About KIIT

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Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), a household name in the education sector, has become a sought-after destination in India for professional studies. It is admired all over for the quality of its academic courses, its community outreach work and as a university of compassion and humanitarianism. It has become a case study because no other educational institution in India has grown in its scope and scale as much as KIIT has in a short span of 25 years. Its incredible transformation is truly a journey from Soil to Silver.

KIIT started in 1992-93 as an Industrial Training Institution. However, 1997 is considered the base year for the University as undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Engineering, Management and Computer Applications were added. In 2007, many new schools were added to its umbrella – School of Law, Biotechnology, Medical Sciences, Dental Sciences, Nursing, Mass Communication, Film and Media, Fashion and KIIT International School. Since then, there has been no looking back! Today, KIIT offers professional education to around 40,000 students from across India. This includes 2000 international students from 65 countries. The alumni of KIIT, over a lakh of them, have made their mark in their respective careers in academics, corporate organizations, civil services and enterprise.

One would find it difficult to imagine that such a celebrated institution with a global reputation was established by an unassuming humble being, Dr Achyuta Samanta, the Founder of KIIT and KISS, who started the institute with all of Rs 5000 as the initial investment. He had big dreams and a passion to make a difference. Dr Samanta started KIIT in two rented rooms with 12 students and 2 staff. The modest institution has now grown to incomprehensible propositions and is spread over a vast 36-square-kilometre academic township. Its 25 lush green campuses employ over 3000 eminent faculty and researchers and 15000 staff. KIIT and KISS together is a family of over a lakh people. The campus houses a 2600-bedded super speciality hospital, KIMS, a multi-storey central library, a central research facility, a 22-storey research and innovation wing, auditoriums – the largest one with 5000 seating capacity, 18 sports complexes, many international standard stadiums covering all sports, 30 food courts, and a rose garden. The institution takes pride in being the greenest campus in India.

It has received all accreditations and affiliations from prestigious national and international bodies such as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), USA and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, (IET), UK because of its quality research, innovation, and publications and citations. KIIT has had an excellent placement record since its inception owing to its quality teaching and learning process, and the brand value that it carries. KIIT is ranked in the cohort of 601-800 in the Times Higher Education ‘World University Ranking 2024’. Its Computer Science Engineering ranks in the cohort of 301-400 and its overall Engineering ranking is 401-500 in the world. KIIT has been accredited with an A++ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with an all-India 16th rank by the National Institution of Ranking Framework, NIRF, Ministry of Education. It has also been the top university for innovation among private institutions for two consecutive years (2020, 2021) according to AICTE, Government of India. It has been ranked among the top 151-200 universities in the world as per the Times Higher Education Young University Ranking 2022.

KIIT has made colossal contributions to Sports. Currently, 11 Olympians pursue their education at KIIT. The University has been conferred the Sportstar Award and FICCI India Sports Award for the promotion of sports. KIIT and KISS are the nodal centres for the FIFA Football For Schools Programme in Asia. KIIT has been chosen for the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2022 for encouraging sports through Corporate Social Responsibility. Besides its immense contribution to the development of the state and the city, KIIT has also promoted local art, culture, sculpture, rural development, literature and spiritualism. All the achievements of KIIT have been possible because of its founder – Dr Achyuta Samanta – lovingly called Samanta Sir – the epitome of principles, discipline, hard work, and selfless service. It truly is an inspiring story of a humble man steering two institutions to glory despite all the hardships and struggles.


” To create an advanced centre of professional learning of international standing where pursuit of knowledge and excellence shall reign supreme, unfettered by the barriers of nationality, language, cultural plurality and religion. “


  • Imparting value based quality education of international standard and imbibing skill for solving real life problems.

  • Inculcating global perspective in attitude.

  • Creating leadership qualities with futuristic vision.

  • Fostering spirit of entrepreneurship and realisation of societal responsibilities.

  • Cultivating adaptation of ethics, morality and healthy practices in professional life.

  • Instilling habit of continual learning.

  • Encouraging and supporting creative abilities and research temperament.

  • Establishing and promoting close interaction with industries and other utility sectors and keeping abreast with state-of-the-art technology.

Rank 601 – 800 in Time Higher Education University Ranking 2024

KIIT Deemed to be University has made a significant jump in the scores in the Times Higher Education ‘World University Ranking’ for 2024, retaining its position in the cohort of 601-800 reflecting its sustained focus on quality teaching, research activities and a remarkable rise in its global reputation.


Prof. Rolf M. Zinkernagel KIIT

We thank KIIT and its management for a wonderful conference, an impressive inauguration of the School of Biotechnology and Convocation. Organisation of our visit and of the events was excellent and highly professional.

Prof. Rolf M. Zinkernagel, Nobel Laureate in Medicine (1996)
Amid Ansari KIIT

KIIT goes way beyond what I had expected to see. I was told that it is a nice institute with many students, but what I see here is nothing less than a township.

Shri M. Hamid Ansari, His Excellency, The Former Vice President of India
APJ Abdul Kalam to KIIT

‘I congratulate Dr. Samanta for establishing institutions of character like KIIT and KISS. I urge the students of KIIT & KISS to take lead in spreading the message of peace and non-violence in present day strife torn world.’

Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, Former President of India

I have been extraordinarily impressed with the phenomenal work undertaken by KIIT/KISS. The work of these two institutions gives me great hope that the challenges facing eastern India can be translated into opportunity. You are truly inspirations for all of the world.

Dr. Robert S. Zeigler, Director General, International Rice Research Institute, Manila, Philippines.


Prof. Achyuta Samanta KIIT & KISS

Prof. Achyuta Samanta
Founder & Mentor, KIIT


Mr. Ashok Kumar Parija

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KIIT PRO CHANCELLOR Subrata Kumar Acharya

Prof. (Dr.) Subrata Kumar Acharya


Prof. (Dr.) Saranjit Singh
Vice Chancellor

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Prof. (Dr.) C.B.K. Mohanty
Pro-Vice Chancellor, School of Medicine (KIMS, KIDS and KINS)

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Prof. (Dr.) Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty
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Global Ambassador

Dr Niklaus Samuel Gugger

Global Ambassador, KIIT & KISS Dr. Nik Gugger is the Member of Swiss Parliament and President of Swiss India Parliamentary Group. He was born in Kannur, where he had been brought up till he was four before he was taken to Switzerland by the Swiss couple who adopted him.

Why KIIT is named so?


KIIT – Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology derives its name from a combination of historical, geographical, and symbolic elements, reflecting the institution’s journey and vision over the years. The name “Kalinga” pays tribute to the ancient region of Kalinga, which was situated in present-day Odisha. Kalinga holds significant historical importance, known for its rich heritage and contributions to culture and learning. Notably, it is also remembered for the Kalinga War, where Emperor Ashoka’s conquest of Kalinga led to a profound transformation in his life as he embraced the path of non-violence and peace. By incorporating “Kalinga” in its name, KIIT aims to draw inspiration from this historical legacy of peace and enlightenment.

KIIT’s journey began as an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) before evolving into a full-fledged university. Therefore, the initial inclusion of “IIT” in the name represented its humble origins and focus on technical education. Over the years, KIIT has witnessed remarkable growth and expansion, offering diverse disciplines and becoming a prominent center for professional education and research. The evolution from “ITI” to a world-famous university, KIIT is a story of progress in becoming a comprehensive educational hub.

The letter “K” in the name can be attributed to a fascination with the symbolism of this letter as a lucky charm by its Founder, Dr. Achyuta Samanta. The letter “K” has come to represent a symbol of prosperity and success, guiding its path as it continues to grow and make strides in the field of education. Starting from his birthplace to his Gotra (clan) and everything created by him till now starts with “K” and ends with success.

The name “KIIT” is a thoughtful blend of history, origins, growth, and a touch of symbolism, embodying the institution’s commitment to providing quality education and being the University of humanity and compassion, fostering peace, and embracing the journey of progress and transformation.