya from Italy, Cats don’t have Vertigo from Portugal, Block 12 from Cyprus, Jack from Austria, and Bankruptsfrom India will be screened during the festival. Prof. Bidhu Roul, Dean, KIIT School of Film and Media Sciences proposed vote of thanks. 

4th National Children's Literary Festival Kicks off at KiiT International School

The 4th National Children's Literary Festival commenced on December 10, 2016 with a galaxy of writers and authors including renowned cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty, Bikram Grewal, Story teller Rituparna Ghosh, Amrutash Mishra and Christopher C Doyle. The festival was inaugurated by Padma Bhushan Mr. Ruskin Bond, who is also its Chief Patron.    

More than 600 students from over 60 schools are participating from all over the country. For the last four years, it has brought readers, illustrators, story tellers and publishers together in an ongoing conversation about past, present and future of this literary journey. 

Speaking the occasion, Mr. Bond said, “It is amazing how many of you want to write to become writers. In fact, most of the writers only write, but are not readers. So, students should read more and more magazine on education, general knowledge and health issues, etc. Students need self expression; it is the base of good writing. Students have eminent writers for this festival, and you should enjoy this two-day festival”.

The colourful festival is being organized by Kloud9, a Children's monthly magazine, and hosted by KiiT International School. This mega event started in 2013, conceptualised by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT and KISS. He wanted to start a literary festival exclusively for the children. KiiT International School has pioneered in this field by organizing literature events for the children. 

The event is a powerhouse of activities like cartooning, poetry slam, quiz, story writing and 60 seconds to fame. The classic collection of newspapers and magazines was displayed for the enthusiasts. The winners of All India Short story competition organized by kloud9 will be announced at the festival. 

Dr. Samanta congratulated the school for organizing the event and endorsed the importance of extracurricular activities. Dr. Mona Lisa Bal, Chairperson, KiiT International School welcomed the guests, while Dr. Sanjay Suar, Principal of the School proposed vote of thanks.