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SEPTEMBER 2011
Former Prime Minister of Nepal Visits KISS
26.09.2011
Workshop on Life Skill Education at KISS
24.09.2011
KISS signs MoU with Intel Technology
22.09.2011
KISS Students Picked Up By Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in KIIT Campus Placement 2012
18.09.2011
Padma Vibhushan Dr. Anil Kakodkar visits KISS
15.09.2011
Student-Delegates from US visit KISS
15.09.2011
Two KISS Girls in Probable Indian Women Rugby Team
13.09.2011
 
Noted Social Activist, Ms. Angela Gomes visits KISS
13.09.2011
KISS Rugby Academy Qualifies for 78th All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament 2011
09.09.2011
 
KISS Student Selected to Play National School-level Football
07.09.2011
 
Teachers’ Day Celebration in KISS
06.09.2011

Former Prime Minister of Nepal Visits KISS

Former Prime Minister of Nepal, Hon'ble Shri Jhala Nath Khanal went around different campuses of KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) during his visit to the institute recently. Shri Khanal, who led a 10-member delegation from Nepal, had a long interaction with 15,000 tribal children of KISS.

Addressing the students of KISS, Shri Khanal highlighted rich cultural, traditional and political contacts between India and Nepal. He informed about recent situation of Nepal. Shri Khanal advised the students to lead a disciplined life, citing examples from his own life in which he overcame many hurdles to become the Prime Minister of Nepal. He told them to make it a mission to remove poverty and exploitation from the society.

It may be mentioned that Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS had met him during his visit to Nepal for a programme in February this year. On that occasion, Dr. Samanta had briefed him about KIIT & KISS and invited him to visit the institutes. Shri Khanal, who resigned from the post of Prime Minister of Nepal within only 21 days, kept his assurance to visit KIIT & KISS. Wife, Ravilaxmi Chitrakar and son, Nirbhik, besides a delegation from Nepal, accompanied him.

Dr. Samanta expressed gratitude to Shri Jhala Nath Khanal for his visit to KIIT & KISS. Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor of KIIT University and Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS were present on the occasion.

Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award for Dr. A. Samanta

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT-KISS has been conferred the Prestigious Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award on 21st September 2011. It is presented for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Social Work, to any individual who has made significant contribution for the betterment of the society. Dr. Samanta has been selected for his contribution towards tribal empowerment through Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), where 15,000 tribal students get education free of cost including accommodation, health facility and self sufficiency through vocational education. It is given by Modi group.

Some earlier recipients of the award have been Dr. Verghese Kurien, Shri E. Sreedharan, and Sister Sudha Varghese - for her unrelenting efforts over 25 years to improve the plight of the Musahars in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and Dr. Prakash and Mandakini Amte for their exceptional work for the Gonds in Maharashtra. Dr Jaya Arunachalam received the Social Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Bravery Awards 2010.

Godfrey Phillips Bravery Awards aims to instil amongst citizens a culture of selfless conduct. The Bravery awards were instituted in 1990 to acknowledge and reward the unsung heroes of everyday life. The awards include the Physical Bravery Award, Social Bravery Award, Mind of Steel Award  and Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Service. The Godfrey Phillips Bravery Awards have saluted more than 1200 individuals over the years. The awards are presented in 16 states - Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Goa and Himachal Pradesh.

Judged by a panel comprising of personalities from fields like administrative services, police and retired judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, social workers and media celebrities, the selection process involves thorough checking of cited events, persons and places, in order to ensure that only deserving individuals are given the awards.

Workshop on Life Skill Education at KISS

A workshop on Life Skill Education, being implemented jointly by KISS and UNFPA, was organized on September 24, 2011. Education is necessary for the development of complete personality, said Ms. Aparajita Sarangi, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, School and Mass Education Department, Govt. of Odisha graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. An individual should move towards one’s goal with self confidence and self respect till one reaches one’s goal, she said. Citing example of KISS Founder, Dr. A. Samanta, she said that dedication, humility and hard work are necessary for success. Many children in Odisha drop out of education due to ignorance, she pointed out, adding that incidence of sexual exploitation has also come to light. Ms. Sarangi had taken initiative to place counselor in each school to check these vices. She had opined that lady teachers would function as counselors in schools for the safety of girl students. Various facts relating to Life Skills would be disseminated to different parts of Odisha through this workshop, she hoped.

India is third in terms of human resources, after China and the United States, UNFPA State Chief, Shri Hemant Dwivedy informed, adding that only in America, 36% doctor, 12% and 34% NASA staff are Indians. India tops in producing highly skilled human resources, he said. Shri Dwivedy elaborated on three main life skills. Introducing the workshop, Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS said that main objectives of Life Skill Education are to impart interpersonal skills, qualitative education and to inculcate high thinking. The programme makes girls and boys aware about themselves, orients them about health issues during the age 9-19 and focuses on adolescent education. To begin with, 300 students of KISS out of 5000 students have been included in the programme, Dr. Routray informed. Purpose of the workshop is to put the word out in the State that the experiment has been successful.

In his welcome address, Dr A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS expressed gratitude to Ms. Sarangi, Shri Dwivedy and participants of the workshop representing more than 300 delegates from schools in different parts of the state and teachers of Mass Education Department. KISS was first chosen as a Nodal Centre for Life Skill Education, and its success would be replicated in different districts of the State. Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University, Shri R. N. Dash, Advisor, KIIT & KISS and Academic Director, Dr. Motilal Dash were present at the workshop.

KISS inks MoU with Intel Technology

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and Intel Technology India Private Limited agreed upon a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 22nd September 2011. The MoU was signed between Ms. Valsa Williams, Head, Corporate Affairs (N & E), Intel and Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.

Briefing about the MoU, Ms. Williams said that most of the Intel’s programmes are run in association with Central or State Governments. This is the first-time Intel will be sharing its programme with a non-government organization. Describing KISS as a wonderful initiative by Dr. Samanta, she said that it is an excellent opportunity for Intel to express its corporate social responsibility through KISS.

The MoU focuses on introducing sustainable professional development practices for the teachers in the K-12 segment through Intel-Teach curriculum and promoting inventions and innovations among students through IRIS-Intel. It also seeks to promote literacy among tribal youth and out of school children through the Intel Learn Programme. Focus would be on hands-on approach to ICT learning for under-served children in the age group 8-16.

Expressing gratitude to Ms. Williams and other officials of Intel, Dr. Samanta said that various programmes to be undertaken as a result of the MoU would provide exposure to tribal students of KISS on modern ICT technology.         

Mr. Indranil Samaddar, Manager, Business Development, Intel; Mr. Srinivas Tadigadapa, Programme Manager, South Asia, Intel World Ahead Programme; Mr. K. C. Mishra, Director, eKutir; Mr. Sriniwas Garudachar, Director, Grameen; Prof. Ashok S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University; Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar; Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS and other officials of KIIT, KISS and Intel were present at the signing ceremony.

Intel is an ultimate subsidiary company of Intel Corporation and has been developing technology, which enables the computer and internet.

KISS Students Picked Up By Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in KIIT Campus Placement 2012

Three out of four tribal students from Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) who participated in the selection process of TCS  held on 18th September 2011 got job in the IT major.  Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) picked up a whopping 708 students from 2012 passing batch of KIIT University. The three students had joined B.Tech programme of KIIT University after passing out from KISS.

Two KISS Girls in Probable Indian Women Rugby Team

Two girls of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) - Bhagyalaxmi Barik and Samyukta Munda - have found place in probable Indian Women Team for Asian Women 7-A Side Rugby Championship to be held from October 1 - 2, 2011. They have left for Balewadi Stadium in Pune to participate in the training camp for the Championship, which will go on till September 30. Bhagyalaxmi was also selected for Indian Rugby Squad, which played in Asian Games held in China in 2010. She had put up a spirited performance in Asian Games. Similarly, both Bhagyalaxmi and Samyukta had attracted attention of selectors due to their excellent performance in recently concluded All India Women 7-A Side Rugby Tournament. The two girls were selected for probable Indian Women Rugby Team because of a string of excellent performances in their recent outings.

KISS Rugby Academy Qualifies for 78th All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament 2011
 KISS Rugby Academy has qualified for 78th All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament – 2011 scheduled to be held in Bombay Gymkhana, Mumbai from 10th to 17th September 2011. It is the first time that KISS Rugby Academy will participate in this prestigious tournament. Total 22 players from KISS, accompanied by Coach, Mr. Roshan Xaxa and Manager, Mr. Debasis Rout left for Mumbai on 8th September 2011.

 Players of KISS Rugby Academy are:- Rajkishore Murmu (Captain), Muna Murmu, Sahadev Majhi, Bukai Hansda, Kanhu Charan Hembram, Krishna Tudu, Satindra Hasnu, Chittaranjan Murmu, Ganesh Hembram, Jabes Hajoary(Assam), Basu Hembram, Kishore Nayak, Rukman Bariha, Prakash Murmu, Bhanja Sundhi, Niranjan Biswal, Barial Besra, Ramrai Munda, Gauranga Jamuda, Narasingh Kerai and Hadidhangada Majhi.  Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS congratulated all players and wished them success.

KISS Student Selected to Play National School-level Football

A student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Chaturanand Marandi, has been selected to play as a part of the Odisha Team in National School-level Football Tournament to be held in Srinagar from September 15 to 20. He is the only player from Football Team of Khurdha Educational Circle to be selected in the State Team. He had participated in the selection process for players to tour Germany organized by Bajaj Allianz in Kolkata recently. Chaturanand was among two players selected from Odisha. His good performance at this event had attracted the attention of selectors. Earlier, six boys and ten girls of KISS, as a part of Football Team of Khurda Educational Circle, had performed very well in State School-level Football Tournament that recently concluded in Katak. KISS provides equal importance to education as well as sports. For this reason, boys and girls of this institute excel in academic, sports and other fields. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS congratulated Chaturanand and wished him the best for the future.