Frebruary 2017
KiiT International School Bags NDTV Education Award    
TEDxKIIT University Inauguration 19.02.2017
KIIT & KISS Felicitate Sanyasa 19.02.2017
Symposium on Physics in KiiT International School
“Acquiring skills is more important than securing good marks”
Ashley Judd wins KISS Humanitarian Award 09.02.2017
NUCAR 2017 inaugurated in KIIT 06.02.2017
KIIT University Vice-Chancellor Gets Lifetime Achievement Award 02.02.2017

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KiiT International School Bags NDTV Education Award

In a significant achievement, KiiT International School (KiiT-IS) has bagged the Educomp – NDTV Education Award at the national-level. Mr. Sanjay Suar, Principal of the School received the award at a glittering presentation ceremony held in Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi on February 15, 2017. KiiT International School is the only school from Odisha to figure in the list of national-level winners, which also has reputed names such as Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai; Shishuvan English Medium School, Matunga, Mumbai; Assam Valley, Assam; The Doon School, Dehradun and Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane.

The selection of winners was based on various parameters including curriculum planning, staff training, infrastructure, sports and co-curricular activities. National level winners were decided by a high-level jury after evaluating the regional round winners from east, west, south and north zone.

KiiT International School, established in 2007, offers CBSE Secondary & Senior Secondary, as national curriculum, and International Baccalaureate (IB), Geneva and International General Certificate of Secondary Education of University of Cambridge (IGCSE), as international curricula. Despite being a young institution, KiiT-IS has attracted attention of one and all due to its excellence and won a string of recognitions at national level recently.

Expressing satisfaction over yet another achievement, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS congratulated Dr. Mona Lisa Bal, Chairperson, KiiT-IS, Mr. Suar, students and staff of the School for their hard work and sincerity.

KIIT & KISS Felicitate Sanyasa

KIIT and KISS felicitated Sanyasa Behera, Visually impaired (blind), who has recently cleared Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) Examinations and topped among visually impaired candidates. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS felicitated Sanyasa in a function held at KISS on Sunday. On this occasion Dr. Samanta said Sanyasa is a role model for differently-able people. Anybody can fulfill his/her dream by strong determination and will power, he said. In his reaction Sanyasa said, there should be participation of visually impaired persons in policy making decisions. For that, participation in governance is necessary. I fought for that since last 6 years. Finally I got success in my goal. KIIT and KISS have always provide all types of help to poor and needy students, he also said. Sanyasa requested KIIT authority to take all responsibility of his daughter to study in KIIT Law school. KIIT authority has accepted his request and took decision to give admission to Sanyasa’s daughter in KIIT Law school free of cost after completion of her +2 classes. Among others Prof. P.P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University; Dr. Sasmitarani Samanta, Registrar, KIIT University, many officials and students of KIIT and KISS were also present.

Symposium on Physics in KiiT International School
“Acquiring skills is more important than securing good marks”

Acquiring skills is more important than securing good marks and certificates in education, said Dr. Harish Chandra Verma, Renowned Physics Professor of IIT Kanpur. Delivering lecture on concept of Physics through live practical to school children in KiiT International School on February 18, 2017, Dr. Verma said, today science is an integral part of life and it cannot be seen in isolation.

He advised the students not to run after good marks and certificates by giving examples from his life. “Poor grade card or good grade card does not matter. Both are irrelevant. But the skill I had developed during my students’ career helped me. Getting good grade card and securing position in school, board and university examinations are temporary recognitions. But your worth depends on what kind of skills you develop. You have to develop confidence and competence to take challenges which can be very big or small”, he stated. “You can achieve your goal by accepting challenges. Our examination system is not evaluating our inner capacity, giving too much importance on marks and grades”, Dr. Harish Chandra Verma stated. He advised students not to depend on solution books and tutor; rather they should try to solve the problem by themselves.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, “Today’s society is knowledge society and amount of knowledge you acquire is now more important than ever”. The knowledge you acquire will help you all your life, he added. Dr. Mona Lisa Bal, Chairperson of KiiT International school delivered the welcome address, while Dr. Sanjay Suar, Principal proposed vote of thanks.

Students of many schools attended the lecture. As many as 1200 students from more than 50 institutions of Odisha participated in the three-hour Physics stage show organised by KiiT International School in association with KiiT-IAPT Anweshika Centre. About 100 Physics teachers had a separate interaction programme with Prof. H. C. Verma for ensuring joyful Physics teaching-learning process in schools and colleges. Rajashree Mohapatra, Coordinator of KiiT-IAPT Anweshika Centre demonstrated various experiments. 

Ashley Judd wins KISS Humanitarian Award

The prestigious KISS Humanitarian Award 2016 was conferred on the American actor-activist and Global Goodwill Ambassador for the UNFPA, Ashley Judd at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar onFebruary 9, 2017. Dr. S. C. Jamir, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha presented the award in the august presence of Hon'ble Dr. Justice Dalveer Bhandari, Judge, International Court of Justice, The Hague; Madhu Bhandari; Diego Palacios, UNFPA India Country Representative and Country Director, Bhutan; C. J. Venugopal, Principal Secretary to the Governor, Odisha; Padma Shri Jitendra Haripal, singer; Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS; Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; and R. N. Dash, Secretary.

“Human rights are under challenge all over the world and we need champions like Ms. Ashley Judd now more than ever”, said Dr. Jamir, commending her as a tireless champion of women rights. KISS is a glowing example of protecting human rights of tribal children, he stated, while expressing happiness that the Institute has been honouring outstanding men and women from all parts of the world through this annual award.         

The award citation commended her work “to protect vulnerable women and girls from sex trafficking and empower young women” and recognized her as “a tireless ambassador of women's right and a vocal critic of our biased social system”. She was unanimously chosen for the award for her “concern for the poor and vulnerable, and contributions in the field of health, poverty eradication and human rights”.

Expressing gratitude for the honour, Ms. Judd said, KISS is transforming poverty through education and nutrition. This award will empower and make me energetic to do more work for women and girl children. “I was sexually assaulted as a seven-year old”, she revealed, while stressing that violence and discrimination against women is pervasive in all countries and cultures. Women should have control of their own body, sex, and fertility, she insisted. “Support each other, help your people and your community”, she advised the 25,000 tribal girls and boys of the Institute witnessing the presentation ceremony.

Ms. Judd is a popular American actor who has played leading roles in Hollywood hits like Ruby in Paradise, Where the Heart is, Kiss the Girls and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Apart from her unforgettable performances in highly acclaimed films, the former Golden Globe and Emmy nominee has been involved in global humanitarian work since 2004. Her initial work revolved around AIDS in Africa. She is strongly committed to the cause of social justice, poverty eradication and sustainable development and a passionate advocate of rights of the girl child and women. Associated with numerous charities and foundations across the world, she was appointed Global Goodwill Ambassador for the UNFPA in 2016.

“This award is recognition of her commitment to humanitarian causes”, said Mr. Diego Palacios, informing that KISS and UNFPA have partnered to implement Life Skills Education programme in Odisha. UNFPA is proud of the recognition, he added. 

The KISS Humanitarian Award was created in 2008 by Prof. Achyuta Samanta, a prominent educationist and social activist, to honour individuals with exceptional contribution to the society in various fields relating to social issues and who have distinguished themselves as true humanitarians. It takes its name from Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), founded by Prof. Samanta in 1993. A unique and internationally acclaimed initiative of empowerment through education, KISS today serves 32,000 poorest of the poor tribal children (25,308 students and 7000 alumni) who receive free education, lodging, boarding, complete health care, enabling life and vocational skills.     

Chosen by a high-level jury, KISS Humanitarian Award is being presented every year since its inception to great compassionate leaders of vision and concern for human values from different parts of the world.

“The award, comprising a citation and a gold plated trophy that depicts a great social message, has attained much covetousness over the years”, said Prof. Samanta in his welcome address. It is the celebration of the struggles of the extraordinary human beings who try to alleviate the sufferings from the face of the earth, he stated.

“The trophy with a golden shine depicts a pair of hands upholding a heart that bears a smear of a multitude of waving hands. The pair of hands in the upholding gesture and the large heart represents compassionate service to humanity. A single pair of hands upholding the heart depicts how by art of giving a pair of dedicated hands can make a great difference in the lives of the helpless many. The shining golden color of the trophy stands for purity, altruism, prosperity and hope”, Prof. Samanta explained.

Ms. Ashley Judd is the ninth KISS Humanitarian Laureate. Previous recipients of this prestigious award are : His Excellency Dr. Alejandro Toledo, Former President of Peru (2015); Ms. Anne F. Stenhammer, Former Regional Programme Director, UN Women, South Asia Regional Office (2014); Madam Albina Du Boisrouvray, Founder, FXB International, Switzerland; His Excellency Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley, Hon'ble Prime Minister, The Royal Government of Bhutan (2012); Rt. Hon. Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (2011); Rt. Hon. Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Eminent Social Worker & His Excellency the President of Mauritius (2010); Dr. Ham Kee-Sun, Eminent Educationist & Physician and Hon’ble President & Founder, Hanseo University, South Korea (2009); Ms. Edna Bomo Molewa, Noted Social Worker & Hon'ble Cabinet Minister, Social Development, South Africa National Assembly, South Africa (2008).

Smt. Bal delivered the presidential address, while R. N. Dash proposed vote of thanks.  

NUCAR 2017 inaugurated in KIIT

The 13th DAE-BRNS biennial Symposium on Nuclear and Radiochemistry (NUCAR) organized by Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) in association with KIIT University and Indian Association of Nuclear Chemists and Allied Scientists (IANCAS), Mumbai inaugurated in KIIT University premises on 6th February. This is the oldest and prestigioussymposium of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) that has been held throughout the length and breadth of the country to popularize the subject of Nuclear and Radiochemistry. Eminent scientists including Prof. P.R. Vasudeva Rao, Former Director, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research; Prof. B.S. Tomar, Director Radiochemistry & Isotope Group, BARC and Chairman NUCAR 2017 graced the occasion.

Prof Rao in his key note address said, this symposium will be fruitful for young students and researchers. They will get chance to interact with senior scientists of the country. It will be helpful for their research and study in Nuclear and Radiochemistry. Prof. Tomar in his presidential address said, the aim of NUCAR is to highlight the peaceful use of Nuclear Energy. The objective of this symposium is also to provide a platform for exchange of ideas among DAE and non-DAE researchers working in the field of Nuclear Science and Radiochemistry. Welcoming all the delegates, Dr. Samanta said, KIIT is proud to host this oldest and largest congregation of Nuclear Scientists and Radio chemists. For the first time this kind of symposium has organized in Odisha, he added. The event is poised to be the largest gathering of researchers working in the field of nuclear chemistry, chemistry of actinides, fission and fusion reactor materials, radioisotope application in medicine, industries, nuclear forensics and safeguards etc. said, Prof. Smruti Dash, Convener, NUCAR 2017.

The five-day Symposium from 6 to 10th February will feature more than 15 Keynote Addresses and Invited Talks by eminent scientists and academicians in the field of Nuclear Science and Radiochemistry. Around 300 Delegates have participated in the Symposium, while more than 300 research papers, 50 oral and poster presentations and 15 technical sessions will be take place during the symposium.

Pragyan Patnaik, Convener, Local Organizing Committee Welcome the delegates while Dr. Manoj Mohapatra, Secretary, NUCAR 2017 proposed vote of thanks.

KIIT University Vice-Chancellor Gets Lifetime Achievement Award

Prof. P. P. Mathur, Vice-Chancellor, KIIT University was conferred the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ of the Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction and Fertility (ISSRF) during an International Conference organized by the Society between January 23 and 25, 2017 at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. The award was presented by Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi and Prof. M. C. Mishra, Director, AIIMS, New Delhi.