Olympian, sprinter and student of KIIT, Dutee Chand celebrated her birthday on 3rd February, 2020. Many national and international sports persons, cine stars, intellectuals, well wishers of Dutee and eminent personalities from various walks of life including Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; Indian footballer and former captain of Indian Women Football Team, Shradhanjali Samantray; Arjun Awardee Cyclist, Minati Mohapatra; Athletes Jauna Murmu, Purnima Hembram; Odia cine star, Mihir Das, Sabyasachi Mishra; cine critic Dilip Hali; senior journalist Pradosh Patnaik; Pro-VC of KIIT Deemed to be University, Prof. Sasmita Samanta; KIIT Sports Director, Dr. Gaganendu Dash; KIIT officials Dr. Sucheta Priyabadini, Dr. Shradhanjali Nayak and Dr. Smita Mohanry joined the birthday celebration programme at Hotel Crown, Bhubaneswar. All the dignitaries wished her a bright future and success in the coming Olympics.
Expressing his good wishes, Dr. Samanta said, “Dutee is a blessed child. May god bless her on her birthday. She will bring many more laurels to Odisha and India. Dutee will fulfil the hopes of people of Odisha and India in 2020 Olympics with the blessings of God”. Early in the morning, Dutee celebrated her birthday in Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) with 30000 tribal children by cutting cake. The children of KISS were very much enthusiastic by having Dutee amongst them. The students, faculty and staff of KISS conveyed their best wishes to Dutee on the occasion.