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KSMC Public Relations Club’s Hosts Its First National Level Press Release Writing Competition

Pro-Vice Chancellor renames Academic Audit as Academic Empowerment Programme

16-31 July 2021, Issue 2 A fortnightly by the students of School of Mass Communication, KIIT Deemed to be University as a part of Participatory Media Project.

Campus 18 | KIIT School Mass

Communication Public Relations Club (KSMC PR Club) hosted its first National Press Release Writing Competition on 17 July 2021 on the online mode Google Meet. As many as 59 undergraduate students from Telangana University, Rishi Bankim Chandra University, Christ Nagar College, Christ University, Sharda University, Dayananda Sagar University, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University, Kalyani University, Burdwan University, Kerala University, Srinagar Women’s University, Future Media School, and other institutes from 16 cities in 10 states and neighboring Bangladesh registered and actively participated in the competition. The event was moderated by Ms M. Snehanjali, Executive Member of

KSMC PR Club. Ms Nidhi Nyari,

President of the KSMC PR Club welcomed, wished and encouraged the participants. Ms Aprajita Singhal, General Secretary of the KSMC PR Club, explained the competition instructions and clarified the participants’ doubts about the guidelines. Ms Sushree Susmita Nayak, an Executive Member of the club proposed the vote of thanks. On 31 July 2021 the winners of this competition were announced. Kushagr Gautam won the 1st position, R. Sreelakshmi Menon bagged the 2nd position and the third position was won by Ms Anuska Guha. And the rest of the participants were given the certificate of participation. The event was moderated by Ankita Khanrah. It was followed by the investiture ceremony of the new PR Club members. M Snehanjali, as the new secretary, gave the vote of thanks.KT

Dr T. Jaisakthivel Delivers A Talk on A Journey from Radio to Podcast- Subject Expert Engagement Campus 18 | School of Mass Communication, KIIT-DU organized a talk on A Journey from Radio to Podcast under its Subject Expert Engagement talk series on 24 July 2021. Dr T. Jaisakthivel, Assistant Professor at the Department of Journalism and Communication, University of Madras, who previously was a journalist and started the Tamil Podcast, Tamil Sirukathaigal, delivered the talk. Dr Jaisakthivel guided the

audience on how to start a podcast

KIIT Faculty Chairs Session at Reva University’s Conference

Prof. Subhajit Roy delivers a Talk on Search Algorithms in AI

KIIT | At the 2nd international conference on Recent Trends in Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering for Environmental and Sustainable Development, Dr Sarat Chandra Swain, Professor, KIIT School of Electrical Engineering & Joint Director-Skill Project, chaired a session hosted by School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Reva University, Bengaluru on 22 July 2021. The session consisted of two keynote lectures by experts and 16 technical papers on different topics in Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering, like conservation of electrical energy, energy conservation and power quality issues, EV integration, machine learning techniques, programming languages, and etc. Everyone praised the smooth running of the session, which drew around 35 students and faculty members from various universities and industries.

Campus 15 | Prof Subhajit Roy, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur deliv-


with step-by-step instructions and the

required toolkit on how to create a podcast. “They don’t need big studios or facilities, a mobile phone is

enough for them to run their channel”, he said and also stressed on the importance of having a website for the podcast. Marketing is important since it is the driving tool for people to discover the podcast and thus become a success. The programme was moderated by Ms Nitali Johori. KT

ered a lecture on Search Algorithms in Artificial Intelligence on 24 July 2021, organized by School of Computer, the KIIT-DU. His lecture covered all search algorithms of Artificial Intelligence (AI) through a case study on Snake well Game. Prof Roy’s lecture immensely benefited the graduate students with an opportunity to get a head start in Artificial Intelligence, which is an emerging technology in the field of Computer Science. The event was coordinated by Dr Pradeep Kumar Mallick and hosted by Dr Amiya Ranjan Panda, School of Computer Engineering.


Chintan | KIIT Quality Assurance Cell organized an online welcome meeting for the experts of academic audit 2020-21 on 19 July 2021. The purpose of the academic audit is to encourage departments or programs to evaluate their “education quality processes”. Prof Sasmita Samanta, Pro-Vice Chancellor, KIIT-DU highlighted the objectives behind the Academic Audit. She informed that the Academic Audit was started long back in KIIT-DU by the instruction of Prof Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, when this concept was not even there in the agenda of accrediting agencies. She also suggested changing the nomenclature as Academic Empowerment Programme (AEP) in place of Academic Audit. It was highly appreciated by resource persons. AEP provides an opportunity for schools to evaluate their qualitative processes/measures for online teaching-learning, evaluation, research, project and best practices followed. Different schools in KIIT-DU have engaged in online AEP for the academic year 2020-2021. The vote of thanks was proposed by Prof Satya Ranjan Jena. The School of Mechanical On 20 July 2021, an AEP was held at the School of Computer Engineering. Prof Biswajit Sahoo and Prof Prasant K. Pattnaik welcomed the experts, Dr Jayanta

Mukhopadhyay and Dr Pradip K. Das. A vote of thanks was proposed by Prof Divya Kumari.

On 22 July 2021, an AEP was conducted at the School of Electrical Engineering. Expert Dr Ashok Pradhan was welcomed by Professor Byamakesh Nayak. Engineering had its AEP on 24 July 2021. The experts, Dr Amiya Ranjan Mohanty, Dr Bijay Kumar Rout, and Dr Radhakant Padhi were welcomed by Dr Bharat Chandra Routara. The session ended with the vote of thanks by Dr Diptikanta Das. The virtual AEP for the School of Nursing was scheduled on 24 July 2021. Prof Suresh Kumar Sharma and Dr L. Gopichandran were welcomed by Prof Amarita Lenka. The session ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Mr Chandan Pradhan. KIIT School of Management conducted the AEP on 24 July 2021. The session was introduced by Prof S. K. Mohapatra. Professor Ashok Kumar Sar offered his vote of thanks to everyone present. Online academic audit at the School of Mass Communication

was organized on 22 July, 2021. The expert, Prof Biswajit Das was welcomed by Prof Himasu Sekhar Khatua and Dr Bidu Bhusan Dash gave the vote of thanks. Online academic audit for BDe sign course of School of Fashion Technology was organized on 24 July 2021. Expert Dr Binaya Bhusan Jena was the expert. Mr P. S. Bal coordinated the session. The vote of thanks was proposed by Prof Bauri Raula, Course Coordinator of the School.The academic audit for BTech, MTech and PhD programmes of the School of Electronics Engineering was organized on 23 July 2021. Dr Aurobinda Routray, Dr M. Jaleel Akhtar, and Dr Gautam K Mahanti were invited for the audit. The academicaudit of the School of Medicine was held on 22 July 2021. The experts, Dr Sukriya Nayak and Dr Susil Kumar Mohapatra, were welcomed by Maj Gen Prof P. K. Patnaik. The vote of thanks was proposed by Prof Continued on Page 3

KSMC Gazette



University Assures Quality Education


outbreak of Coronavirus has affected the education policy as students are moving towards online learning from traditional classrooms. It has become challeng-

KSRM Organizes Webinar on Perspectives in Development

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ing for students as well as professors to adjust to a new learning platform and new pedagogy. Ever since the pandemic,

all education institutions have been shut down to fight the battle against the virus. Drastic steps were taken all over the world, including in India. Every school, college and university in the country has taken the necessary steps for a smooth teaching-learning ecosystem. In the end, online learning was the only solution and it became the order of the day. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) has become the first-ever university in India to conduct online classes. The other Indian institutions have adopted it later. It is a fact that teaching online may not influence and engage students, unlike the traditional class. The students may easily get distracted and lose concentration during live sessions. KIIT Deemed University made it within the realms of possibility. The report says that the university has received about 95 percent attendance daily. Thus, it has put a benchmark for all Indian universities in this regard. The university not only takes care of the attendance but also assures that students receive a quality education as well. The academic audit plays an important role in this case. The academic audit was recently renamed as The Academic Empowerment Programme (AEP). It encourages schools or programmes to evaluate their “education quality processes”. It also provides an opportunity for schools to evaluate the qualitative processes/measures for online teaching-learning, evaluation, research, project and best practices followed. Every year different schools in KIIT engage in the academic audit programme. This year because of the pandemic, the AEP was held online. The KIIT Quality Assurance Cell has conducted the programme successfully by inviting experts in their respective fields

from highly reputed institutes and universities across India. Chief Editor: Nitali Johori News Editor: Znadi Nunisa Chief Copy Editor: Charles Karanja


Copy Editors: Aprajita Singhal

Campus 17 | As a part of the webinar series on Perspectives in Development, KIIT School of Rural Management (KSRM) organized a talk for the students of MBA (RM) and MBA (ABM) on 30 July 2021. The speaker for the webinar was Dr Sanjeev Kumar, Founder, The Goat Trust. Mr Kumar initiated his talk with the idea of fear to freedom and shared that the less fear you have, the more free you are. Mr Kumar graduated from Banaras Hindu University and did his post-graduation from National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal. He founded the Goat Trust in 2008. Mr Kumar was elected as Ashoka Fellow in 2013 and was a finalist as Social Entrepreneur of the year, 2019 by the World Economic Forum. He received Krushi Bhushan by Asian Consortium and Gandhi Award apart from felicitations from various universities. KT

KLS concludes the 8th KIIT National Moot Court Competition

Debasmita Guha, M Snehanjali, Priyanshi Tripathy, Shreya Kundu, Shweta Routh, Sushree Susmita Nayak ,Sushmi Mishra

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KSCE Organizes A Lecture on Big Data Campus 15| Mr Deepak Agrawal, Full Stack Lead Engineer, Morgan Stanley (New York) delivered a lecture on Big Data with a focus on Spark using Python on 17 July 2021. The lecture was organized by the School of Computer Engineering, KIITDU. His lecture enlightened and benefited graduate and master’s Continued on Page 5

Knowledge Dialogue Series held at KSOM

Campus 16 | KIIT Law School (KLS) successfully conducted and hosted its annual event, the National Moot Court Competition-2021, from 16 to 18 July 2021. Placing the inaugural address in the inauguration ceremony on 16 July, Chief Guest, Mr Justice Sanjeeb Kumar Panigrahi said, “Law cannot be interpreted or insulated in a mechanical manner. One needs to understand the social reality and that through moot court competitions students can gain a lot”. Mr Zerick Dastur stated the importance of regulators in the Indian legal ecosystem. Guest of Honour, Prof N. L. Mitra stressed the various stages which help a lawyer bring about justice. Prof Hrushikesha Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor, KIIT-DU, Prof Sasmita Samanta, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, KIIT-DU and Prof Jyana Ranjan Mohanty, Registrar, KIIT-DU also graced the event and offered words of encouragement and wisdom to the participants. The Moot Court event witnessed participation from over 40 teams from the most reputed law schools and colleges across India. They were adjudicated by more than 60 legal professionals. The Semifinals and Final Rounds were conducted on 18 July 2021, which was followed by

the valedictory and awards ceremony for the event. The final rounds witnessed discussions by members of the adjudicating panel consisting of Justice

R. M. Borde, Former Judge, Bombay High Court; Shri Vikramjit Banerjee, Additional Solicitor General; Shri Surya Prasad Misra, Senior Advocate and Former Advocate General of Odisha; Professor V. Kesava Rao, Vice-Chancellor, NUSRL,

Ranchi; Shri Somasekhar Sundaresan, Counsel; Shri Zerick Dastur, Founder, Zerick Dastur Advocates and Solicitors; and Shri Mithun V. Thanks, Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. The valedictory ceremony was graced by Mr Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka, Chief Justice, High Court of Karnataka as the chief guest, along with Prof R. Venkat Rao, former Vice-Chancellor, NLSIU Bangalore, as the guest of honour along with Prof Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor, KIITDU; Prof Mohanty, Registrar, and Prof Bhabani Prasad Panda, Director, and Chairman, KLSMCS, KIIT Law School who also graced the inaugural ceremony. MS Ramaiah College of Law, Bengaluru won the coveted first prize, while Praveen Gandhi College of Law, Mumbai took the first runners-up prize. Awards were also given for second runners up (School of Law, Christ University, Bengaluru), best speaker - (Ms R Deeksha, MS Ramaiah College of Law), and best memorial (Army Institute of Law, Mohali). The ceremony ended with a vote

of thanks by Prof Pradip Kumar Sarkar, Vice-Chairman, KLSMCS, KIIT Law School. KT

A webinar on the topic - Managing HR in the Middle East was held at KIIT School of Management (KSOM) on 24 July 2021. The webinar helped in understanding the challenges and opportunities while practicing and managing HR in the Middle East countries. Mr Rajesh Mishra, the guest speaker, discussed understanding the HR framework in the Middle East. Mr Mishra has over 25 years of professional experience in human resource function in manufacturing and construction industries including OCL, Rajgangpur, and L&T Construction Industry in different leadership roles. His prowess in HRM has won him accolades including the 2nd Runners Up Award of Annual HR Awards for Leadership Development process in 2018; Winner Award of Annual HR Excellence Award for Talent Engagement in 2019. Prof Malabika Sahoo facilitated the webinar. KT

Webinar on GATE Preparation organized for Engineering Students Campus 7 | Career Advisory & Augmentation School (CAAS) and T&P, KIIT-DU organized a webinar on YouTube on “Road Map to GATE” for 2022 and 2023 graduating students of the School of Technology, KIIT-DU. The objective of the webinar was to educate students about GATE and its importance for engineers as it is the gateway to higher studies and PSU jobs. It made the students aware of GATE/ESE examination contents, question pattern and level along with other benefits of GATE/ESE and preparation strategies. The subject matter expert, Mr Rakesh Talreja, AIR 9th@ GATE, an M.Tech pass out from IISc Bangalore with more than 10 years of teaching experience, discussed informative tips on GATE preparation, marks distribution, statistics, results and explained how to execute one’s strategy. More than 500 students registered for the webinar. The Gate initiative has been taken forward under the mentorship of Prof J. R. Mohanty, Registrar, KIIT-DU; Prof Saranjit Singh, Prof Samaresh Mishra, Prof Arun Ray, Prof Ashok Kumar Sahoo, Prof Chinmoy Panigrahi and Prof B. Mohapatra. Dr Suman Bhattacharya, Director-CAAS, Dr Priyadarshi Biswal, Dean-CAAS, faculty members of CAAS and Prof Deepak Raut, Programme Coordinator were among other dignitaries present. KT

Student’s Weekly Seminar Starts off at the KSCE

Campus 3 | The students’ weekly seminar started off at KIIT School of Commerce & Economics (KSCE) on 22 July 2021 with the presentation on Non-Performing Assets (NPA) & Its Recovery Mechanism by BCom 3rd Semester students. The student presenters, Mr Abhiroop Ghosh, Mr Abhisekh Kumar, Mr Anupam Panigrahi, Mr Bikash Yadav, Ms Gayatri Priyadarshini Moharana, Ms Tania Saha & Mr Vijay Kyumar, discussed NPA, the technicalities of designating an asset as bad by a commercial bank as well as the reasons for the constant rise in the amount of NPAs. The presenters highlighted the various steps taken up by the Government of India for the recovery of the assets which are not performing, focusing the discussion on the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (IBC). Students of all the other courses of the School also participated in the seminar. KT

IEEE Honours KIIT Professor Panigrahi

Chintan | The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering INC (IEEE) has bestowed

an appreciation certificate on Prof Chinmoy Kumar Panigrahi, Chair, IEEE Kolkata section, Consumer Technology Society Chapter-Bhubaneswar, 2020-21. He is applauded for rendering remarkable services and contributions towards the advancement of IEEE and engineering professions. Currently, Prof Panigrahi serves as the Professor and Director of School of Electrical Engineering, KIIT University. IEEE Consumer Technology Society (CTSoc) is a global leader that inspires research, development, and deployment of cutting-edge technologies for consumer products, for advancement and benefit of humanity. The CTSoc ISA Committee is charged with establishing ongoing relationships and continuous two-way dialogue with the technical leadership and general management of consumer electronic industry’s stakeholders, who employ CTSoc member engineers. Such relationships are designed to facilitate inputs from industry leadership to prioritize professional development of their employees. They further contribute to identification of opportunities for CTSoc to engage in standard development efforts that advances commerce & markets of consumer electronics. The management of KIIT-DU congratulated Prof Panigrahi for extending such noteworthy services and contributions towards IEEE professional activities. KT

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KIITAA Hosts Alumni Live Series episode with Singer Manisha Mishra Campus 13 | KIIT Alumni Relations Cell and KIIT Alumni Association (KIITAA) hosted the sixth episode of Alumni Live Series on 24 July 2021 on KIIT and KIIT Alumni Facebook pages. The guest, Ms Manisha Mishra, a 2018 batch alumna of the School of Computer Engineering, stole the show with her one-hour interaction cum live performance which got 64 thousand views. She sang in six different languages, including Hindi, Odia, Bengali and Telugu, and shared her experiences with the host, Dr Shyam Sundar Behura, Deputy Director, KIIT Student Activity Centre (KSAC). Ms Mishra is a former All India Radio artist and has been pursuing Hindustani Classical Music since 2000 under the Gurus of

Patiala Gharana. During her study at KIIT, she became the finalist in All India Classical Voice of India held in Lucknow in 2016 and was in the top 50 in the Voice Music Reality Show by Star Plus in 2018. She started her Youtube Channel in 2020 and is active on Instagram and Facebook. She recently collaborated with Siddharth Music, Odisha

and has sung beautiful Bhajans of Lord Jagannatha. She thanked Prof Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for creating KSAC and providing an environment to nurture the students’ passion and interest. KT

Jaya Sharma Delivers Talk at the KSRM

Campus 7 | KIIT School of Rural Management (KSRM) organized an alumni talk for the students of MBA (RM) and MBA (ABM) on 10 July 2021. The speaker, Ms Jaya Sharma, MBA (RM) Batch of 2010-12, shared about her student life, her decision to join KSRM and its importance in her career. She highlighted the significance of the classroom segment where one gets to understand various concepts and different internships that help in connecting with the community in the MBA (RM) programme. Ms Jaya also spoke about various extracurricular activities that she actively participated in and won prizes. She then threw light on different stages of her professional journey and how each stage helped in enhancing various skill sets like community engagement, coordination, liaisoning, and partnership management. Ms Jaya has rich experience in the domain of livelihoods, agriculture, and cooperatives. She previously worked in Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society and Technoserve and is currently working as a Senior Associate at PWC India. Ms Jaya also holds a degree in BSc Forestry from Navsari Agriculture University.


Talk Series by Different KIIT Schools

KSBT Organizes Kuora-KSBT Alumni Talk Campus 11 | KIIT School of Biotechnology (KSBT) organized Kuora-KSBT Alumni Talk Series-Chapter Four. The session was hosted by Dr Gopal Chowdhary, was graced by Dr Srinivas Patnaik, Dean, other faculty members and students of KSBT. The guest speaker, Dr Sushree Sahoo, an alumna of KSBT, discussed the perks of doing PhD abroad. She was quite certain from the beginning about pursuing a PhD in medicine abroad, so advised the participants to similarly have a clear vision ready, take relevant exams, explore andstudy particular areas of interest. She stressed the importance of a clean, proper and perfect CV and how having a publication can give an added leverage. She inspired the budding biotechnologists by telling them not to be disheartened with rejection and that patience and passion are very important. She

added, “Success won’t come to you very soon, but it will come one day so keep pushing. Trust the process and hang in there”. Dr Sahoo completed her PhD from Germany and is currently working as a Post Doctorate at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. She completed her school ing in 2008 and decided to pursue a newly emerging field of science. Though there is a common misconception that if one doesn’t get into medicine they settle for biotechnology, she was always intrigued by Genetic Engineering and KSBT provided her with the perfect platform, making her a proud alumnus. She is currently involved in childhood cancer research at St. Jude’s Hospital. The participants asked questions to Dr Sahoo, which she answered humbly to the best of her knowledge. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Chowdhary. KT

KINS organizes 2nd Alumni Talk Series

Souvik Hazra Delivers Talk at the KIIT School of Electrical Engineering Campus 15 | KIIT School of Electrical Engineering organized Kamya: Alumni Talk Series on 19 July 2021. Dr Arjyadhara Pradhan, Alumni Co-coordinator started the session with a welcome note. The speaker, Mr Souvik Hazra explained the importance and role of Electrical Engineers in the making of ‘Digital India’. He discussed different aspects of the power system like transmission and modelling and the importance of Electrical Energy in developing our country to a developed state. Third-year students attended the participatory session. Mr Hazra is currently working at Infineon Technologies AG, Munich as Staff Machine Learning Engineer. He did his Masters in Data Sci-

ence from EURECOM, France and worked at Airbus and the University of Cambridge. He is co-author of the book “Deep Learning Applications of ShortRange Radars” and a reviewer at IEEE Sensors Journal. Dr Srikant Allamshetty thanked the speaker and others present.


KIIT-IS Organizes Webinar on 16 July Campus 5 | Kalinga Institute of Nursing Sciences (KINS) organized the 2nd Alumni Talk Series

on 30 July 2021. Prof Amarita Lenka, Principal, College of Nursing, KINS, inaugurated the programme and welcomed both alumni, Ms Manjula Kumari Nayak and Mr Lalan Kumar. She expressed her gratitude to Prof Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for providing an excellent ambience to work. In the 1st session, Ms Manjula Kumari Nayak Tutor/Clinical Instructor, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar talked about ‘Career Opportunities’. She described her journey and how she started her career as the 1st batch MSc nursing student at KINS. After completion, she joined as a staff nurse. In 2016, her designation was changed to Nursing Officer. She expressed how challenging it was during the starting

period of her professional career as a direct care provider. Gradually she took it as a challenge and proved herself as a skilled competent Nursing Officer and was promoted to the post of Deputy Nursing Superintendent in Modular OT complex at AIIMS,

Bhubaneswar. The 2nd session was taken by Mr Lalan Kumar, working as a Nursing Officer at AIIMS, Patna. He delivered his talk on Career Pathway. He introduced himself and shared his journey starting from BSc Nursing at KINS and PG in RAK, DU to a Nursing Officer at AIIMS, Patna. He expressed his struggles. He conveyed his gratitude to the Founder, KIIT and KISS, and Principal, KINS, and all the faculty members for his success. He encouraged and motivated the students regarding career. Mrs Purnima Sahoo, Assistant Professor, KINS proposed the vote of thanks. KT

Campus 9 | The Department of Commerce and Humanities, and KIIT International School (KIIT-IS) organized a webinar on “Transformation of a State into Union Territory with Special Reference to Jammu & Kashmir” on 16 July 2021. The resource person for this webinar, Mr Nitin Chaudhary discussed topics like federalism and its importance; and differences between Indian and American federalism in the context of its history, structure, and separation of powers. Mr Chaudhary has an Integrated Dual Degree in Chemical Engineering with Industrial Engineering as a Minor from IIT Madras. He has worked as a senior analyst in Deutsche Bank and has been a freelance educator and strategy consultant for Civil Services Examination Continued on page 4

KIIT-DU Organizes Workshop on Career Strategies Campus 17 | Student Counseling Cell along with CAAS, KIIT-DU organized a virtual session on Career Strategies on 24 July 2021. The workshop was conducted by Ms Kaumudi Goda, Singapore. A large number of people including students and faculty from every school attended. Ms Goda spoke of the Japanese philosophy Ikigai that talks about the perfect spot of happiness, joy, motivation, and power. Further, she continued with concepts like the circle of influence, sense of self-worth, realizing things that are in our control, going with Plan B besides Plan A, and career planning and how to project self KT. From front page Pro-Vice Chancellor renames............ R. C. Das. Online academic audit for the School of Languages was organized on 23 July 2021. The expert, Dr Prafulla Chandra Rath was welcomed by Prof Tanmoy Putatunda. The session ended with a final audit report compilation. The Academic Audit of Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences was conducted on 24 July 2021. Dr Farhan Durrani joined as the auditor and the audit process was conducted under the supervision of Dr Jugajyoti Pathi, and Prof Balaji Manohar. The Online academic audit of the School of Applied Sciences was organized on 24 July 2021. The experts, Dr P. K. Dutta, Dr Amit Basak, and Dr V. Vetrivel, were welcomed by Prof P. Pattajoshi. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Tapan Kumar Bastia. The audit was conducted across all schools of KIIT-DU from 19 to 24 July 2021. At the outset, Prof. Chinmoy Kumar Panigrahi, Director, Quality Assurance extended thanks to the experts. He also appealed to the Heads of the Schools to implement the suggestions and recommendations of the AEP team. KT

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KIIT School of Biotechnology Organizes Industry Talk Series

Campus 11 | KIIT School of Biotechnology organized KAIZEN - Industry Talk Series: Chapter I on 11 August 2021. Mr Mohammed Shaffi, Technical Manager at Sophisticated Industrial Materials Analytic (SIMA) Labs Pvt Ltd. was the first guest of the Industry Talk Series. The session was hosted by Dr Gopal Chowdhary and was graced by Dr Srinivas Patnaik, Dean, and other faculty members and students of KSBT. Mr Shaffi particularly emphasized the importance of the laboratory accreditation process and the important distinction and requirements of ISO certification. He maintained the importance of the various profiles in industry and also

Dr Mohanty Delivers A Talk in IIT Bhubaneswar

Campus 3 | Dr Malaya Mohanty, Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering delivered a technical session at the five-day Short Term Course on Traffic Flow Modeling organized by IIT Bhubaneswar on 30 July 2021. The topic was Traffic Flow Analysis by SPSS. Dr Mohanty explained the utility of statistics and the types of traffic parameters that are usually modelled. He spoke about the different correlation values and a regression model for different types of variables involved. Thereafter, he also conducted a live hands-on session of SPSS with the participants, explaining a step-by-step procedure of 2 continuous variables. After a discussion with participants regarding the software, the session ended with a vote of thanks by Dr P. P. Dey, Assistant Professor, IIT Bhubaneswar and coordinator of STC programme. KT

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KIIT-IS Organizes......

Earlier, Dr Partha Sarathi Das, Coordinator, Commerce and Humanities addressed the audience by introducing the resource person. He touched on the burning issues raised by amendments made to Section 370, and the turning of the states of Jammu and Kashmir into Union Territory.

Mr. Yashvardhan Jhingan proposed the vote of thanks and concluded

the session.


KIIT NSS School of Electronics Engineering Celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas

explained industrial classes and how they work, the existence of which shows that education does not stop at university for life science based professions, you should strive to constantly know the progress and advancement of the subject if one wants to succeed in a professional career. He explained four main types of labs that life science students can work in and, based on their background, which lab is ideal for them. This was followed by a question and answer session with students and faculty. Dr Gopal Chowdhary concluded the session and thanked the speaker for their informative presentations as well as the patience and enthusiasm of the participants. KT

KSCE Organizes Painting Competition on the theme ‘Peaceful Coexistence’ Campus 3 | KIIT School of Commerce & Economics (KSCE) organized an intra-school Painting Competition on the theme - Peaceful Coexistence on 14 July 2021 through online mode. On the canvas, students painted the message of peace, harmony, and coexistence, producing some wonderful pieces of art. During the pandemic, KSCE stood out as a champion as adopting the new normal, KSCE not only conducts online classes and examinations successfully, but

it also conducts all the co-curricular and extracurricular activities through online mode. Engaging the students during such difficult times by conducting various programs has become the hallmark of KSCE.


KSCE Celebrates its Third Foundation Day

Campus 12 | The volunteers of NSS, KIIT School of Electronics Engineering held a virtual meet to remember the sacrifices made by every soldier on the occasion of the 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas Anniversary on 26 July 2021. Dr Suprava Patnaik, Dean of the School of Electronics Engineering, Dr Samaresh Mishra, Director of Student Affairs, and Dr Kajal Parashar, Programme Coordinator, KIIT NSS Bureau, shared their views followed by a minute’s silence to show respect to all the lost souls during the war. The esteemed guests, Air Vice Marshal Pranay Kumar Hrideyesh Sinha (Retd.), Col. Sudip Khasnavis (Retd.), and Captain Amulya Kumar Singh (Retd.) shared their experiences and motivated the volunteers. The volunteers also got to speak about the importance of the day. The vote of thanks was proposed by Prof Sruti S. Singh, Programme Officer, NSS Electronics. The volunteers of the NSS Project Lakshya of KIIT School of Electronics Engineering extended heartfelt gratitude to the authorities. KT Dr Samit Bhattacharya talks on Human Computer Interaction

Campus 15 | Dr Samit Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati delivered a lecture on “Human-Computer Interaction: What, Why and How?” on 17 July 2021. The lecture was organized by the School of Computer Engineering, KIIT-DU. His lecture covered primarily Human-Computer interaction at a very basic level towards the research problem associated with it. It started with what it is, why it is and how to build interactive systems. He also addressed the key aspects, challenges such as creative design, interactive s/w design, user-centric computing with an iterative life cycle, limitations, need of computation, computation in interactive systems, and finally the computational framework in detail. The event was coordinated by Dr Pradeep Kumar Mallik and hosted by Dr Minakshi Rout.


Campus 3 | KIIT School of Commerce & Economics (KSCE) celebrated its 3rd Foundation Day on 17 July 2021. The chief guest

Prof K. K. Basa, Vice-Chancellor, Maharaja Sriram Chandra Bhanja Deo University, Baripada delivered the Foundation Day lecture. Prof Sasmita Samanta, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, KIIT-DU graced the occasion and commended the achievements of the School. Prof Jayanta Kumar Parida, Director, KSCE appreciated the efforts of the faculty members and staff of the School in making it popular among students and the Commerce Education fraternity. The programme was followed by cultural events by students via online mode.


Dr Sayan Ranu delivers talk at the KSCE on 27 July Campus 15 | Dr Sayan Ranu, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Delhi delivered a lecture on Frequent Itemset Mining on 27 July 2021. The lecture was organized by the School of Computer Engineering, KIIT-DU. He discussed Frequent Itemset Mining by taking Association rule mining and Apriori Algorithm. His lecture immensely benefited the graduate students with an opportunity to get a head start in Data Mining, which is an emerging technology in the field of Computer Science. The event was coordinated and hosted by Dr Pradeep Kumar Mallick, Associate Professor, School of Computer Engineering.


KISS-DU Organizes e-Workshop on Exploring Nonviolent Communication on 26 July

KIIT School of Humanities & School of Languages Organize Talk Show

Campus 10 | The School of Anthropological Sciences, KISSDU organized an e-workshop on Exploring Nonviolent Communication on 26 July 2021 in association with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), National Memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The thrust area of the workshop is parallel to the theme of the prestigious World Anthropology Congress to be organized by KISS in 2023 titled, Anthropology in Public Sphere: Global Peace and Development. The workshop focused on creating awareness and exploring the new ways of nonviolent communication. The advocacy of legends like Marshall Rosenberg, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and many others was discussed focusing on their peacebuilding and nonviolence policies which led to the success of great movements. It highlighted the importance of self-awareness, self-introspection and self-evolution. The e-workshop was inaugurated by Prof Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU. Dr Vedabhyas Kundu, Program Officer, GSDS was the keynote speaker. The session was summed up by Dr Prashant Kumar Routray, Registrar, KISS-DU. Dr Jugal Kishore Mishra, Director of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) delivered the vote of thanks. The session was moderated by Dr Sushree Sangita Mohanty, Assistant Professor, KISS-DU KT

Campus 3 | School of Humanities and School of Languages, KIITDU organized together a talk show on “The Truth of Writing: Let Our Stories be Told” with two contemporary Indian English authors, Ms Jashodhara Chakraborti and Mr Durjoy Choudhury on 17 July 2021. The interaction intended on sharing of experience by the speakers as contemporary writers, and also on notes of inquisition from the students and the audience and was moderated by Ms Ranjita Majumdar, a student of M.A. in English, and Ms Naazia Gulnar, a student of B.A. in English (Honours), KIITDU.Ms Chakraborti shared her experience of transformation from her corporate life into a full-time writer while Mr Choudhury talked about his journey from a musician to an emerging author. The talk show was interactive and the hosts were ready with a bunch of questions, and both of the writers replied promptly.The event was graced by Dr Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty, Registrar, KIIT-DU; Prof A. K. Sen, Dean in-Charge, School of Humanities; Dr Sukanta Chandra Swain, Associate Dean, School of Humanities; and Dr Biswajit Das, Dean, School of Languages. The talk show was organized and curated by Dr Sahel Md Delabul Hossain, Assistant Professor of School of Humanities, and Coordinator, School of Languages, and Dr Gourab Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, School of Languages. The programme was managed by a team of students consisting of Mr Sabyasachi Mishra, Mr Sivansh Pradhan, Ms Divyashree Das and Ms Akankhya Sahu from the School of Languages. KT

KSOL Launches Eight New Language Proficiency Certificate Courses

Campus 3 | KIIT School of Languages (KSOL) organized a virtual induction meeting to formally welcome 129 students from different schools and de-

partments of KIIT-DU to its eight different Language Proficiency Certificate courses of the third session (July-September 2021). The event was graced by Dr Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty, Registrar, KIIT-DU; Dr Biswajit Das, Dean, KSOL and Dr Saranjit Singh, Director-IEC & Placements. They encouraged the newly joined students with their remarks and insight on industry perspectives of foreign language learning. KSOL launched two new courses - Odia Language Proficiency and Advanced English (IELTS Preparatory) - for the current session along with the six existing courses. The third session registered a total of 129 enrolments from 15 different schools of KIIT-DU, faculty members, staff and their relatives.The Schools

of Computer Engineering, Law and Electronics Engineering are the biggest contributors for the third session admissions with 34, 28 and 17 enrolments respectively. German, French and Spanish become the top three language preferences with admissions of 28, 27 and 22 respectively. Japanese,

Communicative English and Ar-

abic courses had enrolments of 13, 11 and 3 respectively. Two new courses did fairly well with the enrolment of 9 for Odia language and 16 for Advanced English (IELTS Preparatory). All the seven language trainers namely Ms Amrita Chhotaroy (Communicative English & IELTS Preparatory); Ms Sally Saleh (Arabic); Dr Pramodini Jena (Odia); Mr Subhrangshu Mohanty (French); Ms Prajna De Nandi (Japanese); Mr Asit Swarnakar (Spanish); and Mr Pravin Kumar Gupta (German) welcomed their respective language students with encouraging words.


KSMC Gazette


Health News An IAP & UNICEF Initiative

Dr Mohanty, Professor of KIMS, was a panelist in a webinar by IAP and UNICEF Campus 5 | Diarrhoea is a life-threatening disease. Even in the 21st century, diarrhoea stands as N.3 killer, the second leading cause of death among children under the age of 5 . Children are causing Pneumonia and Perinatal in developing countries like India. The symptoms for diarrhoea should not be neglected, necessary steps should be taken for awareness of diarrhoea. The Health and Family Welfare Department has been educating the masses and treating diarrhoea patients timely. Dr. Niranjan Mohanty, Professor, Paediatrics of KIMS( Kalinga Institute of Medical Science) was one of the panelists in An IAP & UNICEF Initiative. It is a Diarrhea Awareness & Preventive Strategy to Reduce Morbidity & Mortality . He had explained the Pathophysiology of Diarrhoea, correlating the morbidity and mortality risks at community levels. His explanations were highly appreciated by the viewers. KT

Campus 5 | On the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2021, the Academic Society of KIMS organized a Student Seminar and a Quiz under the guidance of AVM Prof. Rama Chandra Das, Vice Principal and Chairperson of Academic Society. The event aimed to engage all the medicos who have been confined to their homes because of the pandemic. There was participation from all the batches of the Institution. The Student Seminar was inaugurated by Maj. Gen. P. K. Patnaik VSM,

Principal KIMS, and DG, KIMS Group, motivated the students with his words while lauding the Academic Society for carrying out such an initiative for the first time in KIMS. It was followed by an address by Dr. A.C. Anand, HoD Gastroenterology who shed light on various important details about Hepatitis. Dr. Ratikanta Tripathy, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Faculty Coordinator of Academic Society spoke about how the Academic Society was formed and appreciated the efforts of the students.

KIMS Rheumatologist Leads Task Force on Telemedicine in the Asia-Pacific

KINS Organises e-Seminar on Hematological Disorders

Campus 5 | Dr. Sakir Ahmed, Associate Professor of Rheumatology, KIMS was nominated by the APLAR Board of Directors to head a task force for the formulation of recommendations on the approach and practice of telemedicine in the Asia-Pacific region in February 2021. APLAR (Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology) is an international organization for rheumatology involving 33 countries of the Asia-Pacific region. These were discussed in a Delphi meeting on the 23rd of July, 2021, attended by the President of APLAR and its Board of Directors. Delphi was a highly inspiring event - a real mix of people from different countries and backgrounds. These recommendations will be presented at the APLAR annual conference to be held in Tokyo in August 2021 and will be finalized after a second Delphi.

Campus 5 | Informative and interactive sessions marked the second day of the e-Seminar on Hematological Disorder organized by Kalinga Institute of Nursing Sciences (KINS). Students were given the opportunity to speak on several topics to facilitate their participation. The first session was taken by two speakers, Ms Poulami Chatterjee and Ms Priti Tripathy, BSc(N) 3rd year students, on the topic Anemia. Both of them discussed the causes, classification, and clinical manifestation, management, including pharmacological and dietary aspects of the condition.The second session was taken by Dr Palash Das, Associate Professor, KIMS, KIIT-DU on ‘Updates on Hematological disorder’. She highlighted the recent trends and updates in the

KIMS Launches Critical Care Nursing Services

Dr Mousumi Acharya, Chief Consultant, Department of CRM, KIMS


Campus 5 | KIMS Critical Care Nursing Services was launched by Maj. Gen Pradeep Kumar Pattnaik, Director General, School of Medicine & Principal. This ambitious project is aiming to suit KIMS Hospital for the postCovid era. Nurses and Nursing Services were the focus of the programme because of their lucrative salary, better knowledge, and higher skills as the outcome of

the exercise. The Director-General addressed 161 nurses explaining the programme. On the occasion, Dr Lalita Pattnaik (OIC PG Cell), Chairperson of the programme

spoke and inspired the nurses to grab the opportunity heading their way. The Nursing Superintendent and five other team members also highlighted the benefits to the nurses.


KINS organizes Journal Club Presentations

“World Hepatitis Day” KIMS Organizes Seminar and Quiz


field of ‘Pediatric Transfusion’ aptly. Ms Smrutipragyan Sahoo, MSc(N) 2nd year student, discussed Hemophilia. “Bleeding disorders are not the end of life’’, she stated, while explaining the treatment modalities and bleeding prevention strategies to be followed. The last session was taken by Ms Sonali Mangaraj on Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. Drug Exposure, Infection and unknown reasons are the etiology of ITP. She also elaborated on the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and management modalities of the condition. Each session was followed by discussion. Finally, the two-day e-Seminar ended with sharing and learning of lots of information regarding Hematological disorder among participants and speakers. KT

Campus 5 | Kalinga Institute of Nursing Sciences (KINS ) Journal Clubs presentations provide a forum for researchers to keep abreast with new knowledge in the field of research and facilitate informal discussion and interaction among participants. The programme started with faculties and students of MSc(N) 2nd year through virtual platforms. The session consisted of two presentations by 2nd year students. The first speaker Ms Smrutipragyan Sahoo, MSc(N) 2nd year student, presented the research article on “Can flipped classroom enhance class engagement and academic performance among undergraduate paediatric nursing students? A mixed method study”. The second speaker, Ms Sonali Mangaraj, MSc(N) 2nd year, presented the article on “Effectiveness of green tea mouthwash for improving oral health status among oral cancer patients: A single blind randomized controlled trial” followed by critique and discussion. The programme ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Ms. Anusikta Panda, M.Sc(N) 2nd year student.

Inauguration of Trimaccell Apheresis Machine in KIMS Blood Bank Campus 5 | KIMS Blood Bank achieved yet another milestone when the first Single Donor Platelet procedure was carried out on a Trimaccell Apheresis machine which was inaugurated by Director General, Maj Gen (Dr) P K Patnaik on 10 July 2021. An Apheresis Machine is a specialized device which receives blood removed from a patient or donor’s body and separates it into various components: plasma, platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells. Depending on the reason for Apheresis, one of these components is isolated and collected by the instrument, while the others are returned to the body. Acquisition of this new facility will go a long way in fulfilling the blood bank’s continuing commitment to provide the right blood component to the patient in the time of need. KT

The Joy of Parenthood: KIMS IVF Centre Celebrates its Century of Live Births


never happened by choice. The psychological trauma of childlessness is not less than any disease. Couples trying and failing to conceive naturally and repeated visits to infertility clinics are itself a roller coaster ride. KIMS IVF Centre started with an aim to provide infertility services to childless couples in Eastern India at an affordable cost. Couples from near urban areas and distant places even Koraput, Phulbani, and various interior places of Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi have been treated with a successful outcome. Many couples with repeated IVF failure have successfully been treated and

blessed with healthy newborns. he word-of-mouth advertisement has made KIMS IVF center a place of referral for recurrent failure cases and difficult cases of infertility. Couples facing five failed attempts of ART/ICSI have been treated and blessed with their bundles of joy. Centre for Reproductive Medicine has achieved its first milestone of 100 ART/ICSI babies in early 2020. The first

IVF baby of CRM was born in May

2018 named Prayas. CRM completed its 450 embryo transfers and 1000 intrauterine transfers. Few cases like a 40-year old female with a history of infertility after her only son’s death in drowning conce iving with ART/ICSI delivering a male child gives a reason for the woman to face the world with a smile again. Couples suffering from

severe male infertility have been benefited from such procedures.


Dr Achyuta Samanta Inaugurates KIMS Super Specialty Hospital

Campus 5 | KIMS has taken a gi-

ant leap forward with the establishment of the much-awaited Super Specialty Hospital in its premises recently. The new building of the hospital was inaugurated by Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT, KISS & KIMS in presence of Maj. Gen P. K. Patnaik, Principal, KIMS and Director General, School of Medicine & PBMH, KIMS; Shri Dilip Kumar Panda, Director (Administration), School of Medicine & PBMH, KIMS and many doctors, professors, senior functionaries of KIMS, KIIT and KISS. “Now KIMS is all set to provide advanced treatment to patients suffering from critical diseases by renowned surgeons of international repute corroborated with its state-of-the-art facilities”, said Dr Samanta. KT

Health Tips

SDP Facility in KIMS Blood Bank Prof SukantaTripathy HOD, Blood Bank, KIMS


owadays, there have been a considerable number of queries

regarding the availability of Single Donor Platelets (SDP) in the Blood Bank. The procedure to be followed to procure Apheresis platelets is mentioned below: Platelets that are routinely available in Blood Banks are Random Donor Platelets (RDP). Availability of the same depends on the number of routine blood donations carried out in the Blood Bank. SDP depends on an Apheresis Donor, who normally comes against a specific need. SDP is not available off the shelf of a Blood Bank. This donation entails a specialized collection process where an automated cell separator machine is used to separate and collect platelets from whole blood. This procedure allows donors to donate many more platelets when compared to whole blood donation. The rest of the blood is returned to the donor.

Who can donate platelets?

- Age limit: 18 to 60 years - Hemoglobin: 12.5 g/dl or more - Weight: 50 Kgs or more -Platelet count: more than 1.5 lakh per microliter - Donors should have a prominent vein visible on the arm. -T hey should preferably be repeat donors. After whole blood donation, a plateletpheresis donor will not be accepted for 28 days. - Male donors are preferred and they should ideally have the same blood group as the recipient. - They should not eat oily, fatty, or spicy food before donation; a light meal is apt. -They should not have taken Aspirin /NSAIDs within 72 hours of donation.

From page 2 KSCE Organizes A Lecture..... students, research scholars, and faculty members by giving them a high-level overview of how the contemporary and high-

ly sought-after technology of Big Data can be used in various practical scenarios. The session was interactive by efforts put in by the speaker, students, and the host. Prof Jyoti Prakash Mishra of the School of Computer Engineering was the host of this session. KT

KSMC Gazette


Book Review

Human Resource Management and Mental Health: A Psychosocial Aspect Published by

Lincoln Research and Publishing Limited, Australia


Dr. Isa Mishra, Dr. Shradha Padhi, Dr. Swapnamoyee Palit


he book, Human Resource Management and Mental Health: A Psychosocial Aspect was released on 25 June 2021. It was published by Lincoln Research and Publishing Limited (LRPL), Australia in collaboration with Lincoln University College (LUC), Malaysia. The book showcases the various psychosocial factors at the workplace which affect the mindset of the workforce. Chapters of the book have been contributed by 17 eminent authors, including three fromKIIT-DU -

Dr Isa Mishra, Dr Shradha Padhi, Associate Professors, KIIT School of Management (KSOM), and Dr Swapnamoyee Palit, Assistant Professor (Economics), KIIT School of Humanities. The book has been edited by Prof Sasmita Samanta, Pro-VC, KIIT-DU; Dr Biswabandita Kar, Dean, KIIT School of Applied Sciences and Dean, Research & Development Cell; Dr Sandeep Poddar, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), LUC; and Dr Amiya Bhaumik, President, LUC. KT

Alumnus Sambit Kumar Routray pens down a book titled, ‘Anybody Can Run’

Virtual Counselling Session Held for International Students from Afghanistan Chintan | The International Relations Office (IRO) along with the KIIT Counselling Cell organized a virtual counselling session for the international students from Afghanistan on 11 July 2021. The meeting was graced by Dr Sucheta Priyabadini, Director, Student Counselling, Dr Anita Pati, Dean, International Student Relations (ISR), Dr K. Parashar, Deputy Director, NSS & Community Engagement Cell, Ms Bandita Sahoo, Assistant Director, IRO and Mr Sidharth Roy, IRO. International students are facing different types of challenges. Particularly students from Afghanistan, are concerned and going through mental stress due to the ongoing situation in their country. It has become quite difficult for the students to peace-

fully stay at home and focus on their career and studies. So it was considered essential to retain positivity of the students and keep them appropriately motivated. Dr Pati, Dean, ISR introduced the members

of the committee to the students and highlighted the academic support systems existing for the students at KIIT-DU. She also explained how to avail support for academic related issues. Dr Priyabadini apprised the students of the present challenging situation of COVID-19. She urged the students to wait patiently till the situation becomes favourable.Dr Parashar addressed the students

and helped to solve their queries. She motivated the students to strongly fight against any negative thoughts during

KIIT School of Languages Organizes Students’ Orientation Programme

The book ‘Anybody Can Run’ by Sambit Kumar Routray, published by Penman Books, gives readers a glimpse into how running can transform lives. A KIITDU alumnus of 2005 batch and ultra marathoner, Sambit is currently working as an environment, health & safety consultant. He reveals in his book how running has helped him address and find solutions to pressing environmental concerns, provide career guidance for the youth, and ideate innovative solutions using artificial intelligence in his domain. Sunil Robert Vuppula, TedX speaker and marathoner has written the foreword of the book and Gautam Gambhir, Member of

Parliament and former cricketer has given recommendation for the book.Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS launched the book on Friday, 23 July 2021 at KIIT-DU in the presence of Prof Sasmita Samanta, Pro-Vice Chancellor; Prof Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty, Registrar; Dr Shradhanjali Nayak, Director, Public Relations; and Dr Shyam Sundar Behura, Director Student Services. Sambit was acknowledged by Dr Samanta for making consistent efforts to follow his passion that resulted in writing this book. Anybody Can Run is now available in e-book and print versions at Amazon and Flipkart. KT

Campus 3 | School of Languages, KIIT-DU organized the students’ orientation programme for BA English Honours and MA in English programmes of third semester on 26 July 2021. The Programme was organized in two virtual sessions conducted on the Google Meet platform: the morning session dedicated to addressing BA students and the afternoon session for the MA students. In his opening note, Dr Biswajit Das, Dean, KSOL welcomed the

students to the beginning of their journey to a new academic session and specified the necessity of maintaining a positive attitude during these difficult times. Dr Sahel Md. Delabul Hossain, Academic Coordinator, KSOL presented overarching ideas about the course curriculum, pedagogy, course outcomes and the activities they will be engaged in across the semester. Mr Sameer Kumar Das, Deputy Director,

KSOL noted the scope and possibilities of academic and professional development through the short-term language courses offered by the school. Presentations regarding the courses were given by respective course facilitators, who also interacted with the stu-

dents regarding their expectations. The syllabus, course plan and activity calendar for the courses were circulated by respective course facilitators on the same day. The sessions ended with vibrant interactions among students, staff and faculty members of the school where the students shared their

experiences of the last academic session and thanked the combined, meticulous efforts of all the members of the school for their contribution to their academics, co-curricular and over-

all well-being. Prof Debanjali Roy, Assistant Professor, KSOL hosted both the sessions of the orientation programme. KT

KISS-DU Organises Webinar Highlighting the Significance of Bhima Bhoi in Indian Santha Tradition Campus 10 | The Bhima Bhoi Research Chair, KISS Deemed University organized a webinar on the place of Bhima Bhoi in Indian tradition on 16 July 2021. The virtual event was graced by Prof Basanta Kumar Panda, Director, Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Odia, Government of India. Welcoming the hybrid gathering, Prof Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice Chancellor, KISS-DU presented a genesis of Santha tradition, works, and philosophy of Bhima Bhoi. Prof Behera said, “There are only two universities that have instituted Research Chairs on Bhima Bhoi: Gangadhar Meher University (GMU), Sambalpur and KISS-DU. We have already signed an MoU with GMU and the same association can be taken to the next level by bringing out an edited volume of the works of Bhima Bhoi by

the Research Chair professors of both universities”. Speaking on the occasion, Prof N. Nagaraju, Vice-Chancellor of GMU said, “Contextualizing the Mahima Dharma should be our focus. Let these two institutions, who have signed MOU, explore this important poet whose works resonate with the relevance of humanity.” He opined that with the physical and intellectual infrastructure of KISS-DU, we can collaboratively bring out critical research work which will propel the research activities to new heights. Dr Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar, KISS-DU did the honours of introducing the esteemed guest on the occasion - Prof Panda, who is a recipient of many prestigious awards and has many recognitions to his credit. In his address, Dr Routray said, “Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS has established these Re

search Chairs and it is our responsibility to make the best use of this opportunity through various research and documentation activities”, concluded Dr. Routray. Prof Panda underlined the background and significance of the topic and spoke about the history of Santha tradition. In his address, he said, “It is disappointing to know that very little work has been done on the life and works of Bhima Bhoi and the wheels of research started rolling in the past few decades. I am elated to learn that both the universities have signed MoU to propel research and I will be happy to extend support in this regard.” Earlier, Prof Harish Chandra Sahoo, Chair Professor, Bhima Bhoi Research Chair said, “This subject can be explored from four different aspects: sociological; literary; philosophical and historical. We will work

collaboratively with the Bhima Bhoi Research Chair at GMU to bring out a volume and in this regard, I am thankful to Dr Samanta for establishing these Research Chairs for knowledge production and propagation.” Prof Pradip Kumar Panda, Chair Professor, Bhima Bhoi Research Chair from GMU stated, “I appreciate the proposal of the Vice-Chancellors of both the universities to conduct collaborative research on Bhima Bhoi as we know that ‘spiritual literature’ is an integral part of the entire gamut of literature.” Among others, Prof Jugal Kishore Mishra, Chair Professor, (Madhusudan Das and Biju Patnaik) Research Chair; and Professor Bijayananda Singh, Chair Professor, Gopabandhu Das Re-

search Chair from KISS-DU also spoke on the occasion. Prof Sahoo proposed the vote of thanks to all those who contributed to making the webinar a grand success.KT

such times. Ms Sahoo highlighted the current immigration rules. She also explained the role of IRO for the international students’ documentation system and addressed all the queries in this context. Mr Roy addressed queries of the students and advised them to keep faith on KIIT Management and not panic.

The session concluded with the vote of thanks by Dr Pati. Few students thanked KIIT Management and faculty members for all their support and encouragement. KT KSMC Alumni Speaks

Ms Sandhya Agrawal

2017-20 Batch

“During my three years at KIIT, I liked how the professors were concerned about how we were doing in class and whether we were understanding, rather than simply disseminating material and letting students absorb it as they saw fit. The lessons are also not solely theoretical. We begin with theory and then move on to practical examples. This is excellent preparation for internships and the workplace in general. Apart from classroom learning, the faculties pushed me to participate in national-level competitions, which have been beneficial.”

Ms Rupali Parija

2019 -21 Batch

“ KSMC gave me a platform to polish my skills and gain new experiences in the field of Mass communication and journalism. It has given me direction to pursue my career in the field of Public Relations. I am glad I got to be a part of the school where I made so many memories with faculty and my classmates. There will always be a part of KSMC in my heart.”

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