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The Gopabandhu Research Chair at KISS Deemed to be University (KISS-DU) organized a webinar on ‘Gopabandhu and Nationalism’ to commemorate the 145th Birth Anniversary of Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das in a blended mode on 9th October 2021. Shri. Manoranjan Panigrahi, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax graced the occasion. In his inaugural address, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU […]

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The Gopabandhu Research Chair at KISS Deemed to be University (KISS-DU) organized a webinar on ‘Gopabandhu and Nationalism’ to commemorate the 145th Birth Anniversary of Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das in a blended mode on 9th October 2021. Shri. Manoranjan Panigrahi, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax graced the occasion.

In his inaugural address, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU spoke about the early life and struggles faced by Gopabandhu Das. While discussing his notable achievements, Professor Behera drew references from his writings, including the famous book ‘Dharmapada.’ He threw light on the legend’s social and political works and urged the participants to emulate the philosophy of Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das. Professor Behera also appreciated the performance by the Cultural Wing of KISS-DU. Dr. Bijayananda Singh, Research Chair Professor, Gopanbandhu Das Research Chair explained historical references and the pivotal role of Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das in the freedom movement. Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das advocated humanity and compassion which is also the foundation stone of KISS, he added.

Speaking on the topic ‘Gopabandhu and Nationalism’, Shri. Manoranjan Panigrahi described Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das as a multi-faceted person whose dedication is praiseworthy. He presented a short biography of Gopabandhu Das and explained how he chose to dedicate his life to the upliftment of Odisha despite all odds. Shri Panigrahi talked about the formation of Satyabadi Bana Bidyalaya and Gopabnadhu Das’s association with Pt. Nilakantha Das, Acharya Harihar, Pt. Godavarish Mishra, and Pt. Krupasindhu Mishra. He also talked about Gopanbandhu Das’s immense contribution to education and establishing educational institutions in Odisha. As per the views of Gopabandhu Das, learning through mother tongue is the best way to gain knowledge.  Shri Panigrahi, in his discourse, illuminated the audience by sharing the fact that Madhusudan Das inspired Gopabandhu Das and created a feeling of nationalism and humanism in him. Concluding his remarks, he mentioned that Gopabandhu Das promoted two newspapers, ‘The Asha’ and ‘The Samaja,’ to keep the mass updated.

In vote of thanks, Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar, KISS-DU explained how the dream of Gopabandhu Das and Madhusudan Das has been translated into reality by Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder KISS and KIIT. He went on to add that different Research Chairs are working relentlessly to achieve new heights.    

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KISS-DU Organizes Invited Lecture #3 on ‘Aspects of Academic Writing’ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-du-organizes-invited-lecture-3-on-aspects-of-academic-writing/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-du-organizes-invited-lecture-3-on-aspects-of-academic-writing/#respond Mon, 11 Oct 2021 04:44:00 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=34387

The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of KISS Deemed-to-be-University (KISS-DU) organized an invited lecture on ‘Aspects of Academic Writing’ on 8th October 2021, under the Invited Lecture Series. Professor Jatindra Kumar Nayak, Professor Emeritus, KISS-DU and former Professor of English, Utkal University addressed the participants in a blended mode. Professor Nayak has won the KATHA Translation […]

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The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of KISS Deemed-to-be-University (KISS-DU) organized an invited lecture on ‘Aspects of Academic Writing’ on 8th October 2021, under the Invited Lecture Series. Professor Jatindra Kumar Nayak, Professor Emeritus, KISS-DU and former Professor of English, Utkal University addressed the participants in a blended mode. Professor Nayak has won the KATHA Translation Award in 1997 and the Hutch-Crossword Book Award in 2004. His English translations of classic Odia novels have been published by the University of California Press, Oxford University Press, and Penguin Books. Professor Nayak is a member of the English Advisory Board, Sahitya Academy and Editor-in-Chief, margAsia, a biannual journal devoted to exploring Asian literature and culture.

In his welcome address, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU greeted and introduced the distinguished speaker. He also welcomed the Professors Emeritus and academics from different universities, and the members of the United Indian Anthropology Forum (UIAF) who were the online audience.

Professor Nayak spoke on the topic ‘Aspects of Academic Writing’ in a very lucid and engaging manner. His lecture focused largely on why academic writing as a scholarly tradition could not strike roots in the humanities and social sciences at the college and university level. To search for the reasons for this deplorable phenomenon, Professor Nayak dwelt on the historical and cultural context of academia in Odisha. The idea of university as a centre of research and a site of knowledge production was then alien to the academic community not just in Odisha and India, but also all over the world. As a student, Prof Nayak had come in contact with brilliant professors at Ravenshaw, namely K.S.R. Murthi, Altaf Hussain, Sarbeswara Das and many others. They seldom wrote academic books or papers.

In fact, for a long time erudite scholars of eminence at Oxford and Cambridge wrote books and essays as a labour of love, not out of compulsion. In the Odishan context, Natabara Samantaray and Krushna Chandra Panigrahi, the authors of famous scholarly books, were an exception, not rule.  The idea of university to be a centre of knowledge production is attributed to Wilhelm von Humboldt, the great German scholar. This brought about far-reaching changes in the culture of academia, with academic writing getting deeply embedded in the tradition of scholarship. 

While research is now the primary concern of universities all over the world, the new imperatives of academic writing as part of scholarly discipline still remain ignored in our context. From his reading of a vast number of Odia autobiographies, Prof Nayak opined that scholarship has never been the ambition of the educated Odias. Unlike the Presidency College, which was a home to Nobel laureates like C.V. Raman, Amartya Sen and Abhijit Banerjee and the science luminaries like Satyen Bose and Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose, Ravenshaw College could never be a habitat for scholars of such stature. Therefore, Cuttack remained a large village throughout, but could not grow as a cultural metropolis like Calcutta.  It had only printing presses, but no publishing houses to boast of. The scenario has not changed yet. Except for marketing books, no world class academic publishing house has set up production units, even in Bhubaneswar. In addition, a culture of celebrating civil servants rather than scholars prevails in Odisha, and, unfortunately, the academic standard of universities is assessed in terms of the number of civil servants produced there. After all a scholar who becomes Bhatnagar awardee or becomes a member of the prestigious British Academy Fellow or the National Academy of Science testifies to the academic quality of an institution, not a civil servant. All these factors combine to produce a climate most ill-suited to a proper scholarly climate where academic writing would naturally grow.

Academic writing is a solitary, unglamorous and painstaking affair, and it yields little pleasure. Nevertheless it can be leavened by the “emotion of scholarship”, Prof Nayak said, quoting Nirad C Chaudhuri. In absence of this, all our academic writing becomes laboured, and also unoriginal. To rectify this situation, Prof Nayak stressed the need for building archives of scholarly materials for research in humanities and social sciences. 

Since academic writing is neither fiction, nor creative non-fiction, it is to be guided by certain conventions and based on skills of achieving clarity as well as coherence. Prof Nayak put stress upon the teaching of the basic skills of academic writings such as indexing, copy editing, proof reading etc. in the universities. Without the requisite skills and knowledge of the conventions a student falls prey to the seduction of jargon-ridden, pretentious and convoluted expressions, and an unintelligible style which, they mistakenly believe, are the distinctive features of excellent academic writing. Prof Nayak illustrated this point by citing the notorious ‘Sokal hoax’. One of the chief reasons for the awful standards of writing ability is the collapse of the high school system, he added.

The lecture was summed up by Professor Ashok Kumar Mohapatra, Sr. Professor, KISS-DU, while Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar offered a vote of thanks. He also thankfully acknowledged the efforts made by the organizing team and the participants for making this third lecture a success.

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Pre WAC-2023 Distinguished Invited Online Lecture Series by KISS-DU https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/pre-wac-2023-distinguished-invited-online-lecture-series-by-kiss-du/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/pre-wac-2023-distinguished-invited-online-lecture-series-by-kiss-du/#respond Sat, 02 Oct 2021 05:55:00 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=34296

The KISS School of Anthropological Sciences (KSAS), in partnership with the United Indian Anthropology Forum (UIAF) and collaboration with the Departments of Anthropology Utkal University, University of Delhi and Sambalpur University, organized the third Pre WAC-2023 Distinguished Invited Online Lecture Series (PDIOLS#3) on 30th September, 2021. The topic of the lecture was ‘Why do Indians get […]

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The KISS School of Anthropological Sciences (KSAS), in partnership with the United Indian Anthropology Forum (UIAF) and collaboration with the Departments of Anthropology Utkal University, University of Delhi and Sambalpur University, organized the third Pre WAC-2023 Distinguished Invited Online Lecture Series (PDIOLS#3) on 30th September, 2021. The topic of the lecture was ‘Why do Indians get heart diseases before time and what can we do about it?’. The lecture was delivered by Professor Sanjay Kinra, Clinical Epidemiologist and Head of the Department of Non-Communicable Diseases Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He addressed over a hundred attendees.

Professor Sanjay Kinra specializes in the etiology and low-cost treatment of premature diabetes and has conducted a cohort study on the social and biological risk factors of multiple-morbidity conditions in Telangana. He has developed culturally-tailored interventions for self-management of chronic conditions of diabetes and heart diseases in South East Asia, and especially India, involving low skill, traditional therapies (Yoga/Ayurveda) and digital technologies/artificial intelligence, etc.

In his talk, Professor Sanjay Kinra presented a statistical fact-check as the background for the relatively high incidence of cardio-vascular diseases and diabetes in low-income countries like India in comparison with developed countries like the US. On an average, heart attack occurs at the age of 53 in India, while it does at the age of 58/59 in the United States. The cases of heart diseases are rising in India, whereas these are declining in the developed countries.

Professor Kinara said that there are as many as 15 etiological theories relating to premature diabetes that can be classified under three broad categories, namely Inter-generational genetic and epi-genetic factors, Pregnancy Childhood related factors and Adolescence Adulthood factors of life-style, lack of the intake of Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and Folic acid. While the first two categories of theoretical factors lack substantial evidence and trial data, Dr. Kinara held that the third category lacked cohort and accurate measures. He went on citing the reasons for the prevalence of diabetes in young people in India and shared his main findings on the effect of the integration of supplemented nutrition with public health programs during pregnancy and early childhood relating to cardiovascular issues. Professor Kinara expressed the dire need for better data management and data analysis. Sharing his findings on Indian Migration Study from 2005 to 2008, he stated that cases of the poor musculature, deposit of body fat in the abdominal region, high blood-pressure, high cholesterol, etc. have risen with change of the life-style and unhealthy diet of migrant workers in the industrialized urban areas.  To mitigate these problems, Dr. Kinara emphasized culturally suitable interventions like Yoga practice, consumption of fruit and vegetables to be undertaken at both the individual and local levels.  He concluded, reasons for premature heart disease in Indians may be due to poor diet and inactivity.

He also stated that there is an urgent need for better quantificational cohort studies and trials studies to assess the positive results of the individual and localized interventions.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Professor Deepka Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU briefed the audience about the previous two distinguished lectures and expressed his hope that these lectures will help KISS-DU form links with other leading universities in India and across the globe. He also added that the lectures are a curtain raiser to WAC-2023, and these will draw the attention of the international scholars and arouse their interest to be associated with KISS-DU.

Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar suggested the participants share with others their learnings from the talk and play a key role in spreading awareness on the gravity of the health problems. He also expressed gratitude to the speaker on behalf of the KISS fraternity.

Sr. Professor Ashok Mohapatra introduced the distinguished speaker and shared some of the research milestones achieved by Professor Sanjay Kinara. At the end, Professor S. Gregory, Member Secretary, UIAF, offered thanks to the distinguished speaker, participants and organizing committee.

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KISS-DU Organizes Invited Lecture#1 under Think Tank Lecture Series (TTLS) https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-du-organizes-invited-lecture1-under-think-tank-lecture-series-ttls/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-du-organizes-invited-lecture1-under-think-tank-lecture-series-ttls/#respond Wed, 08 Sep 2021 06:31:51 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=33291

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed to be University (KISS-DU) flagged-off the Think Tank Lecture Series (TTLS) with an invited lecture by Professor Atanu Pati, FNASc and FNAMS, currently Executive Member, Odisha State Higher Education Council, Government of Odisha, and former Vice-Chancellor, Gangadhar Meher University, Sambalpur. He delivered the lecture titled, ‘Research: Constraints, Opportunities […]

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Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed to be University (KISS-DU) flagged-off the Think Tank Lecture Series (TTLS) with an invited lecture by Professor Atanu Pati, FNASc and FNAMS, currently Executive Member, Odisha State Higher Education Council, Government of Odisha, and former Vice-Chancellor, Gangadhar Meher University, Sambalpur. He delivered the lecture titled, ‘Research: Constraints, Opportunities and Ideation’ on 6th September 2021 on blended mode.

Professor Pati has worked as the Council Member of the World Federation of Societies of Chronobiology, Japan, and also of the International Society of Subterranean Biology, Paris. With wide-ranging academic and administrative experiences, notably Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences; Members of Academic Council (AC), Executive Council (EC), Academic Planning and Evaluation Board (APEB), Vision Committee; Founder Director, HRDC; Founder Director, National Centre for Natural Resources and Director of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), Professor Atanu Pati has over 200 scholarly publications of which 129 are listed in the Web of Science. He has guided 30 Ph.D. scholars and adjudicated about 75 Ph.D. theses. The Vice-Chancellors of various state universities, faculty members, and research scholars of universities across the state and KISS-DU attended the first lecture of the series.

Sharing real-life experiences on research, Professor Pati said: “I congratulate the university for introducing the innovation concept of engagement of Professor of Emeritus and Professor of Practice. Research is about addressing an issue, asking and answering questions, and solving a problem. Topic, novelty, technology, scope, mode, methodology, ideology, politics, utility and reassembling are some of the dimensions of research. Doing research and not publishing it is as good as putting it in a box and putting a lock on it. Research community should adopt the motto ‘Publish and Flourish.’ Literature Review is an essential aspect of any research. Research is about encouraging ideation that leads to a quality research article and getting it published in SCOPUS indexed journals. Innovation, imagination, ideation, finding opportunity and obtaining freedom are some of the ways of responding to constraints.”

Professor Pati concluded his address by talking about the digital presence of KISS-DU with special reference to its digital presence on the abstract and citation databases, such as SCOPUS and Web of Science. More research articles should be published by the faculty members of KISS-DU in order to bring their work to the limelight, he suggested. 

Earlier, welcoming the speakers, dignitaries and participants, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice Chancellor, KISS-DU said, “I am elated to share that the newly formed Think-Tank of the University will play a key role in the decision-making processes and is committed to infusing indigenous flavor into the vision, mission, and planning of the university. Through these invited lectures we strive to create a platform for all the researchers of the state to listen to reputed researchers. KISS-DU is just a medium facilitating the entire process and contribution to the knowledge building of the research scholars in particular, and the entire state at large.”

Professor Pitabasa Sahoo, Pro-Vice Chancellor, KISS-DU thanked Professor Atanu Pati, Professors of Emeritus for the illuminating and informative lecture. He also thanked the members of the Think-Tank, Vice Chancellors of different universities, faculty members, and all the attendees and wished good luck for the upcoming lecture series.

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Lecture on ‘Cultural Sustainability and Anthropology’ at KISS-DU https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/lecture-on-cultural-sustainability-and-anthropology-at-kiss-du/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/lecture-on-cultural-sustainability-and-anthropology-at-kiss-du/#respond Sat, 28 Aug 2021 16:25:21 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=32904

The KISS School of Anthropology Sciences, in partnership with United Indian Anthropology Forum (UIAF) and collaboration with Departments of Anthropology, Utkal University, University of Delhi, and Sambalpur University, organized a lecture on ‘Cultural Sustainability and Anthropology’ under the banner of Pre-World Anthropology Congress – 2023 Distinguished Invited Online Lecture Series (PDIOLS) on 27th August 2021. The […]

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The KISS School of Anthropology Sciences, in partnership with United Indian Anthropology Forum (UIAF) and collaboration with Departments of Anthropology, Utkal University, University of Delhi, and Sambalpur University, organized a lecture on ‘Cultural Sustainability and Anthropology’ under the banner of Pre-World Anthropology Congress – 2023 Distinguished Invited Online Lecture Series (PDIOLS) on 27th August 2021. The second lecture under the series was delivered by Professor Christine R. Finnan, Professor of Anthropology, University of Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Professor Finnan is a Fulbright Scholar with a long history of research and advocacy for social justice in schools in the USA and India, and recently broadened her research interests to encompass the intersection of social justice and sustainability. The session was chaired by Professor Anand Singh, Professor of Anthropology, Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban, Republic of South Africa. Professor Kamal Kant Misra, former Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar introduced the distinguished speaker and the chair. 

In her lecture, Professor Christine R. Finnan said: “As we become increasingly concerned about sustainability issues (e.g., climate change, social justice, economic inequality, human migration) around the world, it is important to consider how culture fits within conceptualizations of sustainable development that typically emphasize three pillars of sustainability: environment, economic and social. Recently, cultural sustainability has been included in sustainability discussions in three different ways. One way is as a fourth pillar. As such, the focus is on sustaining culture through protecting artefacts and encouraging the use and revitalization of vulnerable traditions, languages, and arts. The second way is to focus on how culture interacts with environmental, economic, and social forces and institutions in sustainable development efforts. Finally, cultural sustainability can also be seen more universally to emphasize the global culture changes that need to occur to ensure a sustainable planet and just societies.” In her presentation, she focused on the three approaches to cultural sustainability, illustrated how they fit with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and challenged anthropologists to use key concepts, methods, and commitments to advance efforts to address the challenges of sustainability from local to the global levels. Speaking in the context of application to KISS-DU, she added that the university is built on indigenous knowledge, possesses content expertise, develops skills, conducts research, collaborates with communities, agencies, and organizations, and advocates on the local, state, national, and international stage, concluded Professor Finnan.

Professor Kamal Kant Misra said: “Professor Finnan is a Fulbright Scholar and has worked on school and classroom culture and cultural sustainability and Professor Singh is an ace in the areas of UN Sustainable Development Goals, Applied Anthropology, and Indian Diaspora.” Earlier, introducing the topic, Professor Anand Singh presented the concept of culture and sustainability. He also cited some of the research work by Professor Finnan with emphasis on language. Professor Singh appreciated the initiatives and activities undertaken by KISS since its inception.  

Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU, in his welcome address, spoke about the relevance and significance of organizing the prestigious World Anthropology Congress in 2023 (WAC-2023). Together we will put Odisha and India on the world map by making the congress a roaring success, he added. Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar, KISS-DU spoke about the recent achievements of KISS and its journey since its inception. It included students’ progression, national and international achievements in sports, activities, and initiatives during the Covid-19 pandemic, KISS addressing SDGs, areas which make KISS unique, recipients of Humanitarian Awards till date. Dr. Routray concluded his deliberation by sharing the details of the previous Pre-WAC online lecture series.

Professor S. Gregory, Member Secretary, United Indian Anthropology Forum proposed the formal vote of thanks on the occasion.

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KIIT & KISS Felicitate Olympians,Provide them Financial Assistance of Rs. 1 Lakh Each https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiitnews/kiit-kiss-felicitate-olympiansprovide-them-financial-assistance-of-rs-1-lakh-each/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiitnews/kiit-kiss-felicitate-olympiansprovide-them-financial-assistance-of-rs-1-lakh-each/#respond Sat, 28 Aug 2021 16:18:14 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=32893

In a rare show of warmth for their efforts and successes at the Olympics in Tokyo, KIIT made the day special through a felicitation ceremony for the ones from Odisha. KIIT students and Olympian sprinter Dutee Chand; fencer C A Bhavani Devi; javelin thrower Shivpal Singh and hockey stars Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Deep Grace […]

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In a rare show of warmth for their efforts and successes at the Olympics in Tokyo, KIIT made the day special through a felicitation ceremony for the ones from Odisha.

KIIT students and Olympian sprinter Dutee Chand; fencer C A Bhavani Devi; javelin thrower Shivpal Singh and hockey stars Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Deep Grace Ekka and Namita Toppo were felicitated by KIIT & KISS at a special ceremony in KIIT on 28th August 2021 in the presence of the Chief Guest, Mr. Dilip Tirkey, Chairman, Hockey Promotional Board, Odisha Guest of eminence, Mr. Rahul Bose, Actor, Director, Writer, Philanthropist and Board Member of Rugby India; and Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. The seven Olympians were given financial assistance worth Rs. 1.00 Lakh each for their outstanding performance. Coaches Amulya Nanda Bihari, Raju Sahani, and Bijay Lakra were also honoured on the occasion. 

Olympians and Hockey players Sunita Lakra and Lilima Minz are now pursuing their higher education in KIIT, while international Hockey players Dipsan Tirkey and Sarita Hanuman, junior international Hockey player Stanli Victor Minz, international athlete (800m) Namita Kobat, national-level athlete (javelin throw) Domonti Murmur are also pursuing their education in KIIT & KISS, informed Dr. Samanta.

Among others, Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-VC, KIIT-DU; Prof. Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty, Registrar and Dr. Gaganendu Dash, Director-Sports, KIIT & KISS were also present on the occasion.

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KISS-DU Celebrates 4th Foundation Day https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-du-celebrates-4th-foundation-day/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/kiss-du-celebrates-4th-foundation-day/#respond Wed, 25 Aug 2021 16:31:28 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=32808

The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed to be University celebrated 4th Foundation Day on 25th August 2021. It is a red-letter day in the history of the university to have marked four glorious years of existence. The event was graced by senior management, functionaries, faculty members and project staff from KISS and KIIT group of […]

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The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed to be University celebrated 4th Foundation Day on 25th August 2021. It is a red-letter day in the history of the university to have marked four glorious years of existence. The event was graced by senior management, functionaries, faculty members and project staff from KISS and KIIT group of institutions following the Covid-19 guidelines. Books on The Philosophy of Bhima Bhoi & Mahima Dharma; Manaswee Gopabandhu: Sikhya O Sahitya, a publication by IQAC KISS-DU on One-day Workshop on NAAC Accreditation Process in the Context of NEP-2020, statues of two tribal heroes Birsa Munda and Laxman Naik were unveiled in the KISS-DU premises on this momentous occasion.

Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar, KISS-DU in his welcome address greeted all the in-house dignitaries and presented a brief report on the genesis and journey of the university from 2017 till date. In his address he said: “KISS as a young university has come a long way and this has been possible due to the efforts of Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder KISS and KIIT and team spirit of all the staff members. We hope to achieve more milestones in the years to come.”

Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder KISS and KIIT in his address said: “I am elated to unveil the books and statues of two tribal heroes Birsa Munda and Laxman Naik in the university campus. It is a pleasure to learn that many research articles have been published under the aegis of all the Research Chairs instituted in the university. I am glad to share in this forum that we are going to start KISS-TBI in KISS-DU and achieve a new pinnacle of success. KISS-DU should set goal posts by initiating NAAC accreditation work and translate into a research university. These are my dreams and desires for KISS-DU in the coming years”, concluded, Prof. Samanta. Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KISS and KIIT in his address said: “KISS is unique and second to none. I congratulate each one of you for your big day and may we keep growing and rising every year.”

Prof. Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU in his deliberation shared that in addition to four Research Chairs, two new Research Chairs in the names of Birsa Munda and Laxman Naik have been instituted. In his address he said: “We have inked two MoUs with Gangadhar Meher University and University of Delhi and more are in the pipeline. New courses (Tribal Performing Art, Tribal Physical Education and Tribal Food Science Technology)have been introduced. KISS-DU has infused new blood into the system by introducing Professor of Practice, Professor Emeritus, Think Tank, Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) who will impart traditional indigenous knowledge, expertise, guidance and consultancy from time to time. We have tightened our belts for the upcoming visit of NAAC and UGC.” 

Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-Vice Chancellor, KIIT-DU in her address said: “KISS transformed its picture in front of the world by becoming a university and the lives of all the staff members were transformed through KISS. In the last few years, KISS has transformed into a revolution. KISS is the human face of KIIT, connecting souls and hearts through compassion and humanism. I have seen the university grow and the objective of KISS of transforming lives stands out from the rest of the universities and institutes. I wish that KISS-DU is recognized as a university and leaves a mark in the field of education and social sector and aspires to become a centre for research and innovation in social sciences.”

Prof. Pitabasa Sahoo, Pro-Vice Chancellor, KISS-DU said: “It is my pleasure to share with you that Dr. Ambedkar Chair has been established. The efforts and initiatives of KISS and KISS-DU towards women empowerment, Sustainable Development Goals are commendable and we have to keep up the good work to achieve new milestones. KISS has developed a model and the same has been emulated by other states also. Let us all work together in taking KISS-DU to new heights by 2030.” Dr. KanhuCharan Mahali, IPS (Retd.), Director General, KISS-DU in his deliberation said: “The statues of Birsa Munda and Laxman Naik will definitely inspire our students. I am happy to share the objectives of Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) with this forum: staying connected with tribal heritage, language and culture, Professors of Practice will impart traditional knowledge, music, language and dance to the students, establishing tribal art gallery and museum, preparing exclusive calendar for tribal festivals and earmarked space for displaying tribal musical instruments.”

The students performed tribal dance and played musical instruments during the unveiling of the statues in KISS-DU.  Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder showered his blessings on the entire KISS fraternity by distributing sweets on the auspicious occasion.

Mr. Pramod Kumar Patra, Deputy Registrar, KISS-DU delivered the formal vote of thanks on the occasion.

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Five-Day Virtual Workshop on Research Methodology Concludes at KISS-DU https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/five-day-virtual-workshop-on-research-methodology-concludes-at-kiss-du/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/five-day-virtual-workshop-on-research-methodology-concludes-at-kiss-du/#respond Tue, 10 Aug 2021 16:40:26 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=32326

The five-day marathon workshop on ‘Research Methodology and Hands-on Learning’, organized by the School of Tribal Resource Management, KISS-DU, concluded on 6th August 2021. Speaking on the concluding day, Professor Surender Mor, Professor of Economics, Bhagat Phool Singh Women University (BPS), Sonipat explained about citations and referencing style; and use of Mendeley for managing citations and […]

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The five-day marathon workshop on ‘Research Methodology and Hands-on Learning’, organized by the School of Tribal Resource Management, KISS-DU, concluded on 6th August 2021. Speaking on the concluding day, Professor Surender Mor, Professor of Economics, Bhagat Phool Singh Women University (BPS), Sonipat explained about citations and referencing style; and use of Mendeley for managing citations and references. In his detailed presentation, Prof. Mor also touched upon plagiarism and explained in-text and end-text citation formats.

“Without proper citation and referencing there are thin chances that your article will be published,” he said, elaborating that citation is not required in cases of common knowledge. Talking about the benefits of Mendeley, a free web and desktop reference management application, he stated, it is highly collaborative, user-friendly, and used in setting up, organizing, and cataloging a digital library. He also handed out names of various search engines to fish for research articles online.

Taking a session on ‘Advance Researching Tools, Platforms, and Research Collaborations’ on Day-4 of the workshop, Prof. Mor gave insights into the difference between Academic Research and Industrial Research. He covered the concepts of objectivity, mentoring, carefulness, confidentiality, transparency, openness, no-discrimination, intellectual property rights, plagiarism, social responsibility, honesty, and integrity. He accentuated the significance of registering on key platforms like Google Scholar, ResearchGate, SCOPUS, and Web of Science. Prof. Mor specializes in Quantitative Techniques, Microfinance, Entrepreneurship, Artificial Intelligence, and Environmental Economics.

The Day-3 of the workshop was graced by Dr. Manoj Dash, Associate Professor, Atal Bihari Vajpayee-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (ABV-IIITM), who took sessions on ‘Data Collection and Data Visualization-Analysis of Data and Techniques’ and ‘Writing Research Papers; Publication Ethics-Patent, Copyright, and Plagiarism’. He also discussed strategies on how to communicate research papers and writing from the reviewer’s perspective to ensure smooth publication.

“I am certain that the workshop will help participants to propel their professional and personal lives. We are fortunate to have a galaxy of enthusiastic resource persons who shared their knowledge and experiences with us and we will be happy to host them in the future”, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU said, while congratulating the organizing team in making the workshop a grand success.”

The sessions were immensely interactive. The event was streamed live on YouTube via https://kiss.ac.in/youtube/live. Prof. Jugal Kishore Mishra, Director, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) summed up the gist of the five days of the workshop and delivered the concluding remarks. Among others, Dr. Snigdharani Panda, Dean, School of Tribal Resource Management, KISS-DU, and faculty members, Dr. Parikhita Khatua, Dr. Liji Panda and Dr. Sanjita Kumari Devi also spoke on different days of the workshop. 

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Day-long Celebration of International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples at KISS-DU https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/day-long-celebration-of-international-day-of-worlds-indigenous-peoples-at-kiss-du/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/day-long-celebration-of-international-day-of-worlds-indigenous-peoples-at-kiss-du/#respond Mon, 09 Aug 2021 02:54:00 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=32278

KISS-DU organized day-long events to observe International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9th August 2021. The First Meeting of the Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) was organized in the first session. A meeting on the theme – ‘Leaving no one behind’ – decided by the United Nations was held in the second session. An international webinar on the […]

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KISS-DU organized day-long events to observe International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9th August 2021. The First Meeting of the Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) was organized in the first session. A meeting on the theme – ‘Leaving no one behind’ – decided by the United Nations was held in the second session. An international webinar on the topic ‘Indigenous in Indian Civilization’ was also conducted.

First Meeting of the Tribal Advisory Council (TAC)

Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) has been formed at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed to be University to advise on the matters pertaining to the welfare and overall development of the institution. Noted academicians and social activists hailing from the tribal community have been nominated as the members of this Council. The TAC had its first meeting in blended mode on 9th August, 2021. The Council will infuse new ideas and thoughts in the sphere of education to the students of KISS-DU by proposing, suggesting and validating the works done on campus. This will ensure that the philosophy of Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS & KIIT to “Educate, Enable and Empower” is followed in both letter and spirit in the organization.

In his welcome address, Shri R. N. Dash, IAS (Retd.), Secretary, KISS said: “I am elated to learn that KISS-DU has initiated such a novel idea which has not been adopted by many universities in the state and it is definitely a welcome step in the field of education and tribal development.”

Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU, in his inaugural address, said: “It is an honor to attend the first meeting of the Tribal Advisory Council on 9th August which also happens to be International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples’. The growth and development of KISS-DU will be ensured through TAC which will be systematically and strategically undertaken by preparing a realistic and achievable roadmap”.

Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar, KISS-DU introduced the members of the Tribal Advisory Council and highlighted their niche areas of work in education, women empowerment and girl child education. “The Tribal Advisory Council has to validate formal education and has to merge with traditional knowledge systems and suggest beyond regular courses. KISS is celebrating International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples today and we are glad to have the members of the TAC with us”, he remarked.

Dr. Kanhu Charan Mahali, IPS (Retd.), Director General, KISS-DU and Chairperson of the Tribal Advisory Council steered the session and spoke about the aims and objectives behind establishing this Council, roles and responsibilities entrusted upon the members and said: “The TAC will contribute to the development of tribal children. Students attain formal education but besides that gaining practical knowledge from traditional practitioners is equally important. It will help in promoting, preserving and protecting tribal identity for the coming generations.”  

Among others, Members of the Tribal Advisory Council (TAC), KISS-DU advised on various significant aspects which will explore new possibilities in improving the education system and other things related to tribal development. The suggestions revolved around churning strategies to pave way for promoting, preserving, projecting and protecting tribal culture, heritage, language, food, identity, traditional knowledge system, appreciation for introducing the concept of Professor of Practice, learning tribal philosophy, dance, art, music and unanimously welcoming the idea of instituting two new research chairs in the name of Birsa Munda and Laxman Naik.  

Mr. Kadey Soren, Deputy Director, KISS and the Convenor of the Tribal Advisory Council facilitated the proceedings of the first meeting of the TAC and proposed the vote of thanks.

UN Theme: ‘Leaving no one behind’

The second lap of the celebration was based on the theme decided by the United Nations ‘Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract’. KISS shared the celebration with Indigenous delegation from Jharkhand at KISS campus and KISS-DU campus on the occasion. The delegation appreciated the Adivasi model of education imparted at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences initiated by Prof. Achyuta Samanta and decided to replicate the KISS model in the state of Jharkhand. The delegation met the Hon’ble Governor of Odisha and submitted the memorandum on behalf of the Adivasi people. The delegation was led by Anjali Soren Marndi, who is daughter of Shri Sibu Soren, Fmr CM of Jharkhand and Adivasi leader and Prahlad Purty, Fmr. MLA.  

International Webinar on ‘Indigenous in Indian Culture’

KISS-DU also organized an international webinar on the topic ‘Indigenous in Indian Civilization’ in collaboration with the United Indian Anthropology Forum (UIAF) and the Anthropological Association (AA). Professor Promode Kumar Misra, President, Anthropological Association, Mysore, India and Patron, United Indian Anthropology Forum (UIAF) delivered the distinguished lecture on the topic ‘Indigenous in Indian Civilization’.

He said: “I am using the term Scheduled Tribe as it is constitutionally valid. However, the terms tribe, indigenous and primitive can be used interchangeably. During the colonial period, a lot of ethnographies on tribes were produced which cannot be separated from the colonial interests and concerns. Some of the routine justifications are:  promoting the cause of the growing field of anthropology and recording variations and the rapidly vanishing cultures.  I strongly believe that the anthropological literature produced during the colonial period needs to be reread by native scholars with subaltern consciousness. I would now like to throw light on Isolationalist and interdependent models. The popular perspective is that the tribes have been isolated people. The detailed studies of the scholars have suggested that the food collectors and the food producers have been interdependent and resource managers”.

Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU introduced the theme of the international webinar. He facilitated the entire proceedings of the webinar and said: “Today’s date will be remembered in golden letters in history as today we had the first meeting of the newly constituted Tribal Advisory Council (TAC), the brainchild of Professor Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.”

Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar, KISS-DU presented a brief profile of the university and shared the key aspects of the first meeting of the Tribal Advisory Council. He said: “I would like to share with eminent anthropologists that the TAC has recommended implementation of the concept of Professor of Practice, preparation of an exclusive Tribal Calendar of Festivals, promoting games, and sports, floating diploma and certificate courses on Tribal Life Skill Education, opening School of Performing Art, a course on Food Science, establishing two new Research Chairs on Birsa Munda and Laxman Naik”. 

Professor S. Gregory, Member Secretary, UIAF delivered the formal vote of thanks to all present.

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Virtual Workshop on Research Methodology and Hands-on Learning at KISS-DU https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/virtual-workshop-on-research-methodology-and-hands-on-learning-at-kiss-du/ https://news.kiit.ac.in/kiss/virtual-workshop-on-research-methodology-and-hands-on-learning-at-kiss-du/#respond Thu, 05 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://news.kiit.ac.in/?p=32032

The School of Tribal Resource Management, KISS Deemed to be University is organizing a five-day virtual workshop on Research Methodology and Hands-on Learning from 02nd to 06th August 2021. Day one of the workshop was graced by Dr. Sumita Mishra, Associate Professor, School of Management, KIIT Deemed to be University. Dr. Mishra talked about the basics of […]

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The School of Tribal Resource Management, KISS Deemed to be University is organizing a five-day virtual workshop on Research Methodology and Hands-on Learning from 02nd to 06th August 2021. Day one of the workshop was graced by Dr. Sumita Mishra, Associate Professor, School of Management, KIIT Deemed to be University.

Dr. Mishra talked about the basics of Research, Research Philosophy, Types, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods. She spoke on the current trends in research in the context of the ongoing pandemic and covered the building blocks of research and spoke about the difference between Science and Social Science, Cycle of research, types of scientific research, broad methodological paradigms (focus on Ontology and Epistemology), methodological stances associated qualitative and quantitative research, concepts vs Constructs vs Variables, building a nomological network of construct, model building process, comparison of methodologies, sampling and issues in sampling, archival analysis, experiment survey, and case study. She cited many examples to explain various concepts in detail and also referred to Sykes and Matza’s Juvenile Delinquency Theory as a case study. Dr. Mishra concluded her deliberation by saying that one should keep in mind that software and tools are only aids and not much dependence on them should be encouraged.

Dr. Sumita Mishra is an alumna of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and a Fellow from the Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon.

Spelling out the aims and objectives of the workshop, Dr. Snigdharani Panda, Dean, School of Tribal Resource Management, KISS-DU said, “The objective behind holding this workshop is to help faculty members learning the ropes of Research Methodology to keep pace with the recent advancement in any discipline. The outcome of this workshop is to learn to identify the research problem, design a valid research project and get hands-on training on the usage of various open-source tools.”

In his welcome address, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU said, “A workshop on such a topic carries immense significance because young scholars struggle during their research journey. The researchers should understand the rationale and see the feasibility of the topic on which they work. The topic should be logical and realistic. Only a voracious reader can become a good researcher. A researcher should aim at preparing annotated literature, thorough review of literature, writing footnotes, and preparing references in a proper format”. He concluded his opening remarks by appreciating the topic of the workshop.

Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar, KISS-DU spoke about the role, relevance, and importance behind organizing such workshops on areas of Research and Development as KISS-DU is gradually translating into a research university and is working on establishing a research hub on campus. He highlighted that action based research is a recent trend and that truly defines the hands-on learning angle as good research is a combination of theory and practical. Drawing reference from the National Education Policy 2020, he cited how the new policy has laid adequate emphasis on action-based research which is the need of the hour.

Speaking on ‘Systematic Literature Review, Bibliometric Analysis and MetaData Analysis’ on the second day of the workshop, Dr. Manoj Dash, Associate Professor, Atal Bihari Vajpayee-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (ABV-IIITM) stated that research questions are based on issues, industry-oriented, functions or specialized, tool-centric, and crowd following. He stressed the fact that people interested in the research world should have a research kit comprising a broad research area, focus, sector, research question, research issue, master file, list of 10 good journals, 10 prominent cited research. 

He covered various types of review like Structural, Bibliometric, Review based on correspondence, analysis, Review based on Meta-Analysis, Critical Review of Studies, Conceptual Review. Dr. Dash emphasized concepts like Research Documentation inclusive of Grammarly, Latex, Referencing Manager, use of SPSS and MATLAB.

Dr. Dash is a visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management Indore, Indian Institute of Science and Education Research, Berhampur, G.D Goenka World Institute Gurgaon, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, and Symbiosis Institute of Operation Management, Nashik, and many more. He has over nineteen years of teaching experience with interest areas in Marketing Analytics, Marketing Science, Business Analytics, Retail Analytics, Service Marketing, etc.

Delivering the introductory address, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU said, “I appreciate the number of participants who have joined in day-2 of the workshop. Day 1 was very informative and I am sure that the participants might have been extremely benefited by the deliberation of the resource person. As we approach day-2, I would like to say that the themes to be covered today have been very thoughtfully curated. Systematics Literature Research is very important because it identifies, selects, and critically appraises research to answer one or more questions. Reading, writing and excellent communication skills are the key ingredients of a good researcher.”

Earlier, Dr. Birendra Suna, Director Research, KISS-DU recapitulated the day-1 proceedings. Dr. Snigdharani Panda, Dean, School of Tribal Resource Management, KISS-DU delivered the formal vote of thanks. This international workshop witnessed over 2900 enthusiastic participants from Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Ghana, Srilanka, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Algeria, Greece, China, and across India.

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