AUGUST
 
KIIT signs MoU with Deakin University Australia
30.08.2009
Chief Justice of Odisha Inaugurates Legal Aid Clinic at KIIT Law School
29.08.2009
KISS Felicitates Prince Dance Group
28.08.2009
KISS Student Presents Paper at UNEP Youth Conference
26.08.2009
 
Workshop on “Life Skill Education” organized at KIIT
25.08.2009
KIIT Celebrates Independence Day
15.08.2009
 
KIIT signs MOU with Hanseo University
14.08.2009

KIIT Founder Nominated as Member of IAUP

12.08.2009
 
KIIT Workshop on soft skills
09.08.2009
KISS Student to Participate in UNEP International Conference in Seoul
07.08.2009
 
KIIT University Chapter of ILSA Launched
01.08.2009
Founder KIIT meets her Majesty The Queen of Bhutan  

Dr. Samanta Nominated as Member of Institute of International Education (IIE), New York

   

 

KIIT signs MoU with Deakin University Australia

KIIT University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Deakin University Australia on 30th August 2009 at New Delhi. The MOU was signed between Dr. A. Samanta, Founder KIIT Group of Institutions and Professor Sally Walker, Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University.

About Deakin University, Australia

Deakin was established by the Victorian Parliament in 1974 as a 'university in the Geelong area'. It began teaching on 1 April 1977. Deakin University has the largest number of Indigenous students of any Victorian University. In 1993 Deakin was described as the 'Rolls Royce' of universities offering distance education. In 2008, the University School of Medicine opened becoming Victoria's first rural and regional medical school.

 

Chief Justice of Odisha Inaugurates Legal Aid Clinic at KIIT Law School

Hon’ble Shri Justice I. M. Quddusi, Acting Chief Justice, Odisha High Court inaugurated a Legal Aid Clinic at KIIT Law School in presence of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions, Shri Subhendu Mohanty, Member Secretary, Odisha State Legal Services Authority, Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice Chancellor, National Law University, Odisha, Shri Proavash Ranjan, NUJS, Kolkata and Prof. S. C. De.Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT on 29th August 2009.

This Legal Aid Clinic will provide affordable legal aid and legal representation in any court of law, tribunal or body before which a party may be represented by a legal practitioner. The services are provided for persons who are indigent or for any other reason are unable to obtain the services of private legal practitioners. The Clinic is staffed by qualified attorneys as well as candidate attorneys.

Expressing his happiness, Hon’ble Shri Justice I. M. Quddusi congratulated Dr. Samanta for his benevolent public employment and hoped that the Clinic would provide legal representation service to poor with specific focus on gender, human rights abuses and socio-economic rights issues. It will provide exposure and practical legal training for Candidate Attorneys, he said. The Clinic will educate senior law students about clinical legal education.

Observing it Dr. Samanta said that the legal aid has not yet reached the needy, even though there is Right to Equality under the Constitution. KIIT Law School has taken this initiative to provide legal services to common people for their betterment, he added. Dr. Samanta expressed his gratitude to Hon’ble Shri Justice I. M. Quddusi and other dignitaries for sparing their valuable time to inaugurate the Clinic. According to the source, Legal Aid Clinic has been inaugurated in KIIT Law School, which is first time of it kind. The Charge to run the Legal aid Clinic will be taken by a retired District Judge.

Other invited distinguished persons also spoke on the occasion. A large number of staff and students of KIIT University were present on the occasion.

 

KISS Felicitates Prince Dance Group

Prince Dance Group, winner's of TV reality show 'India’s Got Talent', was felicitated by KIIT & KISS at a special ceremony organised at KISS on 28th August 2009. Prince Dance Group of Berhampur, Odisha won this prestigious and highly competitive reality show aired on Colors Channel on 22nd August 2009. Felicitating the members of the group, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said they have done Odisha proud by their achievement. He adviced the dance group to maintain this level of achievement.     

Success of the group, which has daily wage menial labourers as its members, proves that nothing is impossible with tenacity of efforts and will power, Dr. Samanta said, adding that their success would be a constant source of inspiration for tribal students of KISS.     

Speaking on behalf of Prince Dance Group, master of the group, Krishna Reddy extended his gratitude to Dr. Samanta for organizing this grand felicitation programme. Mr. Reddy said," as Oriyas we feel proud to occupy the top position. We wish to popularize Odisha in front of international arena", he added.

'India's Got Talent' is a show that looks for people with talent in music, dance, magic, juggling, impersonations and just about anything that can be presented on a stage. As winners of this show, Prince Dance Group, an all-male group, was awarded Rs 50 lakhs in cash and a newly-launched Maruti Suzuki Ritz car. The group had presented an extraordinary performance at KIIT earlier.

Among others, top officials, a large number of students of KISS and KIIT were present at the felicitation ceremony.

 

Workshop on “Life Skill Education” organized at KIIT

A workshop on “Life Skill Education (LSE)” was organized at Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) on 25th August, 2009. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. B. C. Das, Principal, KIMS in presence of Dr. S. C. Dash, Director, KIMS, Dr. Venkatesh Srinivasan, Asst. Representatives of UNFPA, Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS, Prof. P. K. Bhattacharya, Director, Vocational Education and Training, KISS & KIIT, Mr. Hemant Dwivedi, SPC UNFPA, Odisha, Ms. Geeta Narayan, PO, UNFPA CO and Dr. Sonali Kar, KIMS.

The workshop was organized to focus on the challenges faced by young people today as it has changed significantly from those affecting generations earlier. Some problems did not exist before, and others have intensified or become more complex? for example, HIV/AIDS and other sexual diseases, drug use, sexual and other forms of exploitation, and discrimination in its many forms. These are problems that are highly complex and with no easy solutions. Life Skill Education may help to contribute in reducing the harm associated with these issues, and to maintain and promote healthy lifestyles.

So based on this issue, first time in Odisha a project have lunched at KISS to control these problems in future through LSE. Because LSE in school is an important means to promote psycho-social competence among young individuals. Thus the LSE can be tailor made to suit any culture specific group and not necessarily a particular method only. It gives the freedom, flexibility and added responsibility to the implementers of the programme. To promote the several advantages of LSE, many models have already applied in different states of country, basically in rural based states, like, Rajasthan, Bihar etc.

Deliberating the issue of LSE Dr. S. C. Dash said that the workshop would develop a common understanding among participants about contents of LSE and reach out to young people through participatory processes. Dr. Srinivasan and Ms. Geeta Narayan spoke on the need and the modalities of LSE. Dr. Routaray emphasized on the preparedness of KISS to take up this project and Dr. Dwivedi outlined few appropriate strategies of furthering LSE at KISS.

Among others, Principal Coordinator of National Population Stabilization Fund, Dr. P. C. Samantaray from Delhi and Director Health and FW, Dr. D. Muduli participated in the deliberations.

 

KISS Student Presents Paper at UNEP Youth Conference
Laxman Hembram, a 9th Standard student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) presented a paper at ‘TUNZA’ International Children and Youth Conference on Environment – 2009, organized by United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) in Seoul from 17th to 23rd August, 2009. The paper of Laxman Hembram was highly appreciated by the selection team. Decisions will be taken on the Projects of all the 150 participants by October. A special international programme on environment protection will be organized from the suggestion of all projects in this international conference, according to the sources.

Hanseo University of Korea gave a warm welcome to Laxman during his visit to Seoul. Besides the students of Hanseo University other distinguished persons of Korea also encouraged Laxman. Laxman belongs to the primitive tribal group of Juang. Coming from a remote village in the forest areas of Keonjhar district, he got an opportunity to realize his dream of studying in KISS. Laxman’s selection to participate in this prestigious conference in Seoul is a matter of great pride considering his parents are poor labourers. Intellectuals have said that this achievement of Laxman is a testimony to excellent enabling environment in KISS.

Visit of a student belonging to backward tribal community to Seoul is a matter of great pride and happiness, said Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS & KISS. He hoped that students of KISS would be able to bring many more laurels at national and international level in the time to come.

 

KIIT Celebrates Independence Day

The 63rd Independence Day was celebrated at KIIT and its sister concern Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) with much pomp and style. Independence Day was also celebrated in all the wings of KIIT Group of Institutions as well as the hostels.

Noted social activist Padmashree Tulasi Munda unfurled the National Flag at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, where ten thousand tribal students of the institute joined the celebrations. A blood donation camp also organized by KIIT in its premises, where a large number of staff donated their blood.

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder KIIT Group of Institutions extended his well wishes to all the students and staff and urged everyone to rededicate themselves to the cause of the Nation.

 

KIIT Founder Nominated as Member of IAUP

Dr. A. Samanta has been nominated as a member of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) in the capacity of the Founder of KIIT. The nomination is for a term of three years, as per the certificate of membership issued by IAUP, which is an Association of University Chief Executives from higher education institutions around the world. Dr. Samanta is the first person from Odisha to be nominated as a member.

The primary purpose of IAUP, founded in 1964 in Oxford, UK, is to strengthen the international mission and quality of education of the institutions in an increasingly interdependent world and to promote global awareness and competence as well as peace and international understanding through education. It is supported through cooperation with international organizations such as the United Nations, UNESCO, the World Bank and other international organization such as the European Commission and the International Association of Universities.

In another development, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India has nominated Dr. Samanta as a member of the Academic Council of Central University of Odisha. Recently, he has also been nominated to the Executive Council of the Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch.

Dr. Samanta has expressed gratitude to the organizations for nominating him and promised to discharge responsibilities associated with the office diligently.

 

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.

 

Laxman Hembram of KISS Selected to Participate in UNEP International Conference in Seoul

Laxman Hembram, a 9th Standard student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), has been selected to participate at ‘TUNZA’ International Children and Youth Conference on Environment - 2009 to be organized by United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) in Seoul from 17th to 23rd August, 2009. UNEP had invited papers through a worldwide advertisement on the theme ‘Climate Change: Our Challenge’. Paper sent by Laxman Hembram of KISS was adjudged to be of a high quality from thousands of entries received from several countries. This attracted the attention of UN selection team and led to the selection of and invitation to Laxman Hembram to participate in the International Conference to be held in Seoul. Similarly, another essay by Dr. Prashant Kumar Routaray, CEO of KISS, titled ‘KISS – A Model’ has been selected by UNEP.

Laxman belongs to the primitive tribal group of Juang. Coming from a remote village in the forest areas of Keonjhar district, he got an opportunity to realize his dream of studying in KISS. Laxman’s selection to participate in this prestigious conference in Seoul is a matter of great pride considering his parents are poor labourers. Intellectuals have said that this achievement of Laxman is a testimony to excellent enabling environment in KISS, which provides education, residence and all other basic needs to 10000 tribal children free of cost.

Both Laxman and Dr. Routaray will leave for Seoul on 15th August, 2009. Their all expenses relating to the conference would be borne by UNEP. Visit of a student belonging to backward tribal community to Seoul is a matter of great pride not only for the tribal community, but also the State of Odisha and the country. As many as 750 delegates from 150 countries will be participating in this conference. The conference is organizes by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in conjunction with UNEP National Committee for the Republic of Korea. It is supported by the Daejeon Metropolitan City, Ministry of Environment, Presidential Committee on Green Growth, Ministry of Education and Science and Technology. There are only two participants from India. Besides Laxman, Sandeep Bakshi from north India has been selected to attend the conference.

Selection of Laxman in this International Conference, which has only two participants from the country, is a matter of great pride and happiness, said Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS & KISS. He hoped that students of KISS would be able to bring many more laurels at national and international level in the time to come.

 

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.

Dr. Samanta meets her majesty the Queen of Bhutan

Dr. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions visited Bhutan on a special invitation from Her Majesty, The Queen of Bhutan, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Her Majesty had a detailed discussion with Dr. Samanta to explore possible avenues of educational and cultural tie up between Bhutan and KIIT. Her Majesty The Queen highly appreciated the contribution of Dr. Samanta in the field of education especially for the poor tribals through Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, KISS. She expressed the desire to visit KIIT and KISS in near future. Dr. Samanta was extended a Royal welcome and hospitality in Bhutan. A Royal dinner was hosted for Dr. Samanta which was attended by Statesmen, Officials of Embassy and Senior Officials of the Royal Government of Bhutan.

 

Dr. Samanta Nominated as Member of Institute of International Education (IIE), New York

Dr. A. Samanta has been nominated as a Member of The Institute of International Education (IIE) in the capacity of the Founder, KIIT. This was communicated vide an IIE notification recently.

Headquartered at New York, IIE is a global membership association of over 1,000 member institutions. Each member is an important link in a network of over 5,000 individuals with a commitment to internationalize their institutions.

The Institute of International Education, an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1919, is among the world's largest and most respected international education and training organizations. The Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowship Programs, the Gilman International Scholarship Program and the International Visitor Leadership Program, offered on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, are some of IIE-administered programs. It also administers IIE Scholar Rescue Fund, which provides threatened scholars with fellowships at host universities outside their country.

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 IIE. Recently, he was nominated to International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), another prestigious body based in UK.

 
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