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ET Award to Achyuta Samanta
Hall of Fame Award at World CSR Congress
27.02.2015
Another Success for KISS
26.02.2015
 
British Council’s Education Workshops in KiiT International School
15.02.2015
Dr. Achyuta Samanta Selected as CIFEJ Board Member
03.02.2015
 

ET Award to Achyuta Samanta
Hall of Fame Award at World CSR Congress

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS has been awarded as successful entrepreneur, among top 50 entrepreneurs of India, at Economic Times (ET) Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 held in New Delhi on February 26, 2015. He received award from Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (Ind.) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Shri Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

The Summit culminated with the launch of a coffee table book that celebrates the achievements of entrepreneurial stalwarts, who have made outstanding contributions in their field of work. It is a matter of pride that Economic Times has selected Dr. Samanta from Odisha as a successful entrepreneur among top 50 entrepreneurs of India and also featured him in
the coffee table book.

Some other eminent personalities who have featured in the list are: Sunil Bharti Mittal, Gautam Adani, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Anil Agarwal, Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao, Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy, Shiv Nadar, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Onkar Kanwar, Karsanbhai Khodidas Patel, Babasaheb Neelkanth Kalyani, Kishore Biyani, Brijmohan Lall Munjal, Sudhakar Adapa, Shyam Bhartia, Alias Bhartia, Prathap C. Reddy, Naresh Trehan, Ronnie Screwalla, Pradeep Jain, Dr. Mahesh Gupta, Dr. Mukesh Batra, Dinesh Shahra, Ratul Puri, Shashi Kiran Shetty, Kunal bahl, H.K Mittal, Vijay Karia and Shrikant Bhasi.

In another development, Dr. Samanta received the Hall of Fame Award at World CSR Congress held recently in Mumbai. He also delivered keynote address to 200 corporate leaders of world.

Similarly, Dr. Samanta presented the KISS Model at African Head of Mission Summit, where as many as 42 ambassadors of different African countries were present. All appreciated the model of KISS. They discussed about KISS model with Dr. Samanta and agreed to implement it in some of the countries of Africa for eradication of poverty through education in true sense. It is a pride for KISS and Odisha as a whole.

Another Success for KISS

KISS is a success organization in the world for its policy to eradicate poverty through education, providing free education to 25thousand indigenous tribal students in fully residential atmosphere. Recently KISS has achieved another success in Government level towards education as the Govt. of India has decided to enroll ST students in KISS-Delhi. KISS is now a model organization, which is being followed by others. In 2013 Delhi Government has set up a replica of KISS by the name of KISS-Delhi for poor students of SC, minorities, BPL group, as the number of ST students in Delhi is very low. Govt. of NCT of Delhi has provided all infrastructure and other facilities for these poor students to study free of cost.

As per a recent decision of Govt. of India, 10 percent ST children of migrant ST families residing in Delhi can enroll in KISS-Delhi. It is another success for KISS as Tribal students could get chance to study in KISS-Delhi. For which KISS authorities thank to Govt. of India and Govt. of NCT Delhi.

British Council’s Education Workshops in KiiT International School

British Council’s ‘Enriching Education’ workshops was held in KiiT International School (KiiT-IS) from February 13 - 15, 2015. Organised by the British Council in association with KiiT International School, over 100 teachers from government and private schools across India attended the three-day professional development workshops that aimed to teach them to enrich the curriculum. Participants received certificates from the British Council. This is the first time that the British Council organised this workshop in Odisha. This is yet another initiative of KiiT International School to raise the level of school education in the state. A constituent of KIIT educational conglomerate, the School offers the best of national and international curriculum. Innovative ‘Kinder-Orland’ curriculum is imparted from Nursery to UKG. CBSE is offered as the national curriculum from Grade 1 to 12. The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Cambridge, UK (for Grade 8, 9, 10) and The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Geneva (for Grade 11 & 12) are offered as international curriculum. It has the distinction of being the first school in eastern India authorized to offer IBDP curriculum.    The workshops featured modules like ‘Explore the world through Shakespeare’, ‘Our shared history – World War I’, ‘Use of ICT to write short reports, stories and case studies’, ‘Child protection’ and ‘Active learning through science’. The module on ‘child protection’ is compulsory for all participants. The workshop was part of Connecting Classrooms programme of the British Council. A team of UK and Indian experts led the professional development programme for the teachers. They included Tracy Irish, Warwick Business School Shakespeare Scholar at The University of Warwick, Timothy Gerrish, International Child Protection expert, Alison Willmott, education consultant, Baldev Singh of Imagine Education Ltd and Vimala Oak and Rekha Bajaj from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Conference on Education for All Inaugurated at KISS

A three-day conference on ‘Education for All’ was inaugurated by Dr. Achyuta Samanta , Founder, KIIT and KISS in Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in the presence of Md. Sabur Khan on February 14, 2015. The conference is being organised by Center for American Studies, KISS. As many as 25 Fulbright Scholars from various countries are participating in the deliberations. This is the first time that so many Fulbright Scholars have come together at a forum in Odisha.  

Ms. Piya Bahudur, Regional Officer, USIEF Hyderabad; Professor Dr. Christine R. Finnan, Ms. Melissa Goodnight, Research Scholar of California University; Dr. Radha Hegde, Professor, New York University; Dr. Julie Hite and  Dr. Steven Hite, Professor, Brigham University; Dr. Tamo Chattopadhay, Columbia University; Prof.Manmath Kundu, Director, Academy of Tribal Language and Culture, Bhubaneswar; Mr. Umi Daniel, Director, Aide et Action; Andrew Caffro, Ms. Anisha Gundewar, Ms. Akshata Kadagathur, Ms. Rebecca Liebman and Mr. Sujit Mohapatra, Co-Founder and Secretary, Bakul Foundation were among those who participated. The conference features panel discussions on: Language and culture in schools, Issues in education, Poverty & health, and Poverty & empowerment.

Dr. Achyuta Samanta Selected as CIFEJ Board Member

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, KIIT & KISS Founder has been selected as the Board Member of International Centre of Films for Children and Young People (CIFEJ). He was inducted as an India member in a board meeting of CIFEJ held at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in the latter half of January this year

CIFEJ is an independent forum that allows people from all over the world to meet and discuss children’s media by organizing seminars, conferences, roundtables, etc. CIFEJ strives to give children and young people knowledge, not only through producing high quality moral and educative films, but also by organizing filmmaking workshops for this age group; a tool with which they can have their voices heard.

During a workshop organized in KISS, members of CIFEJ taught and trained 18 tribal students of the institute on film making, cinematography and media studies. It has chosen KISS as the training centre in India. The workshop was organised by CIFEJ members from seven countries - India, China, US, Iran, South Africa, Finland and Syria.

Students of KISS gained knowledge on developing understanding among nations; respecting the rights of human being and the rights of children; respecting cultural diversity; showing tolerance for racial, linguistic, and religious differences. Expressing happiness, Dr. Samanta thanked CIFEJ for selecting him in its international board.