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AUGUST 2011
KISS receives Think Odisha Leadership Award
27.08.2011
KIIT & KISS Celebrate 65th Independence Day
15.08.2011
Sr. U.S. Govt. Official Visits KISS
04.08.2011
 

KISS receives Think Odisha Leadership Award

Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha presented the “Think Odisha Leadership Awards-2011” to Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) for Best Social Activity on 27th August 2011. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS received the award on behalf of KISS at an award ceremony held in Bhubaneswar.   

The annual awards, which recognize excellence in different fields starting from industry to sports, to art and social services, is an initiative by the Times of India group and Tefla’s, an event management group, to create an interface between corporate houses, government and NGOs.

KIIT & KISS Celebrate 65th Independence Day

The 65th Independence Day was celebrated with patriotic fervour at different campuses of KIIT & KISS. Eminent Social Worker and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Shri Rajendra Singh hoisted the Tricolour and graced the occasion as Chief Guest in KISS. Addressing 15,000 tribal students of the Institute, he focused on environmental protection as our natual resources - land, water and air - are increasingly becoming polluted due to human activities. Students should do everything possible to save environment, he said. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS expressed his gratitude to Shri Singh for this presence. The occasion was also graced by Iconic Writer, Mr. Ruskin Bond. Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS proposed the vote of thanks. Students presented colourful march past and cultural programmes on the occasion.

Sr. U.S. Govt. Official Visits KISS

Ms. Reta Jo Lewis, Special Representative, Global Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of State visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on August 4, 2011. Speaking to 15,000 students of KISS, the largest tribal institute of the world, she said that the institute is realising the dreams of thousands of underprivileged children by providing them educational and employment opportunities. She congratulated its Founder, Dr. A. Samanta for establishing this remarkable centre of education.

Lack of education is the main reason for backwardness of tribal population, she observed, while emphasising that education is the foundation for progress. Ms. Lewis visited English Access Micro Scholarship Program Centre, which is functioning in KISS with assistance from US Federal Government, and interacted with the young scholars. The Centre, inaugurated by Mr. Timothy J. Roemer, then U.S. Ambassador to India on April 7, 2010, facilitates English language study to 350 tribal students of KISS for a period of two years. She also went around academic facility, Vocational Training Centres and sports facility of KISS.

Earlier, she was extended a warm and traditional welcome by the tribal students of KISS upon her arrival at the institute. Welcoming her to the campus, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS expressed his gratitude for her visit. It is a motivating experience for the tribal students and staff of KISS, he added. She also unveiled a stone plaque in her honour at the institute.

Ms. Reta Jo Lewis was appointed Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs in January 2010. Reporting directly to U.S. Secretary of State, Ms. Hillary Clinton, she works to build and enhance relationships between state and local officials in the U.S. and their foreign counterparts around the world. In recent past, success of KISS as a unique model of tribal empowerment has attracted attention of senior officials of the U.S. Government. Those who have visited here include Mr. Timothy J. Roemer, then U.S. Ambassador to India, Ms. Katherine S. Dhanani, U.S. Consul General, Hyderabad and Ms. Beth A. Payne, U.S. Consul General, Kolkata.