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UP CM Visits KIIT & KISS
30.10.2015
Former President of Peru Receives KISS Humanitarian Award 2015
22.10.2015
Former President of Peru to receive KISS Humanitarian Award 2015
22.10.2015
 
KISS Rugby Star to Join Indian Army
15.10.2015
Gopabandhu Jayanti Celebrated in KISS
09.10.2015
KIIT& KISS Celebrate One Year of Swachha Bharat Abhiyan
02.010.2015
 Gandhi Jayanti Celebrated in KISS
02.10.2015
 
UP CM Vs KIIT & KISS

Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and KIIT University on October 30, 2015. Shri Yadav went around various facilities of KISS and addressed its 25,000 indigenous students.

KISS has provided best platform for all round development of tribal boys and girls, he said in his address to the students. They should put in hard work with all sincerely and utilize this opportunity to the fullest, he advised. “I had heard about KISS, but after visiting the institute, I am astonished to see such a large number of students here. I have never seen such an institution anywhere in India. It is not a small matter to provide food, clothes, accommodation, healthcare facility and education free of cost to 25,000 students”, the CM of Uttar Pradesh stated. All these have been possible due to blessings of God and sincerity and relentless effort of its founder Dr. Achyuta Samanta, he added.

Shri Akhilesh Yadav and other visiting dignitaries were extended a warm welcome upon their arrival in KISS campus. Dr. Samanta delivered the welcome address, while Shri Rajendra Choudhary, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister, Govt. of UP, Smt. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS, Shri R. N. Dash, President and Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS also spoke on the occasion.     

Later, Shri Yadav addressed the 3rd KIIT International Model United Nations (KIIT-MUN) as the Chief Guest in KIIT University. Being held in partnership with the UNFPA and US Consulate General, Hyderabad, it is one of the largest MUNs in the world. More than 1800 delegates from leading institutions of the country like IITs, NITs, National Law Schools, JNU, etc. as well as from 20 nations are participating. The Conference has partnered with 12 of the world’s most prestigious MUNs, including Moscow International MUN, Paris International MUN, Rome MUN, Balkan MUN, Oslo MUN, Hamburg MUN, Asia Pacific MUN, MUN of The Hague.

Addressing student-delegates from various universities of India and abroad, Shri Yadav advised them to prepare themselves for the future challenges. The world will face three major challenges - climate change, food for all and affordable healthcare for all – and it is for the youths and students to think how to overcome them, he said.

Among others, His Excellency Mr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India; Dr. Hameed Nuru, Representative and Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP) India; Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University and Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar also spoke on the occasion.

It may be mentioned that Shri Akhilesh Yadav was impressed after learning about KISS Model of empowerment through education. Last year, he had invited Dr. Samanta to Lucknow to know more about KIIT and KISS. He felt that KISS model could be replicated not only in UP, but also in the entire country, so that the poorest of the poor students of the country could get quality education and they could include in the mainstream society. At that time he had expressed desire to visit KIIT & KISS. Shri Partha Sarathi Sen Sharma, Secretary to the CM of UP; Shri Pandhary Yadav, Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Govt. of UP; Shri Gajendra Singh, Shri Jagat Singh and Shri Jainendra Singh accompanied the Chief Minister during his visit.

Former President of Peru Receives KISS Humanitarian Award 2015

The prestigious KISS Humanitarian Award 2015 was presented to His Excellency Dr. Alejandro Toledo, Former President of Peru at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar on October 22, 2015. Smt. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS and Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder presented the award in the august presence of Madam Eliane Karp-Toledo, His Excellency Mr. J. J. Guillermo Betancourt Rivera, Ambassador of Peru to India, Mr. Carlos Jimenez Gil-Fortoul, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Peru in India and Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS.  

The award citation recognized him as an “icon of hope and aspirations of millions of poverty stricken and indigenous aborigine people around the world.” Dr. Toledo was the first South American President of indigenous descent to be democratically elected when he became President of Peru in 2001. During his five-year term, his central aim was the fight against poverty through investment in healthcare and education. As a result of social policies directed to the poorest of the poor, extreme poverty was reduced by 25 per cent in five years, and employment rose at an average rate of 6 per cent during his term.

He grew up in extreme poverty in a family of sixteen siblings. However, he worked his way up against all odds, obtained higher education from top universities of the U.S. and went on to be elected the President of Peru. Education is the most effective weapon to slay poverty and inequality, Dr. Toledo said in his acceptance address. Speaking to 25,000 tribal boys and girls of KISS, he said, “I invite you to dream in order to be successful, but dream with your eyes open. Don't get truncated by the impossibility of your dreams. We have a lot of things in common”.  

“Dr. Samanta is changing the lives of millions of people. We give you tribute. I was born in a poor family in the high mountains of Andes of Peru. I grew up in extreme poverty - 7 out of 16 of my siblings died within the first year of birth. They died as they didn't have access to health care, nutrition and sanitation, and the visionary Dr. Samanta. We didn't have Dr. Samanta in my country and my continent”, the Former President of Peru stated.

Recounting the story of his life he said, his father decided to migrate from the mountains to the sea port when he was 4.5 years old. “I am of short height due to malnourishment, but I could save my mind. A shoe shining boy, newspaper seller to supplement the daily income, I come from where you come from. The challenge is same, even though the language and religion are different. You have the luck of being at KISS”, he told the students.   

It is an emotional and happy experience to be amongst 25,000 indigenous children, said Madam Toledo, adding that it is a great learning as Peru also has a sizeable indigenous population. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rivera stated, Dr. Toledo’s life gives the message that one can achieve any success by studying hard and being gentle to others. This award is recognition to an extraordinary life who is committed to work for the poorest for the poor, he added.

In her presidential address, Smt. Bal said, presenting KISS Humanitarian Award 2015 to Dr. Toledo was a great honour for the institute. His words will be a source of great inspiration for the students of the institute, she added. Welcoming the former President of Peru and the visiting dignitaries, Dr. Samanta said, the recipient is a beacon of light to the aborigines of South America and his concern for the common man and indigenous people is well known all over the world.            

The KISS Humanitarian Award was instituted by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar in 2008 to honour and recognize individuals with exceptionally high contribution to the society in various fields relating to social issues and who have distinguished themselves as true humanitarians. The award is presented annually and its recipient is chosen by a high-level jury. KISS Humanitarian Award is being presented every year since its inception to great compassionate leaders of vision and concern for human values from different parts of the world.

Dr. Alejandro Toledo is the eighth KISS Humanitarian Laureate. Previous recipients of this prestigious award are: Ms. Anne F. Stenhammer, Former Regional Programme Director, UN Women, South Asia Regional Office (2014); Madam Albina Du Boisrouvray, Founder, FXB International, Switzerland (2013); His Excellency Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley, Hon'ble Prime Minister, The Royal Government of Bhutan (2012); Rt. Hon. Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (2011); Rt. Hon. Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Eminent Social Worker & His Excellency the President of Mauritius (2010); Dr. Ham Kee-Sun, Eminent Educationist & Physician and Hon’ble President & Founder, Hanseo University, South Korea (2009); Ms. Edna Bomo Molewa, Noted Social Worker & Hon'ble Cabinet Minister, Social Development, South Africa National Assembly, South Africa (2008).

Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS also spoke on the occasion, while Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS proposed the vote of thanks. 

Former President of Peru to receive KISS Humanitarian Award 2015 

Bhubaneswar: Dr. Alejandro Toledo, the former President of Peru has been nominated for the prestigious Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Humanitarian Award for the year 2015. The award will be conferred on Dr. Toledo on 22nd October 2015 in a special function in KISS. Dr. Toledo was democratically elected first president of Peru from 2001 to 2006. He is the first South American President of Indigenous descent to be democratically elected in five hundred years. During his five year tenure the central aim of Dr. Toledo was the fight against poverty through investment in healthcare and education. As a result a sustained economy growth and deliberate social policies directed to the poorest of the poor, extreme poverty was reduced by 25% in five years and employment rose at an average rate of 6% from 2004-06. From 2001-06 the Peruvian economy grew at an average rate of 6 to 7.5 %, making it one of the fasted growing economies in Latin America. Dr. Toledo was born in a small remote village in the Peruvian Andes. He grew up in extreme poverty in a family of 16 siblings. At the age of six, Dr. Toledo worked as a street shoe shiner and also sold newspaper and Lottery ticket to supplements the family income. He was becoming one of the prominent democratic leaders of Latin America and now globally. Dr. Toledo has received 75 honorary Doctorate Degree from prestigious Universities of Peru and around the world.

A special Jury committee along with Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS nominated Dr. Toledo for this prestigious award. The KISS Humanitarian Award was instituted by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar in 2008 to honour and recognize individuals with exceptionally high contribution to the society in various fields relating to social issues and who have distinguished themselves as true humanitarians. The award is presented annually and its recipient is chosen by a high-level jury. KISS Humanitarian Award is being presented every year since its inception to great compassionate leaders of vision and concern for human values from different parts of the world.

Ms. Anne F. Stenhammer, Former Regional Programme Director, UN Women, South Asia Regional Office was the seventh KISS Humanitarian Laureate (2014). Previous recipients of this prestigious award are: Madam Albina du Boisrouvray (2013), His Excellency Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley, Hon'ble Prime Minister, The Royal Government of Bhutan (2012); Rt. Hon. Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (2011); Rt. Hon. Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Eminent Social Worker & His Excellency the President of Mauritius (2010); Dr. Ham Kee-Sun, Eminent Educationist & Physician and Hon’ble President & Founder, Hanseo University, South Korea (2009); Ms. Edna Bomo Molewa, Noted Social Worker & Hon'ble Cabinet Minister, Social Development, South Africa National Assembly, South Africa (2008).

KISS Rugby Star to Join Indian Army

Chhitaranjan Murmu, a +3 Sc. final year student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), has made tribal community of Odisha proud by being selected in the Indian Army. A well-known name in the Indian Rugby circuit, Chhitaranjan was selected under Sports Quota (Rugby) and, after joining, he will play Rugby for the Services team.

He has been playing Rugby as a member of KISS team since 2006 and has represented the country in international tournaments on several occasions. He was a member of KISS India Team that won U-14 World Cup Rugby in London in 2007. Later, he represented India in international tournaments in Australia (2008), Laos (2010) and Pakistan (2013). He has also played in numerous national-level tournaments.

Elated at his recruitment in the Indian Army under Sports Quota, Chhitaranjan credited his success to Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for giving him an opportunity to study in KISS and playing Rugby for the institute. Chhitaranjan, who joined KISS in the year 2000 in Class I, benefitted from strong sporting culture of the institute. His talent was spotted early on and he was groomed to play Rugby by Mr. Rudrakesh Jena, Sports Officer of KISS.  

Chhitaranjan is from Santal Tribe and belongs to Santoshpur village of Balasore district. He is son of Mr. Katin Murmu and Mrs. Malati Murmu. 

Gopabandhu Jayanti Celebrated in KISS

138th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Gopabadhu Das was celebrated in KISS on Friday. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS; Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS; Surjyakant Mohanty, COO; P. K. Patra, ACEO, Dr. P. K. Das, Director; P. K. Patra, Director, Estates garlanded on the statute of Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das in the KISS premises. Pandit Gopabandhu always thought and worked for the development of under privileged, suppressed and poorest of the poor of the society and for tribal. Gopabandhu’s works and thought truly implemented in KISS successfully. it is the best tribute to Utkalmani said the speakers

KIIT& KISS Celebrate One Year of Swachha Bharat Abhiyan

KIIT & KISS celebrate one year of Swachha Bharat Abiyan, the pet programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The swachha bharat abhiyan was inaugurated by PM Modi on 2nd October 2014. This programme has completed one year.  On this occasion KIIT & KISS have taken a three day cleaning programme from 30th September to 2nd October 2015. KIIT & KISS took Swachha Bharat Abhiya enthusiastically. Last Sundays of every month the students, faculties, staff and officers of KIIT & KISS took part in clean programme as part of Swachha Bharat Abhiyan. Inaugurating the 3day cleaning programme on 30th September Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS advised the students, staff and officials of KIIT & KISS to make clean their home and environment. Today the three day programme concluded. In the early morning Dr. Samanta, Prof P P Mathur, VC, KIIT Univesity, Dr. Sasmitarani Samanta, Register, KIIT University along with students, staff and officials of KIIT & KISS took part in cleaning programme from Patia Chouk to KISS 2 kilometers long road.

Gandhi Jayanti Celebrated in KISS

Gandhi Jayanti and Shastri Jayanti celebrated in Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). On this occasion a mass prayer programme was organized in KISS. After garlanding on the statue of Mahatma Gandhi by Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS along with Dr. Bimalendu Mohanty, former VC, Utkal University of Culture, Pradosh Patnaik and Dilip Hali, Sr. Journalists, Dilip Shrichandan, Social Activist, Rabi Behera, R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS, Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, Surjyakant Mohany, COO, P. K. Das, Director and Pramod Patra, ACEO, KISS. 25000 students of KISS took part in mass prayer by performing Ramdhun and other favourite Bhajans of Gandhiji. Dr. Samanta felicitated 150 tribal teachers of different states who are joined a training programme going on in KISS by CCRT, New Delhi. He also felicitated American couple who are in a visit to Odisha.