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His Excellency High Commissioner of Canada to India Visits KISS
26.08.2013
Chief Minister Inaugurates KISS-BvLF MLE Lab at KISS
25.08.2013
KISS Chess Academy Inaugurated
17.08.2013
KISS Celebrates 67th Independence Day
15.08.2013
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is a pride of our country : Chief Justice of India
09.08.2013
KISS Represents Asia in Live Discussion with UN Secretary-General
05.08.2013

His Excellency High Commissioner of Canada to India Visits KISS

Mr. Stewart Beck, His Excellency the High Commissioner of Canada to India visited KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on August 26, 2013. He addressed the graduate and post-graduate students of Engineering, MCA, MBA and Law streams of KIIT University during his visit.

Emphasizing on educational relationship between India and Canada, he urged for collaboration through student teacher exchange programme with KIIT University and KISS. Speaking on the topic “Indo-Canadian Relationship”, he informed, Canada’s priorities in India include infrastructure, energy, food, education, science and technology. India is an important source country for immigration to Canada, Mr. Beck stated.

Canada and India have longstanding bilateral relations, built upon shared traditions of democracy, pluralism and strong interpersonal connections with an Indian Diaspora of more than one million in Canada, the High Commissioner of Canada to India said, adding that the Canada-India Environmental Collaboration seeks to increase technology and knowledge exchange on environmental issues.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS in his welcome speech said, we must keep our relationship strong with Canada which has developed since 60s. KIIT will take care to pick up and continue the educational collaborations with some Canadian Universities, he stated, while thanking Mr. Stewart Beck for his visit. High Commissioners and Ambassadors from U.K., USA, South Africa and several other countries have visited KIIT in recent times.

Prof P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT said, the KIIT School of Biotechnology is a distinct institute in its sector and KIIT is very much hopeful to collaborate with Canadian institutes. He proposed the vote of thanks. 

Chief Minister Inaugurates KISS-BvLF MLE Lab at KISS

KISS-BvLF Mother Tongue based Multilingual Early Childhood Education Learning (MLE) Laboratory was inaugurated by Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Odisha at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on 25th August 2013. Inaugurating the laboratory, Shri Patnaik informed that the Government had passed a notification in July last year for developing curriculum in ten tribal languages at the pre primary level. He reiterated his Government's commitment to make quality early childhood education in mother tongue a reality for 1.4 million tribal children of the state.

The Early Childhood Development Program through Mother Tongue based Multilingual Learning (MLE) is the first program of its type in India. This unique program is instituted by KISS within its premises in collaboration with Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF), The Netherland.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said it was important for the state to have a policy on Mother Tongue based multilingual Early Childhood education because of its linguistic and cultural diversity. The need assumes added significance as scheduled tribes constitute about ¼ of the state's population, he added. KISS, which is a home for 22,500 tribal children, the best laboratory for implementing Mother Tongue based language education where children can transition smoothly into formal education system with a better foundation, said Dr. Samanta, adding that inauguration of the lab is a step forward towards achieving quality early childhood education.   

“The government's initiative in developing Naba-Arunima has been praiseworthy, it has been culture-specific as stated by OPEPA. We are just few steps away from making mother tongue based Early Childhood Education a reality for 1.4 million tribal children in Odisha”, said Shri Ido Mandal, State Convenor, Odisha Adivasi Manch.

Ms Dharitri Patnaik, India Representative of The Netherlands-based Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF), which has been supporting the campaign for a policy on mother tongue based Early Childhood Education for tribal children in Odisha, said that pedagogy is crucial when we are dealing with young children in their formative years, as that is what creates a foundation for further learning. As this is the very first time such an approach has been initiated, Odisha has become a role model for other states in India, she informed. Steps such as regular training of the Anganwadi teachers and recruitment of teachers from the tribal community would benefit the process, Ms. Patnaik maintained, while expressing hope that Odisha would be the first state in India to have a policy on Mother Tongue based multi-lingual Early Childhood Education for its indigenous children.

KISS Chess Academy Inaugurated

The KISS Chess Academy, a historic milestone in promoting the game of Chess in the state, was inaugurated on the 67th Independence Day at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Campus in the presence of Mr. Sekhar Chandra Sahu, (IM), President, All Odisha Chess Association, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Mr. Manoj Panigrahi, Jt. Secy., AOCA, Mr. Subasis Patnaik, Exe. Member, AOCA, Mr. R. N. Dash, Secretary, KISS and Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS

This unique initiative will be a model concept in introducing the mind game of Chess amongst the tribal children. It is an experiment to prove that given the opportunity and support, the tribal community children can rub shoulders with every chess player in this world and checkmate the world class chess players in due course of time.

The All Odisha Chess Association thanked Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS, for introducing this mind game in their educational institution. Coaching would be imparted by Sri Gourahari Mohapatra, ELO Rating - 1933, who is a professional coach having an experience of 10 years in Mumbai, under the supervision and guidance of Sri Sekhar Chandra Sahu, IM

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is a pride of our country : Chief Justice of India

KIIT University has gained a lot of momentum within a short span of time solely due to the vision, commitment and hard work of its Founder, Achyuta Samanta, said Hon'ble Mr. Justice P. Sathasivam, Chief Justice of India in his address to the students of KIIT University on August 9, 2013. The university provides excellent facility and has a bright future, he told the students and advised them to utilise the opportunity. The Chief Justice of India was accompanied by Hon'ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Judge, Supreme Court of India. Madam Saraswathi Sathasivam and Madam Suprama Misra were also present.

"Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is indeed a pride of our country; it is much more than a school, it is an agent of social change", Justice Sathasivam stated, adding that it is recognised as a successful model of tribal empowerment through education. Expressing high appreciation for the noble activities of KISS, he said that the institute is giving tribal children an opportunity to dream and realise their dreams. This was the second visit of Justice Sathasivam to KIIT and KISS. He had visited the institutes with former Chief Justice of India, Mr. Altamas Kabir in 2011. 

Showered lavish praise on the Founder of the "unique home for 20000 tribal children", he said that Samanta's achievements as a social entrepreneur within a brief period reminds him of the wisdom words of Swami Vivekananada - "Let us have faith in ourselves. I see it clear as daylight that we have infinite power in ourselves". Samanta is the living icon for these words, Justice Sathasivam said.

Stating that education is a process by which character is framed and intellect is built, he reminded students to be as much conscious of Fundamental Duties as Fundamental Rights. While innate talent is basic requisite, extraordinary hard work is the formula of success, the Chief Justice of India said, quoting the author Malcolm Gladwell.

In his address, Justice Dipak Misra outlined the duties of students of law. Presentableness and presentation are two essential characteristics of a successful lawyer, he told the students, while advising them to make books friends for life. Precision, exactitude and concentrated focus are important for success in legal profession, he said.

Earlier, welcoming the legal luminaries, Samanta said that the occasion will be a red letter day in the history of KIIT. Thousands of students of KIIT University belonging to diverse streams of education, particularly from KIIT School of Law, listened to the distinguished speakers in rapt attention. Prof. N. L. Mitra, Chancellor, KIIT University delivered the presidential address, whlile Prof. P. P. Mathur, Vice Chancellor proposed the vote of thanks. Mr. R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS was also present on the occasion, among others.

KISS Represents Asia in Live Discussion with UN Secretary-General

“How can more and more girls have access to secondary education in the state?”, was the concern raised by young tribal boys and girls from Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, Odisha to the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, on the International Youth Day. On 5th August 2013, observed as the International Youth Day, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) facilitated live discussions of selected 25 tribal students of KISS with the UN Secretary-General and heads of UN entities. UNFPA is partnering with KISS for promoting life skills based sexual and reproductive health for adolescents in Odisha. The boys and girls also raised several issues relating to the education of girl child to the UN Secretary-General and a team of panelists consisting of heads of UN entities.

In the live discussion through a video conference about 125 young people from five schools – one each from Asia, Africa, Middle-east, Latin America and Europe - were connected to the UN Headquarters at New York. KISS was selected to represent Asia continent. Several issues and concerns around education, health, governance, livelihood, employment and science were raised by youth from around the world during the discussions held today.

Working with women and young people is one of the top five priorities of the UN in 2013. The UN aims to address the needs of the largest generation of young people the world has ever known by deepening the youth focus of existing programmes on employment, entrepreneurship, political inclusion, citizenship and protection of rights, and education, including on reproductive health.

Three students Bahelin Minz, Haraprasad Heproka and Nanda Kishore Patra of KISS discussed on life skill based sexuality education, Tribal girl child education in higher secondary level. Among others Dr. Deepa Prasad, State Programme Officer, UNFPA, Odisha; Dr. Prasant Ku. Routray, CEO, KISS and Dr. Sasmitarani Samanta, Registrar, KIIT University were also present on the occasion.