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KISS approved for ‘Association with UNDPI’ by UNDPI NGO Relations    
Reshma Appointed as KISS Football Coach
28.11.2016
Program Director, BvLF visits KISS
24.12.2016
 
European Commission DG visits KISS
09.11.2016
Giriraj Singh Visits KISS & KISS
05.11.2016
 

KISS approved for ‘Association with UNDPI’ by UNDPI NGO Relations

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), credited as a reputable NGO with national, regional or international standing by UN, has been approved by United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) after scrutiny of its unparallel work for ‘Association’ with itKISS, is among 1300 NGOs across world over to get this approval. KISS will disseminate information and raise public awareness about the purposes and activities of the United Nations and issues of global concern. KISS will get and give support to UN at the international, regional, national and community levels. Few important services provided by UNDPI are the Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference (NGO Relations' premier event for civil society at the UN), the weekly Briefings, Communication Workshops, orientation programmes, the youth initiative, the Resource Centre and many other events. It also aims to facilitate an exchange of information and development of partnerships around issues relating to civil society. KISS representatives and two youth representatives (KISS tribal students) will have access to UN Headquarters. In all open meetings of the United Nations bodies, to which KISS can attend as an observer.

In 1968, and in accordance with Resolution 1297 (XLIV), adopted by the Economic and Social Council of UN, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has been associating NGOs that were then expected “to support the work of the United Nations and to promote knowledge of its principles and activities, in accordance with its own aims and purposes and the nature and scope of its competence and activities.” The association of NGOs is based on their commitment to uphold the principles of the UN support the UN’s activities and spread the word about issues on its agenda, while maintaining their independence and staying true to their own core values.

Reshma Appointed as KISS Football Coach

Reshma Begum (31) well-known former footballer from Odisha has been appointed as the Football Coach in Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). She was given appointment after Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS came to know about her plight and wanted to extend help. In the 12 years of her football career which began in 1999, Reshma was looked up as a rising football star until personal setbacks put a full-stop on her career. Now, the footballer is struggling to eke out a living.

She made a debut in the national level in the 5th National Games held at Manipur in February 1999. She then went on to play Senior Women’s Championship, Federation Cup, Women’s Football Tournament in Singapore, to name a just few.

All was going well for Reshma when back to back personal tragedies changed her life. She lost her elder sister to illness and she herself developed a medical complication for which she had to undergo a surgery. Her diabetic father, who sold eggs, had to seek help of locals for Reshma’s treatment. Now the father is old and Reshma had been moving from pillar to post for her livelihood without any help. Getting appointment in KISS, Reshma thanked Dr. Samanta for his support to a poor girl. I'll try to produce more footballers from KISS by utilising my talent, she said.

Expressing his happiness, Dr. Samanta said, “I am glad that she will be a part of KISS and will produce more Reshma Begums like her”.

Program Director, BvLF visits KISS

Ms. Cecilia Vaca Jones, Program Director, BvLF  and Ms. Rachel Machefsky, Early Childhood Specialist visited KISS on 24th November, 2016 They went around the campus and were extremely impressed at the work being carried out. They met Dr. Samanta and also spent time with the children at the Mother Tongue Language Language Lab which is being
implemented with the support of BvLF.

European Commission DG visits KISS

The Director-General of the European Commission for Education and Culture, Ms. Martine Reicherts and her team visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) on 8th November, 2016. She went around all the campuses of KIIT and various units of KISS. 

“You are in the best school of the world. Students should trust on their school, teachers and lastly they should trust themselves”, she said, addressing 25,000 tribal students of KISS. Ms. Reicherts was all praise for KISS’ model of empowerment through education. “I had heard about KISS earlier. You are the future of not only India; you are the future of the world. You can change the world as whole planet is now in your hands”, she told the students. Later, she also gave a talk to the students of KIIT University.

Dr. Achyuta Samant, Founder, KIIT & KISS thanked Ms. Reicherts for visiting KIIT & KISS. Mr. Thibault Devanlay, Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union to India; Mr. Thibault Devanlay, Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union to India, Ms. Claire Morel, Head International cooperation in education and youth and Jean Monnet actions and Mr. Sanjeev Roy, Senior Higher Education Expert, EU Public Diplomacy and Outreach in India and in the SAARC accompanied her in the visit. Among others, Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS, Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The DG of the European Commission for Education and Culture is in the process of visiting institutions in India that are collaborating with the European Union. Her visit to KIIT and KISS was aimed at amplifying the collaborative work between these institutions and the EU. 

This also has reference to EU being the main partner of the FICCI Education Summit being held in New Delhi from 10-12 November, 2016. Ms. Reicherts would make a statement together with the Union Minister of Commerce and the Minister of Human Resources at the "European higher education" session and an Erasmus+ workshop at New Delhi.

Giriraj Singh Visits KISS & KISS

Union Minister of State, MSME Giriraj Singh visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and KIIT University on Saturday. He visited various campuses of KIIT and units of KISS. On this occasion Mr. Singh addressed 25 thousand students of KISS. In his speech he said, I have not done one percent of work, what has done by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KISS in my 30 years of public life. In our country there are many millionaires and billionaires, but I have not seen any one of them have done such kind of work done by Dr. Samanta. He pledged students to uphold the unity, sovereignty and security of our country. Later he joined the CHHAT PUJA organized by students of KIIT from Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. On this occasion he said, nobody should run away from their duty. Students have their duty to study while; teachers have their duty to teach. Every citizen of our country have their duty towards the prosperity, unity and security of the nation. Dr. Samanta also thanked Mr. Singh for his visit to KIIT and KISS in his busy schedule. Among others Binod Das, President, OPECA, R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS, Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University, Dr. Sasmitarani Samanta, Registrar, Dr. P. K.