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India along with several countries across the world on May 17 celebrated the 9th anniversary of Art of Giving (AOG), a noble and pious initiative of KIIT, KISS and KIMS Founder Prof Achyuta Samanta to promote an equitable and harmonious relationship in the society. The theme of this year’s celebration was hope, harmony and happiness, with […]

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India along with several countries across the world on May 17 celebrated the 9th anniversary of Art of Giving (AOG), a noble and pious initiative of KIIT, KISS and KIMS Founder Prof Achyuta Samanta to promote an equitable and harmonious relationship in the society. The theme of this year’s celebration was hope, harmony and happiness, with Prof Samanta disclosing moves to propose to the United Nations to proclaim May 17 as the Art of Giving day.

Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha, Prof Ganeshi Lal, hailed the path-breaking initiative of Prof Samanta and said his noble cause transcends all barriers and touches every soul in the society irrespective of caste, creed or religion. “There is no difference between the commoner and the cosmos and the quality of AOG,” the Governor said at the packed gathering that was attended by well-known faces from different spheres of the State. The Governor drew parallels between AOG and devotion shown towards Lord Jagannath and said AOG is like “pulling down the heaven on earth”.

The AOG has transformed into a people’s movement, bringing hope and happiness to millions, especially those living on the margins of society. “Our objective is to spread the message of peace and happiness. We want to make it a universally accepted belief through the UN proclamation, said Prof Achyuta Samanta. He remained optimistic that the 10th anniversary of AOG next year will be celebrated as a UN proclaimed day, much like how the world celebrates June 21 as UN proclaimed International Yoga Day.

Taking the audience back to 2013 when AOG was conceptualized, Prof Samanta recalled the moment when this idea crossed his mind. He said he was heading to the Bengaluru city from the airport when he felt that the achievements that had come his way were all because of compassion exhibited by way of giving out to the society. “I immediately called up some close friends and shared about AOG philosophy. They were ecstatic with the idea.” Prof Samanta said that from the conceptualization stage to finalizing AOG took them about six months and since then AOG has taken a universal appeal. On the eve of the 9th celebration, he said, 15 places in Bangladesh observed the day while 30 more events were organized in Delhi. Besides, every panchayat across Odisha celebrated the occasion in its unique way.

Swami Sivachidananda Saraswati, Secretary, Sivananda Centenary Boys’ School, Bhubaneswar, said our Guruji Swami Shivananda was always giving something or other to anyone, who approached him. In fact, we were calling our Guru a nickname “Givanand” looking at his giving spree. Today I have found the “Second Givanand” in Prof Achyuta Samanta looking at his philosophy of life. Saying that we have to expand ourselves beyond the narrow ‘self’, Swami Siva Chidanand added that a time has come to rediscover our inner self so that we can do something for the world surrounding us and the Art of Giving philosophy would certainly help us in this regard.

Baba Ram Narayan Das, Founder-President, Unit-I Ram Temple, Bhubaneswar, in his speech observed that by arranging more than 1lakh meals in a day for over 30,000 inmates of KISS and family members of more than 10,000 families of KIIT and KISS Universities, Prof Achyuta Samanta is not only doing a yeoman service to the society but also spreading the message of Art of Giving by organizing the food or “Anna” or rice as it is the epitome of our lifeline.

Declaring the philosophy of Indian mythology, i.e. “Data ek Ram baki sab bhikari’’ Baba Ram Narayan Das added that Prof Achyuta Samanta should not deviate from his path as the meaning of his name explains, so that Art of Giving would get longtime patronage and would help people to disseminate the theme of Hope, Happiness and Harmony around the world.

Niranjan Rath, President of Servants of Peoples Society (Odisha Unit) and Printer and Publisher of Odisha’s leading vernacular daily Samaja, also spoke on AOG.

The Governor felicitated young environmentalist Subhransu Satapathy; Lady Mortician Riturani Sasmal; ASHA Health Worker Babita Natha; Army aspirants trainer from Jagatsinghpur Silu Nayak; and Golden Grass Designer and Entrepreneur Usharani Naik from Mayurbhanj with ‘Art of Giving Award- 2022’ for their extraordinary work toward society.

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Toolkit Distribution Ceremony Held in Kandhamal & Boudh Districts under Rural Housing Mason Training Programme https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiitnews/toolkit-distribution-ceremony-held-in-kandhamal-boudh-districts-under-rural-housing-mason-training-programme/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiitnews/toolkit-distribution-ceremony-held-in-kandhamal-boudh-districts-under-rural-housing-mason-training-programme/#respond Sun, 31 Jan 2021 13:41:17 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=27713

A Toolkit Distribution Ceremony was held in the District of Kandhamal & Boudh under Rural Housing Mason Training Programme (RHMTP) on 27th January, 2021. It was presided over by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Hon’ble M.P. (Lok Sabha), Kandhamal & Founder, KIIT & KISS. The Government of Odisha is committed to provide ‘Housing for All’ by 2022, through the schemes Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana -Gramin (PMAY-G) […]

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A Toolkit Distribution Ceremony was held in the District of Kandhamal & Boudh under Rural Housing Mason Training Programme (RHMTP) on 27th January, 2021. It was presided over by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Hon’ble M.P. (Lok Sabha), Kandhamal & Founder, KIIT & KISS.

The Government of Odisha is committed to provide ‘Housing for All’ by 2022, through the schemes Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana -Gramin (PMAY-G) & Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (BPGY). One of the major initiatives is to ensure ‘Skill Development of Rural Masons’ through a formal mechanism of training, assessment and certification to improve quality of construction and provide avenues for career Progression. This is to be regarded as Part of the strategy for upgrading skills in rural areas.

Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Dept., Govt of Odisha and ORMAS have given a target of 4440 nos. to KIIT-DU to train Rural Masons both in Kandhamal & Boudh Districts. Housing is one of the basic needs, which gives a decent living with security. Shelter & development are dependent on each other. Under the direct supervision of Prof. Dillip Kumar Bera, Project Manager, RHMTP, mason training has been conducted across all blocks of Kandhamal & Boudh Districts. Er. Laxmikant Jena, Project coordinator, co-ordinates the day-to-day activities of this programme.

Prof. Samanta distributed toolkits to those masons who have completed training on 27th January forenoon in Khajuripada Block, Kandhamal District & in the afternoon of the same day in Harbhanga Bock, Boudh District.

The PD DRDA, Kandhamal; BDOs of Khajuripada and Harbhanga Blocks; Chairpersons of  Khajuripada & Harbhanga Blocks; Shri N. P. Das, Director General, KIIT; Prof. Dillip Bera, School of Civil Engineering; Mr. Soumendra Choudhury, Director, Skill; Mr. Debendra Samal and Mr. Iswar Nayak, Dy. Directors, KISS were also present in the distribution programme.

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Drop in the Ocean – Ongoing Work of KIIT and KISS during Corona Crisis https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiitnews/drop-in-the-ocean-ongoing-work-of-kiit-and-kiss-during-corona-crisis/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiitnews/drop-in-the-ocean-ongoing-work-of-kiit-and-kiss-during-corona-crisis/#respond Mon, 20 Apr 2020 14:04:00 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=24333 Work-of-KIIT-and-KISS-during-Corona-Crisis

KIIT and KISS in partnership with Government of Odisha, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Commissionerate Police (Bhubaneswar and Cuttack), some civil society partners as well as in personal capacity has been doing its bit in battle against Corona. Our efforts aspire to be a drop in the ocean, in bringing smiles on their faces. To briefly […]

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KIIT and KISS in partnership with Government of Odisha, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Commissionerate Police (Bhubaneswar and Cuttack), some civil society partners as well as in personal capacity has been doing its bit in battle against Corona. Our efforts aspire to be a drop in the ocean, in bringing smiles on their faces.

To briefly cover the points,

1. India’s first COVID Hospital at Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) is ready and operational. The patients are being treated in KIMS. The Chief Minister of Odisha, Mr. Naveen Patnaik has encouraged and supported the establishment of this speciality hospital. This COVID Hospital is functioning from a block of KIMS with a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and housekeeping staff.

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2. KISS and KIIT had started its own initiatives way before India declared a national lockdown. All the students in the various schools and University campuses were safely sent back to their homes well ahead of the lockdown.

3. KISS and KIIT have set up a team to source and distribute fruits, vegetables, biscuits and other food materials to animals in and around the campus– such as monkeys, dogs, cattle. This food distribution to those who are reliant on us happens twice a day.

4. A further separate team has been assigned to deliver cooked food to police personnel on duty. Lunch is provided every day to more than 2000 police personnel across Bhubaneswar, Odisha’s capital city. Food is also delivered to police personnel in adjoining cities of Puri and Cuttack.

5. A team has also been distributing family survival packets that comprise of essential food items – rice, pulses, cooking oil etc. to disadvantaged people living in slums.

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6. After some areas in Bhubaneswar were marked as containment areas, KISS and KIIT is distributing food and essential items to those people stranded in these specific clusters, so that they have no need to venture out and risk themselves and others.

7. KISS and KIIT is working with the Government of Odisha to provide support in the form of all its available resources – logistics, infrastructure, healthcare, human resources etc.

8. KISS Balangir & KISS Mayurbhanj are also functioning as COVID 19 hospitals, along with a further dedicated COVID 19 Hospital in my parliamentary constituency Kandhamal in association with the district administration. These are 200 bedded hospitals managed by KIMS and round the clock service following WHO and ICMR guidelines.

9. KISS is also working closely with the American Embassy in evacuation of personnel who have been stuck in Odisha and other adjoining areas.

10. KISS and KIIT have been distributing cooked meals to migrant labours from Bihar who are stuck in Odisha. KISS is also distributing feminine hygiene products to women and girls in all the districts of Odisha.

11. The students of KISS are creating awareness on Social Distancing and respiratory hygiene in their respective districts

12. KISS and Sakha have joined hands to provide ration and essential items to Transgender Community in Bhubaneswar and Rayagada.

“I Can Do Things You Cannot, You Can Do Things I Cannot; Together We Can Do Great Things.And we will defeat Corona.”said Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT and KISS who has contributed his three months salary to CM Relief Fund, Odisha. He has been working more than 18 hours a day with his team, maintaining social distancing to bolster Odisha’s effort at preparedness, relief and fighting the virus.

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Achyuta Samanta conferred with CSI Lifetime Achievement Award https://news.kiit.ac.in/achievements/achyuta-samanta-conferred-with-csi-lifetime-achievement-award/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/achievements/achyuta-samanta-conferred-with-csi-lifetime-achievement-award/#respond Sat, 18 Jan 2020 04:59:00 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=23336 Achievement Award

Computer Society of India (CSI) conferred Lifetime Achievement Award on Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS at its 53rd Annual Convention in Bhubaneswar on 18th January 2020. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sanjay K Mishra, Judge, Odisha High Court conferred the prestigious award on behalf of CSI on Dr. Samanta at the valedictory session of the three-day Annual […]

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Achievement Award

Computer Society of India (CSI) conferred Lifetime Achievement Award on Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS at its 53rd Annual Convention in Bhubaneswar on 18th January 2020. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sanjay K Mishra, Judge, Odisha High Court conferred the prestigious award on behalf of CSI on Dr. Samanta at the valedictory session of the three-day Annual Convention.

Dr. Samanta was conferred with this award for his immense contribution towards education and social work and popularizing information technology among masses. This award is among the highest national-level awards of the Society, instituted in the year 1979, with an intention to honour distinguished personalities who have served the society with dedication, devotion and faith or those who have excelled in fields related to the society. The award recognizes Dr. Samanta’s contribution in making a difference to the society through education. He thanked CSI for conferring him this prestigious award. Earlier Dr. Samanta was also conferred with Honorary Fellowship Award in 2014.

Among others, Dr. Gulsan Rai, Cyber Security Adviser, PMO; Prof Mike Hinchy, President, IFIP; Prof. K. K. Agarwal, Chairman, National Board of Accreditation; Prof. R K Vyas, Chair, Conference Committee; Prof. P K Behera, Chair, Programme Committee; Er. N K Behera, Co-convener, CSI 2020 and Ankur B Patel, Coordinator, Industry Committee, CSI 2020 and many other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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Achyuta Samanta gets Outstanding Green Activist Award https://news.kiit.ac.in/achievements/achyuta-samanta-gets-outstanding-green-activist-award/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/achievements/achyuta-samanta-gets-outstanding-green-activist-award/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 09:15:46 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=22822 Green Activist Award

Eminent Educationist, Philanthropist and Founder of KIIT & KISS, Dr. Achyuta Samanta has been conferred “Outstanding Green Activist Award” from Indian Federation of Green Energy(IFGE) for this year. Hon’ble Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari  bestowed the award to Dr. Samanta on 16th December, 2019 in New Delhi. This award has been given to […]

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Green Activist Award

Eminent Educationist, Philanthropist and Founder of KIIT & KISS, Dr. Achyuta Samanta has been conferred “Outstanding Green Activist Award” from Indian Federation of Green Energy(IFGE) for this year. Hon’ble Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari  bestowed the award to Dr. Samanta on 16th December, 2019 in New Delhi.

This award has been given to Dr. Samanta for his outstanding contribution in propagating awareness among people to use Green(Environment Friendly) Fuel especially generated from Solar Energy apart from Organic Fuel, which are being used in KIIT and KISS.

Receiving the award, Dr. Samanta said, “I convey thanks to the jury and IFGE for bestowing this honour on us for our work towards Green Planet. Such awards recognize our commitment towards eco-friendly sustainable practices and inspires us to continue with full zest”.

“We will sustain the momentum and launch a movement on Go Green – Plant for the Planet as Art of Giving 2020 theme and pledge to plant and take care of 100 million saplings and trees”, added Dr. Samanta.

Dr. Samanta has dedicated this award to all the students, faculty and staff of KIIT & KISS, who have always supported him in creating Green sphere. Among others, the Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, Dr. Rajiv Kumar was present on the occasion. 

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Founder of KIIT & KISS to deliver talk at Harvard https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiitnews/founder-of-kiit-kiss-to-deliver-talk-at-harvard/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiitnews/founder-of-kiit-kiss-to-deliver-talk-at-harvard/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 04:53:49 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=19738 Founder of KIIT & KISS to deliver talk at Harvard

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and Founder, KIIT & KISS will be delivering a talk at India Conference 2019, a student-run conference held at Harvard Business School & Harvard Kennedy School, USA on February 15, 2019. The theme of his talk will be ‘India at an inflection point’. He will share his experiences of […]

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Founder of KIIT & KISS to deliver talk at Harvard

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and Founder, KIIT & KISS will be delivering a talk at India Conference 2019, a student-run conference held at Harvard Business School & Harvard Kennedy School, USA on February 15, 2019. The theme of his talk will be ‘India at an inflection point’. He will share his experiences of struggle and growth in Odisha, as India treaded the direction towards a significant position in the global village. 

The conference is one of the largest student run conferences in USA, bringing together India’s thought leaders for discussions and brainstorming sessions to unravel the interesting times that lay ahead of Shining India. The Conference will have an eclectic mix of politicians, business leaders, entertainment intellectuals, spiritual leaders, philanthropists, government officials, educationists and discuss key issues and India’s path towards global leadership. 

In the 16th edition of the conference, other co-speakers with Prof. Samanta are Sadhguru, Barkha Dutt, Aruna Roy, Tanushree Dutta, Asaduddin Owaisi, Pinky Anand and many more. He is one of the first Odias to deliver the talk. 

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Book ‘Apratim Bharat’ Released by Governor of Odisha https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiit-events/book-apratim-bharat-released-by-governor-of-odisha/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiit-events/book-apratim-bharat-released-by-governor-of-odisha/#respond Fri, 06 Jul 2018 13:31:03 +0000 http://52.66.239.247/?p=17768 Apratim Bharat Book by Shri Bhagwat Pariwar

Belongingness is the guiding philosophy of Bharat, said Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha, while releasing a book titled ‘Apratim Bharat’ (Unique Bharat) by Shri Bhagwat Pariwar in Bhubaneswar on 6th July, 2018. Belongingness from the heart is the foundation of love. It is the unique feature of Bharat as well as Odisha. “You […]

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Apratim Bharat Book by Shri Bhagwat Pariwar

Belongingness is the guiding philosophy of Bharat, said Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha, while releasing a book titled ‘Apratim Bharat’ (Unique Bharat) by Shri Bhagwat Pariwar in Bhubaneswar on 6th July, 2018. Belongingness from the heart is the foundation of love. It is the unique feature of Bharat as well as Odisha. “You can know Bharat by observing Odisha. Belongingness is the main quality of Odia people”, Prof. Lal stated.

After releasing the book at the Mayfair Convention Centre, the Governor thanked the Pariwar for filling the air with spirituality with the launch of the new book and thanked the Kadambini Media and Founder of KIIT and KISS Dr. Achyuta Samanta for the beautiful event.

Highlighting the motto of Shri Bhagawat Pariwar, Mumbai, Shri Virendra Yagnik said, in the context of present scenario the book Apratim Bharat will inspire the youth mass. Shri S.P. Goel, President of Shri Bhagawat Pariwar said, “We are thankful to Kadambini Media and Dr. Achyuta Samanta for the release of the book Apratim Bharat in Odisha”.

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Shri Bijay Kumar Nayak, Director, Odia Language, Literature & Culture, Govt. of Odisha said, be it the mythological epics of Ramayana and Mahabharat or Bishnu Sharma’s Panchatantra, Bharat has left rare contributions to the field of literature and culture across the world. Bharat not only is a geographical, but a spiritual entity. Our contribution is not limited in the sphere of literature, philosophy and spirituality, but it extends to science also. ‘Basudheiba Kutumbakam’ is the unique feature of our culture, Shri Nayak said, adding, this book must be acceptable among the masses.

Baba Ram Narayan Das Maharaj said “Bharat is the land of dedication. We are happier when you say Bharat instead of India”. While critically analyzed the book, Shri Asit Mohanty, noted writer recalled the magnum opus of Late R.N. Tagore’s “Bharat Tirth”. He said that, this book is unique publication of Shri Bhagawat Pariwar. We can get knowledge about our art, culture, spirituality, education and everything from this book. The book has been adorned with the poems of Jaishankar Prasad in its initial pages.

Presiding over the programme, Padma Vibhushan Shri Sitakant Mahapatra said, “it is truly a unique production of Shri Bhagawat Pariwar. We can get firsthand knowledge about our art, culture, tradition, spirituality, education from this book Apratim Bharat”. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT, KISS and Kadambini delivered welcome address, while Shri Ashok Pandey, noted educationist proposed vote of thanks. It is for the first time that Shri Bhagawat Pariwar of Mumbai has visited Odisha.

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Prof. Samanta delivers speech at the House of Lords https://news.kiit.ac.in/achyutasamanta/prof-samanta-delivers-speech-at-the-house-of-lords/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/achyutasamanta/prof-samanta-delivers-speech-at-the-house-of-lords/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 07:29:19 +0000 http://52.66.239.247/?p=2548 Achyuta Samanta at the House of Lords

Noted Educationist and Social worker, Prof. Achyuta Samanta addressed the parliamentarians at House of Lords.

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Achyuta Samanta at the House of Lords

Noted Educationist and Social worker, Prof. Achyuta Samanta addressed the parliamentarians at House of Lords.

Prof. Samanta was invited for a discourse attended by Members of Parliament and special invitees of Indian Origin. The programme was held on 22 May 2018 at the Atlee Room, House ot Lords. Baroness Prashar, CBE,PC , Crossbench member of House of Lords hosted the reception for Prof. Samanta and other invitees. His Excellency Dinesh Patnaik, Deputy High Commissioner of India to the UK and Dr Aman Puri, Consul General, Birmingham also graced the occasion. Mr. Alan Gemmell OBE also spoke on the occasion about celebrating British Council’s 70 years in India.

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The Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and Founder of KIIT and KISS, and recounted his past and his experience at creating a revolution through KIIT and KISS. He gave a talk on poverty eradication through quality education and connected it with Sustainable Development Goals of 2030.

Prof. Samanta said

” It’s indeed a great honour to be addressing the parliamentarians at the House of Lords. The story of mega revolution through KIIT and KISS and it’s trajectory for the last 26 years stands as a standalone example for countries to emulate.”

Read full speech here

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International Day Of Art Of Giving Celebrated Across The World https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiit-events/international-day-of-art-of-giving-celebrated-across-the-world/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiit-events/international-day-of-art-of-giving-celebrated-across-the-world/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 09:52:13 +0000 http://52.66.239.247/?p=2560

In a scale and spread unheard of before, over 70 lakh people in 17,200 centres across the world partook meals on the occasion of the 5th anniversary celebration of ‘Art of Giving’ on May 17, 2018. Art of Giving (AOG) – a philosophy of life to spread the peace and happiness among the people in the […]

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In a scale and spread unheard of before, over 70 lakh people in 17,200 centres across the world partook meals on the occasion of the 5th anniversary celebration of ‘Art of Giving’ on May 17, 2018. Art of Giving (AOG) – a philosophy of life to spread the peace and happiness among the people in the society  was founded on 17thMay, 2013 by Prof. Achyuta Samanta, an eminent educationist, social activist, social reformer and Founder of KIIT & KISS. Since then, this day is celebrated as International Day of Art of Giving every year.

The theme of this year’s celebration was ‘Pyaar Bhara Pack’ – or feeding with love – standing on the premises ofPeople’s Contribution, People’s Participation. Mass meals for the underprivileged were organized by generous people inspired by the philosophy of Art of Giving in more than 16,500 centres across the country, covering all cities in all States. Globally, this important day was celebrated in 610 centers spread across 80 countries in six continents.

In Odisha, around 35 lakh people shared meals at 6,500 centres, covering 4,000 Panchayats, all  Block headquarters, NACs and Municipalities. In Bhubaneswar, the celebration was inaugurated by Mr. Priyadarshi Mishra, Hon’ble MLA, Bhubaneswar (North), Mr. Ananta Narayan Jena, Mayor, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Shri Ajay Agrawal, District Governor, Lions Club and Prof. Achyuta Samanta.

Mass lunches were held in over 300 centres in the city, including eight mega venues: Janata Maidan, Exhibition Ground, Laxmisagar Melan Padia, Kargil Basti, Mahisakhala, Niladrivihar, Patharbandh Basti and KIIT Stadium. In addition, sumptuous meals were donated to almost all orphanages, old age homes and temples of the twin-city of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

Art of Giving’ is a not-for-profit initiative for spreading, supporting and promoting the practice of giving around the world. It is based on the philosophy of life of Prof. Samanta, who has struggled through an experience of poverty, hunger, humiliation in receiving and pleasure in giving from his childhood. He gives the credit of all his success to ‘Art of Giving’ and has been working relentlessly to achieve zero poverty, zero hunger and zero illiteracy since 1987.

Prof. Samanta expressed gratitude to the thousands of noble persons for supporting and celebrating Art of Giving all over the world and feeding the people in millions. He also thanked students, alumni and staff of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar for their whole-hearted contribution to make the celebration a grand success.

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The Founder of KIIT & KISS, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, has been conferred with Distinguished Professorship in Humanities from the University of Cambodia (UC) on 26th April, 2018. This coveted distinction was awarded by Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Founder-Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the President of University of Cambodia.  “Professor Achyuta Samanta, you have dedicated your life […]

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The Founder of KIIT & KISS, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, has been conferred with Distinguished Professorship in Humanities from the University of Cambodia (UC) on 26th April, 2018. This coveted distinction was awarded by Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Founder-Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the President of University of Cambodia.

 “Professor Achyuta Samanta, you have dedicated your life for providing education to tens of thousands of less fortunate students in Odisha and thus have directly assisted in alleviating poverty in the region. The University of Cambodia honours your accomplishments and welcomes you with this professorship”, the citation from the University mentions.

Expressing gratitude to the University, Dr. Samanta said that it is a matter of pride and happiness for the state of Odisha and India to get such an honour. Such international recognitions add to the repute of our state and country, he added.

The University of Cambodia was established in 2003 by Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen. The University is firmly established on more than 3 hectares of land in the middle of Phnom Penh, and comprises of a state of the art building that can accommodate over 10,000 students.

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