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CSI Fellowship Award to Achyuta Samanta
13.12.2014
 
3rd KALANIRVANA INTERNATIONAL ARTIST’S RESIDENCY at KIIT
13.12.2014
Knowledge Body of CIS Honours Dr.Samanta
08.12.2014

CSI Fellowship Award to Achyuta Samanta

KIIT & KISS Founder Dr. Achyuta Samanta was conferred Honorary Fellowship Award by Computer Society of India (CSI) in Hyderabad on 13thDecember 2014. It is among the highest national-level awards of the Society, instituted in the year 1979, with an intention to honour distinguished personalities who have served the society with dedication, devotion and faith or those who have excelled in fields related to the society. The award recognizes Dr. Samanta’s contribution in making a difference to the society through education.

It was conferred upon Dr. Samanta in presence of Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon'ble Union Minister of State (Ind.) for Labour and Employment, Shri K. Taraka Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister of Panchayatiraj and IT, Govt. of Telengana and many other dignitaries.

Nomination of awardees follows a stringent process. A search committee was made under the guidance of the Chairman of the Education and Awards Committee. The search committee proposes the names of suitable persons of the award of fellowship. Earlier, recipients of this prestigious award include eminent personalities like, Mr. Ratan Tata in 1993, Prof. Yash Pal in 1994 and Mr. Chandrababu Naidu in 1998.

3rd KALANIRVANA INTERNATIONAL ARTIST’S RESIDENCY at KIIT

The 3rd Kalanirvana International Artist Residency (KIAR) begins in KIIT University campus. After the success of KIAR in past 3 years, Kalanirvana International Art Centre is bringing 3rd KIAR International Artists Residency from 9th to 21st December. This 12 days event is first of its kind in Odisha and first of its kind in India in a large scale. More than 45 artists from 25 different countries including USA, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, NEW ZEALAND, CYPRUS, MEXICO, ROMANIA, SOUTH KOREA, TURKEY, BELARUS, MOROCCO, LEBANON, TUNISIA, KWUAIT, EGYPT, IRAN, IRAQ, SAUDI ARAB, TURKEY, and INDONESIA etc. are participating in this mega event. The motto of this event is to bring the world together through art and the artists from different countries, so that they can know about the art and culture of Odisha and India at large. The artists interacted with students of KISS and enjoyed the cultural programme performed by students. On this occasion Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS felicitated the artists. Expressing his satisfaction over this mega event Dr. Samanta said, it will help to propagate the art and culture of Odisha as well as India. The artists coming from various countries will get a firsthand experience about Odisha’s art and culture. Among others Ashis Pahi, Director Kalanirvana, Smruti Ranjan Nayak, local co-ordinator and Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS were also present.

Kalanirvana is an art movement dedicated to bring the world together through art. It is a revolution which aims to build a bridge between artists of different thoughts. Kalanirvana started in 2010 and so far Kalanirvana is instrumental in the awareness, promotion of art and culture internationally and nationally. It has organised three International Artists residencies, eight International Art exhibitions (USA, TURKEY, EGYPT, INDIA), and more than 20 national exhibitions and more than 40 art and photography workshops in India and abroad. The network of Kalanirvana with more than 50,000 artists from 55 countries and 20,000 photographers and 300 film makers is the result of philosophy of connecting to different culture through art. As art does not have any boundary.

Knowledge Body of CIS Honours Dr. Samanta

 In an unique gesture, the commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) comprising of erstwhile Soviet Russian States, nominated Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS to receive two Gold Medals from their authoritative knowledge organization ‘ZNANIE’. The ‘ZNANIE’ medal and the ‘President’s Medal’ were presented by fim Malitikov, President, Znanie to Samanta today in a glittering function held in Moscow. Samanta’s contribution in the field of education and his creation of KISS impressed the organization so much that member countries unanimously selected Samanta to get the coveted honours.

After the fall of Soviet Union, thousands of scientists, intellectuals from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) formed an organization and named it ‘IA Znanie’. Znanie meant ‘knowledge and science those being passed from one person to another’. This organization has the legacy of All-Union Society Znanie formulated by a group of eminent scientists, politicians of Soviet Union in 1947. In the month of December (19th December), 1947, a resolution with the signature of I. V. Stalin was passed in Duma (Russian Parliament) for the formation of ‘Znanie’, by a group of eminent scientists and political thinkers of USSR. Since then this award was given to eminent personalities every year after getting approval of Russian President.

This important body was recognized in 1991 through a resolution with the signature of the heads of states of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic of Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Georgia. The IA Znanie has affiliated centers in various member courtiers, which include Italy, Mongolia, Czech Republic, Japan, Rumania, Latvia, Estonia, China, Vietnam, Slovakia and Bulgaria. This unique body has the General Consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (UNESCOSOC) and United Nations industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Award of two prestigious medal to one individual from outside the member countries make Samanta the clear choice by countries participating in ‘dissemination of Knowledge’. Today being the most authoritative organization in the field of knowledge dissemination in the CIS Countries, IA Znanie has been making huge impact in today’s society. Considering the role, Samanta is playing in disseminating knowledge through KISS, members of the Executive body of IA Znanie unanimously resolved to award him the coveted Gold Medals.

Immediately after IA- Znanie announced Dr. Samanta’s name, the Moscow State Humanitarian University decided to confer M.Sc. (Honori Causa) on him, which Samanta received on December, 09 in the University Senate.