Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Deemed to be University has been promoting sports and games since 2005. This University has groomed many talented sportspersons who have participated in different competitions and brought laurels to the nation in general and to KIIT in particular.
In the recently concluded Tokyo Paralympic Games, Mr. Pramod Bhagat, who has been associated with KIIT for a long, has won Gold Medal in Badminton. He has also won Gold Medal in World Badminton Championship and also many other medals for the State and country. He frequently practiced for his games in KIIT Indoor Stadium. He is the only Odia to achieve such a remarkable feat and KIIT and every Odia are proud of him.
In recognition of his outstanding and unique achievements, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS felicitated him in the presence of senior officials of KIIT & KISS. KIIT also honoured him with a Cash Prize of Rs.5,00,000. KIIT has considered naming the Indoor Stadium at Campus -12 (where he practiced his game) as Pramod Bhagat Indoor Stadium. Besides, Mr. Pramod will be honoured with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from KIIT or KISS Deemed to be University.
Ms. Dutee Chand of KIIT School of Law has been on the Olympics tracks for two successive terms now including the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics-2020. She has also won two Silver medals in Asiad, and become the first woman in the country to win the Gold Medal in the World University Games representing this university, for which this University feels very proud of her.
In appreciation of her tremendous contribution to the Indian sporting plateau, KIIT has decided to name the Synthetic Athletic Stadium of KIIT after Dutee as Dutee Chand Stadium. Dutee’s name is also considered for honouring with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from KIIT or KISS Deemed to be University next year. KIIT is the first university in India to name its two stadiums after Olympians.
Two stadiums of KIIT will be named after these two Olympians in December 2021 informed, Dr. Samanta. He said, Mr. Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha has been promoting sports and sports persons for last so many years. He has especially promoted Dutee and Promod.
Another World Champion, Mr. Rakhal Sethy was also provided a check worth Rs. 2.7 lakh for a wheelchair to participate in Fencing Para World Cup in November.
Recognition and support to these outstanding athletes will not only encourage them, but also encourage other aspiring athletes and sports persons to strive for bringing more and more laurels to the nation. Among others, Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-VC, KIIT Deemed to University; Prof. Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty, Registrar, and Dr. Gaganendu Dash, Director, Sports, KIIT were present on the occasion.