September 2017
 
KISS Cited in Anthropology Textbooks in U.S. 17.09.2017  
Librarians' Development Programme Organized at KIIT 16.09.2017  
IET accreditation to KIIT University 15.09.2017  
KiiT-IS Wins Himakshara’s International Outstanding School Award 06.09.2017  
KIIT-TBI Inks MoU with BPCL 05.09.2017  
Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty appointed as VC, KIIT University 04.09.2017  

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KISS Cited in Anthropology Textbooks in U.S.

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is cited in popular textbooks used in Introductory Anthropology & Cultural Anthropology courses in USA. A small idea, backed by the passion of one individual grows into an institution and that institution has today become a revolution. As KISS is world's largest anthropology laboratory, it finds place in text books in USA. The students of Anthropology far and wide will know about KISS as a preserver of World's first population - indigenous. As a result, thousands of university students in the US will now have some knowledge about Odisha, Tribal of Odisha and KISS. As KISS is a successful model for eradication of poverty through education, it has become a subject of research for many eminent and reputed anthropologists from India and abroad. Findings of a research work on KISS has now featured in two popular textbooks, namely ‘Window on Humanity-A Concise Introduction to Anthropology’ and ‘Mirror for Humanity-A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (8th Edition) written by Conrad Philip Kottak. These two books are very popular for introductory level anthropology course in U.S. universities.

US Fulbright Scholar & Professor in Anthropology, Ms. Christine Finnan had joined KISS during 2014 – 15 for doing extensive research on the institute. As a part of her research work, she gathered stories and personal accounts about the school and its impacts by interviewing 160 people including students, alumni, parents, staff, teachers, administrators and visitors. Prof. Finnan keenly observed how the students of the institute are achieving success in academics, sports and cultural field. She also visited tribal villages to find out why parents send their children so far to KISS. Subsequently, her case study report on KISS was published in a reputed Anthropological journal, from which the author of the books has sourced information on KISS. The author of the textbooks has sourced most of the information from the article that appeared last year in the Sapiens, a reputed anthropological magazine. This is a matter of pride for India, Odisha, KISS as well as entire Indian tribal community. 

Librarians' Development Programme Organized at KIIT

A two-day Librarians' Development Programme (LDP) was organized in KIIT University recently. Inaugurating the Programme, Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar, KIIT University highlighted the importance of institutional repositories. Dr. Mukesh Pund, Senior Principal Scientist, NISCAIR, New Delhi threw light on various aspects of DSpace maintenance and management in the digital era.  There was an overwhelming response from the LIS professionals with participation of 160 delegates from different parts of the country. The hands on training programme continued for two days. Prof. A. K. Sen, Chairman, Central Library Committee and Prof. A. K. Rath, Professor, School of Civil Engineering graced the occasion. Prof. K. C. Das, Utkal University and Prof. Bulu Maharana, Sambalpur University delivered lectures. Dr. Bijayalaxmi Rautaray, Chief Librarian, KIIT University proposed the vote of thanks.

IET accreditation to KIIT University

A great milestone created by KIIT University as it received the prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK Accreditation for its B.Tech Degrees. This stupendous achievement is yet another reflection of the world class quality of education provided by KIIT University. Presently KIIT is the only University in India to get such kind of accreditation. Jeremy Watson, President IET UK and Nigel Fine, Chief Executive IET UK gave this coveted certification to Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS in Bangalore on 15thSeptember. KIIT University has got it till 2022. The process of getting Accreditation is rigorous and our efforts for this started way back in 2013. It is second most prestigious Accreditation for Engineering. 

IET Accreditation is an internationally respected benchmark awarded to high quality programmes that provide an ideal preparation for aspiring professional engineers. The IET accredited courses are at par with UK and internationally. It is looked favourably by the employers and increased the career prospects.

KiiT-IS Wins Himakshara’s International Outstanding School Award

KiiT International School won the ‘Himakshara’s International Outstanding School Award 2017’ during  the 10th International Teachers’ Conference 2017.  Two institutions from India and two schools from abroad were selected for this coveted award. Himakshara is an Edu-Socio-Literary Organization. It is an international platform for writers, poets, educationists, thinkers, principals, teachers, doctors, artists, social workers, entrepreneurs and people from all spheres of life. KiiT International School won the award for outstanding achievements in education and extracurricular activities. Founder of KIIT & KISS Prof. Achyuta Samanta congratulated Chairperson of KiiT International School Dr. Mona Lisa Bal and the team on the achievement. 

KIIT-TBI InkMoU with BPCL

KIIT-Technology Business Incubator (KIIT-TBI) has signed a MoU with Bharat Petroleum Corporation limited (BPCL) on 5th September 2017 to promote innovative and technology driven start-up companies. seven member delegation of BPCL with Mr. R. Ramachandran (Director Refineries), Mr. Manohar Rao, (ED-HSSE & BIOFUELS), and Mr. Arvind Krishnaswamy, CGM (Strategy) visited KIIT-TBI and signed the MoU in presence of Dr. Mrutyunjay Suar, CEO of KIIT-TBI, start-up companies and innovators of KIIT-TBI. This MoU will help both KIIT-TBI and BPCL in proper selection of Start-up Ideas, its valuation, timing of Entry and Exit & other key activities relating to investing in start-up ventures. Through KIIT-TBI, BPCL will consider to provide seed capital to Start-up companies incubated at KIIT-TBI in order to accelerate product development/market validation & scale-up.

BPCL will also fund pre-incubation and early incubative activities, where KIIT-TBI identifies innovative venture ideas in specific domains. In the areas like renewables, manufacturing, waste management, deep tech, etc, BPCL will provide mentoring support for Proof of Concept (PoC) and prototyping. BPCL will preferentially utilize the products / technology, with appropriate consent/agreement, developed by Start-ups incubated at KIIT-TBI on chargeable basis in any of its business verticals. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder of KIIT & KISS congratulated KIIT-TBI for such achievements and thanks the BPCL delegation.

Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty appointed as VC, KIIT University

Professor Dr. Hrushikesha Mohanty has been appointed as Vice Chancellor of KIIT Universityon Thursday. Prior to this appointment, he was working as a senior Professor in the School of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH). Prof. Mohanty has done his Ph.D. from IIT, Kharagpur having interest in the research areas like Distributed Computing, Software Engineering, Business Process Re-engineering and Mobile Computing. He has vast research and teaching experience and has published papers in reputed national and international journals. He has been extensively engaged in implementing e-Governance system for University of Hyderabad. In addition, he is a litterateur with three Odia poetry books to his credit. He also regularly contributes columns to Odia newspapers. Similarly Prof. Rambabu Kodali, eminent educationist also has joined as Pro Vice Chancellor of KIIT University. Both Vice Chancellor and Pro Vice Chancellor have been appointed by Chancellor of KIIT University. Congratulating Prof. Mohanty and Prof. Kodali, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, vast experience of Prof. Mohanty and Prof. Kodali in the field of education and research will lead the KIIT university to a new height. Prof. Mohanty is the 5th VC succeeding Prof. P. P. Mathur, who retired after completing his tenure.