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KISS, UNDP Join Hands to Skill Tribal Youths in Odisha
30.03.2017
 
USIEF Delegates Visit KISS & KIIT
29.03.2017
 
Dibrugarh University Confers Honorary D.Litt. on Achyuta Samanta
22.03.2017
 
Russian Varsity Confers Honorary Doctorate on Prof. Achyuta Samanta
14.03.2017
 
Holi celebrations in KISS campus
13.03.2017
Kalinga Fellowship to Create Zero Tolerance to Sexual Assaults on Girls
06.03.2017
 
 

KISS, UNDP Join Hands to Skill Tribal Youths in Odisha

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have joined hands to extend the benefits of skill development to tribal youths living in the backward districts of Odisha. The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in New Delhi on March 30, 2017 to establish a Centre for Excellence to demonstrate technology-enabled blended skill training model for tribal youth. The Centre of Excellence, housed in KISS, will support Implementation Labs located in tribal dominated districts like Sundargarh and Koraput.     

The agreement was signed in the presence of Shri Jual Oram, Hon’ble Union Minister for Tribal Affairs; Shri J. S. Bhabhor, Hon’ble Union Minister of State; Mr. Ram Singh, Lok Sabha MP from Gujarat,  Mr. Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative in India; Shri Dambaru Sisa, Hon'ble Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly; and Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.

Even as skill development has emerged as an important priority in sustaining Indian growth story, it is challenging to provide access to right skills to the marginalized tribal communities living in remote and isolated areas. This initiative of KISS and UNDP will complement Government’s focus on providing skill development opportunities for all sections of society for faster and inclusive growth.

“We will bring together government, industry, private sector, training providers, youth, public representatives, NGOs and civil society in co-designing new skilling tools and scalable solutions to address development priorities in the tribal regions”, said Prof. Samanta after signing the MoU. It will lead to an enhanced access to quality, market relevant and area specific skill development programme and, importantly, align the training programmes with aspirations and competencies of tribal youths, he elaborated.  

Among others Ms. Alka Upadhyaya, Joint Secretary (Skills), Ministry of Rural Development; Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Joint Secretary (A), Ministry of Tribal Affairs; Ms. Alka Narang, Assistant Country Director, UNDP and Ambassadors of various countries were present at the MoU signing ceremony. They highly appreciated KISS for this MoU.

USIEF Delegates Visit KISS & KIIT

A delegation of United States India Education Foundation visited KIIT & KISS on Wednesday. Representatives from 21 Universities of United States visited various departments of KISS and campuses of KIIT. They interacted with students of KISS about various avenues of Higher education. They also discussed with Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC, and Dr. Sasmitarani Samant, Registrar, KIIT University regarding student – faculty exchange programme and joint research programme between KIIT and the Universities of Unites States. They also met Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and discussed with him about KIIT & KISS. The team highly appreciated the teaching learning system of KISS & KIIT. Many Universities also show their interest for student-faculty exchange and joint research programme.

Dibrugarh University Confers Honorary D.Litt. on Achyuta Samanta

Dibrugarh University (DU) of Assam conferred D.Litt. Honoris Causa on eminent educationist and social activist Prof. Achyuta Samanta of Odisha at a special convocation held on 22nd March 2017. The honour was to be given at the 16th convocation ceremony of the University on 10th March, but Prof. Samanta could not join the ceremony due to unavoidable circumstances. The Vice Chancellor of the University Dr. Alak Kumar Buragohain conferred the honour on him in the presence of the Registrar, Deans, Directors, students and other dignitaries. The dignitaries present in the special convocation appulated Dr. Samanta for his work in the field of education and social service.

He was awarded the Honorary D.Litt. for his outstanding contribution in the field of education and social work. Earlier, his name was approved by the Syndicate and Senate of the University.

Dibrugarh University was established in 1965 under the provisions of Dibrugarh University Act, 1965 enacted by the Assam Legislative Assembly. The University has around 200 affiliated and permitted colleges and institutes to achieve its goal of dissemination of knowledge and generation of human resource. It is the largest and oldest University of North East region of India. More than 2 lakh students are pursuing education under this University.

Later, Prof. Samanta has felicitated by DHSK College, Dibrugarh. It is the oldest college of North East state established in 1955. 

Russian Varsity Confers Honorary Doctorate on Prof. Achyuta Samanta

North Ossetian State University of Russia conferred Honorary Doctorate Degree on Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS on March 11, 2017. He was given the highest honour of this university for his outstanding contribution towards education and development of underprivileged sections. While he is the first Indian to receive Honorary Doctorate Degree from Vladikavkaz based North Ossetian State University, so far 33 reputed universities of India and the world has conferred such honour on him. North Ossetian State University, run by the Government of Russia, is the country’s biggest university having a history of over 100 years. 

Kalinga Fellowship to Create Zero Tolerance to Sexual Assaults on Girls

Kalinga Fellowship is a remarkable partnership among the government, business and civil society to create zero tolerance to sexual assaults on girls. An initiative of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, the fellowship is imparted by BRIDGE in association with FXB India, Ashoka Foundation and Dasra through Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). The main objective of the Kalinga Fellowship is to bring together key stakeholders to facilitate a breakthrough in thinking and strategy to answer the question: How can business, government and NGOs work together to prevent and redress sexual assault on girls in Odisha?

On this occasion, a five-day workshop was inaugurated at KISS and KIIT on March 6, 2017. Corporate leaders and representatives of the civil society from 40 countries are participating in the workshop as mentor, while the senior police officers, bureaucrats, legal luminaries, media, and corporate officials as well as NGOs from India are mentees. Both the mentors and mentees are called Kalinga Fellows.

The three high level objectives of five-day strategy event are to build a set of breakthrough strategies that will prevent and redress sexual assaults on girls in India, to provide each participant leadership techniques, skills and method to enable them to lead this agenda both at the fellowship and afterwards, and to create a cohesive governance team to work together to drive these strategies during and after the event. During this five-day programme, each participant will be provided leadership techniques, skills and methods which will enable them to lead this agenda during the fellowship and for one year afterwards.

It is a unique platform where senior functionaries from the corporate sector, NGOs, media, bureaucrats, senior police officers from various countries have come together to discuss on a social problem and plan and implement the strategy to solve the problem, said Mr. Shashikumar Velath of Ashoka Foundation.

Leaders of big companies like Apple, HSBC, Google, MARS, So Just Add Water and Dentsu Aegis as well as NGOs like FXB, BRIDGE, Ashoka, HHH, Pearson, Lakhyam, Prajwala, EKJUT, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and others are participating.

Each participant is matched with a mentor both throughout the five-day event and one year afterwards. They will receive a year of mentoring and coaching to supporting them in achieving their vision. It is also a capability development programme, teaching the participants some of the most of the contemporary leadership strategy techniques, skills and methods which they can apply in their leadership programme after the event.

BRIDGE specializes in leadership, senior team development, transferring organization culture and facilitating strategic change. BRIDGE works with some of the world’s forward looking company and government institutions. FXB India is a renowned NGO focused to developmental assistance to marginalized children, families and communities in rural and urban India. Dasra is an influential philanthropy organization head quarter in Mumbai backed by institutions like US aid, Bill and Melinda Foundation and Piramal Foundation.