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English Access Microscholarship Programme Launched at KISS


Certificate Ceremony of English Access Micro scholarship Programme

On 11th February, 2011, the Certificate Ceremony of new batch of the English Access Micro scholarship Programme was launched. Under the programme, the United States Embassy, New Delhi will facilitate English language training to 250 tribal students. The meritorious students would be trained in effective English communication skills.

The dignitaries present on the occasion were Ms Juliet Wurr, Public Affairs Officer (PAO) U.S. Consulate Hyderbad, Mr. Chad P. Cummins, Public Affairs Officer (PAO) U.S. Consulate Kolkata. Ms.Rachna Sharma , Access Programme Coordinator –India, Regional English Language Office, U.S.Embassy, New Delhi.

English Access Microscholarship Programme Launched at KISS

US Embassy sponsored English Access Microscholarship Program was launched in Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on 1st December 2009. The programme was formally inaugurated by His Excellency Sri Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha in presence of Shri Prasanna Acharya, Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Public Grievance & Pension Administration, Odisha, Ms. Beth A. Payne, US Consul General, Kolkata, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions and Mrs. Saswati Bal, President of KISS.

KISS has been selected by the US Government as an educational service provider in India for the English Access Microscholarship Programme - an initiative of the United States Embassy in New Delhi and the United States Department of State. The programme for KISS is the first ever by American Government for any tribal institute in India. English Access Microscholarship Program provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 14 to 18 years olds from disadvantaged sectors and gives participants English skills that lead to better jobs and educational prospects in their future endeavors. Under the programme, Ambassador of US to India will facilitate English language study to 100 tribal students between 14 to 18 years of age at KISS for a period of two years, beginning December 1, 2009.

Inaugurating the programme His Excellency Shri Bhandare said that this novel programme will hone skills of the tribal students of this institute to compete in global job market. He praised efforts of Dr. Samanta for empowerment of tribal children and youth through education. Shri Bhandare also participated at an AIDS awareness programme organized by KISS and KIIT on the occasion of World AIDS Day.

Shri Prasanna Acharya, Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Public Grievance & Pension Administration, Odisha emphasized the need for effective English communication skills in the contemporary world. He expressed confidence that this programme will prepare tribal students in written and spoken English. Through education and leading by example, we empower our youth, family and friends with the right information about HIV/AIDS that they can use to make safer and healthier lifestyle, he also said.

Elaborating on the benefits of the programme, Ms. Beth A. Payne said that a better-educated workforce with international skills can attract increased investment and create new jobs. This will strengthen democracy and civil society and broaden the access to the world, she added. She distributed certificates to 100 students who have received scholarship to learn English under the programme. Speaking at the function to observe World AIDS Day, Ms. Payne emphasized on promoting awareness among women on HIV/AIDS.

Expressing his gratitude to the dignitaries, Dr. Samanta said that the programme will prove to be a major strength for KISS in its mission to bring tribal children and youths at par with mainstream society