Educational entrepreneur, altruistic social worker and a zealous reformist, Dr Achyuta Samanta(Achyuta Samanta’s new badge of honour, KIIT makes it to top varsity rankings) is on cloud nine these days. And, he has reasons galore to be in that exalted state.
KIIT, a sprawling educational empire founded by him has made it to the top university rankings in a survey conducted by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
Attaining 24th rank, KIIT has rubbed shoulders with some of the most sought after universities in the country. Samanta’s incessant efforts to create a university and more, an educational ecosystem of KIIT’s scale has raked in rich dividends.
“My special thanks to the lovable #KIITians who have been the backbone behind all the achievements of KIIT. KIIT exists and thrives because of the students. Thanks to all the well-wishers who have always made us move from strength to strength”, Samanta tweeted.
Dr Samanta also thanked the teaching staff of the KIIT University who have been instrumental in helping KIIT achieve one accolade after the other. The dedicated faculty inspires the students to explore the best in them and together, they contribute to research and innovation.
Its Samanta’s benevolent and humane values that have stood out from the clutter of other edupreneurs across the country. The principles of compassion and humanity run in the DNA of KIIT.
Whether it’s the social outreach programmes such as rural development and healthcare camps or the approach of zero tolerance against sexual assault and more, KIIT under Samanta’s stewardship has never shied away from shouldering any responsibility.
KIIT’s exemplary commitment to tackle a global health crisis was manifested in its alacrity to set up the country’s first exclusive Covid hospital. The hospital was commissioned in an astonishing span of less than a week of its announcement.
The dedicated Covid-19 hospital set up within the premises of city-based Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), would be open round the clock with staff working in three shifts.
To begin with, 683 staff including doctors and paramedics has been attached to it. Any need for additional manpower would be assessed by the authorities at an appropriate stage.
By Samanta’s own admission- To become great is difficult, to maintain is more difficult and to continue with the same intensity is the most difficult feat.
“Those who know me know the story of KIIT, KISS and my personal struggles – my poor childhood, struggle with sponsoring education and the hardships. We started from scratch to become one of the most sought after universities in India. Wearer only knows where the shoe pinches and my set of ordeals are known to me and God. Now, that KIIT and KISS have achieved a place of prominence, I wonder, how does it rise from there? How do we not plateau? Continuation of beauty is more important than the creation of beauty. It takes a lot of energy, passion and intention to maintain the huge institutions. Continuity and Consistency to rise towards excellence has been the hallmark of these two institutions”, he says.
As the world of education switches on to the new normal, KISS Foundation has taken up a novel approach teaching in times of pandemic, recognising the digital divide and network issues in rural areas.
It is offering one-hour classes on television every day to ensure there is no discontinuity in academic education. Besides, students of the KIIT Foundation have been given projects to do on tribal language, culture, folklore, dance, medicine and so on depending on their age and grade.