Dr. Samanta to receive highest civilian award of Bahrain
Award carries cash prize of $ 1 million
Dr. Achyuta Samanta, noted social activist and reformer from India, will receive ‘Isa Award for Service to Humanity’, the highest civilian award of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The “man with Midas touch” will be awarded a certificate of appreciation, a 21-K. gold medal and $ 1 million cash prize at the hands of His Majesty King Hamad of Bahrain at a special ceremony onJune 3 next.
The honour is in recognition of Samanta’s humanitarian work, mentioned Deputy Premier and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the award, Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, while declaring the name of the recipient. This prestigious international award has been instituted to create awareness of extraordinary humanitarian endeavours across the world and to inspire more people to achieve excellence in humanitarian accomplishment, he said, adding that the Board of Trustee could not find a better person than Samanta to fit into the framework.
Samanta has been relentlessly working for the uplift of poorest of the poor indigenous community in Odisha for the last two and a half decades. His passion led him to establish Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a free residential institute for 25,000 tribal children. He also founded KIIT, a group of professional institutes, to make this social enterprise sustainable through a unique and innovative financial model. KISS has received worldwide recognition as an effective model of empowerment of indigenous people through education. His model is now being replicated in many states of India as well as abroad.
The Award is named after the Late Amir Shaik Isa Bin Salman-Al Khalifa, former ruler of Bahrain. The recipient of the award is chosen by an expert panel representing each continent chaired by Swede Jan Paulsson, while the board chairman is Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa. In a fiercely contested nomination process worldwide, Samanta’s name could clinch the award after physical verification of his creations, home and native place. A Jury member Mohammed Bensaissa of Marroco put it on record, “Dr. Samanta is the most worthy candidate, because he has overcome so many obstacles to help the community”.
It is a matter of great pride for Samanta to be the first ever Indian to put his feet on the Red Carpet spread out for him from the Airport to the palace where the King His Majesty Hamad will greet him personally along with his Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and other distinguished personalities of the kingdom. The venue of the ceremony will have galaxies of luminaries from Bahrain, Members of Diplomatic Missions in Bahrain and invited guests from across the globe, where Samanta will address the gathering.
Samanta will also have one-to-one meeting with His Majesty the King and the Ministers, besides delivering a one-hour address at the National University of Bahrain. Expressing happiness over his nomination, Samanta said, “It is not only a matter of great pride for me, but also for Odisha and Odia people”.
KISS Boy Selected for Asian Rugby Championship
Muna Murmu, +3 Final Year Arts Student of KISS has been placed in the India Team to participate in the Asian 15-A-Side Rugby Championship. The championship will be held from27th to 30th May 15 at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Muna is continuously representing India for last three years. He played for India in Malaysia, Sri Lanka & Thailand for last three years. This is his fourth tour. India team will proceed for Uzbekistan on 25th may 2015. India will play its 1st match with Uzbekistan on 27th and 2nd match with Pakistan on 28th.
The selection cum coaching camp was held for Asian 15-A-Side Rugby Championship in New Delhi. Besides Muna, Rajkishore Murmu, Chita Ranja Murmu, Gournaga Jamuda of KISS were also participated in the selection cum coaching camp. Students of KISS have been showing their talent in different fields including study.
Earlier, Muna had represented India in Asian under-20 Rugby Championship held at Laos in 2010 and visited France in 2009. Muna belongs to a very poor Santal tribal family of Chudanga in Khurda district. Expressing his satisfaction over Muna’s success Dr. A. Samanta, Founder KIIT & KISS said, he is not only the pride of father Surendra and mother Neha Murmu, he is the pride of entire tribal community.
Global Celebrations Mark 2nd Anniversary of Art of Giving
The 2nd Anniversary of ‘Art of Giving’ was celebrated with much enthusiasm all over the world on May 17, 2015. Simultaneous events were organized in about 200 cities – 100 in India and 100 abroad. USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Malaysia, China, Netherlands, Australia, Ireland, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, UK, Switzerland, UAE, Singapore, Taiwan and Germany were among the countries where events were held in which people came together and resolved to make the world a better place to live by inculcating a personal habit of “giving”.
Thousands of people from different walks of life attended the main celebration in Bhubaneswar. Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Editor, The Sambad; Niranjan Rath, Printer and Publisher, The Samaja; Pothula Srinivasa Bramhanand, Sr. Scientist, ICR-IIWM, Bhubaneswar; Manoranjan Panigrahi– IRS, Commissioner of Income Tax; Prabir Kumar Das, Advocate, Odisha High Court; Swami Atma Prabhananda, Secretary, Ramkrishna Math and Mission; Ven. G. Sadatish Thero, President of Odisha Branch of Mahabodhi Society of India, Prof. Bimalendu Mohanty, Former VC, Utkal University of Culture and Baba Ram Narayan Das founder of Bhubaneswar Unit-1 Hanuman Temple graced the occasion at KIIT.
‘Art of Giving’ is a philosophy of life and is all about creating unconditional, unlimited and sustainable abundance of love, peace, happiness and contentment for others through gestures of love, kindness and generosity, opined the guests. ‘Art of Giving’ is part of our great Indian culture and tradition, gradually the people forgetting the importance of Art of Giving in their life. Today people are more materialistic, most of the people are busy in accumulating wealth in their life. Art of Giving is a mindset. Everybody should inculcate Art of Giving in their daily life, so as to get peace and happiness in their life, they said. In his welcome speech Achyuta Samanta said about the concept of this unique philosophy was propounded by him on this day in 2013. “Daan in Hinduism and Buddhism, tithe in Christianity and Zakat in Islam uphold the philosophy of giving”, he elaborated, while adding that one must understand that “Happiness does not result from what we get, but from what we give.” Explaining the concept of ‘Art of Giving’, Samanta said, giving is not always giving only material goods which is just one form of generosity; but it is rather an attitude for being kind, attentive and honest in dealing with others; offering praises where it is due; giving comfort and advice where needed and simply sharing with some one. All these are forms of generosity and these do not require any particular level of material wealth, he added. “Let the ‘Art of Giving’ as a value be inculcated in every heart, because we make living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”, he appealed.
Samanta rose from the depths of poverty and deprivation to achieve phenomenal success as an educationist and social activist. But, he chose to dedicate his life for the uplift of poorest of the poor indigenous community of Odisha (India) and used his success for this noble mission. His two and a half decades of relentless effort to empower the indigenous community through education has brought him several national and international recognitions, including Gusi Peace Prize International in 2014. He gives credit for all of his accomplishments in life to the ‘Art of Giving’, which he silently learned since his childhood. It has been the ethos of his life. In his conviction that ‘Art of Giving’ has the power to wipe away poverty from the face of Earth, he has been passionately promoting the philosophy in different cities of India and abroad. With chapters in almost all cities and towns in India and some other countries, ‘Art of Giving’ has been fast gaining popularity.
A Garment Bank in the name and style ‘Kompassions’ was also launched on the occasion. The Garment Bank distributed 50,000 used garments among more than 20000 of poor people from 30 slum areas of Bhubaneswar and nearby places. The used garments were collected from general public in a month-long drive, informed the volunteer in charge of this massive operation. Suitable clothes were sorted, cleaned, ironed and packed for distribution, he said, informing that this would be an ongoing activity of ‘Kompassions’.