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500 KWp Rooftop Solar PV Project at KISS
Largest in Odisha
29.11.2014
Samanta Receives 2014 Gusi Peace Prize
26.11.2014
 
International Conference on Tribal Issues at KISS
Representatives of 27 Countries including 8 Ambassadors Join
22.11.2014
 
KISS Students in National School Games
12.11.2014
 
Union Ministers visit KIIT & KISS
06.11.2014
All India National Rugby: KISS Champion in Both Boys' & Girls'
03.11.2014
 
Ambassador of Czech Republic in India, visits KISS
Visit of Distinguished Delegates from Czech Universities
01.11.2014

500 KWp Rooftop Solar PV Project at KISS
Largest in Odisha

A 500 kWp Rooftop Solar PV Project at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) was inaugurated on Saturday by Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, government of India. It is the first of its kind among educational institutions in the country and largest in Odisha. KISS has already many ultra modern facilities including Wi-Fi system, CCTV camera and adopted many environmental friendly projects including bio gas plant, drinking water treatment plant, sewerage treatment plant, solar water heating system, green environment appreciation point etc.

The project was installed under the grid-connected rooftop solar program of Solar Energy Corporation of India, a Government of India Enterprise under the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, wherein 30 % subsidy of project cost was made available.

The project has built at a cost of about 4 Crores rupees will generate more than 7 lakh units of electricity resulting in CO2 emission reduction of 650 tonnes every year.  While the institute contributed 20 % of the project cost, Power Finance Corporation (PFC) contributed 50 % under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funding and 30% came as subsidy through Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)  from Central Finance Assistance of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India.

The project was completed in a short span of 7to8 months and will supply solar power to the institute during day time for next 25 years. This will help them to reduce their dependence on grid power supply, generate green & clean power and mitigate GHG emissions.

During inauguration, Shri Tripathy, Secretary, MNRE addressed thousands of tribal students of the Institute in presence of Rajendra Nimje, MD, SECI; Rakesh Kumar, Director, SECI; R.S. Dhillon, GM (projects); Power Finance Corporation of India; B.K. Panda, Regional Director, MNRE; Atulya Kumar Mohanty, AGM, SECI and other senior officials of central and state government agencies. Sharing the environmental benefits of solar energy, he said country’s vision of developing 100000 MW of solar power by the year 2020 and huge employment opportunities.  He assured for Central Finance Assistance to various schools and colleges in the state towards setting up of more such grid-connected rooftop projects.  He also informed that Central Government has planned to set up 25 solar parks across the country aggregating 20000 MW including 1000 MW solar park proposed for Odisha.

He hoped that Odisha will avail this opportunity and submit proposals to SECI / MNRE for setting up solar power projects with speed and alacrity. Odisha has the potential to become a major player in the field of solar energy   and can immensely contribute towards achieving the targets of national solar mission.

Samanta Receives 2014 Gusi Peace Prize

Manila, 26th November 2014: Noted social entrepreneur and founder of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and KIIT Group of Institutions Achyuta Samanta received the prestigious Gusi Peace Prize for 2014 in Manila, Philippines on November 26, 2014 amidst a galaxy of luminaries, comprising of presidents, prime ministers, distinguished scientists, philanthropists and thousands of invited guests from all over the world.
Samanta is the lone Indian among 15 laureates who received the prestigious award this year, conferred by the Philippines-based awarding body Gusi Peace Prize International, considered as ‘Asia's Nobel Peace Prize’. Samanta is the third Indian and the first from Odisha conferred with the award. He was given the prize for his yeoman contributions in “poverty alleviation through education and humanitarianism”. The citation recognizes his outstanding contribution in the field of education and for his humanitarian efforts to uplift the socially and economically marginalized children through education. Samanta has been relentlessly working for the uplift of the poorest of the poor indigenous aborigine community in Odisha for the last two and a half decades. His passion to provide a level playing field to this most neglected section of the society led him to establish Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a free residential institute for 22,500 tribal children. He also founded KIIT, a group of professional institutes, to support this social enterprise.
KISS has received worldwide recognition as an effective model for empowerment of indigenous aborigine people through education. His model is now being replicated in many states of India as well as abroad. “KISS  plans to educate 2,00,000 underprivileged indigenous children within the next 10 years”, said Samanta in his acceptance speech, while expressing gratitude to the awarding body for the honour. The other recipients of Gusi Peace Prize this year, besides Samanta, are: Dr. Hans Koechler from AUSTRIA, Dr. Atiur Rahman from BANGLADESH, Dr. Manson Fok from CHINA, Prof. Virima Mudogo from CONGO, Hon. Dominique Hoppe from FRANCE, Prof. Gerhard Bringmann from GERMANY, Hon. Parviz Pargari from IRAN, Dr. Luigi Pellegrini from ITALY, Prof. Yoshinory Asakawa from JAPAN, Former President Vytautas Landsbergis from LITHUANIA, Hon. Bhojraj Pokharel from NEPAL, Sen. Cynthia a. Villar from PHILIPPINES, Dr. Kazimierz Glowniak from POLAND and Hon. Saad Nahar Al-Baddah Almutairi from KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA.

Gusi Peace Prize International is an international award given annually to some great individuals who have distinguished themselves as brilliant exemplars of society. The selection process for Gusi is both complex and rigorous. After a scrutiny and a process that continues for over a year, the jury members consisting of distinguished persons from all over the world agree on a few members and the final decision is then taken by the Award committee in its annual session held in the USA. The list of awardees is duly approved by the Philippine's Senate. Earlier on the day of the event laureates laid wreaths at the Manila Memorials with the National Flags of the countries of the respective recipients fluttering high up in the air. In a glittering presentation ceremony later on the day, the credentials of the recipients of the award wer presented following playing of the national anthem of the countries of the respective recipients.

International Conference on Tribal Issues at KISS
Representatives of 27 Countries including 8 Ambassadors Join


International Conference on ‘Tribal People in the 21st Century: Problem and Prospects’ and ‘Eradicating Chronic Poverty in Odisha: Policy issues and Challenges’ was organized by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Centre of American Studies at KIIT premises. Inaugurating the conference Shri Jual OramHon’ble Minister of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India said, tribals are still underprivileged even after 67 years of independence. The Tribal Affairs Ministry, Government of India is reviewing the tribal development policy and making efforts for better implementation of various tribal development schemes. The findings of panel discussion on various issues related to tribals during this conference will give some feedback for enhancing tribal development policy and making it more effective, said Mr. Oram.

Tribals should come forward and fight together for their fundamental right - that is right to live with dignity, said Professor Anand Kumar of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He also said, due to apathy of administration and lack of will power of political leaders tribals are still underprivileged. Malnutrition, mortality rate, poverty are still prevailing in tribal areas. Therefore tribals should come forward and fight for their rights.

Six problems pertaining to tribal development still remain unresolved since independence, said Shri Naresh Saxena, Senior Advisor, UNDP. These issues are land elination, indebted to money lender, displacement and loss of livelihood. 8% of our population is tribal and 45% of tribals have been displaced by mining, industrialization and various infrastructure development works. Till today many tribals are not getting benefit of panchayats. So the centre and state governments should rework on the tribal development policy and schemes and make it more effective, opined Mr. Saxena.

Among others Delegates and Diplomats from 27 countries including Ambassadors from 8 different countries including His Excellency Mr. Miloslav Stasek, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Czech Republic to India, His Excellency Mr. Idriss Raoua Ouedraogo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Burkina Faso to India, Her Excellency Ms. Monica Lanzetta Mutis, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Colombia to India, His Excellency Mr. Amir Muharemi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Croatia to India, Her Excellency Ms. Gennet Zewdie, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to India, His Excellency Mr. Georges de La Roche Du Ronzet Plihal, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Guatemala to India and Her Excellency Ms. Elizabeth Paula Napeyok, High Commissioner, Uganda High Commission to India, Ms. Frederika Meljer, Representative, UNFPA, Mr. CoenKompler, Representative, ILO, Mr. S. M. Sarkunde, IAS,Commissioner, Tribal Research & Training Institute, Pune, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and R.N. Dash, Secretary were also present.

The day long deliberations made upon challenges of poverty and development of indigenous people in the present juncture of structural adjustment and liberalization. The conference had themes and sub-themes like Poverty and Migration in Odisha; Anti-poverty measures and their impact in Odisha; changing patterns of livelihoods among indigenous people; and Educating the indigenous community - Issues and challenges.

Eminent social scientists, administrators, social workers, entrepreneurs, industrialists, people’s representatives, women from NGOs, etc. from India and abroad will be sharing their views during the event.

KISS Students in National School Games

Two girls Jaspina Dalabehera and Ranjita Tadingi of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in class 8 and 9 respectively have been selected in the “Odisha State Schools Archery U-14 girls’ contingents' for participation in the "National School Games in Archery Championship 2014-15. The Championship has been scheduled to be held at Ranchi from15th to 17th Nov 14". For this a National coaching camp is organizeng at Unit-8 Govt. High School, BBSR from 11th to 13th Nov 14 for better performance. The team will proceed for National venue on 13th Nov 14.

On an another event Amesh Raito & Basudev Sikaka, two +2 Students of KISS have been selected in the Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha Handball Team for participation in the "59th  National Schools Games in Handball (Boys) Tournament Under 19 years of age Schedule to be held in Panjab from 13th to 18th Nov 14. Mr. Santosh Kumar Behera, Handball Coach of KISS has been appointed as Coach of Council team.

Susanta Kumar Majhi, a class-9 Student of KISS has placed in the Odisha State School Cricket U-17 (Boys) Team for participating in the "'60th National School Game in Cricket U-17 (Boys)" to be held at Gwalior, MP from 12th to 16th Nov 14.

Union Ministers visit KIIT & KISS

Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, and Upendra Kushwaha, Union Minister of State for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation visited KIIT & KISS on Thursday. Addressing the students of KISS Mr. Paswan Said, my notion about Odisha has changed after visiting KIIT and KISS. There is a wrong notion among people outside Odisha that, the poverty of Kalahandi, backwardness are the identity of Odisha. But after visiting KISS I felt that notion is wrong. In his address Mr. Paswan advised the student mass not to be disheartened and not to be developing inferiority complex among them. One should be ambitious to achieve anything in life. He applauded the vision and efforts of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, the founder of KIIT & KISS.

Mr. Kushwaha and Ram Kumar Sharma MP (LS) also visited KISS earlier this morning and interacted with the students of KISS. He said, KISS should be placed among 4/5 noble works of the world and its founders should get a place among grate personalities of the globe. KISS Model should be replicated across the country for development of deprived class including tribal community. He also said, I saw smile on the faces of down trodden children of the country for the first time. In my political journey I have address so many huge gathering in different places. But for the first time I addressed a huge gathering of 22,500 tribal students in one place. KISS has afforded a beautiful environment and proper platform for your future growth and you should utilize it rightly, he advised students of KISS. You should make praiseworthy the vision of its founder. The ministers also visited KIIT and interacted with the students. Among others Dr. Prasanna Patasani, MP Bhubaneswar, Sanjay Dasverma, Minister, State (Ind.), Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare, Employment and Technical Education & Training Odisha, R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS, Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University and Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar also present.

All India National Rugby: KISS Champion in Both Boys' & Girls'

U-19 boys and U-18 girl Rugby team of KISS got champion trophy of All India National U-19 Boys 15’s Rugby U-18 Girls 7’s & Rugby tournament held at Nagpur from 29th October to 2nd November and 1st to 2nd November 2014 respectively.

Saturday in first match KISS defeated Jammu-Kashmir by 38-0 points, while in second match KISS defeated Maharashtra by 40-0 points. In semifinal KISS defeated Bihar at 17-5 points. KISS U-18 Girls team won champion trophy of All India National Rugby defeating Jungle Crows by 24-0 points.

Similarly U-19 Boys KISS defeated YRC, Kolkata and Delhi by 54-3 and 17-7 points respectively. In semifinal KISS defeated Future hope, Kolkata by 15-3 points, And in final KISS won the Champion defeating Jungle Crows, Kolkata by 13-7 points.

Players in Boys team include Kanhu Ch. Hembram, Hadi dhangada Majhi, Bikash ch. Murmu, Sunil Hembram, Prakash Ch. Soy, Budhadeb Pradhan, Chhitaranjan Murmu, Srinivas Sabar, Rajkishore Murmu, Kalicharan Biswal, Niranjan Biswal, Ganesh Ch. Hembram, Krshna Tudu, Sahadev Majhi, Rajendra Samad, Gouranga Jamuda, Ghasi Chalan, Dharmananda Bhoi, Laxman Soren, Nagrjun Bhoi, Sanjay Biswal, Dibyaranjan Das and Sarbeswar Murmu, Coach- Roshan Xaxa.

Players in Girls team include Meerarani Hembram, Hupi Majhi, Sumitra Nayak, Manjulata Pradhan, Soni Mandangi, Liza Sardar, Sumitra banara, Rajani Sabar, Manika Majhi and Basanti Pangi.

Expressing his happiness over the success of KISS students, Dr. A. Samanta Founder, KIIT & KISS congratulates the members of both the team and officials.