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62nd Republic Day Celebrated at KIIT
Gandhi Global Family Plans Elaborate Programme at KISS
Shri Pragyan Ojha, Indian Criketer visits KIIT & KISS
KIIT to Host 99th Indian Science Congress in Association with NISER
Union Minister of State for HRD Launches IB Diploma Programme at KiiT International School
Achyuta Samanta Nominated as Member of Asia Economic Forum

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62nd Republic Day Celebrated at KIIT

KIIT Group of Institutions celebrated 62nd Republic Day with pomp and patriotic fervor. The occasion brings the whole country together despite its inherent diversity, said Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS after unfurling the National Flag at the Sports Ground of KIIT. KIIT is a mini India as it has students and staff from all parts of the country presenting a confluence of diverse cultures, he said.

Briefing about the significance of Republic Day, Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University reminded students to work with dedication for the country.

Republic Day is celebrated at KIIT with much enthusiasm every year. Students of all wings of KIIT, KISS and cadets of NCC, NSS, etc participated in the march past. There were about 37 march past sequences, 18 show segments and 13 tableau presentations by the students. Later, a lively cultural programme mesmerized the audience. Outstanding students and staff of KIIT and KISS were felicitated for their commendable achievement at the occasion. A peace writing message by dignitaries and guests was also organized.

Among others, Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor; Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar, KIIT, Shri R. N. Dash, Advisor, KIIT & KISS and other distinguished personalities from different fields were present on the occasion. Mr Pradosh Pattnaik, Mr. Dillip Hali and Shri Bipin Bihari Mishra were the judges for different activities.

Gandhi Global Family Plans Elaborate Programme at KISS

Gandhi Global Family, a national-level organization propagating values and vision of the Father of the Nation, has planned elaborate programmes to observe Death Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on 30th January 2011. Programmes were discussed and finalized at a meeting of Gandhi Global Family chaired by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, National Secretary of the organization and Founder, KIIT & KISS.

As per the programme, His Excellency Shri M. C. Bhandare, the Governor of Odisha will unveil a bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi and inaugurate an ‘Akhand Jyoti’ at KISS campus at 5.30 PM on 30th January. He has also consented to deliver at KISS the inaugural lecture of Gandhi Memorial Lecture Series, instituted by Gandhi Global Family from the current year. Shri Bhandare will lay Foundation Stone of a 50 bedded health centre at KISS on the occasion. Poor patients from the nearby areas will get treatment free of cost at this health centre. The Governor’s programme also includes inauguration of an ultra modern kitchen facility for 12,000 tribal students of KISS. Gandhiji dedicated his life for the welfare of socially backward, exploited and excluded sections of the society. In view of this, Gandhi Global Family found it relevant to observe the auspicious occasion of his death anniversary at KISS, which is a home for 12,000 tribal children. 

Gandhi Global Family has entrusted Dr. A. Samanta with organizational responsibilities in five States-Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh-in the capacity as its National Secretary. Steps are being taken to establish a Gandhigram, a Gandhi Museum, which will showcase life and times of Mahatma Gandhi, and Gandhi Library, which will have books on Gandhiji and his philosophy, in Bhubaneswar in near future, informed Dr. Samanta.

Founder of Gandhi Global Family and eminent Gandhian leader Padma Bhusan Nirmala Despande officiated as President of the Gandhi Global Family for several years. At present Shri Gulam Nabi Azad, Hon’ble Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare is the Central President of Gandhi Global Family, while Shri S. P. Verma is its Vice President.

Dr. Dilip Srichandan is the Odisha State Coordinator of Gandhi Global family, while Dr. Bimalendu Mohanty, Shri Pradosh Patnaik, Padmashree Tulasi Munda, Shri Dilip Hali, Shri Priyadarshi Mishra, Shri Surendra Das, Shri Surya Mohanty, Shri Rabi Behera, Shri Shashanka Chudamani and Shri Chinmaya Das are members, among others.
KIIT to Host 99th Indian Science Congress in Association with NISER

Come January 2012, all roads would lead to KIlT University to have a glimpse of the mammoth congregation of scientists, scholars, students and host of other people from all walks of life. This congregation would not be for a formal meet for the distinguished scientific brains but for the prestigious 99th Indian Science Congress which has been scheduled to be held in the lush green campuses of KIIT - one of the finest Universities of the country.

Indian Science Congress, singularly the most important meet for the scientists across the globe in India has remained the most coveted event, every state desiring to hold in its geographical boundaries. Stiff competition, promises for smooth conduct of the session backed by scrutiny and inspection by the Indian Science Congress Association decide in favour of the venue of the session. It is a matter of great pride that Odisha where the Congress has its earlier session in 1977, after a gap of 33 years could get the scope to hold 99th Session of the Indian Science Congress, thanks to consistent efforts of KIIT University and its Founder, Dr. A. Samanta. One year of tireless efforts by KIIT followed by the visit of several important functionaries bore fruit yesterday at Chennai, where the Indian Science Congress had its 98th Session. The General President Dr. Geetha Bali declared the holding of the 99th Session in KIIT University to be organized with academic partnership of National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and handed over the necessary documents to Dr. A. Samanta.

While the holding of such a Conference is definitely a matter of great pride for the state yet the Conference of such a magnitude can never be successful without the cooperation of every government and non-government agencies. The forthcoming session of Indian Science Congress scheduled to be held from January 3-7, 2012 under the Chairmanship of Prof. Geetha Bali, Vice Chancellor, Karnataka State Women's University; Bijapur will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister as customary. While the ISC Session usually attracts more than 10,000 participants from all over the world, the Indian Children's Science Congress held simultaneously with it attracts nearly 5000 young scientists from Secondary and Higher Secondary schools of the country. Total 15,000 junior and senior scientists & academicians will join for a 5 day event including many Nobel Laureates.

As soon as the news of the 99th ISC Conference to be held in KIIT reached here, heaps of praise has been showered on Dr. Samanta from every quarter mostly from the educational institutions of the country. The office bearers of Odisha Science Congress have been overwhelmed and in no uncertain terms they have been praising the efforts of Dr. Samanta and his team, which have already hosted many prestigious conferences, seminars in KIlT, the most significant being the last 92nd Annual Session of Indian Economic Association inaugurated by Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.

In his own candid way, Dr. Samanta has urged everyone to make this event successful and hoped that by the grace of God, the efforts of KIIT and NISER and by the support of the State, 99th Session of ISC will be an epoch making event in the history of modern scientific Odisha. The Director of NISER expressed his satisfaction for hosting the science congress with KIIT. As Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh would be the president for Centenary Edition of Indian Science Conference during 2012-13, the 99th Indian Science Congress at KIIT assumes added importance.

Union Minister of State for HRD Launches IB Diploma Programme at KiiT International School

Dr. D. Purandeswari, Hon'ble Minister of State for HRD, Govt. of India launched the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at KiiT International School on 5th January 2011. With this, KIIT International School has become the first school in Odisha and in the entire eastern region of India to become an IB World School, authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme.

Only a few international schools in the country are authorized to offer IB Diploma Programme, said Dr. Purandeswari after inaugurating the new curriculum. She expressed happiness over the fact that KiiT International School, a relatively young school, has achieved this rare distinction. The Union Minister of State for HRD said that progress of the nation in today's globalised economy depends upon adoption of global perspective in school education. “Think locally, and act globally”, she emphasized, while advocating access to modern education for every child. Education is necessary for complete development of a child, she said, adding that it should inculcate the quality of inquiry among children.

IB Diploma Programme began in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 and has since spread to thousands of schools in over 140 countries. It is recognized around the world as one of the best preparations for university studies. KiiT International School was established four years back to fill the void of a reputed international school in eastern India. In addition to IB Diploma curriculum, 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.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS thanked Dr. Purandeswari for her presence on the occasion. As emphasis now is on school education, KiiT International School has taken initiative to provide the students opportunities and access to various global qualifications, he said. Dr. Mona Lisa Bal, Chairman, KiiT International School, Mr. Sanjay Suar, Principal (CBSE) and Mr. Craig Patterson, Head of International Curriculum also spoke on the occasion.

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 world today. The other members of AEF are various renowned policy makers from Singapore, Cambodia and Indonesia.
Expressing his happiness over such a rare honour, Samanta candidly said that in this forum, he would raise important issues among Asian leaders to work for eradication of poverty and for the economic development of the region. He would contribute towards education, health and overall development of the under-privileged of Asia, he added.