A visionary social architect who embarked back in 1992 on a social development mission using education as the strategic medium to eradicate poverty and alienation from the surface of the earth, a goal envisaged today by global leaders that goes as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He is the Founder of KIIT University – A multi-disciplinary University with a current student strength of 27,000, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)- world’s largest fully-free residential KG-PG institute for 25,000 poorest-of-the-poor indigenous aborigine (Scheduled Tribe) children and an institute with “Special Consultative Status” with UN; Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences- a medical college with 2000 bedded hospital and other allied institutes like Dental and Nursing Colleges; KIIT International School (with International Baccalaureate affiliation), Kadambini Media Pvt Limited (for promoting art, literature, and culture)- publisher of ‘Kadambini’ – a popular literary family magazine in Odia since 2000, and ‘Kunikatha’ – a magazine for children since 2006, and maker of several award winning movies; and Kalinga TV Pvt. Ltd- 24×7 News Channel.
Promoter since the year 2000 of ‘NANHI PARI’, one-of-its-kind-in-the-world Little Miss India Competition for identifying and nurturing young talents; has become a global event today.
As a social reformer he has been propagating “ART OF GIVING” (philosophy of life), a concept aimed at bringing peace to human mind around the globe – (www.artofgiving.in.net), ART OF APPRECIATION – spreading the message of the Art of Appreciation and “INDIA AGAINST NEGTIVITY” (www.ian.org.in) to annihilate negativity in human minds.
MEMBER IN NATIONAL BODIES:
Achyuta Samanta has served as member of 15 Government of India Bodies, as the Commission Member (2008-2014) of University Grants Commission (UGC), AICTE, NCTE, etc; and, as member of six international bodies of high importance including CIFEJ in Dubai.
He has been elected as General President (2017-18) of 105th Indian Science Congress. He is the youngest ever General President of ISCA.
RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION
Isa Award-2015 for Service to Humanity (with I million USD as Prize Money), the highest civilian award of the Kingdom of Bahrain; highest civilian award of Mongolia-2015; GUSI PEACE PRIZE INTERNATIONAL (popularly known as the Nobel Peace Prize of Asia)- 2014; President’s Gold Medal, CIS International Association of Knowledge, Moscow; High Civilian Award of Czeck Republic; ‘Hall of Fame’ Award from World CSR Congress, Economic Times Award for being in the top 50 successful entrepreneurs in India, 2015 besides 50 other national awards and 200 state level awards.
He has also received 31 Degrees of Doctorate/Doctor of Letters (Honorary Causa) from different Universities in India and abroad, besides 4 national & international fellowships (ISTE, CSI, ICA, APACPH).
Besides 2 Guinness World Records for KISS, there are 4 Limca Book of Records including one scripted in his name as the Youngest Chancellor of any University in India.
ACHIEVEMENTS: Poverty alleviation; Spread of quality education (school, higher and professional), Social Reforms, Removal of Illiteracy, and other enterprises impacting socio-cultural and economical situation of the state and the country; creating change agents for the indigenous aborigine community, developing quality sports persons. A KISS boy has been selected to represent India in the 2016 & 2020 Olympic Games in archery).
RURAL DEVELOPMENT: Prof. Samanata’s innovative strategy and dedication has led to development of his native village, Kalarabanka, into a MODEL VILLAGE in 2005 and the entire cluster of villages (Panchayat) of which Kalarabanka is a part is well on its way to becoming a SMART PANCHAYAT by 2015.
SOCIAL ARENA: He is empowering about 2 Million people through Education and skill development in collaboration with a number of organizations like UNFPA, etc. Currently he is working for establishment of 20 branches of KISS covering 20 districts of Odisha and another 20 branches across the country besides 2 branches abroad under his “NEW MIND NEW DREAM PROGRAMME”, a vision for empowering socio-economic uplift. A Gandhigram, a tribal museum and the longest heritage corridor are under way.
He has dedicated his life for selfless service for humanitarian cause and has remained a bachelor.
KIIT, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha (India)
Mob: +91 9937020928 / 9437000928
E-mail: [email protected]
KIIT : www.kiit.ac.in
KISS : www.kiss.ac.in
AOG : www.artofgiving.in.net