November 2012
 
KISS Completes 20 Years of Existence
CM Inaugurates Steam-based Mechanical Kitchen and 100-bedded Dispensary
30.11.2012
Poster Competition at KIMS
29.11.2012
 
International Anthropological Congress Inaugurated at KIIT
Anthropological Congress Like A Small UN Session at KIIT: Odisha Governor
26.11.2012
53rd Annual Conference of the Association of Microbiologists of India at KIIT
23.11.2012
Kurien had Atmost Respect for Farmers’ Wisdom: Amul MD
20.11.2012
Achyuta Samanta Made Hony Member of AITAA
09-11.2012
 
41st AITAA Governing Board Meeting at KIIT
09.11.2012
KISS Observes 80th Birth Anniversary of Late Pradyumna Bal
08.11.2012

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KISS Completes 20 Years of Existence
CM Inaugurates Steam-based Mechanical Kitchen and 100-bedded Dispensary

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), which was founded in 1993 with only 125 tribal students in a rented house, has completed 20 years of its existence in 2012. Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha graced a celebration to commemorate this occasion as Chief Guest on 30th November 2012. KISS has been playing an important role in the welfare of tribals, he said, while commending Dr. Achyuta Samanta, its Founder, for the effort. It may be mentioned that at KISS more than 16,500 tribal boys and girls from all the 30 districts of Odisha are pursuing their education from Kindergarten (KG) to Postgraduate (PG) in a residential setting free of cost. In addition to formal education, the students get ample opportunities to participate in various extra-curricular activities. Further, 1,500 students of KISS are getting professional and technical education – like Engineering, Medical, Law, Management, etc., in KIIT University free of cost.                

To celebrate the occasion of 20 years completion, the institute has planned various programmes scheduled to be organized in KISS campus as well as different places of Odisha over the period of one year. This celebration, which has ‘New Mind, New Dream’ as its slogan, will conclude in October 2013. By such time, student strength of KISS is expected to reach 20,000. The celebration will create state-wide awareness about education, according to KISS sources.

Shri Rabi Narayan Nanda, Hon’ble Minister of State (Ind.), School and Mass Education, Govt. of Odisha and KISS Secretary, Shri R. N. Dash also addressed the students. A 100-bedded Dispensary and Steam-based Mechanical Kitchen was also inaugurated at KISS by the Chief Minister on the occasion. 

Poster Competition at KIMS

Community Medicine Department of Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), a constituent of KIIT University, is organising a Poster Competition on the occasion of World AIDS day on 30th November 2012 at 10am. The top poster would be publicized in media. Persons from all walks of the society are welcome to participate in this open competition. However, primary school students are not allowed. While drawing sheet would be provided by the organisers, colours, brushes and other accessories must be brought by the participants. The time limit the competition will be only one hour.

Interested persons have to report before 10 am 30th November 2012. There will be a prize money of Rs.1,500/- for the best poster with a golden opportunity of poster being published in a leading newspaper, while the second prize will be Rs. 1000/-.

KIMS seeks to fight prejudice and stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Awareness is an important tool to lighten the burden of the disease.

International Anthropological Congress Inaugurated at KIIT
Anthropological Congress Like A Small UN Session at KIIT: Odisha Governor

The 2012 Inter-Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) kicked off at KIIT University on 26th November 2012 with an inaugural address by His Excellency Shri M. C. Bhandare, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha. More than 400 leading academicians and researchers from 50 countries are participating in the Inter-Congress, which is regarded as the world’s most important meet of the anthropologists. ‘Children and Youth in a Changing World’ is the focal theme of this year’s meet, which is being held for the first time in India.

“The IUAES Inter-Congress is like a small UN Session in KIIT”, said Mr. Bhandare in his inaugural address underscoring the importance of this meet, which is being organised jointly by IUAES Commission on Children, Youth and Childhood and Centre for Children Studies, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), KIIT University. Anthropologists should take more innovative and integrated approach towards the study of children, childhood, youth and culture, he said.

Millions of children all over the world are in need of care, education and sustainable livelihood, the Governor said. Referring to KISS, one of the organizing institutions and the largest free residential tribal institute of the world, the he said, the institute, where 16,500 indigenous children get their education and all needs free of cost, is a role model for the world. Social entrepreneurs like Achyuta Samanta, the Founder of KISS, have shown that efforts of even a single individual can make a difference in creating an equitable world sans poverty, hunger and ignorance, he said.

He congratulates the organizers for organizing such this international conference at KIIT, while welcoming all delegates to Odisha. Youth from across the countries are in need of proper guidance, he pointed out, adding, Odisha’s march from obscurity to the most happening State of India has only been possible because of its young generation.

Briefing about the Inter-Congress, Prof. Junji Koizumi from Osaka University, Japan and Secretary General, IUAES said, conferences like this disseminates knowledge and promotes global discussion. The proposed Inter-Congress 2014 would be held at Japan, he informed. Describing the focal theme, he said while we all know that the world is changing, we don’t know how it changes. More study is needed to know how children and youth are changing in a changing world, he added.

Keynote address was delivered by Prof. David F. Lancy, Program in Anthropology, Utah State University, USA. Professor Susan C. Seymour, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Pitzer College, USA, Professor Vinay Kumar Shrivastav, Former Principal, Hindu College & Professor of Anthropology, Delhi University, Professor Anup K. Kapoor, Dept. of Anthropology, Delhi University, Professor Spyros Spyrou, Director of the Center for the Study of, Childhood & Adolescence and Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the European University, Cyprus, Professor Yogesh Atal, Former Principal Director, Social Sciences UNESCO, and Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Chair, IUAES Commission on Children, Youth and Childhood are the Plenary Speakers.

In his welcome address, Dr. Samanta said, KIIT and KISS are the right place where this conference is being held at a right time. Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar, KIIT proposes vote of thanks.

Among others, Dr. P. K. Patasani, Hon’ble MP, Bhubaneswar, Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University, Prof. D. K. Behera, Convenor, IUAES; Prof. B. C. Barik, VC, Sambalpur University and Prof. Motilal Dash, Convenor of IUAES also spoke on the occasion.

53rd Annual Conference of the Association of Microbiologists of India at KIIT

The 53rd Annual Conference of the Association of Microbiologists of India is being organized by KIIT University from 22-25 November 2012. Shri M. C. Bhandare, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha formally inaugurated this prestigious conference on 23rd November 2012 in the august presence of Prof. Seyed E. Hasnain, Member, Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India (SAC-PM) & Professor, IIT-Delhi, Prof. Jeff F. Miller, President, American Society of Microbiology and Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.   

More than 2000 delegates from different parts of the world are participating in the meet and the International Conference on ‘Microbial World: Recent Innovations and Future Trends’, which is being held parallel to it. The participants include 350 leading academicians and researchers from 15 countries, including India, France, Germany, USA, Switzerland, Japan, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Nigeria and Indonesia, and also scientists from national laboratories like CSIR, DST, DBT, ICAR and ICMR.

Inaugurating the conference, Shri Bhandare said that microbiology as a discipline is now actively being researched and, as a result, the field is advancing rapidly. There will be a considerably higher demand for microbiologists in the workforce in the near future, he predicted, adding that Odisha has always been a place which provides enough materials for study.

Prof. Hasnain expressed his satisfaction over arrangements by KIIT University. The conference will carry the message about friendly micro organisms and how they can be used for human benefit to the masses, he hoped. KIIT is the first ever university in India to organize a conference like this, he remarked, while showering rich appreciations on the institution and its Founder for a very memorable 99th Indian Science Congress in January this year. New microbial research will help us face the future challenges in health sector, said Prof. Miller.

The conference will deliberate upon ever shifting boundaries between the known and the unknown about microorganisms due to amazing advances over the past two decades. It is being organized by KIIT University’s School of Biotechnology (KSBT), which has emerged as a centre of excellence in the field of biotechnology education and research.    

Dr. Samanta, in his welcome address, welcomed all the guests and delegates to KIIT and wished the conference a grand success. Among others, Prof. T. K. Adhya, General Secretary, AMI; Prof. L. V. Rao, President, AMI; Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University, Dr. M. Suar, Organizing Secretary and Directors, KSBT spoke on the occasion. Dr. S. K. Dash, Treasurer, AMI proposed the vote of thanks.

The four-day conference will feature poster presentations in different areas like Agricultural, Environmental, Food and Dairy, Industrial, Medical and Veterinary, Molecular microbiology and Biotechnology. Besides special sessions on genomics and proteomics, it will have parallel sessions on environmental microbiology, virology, nanobiotechnology, biodeterioration and biodegradation, translational and diagnostic microbiology, medical microbiology, molecular microbiology, industrial microbiology, food, agriculture and veterinary microbiology, biotransformation and bioenergy and microbial diversity. Other events during the conference include the Board Meeting of AMI and presentation of Young Scientist Awards.

Kurien had Atmost Respect for Farmers’ Wisdom: Amul MD

Bhubaneswar, 20.11: Dr. Verghese Kurien, the Father of White Revolution in India, had atmost respect for the wisdom of Indian farmers and the expertise of competent professionals, said Mr. R. S. Sodhi, Managing Director of GCMMF (Amul) at KIIT University on 20th November 2012. Delivering the 6th Foundation Day Lecture at KIIT School of Rural Management (KSRM), he said, Dr. Kurien was against policy measures such as FDI in retail sector, since he felt that such a move would be detrimental to the interest of Indian farmers.

Addressing the students of KSRM, Mr. Sodhi said, young management graduates can learn from the success of dairy cooperative sectors across India. Briefing about ‘Amul’, he reminded that it was born as an offshoot of the Indian national struggle. Amul took roots in 1946, when the freedom movement was at its peak. The farmers of Kaira district went on strike to protest against economic exploitation at the hands of private contractors, who enjoyed a monopoly over milk-procurement in the region.

Mr. Sodhi said that the term ‘Rural Management’ was first introduced by Dr. Kurein as he knew that there was no dearth of Institutes imparting management education to cater to urban India constituting only 30% of our population. The rest 70% of the population residing in rural India have few centers of management education modeled specifically to their needs. Congratulating students of KSRM, he said the students and young professional stand to gain immensely by learning more about the life and achievements of Dr. Kurien.

Welcoming Mr. Sodhi to KIIT, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS congratulated him and said KIIT likes to invite great personalities to the institution and the state and learn from their wisdom. Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University, Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar; Dr. L. K. Vaswani, Director, KSRM; and R. N. Dash, Secretary KIIT & KISS also spoke on the occasion.

Achyuta Samanta Made Hony Member of AITAA

Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS was made an Honorary Member of Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association (AITAA), which held its 41st Governing Board Meeting (GBM) in KIIT from 9-11 November 2012. India hosted this meeting for the 2nd time. The meeting was attended by 15 member countries from Asia and the Pacific, including Australia. There were about 50 delegates attending the three-day meeting from different Asian Countries. It was organized under the leadership of Dr. Ajay Pradhan, President, AIT Alumni India Chapter. Besides delegates of Asian countries, there were about 12 national members attending the GBM at Bhubaneswar. Last year, the 40th AITAA Governing Board meeting was hled at Kuala Lumpur, while the 42nd AITAA Meeting proposed to be held in Yangon (Myanmar).

41st AITAA Governing Board Meeting at KIIT

The 41st Governing Board Meeting (GBM) of Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association ((AITAA) is being held at KIIT University during 9-11 November 2012. India is hosting this meeting for the 2nd time. The meeting is being attended by 15 member countries from Asia and the Pacific, including Australia. There are about 50 delegates attending the three-day meeting from different Asian Countries. It is organized under the leadership of Dr. Ajay Pradhan, President, AIT Alumni India Chapter. Besides delegates of Asian countries, there are about 12 national members attending the GBM at Bhubaneswar. Last year, the 40th AITAA Governing Board meeting was hled at Kuala Lumpur, while the 42nd AITAA Meeting proposed to be held in Yanyoon (Myanmar).

KISS Observes 80th Birth Anniversary of Late Pradyumna Bal

The 80th Birth Anniversary of Late Pradyumna Bal, Noted Parliamentarian, Journalist and Founder, President of KIIT & KISS was observed at KISS on 8th November 2012.

Mr. Rahul Dravid, former captain of Indian Cricket Team; Smt. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS; Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University; Mr. R. N. Dash, Secretary, KISS, Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS and Mr. P. K. Das, Director, Livelihood, KISS graced the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Dravid said, “It’s a great pleasure to see a sea of young faces, including staff members, who have got together to celebrate the occasion”. Paying rich tribute to Pradyumna Bal, Dr. A. Samanta, said that his most important message was that we should not be materialist. Helping the weaker sections of the society was his nature, said Saswati Bal.

Socialistic ideals, struggle and sacrifice of Pradyumna Bal for the people, especially for tribal, remain examples for other to emulate, said Prof. Mathur. Shri R. N. Dash said, his vision remains a guiding light for KIIT Group of Institutions and KISS. Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS delivered the welcome address, while Dr. P. K Das proposed the vote of thanks.

Among others, Ms. Bratati Bal, Mr. Pratyush Bal, Mr. Sambit Bal, Dr. Sasmitarani Samanta, Registrar, KIIT University, Dr. Satyendra Patnaik, Rector, KIIT were present on the occasion.