KISS News – KIIT University News & Events https://news.kiit.ac.in KIIT Deemed to be University News Mon, 23 May 2022 04:16:40 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.4 https://news.kiit.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/cropped-download-32x32.png KISS News – KIIT University News & Events https://news.kiit.ac.in 32 32 Finland Embassy Delegates Visit KIIT & KISS https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiitnews/finland-embassy-delegates-visit-kiit-kiss/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiitnews/finland-embassy-delegates-visit-kiit-kiss/#respond Sat, 21 May 2022 04:13:00 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=39693

Delegations from the Embassy of Finland and Talent Boost visited KIIT Deemed to be University on 13th May 2022 for an interactive session with the students. Dr. Mika Tirronen, Counsellor of Education and Science gave a detailed presentation on Finland as a country. He mentioned facts that make it the happiest country in the world and […]

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Delegations from the Embassy of Finland and Talent Boost visited KIIT Deemed to be University on 13th May 2022 for an interactive session with the students. Dr. Mika Tirronen, Counsellor of Education and Science gave a detailed presentation on Finland as a country. He mentioned facts that make it the happiest country in the world and explained the academic and research activities of the universities there. He specially expanded on research and academic opportunities in Finland for KIIT students. Mr Santeri Ojala, Global Head, Talent Boost International Operations presented on work and business opportunities in Finland for KIIT students, working professionals and entrepreneurs.

Mr. Debpriya De and Mr. Karan Menon, India Knowledge Partners, Talent Boost were also members of the visiting delegation. On behalf of KIIT-DU Dr. J. R. Mohanty, Registrar; Mr. Debraj Pradhan, Director General, International Relations Office (IRO); Mr. Bharadwaj Mishra, Director; Dr. Anita Pati, Dean; Ms. Resham Nawaz, Deputy Director; Mr. Sidharth Ray, Administration Officer; Mr. Gautam Nayak, Administration Officer and students from various faculties were present.

Students enthusiastically participated in a question-answer session, which contributed to create confidence among the delegates to partner with KIIT for student-exchange, faculty-exchange and collaborative research activities going into the future.

Earlier, the delegates were welcomed by the IRO team of KIIT-DU and were guided for a tour to both KIIT and KISS campuses. They appreciated achievements made by the institution in a short span of 25 years and expressed amazement at the vast philanthropic activities of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. If KIIT could get to such eminence in just 25 years, it has a very bright future to become one of the leading Universities in the world, they mentioned.

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Webinar on ‘Indigenous Youths in Institutions of Higher Learning:Their Wellness, Health and Life Skill Education’ Concludes at KISS-DU https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/webinar-on-indigenous-youths-in-institutions-of-higher-learningtheir-wellness-health-and-life-skill-education-concludes-at-kiss-du/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/webinar-on-indigenous-youths-in-institutions-of-higher-learningtheir-wellness-health-and-life-skill-education-concludes-at-kiss-du/#respond Sat, 21 May 2022 03:55:00 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=39678

The three-day webinar on ‘Indigenous Youths in Institutions of Higher Learning: Their Wellness, Health and Life Skill Education’ concluded on 19th May 2022. The concluding day of the webinar was graced by Professor Asha. J.V., Dean, Department of Education, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, and was organized by the Education Programme under the School of Tribal Heritage […]

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The three-day webinar on ‘Indigenous Youths in Institutions of Higher Learning: Their Wellness, Health and Life Skill Education’ concluded on 19th May 2022. The concluding day of the webinar was graced by Professor Asha. J.V., Dean, Department of Education, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, and was organized by the Education Programme under the School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology, KISS-DU.

“Mastering beneficial lifelong learning skills helps one to work, learn and live better”, Professor Asha J.V. said, while mentioning that the three categories of life skills are social skills, cognitive skills and emotional skills. Talking about resilience and positive thinking, she explained how one can apply them in real life to reduce stress. The speaker laid importance on including self-defense in the regular curriculum and introduced the concept of Nature-Deficit Syndrome.

Quoting Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera said, “Education is the third eye of a child”. He described various initiatives of KISS to protect, preserve and promote indigenous culture and heritage. KISS is instrumental in imparting holistic, inclusive and multi-disciplinary education and focuses on entrepreneurial skills of the students through training, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar, KISS-DU informed that KISS-DU Life Skill Education is under practice for the past 15 years in collaboration with UNFPA. It has produced a large number of peer educators who propagate and practice the skill of understanding self, health and visioning the future, he said, while highlighting the innovative initiatives undertaken by KISS-DU like the Wellness Center and emphasizing the role of UNFPA and KISS in framing youth policy for Government of Odisha. Professor Bana Bihari Mishra, Professor Emeritus, KISS-DU summed up the deliberations.

Dr. Sujata Acharya, Principal, KISS and Director KISS Wellness Centre; Mr. Hurendra Parida, Faculty, Education Program; and Professor Namita Mohanty, Professor Emerita, KISS-DU also spoke. Ms. Diptishre Dash, Faculty, Education Program moderated the session and Ms. Guddi Shaktinanda Head, Education Programme proposed vote of thanks.

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KISS-DU Celebrates 118th Birth Anniversary of Guru Gomke Pandit Raghunath Murmu https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-du-celebrates-118th-birth-anniversary-of-guru-gomke-pandit-raghunath-murmu/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-du-celebrates-118th-birth-anniversary-of-guru-gomke-pandit-raghunath-murmu/#respond Fri, 20 May 2022 09:10:46 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=39667

KISS Deemed to be  University celebrated the 118th Birth Anniversary of Guru Gomke Pandit Raghunath Murmu on 16th May 2022. Pandit Raghunath Murmu (May 1905 – February 1982) was an Indian writer and educator. He was the man to lend his voice to the Santhal tribe. Until the nineteenth century, Santali people had no written language and knowledge […]

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KISS Deemed to be  University celebrated the 118th Birth Anniversary of Guru Gomke Pandit Raghunath Murmu on 16th May 2022.

Pandit Raghunath Murmu (May 1905 – February 1982) was an Indian writer and educator. He was the man to lend his voice to the Santhal tribe. Until the nineteenth century, Santali people had no written language and knowledge was transmitted orally from one generation to another. Later European researchers and Christian missionaries started to use Bengali, Odia, and Roman scripts to document. Raghunath developed the Ol Chiki script for the Santali language and enriched the cultural identity of the Santali society. He wrote many songs, plays, and school textbooks in Ol Chiki script. Santhals have adorned him with the title ‘Guru Gomke’, the great guru.

The celebration started with the garlanding of statues of tribal freedom fighters like Birsa Munda, and Laxman Nayak instituted at KISS-DU. Students greeted the guests, dignitaries, and participants by singing a song in the Santali language.

Dr.Kanhu CharanMahali, Director General, KISS-DU extended a warm welcome to all dignitaries and participants on behalf of KISS-DU and introduced the distinguished invited speakers: Shri. Udaynath Majhi, Ex-IRAS, and a noted social worker, Shri Karu Murmu, Secretary, Adim Owar Jharpa and Shri. Madan Mohan Soren, Convenor, Santali Advisory Board, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.

Dr.Prashanta Kumar Routray, CEO, KISS, and Registrar of KISS-DU, while introducing the purpose of the celebration said, “We at KISS and KISS-DU celebrate birth anniversaries of legendary personalities of Odisha to commemorate their contributions to our society. The main aim is to share the life struggles and determination of these great personalities with the younger generation so that they draw inspiration and transmit this to the next generation.  From this, we should have knowledge and information about the life and works of these legends to promote and propagate the same and pass it on to the other generations”, he elucidated.

He  added that the statues instituted at KISS and KISS-DU premises are a constant reminder of their great work and contribution to society. Mother tongue is given importance at KISS and KISS-DU; the purpose is to keep their languages, culture, and tradition alive. In the context of KISS-DU, we have the School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures, which aims to organize programmes and carry forward research work on tribal languages. If the coming generation follows in these footsteps, it will be a payback in the true sense. We strongly believe that more research should be done on Laxman Naik, Birsa Munda Raghunath Murmu, and to do the same, we have established Research Chairs to keep alive the dying customs and traditions and works. Our purpose for organizing such activities is that if someone wishes to know about the life and works of legends like Pandit Raghunath Murmu, we endeavour to make KISS-DU a Resource Center in the form of a Library or any other form. Our purpose is to do documentation and bring out the works of these legends to the limelight. Some of the shining examples of our initiatives are news being read out in the Santal language on Kalinga Television, establishing the Centre for Tribal Languages and Narratives, and introducing the Santali language under the School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures. We have put our best foot forward in coming up with more such initiatives. I suggest the students use the learnings from Pandit Raghunath Murmu’s life and writings; this, in turn, will be the greatest return gift. No university has the vision and foresight to think out of the box like KISS-DU.” While discussing two new innovative initiatives: Professors of Practice and Professor Emeriti, Dr. Routray said that there is a perfect blend of traditional intellectuals and modern intellectuals at KISS-DU. Today is when the dream of Founder Dr.Achyuta Samanta got translated into reality, he concluded.

In his address, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, shed light on the early life of Guru Gomke Raghunath Murmu and said that we wish to grow and develop through our language and culture. Prof. Behera informed the dignitaries about the School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures and the Centre for Tribal Languages and Narratives were established at KISS-DU and announced that the University will award scholarships to those research scholars who want to pursue research on indigenous languages, history, and culture.  He announced the inauguration of the Santal Language Club at KISS Deemed University. He also announced the opening of a Masters programme in the Santhali language at the University shortly.

The Chief Guest, Shri Uday Nath Nath Majhi, a social worker working for the social development of Santhalis said with conviction that we can remember Guru Gomke Raghunath through his songs, drama and dances.  He said, “The nation which sings and dances will never die.”  Shri Majhi shed light on Pandit Raghunath Murmu as a Dharma Pracharak or socio-religious reformer.  He mentioned how convinced Raghunath Murmu was about the distinct religion of Tribals. He was convinced that Tribals have their religion and Guru Gomke Murmu had named the religion of Santhalis Sarna Dharma. Shri Majhi informed the august gathering that in the 1951 census 3 lakh Santhals had written their religion as Sarna Dharma; the number has increased to 50 lakhs during the 2011 Census. He also informed thatOdisha lags in teaching Santhal in universities whereas West Bengal has been successful in doing so and has introduced Masters courses in 9 universities.  Sri Majhi urged the students not to miss any opportunity to converse among themselves in their language. While talking about the social process, he said there is a need for Santalization of the Santals, just like Sanskritization of the Dalits has been happening. In the process of inspiring the students, he said that your mission should be“Sikho aur Sikhao.”

Shri Madan Mohan Soren, Member of Sahitya Academy, said, we should not forget that we are drawing the benefits from the hard work and efforts of Pandit Raghunath Murmu. Every 15 days one indigenous language is disappearing due to a lack of propagation and promotion by the people who speak it.  He shared how the Boa language disappeared with the death of the last member of the Boa Tribe. If Guru Gomke Raghunath had not worked hard we would have lost our Santhali language and our distinct identity would not have been possible. He quoted Samuel Johnson, “Language is a pedigree to a nation; when a language is lost, I feel sorry about it.” Shri Soren strongly suggested that language is the only means to keep the culture and traditions alive. He expressed that “We have learned a lesson from Pandit Raghunath Murmu that we need to put in hard work to keep it alive.”   He informed the participants that the Santhal Advisory Board of Sahitya Academy has requested the central government to establish a National Council for the promotion of the Santhali Language as we have had one for the Sindhi language since 1994. Shri Soren expressed his happiness to learn that the students and scholars of KISS-DU will study courses in Santal and do research on the Santal language. Instituting Santali Language Club and Research Chair on tribal heroes is a welcome step towards protecting, preserving, and promoting indigenous culture and traditions.” he concluded.

One of the distinguished speakers, Shri Karu Murmu, Secretary, AdimOwar, Jharpa, said that language is everything as it makes you a human being by giving identity. Shri Murmu encouraged the students to interact in their languages and teach their languages to others.  Ms Ritika Tudu, a famous Santali singer was felicitated by KISS-DU fraternity for singing maximum songs dedicated to Guru Gomke Pandit Raghunath Murmu.

Mr. Kadey Soren, Deputy Director, Academics expressed sincere thanks to the distinguished speakers and participants on behalf of the Founder of KISS-DU Dr. Achyuta Samanta.  He also expressed his gratitude to all the office staff and faculties for extending their hearty cooperation without which the event would have not been a grand success. 

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Day-2 of Webinar on ‘Indigenous Youths in Institutions of Higher Learning: Their Wellness, Health and Life Skill Education’ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/day-2-of-webinar-on-indigenous-youths-in-institutions-of-higher-learning-their-wellness-health-and-life-skill-education/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/day-2-of-webinar-on-indigenous-youths-in-institutions-of-higher-learning-their-wellness-health-and-life-skill-education/#respond Thu, 19 May 2022 07:24:53 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=39639

The School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology (Home Science, Psychology and Education Programmes), KISS-DU organized a three-day webinar on “Indigenous Youths in Institutions of Higher Learning: Their Wellness, Health and Life Skill Education” from 17th May to 19th May 2022 through hybrid mode. Home Science Programme organized day 1 on 17th May 2022 and day 2 on […]

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The School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology (Home Science, Psychology and Education Programmes), KISS-DU organized a three-day webinar on “Indigenous Youths in Institutions of Higher Learning: Their Wellness, Health and Life Skill Education” from 17th May to 19th May 2022 through hybrid mode. Home Science Programme organized day 1 on 17th May 2022 and day 2 on 18th May 2022 was organized by Psychology Programme. Professor Bhaswati Patnaik, Head, Department of Psychology, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar who was invited as the distinguished speaker.

Professor Bhaswati Patnaik highlighted Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed to be University as a model university across the globe for its uniqueness in preserving, protecting and promoting indigenous knowledge and culture to mainstream the indigenous youths in higher education. She focused on the present scenario in the institutions of higher learning and stressed upon the fact that indigenous students should not leave their self-identity and be with the native people after being educated. For this, the curriculum must be relevant and include topics on indigenous practices which will shape their identity and belief system. She expressed her happiness as KISS has been practicing the same as recently appointed the Professors of Practice to make the students aware in promoting their culture while learning when they are away from their native places and residing in the residential campus of KISS. She focussed on the idea of a reorientation in perspective of Higher education through the ‘four R’s i.e., Respect, Relevance, Reciprocity, Responsibility to address the three components of mind Cognition, Affect and Conation. She emphasized on involving the students in assigning responsibilities in student activities, participation in curriculum framing, participation in multicultural education of teachers, empowering them to choose the skills and knowledge.

Supplementing the lecture of the distinguished speaker, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera,  Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU expressed his concern on the fact that we have to educate ourselves to address the various needs of the tribal students while teaching to them. He stressed upon the innovative practices implemented in KISS such as appointing the Professors of Practice as the traditional intellectuals and the Professor Emeriti as the modern intellectuals to make the indigenous learning process more vibrant through both curricular and co-curricular activities to make them skilled. He also highlighted the various unique practices such as entrepreneurship training of students, vocational activities, sports, dance, music and many more.

While introducing the distinguished speaker, Dr. Sujata Acharya, Principal, KISS and Director KISS Wellness Centre, KISS-DU threw light on the academic achievements and remarkable work in the field of education. Professor Namita Mohanty, Professor Emerita KISS-DU gave introductory remarks at the beginning of the session. Mrs. Shradha Smaraki Das was instrumental at moderating the whole session and Mr. Nilamani Moharana facilitated the question-answer session.

Mrs. Ananya Das, Head, Psychology Programme, KISS-DU summed up the session and proposed the Vote of Thanks.

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KISS to Become Knowledge, Logistical Hub of FIFA’s ‘Football for School’ Initiative https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-to-become-knowledge-logistical-hub-of-fifas-football-for-school-initiative/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-to-become-knowledge-logistical-hub-of-fifas-football-for-school-initiative/#respond Thu, 19 May 2022 03:50:00 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=39650

The worldwide Football Governing Body FIFA has decided to give a further boost to its ties with Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Bhubaneswar and strengthen cooperation in the ‘Football for School’ programme in Odisha, besides exploring opportunities to expand it across India and South Asia. A letter of intent has been signed in this […]

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The worldwide Football Governing Body FIFA has decided to give a further boost to its ties with Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Bhubaneswar and strengthen cooperation in the ‘Football for School’ programme in Odisha, besides exploring opportunities to expand it across India and South Asia.

A letter of intent has been signed in this regard between Youri Djorkaeff, CEO of the FIFA Foundation, and Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KISS. The document broadly sets out terms for both entities to commit to investigating avenues of opportunity together – particularly concerning the extension of the Football for Schools programme, which is already active across ten FIFA Member Associations, said a statement.

FIFA has selected KISS as the nodal agency for the promotion of football as it was encouraged by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s big emphasis on promoting sports and sporting activities in the State, the FIFA CEO said during the signing-in ceremony.

In October last year, KISS announced the launch of India’s first-ever FIFA Football for School Programme in association with FIFA.

The latest development seeks to take the engagement between FIFA and KISS, a KIIT constituent, to a new level. According to the letter, KISS will act as knowledge hubs for Football for Schools training, and logistical hubs for Football for Schools ball distribution.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Djorkaeff said: “It is with great pride and excitement that today we sign this letter of intent with the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences. FIFA Foundation’s Football for Schools programme was launched to positively impact the lives of 700 million children.

“We are delighted today to officialise our collaboration with the FIFA Foundation, and we are looking forward to working alongside our colleagues to develop the Football for Schools programme in Odisha, as well as being able to investigate together many other development opportunities across South Asia.

“Football is the global game, and we have already seen the power it has to unite, inspire, and educate in every corner of the world through the work already done by this programme. I am certain the collaboration we have set in motion today with help enhance that further still and I welcome the opportunities it will undoubtedly bring to millions of children across the region,” Dr. Samanta said in his reaction. Dr. Samanta praised Chief Minister Shri Patnaik for promoting sports in a big way in the State and being a constant source of encouragement for all sportspersons. On the other hand, Football aficionados and lovers of the game have welcomed the FIFA-KISS latest initiative and congratulated Dr. Samanta for the collaboration.

“The programme is on its way to achieving that goal and is active in South America, Africa, East Asia, the Caribbean, and the Arab world. The partnership we are officialising here today is the next step on the journey in India and South Asia. I look forward to many wonderful projects – delivered with the aid of our new partners at KISS – over the coming years.”

KISS is the world’s largest fully free residential school and university for indigenous children, with 30,000 residential students and 30,000 studying on satellite campuses. It has already provided a platform for many sportspersons with state-of-the-art facilities and has successfully produced the highest number of Olympians in Indian sports.

Swiss Member of Parliament Dr. Niklaus Samuel Gugger is the Global Ambassador of KISS.

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Webinar on ‘Indigenous Youths in Institution of Higher Learning: Their Wellness, Health, and Life Skill Education’ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/webinar-on-indigenous-youths-in-institution-of-higher-learning-their-wellness-health-and-life-skill-education/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/webinar-on-indigenous-youths-in-institution-of-higher-learning-their-wellness-health-and-life-skill-education/#respond Wed, 18 May 2022 04:57:00 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=39628

A webinar on ‘Indigenous Youths in Institution of Higher Learning: Their Wellness, Health, and Life Skill Education’ was inaugurated at the School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology (THTI), KISS-DU on 17th May 2022 in a blended mode. The three-day webinar is organized by Home Science, Psychology, and Education Programmes under the School of Tribal Heritage and […]

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A webinar on ‘Indigenous Youths in Institution of Higher Learning: Their Wellness, Health, and Life Skill Education’ was inaugurated at the School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology (THTI), KISS-DU on 17th May 2022 in a blended modeThe three-day webinar is organized by Home Science, Psychology, and Education Programmes under the School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology (THTI).

Speaking at the webinar, Professor Vishala Patnam, Former Principal & Human Development Expert, CAD Consulting Maharashtra, described the journey of a human being from childhood to adulthood and the well-being of the youth. KASH (K – knowledge, Technical know-how; A – ability, ambition, assessment, action, analytical, adaption; S – simple, sophisticated, sensible, smart in solving problems and H – health, honesty, hard work, harmonious and harmless) is more important than the CASH (Money), she stated. Discussing the importance of health among indigenous youth, she highlighted the impact of the value and attitude of each individual on health.

Earlier, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU delivered the welcome address and Dr. Sujata Acharya, Principal, KISS and Director, KISS Wellness Centre, KISS-DU introduced the distinguished speaker. Professor Namita Mohanty, Professor Emerita, KISS-DU summed up the session. The talk was followed by a question-answer session conducted by Mrs. Manasi Chandra Nayak, Faculty of Home Science Programme, KISS-DU.

Among others, Dr. Kanhu Charan Mahali, Director General, KISS-DU; Professor Jugal Kishore Mishra, Director, Internal Quality Assurance Cell; the Research Chair Professors and Professor Emeriti attended the webinar.  Mrs Saswati Jena, Faculty Education Programme moderated the session, while Dr. Swapnashri Patnaik, Head of the Home Science Programme, KISS-DU proposed a vote of thanks.

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Webinar on IPR Awareness at KISS-DU https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/webinar-on-ipr-awareness-at-kiss-du/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/webinar-on-ipr-awareness-at-kiss-du/#respond Mon, 16 May 2022 06:33:28 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=39585

An online training program was conducted on Intellectual Property Rights Awareness on 12th May 2022 jointly by the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (RGNIIPM), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and a collaborative effort among the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), School of Comparative Indic Studies and Tribal Sciences, Centre for […]

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An online training program was conducted on Intellectual Property Rights Awareness on 12th May 2022 jointly by the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (RGNIIPM), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and a collaborative effort among the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), School of Comparative Indic Studies and Tribal Sciences, Centre for Indigenous Science and Technology, and Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Entrepreneurship, KISS-DU. Mrs. Pooja Vishal Maulikar, Examiner of Patents and Designs, was the distinguished speaker for the event.

Mrs. Maulikar, in her informative talk, pointed out the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) were not for personal profit alone; but contributed to the overall growth of the country. She stressed the need for securing the right kind of protection for an IPR, and said that RGNIIPM was committed to raising massive awareness regarding IPR and guiding efforts of researchers in the correct direction by preventing wrongful filing. She explained the organizational structure of RGNIIPM, and highlighted the social media presence of the institute for the benefit of all, at facebook.com/rgniipmipr and twitter.com/rgniipm. She oriented the audience towards the national goal of securing exclusive, legal, time-bound rights in the form of IPR, to act as intangible potential assets, in what she termed the Century of Knowledge, where innovation is a prime need that leads to revenue generation.

She then went on to define and explain basic terminology in the field, speaking at length on Industrial Property and Copyrights as intangible properties. She carefully explained the entire procedure of IPR filing, including the numerous forms, search and examination processes, and specific filing procedures. In her very useful exposition on IPRs and the process of filing,  Mrs. Maulikar  encouraged the audience to seek protection under suitable heads for ideas and products that would generate IPR, and assured KISS-DU of every form of assistance from RGNIIPM and allied bodies.

Speaking on the occasion, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU highlighted the significance of securing patents, copyrights, trademarks and designs for the research scholars and faculty at KISS-DU. He elegantly described the innovative genesis and current profile of KISS-DU, and announced the setting up of an IPR Cell with immediate effect, to coordinate and encourage efforts towards securing IPR for innovative work done at KISS-DU.

Dr. Priyoneel Basu, Associate Professor, KISS-DU, moderated the session and Dr. Disha Bhatt, Deputy Coordinator, IQAC, KISS-DU summarized the talk and proposed vote of thanks.

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KISS-DU Organizes Special Lecture on ‘Contested Heritage Colonial Construction of Tribal Savagery in North East India’ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-du-organizes-special-lecture-on-contested-heritage-colonial-construction-of-tribal-savagery-in-north-east-india/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-du-organizes-special-lecture-on-contested-heritage-colonial-construction-of-tribal-savagery-in-north-east-india/#respond Mon, 16 May 2022 03:42:00 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=39597

School of Tribal Culture, Philosophy and Eco-spiritualism and the Centre for Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Diversity, KISS-DU organized an Invited Special Lecture on Contested Heritage: Colonial Construction of Tribal Savagery in North East India on 13th May 2022. Professor Sajal Nag of Assam University, Silchar addressed the professors, research scholars, and students on how some influential European writers […]

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School of Tribal Culture, Philosophy and Eco-spiritualism and the Centre for Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Diversity, KISS-DU organized an Invited Special Lecture on Contested Heritage: Colonial Construction of Tribal Savagery in North East India on 13th May 2022. Professor Sajal Nag of Assam University, Silchar addressed the professors, research scholars, and students on how some influential European writers chose to selectively isolate some aspects of tribal social and economic landscape as a definitive characteristic to claim that they were savages.

Professor Nag, in his lecture, argued that some European missionaries and civilians had highlighted headhunting, raiding, and slave keeping as definitive characteristics of some indigenous communities in northeast India as part of a larger attempt to claim that they were primitive and required to be civilized. These portrayals had become so pervasive that they had reached even the League of Nations during the 1920s. Over time, these motivated and out-of-context portrayals were internalized by some among the communities themselves. More recently, however, scholars from within these communities themselves have come forward to reject such accounts and present more authentic and credible accounts of their history and heritage, he stated.

Professor Nag, who has published ten monographs, eight edited volumes, and nearly sixty papers, specializes in the history of northeast India and its people, with particular reference to colonial and postcolonial period, sub-nationalism, politics of ethnicity, and environment. He has held fellowships and visiting professorships in several universities in India and Europe and is an advisor to ten journals and academic publishers.

Earlier, welcoming the speaker, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU emphasized the need for more research on how indigenous heritage comes to be defined and that voices from the indigenous communities must have precedence in such processes. Dr. Anirban Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Diversity, introduced the speaker.

Dr. Kanhu Charan Mahali, Director-General, KISS-DU; Professor Siba Prasad Adhikary, Professor Emeritus; Mr. Rudranaryan Mohanty, faculty in Political Science Programme; and Dr. Rajshree Biswal, School of Performing Art also spoke on the occasion. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session by the students and attendees. Dr. Ratnakar Mohapatra, Dean, School of Tribal Culture, Philosophy and Eco-spiritualism, proposed a vote of thanks.

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KISS-DU Organizes Workshop on ‘Total Well Being’ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiit-events/workshop/kiss-du-organizes-workshop-on-total-well-being/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiit-events/workshop/kiss-du-organizes-workshop-on-total-well-being/#respond Fri, 13 May 2022 03:32:00 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=39548

KISS Wellness Centrein collaboration with the School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology, KISS-DU organized a workshop on ‘Total Well Being’ on 11th May 2022 in a hybrid mode. Speaking at the workshop, Professor Meena Hariharan, Founder-Director, Department of Health Psychology, Central University of Hyderabad detailed various areas of total wellness, including social, physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. “The goal […]

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KISS Wellness Centrein collaboration with the School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology, KISS-DU organized a workshop on ‘Total Well Being’ on 11th May 2022 in a hybrid modeSpeaking at the workshop, Professor Meena Hariharan, Founder-Director, Department of Health Psychology, Central University of Hyderabad detailed various areas of total wellness, including social, physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.

“The goal is to make life purposeful where one is engaged in the environment for a sustainable and peaceful coexistence”, said Professor Hariharan, who is a pioneer researcher in health psychology and a counseling expert. Everyone should accept failure as a challenge to achieve success, she stated, while elaborating various strategies to handle stress for internal peace and maintaining an equilibrium state.

Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU spoke about the importance of being a good listener and having an empathetic viewpoint amongst experts who aim at the Total Well-Being of students. “The KISS Wellness Centre would play a pivotal role in enhancing the existing healthy environment at the university premises”, Professor Behera said, while praising the vision of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS in establishing the centre.

Earlier, introducing the guest speaker, Dr. Sujata Acharya, Director, KISS Wellness Centre, said that Professor Hariharan has contributed significantly to the development of various Psychological Tests. The talk was followed by a question-answer session, conducted by Mrs. Rajlaxmi Panda, Deputy Director, Student Counseling, KISS-DU.

Dr. Kanhu Charan Mahali, Director General, KISS-DU; Professor Namita Mohanty, Professor Emerita; Dr. Manoj Behera, Dean School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology; and Ms. Ronali Ray, Student Counsellor also spoke on the occasion. Ms. Saismita Swain, faculty member, Social Work Programme, School of Tribal Legal Studies and Tribal Rights, KISS-DU moderated the workshop, while Ms. Sunanda Mohanty, Manager (HR), KISS and a member of the KISS Wellness Centre proposed a vote of thanks.

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KISS-DU Organizes an Invited Lecture on Gandhi and the Adivasis https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-du-organizes-an-invited-lecture-on-gandhi-and-the-adivasis/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-du-organizes-an-invited-lecture-on-gandhi-and-the-adivasis/#respond Wed, 11 May 2022 04:01:00 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=39515

The School of Tribal Culture, Philosophy and Eco-spiritualism (TCPE) and the Centre for Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Diversity, KISS-DU, jointly organized an invited online lecture on Gandhi and Adivasis. The session was hosted in hybrid mode. Dr. Debasree De, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Maharaja Sris Chandra College, Kolkata, West Bengal was invited as the […]

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The School of Tribal Culture, Philosophy and Eco-spiritualism (TCPE) and the Centre for Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Diversity, KISS-DU, jointly organized an invited online lecture on Gandhi and Adivasis. The session was hosted in hybrid mode. Dr. Debasree De, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Maharaja Sris Chandra College, Kolkata, West Bengal was invited as the distinguished invited speaker. She has recently published a monograph on Gandhi and the tribal movements in eastern India between 1914 and 1948. She spoke about the contrarian relationship between Gandhi and the tribal political mobilization in the Chota Nagpur region during that period.

The programme began with a welcome address by the Vice-Chancellor of KISS DU Professor Deepak Kumar Behera. While commending the initiative, Professor Behera spoke briefly about the lingering disconnect between the Gandhian nationalist movement and the indigenous population in Eastern India and shared his observation in stating mainstream political mobilization often failed to consider the special interests of the indigenous communities.

Dr. Anirban Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Centre for Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Diversity, introduced Dr. De. In his address, he emphasized the need for more research on the history of tribal political mobilization in eastern India, hoping that the research scholars of KISS-DU would pursue research activities on related topics.

In her presentation, Dr. Debasree De said that even though Adivasis often looked up to Gandhi as a saintly figure, he was interested in their political mobilization only to enlarge the scope of the mainstream national movement. Gandhi had sworn against violence, so he had some reservations about the violent indigenous uprisings against the colonial state. Two of his interlocutors, Verrier Elwin and Thakkar Bapa, engaged in long and passionate correspondence with Gandhi over various aspects of indigenous history and politics. Debates about the question of political violence and temperance would form the centre-piece of this correspondence. Dr. De concluded by persuasively drawing up an essential contradiction between the Gandhian model of politics and the language of indigenous politics in eastern India. Even though they came in contact on several occasions and made genuine efforts to understand one another, they couldn’t build a joint front.

Faculty members and other attendees including Professor Emeritus participated in a lively discussion after the presentation. Professor Nirmal Ch. Dash, a senior anthropologist and Professor Emeritus, KISS-DU, spoke about the limitations of mainstream nationalism. The session was attended by Postgraduate and research students from History and Political Science departments.

Dr Ratnakar Mohapatra, Dean, School of Tribal Culture, Philosophy and Eco-spiritualism, proposed Vote of Thanks.

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