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Education only way to take country forward: Dr. Veerappa Moily
27.07.2013
Suna Besa over at Shrivani Kshetra
20.07.2013
KISS features in American TV channel PBS
18.07.2013
KISS Boy Returns Back After Participating In Malala Day UN Youth Assembly
15.07.2013
We are leading towards ‘Vinas’ not ‘Vikas’: H.H. Shankaracharya
15.07.2013
 
Malala Day Celebrations at UN Headquarters on July 12
KISS Boy Representing India
12.07.2013
‘RATHAYATRA’ celebrated at Shrivani Khetra, KISS
10.07.2013
Shankaracharya to visit KIIT & KISS
08.07.2013
 
KISS Boy to Attend Malala Day Youth Assembly at UN Headquarters
06.07.2013
KISS model needs to be replicated: Union HRD Minister
02.07.2013

 

Education only way to take country forward: Dr. Veerappa Moily

India has a window of opportunity up to the year 2035, during which proportion of working population will continue to increase due to declining fertility rates, giving India what is commonly known as the demographic dividend, said Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, Hon'ble Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas at KIIT University on July 27, 2013. Dr. Moily also visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), the largest free residential tribal institute of the world.

“Education is the most powerful weapon to fight any problem in the country”, he said while expressing his happiness over the fact that KISS is providing free education to 22,500 tribal children. “After visiting KISS my heart is filled with joy, I salute Samanta's idea to eradicate poverty through education”, he stated. KIIT and KISS are more developed than even the most prominent of educational institutions in South India, he said. He thanked Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT and KISS for his effort and extended his good wishes to him. Dr. Moily promised students of KIIT that he would visit again within two months and spend more time here.

Giving a picture of the employment scenario, he told the students that not everyone of the working age will be in the job market in the coming years. At present 26% of the population in 15 - 24 age group is in education, but this proportion will increase in future, the Union Minister elaborated. Similarly, some adult women will stay at home, he said, adding that presently only a third of the adult women work in India, which is low by Asian standard. India needs to create about 100 million new jobs in the next decade, he forecasted. By 2020, the average Indian will be only 29 years of age, compared with 37 in China and 45 in the U.S., 48 in Western Europe and Japan, he said. India will continue to have this age advantage for at least three decades, Dr. Moily added.

Suna Besa over at Shrivani Kshetra

Suna Besa of Lord Jagannath has taken place on 19th July 2013 at KISS Shrivani Kshetra. The Suna bhesa or Bada Tadau bhesa or Raja bhesa happens the day after the return of the Lords from Gundicha. Lord dresses-up with golden ornaments, weapons even not only that, all the devotees see lord Jagannath’s incomplete hand and legs with completed golden arms, palms and feet. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS performed his rituals before the Besa of Chaturddha Murthis.

Sources said, Sri Payar, Sri bhuja, Sri Kirit Odhiyani Kundar, Surya ,Chandra , Adakani. Different bides like Khagada, Kadamba, Tilaka chandrika Alaka, Ghoba Kanthi, Hala Musala, Bahada Mali were dressed up to Lord Balabhadra, while Goddess Subhadra dressed up with Kiriti, Odiani, Kana, Surya, Chandra, Ghagada mali, Kadamba Mali, Tadagi and Sevati mali and Sri Jagannath Jagannath was dressed up with Sri Payar, Sri Bhuja, Kiriti, Odiani, Chandra Surya, Kana, Adakari, Ghagada Mali, Kadamba Mali, Tilak, Chandrika, Alaka, Jhobakanthi, Chandra Surya, Swarna Chakra, Ropya Sankha, Harida, Kadamba Mali and Sevati Mali.

KISS features in American TV channel PBS

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), an American TV channel having the highest TRP, featured Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) prominently in its programme on July 16, 2013. The programme, which is now available on the channel's website, was broadcast during PBS News Hour in all the states of the United States as well as in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.

PBS had sent its special correspondent Fred De Sam Lazaro to KISS after learning from its sources that the institute provides education in a fully residential setting free of cost to 22,500 tribal children. Lazaro arrived in Bhubaneswar onFebruary 26 to gather more information on the institute. PBS team visited KISS and interacted with its Founder, Achyuta Samanta to find out the truth about KISS. After three days of investigation, the programme was recorded.

On July 16, a 20-minute programme on KISS titled “Entrepreneur Offers India's Aboriginal Children Opportunity to Attend School” was finally broadcast. The programme touched 120 million TV viewers as well as 29 million people on internet, who were surprised to know that there is an institution like KISS in the world.

PBS, which was started in 1969 as a private broadcasting channel, now has 357 member stations. This is the first time any institution from Odisha has featured on this channel, said Non Resident Odias (NROs) settled in America. Expressing their pride and admiration, they congratulated Samanta for this noble initiative. Such coverage of an institution of Odisha during prime time of a prominent American news channel is a matter of pride for Odisha and tribal community, said intellectuals, while recalling another achievement of KISS recently when a student of the institute represented India in Malala Day UN Youth Assembly in New York.

Samanta has expressed gratitude to PBS and its correspondent Lazaro for highlighting the noble activities of the institute at international level.

Open following link for the full story: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world/july-dec13/kalinga_07-16.html  

KISS Boy Returns Back After Participating In Malala Day UN Youth Assembly

Laxman Hembram, a tribal student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), returned back to Bhubaneswar on July 16, 2013 after participating in the Malala Day United Nations Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. He represented India at the prestigious international event held on July 12, 2013. Total 120 youth leaders from as many countries participated.

Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS, Prof. Arjun Sahoo, Principal, Mr. Pramod Patra, Asst. CEO and Mr. Rudra Jena gave him a rousing welcome at the airport upon his arrival. During his visit to New York, Laxman also talked with the Indian High Commissioner and gave his views to BBC. He talked on ‘Education for All’ at the Malala Day United Nations Youth Assembly, outlining quality education system and youth union. He also informed the Assembly about free education being provided in KISS to 22,500 tribal children. He discussed about Odisha and on how to eradicate poverty through education.

The visit gave him an opportunity to know about education systems of other countries. Talking about his four-day visit, Laxman said, he got a chance to meet and talk with Malala Yousafzai and representatives of various other countries.

He expressed his gratitude to Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for his mentoring and inspiration. His participation in the meet is a matter of great pride for KISS, tribal community and Odisha, said Dr. Samanta.

We are leading towards ‘Vinas’ not ‘Vikas’: H.H. Shankaracharya

The world is heading towards catastrophe because of the negation of values and ethics in the society, senseless destruction of natural wealth and environment and the faulty education system, said His Holiness Shree Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswatiji Maharaj of Goverdhan Math, Puri, while addressing the students and faculties in KIIT University here on July 15, 2013. Citing the example of Uttarakhand, H.H. Shankaracharya cautioned that, unless we stop plundering the wealth of nature, extraction of minerals and deforestation, we will have to face concusses very soon. Speaking about the present education system, H.H. Shankaracharya made a scathing attack on the western education and made it responsible for the division of joint family, desertation of the villages. The present day education gives more importance on building new cities as a result of which the villages are losing out, said H.H. Sankaracharya.

H.H. Sankaracharya was very critical of the governments and political parties. Both the party in power and in the opposition are busy to achieve small gains, but they are not strong enough to protect Indian territories, river Brahmaputra from China, he said. While the British Government divided the country in to four divisions, the Government of India has been dividing the country into many small states for narrow political gains, he added.

Sankaracharya was in KIIT University on July 15. He addressed 22,500 tribal students in KISS on July 14 in KISS campus. He advised the young students not to run after money and fame, which he believed, is not true education.

Lauding the effort of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, H.H. Sankaracharya praised him for taking care of 20,000 poor children whom he said as the children of God. His Holiness was introduced to audience by Dr. Samanta, where Swami Nirbikalpananda Saraswati, Swami Shiv Chidanad Saraswati, Santh Sanjojaka Swami Abhaidananda Saraswati, Dr. Amiya Mohapatry, Er. Prashant Acharya, Secretary of Aditya Bahini, Pt. Matru Prashad Mishra, Ritu Gupta, Jnana Bhushan Gupta, Ashok Pandey, Ashok Singh, Debendra Samal, Bijay Swain, Manoj Rath and Debendra Prusti were present on the occasion.

Malala Day Celebrations at UN Headquarters on July 12
KISS Boy Representing India

Malala Day - United Nations Youth Assembly is being celebrated on July 12 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark the 16th birthday of the Pakistani activist and a courageous advocate of girls' rights, Malala Yousafzai. Laxman Hembram, a tribal boy from Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), is representing India in the Youth Assembly from among a pool of thousands of international youth leaders. The Youth Assembly will be marked by a series of events hosted by the President of the UN General Assembly and the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mr. Gordon Brown. Mr. Brown is the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and will address the assembly. Malala will be marking the day by giving her first public speech since surviving the assassination attempt by Taliban, dedicated to the importance of universal education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Laxman Hembram was invited to attend the Youth Assembly and Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF), that has funded the Multilingual Language Education Centre at KISS, has been instrumental in facilitating Laxman Hembram to attend the Youth Assembly at the UN Headquarters. Laxman will be sharing his and his fellow tribal children's experience before the world audience at the UN Headquarters.

‘RATHAYATRA’ celebrated at Shrivani Khetra, KISS

The world famous auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra was celebrated at Shrivani khetra of KISS on 10th July 2013 amid religious fervor and gaiety. More than 20 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 Homa, 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 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.

Shankaracharya to visit KIIT & KISS 

Srimad Jagadguru 145th Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati Maharaj,  Gobardhan Math, Puri has scheduled to visit KIIT University and KISS, a home for 20 thousand tribal students on 14th and 15th July, 2013. Informing scribes at a press meet here in KISS campus about the two day KIIT & KISS visit of Shri Shankaracharya, Pandit Matru Prasad Mishra, Secretary of Shri Sankaracharya Pravas Yojana Samiti said, Indian youth are detached from their national culture and science. Though western countries are absorbing Indian culture and spiritualism, where Indian youth are going away from their own culture. Shankaracharya has a vital role to control over these odd symptoms in Indian society. He will interact and advice 40 thousand students of KIIT & KISS about the real knowledge and science and how to construct a valuable nation. Later he will address the intellectuals in KIIT campus on 15th July. In the press meet Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; Mr. Ashok Pandey and A. K. Mohanty were also present.

KISS Boy to Attend Malala Day Youth Assembly at UN Headquarters

Laxman Hembram, a 17-year old tribal student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar has been invited to participate in the Malala Day United Nations Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to be held on July 12, 2013.  

The Malala Day United Nations Youth Assembly coincides with the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and a courageous advocate of universal education and girls' rights. It will have a series of events hosted by the President of the UN General Assembly and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education. In support of the United Nations Secretary - General's Global Education First Initiative, international youth leaders will convene at the United Nations and in cities around the world in support of reaching the goal of having all children, especially girls, in school and learning by 2015. Laxman is the only youth leader representative from India selected for the event at United Nations Headquarters.

Hailing from restive SWAT Valley of Pakistan, Malala invited wrath of Taliban for attending school and supporting girls’ education. On October 9, 2012, Taliban gunmen shot Malala in the head and neck in an assassination attempt while she was returning home on a school bus. She was seriously wounded in the attack but recovered after a prolonged treatment in the U.K. Her activism and courage attracted global admiration and bagged her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, making her the youngest nominee for this honour in the history. Malala will attend the Youth Assembly and deliver her first public speech since the shooting, dedicated to the importance of universal education.

The global community will come together to celebrate Malala Day to highlight the leading role that youth can play in enabling all children to get education. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, Mr. John W. Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Mr. Ahmad Alhindawi, UN Special Envoy for Youth are among those who would grace the occasion. The outcome of the Youth Assembly will be a resolution urging governments, individuals and organizations to take decisive action to include every child within the fold of education.

“I will highlight educational backwardness among tribals and efforts that KISS is making to help tribal children join the mainstream society”, said Laxman, who received the invitation to attend the Youth Assembly from the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly last week. He will leave for New York on July 10, 2013 to attend the meet.

Son of a poor Santhal family from Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, he is one among 22,500 tribal children whom KISS has provided a hope of bright future. A student of KISS since 2006, Laxman has recently passed his +2 (Grade 12) exams and aims to become an engineer. During his studentship he has undergone English Access Program and Youth Leadership Program of US Department of State. In the past, he had the opportunity to travel to Seoul, South Korea, to present a paper on Climate Change under the United Nations Environment Program.

It is a matter of great pride for KISS, tribal community and Odisha to have a tribal student from the state to represent the country at this prestigious international meet, said Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.

In another achievement, Amrita Nayak, a tribal girl from KISS studying in +2 Science, is among 13 student-panelists from India taking part in Ground Level Panel (GLP) to discuss and comment on the recommendations of a United Nations High Level Panel (HLP) on post 2015 goals framework of Millennium Development Goals (MDP). The UN announced a 27-member HLP to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015. The panel, co-chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, has come up with their report on recommendations.

Amrita will share her experiences with poverty is being eradicated through education. The deliberation - component of a global initiative ‘Participate’ - is being organized by PRAXIS, an international level organization, from July 14 – 19, 2013. Concurrent GLP meetings will be held in three more countries - Egypt, Brazil and Uganda. Three students from GLP would make it to the HLP. 

Amrita is an orphan hailing from Gajapati district. She is studying in KISS and has achieved 80% marks in Class X exam. Wishing her a bright future, Dr. Samanta said that she has made the institute, Odisha and the country proud by her achievement.  

KISS model needs to be replicated: Union HRD Minister

The model of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a free residential institute for tribal children and youths, should be replicated in other parts of the country, said Dr. M. Mangapati Pallam Raju, Hon'ble Union Minister of Human Resource Development during his visit to KIIT and KISS recently. This will help millions of children who are still devoid of education.   

An institution like KISS, which is an effective model of educational empowerment, has been possible due to herculean effort by a single individual, he stated referring to the Founder of the institute, Dr. A. Samanta.

The Union Minister, who also visited KISS and addressed 22,500 tribal students of the institute, said the time has now come to empower our children for becoming responsible citizen of India. We have to provide them good quality education and need to have competent teachers for this, he stated. Government enacted Right to Education as a Fundamental Right three years ago and the positive impact of this move is now visible, he said. He commended Dr. A. Samanta, Founder of KIIT & KISS for his efforts to bring about empowerment through education.       

Govt. is implementing mid day meal scheme across the country as we want children, who are the future of our country, to get good nutrition, Dr. Raju added.

Later, inaugurating the Faculty Development Programme at KIIT University, the Union Minister said a young man can find job in any part of the globe with qualitative skill set. He emphasized curriculum development for this.