International Conference on ‘Cell Signaling and Diseases’ at KIIT
North-East Zone Inter-University Women Basketball Tournament at KIIT: Delhi University Champion
His Excellency Vice President of India Visits KIIT & KISS
Vice President to Visit KIIT & KISS
North-East Zone Inter-University Women Basketball Tournament inaugurated at KIIT
KIMS organized “CME on Nanotechnology in Cancer Therapy”
94th Annual Conference of NSI in KIIT
Honour for KIMS Director
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International Conference on ‘Cell Signaling and Diseases’ at KIIT

KIIT School of Biotechnology, a constituent of KIIT University, organized an International Conference on ‘Cell Signaling and Diseases’ from 29th to 30th October 2010. Cell signaling is an emerging field of study in biotechnology which can lead to easy identification of many diseases, thereby, aiding in their effective treatment. In theory, artificial tissues can be created using the knowledge of cell signaling. The two-day international conference brought together the scientists, researchers and students from across the world to share advances in the field.           

The conference was inaugurated by Prof. Iain Mattaj, DG, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany in the presence of Prof. Jayant Udgaonkar, NCBS, Bangalore, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, VC, KIIT, Dr. Mrutyunjay Suar, Director, KIIT School of Biotechnology and Dr. Avinash Sonawane, faculty, KSBT. Inaugurating the conference, Prof. Mattaj said that it provides an opportunity for researchers to present their work and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. Dr. Samanta expressed gratitude to Prof. Mattaj and welcomed all the speakers and all participants to the conference.

The conference featured wide range of topics like Spatial Regulator of Nuclear Assembly in Mitosis, Protein misfolding and disease, Telomerase and DNA repair, Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) entry and replication in Hepatocytes, Epithelial functions and initial defenses, etc. 

The focus of the conference was to bring together academicians, researchers, students and practitioners under a common umbrella, so that each one on the platform gains and understands the research needs and expertise of the other person. It sought to cultivate the culture of inter-institutional team work. The main focus was on infection biology and emerging diseases, cell signaling, genomics, and proteomics. The conference provided a unique opportunity to the biotechnology students of KIIT University to directly interact with renowned researchers and scientists. It also provided an international exposure to KIIT.    

The conference was attended by many eminent speakers from across the globe, including Prof. Sameer Bramhachari, CSIR, Delhi, Prof. Jeffery Cox, University of California, USA, Prof. Alain Filloux, Imperial College London, UK, Prof. Birgitta Agerberth, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, Prof. Gudmundur Gudmundsson, University of Iceland, Iceland, Dr. Sunil K. Lal, ICGEB, New Delhi, Prof. M. P. Hande, NUS, Singapore, Prof. V. Nagaraja, IISc, Bangalore, Dr. H. Mazumdar, IICB, Kolkata, Dr. Sanjeev Galande, NCCS, Pune and Dr. Sudhanshu Vrati, NII, Delhi.

North-East Zone Inter-University Women Basketball Tournament at KIIT: Delhi University Champion

North-East Zone Inter-University Women Basketball Tournament 2010-11 concluded today at KIIT University. Among all the six league matches that started from 24th October, 2010, Delhi University has been declared as Zone Champion by acquiring the highest point, where as Kurukshetra University was adjudged as 2nd Runners Up. Punjabi University and GNDU University won the 3rd and 4th rank, respectively. The winning teams of North-East Zone will later play with winning teams of South-West Zone in the All India Tournament, which will be held at Ajmer from 23rd November, 2010.

The participating teams in this tournament were Allahabad University, HP University, RSS University, GCD University, Punjabi University, Aligarh Muslim University, Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University, HNB Garhwal University of Srinagar, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia University, M.J.P. Rohitkhand University, GAD Animal Sciences University of Ludhiana, Kumaon University, Sports Council M. G. K Vidyapith, CC Singh University of Meerut, Punjab Agriculture University, VBS Eastern University, Guru Ghasidas University, KIIT University, Berhampur University, APS University, GNDU University of Amritsar, Kurukshetra University etc.

Shri Rajesh Sobti, Observer, Association of Indian University, Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University and Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar, KIIT were present on the occasion and distributed prizes to the winning teams.

His Excellency Vice President of India Visits KIIT & KISS.

KIIT & KISS Go Far Beyond My Expectation: Shri Ansari

“Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and KIIT University far exceed what I had heard about them”, said Shri M. Hamid Ansari, His Excellency the Vice President of India during his visit to KIIT and KISS on 22nd October 2010. Referring to KISS, he said, “I was told that it is a nice institute with many students, but what I see here is nothing less than a township.” Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS has demonstrated that if one has passion to do something for the society, a lot can be done, Shri Ansari said, adding that such examples are very rare in the world.

Shri Ansari was accompanied by Shri M. C. Bhandare, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha. Programme of the Vice President at KISS included unveiling of a bronze plaque in his honour, inauguration of a Paudi Bhuinya demo house and plantation. He subsequently proceeded to KIIT Convention Centre for a ‘Question & Answer Session’ with the students of KIIT University.

Power of collective wisdom can solve burning problems our society face today, he said, setting the tone for the session. Shri Ansari touched upon subjects ranging from corruption in judiciary and armed forces to ethical issues in advanced biotechnology research during one-hour interaction with the students of different academic streams of KIIT University. For students, it was a rare opportunity to interact with the Vice President of India directly.     

Responding to a poser from a student of KIIT Law School, he said that corruption is a social disease which has assumed alarming proportions. There is a need to go to the root of the problem and strengthen value education among children in schools, he said. “If you see corruption, raise your voice”, he prescribed, expressing confidence that the vice can be removed with collective effort.

Racist remarks are reflective of deep rooted prejudices which tend to come out during times of crisis, he said in his answer to another question. Great personalities like Gandhiji and Martin Luther King have demonstrated how to fight racial discrimination. Touching upon ethical issues involved in research which may lead to ‘manufacture of life’ in laboratories, Shri Ansari opposed putting such research on hold. Technological advancement has always come with social challenges and history bears testimony that these challenges have always been overcome, he argued.          

Participation in the political process is not only a right of every citizen, but also a duty, he said while welcoming youths to join politics. There are many forums, like youth wing of political parties and civil society, where youths can express their views, he elaborated.    

A tribal student, who passed from KISS and is currently pursuing M.B.B.S. course in KIMS under full scholarship from KIIT, wanted to know what government proposes to do for higher education of meritorious but economically weak students of his community. Shri Ansari replied that while both Central and State Governments have scholarship schemes for socially and economically weaker sections, there is a need to make them more extensive. No meritorious student should be left behind for want of funds, he said.         

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Bhandare told students to draw inspiration from Shri Ansari. Dr. Samanta has transformed the lives of tribal students through KISS, he said, while stating that they have not only excelled in academics, but also international level sports.

Earlier, Dr. Samanta expressed gratitude to the dignitaries for visiting KIIT and KISS. Their presence would be highly inspiration and be cherished for years, he said. Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University and Prof. A. S. Kolaskar also spoke on the occasion.

Vice President to Visit KIIT & KISS

Shri M. Hamid Ansari, His Excellency the Vice President of India will visit KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on 22nd October 2010, last of his three-day tour to Odisha. He will be accompanied by Shri M. C. Bhandare, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha.    

The dignitaries would be received at KISS by Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Smt. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS, Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor and Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University. They would be taken inside the campus amid traditional tribal welcome dance by the students of the institute. Shri Ansari would interact with 12,000 tribal students of KISS. The Vice President’s other programmes at KISS include unveiling of a bronze plaque in his honour, inauguration of a Dongaria Kondh demo house and plantation.

Later, Shri Ansari would attend a Question & Answer Session with 1600 students of KIIT University at KIIT Convention Centre in Campus-6.  

On the eve of the visit, excitement ran high among the students of KISS and KIIT on this rare opportunity to interact directly with the Vice President of India. Even though KIIT has played host to high dignitaries like His Excellency the President of India, His Excellency the Vice President and Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in past, all staff, including the Founder of KIIT & KISS, have been preparing relentlessly for Shri Ansari’s visit.

North-East Zone Inter-University Women Basketball Tournament inaugurated at KIIT

North-East Zone Inter-University Women Basketball Tournament 2010-11 was inaugurated by Shri Prabin Chandra Bhanj Deo, Hon’ble Minister of Sports and Youth Services, Govt. of Odisha at Indoor Stadium of KIIT University on 20th October, 2010. Shri Rajesh Shobti, Observer, Association of Indian Universities was present on the occasion to encourage the players. 

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar, KIIT said that youngsters should make sports an integral part of their lives. KIIT feels proud to organize this tournament, she added. Dr. S. Priyabadini, Dy. Registrar, KIIT detailed the scheme of the tournament and introduced the teams.  In all, teams from 36 universities are participating in the event, which is being held for the first time in Odisha.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions also extended his well wishes to all the participants of the tournament.

KIMS organized “CME on Nanotechnology in Cancer Therapy”

A CME on Nanotechnology in Cancer Therapy has been organized by KIMS on 20th October, 2010 under the sponsorship of Medical Council of India. Dr. Narayan S Hosmane, Distinguished Research Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Inaugural Board of Trustees Professor, Northern Illinois University, DeKlab, Illinois, USA graced the event as Chief Guest.

The event started with lighting of lamps by the guests-on-dais. Dr. Bhagabati Ch. Das, Principal, KIMS; Dr. R. N. Samanta, CEO, KIMS; Prof. S. C. Dash, Director, KIMS addressed the participants and shared their views and experiences on cancer therapy and use of nanotechnology for treatment of cancer. Dr. Narayan S Hosmane shared his views on advanced treatment of cancer using nanotechnology among the participants. Dr. Madhabananda Kar, Surgical Oncology, Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar presented his experience on “Epidemiology of cancers in Eastern part of India”. Dr. B. N. Banerjee presented “Genomic Instability in Solid Tumors”.

For the recreation of the guests and participants a recital of patriotic songs and Odishi dance performance has been arranged on the event by KIMS which has been highly appreciated.

94th Annual Conference of NSI in KIIT

KIIT organized the 94th Annual Conference of the century old academic body Numismatic Society of India here at Bhubaneswar on 19th October 2010. The three day conference organized here is attended by more than 250 academicians from all over the country. Scholars attending the conference will be discussing various topics related to the study of coins.

Numismatics is no more confined to study of coins. It is rather a study of coins, making of coins using technical know-how, science of metallurgy, chemistry and many other subjects related to the history of money and monetary transaction. Speaking about various uses of coins, the noted Numismatist, Professor J. P. Singh, Chairman of the Numismatic Society of India informed that the focus of the conference would be on the coins vis-à-vis tribal society. Professor P. N. Singh, Professor and Head of the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology, Banaras Hindu University in his address highlighted various stages of evolution of the coin.

Inaugurating the conference, Dr. Damodar Rout, Hon'ble Minister of Agriculture, Cooperation, Fisheries and Animal Resources, Odisha spoke about the earlier barter economy which he said is still prevalent in some parts of Odisha. Dr. Rout urged upon the scholars to study the history of Odisha in its proper perspectives.

In his address, Chief Guest Sri S. N. Patro, Hon'ble Minister of Revenue and Disaster Management, Odisha highlighted the use of coins in ancient Odisha. The former Vice Chancellor of Ranchi University, Padma Shri Dr. Ram Dayal Munda, who is also the Member of Rajya Sabha and Member, National Advisory Council & Chief President, India Confederation of Indigenous & Tribal People (ICITP), spoke about the use of coin in tribal society.

In his welcome address the Founder of KIIT & KISS, Dr. A. Samanta expressed his happiness over the NSI decision to hold its 94th NSI Conference in KIIT. Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, the Vice-Chancellor of KIIT University presided over the function, while Dr. Satyendra Patnaik, Rector, KIIT University and the local Organising Secretary of the NSI introduced the subject of the conference and proposed the vote of thanks.

Honour for KIMS Director

Prestigious ‘Rabindranath Tagore Oration’ for the year 2011 has been awarded to Dr. S. C. Dash, KIMS Director by the Association of Physiciations of India. He will deliver the oration during the 66th API Conference to be held in Ahmedabad in January 2011.

Dr. Dash, who was earlier Professor & Head, Department of Nephrology, Dialysis & Transplant Medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, is currently serving KIIT University as the Director of Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS). Dr. Dash is an eminent physician and nephrologist with rich research background and knowledge in many areas of medicine. He has conducted one lakh dialysis and involved in 1000 kidney transplants in his career. A nationally and internationally acclaimed doctor, he has been an invited speaker at many Universities, like Minnesota University, Winthrops University, New York, USA; Cambridge University, MRI, Manchester, UK; Tokyo & Fukoka Universities, Japan, Colombo, Dhaka, Kathmandu & Karachi. He is the founder of Indian Academy of Nephrology and Nephrology- Urology- Transplantation Society of SAARC countries.

In August 2010 he was invited by the Oriya Society of UK (OSUK) to deliver a talk on increase in Diabetes, Hypertension & Kidney diseases in India. His return to KIMS, Odisha after 32 years at AIIMS has been a blessing to patients.