KISS Humanitarian Award 2011 Conferred on Chief Justice of UK Supreme Court
KISS Humanitarian Award 2011 was conferred on Rt. Hon Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He received the award from Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and Smt. Saswati Bal, President of KIIT & KISS at a function held at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on 30th April 2011. A galaxy of luminaries including Rt. Hon. Lord Anthony Peter Clarke, Justice of the Supreme Court of UK; Shri Fali S. Nariman, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Prof. J. Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University, UK graced the award ceremony.
Wives of visiting dignitaries, Ms. Christylle Phillips, Ms. Rosemary Clarke and Ms. Nariman were also present.
Expressing gratitude to Dr. Samanta for the honour, Lord Phillips in his acceptance address said it is wonderful to see KISS providing education and all other facilities to 15,000 tribal students. “You are lucky to find opportunity to study here and it is only because of the hard work of Dr. Samanta”, he told the students. Lord Phillips was chosen for this prestigious award by the jury for his outstanding contribution to the civil society and for his views on human rights.
Speaking on the occasion, Lord Clarke said it feels fantastic to speak to 15,000 students at a place. Shri Nariman said that the award is given for compassion and KISS is the best example of it.
The prestigious award, instituted by KISS four years ago, is given annually to people with exceptionally high contribution to the society in various fields relating to social issues. Every year an eminent person is selected by the jury for this award. The first recipient of the Award was Ms. Edna Bomo Molewa, noted social worker & presently Hon'ble Cabinet Minister, Social Development, South Africa National Assembly in 2008. Eminent educationist and physician from South Korea, Dr. Ham Kee-Sun, who is also President & Founder of Hanseo University, received the award in 2009, while the Award was conferred on eminent social worker Sir Anerood Jugnauth, His Excellency the President of Mauritius in 2010.
KISS is the largest tribal institute in the world, which aims at bringing deprived tribal children to mainstream of the society through education. The institute, which was started in 1993, presently provides education from KG to PG, vocational training, food, health care and all basic amenities of life free of cost to 15,000 tribal children. It is a matter of pride for the institute and the State of Odisha to felicitate a personality like Lord Phillips, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said. He expressed his gratitude to all the dignitaries for their gracious presence.
A large number of national and international legal luminaries and officials attended the award ceremony. Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS and Ms. Sujata Sen, Director (Education), British Council, East India were also present. During his visit to Odisha, Lord Phillips will be Chief Guest at an international seminar on ‘Celebration of 150 Years of Indian Penal Code’, organised by KIIT School of Law on 1st May 2011. Later in the evening, Lord Phillips and Lord Clarke will be felicitated by His Excellency Shri M. C. Bhandare, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha at a felicitation ceremony.