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Bhubaneswar: In a major political development in Odisha, noted philanthropist and the founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Dr. Achyuta Samanta joined the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) at Naveen Niwas here on Wednesday.
Besides Samanta, Ama Odisha Chief and Editor of leading Odia daily ‘Sambad’ Soumya Ranjan Patnaik also joined the ruling party of the state in the presence of BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik this morning.
Meanwhile, the BJD will announce its candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections today at around 5PM. Both Samanta and Soumya Ranjan might be sent to the Upper House of the Parliament, sources said.
Talking to media persons, Samanta Said, “I am overwhelmed with the working style of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, particularly his clean image and dedication for the development of the weaker sections of the society attracted me to join BJD.”
“I will carry forward my social service as I have been doing for last three decades,” he added.
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Born on January 20, 1965 to Nilima Rani and Anadi Charan Samanta in the village of Kalarabanka in Cuttack district, Achyuta Samanta has received several awards and honours at national as well as international level for his extra ordinary contribution in the field of education.
Apart from KIIT and KISS, Samanta has established KIIT International School, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), KIIT School of Management (KSOM), KIIT School of Rural Management (KSRM), KIIT School of Computer Application (KSCA), KIIT School of Biotechnology (KSBT), KIIT Law School (KLS), KIIT School of Languages (KSOL), Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences (KIDS) and Kalinga Polytechnic in the state.
KISS, a deemed university, provides free accommodation, food, healthcare, and education from class 1 to post-graduation with vocational training to the tribal students. At present, around 27000 tribal students have enrolled at KISS in the capital city of Odisha.