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OCTOBER 2011
19.10.2011
World Sight Day Celebrated at KISS
13.10.2011
 
British High Commissioner - designate to India visits KISS
09.10.2011
Gandhi Global Family Celebrates Gandhi Jayanti at KISS
Statue of Mahatma Gandhi Unveiled

02.10.2011

Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, Hon’ble Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences visits KISS

Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, Hon’ble Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences during his visit to KIIT on 19th October 2011 heaped a shower of praise on KIIT and its Founder, Dr. A. Samanta for the meticulous planning to hold the 99th Indian Science Congress in KIIT from 3-7 January 2012. Expressing his happiness, the Hon’ble Minister said that there could not be a better place than KIIT University to hold the 99th Indian Science Congress just a year before of its Centenary celebration.

The Hon’ble Minister came to KIIT to set the ball rolling for all competitions, in a programme which has been aptly named as ‘Igniting Sciential Atmosphere Before the 99th Indian Science Congress’. He had all the praise for the efforts of KIIT and said if the aim of science is to serve the society, then what better example is there than KISS which takes care 15,000 poorest of the poor tribal children. The Hon’ble Minister addressed the students of KIIT & KISS and expressed his happiness over the preparedness of KIIT to hold the 99th Indian Science Congress to be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Indian Science Congress established in 1914 with the objective of promoting and popularizing science has not achieved the desired object in full, despite a century old legacy. Though there have been several sessions in different parts of the country, yet it has not been able to bring every Indian child to be involved in the study of science.

Indian Science Congress has been organizing various competitions among the young scientists besides holding Children Science Congress as a component of it. Despite all the efforts, there is no mechanism till date to involve everyone in the country, and in the process, creating interest in the study of science particularly among the youth. With this background, KIIT’s initiative to involve every school and every college in the 99th Indian Science Congress is definitely praiseworthy.

KIIT has planned to organize an essay and quiz competition on subject related to science and society. The competition is planned to be held in two categories. Children from Class-8 to Class-12 will be placed in the junior category, whereas students from Class 12th to postgraduate level (M.A., M.Sc. etc.) have been placed in senior category. Each and every school, college and university has been informed and the final competition on the basis of the result of State-level competition will be held in KIIT

Prize money of Rs. 5 lakh, Rs. 4 lakh and Rs. 3 lakh has been fixed for the senior and Rs. 4 lakh, Rs. 3 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh for junior category. Apart from the prize money, the best three winners in each category would be provided higher education in any branch of study in KIIT absolutely free. Even the state toppers will be awarded cash prizes and each finalist will get merit certificates. The total amount of the prize money and the expenditure of the studies is more than Rs. 1.5 crore. Incidentally, it is the biggest expenditure for popularizing science by any institute.

Though for a self financing Institute without getting any support or grant from any quarter organizing such an event and spending so much of money can never be an easy task. It may create some financial hardship for KIIT, but for the prestige of the state and to achieve the mission to popularize science, KIIT would never compromise and would try to do everything possible said Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.

World Sight Day Celebrated at KISS

World Sight Day-2011 was celebrated at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in association with Departments of Community Medicine and Ophthalmology of Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS). As most eye problems occur due to negligence, they can be avoided with awareness, experts opined. Proper care of eyes at preliminary stage can help avoid eye disease, said Prof. R. N. Rout, Professor, S.P.M., KIMS. Diseases like cataract, and other eye problems which lead to blindness, can be treated with early detection. Signs and symptoms of eye disease begin to appear during the age group 10-15, said Dr. R. N. Samanta, CEO, KIMS, advising that everyone should undergo eye test during this time. Prof. A. K. Giri of KIMS informed about Vision-2020 of the UN. As a part of the World Sight Day celebration, total 700 students of KISS will undergo eye test at an eye screening camp at KISS from 13-14 October 2011. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS thanked KIMS for the initiative. Mr. P. Parida of KIMS, Dr. Jyotin Das, Mr. R. N. Dash, Advisor, KIIT & KISS and Dr. P. K. Rautaray, CEO, KISS were present on the occasion.

British High Commissioner Designate to India Visits KISS

His Excellency Mr. James David Bevan, British High Commissioner Designate to India visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar on 9th October 2011. Speaking to the students of KISS, Mr. Bevan, who had been a teacher before becoming a diplomat, said that it was the largest class he had ever found himself in. KISS, the largest tribal institute of the world, provides education from KG to PG, vocational training, accommodation, food and all basic necessities of life free of cost to 15,000 tribal children.       

Mr. Bevan is touring different parts of India to know the people and places. This was his first visit to Bhubaneswar. He expressed happiness at academic and sports achievements of the students of KISS and congratulated its Founder, Dr. A. Samanta for this noble initiative. He visited Vocational Training Units, English Access Microscholarship Programme and other facilities at KISS. He paid obeisance at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and Gopobandhu Das. He also unveiled stone plaque in his honour and planted a sapling at KISS campus.    

Earlier, welcoming the British High Commissioner Designate to KISS campus, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS congratulated him for his new assignment. KISS Rugby Team visited London and Manchester in 2007 and 2011 respectively to play in international Rugby tournaments, he informed. In past, several luminaries from U.K. including Rt. Hon Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, President of the Supreme Court of the U.K., Rt. Hon Lord Anthony Peter Clarke, Justice of the Supreme Court of U.K. and Prof. Martin J. Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University, U.K. have visited KISS.

Global Family Celebrates Gandhi Jayanti at KISS
Statue of Mahatma Gandhi Unveiled

A statue of the Father of the Nation was unveiled at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) by Gandhi Global Family (GGF) on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Eminent Gandhian social workers participated in the programme and threw light upon Mahatma Gandhi's ideals. Addressing 15,000 tribal boys and girls of KISS, they said that KISS has been able to fulfil Gandhiji's dreams. Reaching benefits of literacy and education to deprived sections of the society was Gandhiji's dream, and KISS has been able to fulfill this dream today, the guests remarked. They advised students to follow the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. A. Samanta, National Secretary of Gandhi Global Family and Founder, KIIT & KISS informed about the initiatives taken by Gandhi Global Family for wide publicity of Gandhiji's ideals through various programmes. It may be mentioned that Odisha Chapter of Gandhi Global Family has been undertaking various programmes every year in the areas of peace and amity, Gram Swaraj, removal of social vices, etc. in order to take Gandhian thinking and values to the people. Dr. Bimalendu Mohanty, Journalist Pradosh Patnaik, Surendra Das, Dr. Shashanka Chudamani, Dilip Hali, Social worker Rabi Behera, Priyadarshi Mishra, State Coordinator of GGF Dr. Dilip Srichandan, Surya Mohanty and Chinmay Sundar Das were among those present.