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MARCH 2011
KISS Joins Hands with National ST Commission
27.03.2011
Ram Jethmalani Visits KISS
26.03.2011
 
Ollywood Stars Shine at KISS Holi
19.03.2011

NALSA’s Year of Protection of Child Rights Declared at KISS
Mass Lunch of 250 Legal Luminaries with 15,000 Tribal Students of KIS

19.03.2011

KISS Joins Hands with National ST Commission

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribe, a Constitutional Body for the development of Scheduled Tribe, joined hands with Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) to organize National Seminars in different parts of the country to highlight the role of education in the tribal welfare and development. The first ever National Seminar was organized in KISS.

Dr. Rameshwar Oraon, Chairman, NCST visited KISS on 27th March 2011 to inaugurate the National Seminar on 'Education vis-a-vis Tribal Development'. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Oraon emphasized on the importance of education in empowering the tribals in the country. Describing KISS as a role model to be replicated everywhere, Dr. Oraon showered heaps of praise on Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS.

Informing about need for similar seminars, the Chairman, NCST informed that a series of seminar on this issue would be organized in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh in coming days. It is a unique honour for KISS to be associated with NCST to enlighten the tribal people about their development at national level, said Dr. A. Samanta.

The seminar was attended by the Director of the Regional Office of the NCST, Shri R. K. Mishra. Initiating the topic, Dr. S. Patnaik, Rector, KIIT University highlighted on certain issues relating to tribal education and said that these can be addressed through education alone. Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor, KIlT University also spoke on the occasion.

Ram Jethmalani Visits KISS

Mr. Ram Jethmalani, Hon'ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India visited KIIT & KISS on 26th March 2011. He was accompanied by Ms. Lata Krishnamurthi, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India.

They went around different campuses of KIIT and KISS and interacted with the students. Addressing 15,000 students of KISS, Mr. Jethmalani praised the initiative of its Founder, Dr. Samanta, calling him a great visionary who has done his best for the development of underprivileged sections of the society. “He is my teacher, and I am his pupil”, he said, adding that the country should acknowledge his efforts.

Speaking to the students of KIIT School of Law, he exhorted them to work hard for success in their profession. It is responsibility of the students to take care of the nation and, for this, they should get enabling education, said the 87 year old legendary lawyer, who is always full of youthful verve.

Education is more powerful than money, said Ms. Krishnamurthy. She thanked Dr. Samanta for providing opportunity of education in a pollution free environment to tribal children.

Ollywood Stars Shine at KISS Holi

Bhubaneswar: The festival of colours, Holi, was celebrated with traditional fervour in the campus of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a sister concern of KIIT, on 19th March 2011. Stars of Ollywood, actors, directors, singers and others, joined 15,000 tribal children of the institute in the festivity.

The visiting artistes included Prafulla Kar, Pradosh Pattnaik, Muna Khan, Laxmikant Plalit, Mihir Das, Kuna Tripathy, Sritam, Anubhab, Sabyasachi, Samaresh, Sofial Alam, Mita Mohanty, Ajun Samal, Hadu, Choudhuri Bikas Das, Gargi, Akankhya, Shreya Shalini, Niki, Dr. Rajani Ranjan, Debu Brahma, Papu, Dillip Hali, Dillip Shrichandan, Sura Vai, Jnana Hota, Himansu Khatua, and Sanjay Nayak, among others.

Presence of Ollywood personalities encouraged the tribal students. They thanked Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for his concern for the downtrodden sections of the society. Earlier, Dr. Samanta welcomed the Ollywood stars to the campus and felicitated them.

NALSA’s Year of Protection of Child Rights Declared at KISS
Mass Lunch of 250 Legal Luminaries with 15,000 Tribal Students of KISS

National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) declared 2011 as the Year of Protection of Child Rights. More than 250 legal luminaries from different parts of the country gathered at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on 19th March 2011 to make this declaration.

They also participated in Child Rights Protection Programme organized under the leadership of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Altamas Kabir, Judge, Supreme Court of India & Executive Chairman, NALSA and Hon’ble Mr. Justice B. P. Das, Judge, Odisha High Court & Executive Chairman, Odisha State Legal Services Authority (OSLSA). Judges of Supreme Court of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice R.V. Raveendran and Hon’ble Mr. Justice, P. Sathasivam; Hon’ble Mr. Justice L. Mohapatra, Judge, Odisha High Court and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Deepak Mishra, Judge, Delhi High Court also graced the occasion, among others.

As a part of the programme organized at KISS, legal luminaries interacted with the tribal students of the institute and explained them about the Child Rights. Subsequently, all legal luminaries had mass lunch with 15,000 tribal students at a time and at a place. The event was one of its type in scale and memorable. Expressing satisfaction and pride after having lunch with so many children, visiting legal luminaries termed it as a unique experience.

KISS, an institute that provides food, accommodation, health care and education from KG to PG to 15,000 under-privileged tribal children absolutely free, is a pride for State of Odisha and the country. Emphasis is laid on preserving elements of tribal culture, tradition and language. This enables them to live and study here in a comfortable environment.  
 
The success of the mass lunch programme of 250 legal luminaries with 15,000 tribal students at a time and at a place was due to the direct involvement of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for last seven days. Total 700 staff volunteers were engaged in serving the food at this mammoth programme.

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Altamas Kabir expressed happiness over the successful conduct of the programme and congratulated Dr. Samanta for his dedication for the cause of Child Rights. He also appreciated the hard work put in by staff of KISS and KIIT for organizing it.