National Secretariat of UMAP Inaugurated at KIIT
Mr. Navin Chawla at International Law Week in KIIT
KISS Model Charms Delhi CM. Source : The Times of India
KISS players selected for National Volley and Kabaddi Championship

National Secretariat of UMAP Inaugurated at KIIT

KIIT University added yet another feather to its cap with the inauguration of India Secretariat of a very important organization, UMAP. University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), dedicated for the cause of University level education in Asia and the Pacific, is an association of government and non-government organizations which administer student mobility in order to enhance international understanding among university students in 34 member countries with more than 364 participating Universities in the region of Asia and the Pacific.

UMAP National Secretariat of India at KIIT University was inaugurated on 11th December 2010 by Sri Debi Prasad Mishra, Hon’ble Minister of Higher Education, Tourism & Culture, Govt. of Odisha in the presence of Dr. Sumate Yamnoon, Secretary General, UMAP, Dr. H. K. Satapathy, VC, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapitha, Tirupati and Madam Voravan Limtong, Director of the International Secretariat, UMAP.

KIIT has the unique distinction of being the only member of the country in UMAP since last two years. KIIT's focus on internationalization, knowledge sharing with more than 50 partner Universities across the globe, and other international activities were taken into consideration by the International Secretariat and the Board Members of UMAP to consider opening the UMAP National Secretariat of India at KIIT.

It is indeed a great honour for KIIT and for the State of Odisha that the India Secretariat has been opened in KIIT. Students and Universities of India can take advantage of it, said Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS who incidentally happens to be a Member of the Executive Board of UMAP.

Mr. Navin Chawla at International Law Week in KIIT

Mr. Navin Chawla, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, and Mr. Ashok Parija, Senior Advocate and Member, Bar Council of India graced the fourth day of International Law Week, being organized by School of Law of KIIT University in collaboration with the British Council.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Prof. J. Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University, UK, Prof. Faizan Mustafa, VC, National Law University of Odisha and Prof. N. K. Chakraborty, Director, KIIT School of Law were present on the occasion.

Legal social work and legal education should go hand in hand, said Mr. Chawla in his address to the students. Students should take initiative in providing legal aid to poor who are under trial or languishing in jail for want of funds to pursue the case against them, he said. He congratulated the students of KIIT School of Law for their activism in ensuring right to vote for transsexuals. He also answered questions of the students in a Question & Answer Session.

International Law Week aims to provide budding lawyers and students with a unique opportunity to interact with global leaders of the legal fraternity.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Parija laid emphasis on legal education system in the country. There are 900 institutions imparting legal education which produce more that 50000 graduates every year, he informed, adding that there is further need to strengthen legal education system as most of these institutions do not have adequate faculty. Legal education should be brought closer to technical and management education in view of influx of multinationals in the country as a result of globalization, he added. Proportion of legal professionals in the country is 1:1800, while it is 1:300 in UK, Mr. Parija said. 

KISS Model Charms Delhi CM
Source : The Times of India (06.12.2010)

Describing poverty and illiteracy as two ugly spots on the beautiful face of Odisha, His Excellency The Governor of Odisha Shri M.C. Bhandare called upon students to drive away these problems. “ When these two are removed, Odisha will shine with all its glory and  splendor and become one of the most developed states of the country,’ Shri Bhandare  said, addressing students at the sixth convocation of KIIT University here on Sunday.

Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit and five other eminent personalities were conferred Honoris Causa(degree of doctorate) by the university on the occasion.

After receiving the honorary degree, Dikshit said her government was going to set up a school for  children of construction workers and slum dwellers in Delhi on the model of the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). “ It is really amazing that KISS residential school could provide free education  to over 10,000 students under one roof. I want to replicate it in my state and have brought two ministers from my cabinet to study the model properly,” she said.

Other recipients of honoris causa were state Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai, noted social activist Sruti Mohapatra. While honorary degree of DSc was conferred on Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister &  Secretary and Director General of DRDO,  Dr. V.K. Saraswat, and Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr. K. Radhakrishnan. Honorary Degree of D. Law was conferred on Prof. J. Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University.

Speaking on the occasion, Chancellor of KIIT University, Hari Gautam described KIIT University as one the most dynamic residential academic campuses of this country offering academic diversity and confluence of modernity and tradition. The university has signed MoUs with more than 17 universities from 12 countries in last one year, informed  Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. A. S. Kolaskar.

KISS players selected for National Volley and Kabaddi Championship

12 students of KISS have been selected in the Odisha Team to participate in the Mini National Volleyball Championship for Boys and Girls, which will be held at Chennai from 30th November to 5th December, 2010. Four students of KISS will represent the boy’s team whereas, eight students will represent the girl’s team.

Similarly, Rebati Singh, a student of KISS has been selected to participate in the 37th National Boy’s and Girl’s Kabaddi Championship which will be held at Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS and KIIT conveyed his best wishes to the participating team.