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|International Conference on Economics and Business Inaugurated at KIIT
An International Conference on ‘Economic & Business’ was inaugurated at KIIT University by Shri P. C. Ghadei, Hon’ble Minister of Finance and Excise, Govt. of Odisha.
The two-day conference was organized by KIIT University in collaboration with three most prestigious universities of the world-National Taipei University (NTPU), Taiwan, Ataturk University, Turkey and Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS), Prague, Czech Republic. Prof. J. Horn, Dean, CULS, Prof. Wenchang Fang, Dean, NTPU, Prof. Fahri Yavuz, Advisor to the President & Head International Programme, Ataturk University and,Dr. Satyendra Patnaik, Rector, KIIT.
Odisha is making rapid progress and making its contribution in India’s march to become an economic superpower, said Shri Ghadei in his inaugural address.
More that 30 delegates from prestigious universities abroad and India are participating and presenting research papers on various issues relating to business and economics at the conference. Forty papers out of many have been selected by an expert committee. These papers have been divided in categories like agricultural economics, economic management, social issues, eco-tourism and tourism. The conference will also deliberate on important issues of industrialization, displacement, proposed MMDR Act, land acquisition for industry, impact of globalization & tourism, comparative studies on Indian & Chinese economy, etc.
Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS extended his gratitude to the guests and welcomed the participants to KIIT University. KIIT & KISS are the best examples to understand how business and economy work here, said Dr. Samanta.
|KISS and TISS Sign MoU on Academic Collaboration
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), the first institute in the field of social work education in India, and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), the largest tribal institute in the country, agreed upon a Memorandum of Understanding in New Delhi on 28th September 2010. The agreement, which provides for the long-term academic collaboration, was signed between Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS and Dr. S. Parasuraman, Director, TISS.
As per the MoU, the two institutes will work in tandem for the development of education. TISS will extend cooperation for developing advanced and value-added teaching materials for the students of KISS. Besides, it will also help KISS in imparting education with modern methods of education delivery.
New curriculum of TISS will be implemented through KISS in near future, according to the sources. After a thorough evaluation of KISS, TISS has decided to start a centre on the premises of KISS, they said.
Dr. Samanta extended his gratitude to the Director of TISS and said that the MoU will significantly help KISS in its objectives.
|National HR Conclave 2010 Held at KIIT
Academicians, professionals and corporate leaders brainstormed on ways to transform the role of human resources and aid organizations gain and sustain competitive advantage at National HR Conclave 2010 organised by KIIT School of Management, a constituent of KIIT University, on 27th September 2010. The Conclave was inaugurated by Mr. Chandra Shekhar Verma, Chairman, SAIL and Mr. Saroj Chakraborty, CEO, Emami Foods in the presence of Prof. A S Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University and Prof. Ashok Sar, Dean, KIIT School of Management.
Invited speakers at the Conclave included corporate bigwigs like Mr. Aquil Busrai, CEO, Aquil Busrai Consulting; Mr. Dharamrajan, Head HR, L&T ECC; Mr. R. Rajnarayan, Director HR, Metro Cash & Carry; Mr. S. Ramesh Shankar, Director HR, ABB; Commodore D. K. Mohapatra, VP-Global L & D, Suzlon; Mr. R. Sridhar, Executive VP, HR, ITC; Mr. Emmanuel David, Group HR Head, Ramky Group and Mr. N. K. Mohanty, Chief HR Officer, Manipal Group.
Theme of the Conclave, HR transformation by HR value proposition, is very important in the present scenario in India, Mr. Verma said. The HR plays a pivotal role in driving a company toward success and growth, he said. Mr. Verma appreciated Dr. Samanta’s initiatives in the fields of professional education and social service.
A company is what its people are and human capital has emerged as a key source of competitive advantage, said Mr. Chakraborty. The role of HR function has metamorphosed from being a ‘Personnel Department’ to a ‘Human Resource’ function, he pointed out, while emphasizing that HR, like any other profit centre, has to justify the return on investment in its own department as well as in entire human capital of the organization.
Observing that value is defined by the receiver rather than the giver, Prof. Kolaskar said that HR needs to define its receivers and ways to create value for them in order to flourish as a profession. A function which creates more value gets more attention and resources, he opined. Prof. Kolaskar hoped that the deliberations would help establish a strong base for acquiring, shaping and disseminating knowledge on HR value proposition.
The Conclave had three sessions, besides the inaugural session and keynote address. The inaugural session focused on the need of HR professionals to appreciate external business realities, adapt HR practices and allocate HR resource accordingly. The first session discussed crafting HR practices, capturing people, performance, information and work. Other two sessions touched upon issues like building HR capabilities and ensuring HR professionalism.
The event generated much interest among HR executives, managers, teachers, consultants and officials, who participated in large numbers.
Dr. Achyuta Samanta Appointed Gandhi Global Family National Secretary
Odisha State Core Committee Constituted
Core Committee of Gandhi Global Family (GGF) for Odisha State has been constituted under the leadership of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. He was recently appointed National Secretary in charge of five eastern states-Odisha, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal. GGF is a global organization dedicated to the cause of Gandhian value and spreading the message of Gandhi.
GGF decided to appoint Dr. Samanta as National Secretary for eastern zone after a thorough verification of his background and activities. Senior office bearers of GGF also visited KIIT & KISS as a part of the process. The organization has entrusted him to appoint coordinators and constitute Core Committees in the five eastern states.
The members of Core Committee for Odisha State are Shri Dillip Shrichandan, State Coordinator, GGF; Shri Surjya Mohanty, Odisha State Head, Wipro; Dr. Bimalendu Mohanty; Shri Surendra Das; Shri Priyadarshi Mishra; Padmashree Dr. Tulasi Munda; Shri Pradosh Pattnaik, noted columnist; Shri Sasanka Chudamani; Shri Dillip Hali, Secretary, Odisha Cine Critic Association; Shri Rabi Behera and Shri Chinmaya Sundar Das. Core committee for remaining four states would be constituted soon.
GGF actively organizes meetings of Gandhians to deliberate on issues such as peace and harmony, eradication of social evils, Gram Swaraj, etc. Eminent Gandhian leader and Padma Vibhusan Nirmala Despande had been Secretary of the organization for a long time. At present, Shri Gulam Nabi Azad, Hon’ble Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare is the Central President, whereas Shri S. P. Verma is the Central Vice President of GGF. There are four National Secretaries for four zones of our country respectively.
The first meeting of the Odisha State Core Committee was held at KISS campus on 22nd September, 2010 in which the members decided on programme to disseminate the message of Mahatma Gandhi among youths in the schools and colleges of the above five states. The committee also decided on activities to be undertaken on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. The Regional Office of GGF will function from N/1-290, IRC Village, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar.
|Rare ENT Surgery in KIMS
Doctors of KIMS successfully performed a total facial nerve decompression operation, a complicated and rare procedure, on a 55-year old accident-affected patient. The surgery, that took five hours, was performed by Dr. Kabikanta Samantaray, ENT Specialist, KIMS and his team.
The patient, Binayak Panda of Rambha, Ganjam, suffered grievous injuries to his right side face due to an accident. Three days after first aid in Berhampur Medical College, he detected a bent face. He then consulted Dr. Samantaray of KIMS. It was known after CT Scan in KIMS that the patient’s ‘7th Nerve’ was seriously injured, resulting in partial paralysis. He was recommended the total facial nerve decompression operation. He has fully recovered now.
This type of micro surgery is rare in any hospital or medical college in Odisha and, usually, patients have to go outside the State. Now this type of procedure can be competently performed in KIMS, so patients need not go outside the State for treatment, Dr. Samantaray said.
Swami Vivekananda National Award for KIIT & KISS Founder
Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS was honoured with Swami Vivekananda National Award by the Department of Youth Services and Sports, Govt. of Karnataka on 21st September 2010. He was conferred the award for immense contribution towards providing free education, vocational training, residence and all basic necessities of life to 12,000 underprivileged tribal boys and girls through Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).
Dr. Samanta was felicitated in a Youth Seminar conducted by Joint Co-ordination of Zilla Panchayat, Youth Service and Sports Department & State Youth Awarders Federation in Bijapur, Karnataka in the presence of Dr. D. C. Rajappa, IPS, Bijapur Superintendent of Police, Shri Arun Shahapur, Hon’ble Member of Legislative Council, Shri Punith Pradhan, National Youth Awardee, Shri R. B. Upase, Assistant Director, Youth Services & Sports Department, Govt. of Karnataka and Shri P. C. Rayulu, social worker from Andhra Pradesh.
Dr. Samanta has received wide recognition at national and international levels for establishing KIIT, a centre of excellence in professional education, and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a path-breaking model of tribal empowerment through education.
He is also a member of UGC, AICTE and many other apex policy making bodies of Government of India.
AICTE Chairman Visits KIIT& KISS
Prof. S. S. Mantha, Hon’ble Chairman (Acting), AICTE visited KIIT & KISS on 21st September 2010. He visited different campuses and interacted with the students and staff of KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).
Prof. Mantha spent generous amount of time interacting with tribal students of KISS. He was overwhelmed to know about the social purpose and activities of KISS, which is the largest tribal institute in Asia and provides education, vocational training, residence and all basic amenities to 12,000 tribal students absolutely free.
Prof. Mantha appreciated the infrastructure, educational ambience, labs and library of KIIT University, which match the international standard. He congratulated Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS & KIIT for his contributions towards professional education in the State, while integrating social service and philanthropy.
Welcoming Prof. S. S. Mantha to the campus, Prof. (Dr.) A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University thanked him for his gracious presence and encouraging the students and staff members.
|Workshop on Life Skill Education for Teachers at KIIT
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) organized a Workshop for Teachers on Life Skill Education (LSE) at KIIT on 17th September 2010. The workshop was inaugurated by Shri Pratap Jena, Hon’ble Minister of State (Ind.), Department of School & Mass Education, Govt. of Odisha in the presence of Mr. Vinod Kumar, IFS, Special Secretary, SC & ST Development Department, Govt. of Odisha, Mr. Hemant Dwivedi, State Head, UNFPA and Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS & KIIT.
Inaugurating the workshop, Shri Jena informed that LSE is a part of primary and secondary curriculum for several years. It aims to impart decision-making skills, communication skills and skills to handle emotions, he elaborated, adding that these would help students to choose a healthy lifestyle. The Hon’ble Minister stressed that such workshop is needed in every part of the state, while commending Dr. Samanta for taking the initiative.
More than 250 delegates from different schools of Odisha attended the one-day workshop. Participants included teachers of different schools, educationists and officials of various Government departments. There was meaningful experience sharing among the delegates, who also interacted with the students of KISS undergoing Life Skill Education. Impressed with the success of LSE programme in KISS, they requested resource persons from KISS to visit and guide this programme in their respective schools.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vinod Kumar said that the workshop will play an important role in enhancing the confidence and skill of the participants, and will help achieve the objectives of the Life Skills Education program. Mr. Hemant Dwivedi said that the workshop would enhance knowledge and life skills among students in school and college and create an enabling environment to improve reproductive and sexual health.
Dr. Samanta expressed his gratitude to Shri Jena and other eminent guests for sparing their valuable time for the workshop. Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS and Dr. Kanhu Charan Swain, Principal also spoke on the occasion.
KIIT receives ULK Kit at 3rd Annual Educator's Meet of Mission 10X, Bangalore
The 3rd Annual Educator`s Meet of Mission 10X was held in Bangalore on 6th September 2010. Mission 10X on the occasion of its third anniversary launched "THE MISSION 10X MOVEMENT''.
Mr. N. V. Sastry Dy. Director
Training & Placement KIIT
University received the
Unified Learner Kit (ULK) on behalf of KIIT University from
Mr. Pratik Kumar Executive
Vice President - Human
Resources Wipro Limited
at the event.
“ULK” is an initiative by Wipro, aimed at improving the overall understanding of various subjects in Electronics & Communication Dept. "ULK" Kit is received by four
Premier institutes in the
country, KIIT University is one
|Inter University Badminton Tournament: KIIT in Second Round
Both boys and girls team of KIIT University have entered in the second round of the Inter University Badminton Tournament being held in OUAT Campus since 12th September, 2010. Earlier, boy’s team defeated Saraguja University of Chhattisgarh by 3-1, where as girls team of KIIT defeated Binova Bhave University in the Walk Over. Four teams will be selected for the zone level from the tournament, which concludes on 15th September, 2010. Totally, 36 teams from Universities which are members of Association of Indian Universities have participated in the tournament. It is KIIT's first venture into the tournament.
Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions expressed his satisfaction over the achievement of KIIT students and also hoped that Vishal Behura, Dilswar Rao, Pritam Kumar Gogae, Sumit Kalyan, Nirmana Mallik, Ankita Purohit, Nishitha Patanayak, Nam Saxena and Alka Mishra will bring laurels for KIIT.
According to the sources, KIIT boys team will participate in the Eastern Inter University Football Tournament, that will be held at B. I. T. Meshra at Ranchi from 25th September. Also both boys and girls team of KIIT will participate in the All India Inter University Netball Tournament Competition, to be held in Punjab University at Chandigarh from 25th September, 2010. Following this will be Women North-East Zone level Basketball from 20th to 25th October at KIIT campus and Women Football Tournament from 22nd to 27th December 2010.
|Rousing welcome to KISS football players
Two students of KISS, Ratani Hembram (9th Class, Santal, Mayurbhanj) and Jayanti Kisku (8th Class, Santal, Mayurbhanj) were welcomed here for their success in the 7th U-16 National Sub-Junior Women Football Championship. They played a vital role to make Odisha Team win the Runners Up. The Championship took off from 17th August to 4th September, 2010 at Haldwani, Uttarakhand.
Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS & KIIT expressed his satisfaction over the achievement of the two players of KISS and also expressed his gratitude to Odisha Football Association (OFA). According to sources, Training–cum-Selection camp was held at KIIT campus for Odisha Women Football Team. Ratani Hembram and Jayanti Kisku of KISS had been selected in the Odisha team earlier.
|Teachers’ Day at KISS
Dr. Shantha Sinha and Shri Harsh Mander Touched By Cheerful Adivasi Students
Padma Shri Dr. Shantha Sinha, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), Shri Harsh Mander, Member of National Advisory Council of the UPA Government and Miss Kiran Bhatty, Member of NCPCR joined the children of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in celebrating Teachers’ Day on September 5, 2010.
Sparkling eyes and cheerful disposition of tribal students of KISS impressed Dr. Sinha, who said, “It feels as if I am in a temple.” Intellectuals of the country have long been dreaming and devising ways to bring tribal children into the fold of education, she observed, stating that KISS is a solution to this. The institute, which has 12,000 tribal students, has been possible only after meticulous planning, Dr. Sinha said, adding that the country needs people like Dr. A. Samanta, its Founder.
KISS gives hope that it is possible even for the poorest of the poor children to get their Right to Education in this country, the NCPCR Chairperson said. It not only educates 12,000 tribal children, but also takes the message of education to their families and beyond, emphasized Dr. Sinha, a well known anti-child labour activist and Ramon Magsaysay awardee.
Speaking to the children, Shri Mander, a noted social activist and writer, said that KISS realizes the dream of education for all. Adherence to the values of truth, honesty, cooperation and coexistence with nature makes tribal people one of the most civilized in the country, he noted, while appreciating that the institute does not exclude tribal tradition in its endeavour to provide modern education. Not even very good school can match cent percent pass record that KISS has been achieving for several years, Shri Mander stated. He advised the students to go back to their society and work hard to remove poverty.
KISS is a dream woven by Dr. Samanta and a live example of Right to Education at work, Ms Bhatty said. This type of work can transform the country, she said, while terming her visit as unforgettable.
Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS expressed his gratitude to Dr. Sinha, Shri Mander and Ms. Bhatty for visiting KISS on the occasion of Teachers’ Day celebration. Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT was also present on the occasion.
Caring and learning ambience of the institute, the largest of its type in Asia, also touched Shri Mander, who advised the adivasi students not to forget their culture and work hard to become socially concerned and productive citizens. He said that he would like to see an India where every child would get education, and institutes like KISS have an important role to play in order to realize this dream. Dr. Shantha Sinha is a well known child labour activist. She is the Founder of Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation, popularly known as MV Foundation and a Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad. She has also been awarded the Padma Shri (1999) and the Albert Shanker International Award (1999) from Education International. Dr. Sinha has been appointed the first chairperson of the newly formed NCPCR by the Government of India in recognition to her achievements.
Shri Mander, a noted social activist and writer, is associated with several social causes and movements, such for communal harmony, tribal, dalit, and disability rights, the right to information, custodial justice, homeless people and bonded labour. He was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award for peace work, and the M.A. Thomas National Human Rights Award 2002. He became member of National Advisory Council of the UPA Government in 2010 and Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court of India.
|International Conference on Bioinformatics Inaugurated at KIIT
An International Conference on Recent Advances in Bioinformatics, organised by School of Biotechnology of KIIT University, was inaugurated here on 3rd September 2010. The conference was inaugurated by Prof. Richard Lavery, IBCP, Lyon, France in the presence of Dr. T. Madhan Mohan, Advisor, DBT, GOI, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University, Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Mrutyunjay Suar, Director and Head, KIIT School of Biotechnology (KSBT) and other important dignitaries.
The three-day conference aims to bring together academicians, researchers, students and practitioners who are working in emerging and evolving areas of bioinformatics and foster productive interactions amongst medical, agricultural, biological, computer science and information technology sectors. Bioinformatics is a science which helps in predicting bevaviour os a particular molecule, such as drugs, proteins, vaccines.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Prof. Richard Lavery said that the conference will provide hands-on experience in various tools and techniques used in the fields of Life Science and Bioinformatics. It will also throw light on basic methods of handling biological sequences using bioinformatics tools, he added. Outlining scope of bioinformatics, Dr. T. Madhan Mohan said that it is like research, development or application of computational tools and approaches for expanding the use of biological, medical, behavioral or health data, including those to acquire, store, organize, archive, analyze or visualize them.
Dr. Samanta hoped that this conference will provide fairly good amount of knowledge about handling of biological databases and analysis of the sequences which is essential in all fields of Life Sciences today. He also expressed his heartiest gratitude to Prof. Richard Lavery, IBCP, Lyon, France and Dr. T. Madhan Mohan, Advisor, DBT, GOI for giving their valuable time at KIIT University.
The conference topic includes Genome Analysis, Metabolomics, Proteomics, Drug Design and Development, Data Mining and Intelligent Network Computation. Many renowned speakers, researchers and scientists would be presenting their papers. They include Prof. Pandjassarame Kangueane, AIMST University, Semeling, Malaysia, Prof. Manju Bansal, IISc, Bangalore, Dr. S. Sowdhamini, NCBS, Bangalore, Prof. Velmurugan, Univ. Madras, Chennai, Prof. B. Jayaram, IIT Delhi, New Delhi, Prof. Santosh Kar, JNU, New Delhi, Dr. Pinakpani Chakrabarti, Bose Instt. Kolkata, Prof. Debashisa Mohanty, NII, New Delhi, Prof. Andrew Lynn, JNU. New Delhi, Dr. Sangeeta Sawant, Univ. of Pune and many more.