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Asia’s Best Social Entrepreneur Award Conferred on KIIT & KISS Founder

23.07.2010
 
Volunteers from Hanseo University Visit KIIT & KISS
29.07.2010
 
Under-20 Indian National Rugby Team 13 KISS players in Training camp
27.07.2010
 
“BAHUDA YATRA” concluded at Shri Vanikhetra of KISS
22.07.2010
 
“RATHAYATRA” celebrated at KIIT & KISS
13.07.2010
 
3 KISS students selected for Asian Games Training Camp
03.07.2010
 
 
Asia’s Best Social Entrepreneur Award Conferred on KIIT & KISS Founder

Dr. Achyuta Samanta has been awarded the Asia’s Best Social Entrepreneur for the current year by the World HRD Congress. The award was conferred on him at a ceremony organised in Singapore on 23rd July 2010.

Dr. Samanta has received wide recognition at national and international levels for establishing KIIT, a centre of excellence in professional education, and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a path-breaking model of tribal empowerment through education. Coming out of a childhood which was marred by poverty due to untimely demise of his father, he demonstrated immense determination to set up the two institutions in Odisha, one of the most backward States of India.

KIIT, which has the distinction of being declared a university in shortest possible time due to its excellence, is leading Odisha's march towards becoming an educational hub in the country. On the other hand, KISS, which provides education from KG to PG, vocational training, residence and all the basic necessities of life to 10,000 tribal children at no cost, has come to be regarded as a highly effective and internationally replicable model of tribal empowerment.

He was chosen for Asia’s Best Social Entrepreneur Award after a thorough investigation of his background and achievements by the award committee. Members of the jury arrived at the conclusion after judging him on five stages. The award ceremony was attended by renowned personalities from different countries of Asia. Delegates present on the occasion gave him a standing ovation as the citation of the award was read out.

Intellectuals' circle in Odisha was overjoyed at the news of this recognition for Dr. Samanta. The award for Dr. Samanta is a pride for the State, they said.
Volunteers from Hanseo University Visit KIIT & KISS

A 20 member student volunteers from Hanseo University, South Korea are on a visit to KIIT and KISS from 20th to 29th July, 2010. The volunteers visited different campuses and interacted with the students.

This is the third visit of student-delegates from Hanseo University to KIIT & KISS as per the MoU signed before between KIIT and Hanseo University. It provides student exchange and faculty development programme and to promote cultural exchange between the two countries.

During the ten days visit, the volunteers participated in a lot of social and cultural activities at KISS, like, plantation, assisting for the preparation of the dinner for KISS students and game practice with the students of KISS, and vocational training like hair cutting & Taekwondo training etc. Their activities also included interaction with KIIT students and a day-long rural area visit to Kalarabanka, a model village developed by Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. Hanseo University has taken the responsibility to build a tailoring Unit at Kalarabanka.

The Korean students also visited tourist places like Puri and Konark. By this, Odisha now became a prominent tourist place in the fame of tourism among the world. Today, Hanseo student-delegates are felicitated in a felicitation ceremony at KIIT. Hanseo University also felicitated by giving scholarship to 12 highest number securing students in different classes of KISS.

From the sources, Dr. Samanta signed a MoU at South Korea, as per the agreement, 150-200 Korean students will visit KIIT and KISS every quarter for learning English and Odissi dance. This way, about 500 Korean students will visit KIIT and KISS every year. Dr. Samanta expressed his gratitude to Dr. Ki Sun Haam, Founder and Chairman of Hanseo University for extending helping hand in social service.

The visit will further strengthen the relations between the two universities and increase awareness about cultures of the two countries among the students, said Dr. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.
Under-20 Indian National Rugby Team 13 KISS players in Training camp

The Under-20 Indian National Rugby Team has been selected for to participate in Asian Championship to be held at Laos from 17th to 21st August, 2010. Thirteen students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a sister concern of KIIT, have been selected for the training camp to represent the Indian National Team at the Asian Championship.

The training camp for the selection of Indian Team that will travel to Laos for the Rugby Championships will be held in Balewadi, Pune from 25th July to 15th August, 2010.

The students are provisionally selected for this championship are Babula Melaka, Bhagabata Murmu, Chhitaranjan Murmu, Kanhu Charan Hembram, Rajkishore Murmu, Niranjan Biswal, Barial Beshra, Basu Hembram, Bikash Chandra Murmu, Muna Murmu, Bukai Hansdah, Prakash Chandra Murmu and Ganesh Hembram.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS and KIIT Group of Institutions expressed satisfaction over the remarkable achievement of the students of KISS.

“BAHUDA YATRA” concludes at Shri Vanikhetra of KISS

The Bahuda Yatra, the return journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra peacefully concluded at Shri Vanikhetra of KISS on 21st July, 2010. The Pahandi’s several rituals of deities like Mangala Arati, Mailama, Tadapalagi, Rosha Homi, Abakasha, Surya Puja, Dwarapala Pooja etc began from the early morning as per the ethics and rituals of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannath Temple of Shri Khetra, Puri.

After the observance of holy ritual of Cherapahanra Ceremony by Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions, the three chariots pull started from the deities’ aunt’s house, which is situated at KIIT premises to Shri Vanikhetra at KISS. There were more than thousands of local devotees, staffs and students of KISS and KIIT who gathered to observe the Bahuda Yatra at KISS. Several other programmes like Bhajana, Kirtana, Prabachana and other cultural programmes were organised between the period from Ratha Yatra to Bahuda Yatra held here.

“RATHAYATRA” celebrated at KIIT & KISS
 The world famous auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra was celebrated at Shri Banikhetra of  KISS on 13th July 2010 amid religious fervor and gaiety. More than 30 thousand devotees participated in pulling the three decorated chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra being carried on three colourful wooden chariots, festooned with flowers , appliqué and mural paintings .

 The Pahandi and other rituals like Mangala Arati, Mailama,Tadapalagi, Rosha Homi,  Abakasha, Surya Puja, Chariots inauguration etc followed by procession of deities from temple sanctum to the chariots began in the morning as per the ethics and rituals of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagganath Temple of Shri Khetra, Puri.  Thousands of devotees gathered to pull the three chariots in the afternoon after Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and  KISS performed the holy ritual of cherapahanra, the ceremonial sweeping of the chariots. The special feature of Ghosayatra here is that, Devadalan, the chariot of Goddess Subhadra was pulled by only females.

 Special sculptors from Puri were involved in making the chariots according to the sources. All rituals were conducted under the guidance of Shri Acharya Pandit Surya Narayan Rathasarma. A few years ago, Shri Banikhetra at KISS was set up on the suggestion of Gajapati Maharaja Shri Dibya Singh Dev.

3 KISS students selected for Asian Games Training Camp

For Asian Games-2010, three students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a sister concern of KIIT, have been selected for training-cum-coaching camp to be held at Balevadi of Pune from 3rd July to 10th November, 2010.

The three students provisionally selected for this camp are Pankajini Majhi (Santal), Bhagyalaxmi Barik (Sabar) and Hiramani Kisku (Santal). These students selected as ‘Core Probables’. This is the preparation for final squad of 12 players to represent the country in Asian Games 2010 to be held at Ghingzhou, China in November. The selected girls would undergo intensive training and would be participating in various International Tournaments leading up to the games. All expenses for travel, accommodation, fooding etc will be provided by Govt. of India, sources said.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS and KIIT Group of Institutions congratulated the selected players and said that it is a great pride for KISS.