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June 2012
Bhagwan Mahaveer Award for KISS Founder
29.06.2012
 
KISS Achieves Cent Percent Result in HSC Exam
28.06.2012
 
“RATHAYATRA” celebrated at Shrivani Khetra, KISS
21.06.2012
KIIT & KISS Founder Honoured by National Formosa University, Taiwan
09.06.2012
KISS Signs MOU with NALCO Foundation
06.06.2012

 

Bhagwan Mahaveer Award for KISS Founder

KIIT & KISS Founder Dr. Achyuta Samanta has been chosen to receive the 15th Mahaveer Award 2012. He has been selected for the honour for his excellent Human Endeavour in providing free education to over 16,500 underprivileged tribal children from 62 tribes and 13 primitive tribes through Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). The 15th annual awards, which carry a purse of Rs 10 lakh, a citation and a memento each, were decided after processing over 260 nominations by a jury headed by former Chief Justice of India M N Venkatachaliah. The awards are usually conferred by the President of India.

The awards have been instituted by Bhagawan Mahaveer Foundation. The Foundation's Award for Excellence in the sphere of Community and Social Service this year would be given to Ramakrishna Mission Hospital at Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.

Important personalities from different parts of the country have been past recipients of the awards. They include Shri Anna Hazare (1997) and Dr. Prakash Murlidar Amte, Dr.Mandakini Prakash (1998). This award is given in four areas - Non-violence and Vegetarianism, Education, Medicine and Community & Social services. Intellectuals and educationists have hailed the Foundation’s decision to confer the award on Dr. Samanta.

KISS Achieves Cent Percent Result in HSC Exam

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has posted impressive result in High School Certificate Examination, Odisha, recording cent percent result 10 times in a row. The result was declared on Thursday. For last ten years, KISS has been recording cent percent result in the Class X examination of the Odisha Board. Continuing the successful run, more than 400 tribal boys and girls of KISS who appeared the examination passed this year.

Examinees from the Institute included students from primitive tribes such as Dangaria Kondh, Bonda, Lodha, Saura, Lanjia Saura, Juanga, Gadava, Koya, Birhar and Kharia. A boy from Bonda Primitive Tribe, namely Madhusudan Badanayak has secured 75% mark, which is record in Odisha as well as for the entire Bonda Tribes. Similarly Sanatan Majhi from Kutia Kondh Primitive Tribe tops among 10th class students securing 80% mark. Also Primitive Tribe students like Kusha Arlab (Soura) and Manoranjan Khilo (Dangaria Kondh) have passed in 1st class. Out of 400 students, 42% girls, 10% students secured first division.

Expressing happiness over the impressive pass record of KISS students, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said it could only be possible for the hard work of the students and teachers and blessing of God. This success will encourage the tribal students to do better in future, he added

“RATHAYATRA” celebrated at Shrivani Khetra, KISS

The world famous auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra was celebrated at Shrivani khetra of KISS on 21st June 2012 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 Three Chariots are pulled to the Gundicha Temple situated near Sikhar Chandi temple.

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 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. All rituals were conducted under the guidance of Shri Acharya Pandit Surya Narayan Rathasarma. A few years ago, Shrivani khetra at KISS was set up on the suggestion of Gajapati Maharaja Shri Dibya Singh Dev.

KIIT & KISS Founder Honoured by National Formosa University, Taiwan

The National Formosa University, considered to be one of the best public universities of Taiwan, has conferred the Degree of Doctorate (Honoris Causa) on Achyuta Samanta at its annual convocation ceremony on 9th June 2012. The University awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctorate to Samanta in recognition to his outstanding contribution towards the society and for his initiative to educate the underprivileged tribal children.

The degree is usually given to world personalities across the globe with the conferment of the country’s Parliament. “As Founder of KIIT University and in recognition to your considerable contribution to society through KISS as well as your selfless dedication in improving international relations and global harmony, it is our pleasure to confer upon you the award of Degree of Doctorate (Honoris Causa). National Formosa University reserves this premier award for outstanding personalities to display the exceptional characteristics required of veritable role models for our students, faculty and alumni,” said President of the University Dr. Jenn-Der Lin.

Samanta expressed his gratitude to the University and its authorities and hoped for greater educational cooperation and cultural exchange between Taiwan and India.

On his way back, Samanta delivered a talk on ‘Imbalances and Inequalities’ on a special invitation at the prestigious Stars Symposium in Penglai, China. The Symposium, which was held from 9 – 12 June, 2012, brought together a circle of 150 ‘Leaders of the Next Generation’ from all over the world. He was from India among 30 international speakers invited to deliver talk at the Symposium.

KISS Signs MOU with NALCO Foundation

An MOU was signed between NALCO Foundation and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on 6th June 2012. The MOU will provide access to quality education to the tribal children residing around 15 kms radius of Mines & Refinery Complex of NALCO, in Koraput District.

Under the agreement NALCO Foundation will sponsor tribal children to KISS Bhubaneswar. The total number of beneficiaries will be above 300 students of which 250 will be sponsored by NALCO Foundation. The MOU is effective for a period of 5 years.