March 2017
 
Dibrugarh University Confers Honorary D.Litt. on Achyuta Samanta 22.03.2017  
KIIT Inks MoU with International Association of Universities (IAU) 15.03.2017  
KIIT Inks MoU with Affine Analytics 15.03.2017  
Russian Varsity Confers Honorary Doctorate on Prof. Achyuta Samanta 14.03.2017  
KIIT FEST 2017 Concludes 11.03.2017
Kalinga Fellowship Workshop Concludes 10.03.2017  

KIIT Celebrates International Women’s Day
“Women should change their mindset”

08.03.2017  
Kalinga Fellowship to Create Zero Tolerance to Sexual Assaults on Girls 06.03.2017  

News & Events

Dibrugarh University Confers Honorary D.Litt. on Achyuta Samanta

Dibrugarh University (DU) of Assam conferred D.Litt. Honoris Causa on eminent educationist and social activist Prof. Achyuta Samanta of Odisha at a special convocation held on 22nd March 2017. The honour was to be given at the 16th convocation ceremony of the University on 10th March, but Prof. Samanta could not join the ceremony due to unavoidable circumstances. The Vice Chancellor of the University Dr. Alak Kumar Buragohain conferred the honour on him in the presence of the Registrar, Deans, Directors, students and other dignitaries. The dignitaries present in the special convocation appulated Dr. Samanta for his work in the field of education and social service.

He was awarded the Honorary D.Litt. for his outstanding contribution in the field of education and social work. Earlier, his name was approved by the Syndicate and Senate of the University.

Dibrugarh University was established in 1965 under the provisions of Dibrugarh University Act, 1965 enacted by the Assam Legislative Assembly. The University has around 200 affiliated and permitted colleges and institutes to achieve its goal of dissemination of knowledge and generation of human resource. It is the largest and oldest University of North East region of India. More than 2 lakh students are pursuing education under this University.

Later, Prof. Samanta has felicitated by DHSK College, Dibrugarh. It is the oldest college of North East state established in 1955. 

KIIT Inks MoU with International Association of Universities (IAU)

KIIT University inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Association of Universities (IAU) to internationalise the education system in KIIT on March 15, 2017. The agreement was signed by Ms. Eva Egron-Polak, Executive Director, International Universities Bureau & Secretary General, IAU and Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Mirzosharif A. Jalolov, Ambassador of Tajikistan to India and Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar, KIIT. KIIT is the first Indian university to sign such MoU with IAU.

"It is a significant step that will provide impetus to the ongoing process of internationalization of higher education at KIIT", the founder of KIIT said after signing the MoU.

Based in Paris and located at the UNESCO headquarters, IAU is an association of more than 650 higher education institutions and organizations in some 130 countries. It was founded in 1950 to enhance global cooperation on higher education. The association cooperates with a vast network of international, regional and national bodies of higher education. It provides a wide variety of services to member institutions and organizations to internationalize higher education. KIIT is a member of IAU since 2009.

KIIT Inks MoU with Affine Analytics

KIIT University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Affine Analytics recently. The objective of MOU is to establish a long-term mutually beneficial association for academic and research based interactions leading to promotions and development of new breakthrough technologies in the areas of Data Science, Analytics & Big Data.

Affine Analytics has agreed to provide necessary infrastructure and technical support to KIIT University for the establishment of state-of-art advanced research laboratory to carry out the collaborative research. This will also include information and knowledge sharing, conducting training programs, organizing seminars and workshops and other related activities.

Affine Analytics is a private software firm providing analytical solutions to organizations globally in the areas of Sales & Marketing, CEM, CRM, Financial Planning, Operations, Merchandizing, Supply Chain and Risk.

Russian Varsity Confers Honorary Doctorate on Prof. Achyuta Samanta

North Ossetian State University of Russia conferred Honorary Doctorate Degree on Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS on March 11, 2017. He was given the highest honour of this university for his outstanding contribution towards education and development of underprivileged sections. While he is the first Indian to receive Honorary Doctorate Degree from Vladikavkaz based North Ossetian State University, so far 33 reputed universities of India and the world has conferred such honour on him. North Ossetian State University, run by the Government of Russia, is the country’s biggest university having a history of over 100 years. 

KIIT FEST 2017 Concludes

KIIT Fest is the annual University festival of KIIT University concluded on 11th March. The three day programme from 9 to 11 March was a defining platform for the students and artists to showcase their skills and develop their potential. It is the first and the largest of its kind in east India and hopes to carve a niche for itself in the country. KIIT fest provides an opportunity to let imagination run wild and enjoy the extravaganza to the students. It has workshops for the inquisitive minds, robotics events for the technical aficionados, app making events for the computer geeks, structure challenges for the civil engineers, business plan marathons for the management gurus, competitive debates, dance, drama and quizzing events for the artists and unwinding cultural shows for the freewheelers.

Chirag Paswan, MP; Tulshi Kumar, Play back singer; Eli Abraham, Bollywood actress; Hansal Mehta, Film director and Producer; Akhilendra Mishra, TV and Film actor were present in the inaugural session of KIIT fest, where Dr. Achyta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; Prof P P Mathur, VC, KIIT University and Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar were also present. In the second day Abhilas Kumar, Bollywood actor; Chandini Bhagnani, Actress joined as guests while DJ Zaeden performed stage show.

It has workshops for the inquisitive minds, technical events to blow your mind, competitive debate, dance, drama and quizzing events for the artists and unwinding cultural shows for the freewheelers. Events including  Zara Nachke Dikha (Solo, Duet and Group), Isle to Glory, Ninaad (Prelims & Finals), Riff-E-Random (Prelims & Finals), The Star Salesman, Kalablast (Prelims & Finals), Stand-Up, Does Grey Matter, Word War Db8 Event, Pop Your Collar, Imageographica (Prelims & Finals), Not Just Colours, Open Sesame (Prelims & Finals), Melange (Prelims & Finals), Kiitfest Mun, Dekh Tamasha Dekh, Shabdon Ki Jugalbandi (Prelims & Finals) Mismatch (Prelims & Finals), Joga Bonito, Cricket, Tug Of War, Pedal-O-Thon, International Society (Fun Games), Chess, Musical Chair, Baloon Burst, Scrabble, Film Making Workshop.

Kalinga Fellowship Work Concludes

Kalinga Fellowship workshop on ‘How can businesses, Government and NGOs work together to prevent and redress sexual assault on girls in Odisha’ concluded on March 10, 2017. Main objective of the workshop was to build a set of breakthrough strategies that will prevent and redress sexual assaults on girls in India. Six ideas emerged from the six-day session, which were presented to the Govt. of Odisha.

Speaking at the valedictory session, Shri Vishal Dev, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Women and Child Development Department, Govt. of Odisha said, policies and laws are in place to protect women, but crime against women are still happening due to poor implementation. Programmes of the Govt. of Odisha for women and girl would be linked to Kalinga Fellowship, he assured. Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and Mr. Simon Mckenzie, CEO, Asia Pacific BRIDGE Partnership were also present.

Corporate leaders and representatives of the civil society from 40 countries participated as mentors, while the senior police officers, bureaucrats, legal luminaries, media, and corporate officials as well as NGOs from India as mentees. Both the mentors and mentees are called Kalinga Fellows. With an objective to create zero tolerance towards violence against girls, they discussed the role of the family, synergy among Govt. civil societies and corporate sector, online match making platform, breaking the deliberate conspiracy of silent, role of media, etc. The participants and mentors were divided into groups for the purpose. This fellowship will continue for one year.

All stakeholders should work together to achieve zero tolerance towards violence on girls in Odisha by 2020, the participants agreed. Empowerment of girls through education is need of the hour, they said. Government should play the leadership role, while corporate sector should make this a part of their CSR agenda. Involvement of SHGs is also very important, the workshop concluded.

The fellowship is imparted by BRIDGE in association with FXB India, Ashoka Foundation and Dasra through Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). The main objective of the Kalinga Fellowship is to bring together key stakeholders to facilitate a breakthrough in thinking and strategy to prevent sexual assault on girls in Odisha.

Leaders of big companies like Apple, HSBC, Google, MARS, So Just Add Water and Dentsu Aegis as well as NGOs like FXB, BRIDGE, Ashoka, HHH, Pearson, Lakhyam, Prajwala, EKJUT, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and others participated.

It was a unique platform where senior functionaries from the corporate sector, NGOs, media, bureaucrats, senior police officers from various countries came together to discuss a burning social problem and plan and implement the strategy to solve the problem, said Mr. Shashikumar Velath of Ashoka Foundation.

KIIT Celebrates International Women’s Day
“Women should change their mindset”

International Women’s Day is not about women, it is about men who don’t have respect for women, said Padma Shri Dr. Sunita Krishnan, noted social activist and Chief Functionary & Co-Founder, Prajwala. She was speaking at International Women’s Day celebration at KIIT University on March 8, 2017. Citing examples from Maharashtra in which women were at the forefront to kill female fetuses, she stressed, women need to change their own mindset towards woman and girl child. Woman’s body is not a sex object. Women should change the attitude and mindset of men towards women in this respect, she said.       

International Women's Day is observed globally on March 8 to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is: Be bold for change.

Speaking on the occasion, Padma Shri Ms. Sovana Narayan, Kathak maestro & former bureaucrat said, even though woman is worshipped as shakti (power) in Indian tradition, majority mindset is that she is abalaa (powerless) and durbala (weak). “In our tradition, Ardhanarishvara (composite form of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) is also worshipped. It proves man and woman have equal rights in the society and woman is as capable as man in every sphere”, she explained.

Women are the mentors of the future generation and they should assert their choice in every sphere, Ms. Narayan said. “Women should become the agent of change and play a role in sensitizing the society”, she told the packed audience of women staff and students of KIIT University.

Mr. Gabriel Hons-Olivier, Chief Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate, Hyderabad said, “America believes woman is the engine of growth and it is committed to advance the rise of women globally. America has taken many steps to eliminate gender biased violence”. Backing gender equality is everyone’s responsibility, he added. Trafficking of women is the most heinous crime, along with arms and drugs trafficking, Mr. Arda Ulutas, Consul General of Turkey in Hyderabad stated. Turkey has taken many steps to prevent women trafficking. Turkey has also taken many steps to give women equal rights and opportunities in every sphere, he informed.

Today women have shown that their capability and competence are equal to men in every sector, said Ms. Alka Tomar, Indian wrestler and Arjuna awardee. She narrated her own story, how she became a world-class sportswoman in wrestling, a male-dominated sport. Ms. Leena Yadav, noted Filmmaker said, women should be honest and true. “We are responsible of our own problem and we should solve our problems ourselves”, she added.

Ms. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT and KISS said, there should be cooperation between men and women and it should begin from our homes. Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS stated, “We always give importance to women empowerment and as a result 40% of employees in KIIT and 60% in KISS are women. Similarly, 40% students of KIIT and 60% of KISS are girls.”

Dr. Mona Lisa Bal, Chairperson, KiiT International School delivered the welcome address. Among others, Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University and Mrs. Birshua Ademora Ulutas also spoke.

Kalinga Fellowship to Create Zero Tolerance to Sexual Assaults on Girls

Kalinga Fellowship is a remarkable partnership among the government, business and civil society to create zero tolerance to sexual assaults on girls. An initiative of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, the fellowship is imparted by BRIDGE in association with FXB India, Ashoka Foundation and Dasra through Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). The main objective of the Kalinga Fellowship is to bring together key stakeholders to facilitate a breakthrough in thinking and strategy to answer the question: How can business, government and NGOs work together to prevent and redress sexual assault on girls in Odisha?

On this occasion, a five-day workshop was inaugurated at KISS and KIIT on March 6, 2017. Corporate leaders and representatives of the civil society from 40 countries are participating in the workshop as mentor, while the senior police officers, bureaucrats, legal luminaries, media, and corporate officials as well as NGOs from India are mentees. Both the mentors and mentees are called Kalinga Fellows.

The three high level objectives of five-day strategy event are to build a set of breakthrough strategies that will prevent and redress sexual assaults on girls in India, to provide each participant leadership techniques, skills and method to enable them to lead this agenda both at the fellowship and afterwards, and to create a cohesive governance team to work together to drive these strategies during and after the event. During this five-day programme, each participant will be provided leadership techniques, skills and methods which will enable them to lead this agenda during the fellowship and for one year afterwards.

It is a unique platform where senior functionaries from the corporate sector, NGOs, media, bureaucrats, senior police officers from various countries have come together to discuss on a social problem and plan and implement the strategy to solve the problem, said Mr. Shashikumar Velath of Ashoka Foundation.

Leaders of big companies like Apple, HSBC, Google, MARS, So Just Add Water and Dentsu Aegis as well as NGOs like FXB, BRIDGE, Ashoka, HHH, Pearson, Lakhyam, Prajwala, EKJUT, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and others are participating.

Each participant is matched with a mentor both throughout the five-day event and one year afterwards. They will receive a year of mentoring and coaching to supporting them in achieving their vision. It is also a capability development programme, teaching the participants some of the most of the contemporary leadership strategy techniques, skills and methods which they can apply in their leadership programme after the event.

BRIDGE specializes in leadership, senior team development, transferring organization culture and facilitating strategic change. BRIDGE works with some of the world’s forward looking company and government institutions. FXB India is a renowned NGO focused to developmental assistance to marginalized children, families and communities in rural and urban India. Dasra is an influential philanthropy organization head quarter in Mumbai backed by institutions like US aid, Bill and Melinda Foundation and Piramal Foundation.