Tag Archives: KISS

Prominent Educationist Prof DK Behera Joins As Vice-Chancellor Of KISS DU In Bhubaneswar

Renowned Educationist and Administrator Professor Deepak Kumar Behera have joined KISS Deemed to be University as vice-chancellor. He served as the Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University and Berhampur University before joining KISS.

Prof Behera was the first Vice-Chancellor of Rajendra University, Balangir and he was also a Fulbright Visiting Professor at California State University at Long Beach. He was also felicitated with many awards and honours for his outstanding contribution to the field of Anthropology.

He has joined as Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University on 25th of January 2021 where he had a vision of transforming the University in terms of starting some new self-financing courses, doing a lot of CSR activities, skilling programs for the tribal areas in and around Sambalpur, and upgrade the rank of the University in the next cycle of NAAC and NIRF.

For his immense contribution in the field of Cultural Anthropology, he was the recipient of the prestigious Sarat Chandra Roy Memorial Gold Medal by the Asiatic Society, Kolkata for his contribution in the field of Cultural Anthropology. For more than 120 research publications he was credited for his work. His research publication which was honoured was most in the fields of ‘Tribal Studies’ and ‘Children & childhood’.

Pic Courtesy – Twitter

Prof Behera also served as a member of the executive board of the World Anthropology Association which is the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences for the period 1998-2009. He has widely travelled to overseas countries like the US, Europe, South Africa, Denmark, Sweden, Singapore, Dubai, etc. He is involved in the accreditation of institutes and is on the panel of the National Board of Accreditation (NBA); National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT and KISS congratulated Prof Behera and stated that KISS is a unique creation of the Almighty and is the only university to run for the tribal children across the world.

Image Source – Twitter

Dr. Achyuta Samanta honored With Honorary Doctorate Degree

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT & KISS was honored with Honorary Doctorate Degree from Desh Bhagat University for his excellent contribution toward Social Service and Education.

Dr. Achyuta Samanta was also been bestowed with a Doctorate from a total of 45 reputed universities of India and abroad. Samanta was addressed for his outstanding and persistent contribution towards Social Service and Education.

For the last 30 years, Samanta has been working in the field of education and social work for the people who are in need.

Dr. Samanta expressed his happiness on his official account by quoting – “I feel immensely humbled and honored to be conferred with Honorary Doctorate by DBUIndia, Punjab for my relentless contribution to Social Service and Education. Thanks to the members of the Board for proposing my name and making it my 45th Honoris Causa. Such recognition inspires me to work towards my cause of achieving zero poverty, zero hunger, zero illiteracy.”

Image Source : Google

KISS and KIIT Founder Dr Achyuta Samanta Helps 2 Divyang Girls: Assures Them Jobs

The outburst of the Coronavirus has affected millions of people, whether losing their jobs or loss in their business. COVID-19 has created a havoc situation in everyone’s life, especially with disabled people. With many losing their jobs and striving to sustain their daily subsistence, KISS foundation extended their helping hands to two physically disabled girls from Kandhamal.

Jyostna Majhi and Laxmi Patro from Kandhamal had a complicated life and due to COVID things have turned upside down for these two disabled girls. They left their homes and shifted to Bhubaneswar to take up vocational training with a dream of becoming independent. Jyostna was doing DTP and Laxmi took up a tailoring job in Bhubaneswar. But to the national lockdown, both the girls lost their jobs and were in a complete devastating condition during this pandemic. For the last six months, they were staying at a school.

Pic Courtesy : Google

After their story came to light, KISS and KIIT founder Dr Achyuta Samanta extended their hands and decided to help them. He stated in his official Facebook page that he wanted to help them in all possible ways and when he asked these two girls they revealed their urge to be independent and do some jobs which will help them to sustain their livelihood. Even despite being disabled, they have a wish to be independent and self-sufficient.

He assured that the girls would be provided employment at KISS and stay as in the staff quarters. Specific arrangements will be made before they join and now, for the time being, they have provided them with the financial assistance of 10000 rupees for sustenance. 

 Dr Samanta further said, “I understand how difficult it is for girls to lead a life without financial stability and independence, especially the differently abled. We promise to take good care of them at KISS”.

The two girls expressed their gratitude to KISS, and Dr Samanta for helping them out in this pandemic situation.

Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty


Image Source: Google

Fount of Inspiration

Fount of Inspiration

Source: Google

Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS

Noted educational entrepreneur and social reformer Achyuta Samanta(Fount of Inspiration) added yet another gleaming feather to his cap when he was adjudged ‘Personality of the Year Award’ by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (Ficci).

The award was bestowed on Samanta, founder of KIIT Group of Institutions and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) during the 15th Ficci Higher Education Summit held recently in New Delhi.

In the 21st century globalized world, education is the core of the economic development of any country.

As an apex chamber, Ficci feels the necessity to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the unsung leaders in this sector. And, for a towering legend like Samanta(Fount of Inspiration), education is the only tool for poverty alleviation. Having been in the throes of acute poverty, Samanta(Fount of Inspiration) obviously realizes the pangs of a childhood deprived of access to quality education.

Decades later, the same dispossessed Samanta mustered extraordinary courage and gumption to build a sprawling education conglomerate that offered an array of courses- from engineering to law and sports management to communications.

But what will single out Dr. Samanta is his unparalleled work in developing and nourishing KISS- an ecosystem that has aligned over 27,000 tribal children with mainstream education, offering them academic attainments from KG to PG. This model has won Samanta untold laurels and rocketed him to international recognition.

The humble and unassuming Samanta(Fount of Inspiration) also grabbed airwaves in prime time telly recently when he appeared as a special invitee at ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’.

“I lost my father at the age of four, brought in utter poverty with seven siblings, without a roof on head or assurance of a meal.  Coming from such background, I had a dream to provide free education to the poor children, and the Almighty blessed me to establish educational institutes like KISS and KIIT,” Samanta said in the show. Samanta featured in KBC’s special ‘Karamveer’ episode.

The 54-year old Rajya Sabha MP is known for his exemplary contribution to education.

Samanta(Fount of Inspiration) has built a chain of institutions with state-of-the-art infrastructure and the best available faculty in the brand name of KIIT, his only passion for the moment is to eradicate poverty.

This is delightfully summed up in the legend’s own words, “Pain and passion have been my best friends- pain in the past and passion in the present to alleviate poverty from the face of the earth”.

Samanta’s(Fount of Inspiration) work has been profusely praised by the who’s who from all walks of life. “When you go to KISS, you witness a University that stands for Humanity. When thousands of children are eating together, then you see the elements of humanism on the campus of this university. It requires commitment of the highest order. It requires passion – almost close to obsession. Only then you can think about such kind of qualitative change”, feels Prof Ved Prakash, former chairman at the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Samanta(Fount of Inspiration) has a three-pronged mission- Zero Poverty, Zero Hunger, and Zero Illiteracy.