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1-15 August 2021, Issue 3 A fortnightly by the students of School of Mass Communication, KIIT Deemed to be University as a part of Participatory Media Project.

17th Annual Convocation of KIIT KIIT | KIIT Deemed to be University held its 17th Annual Convocation on 14 August 2021. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India said that KIIT has embraced a culture of quality research to positively impact India at large. During the virtual ceremony, 7032 students of the 202021 graduating batch received their degrees. The University also conferred Honoris Causa Degrees of D.Litt. upon Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma), Spiritual Leader, Guru & Humanitarian; and Shri Vallabh Bhanshali, Co-founder, ENAM Securities, Founder, Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation & Founder-Director, FLAME University; and also Prof Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1987), France.

Prof Achyuta Samanta noted that the batch of 2021 fared well despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Referring to KIIT’s immense contributions in different areas, he mentioned that it is the only university in India to have sent three of its students - Ms Dutee Chand (Athletics), Mr Shivpal Singh (Javelin Throw) and Ms C. A. Bhavani Devi (Fencing-Sabre) – to represent India in Tokyo Olympics, 2021. In his address, Prof Ved Prakash, Chancellor, KIIT-DU said, “The Government of India has chosen KIIT as an Institution of Eminence (IoE) in 2019. It signifies that KIIT has emerged as one of the most premier universities in the country”. “You have the responsibility to take forward KIIT’s unique vision - Education is the driver of growth and eradication of poverty - throughout the globe”, Prof Subrata Kumar Acharya, Pro-Chancellor told the graduating students. Presenting the report of the University, Prof Sasmita Samanta, Vice-Chancellor (I/C) informed that the prestigious Times Higher

Education World University Ranking 2021 ranked KIIT 201-300 globally in its Impact Rankings 2021. KIIT has also ranked 86th globally in SDG 4 ‘Reduced Inequalities’ category. Times Higher Education has ranked KIIT 251-300 both in its Asia University Rankings 2021 and Emerging Economies University

KSMC Organizes Welfare-2021

Campus 18 | The students of the 2019 batch of School of Mass Communication, KIITDU organized Welfare 2021; a combined event for welcoming the Master of Communication and Journalism (Integrated) and Master of Communication and Journalism, 2020 batches and the Farewell Ceremony of the Bachelor of Communication and Journalism, 2021 graduating batch, on 8 August 2021. Prof Himansu Sekhar Khatua spoke at

the event and all the professors showered their blessings. Dr Bidu Bhusan Dash, Course Coordinator, KSMC also spoke on the occasion. The event was hosted by Ms Priyanshi Tripathy while the vote of thanks was delivered by Dr Anurag Sahu. Mr Rajani Kant Baral and Mr Chandramani Sahoo were also present. Ms Debasmita Guha and Ms Aprajita Singhal held the introductory session of the Fresher’s batch and

Masters Students respectively.

Rankings 2021. It has been awarded 5 star rating in 2021 by the prestigious QS, becoming the first QS 5 Stars Rated University in India, she added. Kumar, Basel Nassor and Sudhanshu Upadhyay won Founder’s Gold Medals for their outstanding all-round academic performances. 22 students were awarded Chancellor’s Gold Medals,

while 31 students got Vice Chancellor’s Silver Medals. Nanibala Memorial Gold Medal, Shri Krushna Chandra Panda Memorial Gold Medal, P. K. Bal Memorial Gold Medal and Paradeep Phosphates Ltd. (PPL) Gold Medals were also awarded. 61 research scholars were awarded PhD degrees. Prof. J. R. Mohanty, Registrar delivered the vote of thanks. KT

KIIT Quality Assurance Cell Organizes Workshop for Demonstrators-2021

The graduating batch was introduced by Ms Shreya Kundu and Ms Anamika Jha. The students participated in many fun activities and viewed a short film prepared by the organizing team on the journey of the graduating batch.

The teachers and students enjoyed the ceremony by sharing and relishing their moments of togetherness. Ms Pragyan Ray proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the 2019 Batch. KT

KIIT | KIIT Quality Assurance Cell organized a two-day handson workshop for Demonstrators/ Technical Assistants/Lab Instructors/Lab Technicians/ Computer Programmers of all Schools on 7 and 8 August 2021. Prof Chinmoy Kumar Panigrahi, Director, Quality Assurance extended a warm welcome to the experts for the 18 session workshop. Prof P. K. J. Mohapatra, Professor Emeritus, KIIT-DU proposed to hold similar workshops once or twice every year. Prof Sasmita Samanta, Pro Vice Chancellor, KIIT-DU expressed her happiness with the performance of demonstrators in a virtual lab during the Covid pandemic. The resource persons for the first day of the workshop were Dr C. K. Das (Director, Administration); Dr C.K.Panigrahi, (Director, Quality Assurance); Dr S. Allamsetty, (Faculty Coordinator, QA Cell, SoEE) ;Dr P. Pattajoshi (Dean,

School of Applied Science); Dr Arindam Deb (Dy Director, Accreditation); Dr Samresh Mishra (Director, Student Affairs); Dr P. C. Mishra (Dean, Research, School of Mechanical Engineering); Prof Tapas Roy (Assistant Director, Rankings); Sri P.K.Chamupathi, Jt. Registrar(Administration) KIIT DU; Dr Shradha Padhi (Professor,KSOM); Dr Srikant Das (Head, ICT Cell); Dr M. Jena (Professor, SME); Air Vice Marshal Prof (Dr) R. C. Das (Vice Principal - KIMS); and Dr J.R.Mohanty (Registrar, KIIT DU). Each session was moderated by Prof Giridhari Sahoo (Commerce); Prof Nihari Bala Nayak (Nursing); Prof Tapan Kumar Bastia (Applied Science); Prof Dipti Ranjan Biswal (Civil); Prof Susanta Bahinipati (Fashion Technology);and Prof Sukanya Dasgupta (Architecture) as per schedule. Resource persons for the Continued to Page 3

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Virtual Annual Convocation Held at KIIT Convocation

ceremonies hold a very special place in students’ lives. It is a day of victory for the students and is a dream come true. It is the result of their hard work, dedication, and commitment. Every student dreams of dressing traditionally wearing a convocation robe, walking up the stage, and receiving the prestigious certificate. A group photo with the graduation hats flying in the air is also a vivid imagination of many. In fact, it is a vision shared by parents and teachers too as they supported the students throughout their journey. In KIIT Deemed University, the 17th Annual Convocation was held virtually due to the Covid situation. It was held on 14 August 2021 and Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship graced the ceremony with his presence and words of wisdom. During the virtual ceremony, 7032 students of the 2020-21 graduating batch received their degrees. The batch of 2021 fared well despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. KIIT offers various prestigious awards to meritorious students. Kumar, Basel Nassor and Sudhanshu Upadhyay received the Founder’s Gold Medal for their outstanding academic performances. A total number of 22 students were awarded with the Chancellor’s Gold Medals. 31 students received the Vice Chancellor’s Silver Medals. Other prestigious awards like, Shri Krushna Chandra Panda Memorial Gold Medal, Nanibala Memorial Gold Medal, P. K. Bal Memorial Gold Medal etc. were also awarded. A total of 61 research scholars were awarded with PhD degrees. Prof J. R. Mohanty, Registrar, KIIT-DU delivered the vote of thanks. KIIT is doing great in terms of quality education. It ranked 86th globally in SDG 4 ‘Reduced Inequalities’ category, 251 in Asia University Rankings 2021, and 300 in Times Higher Education ranking. KIIT has also been awarded with a 5 star rating in 2021 by the prestigious QS. It has become the first QS 5 Star Rated University in India. KIIT is not only working on providing quality education but it is also doing great in the field of sports. Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, mentioned that it is the only university in India to have sent three of its students; Ms Dutee Chand (Athletics), Mr Shivpal Singh (Javelin Throw) and Ms C. A. Bhavani Devi (Fencing-Sabre) to represent the country in the Tokyo Olympics, 2021. Chief Editor: Nitali Johori News Editor: Znadi Nunisa Chief Copy Editor: Charles Karanja


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Dear Chief Editor, Greetings! I went through the latest issue of the KSMC Gazette sent by Prof. Dash. It’s an immaculate effort replete with professional creativity and a precise sense of contemporary journalism. Perfection is not a finished product; rather it’s an unceasing process of working on one’s potential. Believing is achieving! I hope this would be a great platform for learning, exploration and expression as central to the endeavours for excellence. Best wishes. Love and Regards, Dr Debilal Mishra Asst Professor of Mass Communication, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack. I read the latest issue of KSMC Gazette over the weekend and I was very impressed by the professionalism and range of topics covered. Students should be very proud of putting together such a high-quality publication with an engaging range of articles. Dr Bridget Backhaus Griffith University, Brisbane

Business Analytics Conclave on ‘Demystifying Analytics’

Campus 7 | KIIT School of Management (KSOM) in association with School of Computer Engineering, School of Computer Applications and School of Electronics Engineering organized its 2nd National Business Analytics Konclave on 7August 2021. The theme of the conclave was introduced by Prof Saroj Mahapatra, Director, KSOM. He conveyed the message of Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. Dr Samanta in his message said, “ Today there is a need of having business ecosystems that understand, analyze and make sense of data. He also said businesses should use predictive analytics to be successful while not losing the human touch”.

Prof Mohapatra talked about the use of data in varied fields like water resource mapping, disaster management, weather forecasting along with being used for various aspects of business management. Prof Sasmita Samanta, Pro Vice-Chancellor, KIIT Deemed to be Univer-

sity, in her address, stated that data is a valued resource today and mentioned how data drives the planning and execution of business. Delivering the Keynote Address, Dr Manav Mishra, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Regions Bank, USA mentioned that today data analytics provides businesses with quick wins and helps them solve real business problems. He had an extensive interaction with students and addressed their queries on business analytics and its future.KT

KIIT Staff and Artist Ashok Pattanaik Enters Guinness World Records KIIT | In a significant achievement, Sri Ashok Kumar Pattanaik, Sr. Web Designer, Publication Cell, KIIT- DU and an accomplished Artist, entered into the coveted Guinness World Records on 7 August 2021 for participating in the event “The Most Photos of People Painting Uploaded in Facebook in 1 hour” through an online competition held from 6 pm to 7 pm on 2 May 2021. He received a gold medal and certificate of participation from Guinness World Records for the purpose. The competition was organized by USA-based International Artists Radart Foundation (IARF). Around 900 Artists hailing from 900 cities in 26 states of India and another 200 artists from 112 foreign countries had taken part in this online competition. Out of the total 1149 artworks, 797 were found eligible to be included in Guinness World Records. Sri Pattanaik, an M. Phil in Painting who specializes in Fine Arts with special emphasis on Traditional Pattachitra, has been participating in various international shows and competitions. While the inclusion of his feat in Guinness World Records has been the monumental recognition for him so far, being a seasoned campaigner, he has numerous awards and accolades under his belt.

He won the Odisha Lalit Kala Academy award in 1998-99. He was awarded with the National Online Exhibition Picasso Award-2021 organized by Birendra Memorial Fine Art and Culture, West Bengal. He also received a silver medal in an online art competition organized by Sigma Art Gallery.

Campus 5 | KIIT Student Activity Centre (KSAC) hosted an open mic session on “The Role of Youth in Ensuring Health and Well-being for Future India” and cultural evening on the occasion of International Youth Day on 12 August 2021. Students of KIIT and KISS participated in both the events. The event was hosted by Pratyasha and Debarghya Mukherjee. Dr Shyam Sundar Behura welcomed the audience and Ms Tripura Mishra, Vice Principal,

Priyambada Sabar, Sobin Kumar Majhi and International Rugby player and Captain of the Under 20 Indian Rugby Team Sumitra Nayak from KISS and Amita Banerjee, Ishaani, Ananya Dev Choudhury and Sameer Sekhar from KIIT talked on the role of youth in the health and well-being of the society. They emphasized remaining fit and working on innovations that would promote good health in the community. This was followed by

Prof Biswajit Sahoo, Director, School of Computer Engineering, KIIT DU proposed the vote of thanks for the inaugural session. The inaugural session was followed by two panel discussions. The first panel discussion was on the topic “The Path to a Business Analytics Professional”, moderated by the conclave Convenor Prof Krishna Chakravarty, Associate Professor, School of Computer Engineering, KIIT DU. The second panel discussion on the topic - “Data Analytics: Challenges, Responsibilities and Social Media Strategies” was moderated by Prof Ashutosh Kar, Associate Professor, KSOM. The second half of the conclave consisted of five interactive workshops on topics related to Digital Transformations using Data Science, Applied Business Analytics and Forecasting. The conclave provided students with an opportunity to interact with business leaders from the industry and created a platform to connect industry professionals, academia and students. KT Counseling Session on “Myth & Truth about Startup”KIIT | KIIT Student Counseling Cell organized a virtual session on “Myth & Truth about Startups” on 1st August 2021. Students and faculty members from all the schools of KIIT-DU attended this session. Dr Sucheta Priyabadini, Director, Student Counselling welcomed and introduced the Guest Speaker, Shri Sidharth Das, Co-founder, Urbanshef. Mr Das urged the participants to follow their passion and advised them to create a website of their startup company along with promoting their product on social media platforms to influence investors. On the other hand his wife, Ms Stefania, a Psychological well-being practitioner at the National Health Service of Scotland

and Co-Founder, Urbanshef spoke on Fund Management, Financials, Product Development, etc. Mr Das is a distinguished KIIT-DU alumnus from the 2014 graduating batch of the School of Mechanical Engineering. Prof Samaresh Mishra, Director,

He dedicated his achievement to the university, and said, “ I dedicate my world record to all the family members of KIIT, KISS & KIMS. It has been possible by the blessings of Lord Sri Sri Jagannath and Hon’ble Founder of KIIT & KISS Dr Achyuta Samanta”, said an unassuming Sri Pattanaik”.KT

KIIT and KISS Celebrate International Youth Day

by musical performances by Sanchari Bhowmick, Annisa Dutta and Subhangi Rout from KIIT and Amita Khandei and Biduprava Soren from KISS celebrating Youth. There was a special performance at the end by Sadhak Karjee from KISS who is also a KIIT alumnus. The hosts thanked all participants, dignitaries and offered special thanks to Prof Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for doing everything possible to empower the youth.KT

Students Affairs proudly stated that a student from the Mechanical branch has started a food company. Prof Chinmay Panigrahi, Direc-

tor QAC spoke on the importance of patience in initiating a startup. Prof A. K. Sar, School of Manage-

ment appreciated the management strategies taken by Shri Sidharth and Ms Stefania for Urbanshef. Concluding the session, Prof Kajal Parashar, Deputy Director,

Community Engagement Cell, KIITDU delivered the vote of thanks.KT

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KIIT Law School Organizes Alumni Meet Campus 16 | KIIT Law School (KLS) organized a virtual alumni meet on 7 August 2021 for the 2009-14 batch. The meet commenced with the welcome address by Prof Bhavani Prasad Panda, Director, KLS. Alumni shared memories of their journey at KLS and expressed gratitude to the alma mater. There was special mention of the faculty members and KLS library, being one of the best in the country, helping them to scale great heights in their career. They shared their professional achievements and also put forward few suggestions for excellence of KLS in future. They also shared information about recruitment and internship drives while some expressed their interest in helping students with regular career counseling and alumni talk programs. More than 45 alumni from different parts of India and outside India joined the meet, including academicians, international arbitrators, judicial magistrates, associate partners in law firms, advocates, and journalists. Faculty members of KLS Dr Paromita Chattoraj, Dr Arpita Mitra, Dr Amarendra Pattnaik, Dr Kyvalya

Garikapati, Ms Zeenat Taher, Mr Sudipta Desarkar narrated fond memories with the batch. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr Deblina Majumdar. The alumni meet was organized and moderated by MsSambhabi Patnaik, who was a student of the same batch.KT

KSoPH Organizes Alumni Meet 2021 Campus 5 | KIIT School of Public Health (KSPH) organized an Alumni Meet on 12 August 2021. The meeting was inaugurated by Prof Dr Sudhir Kumar Satpathy, Director, School of Public Health, KIIT-DU, with a silent prayer for the departed soul of Dr C. Pradeep Reddy, an alumnus of 1st Batch of Master of Hospital Administration (MHA) Programme. In his inaugural speech, Prof Satpathy invited alumni to speak about their experiences and suggestions. Dr Pratap Kumar Jena, Alumni Co-coordinator, organized the meeting with the help of the staff of the School. The event witnessed the participation of alumni from the 2017-19 to the recently passed out (2019-21) batch, along with all the faculty members and current students of the School. The alumni suggested that the course needs additional focus on developing communication skills, active use of social media for public health awareness, more field activity exposure for students, and student publications to equip them for the future job. During a brief interaction of current students with their seniors, alumni shared their cherished moments at School of Public Health, KIIT-DU, and advised them to be active learners. The alumni meet ended with inspiring words and good wishes of Prof Satpathy while Dr Pratap, Alumni Coordinator proposed the vote of thanks.KT

KIIT Faculty Delivers Talk on ‘Improved Word Embedding for Sentiment Analysis’

KSME Conducts Virtual Students’ Competition 2021

KIIT | Dr Bhabani Sankar Prasad Mishra, Associate Professor & Dean(Academic), School of Computer Engineering, KIIT-DU delivered a Keynote Address on

“Improved Word Embedding for Sentiment Analysis”. He presented at the 2nd International Conference on Innovations in Computational Intelligence and Computer Vision (ICICV-2021) held on 5 and 6 August 2021. The virtual meeting was organized by School of Computing and Information Technology, Manipal University, Jaipur. Automated analysis of the tone of online opinions helps customers and business personnel significantly to make decisions and develop strategies efficiently. This feature, known as sentiment analysis, is an area of active

research that relies heavily on the text processing methodology called word embedding. It is a process of representing text in numeric format to enable mathematical operations on them. The talk proposed a method of enhancing the performance of word embedding approaches, by integrating sentiment-based information, to render them more suitable for sentiment analysis. The two-day conference was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Shri Sandesh Nayak, (IAS), Commissioner College Education, Government of Rajasthan. Dr Mishra acknowledged the support and motivation extended by Prof Achyuta Samanta,Founder, KIIT & KISS.KT

Campus 8 | Virtual Students’ Competition 2021 was inaugurated at KIIT School of Mechanical Engineering on 31 July 2021. The event, which comprises cultural and literary competitions aims at relaxing the students during their prolonged homestay period by involving them in online activities. Dr Bharat Chandra Routara, Dean, KSME inaugurated the competition. Dr Diptikanta Das, Program Head (Mechanical) & FIC, Student Affairs, KSME praised the students for their active participation. Dr Susanta Tripathy, Professor, SME interacted with the students and

wished for their physical presence in the campus at the earliest after the ongoing COVID situation subsides. Dr Hemalata Jena, FIC, Student Affairs, SME also interacted with the participants and volunteers, followed by the vote of thanks, delivered by Dr Amlana Panda, FIC, Student Affairs, SME. Dr Jena and Dr Panda moderated the competitions with the help of jury members. Dr Sushanta Tripathy, Prof Tarak Kumar Sahoo, Dr Bijaya Bijeta Nayak and Dr Smitarani Panda judged the dance competition, whereas Dr Santosh Kumar Nayak, Dr Abhilas Swain, Dr Prakash

KISS-DU Holds International Webinar on Migration and Trafficking in Persons Campus 10 | KISS School of Anthropological Sciences, KISSDU, in collaboration with the United Indian Anthropological Forum (UIAF) and Jharkhand Anthropological Association (JAA), organized an international webinar, “2030 Agenda to Sustainable Development and Human Trafficking: Where India Stands?” on 30 July 2021. Moderating the webinar, Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma, Former Director, Institute for Human Development, Eastern Regional Centre, Ranchi, and President, JAA spoke on human trafficking. Dr Sharma described various aspects of women and child trafficking concerning south-east Asia and India. He concluded by saying, “Police, judiciary, government, non-government organizations, press and Ministry of Women and Child Welfare should call for joint action to curb the problem of human trafficking”. Prof Jennifer Bryson Clark, South Texas College, USA spoke on the impact of Covid-19 on migration and human trafficking. She underlined the various reasons which led to an increase in migration from Mexico into the USA and how the border patrol was overwhelmed by the surge triggering media attention, overcrowded shelters, and no social distancing. This spread Covid-19 and people were deported without any documentation resulting in separated families, camping in parks and

30th July, World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

International Webinar on Migration and Trafficking in Persons Topic: 2030 Agenda to Sustainable Development and Human Trafficking: Where India Stands?



KISS School of Anthropological Sciences (KSAS) KISS Deemed to be University Prof K.S. Nair

United Indian Anthropological Forum (UIAF) and Jharkhand Anthropological Association ( JAA)

Former Professor and Head Department of Anthropology Poona University

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Prof. Jennifer Bryson Clark

Dr. Charles Hounmenou

Prof. Arun Kumar Acharya

Dr Vijay Prakash Sharma

South Texas College, USA Topic: The Impact of Covid-19 on Migration and Human Trafficking

Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA Topic: Child Trafficking Prevalence in West Africa: the Case of Benin

Sambalpur University, India Topic: 2030 Agenda to Sustainable Development and Human Trafficking: Where India Stands?

Former Director, Institute for Human Development,Eastern Regional Centre, Ranchi And President, Jharkhand Anthropological Association ( JAA) Topic: Human Trafficking The Problem of Evolving Humanity

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public places. Many non-profit organizations came to the rescue but there was still an increase in kidnapping and extortion. Dr Charles Hounmenou, Jane Addams College of Social Work, the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA spoke on the topic “Child Trafficking Prevalence in West Africa: the case of Benin ‘’. In his deliberation, he highlighted the practice of ‘Vidomegon’ wherein wealthier families offer to provide education and a good life to children from poor families and then exploit them as household labor. Prof Arun Kumar Acharya, Sambalpur University threw light on the thrust area of the topic “2030 Agenda to Sustainable Development and Human Trafficking: Where India Stands?” He stressed six root causes of

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Kumar Sahu and Dr Santosh Kumar Hotta were the judges of the song/instrumental competition. The event was coordinated by student volunteers Mr Ashutosh Dixit, Ms Netra Damle, Mr Utsav Kundu, Mr Himanshu Kumar, Mr Vedant Chakraborty, Mr Ayush Bose, Mr Sagar Kumar, Mr Vishnu Prakash, Mr Anubhav Kumar and Mr Devaj Pattnaik. Ms Trishu Bhattacharya and Ms Agnijita Roy hosted the event. The cultural competitions were held on 31 July, whereas the debate competition was scheduled on 7 August. An online cultural function was organized on 15 August 2021, followed by certificate distribution to the winners.KT

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trafficking in India - poverty, lack of access to education and job opportunities, migration and displacement, discrimination

based on gender, race, disability, and harmful traditional and cultural practices and dowry. Prof Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU chaired and facilitated the webinar. Dr Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar presented a brief introduction of KISS-DU for the participants, and Shalina Mehta, Former Professor, Punjab University spoke in detail about the upcoming World Anthropology Congress to be organized by KISS-DU in 2023. Prof S. Gregory delivered the vote of thanks to the speakers, participants, technical and organizing team, and those who contributed to making the event a grand success. KT

second day were Dr M.K. Moharana, (Associate Professor, SoEE); Dr I. Panigrahi (Dy Director, SR); Dr U.P.Singh, (Dean, Research, SoETC); Dr S.R.Jena, Faculty Coordinator, QA Cell (SoEE); Dr Biswajit Mishra (Dean, Quality Assurance Cell); and Dr Ashok Kumar Sar Professor,KSOM and all experts delivered talks as per the schedule. The session was moderated by Prof Biswaranjita Mohapatra (Mass Education) and Prof Rahul Modak (Bio Technology). Prof S.K. Mahapatra, Director, KIIT School of Management (KSOM) appreciated the efforts of the Quality Assurance Cell and Prof Gopal C Kundu, Director - R & D, KIIT DU suggested to provide support for product based research. Dr Samresh Mishra, Director, Student Affairs, was satisfied with the active participation while Prof HK Mohanty, Vice Chancellor congratulated Prof Panigrahi and all the members of Quality Assurance Cell and all the participants. Dr Chinmaya Kumar Das, Director, Administration, KIIT DU and Dr Biswajit Mishra, Dean Quality Assurance Cell extended the vote of thanks and Prof Lipsa Subhadarshini coordinated both inaugural and valedictory sessions. KT

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National Webinar on Financial Empowerment Held at KSOM

Campus 7 | In the background of the adoption of National Strategy for Financial Education by the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC), a national webinar on Financial Empowerment: A Tool for Prosperity was

organized by KIIT School of Management (KSOM) under its Knowledge Dialogue series on 31 July 2021. This SEBI mandated programme was organized by Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI), apex body of mutual funds, in collaboration with KIIT Deemed University. The participants included the faculty, staff and students of KIITDU and many external members and the webinar was graced by Prof Sasmita Samanta, Pro-Vice Chancellor, KIIT-DU, Prof S K Mahapatra, Director, KSOM and Shri Suryakant Sharma, Senior

Consultant, AMFI. The programme was coordinated by Prof K. K. Ray, KSOM. Prof Ray introduced the speakers and mentioned the significance of the theme. Prof Mahapatra underscored the importance of financial planning. Prof Samanta spoke about her personal experience of financial education and awareness among other topics. The keynote speaker, Shri Sharma touched upon the importance of financial security of individuals. He talked about the need for wealth creation for prosperity and cautioned participants that most of the investments except in governmental instruments have risk but risk can be managed by simple

formula – Think, understand and invest. This was followed by a Q&A session. The event concluded with the vote of thanks by Prof Praveen Mohanty. KT

KSAC Hosts 6th Episode of Student LIVE Series

Lecture on Algorithm Design by KSCE

Campus 13 | KIIT Student Activity Centre (KSAC) organises 6th Episode of Student LIVE Series with KIITian Achintaya Srivastava, a talented painter and artist, hosted by Mayank Kumar, on 28 July 2021. The event was broad-


casted live on the Facebook page of KSAC. Mr Srivastava exhibited his work and drew a live painting during the show. He shared his experiences with the host and Dr Shyam Sundar Behura, Deputy Director delivered the vote of thanks. KT

KSCE Organizes Lecture on ‘Autonomous System’

15 | Dr Diptarka Chakraborty, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, National University of Singapore delivered a lecture on “Algorithm Design: An Overview of Recent Advancement” on 7 August 2021. He explained diff..erent methods of solving classical and beyond classical problems, P, NP, NP-.hard problems. The lecture, organized by the School of Computer Engineering, KIIT-DU, benefited Graduate and Master’s students, research scholars, and faculty members through a detailed overview of recent challenges and advancement in the field of Algorithm Design. The session was coordinated and hosted by Dr Dipak Kumar Mohanty, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Engineering.KT

Webinar by E-Labs of KSEE Campus 12 | E-Labs, a Student

Campus 15 | Rahul Mangharam, Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical & Systems Engineering and Dept. of Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania, USA delivered a lecture on “Computer-Aided Design for Safe Autonomous System” on 7 August 2021. He explained about computer-aided medical devices, and their robustness optimization. The lecture, organized by the School of Computer Engineering (KSCE), KIIT-DU, enlightened Graduate and Master’s students, research scholars, and faculty members about the different features of self-driving cars. The session was coordinated and hosted by Dr Dipak Kumar Mohanty, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Engineering. KT

Society of School of Electronics, hosted a two-day webinar for a web development boot camp on the fundamentals of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on 31 July and 1 August 2021. The event was divided into two days. On the first day, the participants learned about the frameworks and built the static content for a Weather App alongside the instructor Mr Raj Gupta. On the second day, the static content was made dynamic by the integration of REST API services, and participants experienced backend integration under Mr Viswanath Akash. The response to both the days was excellent, with an average of fifty participants in both sessions. The support of Prof N K Rout, Director (Student Research Cell); FIC of E Labs, Prof J. K. Das; and Prof Tejaswini Kar were instrumental towards the success of the event. The event was planned by E-Labs student coordinators from the fourth year and third year. KT

KSRM Organizes Agribusiness Leaders Talk Campus 7 | KIIT School of Rural Management (KSRM) organised a talk on 3 August 2021 for the MBA (Agribusiness Management) students as a part of Agribusiness Leader’s Talk Series. Mr Dinesh Rawat, Co-founder of startup Simply Natural Foods discussed the current situation of agro-based industry and the growth of the agricultural commodity market. Discussions ranged across topics like livelihood and sustainability, agrobased business strategy development, market segmentation, audience selection, and more. Mr Rawat has an experience of more than 22 years in several agro-based industries both in India and abroad. He has completed his MBA in Marketing from Lucknow University. Second talk under the Agribusiness Leader’s Talk Series by KSRM was held on 6

August 2021. Mr Dushyant Tyagi, CEO, Farmgate Technology, technology partner to e-NAM,provided an overview of Indian agriculture, needs of disruption in agriculture and role of artificial intelligence in the future of agriculture. He has more than 28 years of experience across the Agri value chain and has done his B.Sc. (Ag) and M.Sc. (Ag) from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology. KSRM organized its third guest talk on 11 August 2021. The speaker Mr Ajeet Chahal, Commercial Lead (Central), BAYER, discussed hybrid rice in India and the challenges faced by small holding farmers. He has almost 30 years of experience in the Agri input sector and holds a postgraduate degree in Agricultural Economics from Govind Ballabh Pant Krishi Evam Praudyogik Vishwavidyalaya.KT

KSCE Lecture on AI Systems

KSCE Organizes Lecture on Internet of Things

Campus 15 | Dr Amit Sangroya, a Scientist at TCS Innovation Labs in Delhi delivered a lecture on “Towards Trustworthy AI Systems: Research Challenges and

Directions’’ on 31 July 2021. The lecture, organized by the School of Computer Engineering, KIIT Deemed to be University, enlightened Graduate and Master’s students, research scholars, and faculty members by giving them a high-level overview of how the contemporary and highly sought-after technology of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be used in various practical scenarios. He also explained the predictions of Machine Learning (ML) models using various robust explainability techniques. Further,

he illustrated a case study on Virtual Analysis, and how to ensure trustworthiness in the system. The

session was coordinated and hosted by Dr Dipak Kumar Mohanty, Assistant Professor of the School




Campus 15 | Dr Rahul Thakur, Assistant Professor, Dept of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Roorkee, India, delivered a lecture on Communication Technologies, and Applications” on 31 July 2021. The lecture was organized by the School of Computer Engineering, KIIT Deemed to be University. He discussed IOT, its applications, architecture of IOT, Underwater IOT, Edge Computing, Use of Machine Learning in IOT, communication technologies and the open research areas of IOT. His lecture benefited the graduate students to get a head start in the Internet of Things area, 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. KT

Speak and Search Lecture Series

SoEE Organizes Talk on Open Source High Level Hardware Description Languages Campus 12 | A guest lecture on the topic, “ Open Source High Level Hardware Description Languages” was held at KIIT School of Electronics Engineering (SoEE) on 31 July 2021. Mr Satya Rajesh Medidi, the guest speaker, discussed the relevance of hardware description Language (HDL). The lecture helped in understanding the challenges faced by the industry and academia in using the HDL, Verilog. He discussed the open source Bluespec System Verilog (BSV). The combination of sophisticated and full synthesizability enables activities that were previously only done in software simulation to be moved to FPGA based execution. This can speed up the execution by three to six orders of magnitude. Applications include cycle-accurate multi-core processor architecture models running real operating systems and real applications. Mr Satya Rajesh Medidi, presently working as Scientific Officer/Engineer - E, Electronicsand Instrumentation Group, Indira Gandhi

Flagship Journals of KIIT Law School Released Campus 16 | Two flagship journals - KIIT Journal of Law and Society (2018-2020, Special Issue) and KIIT Student Law Review (2020, Volume VII) – were released on 2 August 2021. The journals were released by Prof Sasmita Samanta,

Pro Vice-Chancellor, KIIT-DU in the presence of Prof Jyana Ranjan Mohanty, Registrar; Prof Bhavani Prasad Panda, Director, KIIT Law School (KLS) and the Directors and Deans of the constituent schools at KIIT.

KIIT Student Law Review is an annual, student-edited journal having a double-blind peer-review process of selection. KIIT Journal of Law and Society has been edited by Prof Bhavani Prasad Panda and Dr Shakti Deb, Assistant Professor, KLS. The journals featured research manuscripts published by student authors and academicians of repute. The topics of the research manuscripts are of much practical relevance and contemporary. The journals are conceptual, practice reflective and connect research, policy making and field work in paradigms of law. Both the journals act as platforms for emerging global scholars and academicians to share their knowledge, ideas, critical thinking and opinions in the field of law.

Speak & Search Lecture Series

KIIT School of Electrical Engineering Organizes Lecture on Latex Campus 12 | KIIT School of Electrical Engineering (SoEE) organized a workshop on Latex under the Speak and Search Lecture Series on 1 August 2021. Prof Subhendu Mishra from SoEE, KIITDU presented the details about the preparation of thesis and various journal papers in Latex. He elaborated and made hands-on practice of document class and environment, thesis organization and paper writing using various packages like graphics, bibliography and indexing. He gave more emphasis on preparation of IEEE research paper format, text modification, math notations, tables and equations. The workshop, attended by 57 participants, provided information about open-source tools and also developed a basic understanding of Latex. The workshop was coordinated by School Development Committee members: Dr Ranjeeta Patel, Dr Sarita Samal, Dr R. N. Dash, Prof Subrat Behera, Dr Srikanth Allamsetty in the presence of Dr Byamakesh Nayak, Dean, SoEE, faculty members, M.Tech students & PhD scholars of the School. KT KIIT Students Excel in National Level Students’ Webinar 2021

Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, Tamilnadu has over 10 years of industrial experience. His current areas of interest are in the fields of FPGA based systems design, Embedded Systems and Deep Learning.Prof Sukanta Kumar Sabat, Associate Professor, SoEE organized the lecture as a part of the Speak and Search Lecture Series. Programme heads, faculty members, research scholars, and M.Tech students attended the lecture. The speaker lauded the noble work of Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and conveyed his best wishes. Prof Satish Kumar Gannamaneni, Assistant Professor, SoEE introduced the guest and proposed vote of thanks. KT

Campus 3 | Ms Milan Kumari Panda, a student of B.A. English (Honours) from School of Languages, KIIT-DU presented a paper titled “15th -17th Century: The Concept of Pre-feminist Thoughts” at the National Level Student’s Webinar 2021 on English Language and Literature: Exploring New Horizons organized by the Department of English Language and Literature, School of Liberal Arts and Culture Studies, Adamas University on 23rd July 2021. In another achievement, Ms. Akankhya Sahu, a student of B.A. English (Honours) presented a paper titled “Navigating and Analyzing Dead Poets Society” at the same webinar on 23rd July 2021. KT

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Health News

Rare Surgery in KIMS Cardiothoracic Surgery Department Campus 5 | A 35-year old female patient presented with dyspnea on exertion (DOE) was evaluated by Dr Anupam Jena in the Department of Cardiology. She was diagnosed with ALCAPA / BlandWhite-Garland Syndrome and referred to CTVS (Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery) for surgery. The team of cardiac surgeons (Dr A. Sharda, Dr Chandan Ku. Ray Mohapatra) and cardiac anaesthetists (Dr A. Badmali, Dr Gyana R Mishra) successfully performed this rare surgery. In the surgery, the abnormal coronary artery was detached from thepulmonary artery and connected to the aorta with interposition reverse saphenous vein graft. The pulmonary artery was closed with a pericardial patch. Intraoperative and postoperative period was uneventful, and the patient was discharged 6 days after surgery. The collaborative effort of the Nursing Staff, members of the Department of CTVS, and KIMS administration, supported by advanced infrastructure contributed to the success of this unique case. KT

KINS Organizes Journal Club Presentation Campus 5 | Kalinga Institute of Nursing Sciences (KINS) organized an online journal club presentation session on 6 August 2021. The journal club presentation is a regular gathering of scholars to discuss a scientific paper and summarize the chosen paper presented by the group. The first paper was presented by Ms Susmita Dey, MSc(N) 2nd year student on outcome in multifocal pregnancy. The second presentation was on the risk of micro aspiration during oral care in mechanically ventilated patients, presented by Ms Anusikta Panda. The last presenter, Ms Bishnupriya Lenka presented her study on severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS CoV-2) vaccination in pregnancy, measures of immunity and placental histopathology. The selected papers were from reputed journals. After each session, experts offered their criticism and the presenter explained the strengths and weaknesses of their study. KT

KINS Organized Programmes on World Breastfeeding Week 2021

Health Tips mothers should breastfeed and Coping with Grief and practise exclusive breastfeeding Loss during a Pandemic

Campus 5 | World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated from 1st to 7th August every year to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of mothers and babies worldwide. Kalinga Institute of Nursing Sciences (KINS) organized an e-seminar on Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility, a theme chosen by WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) for the year 2021 from 3rd - 4th August. Prof Amarita Lenka, Principal, College of Nursing, KINS introduced the speakers. BSc(N) 3rd-year students performed a role play on the topic Vikash Mantra through a role play using power-point, flash cards, and leaflet. highlighted the significance of shared responsibility for promoting and supporting breastfeeding.

Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility World Breastfeeding Week-2021

Campus 5 | The Department of Community Medicine, KIMS organized various community outreach and awareness programmes in the Urban Health Training Centre, Niladri Vihar and Routine Immunisation Clinic, KIMS on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week-2021, observed from 1st to 7th August 2021.The programmes were conducted in tune with the event objectives of the year set by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). The interns, Dr Puja, Dr Rahul Sahoo, Dr Rajesh Nanda, Dr Rahul Goswani, Dr Pratikshya, Dr Stitipragyan, Dr T. Sai, and Dr Zahar along with the postgraduate students were actively involved. Dr Ansuman Kar and Dr Tapas Ranjan Senapati under the guidance of Dr Ipsa Mohapatra, Associate Professor in the UHTC carried out the week-long community awareness campaigns in the slums of Niladri Vihar, where the lactating

KIMS Organizes Virtual Demonstration on Online Assessment Platform Campus 5 | A virtual demonstration on an online assessment platform by Mercer Mettl was organized at Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) on 10 August 2021. It was organized by Dr Magna Manjareeka, Professor of Physiology. Director-General, Dr P. K. Patnaik welcomed the audience and briefed them on the importance of online assessment technology. The talk was aimed at sensitizing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in conducting online assessments

In her session on Protect, Promote and Support Breastfeeding to Achieve Sustainable Development, Prof Niyati Das, Vice Principal, KINS emphasized the correlation of breastfeeding with sustainable development and protection of breastfeeding by BFHI and Action Ideas. The second session on Breastfeeding Counselling and Support in Workplaces and Communities was led by Mrs Trupti Mishra, State PPTCT and MH Consultant, UNICEF. Dr Aditya Mohapatra, Additional Director, NHM Odisha; Mrs Hepsi Bai Joseph, Associate Professor, AIIMS Bhubaneswar; and Dr Santosh Panda, Neonatologist, KIMS headed the sessions on the second day of the e-seminar on 4 August 2021. Mrs Joseph presented a talk, emphasizing that

prevent malpractices during the online examination. It was attended by the HODs of various departments and members of the Medical Education Unit (MEU), KIMS. for medical students and to KT

and nursing mothers were explained about the benefits and need for continued breastfeeding. Poster presentation was held by the interns at the immunization clinic. As pregnancy and lactation make working women and their families vulnerable, expectant and nursing mothers require special protection to prevent any possible damage to their infants’ health. The events were supervised and attended by Prof Dr. B. K. Behera, HOD, Community Medicine; Prof Sonali Kar, Prof S. R. Nayak, Dr Alpana Mishra, Dr Krishna Mishra, Dr Snigdha Singh, Dr Bidisa Sarkar, Dr Aparajita Mishra, Dr B. Laksmi Priyanka, Dr Varsha Srivastava. KT

Bone and Joint Day: KIMS Organizes Cycle Rally Campus 5 | Department of Orthopaedics, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) under the aegis of Indian Orthopaedic Association (IOA) and Odisha Orthopaedic Association (OOA) organized a cycle rally to the famous tourist destination - Dhauli Stupa, with a message of “Save Self –Save Life” on 4 August 2021, which is observed as Bone and Joint Day. A team of cyclists was led by Dr K. Srikant, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and accompanied by postgraduate students, Drankit, Dr Anweshit, Dr Vishnu and Dreshwar. Continued on Page 6

in normal as well as in crises. The last session of the day on neonatal care during pandemic was taken by Dr Panda. He spoke on pregnancy management of Covid-19 mothers, delivery room preparation and management, breastfeeding in Covid-19, and discharge criteria with an in-depth explanation. The programme ended with the vote of thanks delivered by Mrs Sweta Rani Dalei, tutor, KINS. The National Service Scheme (NSS) wing of KINS has also organized an awareness programme on the importance of breastfeeding on 5 August 2021. The awareness programme was conducted by NSS volunteers of BSc Nursing

and MSc Nursing students (Pediatric & OBG Department) under the mentorship of NSS Programme Officers, Ms Daini

Sunita and Ms Truptimayee Das. The volunteers created awareness regarding exclusive breastfeeding,

duration of feeding, latching, positioning, and benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and the baby. It was a great opportunity for NSS volunteers to interact and educate mothers in the pediatric and postnatal wards of KIMS. The programme concluded with distribution of refreshments and masks among the mothers.

KIMS Organizes Interdepartmental Academic Seminar


Campus 5 | Kalinga Institute

of Medical Sciences (KIMS) organized an interdepartmental academic seminar on 12 August 2021 in both online and offline mode. All faculty members and postgraduate students attended the seminar which is held every Thursday. Dr Deepthi R. A., a final year postgraduate student from the Department of Psychiatry, KIMS presented a case titled, Do not Judge a Book by its Cover. The session was moderated by Dr Jaya Prakash Russel Ravan, professor, Department of Psychiatry. They discussed a case of childhood sexual abuse accompanied by deliberate self-harm behaviour, later diagnosed as severe depression with emotionally unstable personality traits. The second presentation was by Dr Bidisa Sarkar, 3rd year postgraduate student from the Department of Community Medicine on the topic, Ethical Dilemmas of Euthnasia. Each of the presentations was followed by question and answer sessions and discussions among the faculty and postgraduate students. The presentation was followed by a small talk of 5-7 minutes by Professor Emeritus S. C. Dash. KT

Ms Shivanee Tripathy, Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry,


osing a loved one to the COVID-19 pandemic is an unusual event in itself. As opposed to the traditional ways of extending warmth and support by embracing each other in hospital visits, condolence ceremonies, and prayer meetings; families and friends dealing with loss are being forbidden to come near their deceased loved ones, organize circumscribed funerals and have to bear the burden of wearing protective equipment. We have lost more than 4 lakh Indians and over 40 lakh lives worldwide. Some families have been reduced to one fourth of their family size while some are struggling with the loss of the backbone or the bread earner. Some other factors of dysfunctional grief may include losing an immediate family member rather than a distant known person, being unable to perform the last rites and hold a funeral, having repeated thoughts of the loved one suffering in the hospital bed, learning about possible shortcomings of hospital facilities that could have caused the passing of the deceased, having resentment towards the doctor and other staff members involved in taking care of their loved one and imagining scenarios where the loved one could have been prevented from coming in contact with the infection. Along with the loss of life, other losses include being laid off from a job through which one has been supporting their family, financial constraints, salary cuts and limitation of financial and medical resources. Grief and loss are pervasive in everyone’s life and can push an individual to the lowest lows and also allows regulation of coping skills to bring them back to optimal functioning. Adapting to a coping mechanism that can prevent further damage throughout this phase will promote adequate healing. KINS Organizes Quiz Competition Among Postnatal Mothers Campus 5 | On the occasion of Breastfeeding Week, the Department of Child Health Nursing, Kalinga Institute of Nursing Sciences (KINS), in association with SOMI Odisha Chapter, conducted a quiz competition on breastfeeding and new-born care practices among postnatal mothers in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology ward of KIMS. The quiz was moderated by Mrs Rashmiranjita Parhi and Mrs Sweta Rani Dalai, tutors at KINS. About 20 postnatal mothers participated at the event. The 1st and 2nd positions were awarded by Dr Manas Ku. Nayak, Neonatologist, KIMS and Mrs Surekha Mohapatra, Nursing Supervisor, Department of O&G, KIMS.

Ms Daini Sunita, tutor, on behalf of KINS family, expressed her gratitude to the O&G staff, NICU staff, faculty members and all the students from MSc (N) 1st and 2nd year for their active participation to make the event successful.KT

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Health News

Dealing with Post-Covid Anxiety Ms. Shirley Ra , Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, KIMS

Ms. Shirley RaJ , Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, KIMS

The psychological impacts seem

to outlast the physical impact of Covid-19. Many people are facing increased dependence on alcohol and drug use, insomnia, and anxiety. Even after weeks of recovery, we find patients reporting nightmares, unknown fears, low mood, sleep disturbances, breathlessness, headache, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, extreme fatigue, etc. A recent study reported at least one psychopathological problem in 56 per cent of the covid-19 survivors; including Anxiety (42%), Insomnia (40%), Depression (31%), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

(28%) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (20%). A plethora of symptoms were observed in these patients post recovery along with the exacerbation of previously existing psychiatric problems. This calls for an immediate need for their management and call to action.

Why does one become anxious post recovery?

Fear and anxiety are normal adaptive mechanisms. They prepare our body to respond to danger by either facing it or escaping it through a series of reactions that happen automatically, like increased heart rate, faster breathing, sweating, ‘butterflies’ sensation, tingling, chills, and narrowing of attention. The experiences that one goes through while suffering from Covid-19; like the fear of losing one’s life and that of their loved ones, breathlessness, the sound of the machines, oxygen masks and other ICU equipment, certain smells or taste in the hospitals, etc. can all be associated with danger and trigger fear and anxiety. This association is quite common after any traumatic event and it gradually fades away with time. What maintains our anxiety? Avoiding the situations/objects which cause fear may further strengthen the fear response. For example, if using an oximeter reminds someone of a dreadful experience at the hospital, he/she might avoid using it and feel relaxed but the fear of it gets stronger until he/she uses it and finds that it is not associated with any danger! Suppressing our thoughts may actually exacerbate them. Instead, we must try reassuring ourselves that ‘All is well now’. Excessive focus on body sensations may worsen our anxiety as we may notice normal-

‘I suddenly wake up in the middle of the night feeling that I am unable to breathe.’ ‘I get frequent dreams of losing someone, then I wake up and thank God that it was a dream after all.’ ‘I feel weak and low. I am no longer interested in work as before. Sometimes I suddenly feel that my heart is racing as if something bad is about to happen.’ --Covid-19 survivors at follow What can we do? *Try not to avoid thoughts and situations that make us anxious. Face them gradually while reassuring ourselves that we are safe now. *Instead of suppressing our thoughts, we fix a particular time of the day to worry about them. Make a note of our worries and address them only at the set time. *Gently shift our focus away from our bodily sensations and excessive health concerns. Try talking on other topics of interest, watch something interesting, or revive an old hobby. *In case of any doubt regarding our treatment, we must try clarifying with our doctor about the nature and cause of our symptoms rather than relying on the internet. Knowing our problem better will help in reducing anxiety. *Stop browsing for our symptoms if it makes us more anxious. Limit the time spent browsing Covid content. *Use apps like Practo, Ask A Doctor, or 1mg to find specific answers to our problems instead of diving into anything and everything. *Get back to our ‘Normal’ self as soon as possible. Start doing things which we have been avoiding due to health concerns. *Incorporate relaxation exercises like guided meditation and mindfulness into our daily routine to deal with stress. *Besides this, eating healthy and getting enough sleep is important for our overall well being. *Gradually and safely increase our physical activity as this reduces stress and chances of depression. *Staying socially connected is important for our mental well being. Talking can help reduce stress and may help in finding solutions for challenges in our recovery journey. When to seek professional help?

After trying the above strategies, if one still experiences a high level of anxiety that interferes with daily life and stops us from returning to our normal self, we must

get professional help. One can visit Post-Covid Care Centers or

directly consult a mental health professional. These symptoms can best be managed with a combination of medication and therapy.KT

Patient with Chronic Calcific Pancreatitis Successfully Treated in KIMS

Campus 5 | Suffering from chronic intractable abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting for the last 4 years, a 35-year old man visited Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS). He was diagnosed with “Chronic calcific pancreatitis” by GI surgeons based on his clinical history and CT scan of the abdomen. Before visiting KIMS, he had undergone “Redo Frey’s procedure (surgery for chronic pancreatitis)” in May 2021. However, the patient did not experience any pain relief following the surgery as medications were of little help in managing his pain. Before visiting KIMS, he was not able to eat or drink much as this would increase his pain and cause vomiting. It led to prerenal azotemia with slightly high urea and creatinine. The KIMS team consisted of doctors, nurses, and staff of the

Pain & Palliative Care Department led by Dr Rajendra Sahoo, Senior Consultant- Interventional Pain Management & Palliative Care. They planned for “Radiofrequency ablation of the splanchnic nerves’’ at T11 and T12 vertebral levels as a therapeutic minimally invasive interventional procedure in OT under local anesthesia. The procedure was carried out in a prone position with C-arm guidance. Two 22 G 10 cm RF cannula with 10 mm active curved tip was introduced under oblique C-arm view targeting the lateral border of the vertebral body and then sensory and motor simulations were carried out at 50 Hz and 2 Hz respectively where the patient reported concordant pain on sensory stimulation and no muscle contraction with motor stimulation. The procedure was successful without any complications.KT

Live Online Educational Presentation at KINS Campus 5 | MSc Nursing 2nd year students of Kalinga Institute of Nursing Sciences (KINS) organized a live online educational Presentation on nomenclature and uses of medical and surgical instruments on 31 July and 2 August 2021. In all, 200 students

and faculty members of KINS participated at the event. Welcoming the student participants and faculty members, Prof Amrita Lenka, Principal, CON, KINS commended the organizing students for their hard work in organizing the programme. On the first day, Mrs Elina Jena, a 2nd year student of MSc Nursing, demonstrated fundamental medical instruments like sphygmomanometer, stethoscope, etc. Ms Pragnya Paramita Bhoi discussed physiological monitors and Ms Akansha Tripti Horo discussed medical devices like feeding tube, respirator, catheter, and intrauterine devices. Mr. Partha Sarathi Jena talked about medical devices, their types, and uses based on risk. Each presentation was

followed by a discussion and a pre-test was conducted before starting the seminar. The overall programme was moderated by Ms. Sonali Mangaraj.

Ms. Horo, a 2nd Year student of M.Sc. Nursing, welcomed all the participants on the second day, which was attended by 190 students and faculty members. Ms. Anusikta Panda and Ms. Anita Panigrahi talked about life support instruments and demonstrated the Nebulizer Machine, Vacuum Suction, Ambu Bag Set, Ventilator, Defibrillator, etc. Mr. Dilip Kumar Dash discussed surgical, orthopaedic, cardiovascular, and gynecological instruments like Artery forceps, Alies tissue forceps, etc. Ms. Bishnupriya Lenka presented on diagnostic instruments like ultrasound, X-Ray, CT Scan and MRI. Ms. Smruti Pragyan Sahoo delivered on the topic, “Sterilization of equipment”. The programme was coordinated by Ms Horo. It concluded with the vote of thanks by Mr. Divyanshu Tiwari.KT

KIMS Doctor Delivers Talk at SCB Medical College Campus 5 | Prof Hemanta Kumar Kar, HOD, Department of Dermatology, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) delivered an eloquent talk on Immuno and chemoprophylaxis: A road to zero leprosy, organized by the Department of Dermatology, SCB Medical College, Cuttack on 5 August 2021 as a part of pre-platinum jubilee CME on the occasion of platinum jubilee celebration of SCB Medical College.

He spoke on his research work that included various aspects of therapy and prophylaxis in leprosy. He shared his experience on the longest run research of 19 years, Mw vaccination in leprosy project under DBT, in which he was an investigator. The talk was highly appreciated by all other eminent speakers, faculty, and students. Mankind is indebted for his contribution to the field of leprosy. KIMS and KIIT-DU is proud to have such a renowned faculty on board.KT

KSME NSS Volunteers Observe ‘Swacchta Pakhwa’ Campus 8 | NSS Volunteers of KIIT School of Mechanical Engineering observed “Swachhta Pakhwada”. The program started with the welcome address by Dr Deepak Singhal, Program Officer of NSS, SME. Dr Kajal Parashar, Program Coordinator, NSS, KIITDU emphasized the necessity of “Swachhta” during the pandemic to prevent the spread of viruses. Dr Bharat Chandra Routra, Dean, SME appreciated the contribution of the NSS volunteers and said that through such campaigns, the nation can make progress. Lastly, one of the volunteers, Anant Shri described the importance of adopting Swachhata in daily life to avoid diseases and the requirement of personal hygiene. The NSS team showcased how they are spreading Swachhata awareness by making videos, displaying banners, and through Nukkad Natak, etc. The meeting ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Adwitiya, student coordinator, NSS, SME.KT From page 5

Bone and Joint Day............. It started from KIMS early in the morning and reached the destination after covering a distance of 26 km. All were greeted by the president of OOA, Dr Dillip Samantray, and Secretary, Dr Basanta Kumar Behera at the destination. They spread the message and theme of this day among the local people present nearby by stressing the importance of road safety, first aid, how to save others at accident spots, staying fit and healthy. Doctors also distributed awarness pamphlets.KT KSMC Alumni Speaks

Ms Swapna Sanjibita Singh Iam Swapna Sanjibita Singh, an Alumni of 2018 batch. My journey in KIIT School of Mass Communication has been 2018-2021 Batch a very interesting and awesome journey. My teachers were really very supportive and encouraging. All my seniors were really very helpful and I cherish every moment spent at KSMC. I gained many new experiences that taught me a lot about life and future. It is an honor to have graduated from KSMC. I am thankful to all the faculty members, my friends, and seniors of KIIT School of Mass Communication for being part of my journey. Their continuous efforts and support has made me a better person.

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