NAAC grants coveted ‘A’ Grade Ranking to KIIT    
Consecration Ceremony of Temples at Shri Vanikhetra of KISS
‘Young EDGE-2010’ Award for Dr. Samanta

NAAC grants coveted ‘A’ Grade Ranking to KIIT

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has granted 'A' grade to KIIT University. The accreditation has been given based on the report submitted by the visiting team.

The peer team of the NAAC assessed the quality standards of University, and found it in tandem with the seven criteria prescribed by the council. KIIT University in a short span of just 11 years evolved into a nationally acclaimed and quite diversified conglomerate providing a quality education through several areas of Technology, management, rural managements, engineering etc.

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) was established by the UGC in September 1994 at Bangalore for evaluating the performance of the Universities and Colleges in the Country. NAAC's mandate includes the task of performance evaluation, assessment and accreditation of universities and colleges in the country. The philosophy of NAAC is based on objective and continuous improvement rather than being punitive or judgmental, so that all institutions of higher learning are empowered to maximize their resources, opportunities and capabilities. Accreditation refers to the certification given by NAAC which is valid for a period of five years.

NAAC has identified seven criterias to serve as the basis of its assessment procedures which include Curricular Aspects, Teaching-Learning and Evaluation Research, Consultancy and Extension, Infrastructure and Learning Resources, Student Support and Progression, Governance and Leadership, Innovative practices. In the New Methodology, NAAC grades the institutions for each Key Aspect under four categories, like: A, B, C and D, denoting Very Good, Good, Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory levels respectively. After assessing KIIT through its seven point criteria, NAAC has granted ‘A’ grade to KIIT which means in ‘Very Good’ category.

On receiving the coveted A' grade ranking from NAAC, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions attributed it as the achievement of the combined efforts of the faculty and students of various campuses of KIIT University. He also reiterated that the journey to excellence will continue.

Consecration ceremony of Temples at Shri Vanikhetra of KISS

The Inaugural and consecration ceremony of Bata Ganesha, Kasi Biswanatha, Rama-Laskhman-Sita, Radha-Krishna, Mahabir and Pancha Sakti temples was held at Shri Vanikhetra of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on 18th March 2010.

The ceremony was attended by spiritual and other important dignitaries including His Highness Shri Dibya Singh Dev, Gajapati Maharaj, Swami Nirliptananda Saraswati, Vice President, International Dibyajibana Association, Swami Sibachidananda Saraswati, Dibyajibana Association, Bhubaneswar, Chaitanya Charana Das, President, Bhagabata Ashram, Puri, Baba Ramanarayana Das, Founder of Rama and Mahabir Temple, Unit-1, Bhubaneswar, Hon'ble Justice A. S. Naidu, Judge, Odisha High Court, Dr. Harekrishna Satapathy, Chancellor, Tirupati Sanskrit University, organizer Suryamani Natha Sharma and other renowned personalities. The consecration ceremony was marked by Parayana, Bhajana, Kirtana, Prabachana and cultural programmes. Prasad Seban for near about fifteen thousand people was also arranged here at end of the ceremony.

Besides these from 19th to 23rd March many knowledgeable persons presented their talk on several topics like: Shri Shri Ganapati Mahatmya by Pandit Padmanav Tripathy, Shri Shri Siva Mahatmya by Sadhu Shri Daitari Mahapatra (Sivababa), Shri Shri Pancha Sakti Mahatmya by Sadhaka Shri Ranjan Mohapatra, Shri Shri Rama Mahatmya and Shri Shri Mahabir Mahatmya by Pujyababa Ramanarayana Das Maharaja and Shri Shri Radhakrishna Mahatmya by Shri Nityananda Mishra.

Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS & KIIT has expressed his gratitude to the Gajapati Maharaja and other dignitaries for their cooperation and presence here. Important persons from all walks of life from all over the country were attend the ceremony.

‘Young EDGE-2010’ Award for Dr. Samanta

The prestigious ‘Young EDGE Award’ for the year 2010 has been conferred on Dr. A. Samanta. He received the award at a glittering ceremony organized at India Habitat Center, New Delhi on 4th March 2010 from Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Union Minister for HRD, in the presence of distinguished academicians, education policy makers, planners and national and international jury members of the EDGE forum.

The award is in recognition to his commitment to inclusive growth in the field of education and efforts to provide education to the educationally deprived section. He not only transformed a small ITI into a world-class KIIT University, but also established Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a residential tribal institute for 10000 students. The Selection Committee held Dr. Samanta’s experiments in education as unique and felt that, if replicated, it can address some of the core issues faced by the country in the field of education.

This year’s EDGE Personality of the Year Award 2010 was conferred on Prof. Yash Pal for his significant contribution in the field of education over many decades and the Yash Pal Committee Report to bring significant change in Indian education.

Emerging Direction in Global Education (EDGE) has been bringing policy makers, industries and educationalist from India and abroad together to address issues pertaining to excellence in global education. Every year this forum awards outstanding personalities for their contributions in the field of education.

With this award, Dr. Samanta has joined the league with the previous recipients, who include Mr. Sam Pitroda and Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia.