KIIT Workshop on soft skills
09.08.2009

Shova De and Amitav Ghosh Visit KIIT

29.07.2009
KIIT inks MOU with Aries Agro
27.07.2009
Hanseo University Volunteers Visit KIIT & KISS  
KIIT Official Awarded D. Litt
23.07.2009
 
Orientation programme organized for 65 IITians at KIIT    
KISS Inks MoU with TATA Steel
15.07.2009

KIIT Inks MoA with North-West University

12.07.2009
CMD, Central Bank of India & National Housing Bank visits KIIT and KISS
04.07.2009
Rath Yatra celebrated with pomp at KISS
24.06.2009
 
KIIT Organizes Workshop on Solid Waste Management
18.06.2009

75 IITians Join KIIT

   
Times Group organises Education Fair
06.06.2009
KIIT Entrance Result Declared    
Carnival Day of Summer Camp organized at KIIT International School
29.05.2009
 

KISS Students Shine in +2 Exam: 100% in Arts, 90% Science

   

Two KISS Girls to Play Asian 7s – Women’s Rugby Tournament

KIIT inks MOU with Dumlupinar University, Turkey
14.05.2009
KIIT inks MOU with University of Cambodia
11.05.2009

Rare International distinction for KIIT

12.05.2009
KIIT Signs MoU with Edinburgh’s Telford College
10.05.2009

KIIT inks MoU with CII-Yi

09.05.2009

''Nanhi Pari''2009 creates euphoria

03.05.2009
KIIT Becomes Youngest Member of ACU
30.04.2009
 

National Recognition for KIMS, KSOM

29.04.2009
 

Ms. Michelle Grimley visits KIIT. KIIT Inks MoU with 10 Colleges of Scotland

25.04.2009

KIITians Shine in Infosys Meet

   

Commendable Performance by KIITians in Cognizant Meet

   

Training-Workshop on “Cold Chain Management” organized at KIIT

17.04.2009
 

Central Govt. sanctions KIIT Professor’s project

17.04.2009
 
KIIT receives record 1.3 lakh applications    
Recycling of biomedical waste stressed    
KIIT inks MoU with Two Universities
2.04.2009

"I met a jewel of India", Dr. Kiran Bedi

1.04.2009

KIIT Pro Vice Chancellor & Registrar, Nominated to Press Club of Bihar and Jharkhand

27.03.2009
 
Utkal Univ wins Cash Rich KPL
22.03.2009
 
Kalinga Polytechnic celebrates Annual Day
19.03.2009
 
KISS students selected for Commonwealth Games
17.03.2009
KIIT Premier League Kicks Off
15.03.2009
KISS celebrates Holi with Cine-artists
11.03.2009
Governor Inaugurates International Women's Month & Kashish'09 at KIIT
08.03.2009
First National Women Artists’ Camp
08.03.2009

KIIT Celebrates Internation Women's Month. Theme: To  Save Our Planet through Campaign by Women

08.03.2009
 

Governor Inaugurates Ladies Hostel Annual Function

08.03.2009
 

OMCA 2009 Inaugurated at KIIT

26.02.2009

Energy crisis, climatic change interlinked

Koncord Inter School Personality Contest of KIIT University

17.02.2009
Valedictory Function - Kritansh
16.02.2009
Techno Management Fest of KIIT University - Kritansh
15.02.2009
Kritansh - Celebrating spirit of creativity
14.02.2009
KIIT Signs MoU with Scotland 's colleges International
10.02.2009

KIIT Athletic Meet Concludes

 
KISS Students selected
02.02.2009
Workshop inaugurated at KIIT
05.02.2009

Workshop on Microfinance Held at KIIT

05.02.2009
 

National Fee Committee Meet at KIIT

05.02.2009
 

Santosh Memorial Cricket

 

Rahul Singh visits KIIT

   
Dr. Samanta Nominated to ISTE National Executive Committee
03.02.2009
 

I Have Never Seen Institute Like KISS :

11.02.2009

Justice P.N. Bhagwati delivers lecture at KIIT Law School

25.01.2009

Former Naval Chief Graces the Republic Day Celebrations at KIIT

26.01.2009
Workshop on ‘no touch technique' at KIMS  

KIIT Annual Athletic Meet Concludes

 

Legal expert advocates balancing of national security with civil liberties

   

Training-cum-Workshop at KIMS

17.01.2009
 
Hon'ble CM Inaugurates Academic Building and Girls'Hostel of KISS
14.01.2009
Election commissioner stresses on universal adult franchise
13.01.2009
Posco Asia Scholarship Award KIIT, January 2009
10.01.2009
INFOCOM 08-09
10.01.2009
Workshop on 'Griha Training Programme' inaugurated at KIIT
06.01.2009

National meet on Management Libraries Network

   
Union Minister inaugurates International Seminar at KISS
30.12.2008
Veledictory Function of International Seminar on Myths & Superstition vis-a-vis Tribal Society at KISS
31.12.2008
Odisha Bigyan Congress inaugurated at KIIT
23.12.2008

KIITCIE Gets Prestigious Recognition from DST

23.12.2008
 
Curtains on ISTE National Convention at KIIT
22.12.2008
Technical Sessions of ISTE
20.12.2008
 
Governor inaugurates ISTE National Convention at KIIT
19.12.2008
KIIT Organises Fifth ICDCIT in Delhi
10.12.2008
KIIT International School gets IGCSE curriculum    
Prayer meeting for 26/11 victims
MIRABILIA-08, annual function of school of computer application
ICDCIT'08 kicks off at IIT Delhi    
KISS wins All India Rugby Tournament, Sunil Gavaskar graces the closing ceremony
25.11.08
Rahul Bose visits KISS
24.11.08
Children's Day celebrated at KISS
14.11.08
KSOL develops Language Skills Development Program
10.11.08
 
KISS Champion in Tag Rugby Tournament
3.11.08
Nobel Laureate Delivers Convocation Address at KIIT
26.10.08
People of Odisha Salute Visiting International Luminaries
25.10.08
Nobel Laureate inaugurates International Conference at KIIT
24.10.08
International Legal Luminary Visits KIIT
20.10.08
Ph.D. Awarded to KIIT Official
Udghosh 2008 annual quiz event of KIIT
19.10.08
Students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences Selected to Play 28th Senior National Netball Championship
4.10.08
 
Durga Puja celebrated with pomp    
KIIT Donates Rs. 15 lakh to CM Relief Fund for Flood Victims
Congo Ambassador to India visits KISS
KIIT Observes NSS Day
25.09.2008
KIIT Provides Relief to Flood-Hit
First H. M. Seervai Memorial Lecture at KIIT
20.09.2008
KISS a wonder of the world: Premier of NW Province, South Africa
18.09.2008
KISS Felicitates Hon'ble Premier of NW Province, South Africa
17.09.2008
Indian Ambassador to Korea visits KISS
13.09.2008
US Consul General visits KIIT and KISS
12.09.2008
KIIT and NW Varsity, SA ink MoU
11.09.2008
Lecture on Free Press at KIIT
10.09.2008
UNDP Regional Coordinator visits KISS
9.09.2008
KISS Rugby Player Receives Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Award
30.08.2008
Governor Felicitates KISS Rugby Team
27.08.08
 
 

KIIT Workshop on soft skills

In collaboration with British Council, Kolkata, KIIT School of Languages organised a one-day workshop on "Effective Presentation Skills & Essential Soft Skills for Students of Professional Colleges" in its premises on 9th August 2009. The Workshop was inaugurated by KIIT Vice-Chancellor Prof S C De Sarkar in the presence of Manager, Young Audience of British Council, Kolkata, Mr. Manish Gupta. The Workshop envisages teaching and training the target group with soft skills for effective interaction at the intra and inter-personal and institutional levels in the changing information environment. In this technical age, effective communication and presentation skills are very essential requirements. Prof Sarkar said the art of effective commtunication requires knowledge of verbal and non-verbal skills, so this type of workshop definitely gives positive output to the students.

 

Faculty, KIIT School of Management awarded PhD Degree

Vijaya Bandyopadhyaya of KIIT School of Management has been awarded the PhD Degree in Business administration by Utkal University in July 2009. The topic of her thesis is "A Model for quality assurance in Management Institutions: A Customer Oriented approach". The outcome of the research was development of an Educational Quality Maturity Model (EQMM) for Indian Management institutions. She has worked under the guidance of Prof. Ashis K. Pani, XLRI Jamshedpur and Prof. Bidhu B. Mishra, Dept. of Business Administration, Utkal University.

 

KIIT University Chapter of ILSA Launched

A chapter of International Law Students Association (ILSA) was launched at KIIT Law School (KLS) of KIIT University on 1st August, 2009. The launching ceremony was inaugurated by Dr. Philippe Cullet of School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Founder Director and Programme Director for Europe of the International Environment Law Research Centre in presence of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions, Mr. Kinshuk Jhunjhunwala, President International Law Society and Mr. Ashish Arun, Vice President International Law Society and Partner, Offshore Research Partner, Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT and Dr. N. K. Chakrabarti, Director, KLS.

ILSA is a non-profit association of the students and lawyers who are dedicated to the promotion of International Law. It provides students with opportunities to study, research and network in the international legal arena. The organization’s activities include academic conferences, publications, global co-ordination of student organizations and the administration of the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. ILSA has chapters in almost all prestigious legal schools across the globe.

Inaugurating the event, Dr. Cullet said that it provide an opportunities for law students and lawyers to learn about other cultures and legal systems in a spirit of critical dialogue and international cooperation and also assist law students and lawyers to be internationally-minded and professionally skilled.

Dr. Samanta expressed his appreciations to all the dignitaries for their kind presence and valuable information. Among others, a large number of students and staffs also present on the occassion.

 

Shova De and Amitav Ghosh Visit KIIT
 
Internationally acclaimed English writers and columnist Shova De and Amitav Ghosh visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences & KIIT on 29th July, 2009. During their visit they visited different campuses and facilities of KISS and KIIT.

They also spent generous amount of time interacting with tribal students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a sister concern of KIIT and were overwhelmed to know about the social purpose and activities of KISS, which is the largest tribal institute in the country providing education from KG to PG level, vocational training, residence and all basic amenities to 10,000 tribal students all free of cost. They were also astonished to see the infrastructure, aesthetics, educational ambience and student strength of KIIT.

Shova De and Amitav Ghosh congratulated Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for his notable contributions in the field of education and social development.

 

KIIT inks MoU with Aries Agro

Aries Agro Limited is one of India’s largest manufacturers of macronutrients since 1969. It is one of India’s fastest growing mid-size companies with a national presence of over 44000 dealers and access to 1,22,567 villages. Aries has also partnered with CII’s Young Indians and set up a National Young Indian Farmers Network.

To promote young farmers nationwide, Aries Agro Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding with KIIT University on 27th July, 2009 at its premises. Prof. L. K. Vaswani, Pro Vice Chancellor, (School of Management & Rural Management), KIIT University and Shri Rahul Mirchandani, Executive Director, Aries Agro signed the MoU in presence of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions and a large number of officials of KIIT and Aries Agro.

As per the MoU, students of the School of Management of KIIT University pursuing MBA in Rural Management will undertake action research for Aries Agro Limited under their field study segments; namely, Village Study and Management Traineeship. The students will also offer consulting advice to Aries Agro. All the allocation of students will be as per the requirement of Aries Agro. Further, the School of Rural Management will provide high quality training programme by its faculties and experts to the staff of Aries Agro.

The MoU also provides for the use of the services of the School of Rural Management to extend the network and promotional activities among the farmers in different parts of the country by Aries Agro. It will also give priority to the School of Rural Management in availing consulting services, on training and placement. Aries Agro will contribute to the academic excellence of the School of Rural Management in the area of crop nutrition and protection by providing necessary support in building necessary expertise. Further, it will award one gold medal in the name and style 'The Aries Agro Gold Medal for ‘Excellence in Agribusiness’ every year to one outstanding student of the School of Rural Management.

Expressing happiness, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions hoped that the MoU will be mutually beneficial to the two organizations and promote agribusiness.

 

Hanseo University Volunteers Visit KIIT & KISS

A twelve member volunteer delegation from Hanseo University are on a visit to KISS and KIIT from 21st to 28th July, 2009. In between their staying they would visit different parts of Odisha and understand the socio-economic condition of the tribal community. They also study about the traditional and cultural scenario of a poor state like Odisha in a developing country.

Without these activities of the volunteers from Hanseo University include in plantation at KISS Rugby Field, assisting in the preparation of the dinner for the KISS students, game practice with the students of KISS, interaction with KIIT Students and visit to different tourist places of Odisha. From the sources, these volunteers visit once in a year to any country for study the cultural, economical, social life of the tribal and backward class people. In future KIIT University will sign a MoU with Hanseo University.

Members of the visiting delegation include Park Seoung-Cheol (Chairman of Students Council), Hong Tae-ll (Staffs of Students Council), Kim Seung-Jae (Professor) and Choi ll- Souk (Staff). Other members - Lee Hwang- Seok, Cho Jun-Sik, Shin Na-Ri, Kim Nam-Yong, Jin Sang-Yoon, Jang Jae-Hyung, Yoon Eun-Gee, Baek Song-Yi - are students from different department of Hanseo University.

Dr. Samanta, Founder Secretary, KIIT welcomed the volunteers from Hanseo University and expressed hope that this interaction would help the two organizations to understand each other’s culture and lifestyle.

 

Dr. Ipseeta Satpathy Awarded D. Litt

Dr. Ipseeta Satpathy, Asst. Registrar (Academics) KIIT University has been awarded the prestigions D. litt. Degree from Utkal University for her thesis entitled “Technical Education in India with special reference to KIIT Deemed to be University”. Her research work has been highly acclaimed by experts from Nagarjuna University and Kakatiya University for its ubiquitous and innovating research findings. Dr. Satpathy has completed her education from Utkal University and JNU, New Delhi.

KIIT University is a symbol of excellence in technical education scenario in India. KIIT University’s deliverance of quality technical education and best practices has been indeptly analysed in this research work.

 

Orientation programme organized for 65 IITians at KIIT

An Orientation Programme for 65 IITians who have done B.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D. from seven important IIT and IIMs of the country, recently joined KIIT as faculties was inaugurated by Prof, Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT at KIIT premises on 20th July 2009. The incumbants would get inputs on teaching methods from the most experienced and talented personalities of the country during the seven-day training programme.

Last month as many as 65 candidates passing out from seven IITs of the country were recruited to join KIIT as faculties. Presence of such a large number of IITians has added to the intellectual capital of KIIT, which has been attracting intellectuals from the country and outside due to its good reputation. This has also bolstered confidence of students and guardians on the quality of education here. From the sources, 65 IITians have joined at KIIT as faculty member among
75IITians, where as remaining candidates will join in the last of July.

The resource persons in the Orientation Prograames are: Prof. Devi Singh, Director, IIM, Lucknow, Prof. S. K. Kak, Vice-Chancellor, Meerut University, Prof. I. K. Bhatt, Prof. Lalit Awashti, Director, HIT, Hamirpur, Prof. Subhash D. Awale, Director, NITIE, Bombay, Prof. S. S. Gokhale, Director, NIT, Nagpur, Prof. N. K. Sharma, Head, Industrial and Management Engineering, IIT, Kanpur, Prof. G.L. Datta, Vice-Chancellor, Vijayawada University, Prof. J. Jha, Former Pro-V.C, IGNOU, Former V. C, Manipal University, Prof. P. Venkatram, IISc, Bangalore, Prof. Sathish Babu, IISC, Bangalore, Prof. P. C. Saxena, J.N.U, Delhi, Prof. Prem Krishnana, IIT, Roorkee.

Academicians commended the efforts of KIIT Founder, Dr. A. Samanta in roping in IITians and expressed hope that this would do a lot of good to the engineering education in the state. Expressing happiness, Dr. Samanta said KIIT is the first institution which has taken this kind of step in the country. It will invigorate the general academic environment in the state, he added.

 

KISS Inks MoU with TATA Steel

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a sister concern of KIIT, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TATA Steel for education of the children of displaced families (Scheduled Castes and Schedule Tribes) in KISS. The MoU was signed between Mr. H. M. Nerurkar, Executive Director (India & South East Asia), Tata Steel and Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions at Hotel New Marrion on 15th July, 2009 in presence of Shri Prafulla Chandra Ghadai, Hon'ble Minister of Finance and Excise, Govt. of Odisha.    

Tata Steel will collaborate with KISS for upliftment of the marginalized and vulnerable sections of population in Odisha, as per the provisions of the MoU. The two organizations will work together to develop professional skills of the students of rural tribal community. Promising students of the community will be selected and provided with necessary facilities and skills in the field of education. Further, the agreement also aims at providing job opportunities. The efforts will result in the spread of quality education among marginalized population and awareness among them on their rights.

Hon'ble Minister Shri Ghadai expressed his satisfaction after the two reputed organization sign the MoU and said it will help for the betterment of backward class people.

We are pleased and proud to a partner with KISS, an organization which has been a pioneer in promoting and providing support to the backward tribal students of Odisha, said Mr. H. M. Nerurkar after signing the MoU. Commenting on the partnership, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions said even though KIIT and KISS have several MoUs with many national and international organizations, the MoU with Tata Steel is very significant as it brings two great organizations together for a noble cause.

A large number of officials of KISS and Tata Steel were present at the MoU signing ceremony.

 

KIIT Inks MoA with North-West University

KIIT University and The Graduate School of Business and Government Leadership, North West University agreed upon a Memorandum of Agreement on 12th July, 2009 at KIIT University premises. Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University and Mr. G. D. Setsetse, Head of Delegation and Director, Graduate School of Business and Government Leadership signed the MoA in presence of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions, Prof. D. M. Akunnusi, Professor, Graduate School of Government and Business Leadership, Mr. L. C. Amarnathan, Rector International Programme, KIIT, Prof. L. K. Vaswani, Pro Vice Chancellor, School of Management & Rural Management and a large number of top officials of KIIT University.
 
As per the MoA, KIIT University and North West University will work towards the joint delivery of management courses, technical training, research etc. It also provides for staff and students exchange programmes in specific curriculum areas, collaborative programmes to support capacity development of both in North West University and KIIT, mutual support, research and development in appropriate areas and learning resource sharing. This MoA will help the students from all over North West University to study in KIIT University.

Expressing his satisfaction and happiness Mr. G. D. Setsetse said that it is a pride to partner with a University like KIIT. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions said that the MoA will give momentum to educational cooperation between India and North West University.

 

KIIT Organizes Workshop on Solid Waste Management

KIIT School of Biotechnology (KSBT) organized a workshop on 'Awareness Building on Solid Waste Management' on its premises on 18th June, 2009. The workshop was inaugurated by Shri K. Jude Sekar, IFS, Additional PCCF (KL), Govt. of Odisha in presence of Dr. B. C. Sabat, Scientist, Dept. of Environment, Govt. of Delhi, Dr. P. N. Razdan, Pro Vice Chancellor (SOT), KIIT University, Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, ViceChancellor and Dr. M. Suar, Director, KSBT.

Inaugurating the workshop, Shri Sekar said urban solid waste management in developing countries has been one of the major problems faced by public administration. Many municipalities have deficient domestic waste collection, poor street cleaning services and improper waste disposal in open dumps, he pointed out. The management of urban solid waste is presently a serious problem for every organization, he said, adding that humans and animals run the risk of hazardous diseases if urban waste is not properly managed. Shri Shekhar extended her thanks to Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for making this workshop possible.

Dr. Sabat focused on the dangerous side of careless waste disposal and said solid waste has emerged as a serious threat to environment. Improper disposal of solid waste adversely affects our environment, health and is an important cause global warming leading to climate change, he asserted. He express his happiness to see KIIT University’s green, pollution free environment.

A large number of participants from different organizations presented their papers. Some of the papers are - Environmental Issues with Special Reference to Solid Waste by Dr. B. C. Sabat, Delhi, Technology in SWM by Dr. V. C. Kalia, IGIB, Delhi and Plastic Waste Management by Dr. Sanjay Rajput, Sriram Institute, Delhi.

 

75 IITians Join KIIT

In a development that will further strengthen the academic backbone of KIIT University, 75 candidates passing out from seven IITs of the country have joined its ranks as faculties. In an independent recruitment drive, these B.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D. candidates from IITs were appointed as faculty in different courses of KIIT. While about half of the selected candidates have already joined, remaining will be joining by the end of this month.

Presence of such a large number of IITians will add to intellectual capital of KIIT University. This has also bolstered confidence of students and guardians on the quality of education here. Academicians commended the efforts of KIIT Founder, Dr. A. Samanta in roping in IITians and expressed hope that this would do a lot of good to the engineering education in the state.

Besides the IITians, more than 20 competent professors from different reputed universities across the country have also joined KIIT. Further, five law academicians of national and international repute have joined KIIT Law School.

KIIT University has been attracting intellectuals from the country and outside due to its good reputation. Recent appointments will not only further add to its reputation, but also invigorate the general academic environment in the state, said Dr. Samanta.

 

Times Group organises Education Fair

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder KIIT Group of Institutions was invited as Chief Speaker to the Education Fair organized by 'The Times of India Group' on 6th June 2009 at hotel New Marrion, Bhubaneswar. Shri Devi Mishra, Hon’ble Minister, Higher Education, Odisha also attended the fair as Chief Guest.

It is imperative for students to choose a proper career and for this they need to know the various options that are available nowadays,” Shri Debi Mishra said, during the inaugural function of  the two-day Education fair.

Dr. Samanta pointed out that an “ocean of change” has taken place in the higher educational scenario in Odisha during the past few years. “Earlier, there were only two to three engineering colleges and four to five traditional colleges. Now a large number of Institutions are offering thousands of programmes and courses,” he said.

Dr. Samanta, who is also a member of University Grants Commission, observed that with the easy availability of cheap bank loans to fund education and improvement in  educational infrastructure students from the state need not go abroad for higher studies. “The state government should  take  care of quality to ensure that students remain here in stead of going to countries like Australia and US. Private institutions need to put in place the requisite infrastructure,” he said.

Besides KIIT, several other institutes also participated in the fair.

 

KIIT Entrance Result Declared

The KIIT Entrance Examination 2009 (KIITEE '09) conducted by KIIT University for admission into B.Tech, MCA, Law, BBA & BCA, and M.Sc Biotechnology programmes was declared recently. Among 90,000 students who appeared KIITEE, 2003 students found place in merit list for degree engineering programme. The entrance examination was held in 61 centers across the country on 17th May.

S.B. Krishna Chaitanya of Chennai topped the list for B.Tech by securing 305 marks, while Vibek Jain of Bhopal topped among the MCA lists in the test. Similarly, Samyak Jain of Delhi and Pritam Choudhury of Agartala secured 2nd and 3rd position respectively. Biswajit Sahoo was Odisha topper, securing 13th position in the national merit list. Pooja Patheja of Indore topped the test for M.Sc. Biotechnology, Sweta Das of Odisha was placed in 6th Position. Similarly, Balaram Pati of Odisha secured 5th rank in national merit list for MCA.

Like every year the toppers of both B.Tech and MCA streams of KIITEE '09 would get full waiver of fees. The management of KIIT has decided to offer special scholarships of Rs.36,000 per year to the students having rank from 1 to10 and Rs. 24,000 per year to the rank holders from 11 to 50. The counseling for admission is scheduled to be held from 12th June at KIIT premises for all the programmes.

KIIT follows the government guidelines on reservation for SC and ST. Thirty percent seats are reserved for women candidates. Similary, 25% seats are reserved for Odisha state candidates. Detailed information is available on www.kiitee.ac.in.

 

Carnival Day of Summer Camp organized at KIIT International School

The Carnival Day of Summer Camp of KIIT International School has been organized here in presence of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder KIIT Group of Institutions and Ms. Monalisa Bal, CEO, KIIT International School on its premises on 29th May, 2009, where the kids’ and teenagers' had shown their talents through different activities.

Inaugurating the event Dr. Samanta said though it is the age of exposure, if the school education could not properly taken care, the student can’t expose himself. So this type of programmes should organize at schools, because it will prepare the students more active and able to face the challenges in future.

KIIT International School, a sister concern of KIIT University, organized twelve days summer camp through workshop and fun on its premises from 18th May 2009. There were many methods to keep the participants entertained and engrossed in innovative projects like, fine art, sculpture, painting, pottery, still photography, documentary movie making workshop, acting, art & craft, violin, keyboard, guitar, modern and classical dance, etc.

This summer Camp is a significant way to express the child’s self-interest and enhance their skill through letting them to live along to other people whom she/he does not know and meet new friends and it also gives a chance to the participants to keep busy during the long summer vacation and indulge into activities. The participants are divided into two groups - Teen Camp (for Class three to ten) and KIDDIE Camp (for LKG to Class two) and each group learned three and two hours respectively. The parents very much appreciated this new step of KIIT International School

 

KISS Students Shine in +2 Exam: 100% in Arts, 90% Science

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has posted an impressive performance in +2 examinations conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Odisha this academic session. KISS has secured 90% result in +2 Science and 100% in Arts. The results were declared today. It’s also a repeat show of the institute in CHSE examination from last year, pointing to the consistency in academic quality here.

According to the sources, the state level pass percent in general colleges is 74% in arts and 69% in science. Similarly, the pass percent of tribal students throughout the state is only 60%. Considering this fact, pass record of the tribal students of KISS is much higher than the State level pass percent in general colleges and tribal students. In this academic session, 98 students and 147 students appeared the examination in Arts and Science streams respectively. In Arts 22 students securing first division, while 53 students secured second division. All remaining sydents passed. Similarly, in Science stream 6 students passed in first division, while 52 students got second division. Total 57 students passed in third division. Some of the students of KISS who appeared the examination belonged to primitive tribes such as Bonda and Mankadia.

Expressing happiness over the impressive pass record of the KISS students, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder KISS and KIIT Group of Institutions congratulated the students and teachers of KISS and said that the students of this tribal school not only shine in sports, rather they are also extremely successful in academics due to their hard work and good mentoring.

 

Two KISS Girls to Play Asian 7s – Women’s Rugby Tournament

Two girl students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) - Hiramani Kisku and Parbati Murmu - have made it to the India Rugby Women’s Team, which will participate in Asian 7s- Women’s Rugby Tournament, to be held on 30th and 31st May, 2009 at Bangkok. Indian Team consists of 12 players, selected out of 18 by National Rugby Squad, who had put up excellent performance in All India Women-7s Rugby Tournament held at Gymkhana of Mumbai on 23rd and 24th May, 2009.

In All India Women-7s Rugby Tournament, KISS team comprehensively defeated Magician, Railway Police and Frank Anthony with score reading 27:00, 12:00 and 25:05 respectively. In the Semi Final Round, KISS team went on to thrash the Kerala team 5:0. In final match, KISS team defeated Bhubaneswar with score line of 10:00 and received the Plate Champion Trophy.

Rugby team of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences has attracted the attention of rugby organizations from all over the world, after its U 14 World Cup winning feat in 2007. The team has been receiving invitations to play in tournaments in different parts of the world. This time Rugby girl players of KISS have proved their talent that they are not less than their male counterparts.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS and KIIT Group of Institutions expressed his happiness over the spirited performance of the KISS girl students and wished them a successful Bangkok trip for Asian 7s- Women’s Rugby Tournament.

 

KIIT inks MOU with Dumlupinar University, Turkey

KIIT acheived another milestone by signing a MOU with Dumlupinar University, Turkey on 14th May 2009 at the KIIT Campus. The MOU was signed between Prof. (Dr.) Cem Sensogut, Dean, Dumlupinar University and Mr. L. C. Amarnathan, Rector, International Programme, KIIT in the presence of Dr. Alpaslan Duysak, Head, Computer Engineering Department, Dumlupinar University, Turkey, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder KIIT, Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, VC, KIIT and other officials of KIIT.

 

Rare International distinction for KIIT

Invitations are accorded to Nation States to sign Note of exchange, but KIIT University has received it from the International Secretariat of University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP). UMAP is an association of 350 reputed Universities of the world. UMAP to which India got a membership only this year, has selected KIIT to ensure India’s involvement in UMAP  as a full member country with the Member Secretariat to be located at KIIT-Bhubaneswar. By this, KIIT has the prerogative to coordinate and encourage nationally accredited and well-known universities in India to join in UMAP, besides being the country’s first University  to get an UMAP berth.

KIIT has also inked a MoU on 11th May 2009 with the University of Cambodia. This MoU was signed by Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, the President of University of Cambodia and Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT in the presence of His Excellency, Mr. R.K.Sachdev, Ambassador of India to Cambodia.

UMAP, Secretary General, Dr. Sumate Yamnoon has extended a warm invitation to Founder, KIIT, Dr. A. Samanta to give effect to this cooperation. It is an incredible achievement and the rarest of the rare distinction for KIIT - an institution that became a University only in 2004. With the signing of the Note of Exchange at the UMAP International Secretariat at Bangkok in presence of the Ambassador of India in Thailand, High Officials of the Govt. of Thailand and  The Indian Embassy, between the Secretary General, Dr. Sumate Yamnoon of UMAP and the Founder of KIIT, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, a new era of co-operation among the Universities of India and those in Asia and Pacific region will be ushered. The students of the member universities will be entitled to avail numerous opportunities to study in more than 350 universities of Asia and Pacific countries now under UMAP. Free education in the universities abroad and the scholarship granted to the students of the member universities would go a long way in broadening the career prospectus of the students. Through its exchange programme students from the member countries would get the opportunity to study in any of the member universities at UMAP’s cost without paying anything for the period of their study abroad.

It is yet another International distinction for KIIT which recently was included as a Member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities to rub shoulders with the world-class universities in England, Australia and many other countries. The result of such association of KIIT with the prestigious organizations all over the world has become quite visible, with the Education Meritorious Department of The Government of Thailand  sanctioning scholarships for two MBA students  from this year on studying in the KIIT School of Management. With an UMAP membership under its belt, KIIT is poised for opening the flood gate for foreign students coming to Odisha to study from several Asian and Pacific countries. Though the country secretariats of UMAP are established in the capital city of the Member Countries yet the Secretary General of UMAP agreed to open the country’s secretariat for India in the campus of KIIT because of the request of Dr. Samanta. This secretariat will work with KIIT in establishing collaboration of UMAP with other acclaimed Universities of India.

Expressing his satisfaction over the unique honour bestowed on KIIT to be the first-ever university in the country to get such a status, the Founder Dr. Achyuta Samanta, attributed such a feat to the  blessings of God and hard work of all the stakeholders. Establishment of UMAP Secretariat for India in Bhubaneswar is a matter  of pride for the State and  KIIT has once again made the state proud. This honour will encourage us to strive hard and to crave for more, he said while expressing confidence that KIIT and its students will meet with many more successes in the times to come..

 

KIIT Signs MoU with Edinburgh’s Telford College

KIIT University and Edinburgh’s Telford College agreed upon a Memorandum of Understanding on 10th May, 2009 at KIIT University premises. Mr. L. C. Amarnathan, Rector International Programme, KIIT and Ms. Julia Weedon, International Manager of Edinburgh’s Telford College signed the MoU in presence of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions, Mr. Paul McMahon, Curriculum Manager, Edinburgh’s Telford College and a large number of top officials of KIIT University.

As per the MoU, KIIT University and Edinburgh’s Telford College will work towards the joint delivery of technical training, research etc. It also provides for staff and students exchange programmes in specific curriculum areas, collaborative programmes to support capacity development of both in Edinburgh’s Telford member college and KIIT, mutual support, research and development in appropriate areas and learning resource sharing. Edinburgh’s Telford College will assist KIIT to develop relationships with its constituents and act as a single point of contact for all communications. This MoU will help the students from all over Telford College to study in KIIT University.

Edinburgh's Telford College was established in 1968. It is the largest Govt. funded college in Scotland. The College has a student population of over 18,000 (3,800 full times). It attracts students from 95 countries across the world including India, China, Korea, Africa, the Middle East, USA, etc.

On another side, KIIT University in a short span of time has evolved into a nationally acclaimed and diversified educational conglomerate providing quality education in several areas of technology, management, rural management, biotechnology, medicine, etc. National and international, educational and non educational organizations come forward to be a partner with KIIT. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions said that the MoU will give momentum to educational cooperation between India and Edinburgh.

 

KIIT inks MoU with CII-Yi

CII-Yi and KIIT University signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 9th May 2009 at its premises for opening of ‘Young Indian Net or Yi-Net’ at KIIT. The Yi-Net is an initiative to empower the students to work in the fields of education, employment, environment, youth affairs and health. It also facilitates interaction of students with young achievers.

The MoU was signed between Dr. Rahul Mirchandani, National Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry’s Young Indians (CII-Yi) and Dr. P. N. Razdan, Pro Vice Chancellor (SOT) of KIIT University. CII-Yi is a group consisting of young Indian entrepreneurs, owner-managers and professionals from all walks of life, CII-Yi provides various opportunities not just for a better future for the youth of today but also create leaders for the India of tomorrow.

The agreement will provide a platform for young Indians to be part of the Indian Growth Story. As per the provisions, both the organizations will work effectively for promoting leadership skills among students for the development of the country through the learning programs.

Young Indians (Yi) is an integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India’s premier business association, founded in the year 2002 with an objective of giving young Indians a platform to realize the dream of a developed nation. Yi has over 900 direct members in 16 City Chapters and another 10,000 members in its District Chapters, Corporate Chapters, Farmers’ Net and Students’ Net. The Yi membership base includes young progressive Indians between the age group of 25 and 40 years. They comprise of entrepreneurs, professionals and progressive achievers from different walks of life.

KIIT University within a short span time has evolved into an internationally acclaimed and diversified educational conglomerate imparting professional education in several fields, including technology, management, rural managements, law, biotechnology, medicine, mass communication, etc. KIIT has collaboration with a large number of institutions and organizations in India and globe.  

Welcoming the opening of ‘Young Indian Net’ at KIIT, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions expressed hope that it will contribute in the development of the state.

A large number of students and staff of KIIT and CII-Yi were present at the MoU signing ceremony.

 

''Nanhi Pari''2009 creates euphoria

As previous years, this year too “Nanhipari 2009”, the Little Miss India contest was organized in the Krishna Campus of KIIT University from 1st May to 3rd May 2009.  Shreya Pule from Maharastra bagged the Nahipari 2009 title, while Sonali Pattanayak from Odisha and Rinki Minakshi Rohila from Haryana finished as 1st and 2nd runners up respectively.
Girls within 10 to 13 years of age from 15 states of the country including Odisha  participated in the competition.
From among 200 girls who applied, 30 were selected through various rounds to take part in the competition and among these; the best ten were selected as per judgements based on health, IQ, dance, sports and performance in group discussions. Participants occupying the first, second and third positions received cash rich prizes of Rs 90,000/-, Rs. 30,000/- and Rs. 20,000/- respectively along with other gifts. The final round took the participants through wit test, memory test, folk dance and antakshari.

On the award giving ceremony, eminent cine stars from the oriya film industry marked their presence and gave away prizes to the winners. The competition inaugurated by noted industrialist Mr. P.K. Mohanty and KIIT Founder Dr. A. Samanta aims at preparing Indian talents for international beauty competitions.
 

KIIT Becomes Youngest Member of ACU
 
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) has become the youngest member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). This is yet another milestone in KIIT’s journey towards excellence. KIIT, which has only five years of standing as a University, have attracted the attention of many national and international organizations.

From the sources, ACU was established in the year of 1913. Till date five hundred universities of fifty five countries from five continents are member universities of ACU, which has Queen of United Kingdom as its President.  
 
Membership in this body would open floodgates of opportunity for KIIT to collaborate with about five hundred universities, which are also members of ACU. Degrees and certificates issued by KIIT University would be recognized internationally by these universities. Following KIIT’s inclusion, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions has been invited by Secretary of ACU to attend a five-day International Assembly to be held in Kualalumpur from 13th June.  

The news resulted in a wave of joy among students, faculty and staff of KIIT. This achievement has been possible only due to tireless effort of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions, they said. It is a matter of great pride for a young university like KIIT to get this rare distinction, said Dr. Samanta, while maintaining that it all has been possible only due to the blessings of God.

 

National Recognition for KIMS, KSOM

Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), a sister concern of KIIT, has been selected as Regional Centre to conduct Faculty Development Programme by Medical Council of India (MCI). KIMS’s selection was intimated recently through MCI’s letter bearing number MCI-Academics/2008/4152. As a regional centre, KIMS will cater to whole of eastern India in conducting faculty development programme.

Only seven regional centres have been notified by MCI all over the country to conduct faculty development programme. KIMS has the distinction of being the only institution from the eastern India and the first ever from Odisha to make it to this list. This prestigious recognition came following a survey by MCI, which took into account academic excellence, teaching methods, infrastructure and availability of latest equipment. KIMS’ status as a region centre for conducting faculty development programme is for a term of five years and would immensely help the academicians and students in the field of medical sciences in this part of the country.      

In another achievement, KIIT School of Management (KSOM) has been nominated as Mentor Institution by AICTE for conducting faculty development programme in eastern India. KSOM’s status as a Mentor Institution will also be valid for a period of five years. As a Mentor Institution, it will work for the development management education, motivation of the students for management education and making new information available to the faculty members.       

Dr. Samanta expressed gratitude to MCI and AICTE to bestowing these honours on KIIT KIMS and KSOM.

 

Ms. Michelle Grimley visits KIIT, KIIT Inks MoU with 10 Colleges of Scotland

Ms. Michelle Grimley, Business Development Executive, Scotland’s Colleges International is on a visit to KIIT to follow up on a MoU signed between KIIT University and Scotland’s Colleges International (SCI) in New Delhi last February. She visited different campuses of the KIIT Group of Institution during her two-day visit. She was overwhelmed to see the world class infrastructure, aesthetics, educational ambience and student strength of the institution.    

Ms. Grimley’s visit also facilitated MoU between KIIT and ten leading colleges of Scotland on 24th April 2009. International managers of five leading Universities of Scotland are accompanying her on her visit. The Scotland’s Colleges International is a national organization working on behalf of colleges in Scotland to promote and develop international relationships leading to formation of partnerships and consortium work with Government education departments, private educational institutions and commercial partners throughout the world.   

Under the provisions of the MoU signed today, KIIT University and ten colleges of Scotland will work towards joint delivery of technical training, engineering education, management education, rural management education and sports. It also provides for staffs and students’ exchange progamme on the specific areas, collaborative programmes to support capacity development of both in the SCI member colleges and KIIT, mutual support, research and development in appropriate areas and learning resource sharing. This MoU will help the students from Scotland to study in KIIT University.

SCI will assist KIIT in developing ties with its constituents and act as a single point of contact for all communications, she assured. The MoU between Scotland’s Colleges International (SCI) and KIIT is the first one SCI has signed with a private university in India.   

Ms. Michelle Grimley has invited Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions to Scotland in the last week of May to further the cooperation between KIIT and SCI constituent colleges. Dr. Samanta has given his consent to the invitation.

 

KIITians Shine in Infosys Meet

KIITians annexed first prize in Programming and Rock Band events of Aspirations 20-20, a talent competition organized by Infosys, Bhubaneswar on 23rd March 2009. Total 9600 students from more than 60 technical institutes of eastern zone participated in Aspirations 20-20, which featured Programming, Rock Band, Quiz, Paper Presentation and Distinguished Engineer contests.

In the Programming event, six finalists were shortlisted after the First Round, which included KIIT University, Bhubaneswar; ITER, Bhubaneswar; NIT, Rourkela; BEC, Kolkata and Haldia Institute of Technology, Haldia. KIIT Team comprising of Anurag Sharma, B.Tech (6th Semester C.S.E), Anurag Mishra, B.Tech (6th Semester C.S.E.) and Anil Kumar Viswakarma, B.Tech (8th Semester C.S.E.) emerged winner in the toughly contested Final. In the Rock Band category, KIIT University was represented by Saharsh Sinha, B.Tech (6th Semester E.T.C.), Digant Bhatt, B.Tech (6th Semester I.T.), Abinash Thapa, B.Tech (6th Semester C.S.E.), Debarshi Sarkar, B.Tech (6th Semester I.T.) and Abhimanyu Argal, B.Tech (4th Semester E.T.C.). It was adjudged best among six finalists - UCE, Burla, CV Raman, Bhubaneswar, NIST, Berhampur, BEC, Kolkata and GIET, Gunupur.

 

Commendable Performance by KIITians in Cognizant Meet

A spirited performance by KIIT University Team got it two prizes in transition 09 organised by Cognizant, Kolkata at Science City Auditorium, Kolkata on 14th March 2009. KIIT was only institute from Odisha to participate in the meet in 10000 students from 60 technical colleges of eastern India joined. The meet featured contest in five categories  iTech Speak (Paper Presentation), Mission Intermission (Movie Making), Awe (General Quiz), Ultimate Techie (Coding Contest) and Panorama (Stall Designing). Saurav Satpathy, B.Tech (EE) and Soumya Sarathi Panda, B.Tech (EE) won Second Prize in iTech Speak for their paper titled 'Nanobiotics in Biomedical Engineering'. Similarly, seven B.Tech students comprising KIIT Team for Mission Intermission B.Tech  Amritanshu Verma (EE), Saharsh Sinha (ETC), Dhiraj Agarwal (CSE), Pravas Singh (ETC), Suvankar Mishra (EE), Abhinash Thapa (CSE) and Digant Bhatt (IT)  won Third Prize for their movie, 'Incomplete Man'.

 

Training-Workshop on “Cold Chain Management” organized at KIIT

Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), a sister concern of KIIT organized a Training-Cum-Workshop on “Cold Chain Management” in its campus on 17th April, 2009. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. D. Muduli, Director Family Welfare, Odisha in presence of Prof. (Dr.) S. C. Dash, Director, KIMS, Prof. (Dr.) S. B. Ogale, Medical Superintendent, KIMS, Mr. P. P. Parida and other distinguished persons.
 
Inaugurating the workshop, Dr. D. Muduli asserted that immunization programme has been identified as vital not only for our country but also for the world. All vaccines should be stored in appropriate temperature from the time of manufacture to the time of use. In this regard, Cold Chain System is a proper way for storing and transporting the vaccines at the desired temperature during its transportation from manufacture to the point of use.
 
(Dr.) S. C. Dash emphasized on the greater objectives of this training-cum-workshop. He also lighted the advantages of cold chain management, through which it will save the lives of the people and crores of rupees of the beneficiaries.
 
Among others all dignitaries on the dais also spoke on the occasion. A large numbers of faculty members participated from SOM Hospital, Hi-Tech Hospital, KIMS etc.

 

Central Govt. sanctions KIIT Professor’s project

A research project of Prof. Udai  P. Singh, Faculty, Department of Electronics and Telecommunication, School of Technology of KIIT University entitled  ”Fabrication of Cu (InGa) Se2/CdS (Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide/Cadmium Sulfide) thin film solar cells on large area glass and flexible substrate using sputtering/selenization technique” has been sanctioned by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt. of India, New Delhi. After two years of tireless effort and active engagement in the area of thin film solar cells, Prof. Singh put an end to this project successfully.
 
Last year Prof. Udai P. Singh had been working on thin film solar cells as a visiting Research Consultant in Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions congratulated Prof. Udai P. Singh for his exploit performance and expressed his hope to gain more achievements in this field.

 

KIIT receives record 1.3 lakh applications

The KIIT Group of Institutions has received a whopping 1.3 lakh applications for professional programmes for the new academic session. KIITEE -2009, the  Annual Entrance Test conducted by the private university, is scheduled to be held on May 17. KIIT is the  first institution in India to have got such a large number of applications which includes 30,000 from Odisha.

According to a release by the University, KIITEE will be held in 61 cities and towns. Twelve of them are in Odisha. Currently, one fourth of the seats are reserved for students of Odisha. Online test facility will also be offered to the candidates. This year, KIIT has received applications  from across the world like the USA, Japan, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysis, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Ghana, Ireland and Austria.

The KIITEE-09 result will be declared on May 30 and counselling will start on June12.

Meanwhile, KIIT has declared a scholarship of Rs. 36,000/- a year for the best 10 students of CBSE and ICSE boards in various states who take admission in KIIT. Like previous years, free education will be provided to the topper of KIITEE, its founder Achyuta Samanta  said.

Besides those who secure ranks between second and tenth will be entitled to a scholarship of Rs. 36,000/- annually, Similarly, a scholarship of Rs. 24,000 will be given to those who secure ranks between 11th and 50th.

 

Recycling of biomedical waste stressed

The health-care institutions generating biomedical wastes must adopt a management plan to re-cycle the garbage generated and  not just confine themselves to safe disposal. Also the waste must be segregated into various colour bags at the point of generation for effective re-cycling.

Inaugurating the two-day workshop-cum-training programme on  ‘ Biomedical Waste Mangement’ (BWM) at city-based Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Director of Medical Education and Training, Prof P.K. Das said proper strategy of BWM is necessary for a pollution and toxin-free environment.

The Secretary of Multi-Disciplinary Centre on Safety, Health and Environment (MDC on SHE) Mr. G. D. Rath said the workshop was aimed at creating awareness among the employees, employers, administrators, opinion makers, NGOs and students in the field of safety, health and environment, hazardous substances and chemical accident management. Eight similar programmes  have already been conducted in several parts of the State, he said adding that this was the first such event being organized in the capital.

Topics like standard operative procedure in BMW management segregation, storage and transportation and legal provisions of BMW were discussed. Member Secretary of the State Pollution Control Board, Mr. Siddhant Das, KIMS Principal,  Dr. B.C. Das, Ex-CMD of Nalco, Mr. G. Upadhyaya and Founder of KIIT Group of Institutions, Dr. A. Samanta were present on the occasion. The training- cum workshop organized by MDC on SHE, was sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

 

KIIT inks MoU with Two Universities

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between two Universities of Thailand and KIIT University at Bangkok on 2nd April, 2009. The two Universities include Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand and Chiang Mai University. Under the partnership the students of KIIT will be greatly benefited through higher studies and research at these Universities.
 
The objective of signing the MoU is to accomplish and develop academic, scientific, technical and cultural relationship between these organizations to be effective and to operate at management level courses, research programmes and in the areas of other common disciplines. As per the MoU between these Universities, all will work towards the joint delivery of Quality Technical Training. It will also provide staff and student exchange programme in specific curriculum areas, collaborative programmes to support capacity development between the three Universities.

The MOU was signed between Prof. Said Irandoust, President, AIT and Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions. Among others, Prof. Peter Haddawy, Vice President of AIT (Academics), Prof. Vilas Wuwongse, Vice President (Foreign Affairs), Dr. Khin Ni Ni Thein, Vice President, Development and Human Resources and Prof. Sudip K. Rakshit, Vice President of Research. H.E. Latha Reddy, Indian Ambassador to Thailand and Abhijit Chakrabarti, Indian Counsel were also present on the occasion. Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is a 50 years old leading educational institution of Thailand.

Another MOU was signed between Mr. Chang Dech Wyangla of Chiang Mai University and Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions.

 

 I met a jewel of India : Dr. Kiran Bedi

The First Woman IPS Officer and Social Activist, Dr. Kiran Bedi delivered a lecture on "Role of Women in Present Scenario" at KIIT on the occasion of celebration of Utkal Divas, the day Odisha attained statehood on 1st April 2009. Dr. Kiran Bedi emphasized on the reformation of educational system in India. She said if corruption can’t be removed through education then there is no meaning of educational institutions, where the students pay a heavy cost for learning.
 
Focussing on the topic she gave her own example and said there is no difference between a man and a woman without one i.e, a woman can produce a child. Women nowdays are not only the better half of their male counterparts rather in many fields they have also outnumbered the males.

She appreciated Dr. Samanta’s philanthropic service to the downtrodden class of the society. She referred to this institution as Bharat Ratna and Dr. Samanta a jewel. It is such a great inspiring institution. Dr. Kiran Bedi also responded to a huge numbers of questions from the students. She felicitated the winning participants of Pratijja - An open oratory debate competition held in KIIT recently and expressed her willingness to visit KIIT again.

Dr. Samanta expressed his gratitude to such an outstanding personality. He also gave his sincere thanks for her valuable speech and a kind interaction period for the staffs and students.

Among others, all the top officials of KIIT and a large number of students and staffs attended the meeting.

 

KIIT Pro VC & Registrar Nominated to Press Club of Bihar and Jharkhand

Dr. A. K. Jha, Pro Vice Chancellor and Registrar of KIIT University has been nominated as an Associate Member-cum-Life Member of Press Club of Bihar and Jharkhand. Executive Committee of the Press Club of Bihar and Jharkhand unanimously nominated Dr. Jha to this prestigious office. Press Club of Bihar and Jharkhand is affiliated to the Press Club of India (PCI), New Delhi. Journalists of PCI, New Delhi, Bihar and Jharkhand congratulated Dr. Jha on his nomination.

 

Utkal Univ wins Cash Rich KPL

Utkal University won the cash-rich 2nd KIIT Premier League (KPL), defeating KIIT Spartans by 65 runs in the summit clash of the day-night cricket tournament for technical universities and colleges at KIIT campus on 22nd March 2009. The title triumph made Utkal University richer by Rs. 2 lakhs, while runners-up KIIT Spartans contended themselves with the second prize of Rs.1 lakh. Earlier, Utkal University beat KIIT Vikings, while KIIT Spartans got the better of Sikshya O Anusandhan University in the semifinals. Altogether 12 Universities and colleges from different states took part in the week long tournament, which was organized by KIIT University.
The highlight of the final match was a blistering knock of 73 by Utkal University’s Rajesh Baliarsingh, who was adjudged the Man of the Match. KIIT Spartans Captain, Amiya Samal emerged as the Man of the Tournament for his impressive performance with both bat and ball. His teammate Arindam Behera was named the best batsman. The best bowler and best wicket-keeper prizes went to Utkal University’s, Manoj Barik and Israel Khan respectively.

 

Kalinga Polytechnic celebrates Annual Day

The annual day of Kalinga Polytechnic, Diploma wing of KIIT Group of Institutions was inaugurated by Shri V. V. Yadav (IAS), Director, Technical Education & Training, Govt of Odisha in the presence of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions, Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University and other dignitaries of KIIT. On the occasion, Shri Yadav also launched the official website of KIIT KP.

 

KISS students selected for Commonwealth Games

As a part of Indian Rugby contingent, three tribal boys of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) have been selected for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in New Delhi. The selected students, all under-20 are Bhagabata Murmu, Basu Hemrum  and Sankha  Hemrum. Bhagabata and Sankha hail from Mayurbhanj district, while Basu hails from Dhenkanal district.

Simillarly two girls of KISS, Jharana Sundari Nayak and Saraswati  Hansada have been selected to participate in the netball coaching camp. Arpita Mohanty and Monisa Tarasia, Women Rugby Coaches will participate in the Coaching Camp to be held from 22nd to 29th March, 2009.

Founder of KISS and KIIT Group of Institutions A. Samanta expressed pleasure over this excellent achievement of students and coaches.

 

KIIT Premier League Kicks Off

KIIT Premiere League 2009, an all India Inter-University Day & Night Cricket Tournament kicked off at the Sports Ground of KIIT University on 15th March, 2009. Mr. Ranjib Biswal, President, Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) and BCCI Selector inaugurated the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Biswal said that cricket has gained so much popularity now-a-days that many people have even started describing it as a religion. He expressed hope that they may get budding sport stars through KIIT Premier League. KIIT is a unique institution which lays as much emphasis on sports as academics, said Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions, while wishing all the participating teams a wonderful time and best of luck.    

As many as 12 leading cricket teams from all over India namely IIT Kharagpur, BIT Mesra, Andhra University, Utkal University, TACT, C.V. Raman Engineering College, College of Engineering, S.O.A University, Silicon Engineering College, IACR, KIIT Spartans and KIIT Vikings are participating in the KIIT Premier League 2009. The teams have been divided in four groups. The Champions of KPL-09 would go back with prize money of Rs. 2 lakhs, while the runners-up team would get a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh. Besides, there are attractive prizes for all the participating team as well as for each man of the match and man of the series. This is the second edition of KIIT Premier League. The first edition held in 2008 was a huge success.

 

KISS celebrates Holi with Cine-artists

The  glittering stars of Oriya celluloid came to Kalinga Institute of  Social sciences (KISS) to play Holi with the tribal children. It was celebrated with traditional fervour. The tribal students of KISS celebrated the festival of colour in the midst of artistes, directors and singers of Ollywood, who visited the campus. The visiting artistes included Prafulla Kar, Sikandar Alam, Himansu Khatua, Jina, Sabyasachi, Runu, Puspa Panda, Lakshmikant Palit, Phupinder and others. The visiting artistes appreciated the contribution of Dr. A Samanta, Founder of KIIT & KISS, towards development of technical education in Odisha and hailed his concern for tribals. Earlier, Dr. Samanta welcomed them to KISS campus. “Their presence here on the auspicious occasion of Holi will greatly encourage the tribal students of KISS”, he said.

 

Governor Inaugurates International Women's Month & Kashish at KIIT

International Women’s Month was inaugurated by His Excellency Mr. Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare, Governor of Odisha in presence of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions and Ms. Mrinalini Darshwal, IAS, Collector and District Magistrate, Dhenkanal at KIIT premises on 8th March, 2009. His Excellency Governor also inaugurated Kashish 09, the Annual Function of Queens’ Castle, the ladies hostel of KIIT. Under the International Women’s Month, KIIT will undertake various programmes in all the districts of Odisha in collaboration with American Embassy, different UN organizations and Women & Child Development Department, Government of Odisha from 8th to 25th March under the International Women's Month.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Mr. Bhandare said that there could not have been a better place to launch this state-wide programme than the clean and green campus of KIIT. “We live in a world of human rights in which all humans are born equal; however, it is unfortunate that even today there is discrimination and degradation of women”, he said. Women do three times as much work as men, still they are victims of discrimination and face glass ceiling, he elaborated. In the knowledge society that we live in, brain power is more important than physical prowess, he said, adding that brain power of women at least matches or even exceeds that of men. Maintaining that discrimination of women has no validity, he appealed everyone to work hard to end it.

Women face inequality at all fronts, said Ms. Mrinalini Darshwal, Collector and District Magistrate, Dhenkanal. However, only women are capable of changing this equation, she maintained, adding that mortality, discrimination, educational backwardness and glass ceiling are the problems that women are facing today. While it is true that character is the major strength of a woman but so called moral custodians of the society cannot set standards of women’s character, she said.        
Delivering the welcome address, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS informed that KIIT is conscious of the need to empower women and is actively working towards this goal. President of KIIT is a woman, he said, adding that KIIT is unique in having 30% reservation for girls in all courses. Problems of woman can be solved only through education, he maintained. He thanked His Excellency, Mr. M. C. Bhandare, Governor of Odisha for his gracious presence at KIIT.

International Women's Day is observed every year on 8th March to celebrate the economic, social, cultural and political achievements for women. American Embassy organizes the International Women’s Month in different states of country. This year it is being observed in Odisha in collaboration with KIIT. The objectives of the campaign are to empower women through various activities, to make them aware of environmental and other threats to the existence of the planet and to promote awareness to meet critical challenges like the food shortage, HIV/AIDS, environmental degradation and violence against women.

The theme for the National Women's Month 2009 is ‘Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet.’ The month long celebration will mark meetings, deliberations and competitions such as essay writing, poetry writing, poster making, cooking, drawing, etc in all the 30 districts of Odisha. State level competition will be organised at Bhubaneswar for the district finalists. Women from each district will be awarded for their exceptional work for creating and sustaining a clean environment. Additionally, outstanding women will also be awarded for their performances during the celebration of IWM. Many renowned women personalities will be present on the occasion.

His Excellency Governor also gave away prizes to the outstanding students and staff of Queens’ Castle, the ladies hostel of KIIT. Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University, Dr. Sucheta Priyabadini, Deputy Registrar, Rashmi Rekha Panigrahi and Ipsa Mishra, students representatives also spoke on the occasion.
 

First National Women Artists’ Camp

Art Era, the First National Women Artists’, Camp was inaugurated in KIIT University by His Excellency Mr. M. C. Bhandare, the Governor of Odisha on 8th March 2009. The three-day camp, organised by the Odisha Modern Art Gallery, coincided with International Women’s Day and Kashish'09, the annual function of Queens’ Castle, ladies hostel of KIIT. The camp provided a forum to women artists to share their ideas in contemporary field and to interact among themselves about artistic values. His Excellency the Governor of Odisha felicitated nine distinguished personalities – Mrs Aparajeeta Sarangi, IAS, Mrs Aparajita Mohanty, cine artiste, Mrs Arati Mishra, singer, Mrs Anuradha Biswal, sportsperson, Ms. Illiana Citaristi, Odissi dander, Mrs Itirani Samanta, Editor, Kadambini, Mrs Jagi Mangat Panda, CEO, Ortel Communication and Mrs Jyotimayee Kanungo, Artist – on the occasion. A large number of artists from different states of India participated in the camp.
 

KIIT Celebrates International Women's Month

Theme: To  Save Our Planet through Campaign by Women
KIIT is celebrating International Women’s Month from 8th March to 25th March 2009. The month long event is held in one of the states of India every year. This year it is being organised in Odisha by KIIT in collaboration with American Centre of US Embassy, UNFPA, UN organizations and Women & Child Welfare Department, Government of Odisha. The theme of this year's celebration is ‘Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet’.
OBJECTIVES
To promote  awareness to meet critical challenges like the food shortage, clean and green environment, maternal mortality/morbidity, HIV/AIDS, climatic changes etc

  1. To make the women aware of the threats to their rights  and to mobilize people to change attitude
  2. To initiate various income generation activities with environment protection.
  3. To advocate a women-centred framework to constitute SHG
  4. The self help initiatives and a dream for a Green and healthy Community.
  5. To build regional and national partnerships and solidarity with other grassroots movements, civil society groups, and different sectors of society including policy-makers to address the goals.

During the month, meetings, deliberations and competitions would be held in all the 30 districts of  Odisha. Women from each of these districts will be awarded on the basis of evaluation of their exceptional work for creating and sustaining a clean environment. A combination of campaign strategies will be employed across the different  districts  during the duration of IWM across a range of issues.

  1. Organizing public forums to educate people on the women issues
  2. Organizing mass mobilisation activities –   assemblies, marches and deliberations, etc. to rally people together to address women’s issues in different ways
  3. Organizing street plays, shows, etc. to motivate people and increase their awareness on the rights and duties of women in the local and regional context and build solidarity.
  4. Organizing workshops on capacity building to improve quality of life, livelihood skills, sustainable development, climatic change
  5. Highlighting the HIV/AIDS related issues  to spread awareness
  6. Organizing forums on maternal mortality
  7. Declaring pollution free zones at the local level
  8. Highlighting the role of women in managing sustainable rice farms and conserving seeds, availability and proper use of water
  9. Using the theme of Saving the Planet Earth  to support policy advocacy action.
  10. Distribution of information materials and use of other communication media such as banners, posters, sending sms, etc.

KIIT has formed district teams and a core team to conduct the pragrammes during the month. These district teams will work with other local women organiser  groups on local  activities of the respective district. Each local team will organize a few different activities for IWM preferably on women related issues in the form of essay writing, poetry writing and making posters etc. KIIT will manage the overall events in collaboration with the American Centre. The core team members will prepare a report on  their activities in various districts  and submit it.  The report will be an evaluation of the impact and success of their activities. These reports are crucial as they will be evidence of the effectiveness of  this programme, and of great interest to all participating organizations, the media, and other interest groups.

 

OMCA 2009 Inaugurated at KIIT

A National Seminar on ‘Recent Trends in Organometallic Compounds and Their Industrial Application' (OMCA-09) was inaugurated at KIIT University on 26 th February 2009. The three-day seminar is being organized by KIIT University in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry, Utkal University , Bhubaneswar .

Inaugurating the seminar, Dr. S. K. Joshi, former DG, CSIR, New Delhi said that the organometallic compounds provide tools to improve the organic synthesis. Observing that India is well endowed in natural resources and on its way to become an economic superpower, he emphasized on a sound research system, ‘which will enable researchers to bring about rapid scientific development'. He advised the participants to work for solving the present day problems.

Speaking on the occasion, the Guest of Honour, Prof. Binayak Rath, Vice Chancellor of Utkal University said that the technology has insulating as well as isolating effects. While technology seems to bring people together, it does so only by separating us from one another, he elaborated, adding that technology uproots us and separates us from our time and place. The economic system has become more brutal and inhuman due the ecological disaster and pollution emanating from technological progress, Prof. Rath stated, while asserting that research in chemistry can help us to solve our day-to-day problems.

Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University delivered the presidential address and Prof. (Dr.) Satyaban Jena, Dept. of Chemistry, Utkal University briefed about the theme of the conference.

A large number of scientists, researchers, professors and students from across the country are participating in the seminar. The ever increasing demand leads to new inventions. The seminar will throw light on different aspects of research and developments in various industries. This interaction is expected to help the participants to share information on recent trends and set an agenda for future research.

The topics to be covered in the seminar are metal nanoparticles in catalysis, photo-degradation of curcumin in the presence of TIO2 nanoparticles, Phosphorus-Nitrogen compounds, catalysis and medicinal applications; strategies for the C-C and C-X bond formations based on the concept of cross-couplings of tetra-organosilicon reagents and C-H bond activation, etc.

Prof. S. K. Dube, Pro Chancellor, KIIT, Dr. P. N. Razdan, Pro Vice Chancellor and Prof. B. B. Kar, Convener, OMCA were present at the inaugural function. Prof. A. K. Jha, Registrar, KIIT proposed the vote of thanks.

 

Energy crisis, climatic change interlinked

The solution to both the major crisis of today-serious energy shortage and rapid climate change are interlinked. The solution duo is the diversification of fuel base and adoption of emerging clean and green alternative for energy production, said Vice-Chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Prof Omkar Nath Mohanty. While inaugurating a two day workshop on “Solar Energy Materials and Devices” at KIIT University , he said that solar energy is one of the eternal sources of energy.

“Its rapid development and a large scale of application are essential to make it significant to clean energy and replacement of fossil based fuels, which will play an important role to control energy related global warming problems.” He pointed out.

The workshop mainly focused on various aspects of solar cells like silicon solar cells. Thin film solar cells and dye sensitized solar cells. Participants from different research institute. Universities and industry from different parts of India participated in the workshop.

The speakers deliberated on the most developed methods of becoming energy efficient is through use of renewable energy like-solar energy which is non-hazardous.

 

Koncord Inter School Personality Contest of KIIT University

Koncord, the Inter School Personality Contest of KIIT University was held on February 17-18, 2009. Amit Pandey, second year student of the School of Technology and Rani Pallavi, third year student of the same school, were adjudged Mr KIIT and Miss KIIT respectively. Students from different schools of KIIT University participated in the contest. First day events included Introduction, Ramp Walk and Frame-in rounds, while Ramp Sports, Casual Wear, Rapid Fire, Ramp Walk, Ethnic Wear, Question Answer rounds were main attractions of the second day events. Editor of Kadambini, Ms. Itirani Samanta, distinguished Film Director and CEO of Schools of Film and Television, Fashion Technology and Mass Communication of KIIT University, Mr. Himanshu Khatua, Director, KIIT School of Film and Television, Mr. Satish Kumar and Director of KIIT School of Mass Communication, Dr. Abhilasha Kumari officiated as jury of the event.

 

Kritansh - Celebrating spirit of creativity

Kritansh, the annual techno-management fest of KIIT University , that began three years back is now one of India 's largest tech-fests. It is also the second largest tech-fest in eastern India . With as many as seven interesting events, Kritansh 2009 covered everything from robotics to electronics and mechanics, from stock market to biz quiz, from LAN games to coding contests and from music bands to photography.

The event featured a working model of seize weapons, robots that fight and also race among themselves and the crest and trough of a virtual stock market. Students from top institutes of the country displayed their skills in software development, circuit designing and junkyard and energy conservation models. Robosphere was the major attraction, which had contests to design a part picking robot, robo fight, autonomous wall follower and edge detector and an image processor. While these are no mean tasks, thousands of students that congregated to celebrate the spirit of creativity definitely proved the next generation's worth.

Similarly, Corporate Finestra, the management sub-event, included case study, virtual stock market, brand building and business plan, model exhibition, coding contests and LAN games like Counterstrike, Age of Empires, Fifa 07 and Khoj. The photography event that also had band performances was brilliant.

Highlights of the event were guest lectures by noted writer Chetan Bhagat and Olympic Bronze Medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar.

 

Techno Management Fest of KIIT University - Kritansh

The largest and 3 rd annual techno management fest of KIIT University , Kritansh 09, was held from February 14 to 16, 2009. It was inaugurated by Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman NASSCOM in the august presence of Guest of Honor Dr. Uma Ganesh, CEO, GTT.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Natarajan said that globalization and liberalization demand high quality of education in the world, and quality should be the focus in today's technical institutions. Out of total global recruitment, information technology sector accounts for 45 percent of recruitments, he informed, adding that even if a person has no technical qualification or experience, he can achieve success if he has talent. He described 5Fs - First, Flexibility, Focus, Friendly and Fun – as essential ingredients of success.

Dr. Uma Ganesh, CEO, GTT pointed out that, it takes many years to establish a good and quality institute, while observing that KIIT has achieved in a very short span of time. Tjis has been possible only due to the tireless efforts of its Founder, Dr. A. Samanta, which will remain an example for others. The global recruiters now need the human resources from India , he stated, while expressing confidence that human resources produced at KIIT meets the global standard.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder Secretary, KIIT outlined the achievements of the students of the university in academics, technical, sports and cultural activities. Fests like Kritansh would go a long way in creating a broad platform for knowledge sharing among future engineers and managers. Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University briefed the audience about Kritansh.

About 1500 students from leading technical institutions from across the country such as NITs, IITs, XIMB, and others participated in the three-day mega techno management fest.

 

Valedictory Function

Kritansh 09 concluded with the informative lecture delivered by Prof. R. Natarajan, Former Chairman, AICTE on 16 th February 2009. Speaking at the Valedictory Ceremony, Prof. R. Natarajan, Former Chairman, AICTE said, students should learn how to overcome the problems in their day-to-day life. Our development should be in different dimensions, beyond teaching and learning, he added. Mr. Surya Mohanty, WIPRO, Odisha Head said that we should prepare ourselves to face the extraordinary situations, which confront us. For this we have to have multiple skills, he suggested, adding that higher education is must to face the problems. He advised students not to go after a job, and to be entrepreneurs instead.

The fest featured events such as Robotics (Robospere), Paper Presentation (Anvenshan), Stock Market (Bulls n Bears), LAN Gaming (Kuru kshetra), Codaic finals and Quest of the strings. Prizes worth Rs.10 lakhs were given away to the winners.

 

Former Naval Chief Graces the Republic Day Celebrations at KIIT

India as a democratic country, our Parliament gives us too much liberty in every sphere of life. So this is our responsibility to use these liberties with enthusiasm, said, Admiral R. H. Tahiliani, President of Transparency International & Former Naval Chief after unfurling the National Flag at the spectacular sports ground of KIIT. India has earned a significant status in the field of science and technology, space science, nuclear energy, medicine and its allied fields, biotechnology etc.

R. H. Tahiliani, hailed Dr. Samanta's role in setting up the KIIT and its sister institutions, especially the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, as exemplary. His concern for the neglected tribal children reflects the humanistic aspect of this very successful institution, he said.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said that KIIT is an expression of free, progressive and assertive India. It is a tradition of hosting national and international luminaries on this important occasion at KIIT, he said, adding that last year, Shri Charanjit Singh Atwal, Hon'ble Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha had graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

Students of KISS, ITI, Diploma, B. Tech, SBT, SOL, SCA, SOM and Volunteers of National Cadet Corps, NSS etc participated in the March Past on the auspicious morning of Republic Day at KIIT.

Chief Guest also felicitated outstanding students and staffs of KIIT and KISS for their performance. Among others, Prof. (Dr.) Hari Gauam, Chancellor, Prof. S. C. De.Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT and other distinguished personalities from the different fields were present on the occasion.

 

KIIT Athletic Meet Concludes

The 14 th Annual Athletic Meet 2008-09 of KISS, a sister concern of KIIT University concluded here on Wednesday. Participants of different age group were divided under six different groups, Little Star, Young Star, Rising Star, Sub-Junior, Junior and senior. While Amit Munda and Damodar Murmu became double champion amongst boys, Saraswati Hansada amongst girls was declared as champion.

Bichendra Nayak among boys, Sanjulata singh among girls in junior group and Narasingh Kerae among the boys, Rani Tudu and Ratani Hemrum became double champions among girls in the sub-junior group. Similarly, Jaharlal Gundia and sumitra Banara were selected as champions respectively among the boys and girls of the Rising Star group. Chana Majhi from boys and Sabita Marandi from girls were adjudged as champions of the Little star group.

 

KISS Students selected

The tribal students of the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) have proved their talent yet again, this time in Kabaddi and softball. Ten Girl students, Kuni Galpal, Anita Hantal, Raimani Singh, Jamuna Soy, Suman Gaganal, itwar Mundry Sushama Hembram, Sumitra Pradhan, Sita Kisku and Manjulata Murmu have been selected for Sub Junior National Softball Championship 2009 at Devas Indore (MP) from February 2 to 7th. Besides, Shrihari Hembram (Boys) and Sinigo Hembram (Girl) have also been selected for Sub Junior National Kabaddi Championship 2009 in Bangalore from February 5 to 8 th.

Founder of the KIIT Group of Institutions, Dr. A. Samanta expressed satisfaction over the remarkable achievement of the students.

 

Workshop inaugurated at KIIT

Sa-Dhan (The Association of Community Development Finance Institutions) organized a workshop on "Role of educational Institutions in preparing students for micro-finance sector through Curriculum Development" was inaugurated by Ms. Usha Padhee, Director, Social welfare, Women Child Development Department, Odisha in presence of Mr. K. Balasubramanayam, GM, Sa-Dhan, Prof. L. K. Vaswani, Director, KSOM & KSRM at the KIIT premises on 5 th February, 2009. 

Inaugurating the event, Ms. Usha Padhee accosted the gathering that, Micro-Finance is a new chapter which create a hope to eradicate poverty and unemployeement problem from India. Our govt. also lunching some project for rural areas and planning more on these issues, that we can say it just like micro finance. She welcome the step of Sa- Dhan's agenda is to build the field of microfinance in India by creating appropriate legal, policy framework, setting standards of performance and building human resources for the sector. She also expressed her happiness for hosting this type of workshop, training, conference etc. to sensitize and benefit various stakeholders.

Mr. K. Balasubramanayam outlined focus on the main objectives of the workshop that, to orient the participants on the microfinance sector, to explore solutions of HR requirements and discuss the possibility of adopting microfinance by the participating institutions as part their curriculum etc. He extended his heartiest gratitude to Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions for their kind help which greatly benefited for Academicians and Development Practitioners.

The valedictory ceremony of this workshop concluded in gracious presence of Mr. Jagadananda, State Information Commissioner, Odisha. He also expresses his happiness and gratitude to Dr. Samanta for this initiative step to success the aim of Sa-Dhan Academy. Among others, Dr. Kolandavel Natarajan, Programme Mnager Sa-Dhan a large number of academicians, Prof. from economics, microfinance practitioners participated in this workshop.

 

National Fee Committee Meets at KIIT

The National Fee Committee, constituted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), met at KIIT University on 5th and 6th February, 2009. The meeting was chaired by Hon'ble Justice Shri Ranganath Mishra, Former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India. The meeting reviewed the fee structure of the universities and professional institutes.

Hon'ble Justice Giridhar Malviya (Retd.), Former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, Prof. S. K. Khanna, Former Chairman, AICTE, Shri. B. L. Rama, Director, AICTE, New Delhi and Shri K. K. Kataria, Director, ERO, Kolkata attended the meeting.

All the dignitaries briefly discussed on the fee structure of both the govt. and private universities and technical educational institutions. From the sources of AICTE, a notice published on this issue in next week. The last fee committee meeting also organized at KIIT premises. Representatives of different universities, academicians etc attended on that meeting and presented their valuable view.

 

Workshop on Microfinance Held at KIIT

Sa-Dhan (The Association of Community Development Finance Institutions) organized a workshop on ‘Role of Educational Institutions in Preparing Students for Microfinance Sector through Curriculum Development' at School of Rural Management , KIIT University on 5 th February 2009. The workshop was inaugurated by Ms. Usha Padhee, Director, Social Welfare, Women Child Development Department, Odisha in presence of Mr. K. Balasubramanayam, GM, Sa-Dhan and Prof. L. K. Vaswani, Director, KSOM & KSRM.

Microfinance is an emerging strategy of development, which has the potential to eradicate poverty and unemployment in India , said Ms. Usha Padhee at the inaugural function. She welcomed the initiative taken by Sa-Dhan to strengthen the field of microfinance in India by creating appropriate legal and policy framework as well as by setting standards of performance and building human resources.

Outlining the main objectives of the workshop, Mr. K. Balasubramanayam said that it will orient the participants on the microfinance sector, explore solutions of HR requirements and discuss the possibility of adopting microfinance by the participating institutions as part their curriculum. He extended his heartiest gratitude to Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions for his kind help, which will prove to be beneficial for academicians as well as development practitioners.

The valedictory ceremony of this workshop was held in gracious presence of Mr. Jagadananda, State Information Commissioner, Odisha. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jagadananda expresses his appreciations for Sa-Dhan and the School of Rural Management, KIIT University for making this event possible. Among others, Dr. Kolandavel Natarajan, Programme Mnager, Sa-Dhan and a large number of academicians, and development practitioners participated at this workshop.

 

Santosh Memorial Cricket

The second year electronics and telecommunication cricket team, won the trophy of Santosh Memorial Cricket Tournament at KIIT University here yesterday, Mr. Bikash Chandra Sahoo was adjudged as best bowler, while Mr. Subhransu Mohanty is best bastsman and Mr.Prasant barala the best wicket keeper respectively in this tournament. Mr. Priya Ranjan Das of ETX and Mr.Soumya Ranjan Sahoo were selected as man of the match and man of the series respectively for their outstanding performance. Eminent cricket player, Sourav Saigal was the main attraction at the closing ceremony. Among others, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions was present on the occasion.

 

Rahul Singh visits KIIT

Noted journalist and writer Rahul Singh visited to KIIT. In this connection, he delivered a speech in its premises. In his valuable talk he gave more importance on destruction of terrorism. He was working as a journalist and writer since forty years, but terrorism could not spreading it's tentacle in his period. But now in the advanced society common people's live and property in danger and they feel insecurity, because day-by-day terrorism and communalism raise their head, Rahul singh said. Giving an example he said, after the operation Blue Star in the period of Surjit Singh Bournal of Punjab, Mumbai terror attack is the second heinous crime in India . Rahul singh also explain his experiences about terror-affected people of Mumbai terror attack.

Rahul singh also said both India and Pakistan should discuss and take appropriate steps for a terror-free and peaceful society. It is the first tour to KIIT of Rahul singh. He also visited different campuses and the facilities of KIIT and interacted with the staff and students.

 

Former Naval Chief Graces the Republic Day Celebrations at KIIT

India as a democratic country, our Parliament gives us too much liberty in every sphere of life. So this is our responsibility to use these liberties with enthusiasm, said, Admiral R. H. Tahiliani, President of Transparency International & Former Naval Chief after unfurling the National Flag at the spectacular sports ground of KIIT. India has earned a significant status in the field of science and technology, space science, nuclear energy, medicine and its allied fields, biotechnology etc. So attaining this grandeur celebration of 60th Republic Day at the magnificent University KIIT he advised the students that do the commitment with yourself that, you all take a prominent role to become India as a developed country. He also greatly commended the parade sequences by the students.

R. H. Tahiliani, hailed Dr. Samanta's role in setting up the KIIT and its sister institutions, especially the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, as exemplary. His concern for the neglected tribal children reflects the humanistic aspect of this very successful institution, he said.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder Secretary, KIIT & KISS University said that KIIT is an expression of free, progressive and assertive India . It is a tradition of hosting national and international luminaries on this important occasion at KIIT, he said, adding that last year, Shri Charnjit Singh Atwal, Hon'ble Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha had graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

Students of KISS, ITI, Diploma, B. Tech, SBT, SOL, SCA, SOM and Volunteers of National Cadet Corps, NSS etc participated in the March Past in the auspicious morning of Republic Day at KIIT. Another big event of this day that, a lot of cultural programmes of different traditions and culture India exhibited by the students, which create a vibrant feeling among the audience.

From the sources, there are about 30 march past sequences, 12 show segments and 8 tableau presented by the students. Chief Guest also felicitated outstanding students and staffs of KIIT and KISS for their performance. Among others, Prof. (Dr.) Hari Gauam, Chancellor, Prof. S. C. De.Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT and other distinguished personalities from the different fields present on the occasion.

 

I Have Never Seen Institute Like KISS: Muthuraman

"I have visited many countries, but have never come across an institute like KISS anywhere", said Mr. B. Muthuraman, the Chief Managing Director of Tata Steel during his visit to the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), the sister concern of KIIT Group of Institutions, on 11th February 2009.

Underprivileged people, who live in all parts of the country including Odisha, do not have equal opportunity and it is the social responsibility of the citizens of the nation to make efforts for their development, he said. Terming the initiative of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder of KISS & KIIT, of establishing KISS 'praiseworthy and rare', he said that it is the most appropriate example for all.

Mr. Muthuraman informed that in the near future he is going to establish an institute for the deprived children in Jamshedpur. He requested the help and advice of Dr. Samanta in shaping this institute on the patterns of KISS. Agreeing to the request Dr. Samanta stated that he is tries his best for the development of tribal across the world.

During the visit he spent generous amount of time interacting with the tribal children of KISS. He was surprised to know about the social purpose and activities of this tribal school, the largest tribal residential school in the country, which is providing education from KG to PG level, vocational training accommodation and all basic amenities to 7000 tribal students free of cost. He was also overwhelmed to see the cent percent result of these tribal students in Metric and +2. He advised the tribal student try to aim for higher posts like, ambassador, scientist, engineers etc, by which the tribal community come in the mainstream of the society, he added.

Dr. Samanta expressed his gratitude to Mr. Muthuraman for his visit to KISS. Among others Mr. H. M. Nerurkar, the Chief Operating Officer, Tata Steel, P. K. Singh and other senior officials of Tata Steel were present on the occasion.

 

Workshop on ‘no touch technique' at KIMS

The Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), a sister concern of KIIT, in collaboration with Janshankya Sthirta Kosh, organized a workshop on ‘no touch technique of CuT 380A insertion' here on Saturday. CuT 380 A is a spacing method, introduced by the Central Government's Family Welfare Programme since 2002, but it has failed to become popular due to lack of awareness. National Approval Trainer Prof. Nair said that the CuT 380 is an excellent alternative of sterilization-that offers a protection span of 10 years without operation Consultant of the MOHFW, Delhi , Dr. Jaya. Lalmohan and Dr. Sonail Kar also spoke, Deputy Commissioner of the Family Planning Division Dr. Kiran Ambwani, Director of Family Welfare Dr. D. Maduli and UNFPA State Representative Hemant Dwedi were the guests. The workshop was attended by about 50 private medical practitioners of the city.

 

KIIT Signs MoU with Scotland 's Colleges International

The KIIT University and Scotland 's Colleges International (SCI) have signed an MoU to work towards joint delivery of technical training. Founder of KIIT University, Dr. Achyuta Samanta and SCI's Michelle Grimley signed the agreement in New Delhi in the presence of international managers of five leading universities of Scotland . This is the first MoU the SCI has signed with a private university in India.

The MoU also provides for staff and students exchange programmes in the specific curriculum areas, collaborative programmes to support capacity development of both in the SCI member colleges and the KIIT, mutual support, research and development in appropriate areas and learning resource sharing. The SCI will assist the KIIT to develop relationships with its students and act as a single point of contact for all communications. The MoU will help students from Scotland study in the KIIT University .

The SCI is a national organization working on behalf of colleges in Scotland to promote and develop international relationships leading to formation of partnerships and consortium work with Government education departments, private educational institutions and commercial partners throughout the world.

The SCI works from over 200 different sites and employs over 15,000 qualified staff. Currently it has presence in over 30 different countries and enrolls over 300,000 students each academic year to study in different colleges in Scotland.

 

KIIT Annual Athletic Meet Concludes

The two-day Annual Athletic Meet-2009 of the KIIT University was concluded here on Saturday. ITI student Dipti Ranjan Sarangi and B.Tech student Nrushinga Prasad Mohapatra from the boys group and Rashmi Rani Patro (+2 science) and sneha Brahma Punkar (MBA) from the girls group were adjudged as the champions. Speaking at the valedictory function, eminent sportsperson Rachita Panda emphasised on the need of integrating sports with education.

 

Legal expert advocates balancing of national security with civil liberties

An Extension Lecture Series on “Emerging Challenges of Terrorism and Criminal Justice System in India ” was inaugurated by Padmashree Prof N. R. Madava Menon, Chairman of the Equal Opportunity Commission of the Government of India on Tuesday.

Prof. Menon, a founder director of the National Judicial Academy , advocated the case of balancing the national security with that of the citizen's liberties and rejected overemphasis on civil liberties and rejected overemphasis on civil liberties which, he observed, have an adverse impact on the national security and prevention of criminality.

He also lamented the delays in the criminal trial and the poor investigation and police structure of the country. He emphasized the need of urgent reforms in the police system of the country. Including abolition of the constabulary.

He praised the founder of the KIIT University A Samanta for establishing a tribal school to bring the tribal into the national mainstream. He hopes that if the students of the KIIT Law school work for eight to 10 hours a day, they would be able to have a bright and exciting future for themselves.

KIIT Chancellor Prof Hari Gautam, who presided over the lecture, expressed his dissatisfaction over the non-implementation of laws and said the State should come on heavily on those who indulge in terrorist activities.

 

Training-cum-Workshop at KIMS

Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), a sister concern of KIIT, organized a Training-cum-Workshop on 'No touch Technique of CuT 380A Insertion' in collaboration with Janshankya Sthirta Kosh here on 17th January, 2008.

CuT 380 A is one of the most ambitious spacing methods, introduced in the family welfare programme since 2002, but it has failed to become popular among the masses. Under the public-private partnership initiatives, it is hoped that the product will get the design push as well as become more appealing to the private practitioner.

Senior Government of India officials, Dr. Kiran Ambwani, Deputy Commissioner, Family Planning Division, MoHFW, New Delhi , Dr. D. Maduli, Director Family Welfare, Odisha Directorate and Mr. Hemant Dwedi, UNFPA State Representative were the eminent guests.

National Approval Trainer, Prof. Nair made a lucid presentation that not only apprised the participants about the No Touch Technique of CuT 380A Insertion, but also prevailed upon them to deal with the population explosion problem sensitively. He said CuT 380 A was an excellent alternative to sterilization as it offered a protection span of 10 years without operation.

Dr. Jaya Lalmohan, Consultant, MoHRW talked of the infection practices and Dr. Sonali Kar stressed that family welfare services will get a setback unless counseling is made an integral part of the whole service delivery.

The gynecologists expressed satisfaction with the workshop and whole-heartedly welcomed more such workshops to apprise them of the latest initiatives of Government of India. The workshop was attended by about 50 private practitioners of Bhubaneswar.

 

P.N. Bhagwati delivers lecture at KIIT Law School

Former Chief justice of India and Chairman of United Nations Human Rights Committee, Justice P.N. Bhagwati delivered a lecture on “Expanding Horizons of Human Rights- Indian Judiciary's Responese” at KIIT Law School in Bhubaneswar on 25.01.2009. The eminent jurist urged the students to join the legal profession, keeping in mind the sufferings of the people. He recalled his judgments and iterated that “arbitrariness is antithesis of equality”, In response to a query by a student, Justice Bhagwati justified judicial activism and said if legislature crosses its limits the constitution enjoins duty on the judiciary to fulfill its duty of preserving and protecting it.

 

Former Naval Chief Graces the Republic Day Celebrations at KIIT

India as a democratic country, our Parliament gives us too much liberty in every sphere of life. So this is our responsibility to use these liberties with enthusiasm, said, Admiral R. H. Tahiliani, President of Transparency International & Former Naval Chief after unfurling the National Flag at the spectacular sports ground of KIIT. India has earned a significant status in the field of science and technology, space science, nuclear energy, medicine and its allied fields, biotechnology etc. So attaining this grandeur celebration of 60th Republic Day at the magnificent University KIIT he advised the students that do the commitment with yourself that, you all take a prominent role to become India as a developed country. He also greatly commended the parade sequences by the students.

R. H. Tahiliani, hailed Dr. Samanta's role in setting up the KIIT and its sister institutions, especially the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, as exemplary. His concern for the neglected tribal children reflects the humanistic aspect of this very successful institution, he said.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder Secretary, KIIT & KISS University said that KIIT is an expression of free, progressive and assertive India . It is a tradition of hosting national and international luminaries on this important occasion at KIIT, he said, adding that last year, Shri Charnjit Singh Atwal, Hon'ble Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha had graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

Students of KISS, ITI, Diploma, B. Tech, SBT, SOL, SCA, SOM and Volunteers of National Cadet Corps, NSS etc participated in the March Past in the auspicious morning of Republic Day at KIIT. Another big event of this day that, a lot of cultural programmes of different traditions and culture India exhibited by the students, which create a vibrant feeling among the audience.

From the sources, there are about 30 march past sequences, 12 show segments and 8 tableau presented by the students. Chief Guest also felicitated outstanding students and staffs of KIIT and KISS for their performance. Among others, Prof. (Dr.) Hari Gauam, Chancellor, Prof. S. C. De.Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT and other distinguished personalities from the different fields present on the occasion.

 

Dr. Samanta Nominated to ISTE National Executive Committee

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions has been nominated as a National Executive Committee Member of the India Society for Technical Education (ISTE). The Programme Director and Executive Editor of ISTE communicated the nomination of Dr. Samanta for a three-year term vide its letter no. 1. 2./- EC/2009/909, dated 15.01.09. Dr. Samanta is not only the first person from Odisha, but also from entire Eastern region to be nominated to this prestigious office.

Generally, members of the National Executive Committee of ISTE are selected through direct electoral process from amongst the eminent educationists belonging to different States of country. Additionally, President of ISTE also nominates distinguished educationist to the National Executive Committee.

Nomination of Dr. Samanta, a well known social and educational entrepreneur, proves that KIIT has now become a force to reckon with in the field of professional education, research and training, which has attracted the attention of ISTE. After thorough scrutiny, ISTE top brass found Dr. Samanta most suitable for the office.

This is not the first time contribution of Dr. Samanta in the field of professional education has been recognized by apex national level bodies. Last year, he has been appointed/nominated as Member of the Executive Committee of AICTE, the apex body to regulate technical and professional education in India, Member of UGC, the highest body to regulate the higher education, and Member of National Coir Board.

Dr. Samanta has expressed gratitude to the President of ISTE and promised to discharge responsibilities associated with the office diligently.

 

Hon'ble CM Inaugurates Academic Building and Girls'Hostel of KISS

Mr. Naveen Patnaik, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Odisha inaugurated the Academic Building and Girls' Hostel of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences on 14th January, 2009. Speaking at the inaugural function, Mr. Patnaik praised the efforts of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder of KISS and said that the focus of his government has been on education. "Odisha cannot develop unless and until the tribals develop and education is the key to development," he said. It is incredible that this Institute has grown from only 200 students in 1993 to 7000 students at present, he noted. This was the first visit of the Hon'ble Chief Minister to Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences.

Hon'ble Minister of SC & ST Development, Odisha Mr. C. P. Majhi, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Dr. Prasanna Patasani and Ho'ble MLA, Jatni, Mr. Sarat Paikray also graced the function as Guests of Honour.

Terming KISS as a model for tribal education, Mr. C. P. Majhi informed about the tribal girls hostel programme undertaken by the State Government and the model schools that are being set up. Dr. Prasanna Patasani asserted that KISS be declared a Tribal University.

The Institute, which teaches from 'KG to PG' and is home to 7000 tribal children, is one of its kind in the country, said Dr. Samanta in his welcome address. KISS has drawn appreciation from all quarters including top dignitaries including Noble Laureates, distinguished academicians of the country, Former President, His Excellency, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and diplomats, he informed. However, the children's dreams has been fulfilled today with the visit of their beloved Chief Minister here.

It was Late Biju Patnaik's dream to establish an institute from KG to PG for tribals in Bhubaneswar," said Dr. Samanta while quoting Hon'ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Mr. Pyari Mohan Mohapatra.

Hon'ble Chief Minister also presented brand new bicycles to tribal girls of KISS, certificates to outstanding students and blankets for their guardians.

 

Election commissioner stresses on universal adult franchise

The Election commissioner of India Mr. Navin B. Chawla today stressed on the need of achieving the ideals of compulsory voting for every citizen above the age of 18 years." This will help us achieve higher voting percentage and the students can play a major role for achieving the same by convincing others to participate in the electoral process of the country," he said while delivering an extension lecture on "Electoral reforms in India" at KIIT law School here today.

He appreciated the efforts of election commission in doing remarkable job for the micromanagement of election in the world's largest democracy and expressed the hope that sooner than later Indian democracy will match with major democracies of the west in terms of best electoral practices. While responding questions from the students as to corrupt electoral practices, Mr. Chawla cited the example from Tamil Nadu where an ambulance was used for the transfer of money and a milkman instead of selling milk was found distributing liquor.Mr. Chawla also spoke at a length as to the powers of the Election Commission the model code of conduct and its utility and usefulness and other areas of concern as to the electoral reforms. In response to the question as to the right to vote of transgender and eunuchs, Mr. Chawla assured that he would look into these issues.

Among others, Founder KIIT Group of Institutions, Dr. A. Samanta, Chancellor, Prof. Hari Goutam, Registrar, Mr. L.C.Amarnathan and KIIT Law school director Prof. Faizan Mustafa spoke on the occasion.

 

KIIT Students bag TJ Park Scholarship

Five students of the KIIT University were conferred with the TJ Park Foundation scholarship Award for the year-2008 on behalf of Posco on Monday here at the KIIT campus. They were Lallit Barshney and Piyush Khandelwal form ETC Department and Sudhansu Kumar, Anurag Shrama and Tanushree Das from Computer Science Engineering Department for their excellent performance in the semester examinations. Posco General Manager (Strategic Planning Team) and HR General Manager Dr. S.K Mohapatra presented the award to them.

 

Workshop on 'Griha Training Programme' inauguratedat KIIT

A two-day workshop on 'Griha Training Programme' organized jointly by KIIT University and Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Odisha Chapter in association with TERI and GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) was inaugurated at KIIT on 6th January 2009. The workshop was inaugurated by Nobel Laureate, Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director General, TERI in presence of Dr. Arun. K. Tripathi, Director of MNRE, Prof. S. S. Ray, Mr Akshaya Beuria, Chairman, IIA, Prof. (Dr) Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University and Smt. Aparajita Sarangi, IAS, Municipal Commissioner, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Dr. R. K. Pachauri said that the economic growth and rising population will continue to fuel construction activities. Consumption of very high level of energy is implied unless we design and construct buildings that are energy efficient and conserve natural resources, he elaborated. The GRIHA system enables the assessment of buildings against the objective of resource efficiency, Dr. Pachauri explained. Expressing happiness over KIIT's green ambience, he congratulated its Founder, Dr. A. Samanta for it.

Growing population throws many challenges before a city, said Smt. Aparajita Sarangi, IAS. These include environment, drainage and conservation of water resources, she added. She requested KIIT's assistance in building a better Bhubaneswar.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. (Dr) Hari Gautam expressed confidence that the workshop will be helpful in generating ideas which will make our metropolitan centres greener and more energy efficient. He also expressed gratitude to the galaxy of luminaries attending the workshop.

The two-day workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of GRIHA - focusing on the criteria, compliance, documentation and appraisal formats. The forum has successfully brought together a competent pool of architects, builders and organisations to use the rating system. The training programme discussed the criterion of certification, which is spread across the life cycle of the building - from inception to operation.

Representatives from more than 5O institutions, including students and academicians, are participating in the workshop.

 

National meet on management libraries network opened at KIIT

Information is a vital resource. The quantum of information stored, its desired quality and the speed with which it can be retrieved are the technology options which need to be known and exploited. Keeping this view, the Management Libraries Network was born in 2000, which is the movement for sharing of resources and information among the libraries by fostering a spirit of cooperation and weaving them together in a networking arrangement, But it was initiated in 1998 at the first convention held in Ahmedabad, jointly organized with the IIM.

This year the three day 10 th Annual National Convention of MANLIBNET (Management Libraries Network) was inaugurated by Chancellor of KIIT University Prof Hari Gautam in the presence of President of MANLIBNET and Director of Central Secretariat Library in the Union Ministry of Culture, Dr. P.R. Goswami and General Secretary of Management Libraries Network and Manager of ICRA Ltd, Mr. Akhtar Parvez.

Dr. Goswami said the meaning of organizational excellence goes beyond just achieving a particular standard. In reality, excellence is neither a goalpost nor is a destination where by an organization can declare that it has arrived . It is about the continuous striving to be the best. To continue fulfilling these expectations, the library needs to find innovative ways to work smarter.

Mr. Parvez focused on the objectives of Management Libraries Network, saying it provides a common forum to the professionals and develops understanding and cooperation particularly among the management and business libraries and the librarians.

He congratulated KIIT and its founder Dr. A. Samanta for taking the responsibility of organizing the 10 th Annual National Convention of Management Libraries Network.

A Large number of librarians from all over the country are participating in the convention.

 

Union Minister inaugurates International Seminar at KISS

A two-day International Seminar on Myths & Superstition vis-a-vis Tribal Society was inaugurated by Mr. Arjun Singh, Hon'ble Union Minister, Ministry of Human Resources Development at KISS Campus on 30th December, 2008. The seminar, organized and sponsored by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), was inaugurated in presence of Mr. C. P. Majhi, Hon'ble Minister, Department of SC & ST Development, Odisha, Dr. Prasanna Patasani, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Bhubaneswar, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions and Chief Patron of the seminar, Mrs. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT Society and Dr. P. K. Routray, Chief Executive of KISS.

Inaugurating the seminar, Mr. Singh said that the education of tribals and their upliftment are major objectives of the Constitution of India. "We have to learn how to convert this intention into reality from persons like Dr. Samanta", he added. The traditions, beliefs, values and superstitions of tribals are closely woven to the nature, he observed, while pointing out that this is important in saving our environment. Expressing confidence that Central Government's move make primary education a Fundamental Right will spread the reach of education, Mr. Singh announced that an IIT, a Central University and a world class university will be started in Odisha during the 11th Plan period.

The Hon'ble Union Minister interacted with the students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences and was touched by the mission and activities of this institute. Comparing Dr. Samanta with Late Madan Mohan Malviya, Mr. Singh termed him as a 'dharatiputra' (son of the soil). "Examples like KISS motivate us", he said, adding that he wanted this type of institution to come up all over the country.

Hon'ble Minister C. P. Majhi underscored the importance of extending the reach of education to poor tribal community. All round development of the country depends upon this, he said, adding that seminars of this nature are important to bring a positive outcome. He appreciated the works of Dr. Samanta, saying that KISS has emerged as an institution of great relevance, which has attracted luminaries from across the world.

In his welcome address, Dr. A. Samanta expressed his gratitude to all the invited guests for visiting KISS and participating in the seminar. He expressed confidence that this seminar will be a fruitful exercise in drawing world attention towards the problems of the tribal and help the planners and policy makers to formulate policies for the benefit of the tribal.

The seminar had a detailed discussion on various tribal issues and problems in the light of their existing Myths and Superstition. It was attended by a large number of eminent academicians, scholars and researchers from India and abroad besides representatives from major corporate, industrial giants, private and government tribal institutions and NGOs. More than 50 papers were presented by distinguished academicians, scholars and researchers from India and abroad during the Seminar.

Among others, Prof. (Dr.) Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University, Prof. S. C. De. Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, Dr. A. K. Rath, IAS, Prof. C. D. Singh, VC, IGNTU, Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Peter Linford, Australia, Mr. Paul Walse, Director, Futurehope, London, Mr. T. C. V. Subramaniana, CMD, EXIM Bank and many other distinguished personalities were present on the occasion.

 

Veledictory Function of International Seminar on Myths & Superstition vis-a-vis Tribal Society at KISS

The valedictory function of the seminar was held on 31st December, 2008. Speaking at function, Mr. Prafulla Chandra Ghadai, Hon'ble Minister Finance, Odisha expressed confidence that deliberations in the seminar will significantly benefit the tribal community of the country. He called upon the members of civil society and academicians to create conditions to bring the tribal community on mainstream.

India lives in its village, where tribals constitute substantial part of the population, observed Dr. A. K. Rath, IAS, Secondary, School Education and Literacy, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. There is a need to fine tune the strategy so as to extend the fruits of development to them, he stressed. Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Department of ST & SC Development, Govt. of Odisha, outlining the efforts of the Government for the development of the tribals, said that with improved awareness they will be benefited more effectively.

Mr. Nick Avery, Chairman, Touraid, UK and Prof. L. K. Mohapatra, Distinguished Anthropologist & Former VC, Utkal University and Sambalpur University also graced the valedictory ceremony as Guests of Honour. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institution and Chief Patron of the seminar expressed his sincere gratitude to the esteemed guests and all participants for making this seminar a success.

Among others, Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University, Prof. S. C. De. Sarkar, Vice Chancellor and Dr. Prasanta Kumar Routray, Chief Executive of KISS also spoke on the occasion.

 

Odisha Bigyan Congress inaugurated at KIIT

The 11th Odisha Bigyan Congress was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr. Tavarekere K. Chandrashekar, Director, NISER, Bhubaneswar in presence of Dr. S. K. Kar, Director, RMRC, Bhubaneswar, Dr. S. N. Patro, Member, Advisory Committee, ISCA:BC and other important dignitaries in KIIT premises on 23rd December 2008. The congress is organized by KIIT in collaboration with Odisha Environmental Society and Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA). The focal theme of the congress is 'Science Education and Attraction of Talent for Excellence in Research'.

Inaugurating the event, Dr. Chandrashekar said that it is important to spread global awareness on the environment pollution and the urgent need for collective effort to tackle the problem. We can meet the challenge only if we use sciences in a proper way, he added. He welcomed the ISCA decision of selecting KIIT to organize this important event.

Dr. Kar appreciated the contributions of KIIT in the field of science education in Odisha. Elaborating the focal theme, Dr. Panigrahi said that science plays a significance role in development of society. The quality education in science and technology is a strong pillar of every nation, he said, adding that science education should be given top priority. He extended his thanks to ISCA, OES and KIIT for attracting the talents and intellectuals towards the science education.

Padma Bhusan Prof. Trilochan Pradhan, Former Vice Chancellor, Utkal University and Prof. Sushil Kumar Sinha, Former Dean, OUAT were felicitated on the occasion and a citation was given to Dr. C. R. Mishra, Head-R&D, NALCO for the life-time achievement.

Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University, in his presidential address, expressed his gratitude to all the dignitaries for attending this event at KIIT and said KIIT is a unique institute that gives importance to both education and social work. Among others, Prof. S. C. De. Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, Dr. B. B. Kar, Organizing Secretary and a large number of staffs and students were present on the occasion.

 

KIITCIE Gets Prestigious Recognition from DST

KIIT Centre for Innovation (Incubation) and Entrepreneurship (KIITCIE) has achieved the recognition of a Technology Business Incubator (TBI) on 23 rd December 2008 following recommendations of National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) of the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi. With this KIITCIE has become the first such Technology Business Incubator in the state of Odisha and one amongst the forty-odd in the country.

This recognition is a matter of great prestige on the part KIIT. It has the potentiality to become a successful entity in the whole of eastern India in particular and India in general.

KIIT Centre for Innovation (Incubation) and Entrepreneurship (KIITCIE) was established at KIIT University to assist new age entrepreneurs with end to end assistance ranging from creation of potent ideas to transforming the technological ingenuity into commercially valuable technological products. The centre has conducted several training programs and workshops to motivate the students, faculties, farmers and individuals to bring entrepreneurial thoughts into their day to day professional and research orientations.

The centre is primarily focusing on ICT and green biotechnology entrepreneurship development. It will also provide a vibrant platform for any kind of integrative technological approach towards entrepreneurship and is open to innovative technology based business concepts, ideas and proposals. As such the centre is also looking for potential entrepreneurs to take up technology based viable business plans ready to be launched after proper market survey.

The Centre has already started its work under the supervision of Prof. Arindam Dutta, eminent educationist, scientist and Prof. (Dr.) Mrutyunjay Suar, Director, KIIT School of Biotechnology. Dr. Achyut Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions is the chairman of this centre while renowned academicians and noble laureates like Prof. Richard R. Ernst and Prof. Rolf M. Zinkernangel will be directly involved with this centre for its developmental and research activities.

 
Curtains on ISTE National Convention at KIIT

The 38th ISTE National Annual Convention concluded at KIIT University on 21st December, 2008. Speaking at the valedictory function of this mega academic event, Prof. N. R. Shetty, President, ISTE expressed confidence that the convention will significantly benefit the technical education of the country. This convention is not just a programme, it's a mission for India, because an advanced technology is necessary for the country's development, he added.

A quality technical education have a significant role in producing engineers and technicians needed by the industries and the allied sectors, said Prof. S. K. Dube, Pro Chancellor, KIIT University. Conventions of this nature help in raising the benchmark of technical education consistent with the global standard, he said in the welcome address.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Ranjit Singh, Executive Secretary, ISTE said that this annual convention provides the opportunity for meaningful participation and interaction among the stakeholders to give a new direction to the technical education. It's a new experience here that the students also participated the convention and discussed the problems they faced, he elaborated, adding that this provided a good input for arriving at an appropriate conclusion. Prof. Singh also commended the contributions of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder of KIIT Group of Institutions in the field of technical education.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institution and Chief Patron of the Convention expressed gratitude to the chief guest and all invited guests, speakers, delegates and students for making this convention a grand success. He also extended his gratitude to ISTE for choosing KIIT to organize this prestigious convention.

Among others, Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University, Prof. S. C. De. Sarkar, Vice Chancellor and Prof. R. Natarajan, Former Chairman, AICTE also spoke on the occasion. During the three-day convention thousands of delegates including academicians, professionals and students from different parts of the country deliberated on various burning issues of technical education.
 
Technical Sessions of ISTE :

Prof. D. P. Agrawal, Chairman, Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi started the technical session by his excellent speech on "Quality Teacher Education : Role of Teaching Learning Process".

A Workshop on Building Capability and Communities in Engineering Education Research.

Thousands of delegates including academicians, professionals and students from different parts of the country and abroad attended the Technical session.

Enhanced Effectiveness of Research and Development through Academic Autonomy in Technical Institutions by Srinivasa Pai, P. K. Subrahmanya Bhat, B.S. Samaga and S.Y Kulkarni.

Implementation Strategies and Recommendation for Development of Nation by Hemant R. Deshmukh, K. M. Punwatkar, P.B. Niranjane.

Other Topics like Engineering Design Education in Challenging Scenario, Teaching Professional Ethic to Engineers etc, exhibited by lot of experts related to the technical education.

 
Governor Inaugurates ISTE National Convention at KIIT

The 38th ISTE National Annual Convention and got off to a colourful start with Shri M. C. Bhandare, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha inaugurating it in the spectacular campus of KIIT University on 19th December, 2008.

More than two thousand delegates including Prof. N. R. Shetty, President, ISTE, Prof. R. S. Nirjar, Vice Chancellor, Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida, Prof. R. Natarajan, Former Chairman, AICTE, Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman, NASSCOM and Prof. Mervyan Jones, Director, Imperial College, London attended the inaugural ceremony. Md. Ali Ashraf Fatmi, Hon'ble Union Minister (State), Ministry of Human Resource Development was among the dignitaries to grace this mammoth occasion.

Inaugurating the convention, Shri Bhandare said that Odisha of late is emerging as the educational hub of the country and the State has been most appropriately chosen to host this prestigious convention. Recalling that this is the second time KIIT is organizing the ISTE National Annual Convention, he termed this institution as 'the pride of Odisha'. The convention will give a new direction to the technical education and also devise ways to increase women's participation in it, he hoped.

It is important to extend the reach of education to include the poor and underprivileged, said Md. Ali Ashraf Fatmi, Hon'ble Union Minister (State), Ministry of Human Resource Development, adding that Government has introduced the Right to Education Bill to facilitate this.

This convention, considered to be of great significance for the host state and the institute, has generated enough academic interest in the field of technical education. This year's convention is singularly important because of the Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), is being simultaneously held with that of ISTE in KIIT. A number of foreign delegates from US, Europe and Australasia are attending.

While there is a global competition for Indian talent, there is also a critical need to augment capabilities of technical educational institutions, especially those in the second and the third tier, in India, said Prof. N. R. Shetty, President, ISTE. Shortage of quality faculty, outdated curriculum and limited institute-industries interaction are major problems facing the technical education in the country.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institution and Chief Patron of the Convention, expressed his gratitude to ISTE for choosing KIIT to organize the convention. He expressed confidence that the deliberations will enable all stakeholders to work cohesively. Among others, Chancellor, KIIT University, Dr. Hari Gautam, Chairman, NASSCOM, Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Director, Imperial College, London, Prof. Mervyan Jones, Former Chairman, AICTE, Prof. R. Natarajan, Vice Chancellor, Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida, Prof. R. S. Nirjar and Executive Secretary, ISTE, Prof. Ranjit Singh also spoke on the occasion.

Annual convention of ISTE provides an opportunity for academicians, administrators, executive of industries and professionals to have interactions on the growth and development of technical education in the country. During the session, deliberations focus on the theme "Autonomy and Accountability of Technical Education in Changing Scenario". Institutional discussion for the development of research and innovative activities through institute-industry interaction also forms the special emphasis of this convention.

During the three-day convention, several activities are scheduled to be performed by the participants. These include curriculum development and updating, preparation of teacher-manual and other instructional resource materials, computer education, project review, preparation of directories on technical education facilities and expertise etc.

 
KIIT Organises Fifth ICDCIT in Delhi

On behalf of KIIT University the 5th International Conference based on Distributed Computing and Internet Technology (ICDCIT '08) was inaugurated on 10th December 2008 at BHARTI School of Telecommunication Technology and Management, IIT Delhi.

On this occasion the invited talk was delivered by Wolfgang Gentzsch of Duke University (Title: A Sustainable Distributed Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications) on 10-Dec-08 and Manish Gupta of IBM India Research Laboratory (Title: A Parallel Web for the Masses) on 11-Dec-08. From the sources, the 3rd invited speaker Prof. Rajkumar Buyya from Melborne University will deliver on12th December 2008.

In this conference, there were 20 numbers of papers presented, in which 10 from India and 10 from foreign countries, (China-2, Slovakia-2, USA-2, Germany-1, Canada-1, Malaysia-1 and Poland-1). Further five Indian and eight foreign authors presented their paper.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions said that technology has helped to establish e-societies lending a vibrant dimension to progress and development. ICDCIT, organized by KIIT University annually, is a mega academic result which provides platform for interaction among researchers and academicians from all over world working in the field of computer science and information technology. It also serves as an international forum for the exchange of ideas among the researchers, he added.

Dr. Arun Kumar Rath, IAS, Secretary Elementary Education, Govt. of India and Dr S. N. Das, IAS, Secretary, Heavy Industry, Govt. of India graced the occasion. Among others the dais was occupied by Prof Sanjeev K Aggarwal of IIT Kanpur, Prof. D. Janakiram, IIT Madras, Prof Manish Parashar, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, USA, Prof. S C De Sarkar, VC, KIIT University. The Vote of Thanks was given by Prof. Samaresh Mishra, Organizing Chair, ICDCIT-08.
 
Prayer meeting for 26/11 victims

Students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, KISS assembled at KISS campus on 7th December, 2008 for a candlelight prayer meeting for the victims of Mumbai terror attack. His Excellency Shri M. C. Bhandare, Hon'ble Governor of Odisha was attended the prayer meeting. The assembly along with Dr. A. Samnta, Founder KIIT & KISS and other staff members condemned terrorism and payed tribute to the brave hearts who sacrificed their lives fighting the terrorists.

 

MIRABILIA-08 inaugurated at KIIT

Mirabilia 2008, the annual function of the School of Computer Application of KIIT University, was inaugurated by Mr. Manmohan Praharaj, IPS, Hon'ble D.G & I.G. of Police, Odisha in presence of Mr. Sarat Mishra, Hon'ble Editor, The Samaj and Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions here on 6th December 2008. This is the ninth edition of this annual event.

Inaugurating the annual function, Mr. Praharaj said that the computer application has a significant role in the area of security. The Mumbai terror attack could be possible only by the help of computer and satellite, he said, elaborating that the terrorists identified the position of the hotel security personnel and other security arrangements elsewhere with the help of computers. "You have a great responsibility on your shoulders and also have a golden chance to work for national security and the economic progress", he told the students of the School of Computer Application. He was astonished to see the greenery of the KIIT University and expressed his gratitude to Dr. Samanta for his contributions in the field of education in the state like Odisha.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Mishra advised to the students to contribute their knowledge for the economic development of our country. Everything can be archived through computer. KIIT is a world class institution in terms of infrastructure, aesthetics, educational ambience and student strength, he remarked. Dr. Samanta expressed his heartiest gratitude and thanks to the dignitaries for sparing their precious time to encourage the students.
Among others, Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University, Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, Mr. L. C. Amarnathan, Registrar and Dr. Veena Goswami, Dean of School Computer Application also spoke on the occasion. A large number of students and staff of KIIT were present.

 
All Set at IIT Delhi for ICDCIT-08

The Fifth International Conference on Distributed Computing and Internet Technologies (ICDCIT), organized by KIIT University since 2004, is being held this year in IIT, Delhi from 10th- 12th December, 2008. ICDCIT is an annual mega event that attracts intellectuals, researchers and computer wizards from all over the world. It serves as an international forum for exchange of ideas among the academicians, researchers and practitioners.

The two-day conference will deliberate upon research activities and recent advances made in the areas of Distributed Computing, Network-based Computing, Autonomic Computing, Internet Technology and Society & Internet. ICDCIT-08 will be attended by outstanding scholars from over 20 countries besides the best brains of India drawn from prestigious institutions including IITs, IISc, Central Universities, Research Organizations and giant corporate houses.

The conference was instituted by KIIT University in 2004 with a goal to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry to meet and share cutting-edge advancements in the field of computer science and information technology. Over the years, the conference has gained reputation. It is presently regarded as an important event in the calendar of prestigious international academic conferences.

As in previous years, ICDCIT conference proceedings have been published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (Volume #5375). The conference is also highlighted by sponsorship from leading IT company, Intel.

 
KISS wins All India Rugby Tournament, Sunil Gavaskar graces the closing ceremony

KISS emerged as the winner of the Under-16 All India Rugby Tournament played at KIIT from 20th-25th Nov. 2008. In the final match played on 25th Nov. 2008, KISS team defeated Future Hope with a score line of 19-05. The winner team received the championship Trophy at the hands of cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar.

In the Bowl Semi Final match Chennai defeated Chhatisgarh at 25-0, while Kolhapur won the match against Nandeed at 12-0. In another plate semi final YRC defeated Frank Anthony and Kerala defeated Nerul Gymkhana at 0-10 and 0-21, respectively.

In Cup semi final, the tournament winner faced Jungle Crows and beat them in 19-5, while in 2nd Cup Semi final Future Hope defeated Manipur, 7-0.

In Bowl Final Chennai emerged as victorious side, securing 7 points, while Kolhapur had to be contended with 5 points. Nerul Gymkhana won the match against Frank Anthony, 17-0, in Plate Final. KISS Rugby Team put up an excellent performance in Cup Final against Future Hope, 19-05.

It was a dream come true for all the participants of All India Rugby Tournament to have the legendary cricket player Sunil Gavaskar among them and receive prizes and certificates from his hand.

Besides Sunil Gavaskar, Mr. Pramod Khanna, President of Indian Rugby Football Union, Mr. Amitav Bhattacharya, General Manger of Times of India, Mr. Gautam Jain, Industialist of Kolkatta, Priyadarsi Mishra, President ORFA watched the final match and graced the closing ceremony of the tournament.

While praising the winning team from Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Mr. Pramod Khanna said, "I could see the future Indian Rugby players among these genius World Champions".

 
Rahul Bose visits KISS

Renowned Social Activist, Noted Actor and First International Rugby player from India, Mr. Rahul Bose visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on 24th November on the occasion of All India U-16 Rugby Tournament organized by KISS. Mr. Bose is the first International Rugby player to visit KISS. He also participated in the match with the U/14 World Champions, KISS Rugby Team.

Mr Bose is familiar with KISS and the KISS Rugby team and had evinced interest to visit and interact with the players personally. His presence was very encouraging for the participating teams at the tournament. He also gave away prizes to the players.

Four other luminaries; namely, Mr. Pramod Khanna, President, Indian Rugby Football Union; Mr. H. M Nerurkar, Chief Operating Officer, Tata Steel and Mr. Baijayanta Panda, Hon'ble Member of Rajya Sabha and Mr. I. Shrinivas, IAS, Joint Secretary, Dept. of Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. of India will be attending the closing ceremony of the tournament on 25th November 2008.

Though Rugby is the second most popular game in the world, in India it's not so popular. But the game is gaining ground in some parts of the country due to successive international campaigns of KISS Rugby Team mentored by Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS and KIIT Group of Institutions.

 
Children's Day celebrated at KISS

The students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) celebrated the Children's Day on its premises on 14th November 2008. Mr. K. R. Kamath, Chairman & Managing Director, Allahabad Bank graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

Speaking to the students of KIIS, he said that it is a matter of pride to study in KISS. Elaborating on the philosophy, ideals, and principles of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, he advised them to make the best use of available resources and to become useful citizens of our country. He was overwhelmed to see the different parts of KISS campus, which is the largest tribal institute of the country. Mr. Kamath also expressed appreciations to Dr. A. Samanta, Founder Secretary, KIIT and KISS for his social concern.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder KIIT Group of Institutions, expressed his sincere gratitude to Mr. K. R. Kamath for visiting to KISS. Many programmes were organized on this occasion. These included drawing, quiz competitions, fancy dress and cultural.

Among others, Prof. Hans Hengartner, Zurich University, Prof. S. K. Dube, Pro Chancellor, KIIT University, Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, Mr. L. C. Amarnathan, Registrar, Dr. M. Saur, Director, KSBT, Dr. Chandrabhanu Das, Scientist of National Institute of Health, USA, Dr. Prasanta Routaray, CEO of KISS and a large number of staffs attended the function.

 

KSOL develops Language Skills Development Program

KIIT School of languages (KSOL), a new initiative of KIIT Group of Institutions has come up with an e-mail based Language Skills Development Program. The e-mail based language program has been launched to help busy executives learn to speak and write effectively in English in everyday situations. The program was launched on 1st September, 2008 by Mr. L.C. Amarnathan, Registrar KIIT University. The first set of e-lessons were sent through a dedicated e-mail ID to 18 KIIT Executives who had registered for the program. The program is for free for the executives of KIIT University.

This is a pilot project for web-based paid programs on languages to be launched later by the school. The course comprises of 30 weekly lessons, 30 weekly assignments and concurrent feedback. The program intends to help interested busy executives learn to communicate effectively at a pace they can afford without taking time off their work at office.

KSOL has also launched Language Helpdesk with effect from 1st October 2008. The objective is to encourage students to get their language and communication skills related doubts cleared. The school also plans to launch topic specific e-mail tutorials in the near future.

 

KISS Champion in Tag Rugby Tournament

KISS Lion won the Inter School Tag Rugby championship by beating Nandankanan Foxes in the final match played at KISS campus on 31st October 2008. KISS Lion won the closely contested final match 8-7. Earlier the champion had defeated Tapoban Cheetans 5-3 in the first semi final. In the second semi final Nandankanan Foxes had beaten KISS Bengal Tiger 7 - 5.

Total eight teams participated in the tournament, namely, KISS Lion, Nandankanan Foxes, KIIT Rhinos, Utkalmani Leopard, KISS Bengal Tiger, Tapoban Cheetans, Padasahi Mongooes and Sri Aurobindo Sharks.

In the match up for fifth place, Padasahi Mongooes defeated Sri Aurobindo Sharks 5-3. This Inter School Tag Rugby festival was conducted by the Tag Rugby Development Trust, United Kingdom. The Chairman of the Trust, Mr. Martin Hansford has taken charges of the festival. This tournament was inaugurated by Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions and Mr. Devi Mishra, Hon'ble Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Odisha.

 
Nobel Laureate Delivers Convocation Address at KIIT
"KIIT radiates positive attitude, serves country, Odisha and beyond"

It was a once in a lifetime occasion for 1,364 graduates of 2008 batch of KIIT University to receive degrees and diplomas at the university's Fourth Annual Convocation and draw from the wisdom of Prof. Richard R. Ernst, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1991, Switzerland and Lord Charles Falconer, Former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, United Kingdom. KIIT University also conferred Honorary D.Sc. on Prof. Richard R. Ernst, a world famous scientist who won Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking research in NMR spectroscopy.

Delivering the convocation address entitled 'Let's contribute towards a better future for all', Prof. Ernst asked the graduating students to be guided by virtues of wisdom and compassion. He offered graduates advise to start contributing effectively towards a better future for all, while saying that it is an important target in the light of appalling poverty in the country. "KIIT is an institution that truly serves the country and its people in Odisha and beyond", the Nobel Laureate said, adding that the institution radiates a lot of positive attitude.

Even as the economic crisis grips the world, the overall trend is that of a growth in commerce and activity, said Lord Charles Falconer in his address at the 4th Annual Convocation Ceremony of KIIT University. However, we must ensure that the fruits of growth are shared by as many people as possible in order for this growth to be fair. Education and rule of law can only deliver the twin objectives of growth with fairness, stressed Lord Falconer, who is known worldwide for taking the courageous step of ending the office of Lord Chancellor in United Kingdom, thus breaking a 1400 years old tradition. KIIT and KISS together presents a fine example of how challenge thrown by poverty and underdevelopment can be approached in the current global culture, he added.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder Chancellor of KIIT University, in his presidential address, reminded the young graduates of their responsibilities of educating others and eradicating poverty. "The time has come when you should give back a little of what you have received to the society", he told the degree and diploma recipients. Referring to Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a sister concern of KIIT and home for 10,000 tribal children, he said that giving education to an underprivileged is equivalent to giving sight to a blind.

Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor outlined the achievements of the university in the preceding year in his report. Total 1364 students received degrees and diplomas at the third convocation, including 746 from BTech, 212 from MCA, 308 from MBA, seven from MBA (Executive), 39 from PGDBIM and 50 from MTech. Shri A.K.Rath, IAS, Secretary, School Education & Literacy, Ministry of HRD, Govt of India & Ms. Sasmita Samanta, Director Admissions (KIIT University) were awarded Ph.D. Degrees for the first time in the university's history.

Ajitay Sahoo (B.Tech, IT), Chittaranjan Pradhan (MTech, CSE), Nidhi Sinha (MCA), Majeti Harish (MBA) and Ruchi Agarwal (MBA) received Chancellor's Gold Medal for securing highest academic scores in respective disciplines. G. Jyotishree bagged P. K. Bal Memorial Gold Medal for Best All-rounder in MBA. Similarly, PPL Gold Medal for best student in MBA with Marketing Specialization was won by Rashmi Roy. Ten achievers were awarded Vice Chancellor's Silver Medal and four faculty silver medal.

 
People of Odisha Salute Visiting International Luminaries

Prof. (Dr.) Richard R. Ernst, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1991, Switzerland and Lord Charles Falconer, Former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, United Kingdom were felicitated by Shri M. C. Bhandare, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha on behalf of the people of the State here on 25th October 2008. The two international luminaries are on a visit to the State to grace the 4th Annual Convocation ceremony of KIIT University on 26th October, 2008.

Hon'ble Justice Dr. B. S. Chauhan, Chief Justice, Odisha High Court, Shri B. B. Harichandan, Hon'ble Minister of Law, Industries and RD, Odisha and Shri B. K. Mahanti, Advocate Gereral, Odisha also graced the occasion as the Guests of Eminence at the special felicitation ceremony organized at Hotel Swosti Plaza. People from all walks of life were present in large numbers to felicitate and appreciate the works of the visiting luminaries.

People of Odisha feel pride and happiness to find towering personalities like Prof. (Dr.) Richard R. Ernst and Lord Charles Falconer amidst us, Shri M. C. Bhandare said. He expressed his gratitude to Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions for making it possible for the people of the State to interact with these learned men.

Overwhelmed with the love showered by the people of the State, Prof. (Dr.) Richard R. Ernst recalled that this was his second visit to the State. He will ever cherish the memories of different places that he visited in Odisha, he said, while terming his interaction with the tribal students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences last year a golden experience. Lord Charles Falconer appreciated to the rich cultural heritage and friendly people of Odisha. Wife of the Former Lord Chancellor, Ms. Marianna Catherine Falconer was present on the occasion.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions offered his sincere thanks and gratitude to Prof. Ernst and Lord Charles Falconer for visiting the State.

 

Nobel Laureate inaugurates International Conference at KIIT

An International Conference on "Emerging Trends in Biological Sciences" organized by School of Biotechnology of KIIT University was inaugurated here on 24th October 2008 by Prof. (Dr.) Richard R. Ernst, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1991, Switzerland in presence of Prof. R. V. Hosur, TIFR, Mumbai, Dr.. A. Samanta, Founder KIIT Group of Institutions, Prof. S. C. De. Sarkar, Vice chancellor, Dr. Mrutyunjay Saur, Director, School of Biotechnology and other distinguished researcher and scientists from different parts of the world.

Inaugurating the conference, Prof. Ernst said that while we are learning new things everyday, there are several scientific questions which remain unanswered. We still have not found cures for several mass killing diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's for which stem cell research shows lot of hope but success still seems to evade the scientists, he elaborated. This is the second visit of the Nobel Laureate, Prof. (Dr.) Richard R. Ernst to KIIT University.

It is a great honour to be a part of this gathering of distinguished scientists and researchers, said Prof. Hosur. He was overwhelmed to see the different campuses, infrastructure and educational ambience of KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, a home for 7000 tribal children.

Welcoming the distinguished scientists from across the world including Prof. (Dr.) Richard R. Ernst, Dr. Samanta said that visit of scientific luminaries is a welcome development for the State like Odisha. Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor also spoke on this occasion. Dr. Mrutyunjay Saur said that the two-day conference envisages to provide a common platform for researchers far and wide to interact on the various recent developments in the field of biological sciences for common good for mankind. The conference will focus on cancer biology, Genomics and Proteomics, NMR and Biological Sciences and Infection Biology, he added.

Among others the officials of KIIT and a large number of students were presented in the conference.

 

International Legal Luminary Visits KIIT

Prof. J. Martin Hunter, Professor of International Dispute Resolution, Nottingham Law School, UK addressed a seminar at KIIT National Law School on 20th October 2008. This is the second visit of Prof. Hunter, an international legal luminary, to KIIT.

Speaking to the delegates and the students of KIIT Law School, Prof. Hunter pointed out that India as the World's most populous free society has been at the forefront of the development of the Rule of Law. Establishment of a law faculty at KIIT University provides an appropriate opportunity to emphasize the importance of law in the context of the wider 21st Century educational aspirations, he said.

Prof. Hunter will stay here for 15 days during which he will also take some classes of KIIT Law School. He will also grace the 4th Convocation of KIIT University on 26th October 2008. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder KIIT Group of Institutions expressed his gratitude to Prof. Hunter for his visit to KIIT.

 

Ph.D. Awarded to IAS

Mr. Arun Kumar Rath (R.No. 06138406152), IAS, Secretary, School Education & Literacy, Ministry of HRD, Govt of India has been awarded Ph.D. in Business Administration by the KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. The title of the thesis being "Towards Better Corporate Governance: Contribution of Independent Directors to Board Functions in Navratna PSUs".

 
Ph.D. Awarded to KIIT Official

Sasmita Rani Samanta (R.N.-06138306151), Director, Admissions of KIIT University, has been awarded Ph.D. in Management by the KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. She was working on "Soft Competency in Corporate Management" for last three years under the supervision of Dr. R. K. Nanda, Reader, BJB Jr. College, Bhubaneswar and Dr. R. K. Misra, Associate Professor, KIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar. Her work has been highly appreciated by all the examiners.

 
Udghosh'2008 was organised by Qutopia , the quiz society of KIIT University, in association with 'Arifin Pvt Ltd' on 19-10-2008. Udghosh is an annual quiz event of KIIT and being a general open quiz is open to everybody. There were two rounds this time-a written prelims followed by the finals. About 200 teams turned up for the prelims out of which the best 6 teams were chosen for the finals.

Event Details:
Sponsor - Arifin Pvt. Ltd.
Quizmaster - Mr.Roushan Dehury.

Winning Team - Cash Prize of Rupees 10,000-
Preet Pal Sokhi & Javed Mullick from Infosys

1st Runners-up-Cash Prize of Rupees 6,000-
Ratnakar Sadasya & Manasa Nayak from Marchahead

2nd Runners-up - Cash prize of Rupees 4,000-
Swarup Kumar Kar & Uday Satapathy from XIMB

Best All-Girls' Team :
Ananya Padhee & Ayesha Patnaik from Ramadevi Women's College

Best School Team :
Anil Kumar & Alok Satpathy from DAV , Chandrasekharpur

Warrior of the quiz (for exemplary performance):
Javed Mullick

Dignitaries present at the award giving ceremony:
Mr. Devi Singh, Former Director, IIM Lucknow
Mr.Omkarnath Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor, BPUT
Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT University
Dr. L.C. Amarnathan, Team Leader & Registrar, KIIT University

 

KISS Students Selected to Play 28th Senior National Netball Championship

The tribal students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a sister concern of KIIT, have yet again proved their class, this time in Netball. Four students of KISS - Jharana Sundari Nayak, Saraswati Hansda, Manjula Raita and Sabita Hembram - have made it to the Odisha State Netball Team, which will participate in 28th Senior National Netball Championship. Another student - Chimi Ladden - of KIIT School of Dental Sciences (KIDS) has also been selected in the team.

The players of KISS and KIDS will play in the National Championship to be held at DAV School Ground, Sector-7, Rohini, Delhi from 04-10-08 to 07-10-08. Ms. Smrutirekha Nayak is the coach. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions and KISS expressed his satisfaction over remarkable achievement of the students in the field of sports at national and international level and wished the players best wishes for a successful tour.

 

Durga Puja celebrated with pomp

The auspicious festival of Durga Puja was celebrated at the shrine of Goddess Bimala on the premises of Sri Banikshetra of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on 6th October, 2008. The Saptami Puja of the Goddess started early in the morning and was completed amid religious fervor and gaiety. Over the period of next three days, rituals and spiritual programmes were organized at the Jagannath Temple of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences.

KIIT Expresses Solidarity with Flood Victims, Donates Rs. 15 lakh

KIIT University has donated Rs. 15 lakh to the Chief Minister Special Relief Fund for the flood-affected people. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions handed over a cheque of Rs. 15 lakh to Mr. Naveen Patnaik, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Odisha in his office, in presence of Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University, Prof. S. K. Dube, Pro Chancellor, Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor and Mr. L. C. Amarnathan, Registrar.

In a show of solidarity with flood-affected people, all employees of KIIT Group of Institutions have donated their one day's salary for the victims of recent flood in Odisha.

KIIT has also come forward to directly help the flood-affected people of Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada and Puri districts of Odisha. KIIT relief team distributed relief packets in the worst-hit regions of these districts including Banki, Asureswar, Salepur, Nemal, Bayaalishamauja, Pipili and Delanga. The packets containing boiled food, dry food, biscuits, flattened rice, molasses, drinking water and gram were distributed among people who have taken shelter on embankments after being rendered homeless by the flood. The relief packets also contain sarees, dhoti, blankets, candles, medicines and other essential items.

Several vehicles have been pressed into the relief work in which hundreds of students, NCC cadets, and NSS cadets are volunteering. Volunteers, especially those belonging to students' community in KIIT from Bihar, have been carrying out similar relief work in Saharsa, Supaul and Madhepura districts of Bihar for last 15 days ago.
Bihar and Odisha are facing unprecedented humanitarian crisis after incessant rains caused all the major rivers in these two states to breach embankments and flood the human habitations, marooning lakhs of people.

 

Congo Ambassador to India visits KISS

His Excellency, Mr. Balumuene Nkuna Francois, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Democratic Republic of Congo to India paid a visit to Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), the sister concern of KIIT, on 10th September 2008. His Excellency, Mr. Francois visited different campuses of KIIT. He was overwhelmed by seeing the institute KISS which provides free education and residence to 7000 tribal students.

During his visit he spent some time with tribal children. He congratulated Dr. Samanta, Founder Secretary KIIT & KISS for rendering philanthropic service to the down trodden class of the society. Dr. Samanta expressed gratitude to His Excellency, Mr. Balumuene Nkuna Francois for visiting KISS and KIIT.

 
KIIT Observes NSS Day

NSS Day was observed at KIIT with a spirit of social service and nation building on 24th September, 2008. The programme, which coincided with University Level NSS Award ceremony, was inaugurated by Chief Guest Dr. Harish K. Saxsena, President, Youth Hostel Association of India, New Delhi in the presence of Capt. Subhash Chand, Asst. Programme Advisor, Regional Center, Bhubaneswar, Govt. of India, Dr. Bimalendu Mohanty, Former Vice Chancellor, Utkal University of Culture, Odisha and Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions.

Inaugurating the function, Mr. Saxsena said that the age group of 18 to 35 is crucial period during which a person can contribute significantly in the process of nation building. He also reminded the volunteers that NSS is a big family and has potential to provide relaxation through its constructive activities and mutual interaction among volunteers. He expressed his happiness that KIIT NSS wing is effectively contributing in the rescue and relief operation in the flood affected areas in Odisha and other states of our country.

Social service has been the central philosophy of all activities of KIIT, said Dr. A. Samanta in his welcome address. He exhorted the volunteers to work hard to enrich themselves and their community. Speaking on the occasion, Capt. Subhash Chand said that NSS not only provides a platform, but also gives courage to work for the needy people and the coming generations. Spread and reach of NSS is fairly wide and it has few parallels in the world, observed Prof (Dr.) Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University and Patron, University Level NSS Advisory Committee, in his presidential address. Prof. S. C. De Sarakar, Vice Chancellor-cum-Chairman, University Level NSS Advisory Committee, KIIT University explained the philosophy, motto, objectives and principles of NSS.

Mr. Saxsena also gave away "University Level NSS Awards" to the programme officers and volunteers. Dr. Samanta inaugurated the website of KIIT University NSS Wing and presented the certificates to the volunteers, who are working for the relief work-2008.

Prof. J. R. Mohanty, Programme Coordinator (NSS), KIIT University proposed the vote of thanks.

 
KIIT Provides Relief to Flood-hit

KIIT has come forward to help the flood-affected people of Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada and Puri districts of Odisha. In the first phase, KIIT relief team distributed relief packets in the worst-hit regions of these districts including Asureswar, Salepur, Nemal, Bayaalishamauja and Pipili. The packets containing boiled food, dry food, biscuits, flattened rice, molasses, drinking water and gram were distributed among people who have taken shelter on embankments after being rendered homeless by the flood. The relief packets also contain sarees, dhoti, blankets, candles, medicines and other essential items.
The relief operation is being directly supervised by Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions. Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University and Prof. S. C. Sarkar, Vice Chancellor are actively guiding the work. A Flood Relief Control Room has been set up in the Indoor Stadium of KIIT University. Several vehicles have been pressed into the relief work in which hundreds of students, NCC cadets, and NSS cadets are volunteering. Volunteers, especially those belonging to students' community in KIIT from Bihar, have been carrying out similar relief work in Saharsa, Supaul and Madhepura districts of Bihar for last 15 days ago.
Bihar and Odisha are facing unprecedented humanitarian crisis after incessant rains caused all the major rivers in these two states to breach embankments and flood the human habitations, marooning lakhs of people.
 
First H. M. Seervai Memorial Lecture at KIIT

The First H. M. Seervai Memorial Lecture was delivered at KIIT Law School of KIIT University by Hon'ble Justice S. B. Sinha, Judge, Supreme Court of India on 20th September, 2008. The lecture ceremony was inaugurated by Hon'ble Chief Justice of Odisha, Dr. B. S. Chauhan in the presence of Mr. Biswabhusan Harichandan, Hon'ble Minister of Law, Industries and Rural Development, Odisha, Hon'ble Justice Madan P. Lokur, Judge, Delhi High Court and Dr. A. Samanta, Founder KIIT Group of Institutions.

Inaugurating the lecture, Hon'ble Justice Dr. B. S. Chauhan outlined the works of the eminent legal luminary Justice H. M. Seervai, who is well known for his 1967 analysis of the Constitutional Law of India. His work contributed significantly to the Kesavananda Bharati vs. The State of Kerala case (1973), which inhibits politically motivated changes to the Constitution of India, he said.

In his lecture, Hon'ble Justice S. B. Sinha focused on the achievements of Justice Seervai. He was decorated with several awards such as Padma Vibhushan, Honorary Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Dadabhai Naoroji Prize, etc, he said. "I am really excited to see KISS and KIIT", Justice Sinha said, adding that KIIT and KISS complement the rich culture and traditions of Odisha and adds to its intellectual wealth of the State.

Mr. Biswabhusan Harichandan, Hon'ble Minister of Law, Industries and Rural Development, Odisha presided over the lecture ceremony, while Hon'ble Justice Madan P. Lokur graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour. Dr. A. Samanta, in his welcome address, said that lectures of this nature are valuable for the students and lawyers alike. He also expressed his sincere thanks and gratitude to all the legal and political luminaries for attending this lecture, in spite of flood and bad weather condition of Odisha.

Prof. S. C. De Sarakar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University, Mr. L. C. Amarnathan, Registrar and Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Director, KIIT Law School also spoke on the occasion. Among others, all Directors, Deans, Principals and a large number of students and staffs attended the lecture.

 

KISS a wonder of the world: Premier of NW Province, South Africa

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences is no less than a wonder of the world, Ms. Edna Bomo Molewa, Her Excellency the Premier of North West Provincial Government, South Africa said at a press meet at Hotel Trident on 18th September 2008. Ms. Molewa, leading a 30-member political and business delegation from North West Province, South Africa, visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and all campuses of KIIT Group of Institutions yesterday and interacted with the students and staff.

While briefing the media, Ms. Molewa said that Dr. Samanta's contributions in the field of education, especially for the poor and deprived sections, is an example from which South Africa can learn. The recent MoU between KIIT University and North West University, South Africa will try to advance the educational excellence in the two countries, she said.

She was overwhelmed to see the achievements of the KISS students, in academics, sports, co-curricular activities etc, which is matter of pride not only for their tribal community, but also a victory for all the poor class people of the world. She also expressed her happiness for interacting with the rich cultural heritage, natural environment and the decent people of Odisha.

Comparing Dr. Samanta with one of many visionaries that India has produced, Ms. Molewa expressed gratitude to him and KISS for conferring the KISS Humanitarian Award 2008 on her. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder KIIT Group of Institutions expressed his gratitude to Ms. Molewa, and all members of the delegation for visiting KIIT and KISS.

 

KISS Felicitates Hon'ble Premier of NW Province, South Africa

The KISS Humanitarian Award 2008 has been conferred on Ms Madam Bomo Ednah Molewa, Hon'ble Premier, North West Province, Republic of South Africa. She received the award from Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS and KIIT Group of Institutions at a ceremony organized at KIIT University here on 17th September, 2008.

Ms. Molewa is leading a 30-member political and business delegation from North West Province, South Africa on a visit to KISS and KIIT. The delegation, which also includes Minister of Education and Minister of Finance visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and all campuses of KIIT Group of Institutions and interacted with the students and staff.

Dr. Samanta's contributions in the field of education, especially for the poor and deprived sections, is an example from which South Africa can learn, Ms. Molewa said, adding that her country also has a large section of rural poor which needs education. The recent MoU between KIIT University and North West University, South Africa will try to meet the needful, she said, while recognizing KIIT as a centre of excellence.

Comparing Dr. Samanta with one of many visionaries that India has produced, Ms. Molewa said that he has demonstrated that quality education for the masses is possible through even a single person's entrepreneurial efforts. Expressing her gratitude to Dr. Samanta and KISS for the honour bestowed on her, she said there is a deep relationship of humanity, powerful and permanent, between India and South Africa.

Ms Molewa is well known for her work for the rights of crime victims and efforts to change the world perception towards criminal justice system. The humanitarian agenda of Ms. Molewa has ignited hope and instilled confidence among the victims of crime, said Dr. Samanta, while conferring the award. Her works have the hints of courage exhibited by Gandhiji in Pietermaritzburg and Nelson Mandela fighting apartheid, he observed. Terming her a 'champion of the spirit of peaceful co-existence', Dr. Samanta recounted her tireless tirade against racism, discrimination and intolerance.

Among others, Pro-Chancellor, KIIT University, Prof. S. K. Dube and Vice Chancellor, Prof. S. C. De Sarkar also spoke. A large number of senior officials from South Africa and KIIT University attended the ceremony.

 

Indian Ambassador to Korea visits KISS

His Excellency Mr. S. R. Tayal, the Indian Ambassador to Korea paid a visit to Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and its sister concern, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on 13th September 2008.

Mr. Tayal spent generous amount of time interacting with the tribal students of KISS. He was overwhelmed to learn about the social purpose and activities of this largest residential tribal institute of the country. KISS provides education from KG to PG level, vocational training, accommodation and all basic amenities to 7000 tribal students free of cost, said Dr. A. Samanta, while introducing the institute to the Ambassador, adding that it has been recording cent percent pass record at matric and +2 level.

Mr. Tayal hoped that students of this institute will go on to occupy higher positions like ambassadors, scientists, engineers, etc, which will contribute towards bringing the tribal community into mainstream.

Dr. Samanta expressed his gratitude to His Excellency Mr. S. R. Tayal and his wife for their visit to KISS. Among others Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University, Prof. S. K. Dube, Pro Chancellor, Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, Mr. L. C. Amarnathan, Registrar and other top official of KIIT and KISS were present.

 

US Consul General visits KIIT and KISS

Ms. Beth A. Payne, US Consul General, Kolkata visited KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on 12th September, 2008. She was accompanied by Ms. Deborah Miller, US Consular Chief, Kolkata on her visit.

"KIIT is no less than a top class educational institution of the world" remarked Ms. Payne after visiting different campuses of KIIT Group of Institutions. Infrastructure, aesthetics, educational ambience and student strength of KIIT match the international standard, she added. Ms. Payne, whose father has been a professor and mother a teacher, has keen interest in education.

She also spent generous amount of time interacting with tribal students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a sister concern of KIIT. She was overwhelmed to know about the social purpose and activities of KISS, which is the largest tribal institute in the country providing education from KG to PG level, vocational training, residence and all basic amenities to 7000 tribal students free of cost. It is the finest model of corporate social responsibility in true sense of terms, she said, while expressing surprise over the amount of social good that can be done with private initiative within such a short span of time.

Welcoming the dignitaries to KIIT, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions and KISS expressed gratitude to them for visiting KIIT and KISS. Ms. Payne congratulated Dr. A. Samanta, Founder of KIIT Group of Institutions and KISS for his notable contributions in the field of education and social development. Ms. Payne also unveiled a golden plaque in her honour at KISS campus.

Ms. Payne and Ms. Miller interacted with the staff of KIIT University at KIIT School of Management, where they explained at length about modalities for US VISA. Later, they also addressed a press conference. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience Odisha's rich cultural heritage and friendly people, about which I had heard a lot, Ms. Payne said at the press conference.

 

KIIT and North West Varsity, South Africa ink MoU

KIIT University, Bhubaneswar and North West University, South Africa signed a MoU for promoting excellence in the field of parallel disciplines in the higher and technical education. The MoU was signed by Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University and Prof. Melvin. L. M. Mbao, Dean, North-West University, South Africa in the presence of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions and Her Excellency Debora M Balatseng, Minister-Counsellor (Political), South African High Commission, New Delhi.

The agreement will facilitate academic, scientific, technical and cultural relation between these two universities to be made effective and to operate at the level of undergraduate Degree Programme, postgraduate Degree Programme, Research Programme and in the areas of other common disciplines. It also has provisions for students and faculty exchange programme. As per the provisions, both universities shall allow mutual access to their respective unclassified resources such as libraries, films, and slide libraries, technical and academic materials depositories and laboratories for the purpose of enriching and further developing their respective resources. The MoU is expected to boost an emergence of academic excellence in the world besides establishing a cross cultural relationship.

Further, it will lead to a twining programme between KIIT and North West University, two leading universities of India and South Africa respectively, in the disciplines of engineering, technology, computer application and management studies. It also envisages developing a collaborative programme in the parallel/para-parallel disciplines between the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), the largest tribal institute of the country, and the North West University.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. A. Samanta said, "This is a great partnership which will usher in a new phase of collaborative education with the leading university of South Africa". Among other, Mr. Lester Mpolokeng, Manage Rector's Office, North West University, Ms. Motsei Modise, Head Academics Affairs, Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University, Mr. L. C. Amarnathan, Registrar and other senior official of KIIT University were present on the occasion.

MoU Facts :

  • Objective: To promoting excellence in higher and technical education.
  • Academic, scientific, technical and cultural relations between the two universities
  • Covers undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes
  • Covers engineering, technology, computer application and management studies
  • Students and faculty exchange programme
  • Mutual access to respective unclassified academic resources
  • Twining programme between KIIT and North West University
  • Collaborative programme in parallel/para-parallel disciplines with KISS
 

Lecture on Free Press at KIIT

A lecture on free press entitled "How Free is Free Press" was organized by KIIT Law School, a constituent of KIIT University, on 10th September, 2008. The programme was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Mr. Ravindra Kumar, Editor & Managing Director, The Statesman in presence of Hon'ble Justice, Shri G. B. Pattnaik, Former Chief Justice of India and Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University.

Hon'ble Justice, Shri G. B. Pattnaik said that the press should be free and forthright and it should try to reflect the public opinion as accurately as possible. Media has to depend on the advertisement for its existence, he observed, while pointing out that in some cases media is partial, inimical and even unpatriotic.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ravindra Kumar spoke on all facets of the media citing instances from his rich experience. The Constitution of India, unlike that of USA, states 'Freedom of Speech' and not specifically the 'Freedom of the Press'. Therefore, freedom of press in the Indian context it is the same as freedom of speech of every individual, he argued, concluding that if a citizen is free, the media is also free.

Restrictions on press are found in defamation laws, contempt of court and parliamentary privilege, he observed. Mr. Kumar went on to explain the economics of newspaper industry. Of late it has become increasingly dependent on the advertisements rather than subscription, he observed. The overdependence on the advertisements tends to business houses determining the fate of the newspaper. However, in India this trend is much less discernible than in Thailand, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka, he said. Mr. Kumar also referred to the monopolistic trend that has come about in recent times with a few people owning newspaper/TV channels as well as websites.

Students of KIIT University heard with rapt attention throughout the lecture prompting Prof (Dr.) Hari Gautam, Chancellor of KIIT to observe how invaluable such lectures are in shaping the minds of students. Prof. S. C. De Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University and Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Director of KIIT Law School also spoke on the occasion. Among others, all Directors, Deans, Principals and a large number of students and staff attended the lecture.

 
UNDP Regional Coordinator visits KISS

Ms. Chandra Roy, Regional Coordinator, Regional Indigenous People's Pro-gramme, UNDP paid a visit to Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on the occasion of International Day of the World's Indigenous People today.
Ms Roy was taken around the KISS campus, which is said to be the largest tribal school in the country and provides free education, residence and all basic needs to 10,000 tribal children.

Impressed with all the arrangements for the children there, she said: "It is the proper platform for the tribal children to enhance their hidden qualities." While interacting with them, she hoped that these kids will promote peace and prosperity in their tribal community.

Among others, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions, Dr. A Samanta, Chancellor Dr. Hari Gautam, Vice-Chancellor Prof. S. C. De Sarkar and KIIT University Registrar Mr. L. C. Amarnathan were also present on the occasion.

 

KISS Rugby Player Receives Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Award

Hadi Dhangada Majhi, a member of the Under 14 Rugby Team of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), was felicitated with Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Award for his outstanding performance in the recently concluded series of rugby matches played in Australia.

The award is instituted in the memory of the eminent Australian and humanitarian Rugby player Sir Edward, who was born in rural Wangaratta in 1907. Sir Edward was a celebrated rugby player in Australia and has the honour of a commemorative coin minted in his honour by the Federal Government.

KISS Rugby Team put up an impressive performance in Australia winning six out of eight matches it played. These matches were played at four locations such as Darwin, Sidney, Adelaide, and Melbourne of Australia. Hadi Dhangada won the heart of Australians by his extraordinary performance in all the matches. Sahadeb Majhi, another member of the KISS Team, was adjudged the Best Player of the series.

Hadi Dhangada Majhi, from Malkanagiri district of Odisha, is the first boy from Bonda tribe to play the international rugby. His father Mangal Majhi, besides working in the agriculture field, collects timber and food from the forest to take care of his family.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS & KIIT Group of Institution congratulated Hadi Dhangada Majhi and Sahadeb Majhi for their resounding success and expressed confidence that they will bring many more laurels for Odisha and the country.

 

Workshop held in KIIT on usefulness of digital library

A National Workshop on Digital Library, under auspices of the Indian Library Association (ILA) was inaugurated in the KIIT campus on Tuesday by Chancellor of KIIT University Dr. Hari Gautam. The two-day, workshop will deliberate on the advantages of digital libraries.

Dr. Hair Gautam said, "Library is the most important infrastructure, upon which the superstructure of quality education rests." The KIIT realizes the need to adopt the latest technology in this important aspect of academics, he added ILA President Kautilya Shukla, outlining the objective of the workshop, said it would expose the library professionals to the intricacies of the digital libraries and create a symbiotic interaction with IT professionals in respect of the management of the electronic in-formation.

The workshop on digital library, digital library services and IPR issues. Among other, ILA general secretary R Chandra, Pro-Chancellor KIIT University S.K.Dube, Vice-Chancellor S.C. De Sarkar and Registrar L.C. Amarnathan also spoke on the occasion.