Bhubaneswar: The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed to be University (KISS-DU) celebrated its 4th Foundation Day on 25th August 2021. The event was held following the Covid-19 guidelines.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS & KIIT said, many research articles have been published under the aegis of all the Research Chairs instituted in the university. “I am glad to share in this forum that we are going to start KISS-TBI in KISS-DU and achieve a new pinnacle of success. These are my dreams and desires for KISS-DU in the coming years”, he stated.
In his address, Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KISS & KIIT said: “KISS is unique and second to none. I congratulate each one of you for your big day and may we keep growing and rising every year.”
In addition to four Research Chairs, two new Research Chairs in the names of Birsa Munda and Laxman Naik have been instituted, informed Prof. Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU.
“We have inked two MoUs with Gangadhar Meher University and the University of Delhi and more are in the pipeline. New courses (Tribal Performing Art, Tribal Physical Education and Tribal Food Science Technology) have been introduced.
KISS-DU has infused new blood into the system by introducing Professor of Practice, Professor Emeritus, Think Tank, Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) that will impart traditional indigenous knowledge, expertise, guidance and consultancy from time to time. We have tightened our belt for the upcoming visit of NAAC and UGC,” the Vice-Chancellor stated.
“KISS transformed its picture in front of the world by becoming a university. In the last few years, KISS has transformed into a revolution. It is the human face of KIIT, connecting souls and hearts through compassion and humanism. I have seen the university grow and the objective of KISS of transforming lives stands out from the rest of the universities and institutes. I wish KISS-DU to leave a mark in the field of education and social sector and become a center for research and innovation in social sciences”, said Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, KIIT-DU.Prof. Pitabasa Sahoo, Pro-VC, KISS-DU said, “The efforts and initiatives of KISS and KISS-DU towards women empowerment, Sustainable Development Goals are commendable and we have to keep up the good work to achieve new milestones. KISS has developed a model and the same has been emulated by other states also”.
Dr. Kanhu Charan Mahali, Director General, KISS-DU said, “The objective of Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) is staying connected with tribal heritage, language and culture, Professors of Practice will impart traditional knowledge, music, language and dance to the students, establishing tribal art gallery and museum, preparing exclusive calendar for tribal festivals and earmarked space for displaying tribal musical instruments.”
On the occasion, statues of two tribal heroes Birsa Munda and Laxman Naik were unveiled in the KISS-DU premises, while Books on The Philosophy of Bhima Bhoi and Mahima Dharma, Manaswee Gopabandhu; Sikhya O Sahitya, a publication by IQAC KISS-DU were released. Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar, KISS-DU gave the welcome address, while Mr. Pramod Kumar Patra, Dy Registrar, KISS-DU proposed the vote of thanks.