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Youth Changemaker Day at KISS
27.06.2016
KISS now enters the non-profit ‘Ivy League’
28.06.2016
 
KIIT Girl Sprints into Rio Olympics Qualification
25.06.2016
 
International Yoga Day in KIIT & KISS
21.06.2016
KISS Student Cracks IIT-JEE
13.06.2016
NIQR – Bajaj Auto Outstanding Quality Man Award to KIIT & KISS Founder 
13.06.2016
KIIT & KISS Founder invited to Deliver Talk at International
Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) – 2016, New York
09.06.2016
 
Prof. Ada Etil Yonath, Weizmann Institute, Israel 
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry-2009 visits KIIT & KISS
04.06.2016
KISS Students Excel in +2 Arts & Commerce Exams
01.06.2016
 
 

Youth Changemaker Day at KISS

Kalinga Institue of Social Sciences (KISS) launched Odisha's first ever Youth Changemaker Day in association with Ashoka Innovators for the Public, Bangalore on June 27, 2016. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS & KIIT in the presence of Mr. Yashveer Singh, Director, Youth Venture South Asia, Ashoka Innovators for the Public and Mr. Shashikumar Velath, Leadership Group Member, South Asia. The Youth Changemaker Day aims to initiate an ecosystem building process in Bhubaneswar, Odisha that values and supports young people to be change makers and to advance towards a world, where every young person can apply the skills of empathy, new leadership, teamwork and creativity to solve complex social problems.

Inaugurating the event, Dr. Samanta said, “It is a praiseworthy initiative to introduce the concept of changemaking and social innovation amongst the youth, drive home social innovation and entrepreneurship and a place to mutually learn about effective solutions to the most pressing social problems. We will be working with other educational institutes, schools, universities, government and other stakeholders to start and spread this movement.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Singh informed that through the Youth Venture program, Ashoka aims to celebrate the “new” role that young people are playing towards building an “Everyone a Changemaker” world and plans to support them in their growth to have larger impact. KISS is engaged in a massive nation building task of providing a free and enabling access to high quality education and imparting transformative leadership skills to children from Indian indigenous communities, said Mr. Velath, adding that this mission of KISS led by Dr. Samanta will leave an indelible legacy in the making of a new, inclusive resurgent India.

Inaugural session was followed by interactive sessions with students by delegates from Ashoka. Eminent speakers and KISS key faculty members interacted with the students about how every individuals are capable of making changes in society. More than 5000 students from KISS participated in the event. The students participated enthusiastically in the discussions.

KISS & Ashoka, with the help of the Youth Changemaker Day, aim to trigger ideas in young people which can lead to social enterprises and inspire passionate students and young people by providing a learning platform through specific intervention programmes, at the same time inviting social entrepreneurs who will share their real life experiences and challenges in social enterprises. The larger objective is to set up a Centre of Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship at KISS for young students and youth of Odisha.  It is an open forum for sharing ideas and experiences in the development sector and also help the youth to learn, execute and materialize their ideas for changing the world.

KISS now enters the non-profit ‘Ivy League’

In a major achievement, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar has darted into the list of top 500 NGOs of the world. KISS has been placed among the 10 best NGOs of India in the prestigious ranking of world NGOs published annually by NGO Advisor, a Geneva-based independent media organization chaired by Jean-Christophe Nothias, former editor of The Global Journal. Currently on the fourth edition, NGO Advisor is unique in publishing such a ranking.

The ranking is determined after evaluating tens of thousands of NGOs in every country on a set of stringent criteria. KISS was selected out of thousands of NGOs for its outstanding impact, innovation and governance. NGO Advisor, which uses public data for transparency, scores organizations based on their performance in 165 criteria. These criteria relate to the three pillars of interest - impact, innovation, and governance.

KISS, founded by eminent educational and social entrepreneur Dr. Achyuta Samanta in 1993, is acclaimed all over the world as a successful model of tribal empowerment through education. At present, 25,000 poorest of the poor children are pursuing their education here from KG to PG, making it the largest free residential tribal institute in the world. In 2015, it was granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the highest recognition to any NGO by the United Nations.

Expressing gratitude to NGO Advisor for including KISS in the world’s top NGOs, Dr. Samanta said, it will result in better visibility of the institute on a global platform and ultimately benefit its beneficiaries – the underprivileged children.

KIIT Girl Sprints into Rio Olympics Qualification

Ace sprinter from KIIT University Dutee Chand achieved the coveted spot for Rio 2016 Olympics in the women’s 100m event after meeting the qualification mark at the 26th G. Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan on June 25, 2016.

In a scintillating run in the women’s 100m heats, Dutee beat the Rio Olympics qualification mark of 11.32 seconds by 0.02 seconds. In the process, she bettered her own national record of 11.33 seconds set in National Federation Cup earlier this year. It is a historic
achievement as Dutee has become the first Indian women to qualify for the coveted 100m event since the introduction of a qualifying mark in the segment. Legendary athlete PT Usha had qualified for the same event in 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS congratulated her for the achievement and wished her best of luck for the Rio Olympics. He said
we have been encouraging her since last six years. Ranjit Nayak, an archer from Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), has
been selected for Target Olympic Podium (TOP) of Govt. of India, informed Dr. Samanta, who promotes sports in a big way and has helped numerous students from KIIT & KISS to achieve success at national and international sports. KIIT has also been supporting Dutee, who is a student of KIIT School of Law, to achieve a string of successes for last five years.

While thanking KIIT University and its Founder for all the support, Dutee vowed to perform even better and not let anyone down in the
Olympics.

International Yoga Day in KIIT & KISS

International Yoga Day has celebrated in KIIT & KISS on Tuesday. Thousands of Staff, students and teachers of KIIT, KISS and KIMS assembled at 6:45 am in KIIT ground for practice Yoga. At 7:00am Yoga starts as per schedule of national yoga ceremony. In KIIT the Yoga practice was lead by Founder, KIIT & KISS Dr. Achyuta Samanta. Inaugurating the International Yoga Day

Dr. Samanta said, Yoga is the only way to free our body and mind from various illnesses. Yoga is a journey through the inner 'self' to connect to the supreme soul. Yoga and meditation are essential for every human as it relaxes mind and resists body, he added. The United Nations has declared June 21, as the International Yoga Day. It is a matter of pride for all Indians that yoga which is part of our culture is getting such attention on an international platform. Among others Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC KIIT University, Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar and other dignitaries, staff, students of KIIT, KISS and KIMS were practiced Yoga in International Yoga Day celebration.

KISS Student Cracks IIT-JEE

Rajanikant Nayak, a tribal student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), has cracked the highly competitive IIT-JEE (Advanced), result of which was declared recently. He will take admission in one of the IITs. Rajanikant, who belongs to Gond Tribe, hails from a small village, Denua of Raruan Block of Mayurbhanj District of Odisha.  

He lost his father during early childhood and his mother, a daily wage labourer, is the only earning member of the family. He has a sister, who is bed ridden. But, these obstacles did not deter Rajanikant for achieving his goal.  

His fate changed for the better after he got admission in KISS. In +2 Science exam this year, he scored 80% mark, the highest among KISS students. The environment at KISS, guidance of teachers and above all his hard work brought him this coveted success.

Every year, the KISS authorities provide free of cost special coaching for IIT, NIT, IIM and Medical entrance tests, which is conducted at KiiT International School, for 30 meritorious students of the institute. Rajanikant was given coaching by most experienced teachers of KiiT International School.

KISS students have been excelling in all spheres, including sports and education. Many students of KISS have qualified in various all India level entrance examinations for getting admission into IIMs and NITs. A student of KISS has been selected to participate in Olympic Games to be held later this year. Another student of KISS had represented India in Malala Day observation at UN headquarters. Remarkably, KISS has been posting cent percent result in 10th and 12th Board exams consecutively for more than a decade.

Expressing his happiness, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said that his dream has been fulfilled with the success of Rajanikant. “We were making continuous effort for last three years for success of KISS students in IIT-JEE test. Rajanikant’s success will pave way for many students of the institute to join IITs in coming years”, Dr. Samanta hoped. Congratulating his mother for giving birth to such a able son, he wished him all success in life.

NIQR – Bajaj Auto Outstanding Quality Man Award to KIIT & KISS Founder 

National Institution for Quality & Reliability (NIQR) conferred NIQR – Bajaj Auto Outstanding Quality Man Award 2016 on Founder of KIIT & Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Dr. Achyuta Samanta at its biennial National Convention in Chennai on June 11, 2016.  

The award seeks to recognize individuals who have excelled in their sphere of activities. NIQR, a premier organization devoted to the promotion of quality and reliability awareness among Indian industries, presented awards to organizations and individuals in seven different categories.

He received the award from Mr. Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland Ltd. in the presence of high level dignitaries at the glittering award function, held on the sidelines of the 15th NIQR National Convention, at the Hyatt Regency Chennai.

Mentioning Dr. Samanta as a "visionary social architect", the award citation recognized his immense contribution in eradicating poverty using education as the strategic medium. Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) - world's largest fully-free residential KG-PG institute for the poorest-of-the-poor indigenous aborigine (Scheduled Tribe) children - fulfills the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as envisaged by global leaders, it observed. "As a social reformer you have been propagating ‘Art of Giving’ (philosophy of life), a concept aimed at bringing peace to human mind around the globe", the citation noted.

In another honour, Youthink Foundation conferred ‘Pride of India Award’ to Dr. Samanta for his outstanding contribution towards upliftment of tribal community of the country through education, at a special presentation ceremony in Chennai on June 12. The ceremony was presided over by Mr. R. Bhagwan Singh, Executive Editor, Deccan Chronicle and attended by Mr. Rajendran Rathnoo, IAS, Managing Director, Poompuhar Shipping Corporation Ltd., Md. Shakeel Akhtar, IPS, ADGP, Chairman & Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Police Housing Corporation, Actor Mr. Vishal, General Secretary, Nadigar Sangam and Mr. K. Abdul Ghani, Founder, Youthink Foundation.

KIIT & KISS Founder invited to Deliver Talk at International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) – 2016, New York

Dr. Achyuta Samanta has been invited as a speaker at the International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), 2016 hosted in collaboration with United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SSDN). He will be delivering a talk/presentation as to how KISS has been contributing to holistic development and fulfilment of UN SDGs. The work being done by Dr. Samanta was submitted in the form of an empirical paper to the UN ICSD for consideration. With only few selected invited speakers, the ICSD represents both a competitive and high-profile platform for discussions on sustainability. The conference will be held at Columbia University, New York on 21-22 September 2016. It will take place on the eve of the historic UN Summit on Sustainable Development, when the Sustainable Development Goals will be adopted. ICSD will host top academicians from around the world, top scientists, and world leaders from politics to government to the UN.

The past speakers in the conference have included the likes of Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on then Millennium Development Goals, WBCSD President, Peter Bakker, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, Asian Development Bank Vice-President Stephen Groff, Journalist Femi Oke, Former PM of Ireland Mary Robinson, SRC Executive Director Johan Rockström, Dean of the Harvard Law School, Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO. 

KISS Students Excel in +2 Arts & Commerce Exams

The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has posted impressive results in the +2 Commerce and Arts streams of the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Odisha Examinations for the seventh year in a row. The state pass percentage in Arts and Commerce is 71.55 % and 70.39% respectively. In comparison, the pass percentage of KISS in Arts is 99 %, while Commerce students achieved cent per cent results this year. 

It is encouraging that 13 students from the Primitive Tribal Groups passed in the Commerce and Arts streams. The result was declared on Wednesday. Importantly, 17 Bonda tribe students, who were sent to the Institute by Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik two years back, cleared the +2 exams with impressive marks. 

This year Girls students have shown better result than boys. Sadhak Karjee of Gajapati district from Saura tribe secured 80 percent marks, the highest in +2 Arts in KISS; similarly in Commerce Lilimani Singh of Balasore district from Bhumija tribe secured 78 percent, the highest in KISS. Congratulating the successful students, KIIT and KISS Founder Dr A Samanta said continued successes of KISS students year after year have been possible only due to blessings of God, sustained efforts of teachers and other staff.