August 2017
 
UPSC Chairman Visits KIIT & KISS 31.08.2017
KISS Students Set Another World Record
Guinness World Records in Laughter Yoga
29.08.2017
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Declared Deemed University
First Tribal University in the World
25.08.2017
8th National HR Conclave at KIIT School of Management 19.08.2017
Independence Day Celebrated at KIIT & KISS 15.08.2017
Can Nano Curcumin be used as an adjunct therapy
for Malaria, Cancer and TB in humans?
12.08.2017  
UN Under Secretary General Visits KISS and KIIT 11.08.2017
 IGCSE Results: KiiT International Re-emphasizes Quality  11.08.2017  
18th National Cities Team Chess Championship concludes
KIIT (Odisha) Team Bags Champion Trophy
09.08.2017
18th National Cities Team Chess Championship
inaugurated at Kalarabank
06.08.2017

News & Events

UPSC Chairman Visits KIIT & KISS

Prof. David R. Syiemlieh, Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and KIIT on August 31, 2017. 

“I feel concious as I stand before you and It has never happened in my life before. Each one of you is unique, a special gift, and your leader Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS is a great visionary. I have never seen a person with so much simplicity and humility in my life”, he said, addressing 25000 tribal students of the institute.  Everybody should visit KISS rather visiting historical sites, said Prof. Syiemlieh 

Students should establish themselves in society and adopt the qualities of Dr. Samanta, in serving the poor, deprived and underprivileged in the society, he urged. Earlier, Prof. Syiemlieh visited all campuses of KIIT and various units of KISS and interacted with the students. 

Among others Mr. Niankoro Yeah Samake, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary, Republic of Mali and Mr. Philippe Le Gall, Ambassador of the Republic of Seychelles also spoke on the occasion. Dr. Samanta delivered welcome address, while Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS proposed vote of thanks.

KISS Students Set Another World Record
Guinness World Records in Laughter Yoga

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) creates another world record in attending Largest Laughter Yoga Class in the world on 29th August 2017. 15,991 Students performed laughter Yoga with Guru of Giggling Dr. Madan Kataria to create Guinness World Record. After verifying all the criteria of the largest Laughter Yoga Class, the official of Guinness World Records Swapnil Dangarikar presented a certificate to Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for the achievement. The past Guinness Record in laughter Yoga was 1126. Previously, KISS has set Double Guinness World Records by forming the longest human chain and largest human sentence in the world by indigenous people. KISS is the pride of Odisha, glory of India and wonder of the world, said Dr. Samanta, while congratulating the students for the successful Largest Laughter Yoga Class and the world record. Among others Prof. Madhuri Kataria, Smt. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS; R. N. Dash, Secretary and Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO were also present on this occasion.

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Declared Deemed University
First Tribal University in the World

On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has been granted the University status by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India vide its Letter No. F.9-14/2011-U-3 (A) dated 25/08/2017It has become the first tribal university in India and in the entire world. Though Indira Gandhi National Tribal University has been established before, it enrolls students of all categories. On the other hand, KISS University is exclusively for tribal students. 

KISS has been declared a Deemed University under De-Novo category. The University will introduce seven new innovative departments in the first phase to provide impetus to research on tribal studies and help KISS achieve a place of prominence in the tribal education and research in world. Deemed University status has been granted with this hope. As before, students of KISS University will get residential education absolutely free of cost.

Expressing his satisfaction, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS University said, this became possible due to the blessings of Almighty and good wishes of people of Odisha. He expressed gratitude to the people of Odisha. Dr. Samanta, on behalf of KISS, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi. Expressing his gratitude to Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Samanta said that without his blessings and good wishes, KISS could not have scaled such height.

He has expressed his personal gratitude to Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar, who made history by approving to grant Deemed to be University status to KISS. He has thanked the officials of the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India and the University Grants Commission for their approval. He thanked two Union Ministers from Odisha, Shri Jual Oram, Minister of Tribal Affairs and Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum for their help and good wishes. Dr. Samanta also expressed his thanks to local, national and international media for their support.

KISS Deemed University is supposed to be the first University in the world exclusively for tribal students and tribal studies, which is fully free and fully residential. Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) was founded by Prof. Achyuta Samanta in 1992-93 in a rented building in Bhubaneswar with only 125 poor tribal students. It underwent massive growth with gradual increase in the student strength. At present, student strength of KISS has touched 37,000 (27,000 existing students and 10,000 graduated). Sixty percent (60%) of them are girl students.

In addition to formal education from Class I to Postgraduate level, a wide range of vocational skill is imparted to the students. Besides implementing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in true sense, KISS has been able to bring about much needed social changes in the tribal hinterland of Odisha and its neighboring states by arresting spread of Maoist and Naxalite insurgency. KISS, through its 37,000 students who come from as many families in different villages across the state, is indeed transforming tribal mindset and helping them join the mainstream society.

There was a wave of joy among the students of KISS after getting this news. Parents of around 40,000 students of the institute and the tribal community were overjoyed with the achievement.

8th National HR Conclave at KIIT School of Management

KIIT School of Management organized its 8th National HR Conclave on 19th August, 2017. Theme of the conclave was "Beyond HR: Transcending Functional Boundaries". Inaugurating the conclave Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS shared his experience and insights about HR being more of practical than conceptual knowledge. Giving example of KIIT & KISS he said, HR is the pivot which balances the entire organization.

Different panel discussions were organized on different aspects of HR. The first panel on the theme comprised of Ajay Kaul, Ex-President& CEO, Jubilant Foodworks; Lata Menon, Senior VP-HR; Aegis Ltd.; Ashok Kumar Mohanty, VP - Strategic Transformation, Business Excellence, Tata Housing & Development; Tojo Jose, CHRO, Muthoot Fincorp Ltd. and Sandeep Banerjee, VP - HR, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. The discussions concentrated on the changing roles of HR leaders in a fast emerging digitalized world. Given the importance and the work values of Gen Z in today’s organization, HR professionals need to capitalize on building human quotient. The panel also discussed the importance of mentoring and coaching for employees.

The second panel discussion comprised of Chandrashekhar Pingali, Founder & Managing Director, ICube Consortium Pte. Ltd.; Meenaa Sharma, CHRO, Reliance Money; Chandrashekhar Mukherjee, Group Chief People Officer, SREI Infrastructure Ltd.; Vivekanand Roy, VP & Head FTTX, Reliance Jio Infocomm and Umesh Kamath, Director - HR, Robosoft. The theme of the second track was “Impact of Technology on Restructuring Traditional Human Resource Practices”. The panel started the discussion by talking about the relationship between Human Capital and Human Resource Management. The panel felt that at a strategic level despite the all-pervasive nature of technology, human touch would always retain its importance. Hence, the biggest challenge today is the unification of human touch and technology.

The third track on the theme “New Frontiers in HR and Business”. The panellists were Himanshu Chakrawarti, CEO, HiCare Services; Prabir Kumar Ray, Advisor - Strategy and Business Development, Prism Cement, Johnson Tiles and RMC India; Prashant Srivastava, President - Human Capital and People Excellence, Reliance Group.; Vijay Sinha, Sr. VP-HR, JSW Energy Ltd.; Ashish Anand, Director and Head of HR, Religare Finvest Ltd. The panel concurred that with the gradual disappearance of vertical boundaries and the greater use of technology, there emerge new challenges and opportunities for the spectrum of HR in aligning with the larger vision of the organization.

The final session of the conclave had ten informative and interactive workshops with thought-provoking discussions on topics such as Role of HR in Building and Engaging a Virtual Workforce; Sweeping Changes in Labor Legislations; Role of HR in Mergers and Acquisitions. The conclave was one of the three National Level events organized by KIIT School of Management in the areas of HR, Marketing and Finance to bring industry closer to the academia. It provides students with an opportunity to interact with business leaders and policy makers for holistic learning.

Independence Day Celebrated at KIIT & KISS

71st Independence Day has been celebrated in KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). Prof. Sudarshan Nanda, acting VC, KIIT University hoisted the National Flag in KIIT while, Dr. B. N. Nanda, Senior most Economic Advisor, Govt of India and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and broadcasting hoisted the National Flag in KISS and took salute. Addressing the students he remembered the role of great Tribal freedom fighters like Birsa Munda and Laxman Nayak. Everybody should cooperate and support in the development of our country, he added. You should respect your parents, teachers and elders and you should have developed a sacrificing mentality, he advised the students.

Among others Smt. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS; Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS, Dr. P.K. Routary, CEO, KISS; Dr. P. K. Das, Director, KISS were also present during the occasion. After flag hoisting March-past was performed by the students of KISS. The students also performed colourful cultural programme.  Mr. Ridzal Saat, Mr. Benjamin Van Rooyen, Mr. Aga Hussain, Mr. Mahes Mathai, Mr. Saurav Chatterjee from World, Rugby, Asia Rugby and Rugby India were also joined the Flag hoisting ceremony in KISS. Similarly Independence Day also celebrated in KiiT International School and Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS).

Can Nano Curcumin be used as an adjunct therapy
for Malaria, Cancer and TB in humans?

KIIT Technology Business Incubator (KIIT-TBI) an initiative of Dr. Achyuta Samanta Founder, KIIT & KISS to provide a vibrant ecosystem for promoting innovations and entrepreneurship development. It was started in 2009 and supported by National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Dept. of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India.

Recently a group of scientists develop a medicine which is very beneficial for many diseases. Turmeric (Haldi) has been traditionally used in our food for centuries not only because it spices up our curries but because Curcumin, the bioactive polyphenolic compound present in turmeric may provide some therapeutic benefits. Recent research has shown that curcumin is not only non toxic but it can give us relief from pain and help in wound healing, reduce inflammation and tissue damage.  But Curcumin is very poorly soluble in water and therefore very little of whatever we eat in our food goes into blood and shows very little effect. Therefore if natural curcumin can be converted into a bio-available form   it can be taken orally and will be therapeutically more effective.  Working on this line a nanotised form of pure curcumin was developed by the lead researcher Professor Santosh Kumar Kar at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. Since nano curcumin showed about five times better bioavailability than the natural curcumin its therapeutic efficacy was tested in mice for various human disease conditions like Malaria, Cancer and Tuberculosis. It was shown that bioavailable Curcumin when fed to mice infected with the rodent malaria parasitePlasmodium yoelii the untreated mice died in few days while the nano curcumin fed mice controlled the infection and survived. This observation has been published in Advances in Biotechnology. Encouraged by this observation the nano curcumin was tested in a mouse model of breast cancer in collaboration with Prof. Gaurisankar Sa of Bose Instutute, Kolkata. Nano curcumin was found to modulate T regulatory cell responses and was effective in controlling tumor growth in mouse. This observation has been published in the journal Immunology.

Then we tested the efficacy of the nano curcumin in a mouse model of TB.  In humans when TB develops due to infection with drug sensitive organisms the antibiotics treatment is usually given for 6 to 9 months and for drug resistant TB, treatment can go up to 24 months.  When the treatment is long, patients usually stop taking the drugs after some time leading to emergence of drug resistant strains which cannot be treated with the available drugs.  .Further, all the drugs used for treatment of TB are very toxic and their prolonged use damages the liver and other organs. But in an animal model of TB  we have shown  that use of nano curcumin along with Isoniazid not only reduces the time for cure by 50% but the  liver at the end of treatment remains intact, the mycobacteria does not show much  latency and the immune system of the mice remains intact..This work was done in collaboration with Prof. Gobardhan Das, of Centre of Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has been recently published in Frontiers in Immunology. These results in mice model have very important implication for human TB and we wish to pursue it.

Realizing that curcumin can help in wound healing, Prof Biswabandita Kar of School of Technology, KIIT University and Dr. Bansidhar Mulia from KIMS formed a team and   guided three students for their M. V. Sc thesis which has been completed. The research   was done under their supervision at the Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, OUAT, Bhubaneswar by the team of   Prof. Jayakrishna Das. It has shown remarkable effect on the healing of difficult wounds of dogs.

Mouth wash prepared from our nano curcumin   was tested by the team of Dr. Hemamalini Rath at the Department of Public Health Denstry, SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack involving human volunteers. It was found to delay in most cases the onset of oral mucocytis in comparison to the gold standard Benzydamine. This will be very useful for management of oral cancer whose incidence in our country is very high and increasing every day. The research work at KIIT University was assisted by .Mr. Sitabja Mukherjee a graduate student of Prof. Santosh Kumar Kar. Expressing his satisfaction Dr. A. Samanta thanked all scientists and wish their success. 

UN Under Secretary General Visits KISS and KIIT

United Nations (UN) under Secretary General Erik Solheim visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and KIIT University on Friday. Erik along with a high level delegation visited various campuses of KIIT and the various departments of KISS. On this occasion addressing 25,000 students of KISS Erik said, the campuses of these two great institutions are fantastic. KISS is the only institution in world where 25.000 students are living in one campus. Dr. Achyuta samanta who made these two great institutions is hero for us. He also said the world is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. He had four dreams. He dreamed for poverty free world. We need to fight for poverty free world by 2030. Mahatma Gandhi believed in nature. We have to protect our nature. He always said cleanliness is godliness. We should keep our India Clean. We should keep his dreams alive, Erik advised the students. You are the future of the world. You can make great your parents, family, society, country and the world. Among others Satya S. Tripathy, Senior Advisor on UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Juris Dierckx, CEO, BNP Paribas India, Ratna Dharashree, CEO, Micro Finance Institutions Network of India were also present. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS and KIIT gave welcome address while R. N. Dash, Secretary, KISS and KIIT proposed vote of thanks.

 IGCSE Results: KiiT International Re-emphasizes Quality 

In a record breaking turn of events, 90% of the students from KiiT-IS achieved the highest grade, proving themselves distinctions holders. Every year, the school provides a foundation to IGCSE students such that they go on to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and consistently stand a better chance of getting chosen into Ivy League universities around the world.

Among 10,000 schools across 160 countries, KiiT International School (Bhubaneswar) stands out as the only school in Odisha which offers Cambridge qualifications to students with high ambition and great potential. On the 10th of August 2017 (Thursday), KiiT International School celebrated the phenomenal success of all its pupils who have been pursuing the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), the most popular international curriculum in recent history.

18th National Cities Team Chess Championship concludes
KIIT (Odisha) Team Bags Champion Trophy

KIIT (Odisha) Team won the 18th National Cities Team Chess Championship Title, which was concluded at Kalarabank on 9th August. This tournament was jointly organized by KIIT University and Jagatsinghpur district Chess Association. It is for the first time in the country that, a national level chess event is being held in a rural area. Puri Senior (Odisha), Kolkata-2, KISS (Odisha) secured second, third and fourth position respectively. All these top four teams selected for the Asian Cities Chess Championship to be held at KIIT from 26th August to 1st September 2017. The champion team won trophy with cash prize worth of Rs. 25 thousand while the runners up team won trophy with 15 thousand, top third got 10 thousand and top fourth team got trophy with Rs. 5 thousand rupees cash prize. Ananta Das, State Minister (I) Higher Education and Chandra Sarathi Behera State Minister (I) Electronics & Information Technology, Sports & Youth Services and Brigadier L. C. Patnaik, Member OPSC graced the valedictory function and distributed prizes. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS delivered the welcome address while Sekhar Ch. Sahoo, President, AOCA proposed vote of thanks. Antaryami Samanta, President NMCT presided over the valedictory function. Such kind of National level Chess tournament held in a village for the first time is pride for Jagatsinghpur district and Odisha, opined the guests. As many as 31 cities teams including Odisha, Haryana, West Bengal, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telengana have participated in the tournament. More than 150 chess players participated. In KIIT (Odisha) team Swanshu Mishra, Sekhar Ch. Sahoo, Utkal Ranjan Sahoo, Saina Salonika and Kiran Manisha Mohanty have participated in the tournament.

18th National Cities Team Chess Championship
inaugurated at Kalarabank

The 18th National Cities Team Chess Championship inaugurated at Smart Village Kalarabank on Sunday. This tournament is jointly organized by KIIT University and Jagatsinghpur district Chess Association. It is for the first time in the country that, a national level chess event is being held in a rural area. Prafulla Samal, Minister, Women and Child Development, Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, and MSME, Govt. of Odisha; Dr. B. N. Nanda, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and broadcasting and senior most Economic Advisor, Govt of India; Yamini Sarangi, Collector and Dist. Magistrate, Jagatsinghpur; Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS; Sekhar Ch. Sahoo, President, AOCA; K K Sharma, Honorary Secretary, AOCA and Antaryami Samanta, President NMCT, Kalarabank joined the inaugural ceremony as guests. Such kind of National level Chess tournament held in a village for the first time is pride for Jagatsinghpur district and Odisha, opined the guests. As many as 30 cities teams including Odisha, Haryana, West Bengal, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telengana have participated in the tournament. More than 150 chess players including chess stars of Odisha Swanshu Mishra, Aparajita Gochhikar, Saina Salonika and Kiran Manisha Mohanty have participated in the tournament. This tournament will be played in 7 rounds and the final round and closing ceremony will be held on 9th August 2017. Through this trournament 4 best teams will be selected for the Asian Cities Chess Championship to be held at KIIT from 26th August to 1st September 2017. There are 16 teams participated the tourney from Odisha only, while four from West Bengal, Four from Bihar, one each from Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Telengana, Assam each participated.