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41st Indian Sociological Conference inaugurated in KISS
28.12.2015
 
41st All-India Sociological Conference in KISS from 27th
26.12.2015
Prof. Ved Prakash, Hon'ble Chairman, University Grants Commission, India Visits KISS
24.12.2015
His Lordship Dr. Justice Abdulqawi  Ahmed Yusuf, Vice President, International Court of Justice, The Hague Visit KISS
22.12.2015
US Asst. Secretary of State Visits KISS
15.12.2015
KISS Students Make Longest Human Chain for World Peace
Set Double Guinness World Records
10.12.2015
KISS Achieves Two Guinness World Records
10.12.2015
 

41st Indian Sociological Conference inaugurated in KISS

The 41st All-India Sociological Conference on ‘Development, Marginalization and People’s Movements’ is being organized by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), KIIT University in association of Indian Sociological Society was inaugurated in KIIT Campus on Sunday. Inaugurating the conference Medha Patkar, renowned social activist said, the so called development is not the real development. Development is that in which there should be each and every one’s participation, equal distribution of natural resources and utilization of natural resources in a sustainable manner. Everyone should get the positive result of development. Each and every human being from rural to urban should have participation in development. Development should be made in a manner so that, everyone can get food, shelter, health services and livelihood. In the name of development our natural resources should not be gave away to a few individuals, she said. Giving the example of KIIT and KISS she said, KIIT transfers its profit to KISS, which is giving free education, boarding, health services to 25 thousand tribal students from KG to PG with professional and technical education. This is a model which is not followed by other private institutes of the country, she added. Presiding over the inaugural session Prof. Anand Sharma, renowned sociologist and activist, President, Indian Sociological Society said, today we have developed in many sectors across the globe. But millions of people till today have marginalized from development. One percent of richest people of the world have more than 40 percent of total wealth. 3.5 billion People of the world have less than 50 percent of wealth. Development can’t be possible if we left out the marginalized. There should be equality in every sphere, he added. Prof. R. Indira, Secretary Indian Sociological Society presented the annual report of the society. In his welcome address Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, KIIT has a great privilege to organize such kind of national and international conferences, seminars and symposiums. KIIT is proud to organized 41stAll-India Sociological Conference. Dr. Iswar Nayak, organizing secretary, 41st All-India Sociological Conference proposed vote of thanks. More than 15 hundred delegates including foreign delegates joined the conference.

The main objective of the conference is to enable the discussion of current research results from different perspectives and representing sociology as a discipline that builds upon micro studies on development and marginalization leading to people’s movements. Also to provide a platform for discussing methodological and conceptual questions of relevance for development, marginalization and people’s movements in the light of ongoing processes of change, diversification and mobilization.

To facilitate the development of new trans-disciplinary research and new inter-sector networks that will provide an opportunity for theoretical and applied knowledge relocate across different sectors in society – academic, public policy, civil society etc. and to develop a contemporary vision of social progress and social development; Issues related to livelihood and development of marginalized sections in the context of globalization, liberalization and privatization are other objectives of the event. 

41st All-India Sociological Conference in KISS from 27th

The 41st All-India Sociological Conference on ‘Development, Marginalization and People’s Movements’ is being organized by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in association of Indian Sociological Society from 27th to 29th December 2015. Renowned social activist Medha Patkar; renowned sociologist and activist Prof. Anand Sharma, President Indian Sociological Society; Prof. R. Indira, Secretary Indian Sociological Society would address the inaugural session. Life time achievement award will be presented to Prof. Y. C. Simahdri, VC, Patna University, Prof. Iswar Prasad Modi, Rajstan University and Prof. Harish Doshi, VSNG University, Surat during the inaugural session.

The main objective of the conference is to enable the discussion of current research results from different perspectives and representing sociology as a discipline that builds upon micro studies on development and marginalization leading to people’s movements. Also to provide a platform for discussing methodological and conceptual questions of relevance for development, marginalization and people’s movements in the light of ongoing processes of change, diversification and mobilization.

To facilitate the development of new trans-disciplinary research and new inter-sector networks that will provide an opportunity for theoretical and applied knowledge relocate across different sectors in society – academic, public policy, civil society etc. and to develop a contemporary vision of social progress and social development; Issues related to livelihood and development of marginalized sections in the context of globalization, liberalization and privatization are other objectives of the event. 

US Asst. Secretary of State Visits KISS

"I have been to many countries in my career and met many young children, but I have not seen a place like Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences", said Ms. Nisha Desai Biswal, Hon'ble Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs in the United States Department of State on December 14, 2015. The senior US Government official was on a visit to KIIT and KISS along with 11 member delegates including Michael Mullins, US Consulate General, Hyderabad.

Calling her interaction with 25,000 tribal boys and girls of the institute "a very impressive event", she stated, KISS is so special because it was started as a result of simple dream of a humble man to try to expand opportunities and education.   

The institute was started by Dr. Achyuta Samanta in 1993 with only 125 students. But this small school has today grown into a massive institute with 25,000 students. "I am humbled by your vision, your ambition and the commitment to address the vision", she said, referring to Dr. Samanta, while terming her visit a very important day in her entire career and life.

Addressing the students, Ms. Biswal advised them to utilise the opportunities that they have. She is working for better coordination between India and the U.S., which is the aim of President Obama, she informed, adding that the two countries can create a future that is sustainable, peaceful and prosperous. Highlighting her Indian roots, she said, "I am from a small town of Gujarat and daughter-in-law of Odisha". “It is my first visit to Odisha with my family; I’m very much impressed by the culture, heritage, and beauty of Odisha.

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs also reviewed English Access Micro Scholarship Programme, which is being implemented by KISS with the help of US Embassy in India. She was accompanied by her husband, father-in-Law, Mother-in-Law and two daughters.

KISS Students Make Longest Human Chain for World Peace
Set Double Guinness World Records

Students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) sent out a powerful message of world peace on the occasion of International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2015 by forming a great human chain encircling the city of Bhubaneswar. More than 25,000 tribal boys and girls of the institute stood hand in hand along all major roads of the city - stretching over 30 kilometer - forming the longest human chain in the world by indigenous people. Theme of the event, held in partnership with UNFPA, was: Joining hands against terrorism – Urge for world peace.

To bring home their message, students arranged themselves into a massive human formation which read, “WE URGE FOR WORLD PEACE”. For records’ sake, a total of 15,225 students were involved in making this human sentence. Guinness World Records official Ms. Fortuna Lisa Burke, who was present with a team of auditors and sub-auditors to witness the spectacle, certified it as a new world record for the ‘Largest human sentence’. Previous record on this feat was made in Dubai by 6,958 people.

The students created a second world record also – for the ‘Most simultaneous high-fives’. A total of 25,151 students participated in this, as certified by the Guinness World Records. Previous record for ‘Most simultaneous high-fives’ involved 7,238 people in Canada. According to sources, it is rare for any individual, organization or group to achieve two Guinness World Records titles at the same event on a single day.

The human chain was inaugurated early in the morning at Raj Bhawan square by Dr. S. C. Jamir, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha, in the presence of Dr. Damodar Rout, Hon’ble Minister, Cooperation & Excise, Govt. of Odisha; Shri Prasad Harichandan, President, PCC, Odisha; Smt. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS; and Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. Be the change that you want to see, said Dr. Jamir, quoting Mahatma Gandhi, while advising students to excel in their education and be global citizens. 

The complete chain was formed at 8.00 a.m. and maintained for three minutes’ duration, during which the traffic was regulated. The 30 kilometer long chain passed along major roads encircling Bhubaneswar, passing through KIIT Sq., Nalco Sq., Jaydev Vihar Sq., SBI Staff Colony Sq., 120 BN Sq., Powerhouse Sq., Raj Bhawan Sq., AG Sq.,  Capital Hospital Sq., Forest Park Sq., Rajmahal Sq., Master Canteen Sq., Ram Mandir Sq., Housing Board Sq., Rupali Sq., Anand Bazar Sq., Acharya Vihar Sq., Sainik School Sq., Press Sq. and Nalco Sq.

 “The world is suffering because of terrorism and we want everyone to come together to ensure world peace”, said a participant. Awareness leaflets were distributed among general public by the volunteers.While curious passersby greeted and encouraged them, dignitaries from different walks of life converged at all important intersections of the city to express solidarity with the students.  Colourful cultural programmes on the theme were performed by student troupes of KISS.        

Later, students gathered for valedictory ceremony of the event at Kalinga Stadium, where they were addressed by Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha and other dignitaries. KISS is striving to bring poor tribal children into mainstream society through its various programmes, the Chief Minister said, lauding the role of the institute. Education is the key to awareness and success, he added, while congratulating the institute for the world records. 

Among other, Dr. P. K. Patasani, Hon’ble M.P. (L.S.), Bhubaneswar; Shri Sudam Marandi, Hon’ble Minister, Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. of Odisha; Shri Sanjay Das Burma, Minister of State (Ind.), Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare, Employment and Technical Education & Training; Shri Ananta Narayan Jena, Hon’ble Mayor, BMC; Shri Saiba Sushil Kumar Hansdah, Hon’ble MLA, Rairangpur; Shri Priyadarshi Mishra, Hon’ble MLA, Bhubaneswar (Uttar); Shri Kailash Kulasika, Hon'ble MLA, Laxmipur; Shri Prafulla Pangi, Hon'ble MLA, Patangi; Ms. Deepa Prasad from UNFPA; Prof. Ashok Saxena, President, ISCA and Ms. Fortuna Lisa Burke were present.

Human Rights Day is observed every year all over the world on 10 December to commemorate the day on which, in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Theme of this year's celebration is, "Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always".

KISS is the largest free residential institute in the world, which imparts holistic education from KG to PG to 25,000 tribal children. It was established by Dr. Samanta in 1993 to provide level playing field for these underprivileged children. The institute has received worldwide recognition as an effective model of empowerment of indigenous people through education. KISS is the pride of Odisha, glory of India and wonder of the world, said Dr. Samanta, while congratulating the students for the successful human chain and the world records. Through this effort, the students have tried to spread the message of peace all over the world, he added.    

KISS Achieves Two Guinness World Records

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar has achieved two Guinness World Records in making the ‘Largest Human Sentence’ and 'Most Simultaneous High-Fives'. Today 15,225 students of KISS made a human sentence - ‘WE URGE FOR WORLD PEACE’ - in presence of Guinness World Records officials. On the eve of International Human Rights Day, students of KISS gave a message of peace to the world as well as need to join hands against terrorism. The second record was created when the students of KISS achieved ‘Most Simultaneous Hi-Five in a Human Chain'. As many as 25,151 students participated in making of this record. 

Ms. Fortuna Lisa Burke, an official of Guinness World Records, group of auditors and group of witnesses were present to watch the six-hour long programme and adjudicate the world records. It may be mentioned that, on 25th November 2015, the 'Largest Human Sentence' was made in Dubai by 6958 people. KISS has broken this record. Similarly, on 29th August 2015, record for the 'Most Simultaneous Hi-Fives in a Human Chain' was made in Canada by 7238 people. Students of KISS also shattered this record and achieved. 

Expressing his happiness over this achievements, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS thanked the officials of Guinness World Records and students of KISS, and said, it is not only a matter pride for KISS, but also for Odisha as well as entire country. Students of KISS gave a message to world to join hands against terrorism and to bring peace on the eve of World Human Rights Day.