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UNESCO Recognises KISS

UNESCO Recognises KISS

'Contribution of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in developing Groundwater for Emergency Situations (GWES) pilot project is commendable and UNESCO looks forward to greater universal partnership with this unique institute', said Dr. Davidson L. Hepburn, Hon’ble President of UNESCO General Conference on 12th November 2010. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of GWES Project Office at KISS, he said, “I have never seen such a group of young people and I am speechless at what I see here”. Activities of KISS, which are in consonance with the Millennium Development Goals, send a positive message all over the world, he said. Dr. Hepburn also planted saplings and unveiled a stone plaque in his honour.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. A. Parsuramen, Director of the UNESCO Office in New Delhi, and UNESCO Representative to India, Bhutan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka said that the GWES pilot project will help develop GWES initiative in the country. Appreciating the vision of Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, he said that his work brings light to millions of children. UNESCO recognizes this effort, he said, while urging the students of KISS to contribute for the society after completing their education.

Introducing the project, Dr. Samanta said that GWES pilot project, which is the first project of its type in eastern India, will be immensely beneficial to this natural disaster prone region. UNESCO has identified KISS as the lead coordination agency for this project. He expressed gratitude to the luminaries from UNESCO for their time and encouragement.