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Achyuta
ଅଚ୍ୟୁତ ସାମନ୍ତ
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Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
25 May 2019
Preceded byPratyusha Rajeshwari Singh
ConstituencyKandhamal
Personal details
Born (1964-01-20) 20 January 1964 (age 58)[1]
Kalarabanka, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha, India
Political partyBiju Janata Dal
Residence(s)Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Alma materUtkal University
OccupationSocial Worker & Entrepreneur
Known forFounder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences
Websitewww.achyutasamanta.com

Achyuta Samanta (born 20 January 1964) is an Indian educationist and philanthropist. He is the founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS),. KIIT is an Institution of Eminence for professional education having more than 30,000 students from all over India and 55 other countries across the globe. KISS is a home for 70,000 indigenous children who get free education, home and board, vocational and sports empowerment from Kindergarten to Post Graduation and Doctorate levels, free of cost.

Besides education and tribal upliftment, healthcare and rural development, Samanta has contributed to art, culture, literature, film, media, society and national integration. He has also founded Kadambini Magazine and Kuni Katha exclusively for children. Besides, he is also the founder of Kalinga TV and K News Odisha.

He has been conferred with more than 50 International and National awards and over 200 state awards besides two highest Civilian Awards from Royal Kingdom of Bahrain and Mongolia called ISA Award for Service to Humanity and Best Worker Award respectively. He has been conferred with 49 Honorary Doctorate awards from universities in India and abroad. He is the first Odia to be a member of both UGC and AICTE. He is currently the Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Kandhamal, Odisha and also the President of Volleyball Federation of India. He is the designated President (India) of Democracy without Borders and founder of Parliamentarians for Indigenous People.

Early life

Samanta was born to Anadi Charan Samanta and Nilima Rani Samanta in the village of Kalarabanka in Cuttack District of Odisha in 1965.[2] His father died when Samanta was four, and he grew up in abject poverty with his widowed mother and seven siblings.[3]

Samanta received an M.Sc. in Chemistry from Utkal University. He had a decade-long experience in teaching in colleges, mostly at Maharshi College under Utkal University, in Bhubaneswar as a chemistry lecturer.

Educationist

Member of national and International bodies

He is a member of University Grants Commission (UGC), Executive Committee Member of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), President of Volleyball Federation of India, Member of Indian Olympic Association, President, 39th World Congress of Poets (WAAC), General President (2017-18) of 105th Indian Science Congress, Advisor of Ministry of Education (Government of Manipur), Academic Council Member of Central University of Orissa, Serving Member of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), Coir Board of India, National Executive Council Member of Indian Society for Technical Education, and Executive Committee Member of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA).

He was also a serving member of international bodies including the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), United States of America; Institute of International Education (IIE), New York City; Association of University of Asia Pacific (AUAP); University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), Bangkok, Thailand; Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health (APACPH); United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), and Asia Economic Forum (AEF), CIFEJ (Centre International Du Films Pour L'enfance Et La Jeunesse, Dubai).

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Honoris Causa awards

  • Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha – Central University, Tirupati, India − 2011
  • Hanseo University, South Korea, 2010
  • National University, Cambodia – 2009
  • University of Cambodia, Cambodia, 2009
  • OIU, Colombo – 2002 and 2005 (D.Sc)
  • National Formosa University, Taiwan – 2012
  • Gandhi Mandela Awards 2019[4][5]

Awards and records

Samanta received a number of awards, and created new records in the field of social entrepreneurship. He was mentioned among the Top 15 Social Entrepreneurs of the World by the American Edge Foundation.[6] Samanta appears in The Limca Book of Records as the youngest chancellor of any University in India.

  • Outstanding Green Activist Award by India Green Energy Awards organised by Indian Federation of Green Energy (IFGE)[7] – 2019
  • Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar (Lifetime Achievement Award) at 4th National Teachers’ Congress by MIT World Peace University, Pune[8] - 2020
  • Personality of the Year Award by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)[9] – 2019
  • Golden Gabel Award by World Academy of Arts And Culture[10] – 2019
  • BusinessLine Changemaker Awards 2019 instituted by The Hindu BusinessLine daily[11] – 2019
  • Conferred the UC Distinguished Professorship in Humanities by The University of Cambodia[12] – 2018
  • Hall of Fame Award presented by World CSR Congress, New Delhi – 2015
  • Successful Entrepreneur Award at Economic Times Entrepreneurship Summit 2015, New Delhi – 2015
  • Civilian Award by Jan Mládek, Industry & Trade Minister of Czech Republic, Vladimír Bärtl, Deputy Minister of Industry & Trade Minister of Czech Republic and M. Stašek, Ambassador of Czech Republic to India at Czech Embassy, New Delhi – 2015
  • Think India Award by Think Media at Transforming India Conclave 2014, New Delhi – 2014
  • Honorary Fellowship Award by Computer Society of India (CSI), Hyderabad, India – 2014
  • Visista Puraskar from 24th Annual Awards – 2014
  • Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Award, Moscow, Russia – 2014
  • Gusi Peace Prize International, Manila, Philippines – 2014
  • ‘2013 World of Difference Awards’ by US-based International Alliance for Women (TIAW) – 2014
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Award, 2012–2012
  • Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award (Social Bravery Award) in recognition of an exceptional Act of Courage – 2011
  • Priya Odiya Samman 2007 (Most Endeared Personality in Odisha), through a survey by a National TV Channel – 2007
  • Humanitarian Award from Mahatma Gandhi Remembrance Organization, Johannesburg, South Africa – 2004
  • First Oriya to receive International Award for Outstanding Social Work by the Indian Embassy, Muscat, Oman
  • Received ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in the field of Social Work from the Minister of International Affairs, Government of Cambodia [13]


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References
  1. ^ "Dr. Achyuta Samanta-Founder, KIIT & KISS".
  2. ^ "How Odisha's education man Achyuta Samanta plans to navigate his way to the Rajya Sabha". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  3. ^ Purkayastha, Debapratim (March 2015). "Achyuta Samanta's KISS: Mainstreaming Marginalized Communities Through Education". The IUP Journal of Entrepreneurship Development. XII (1): 45–61.
  4. ^ "Gandhi-Mandela Peace Award 2019 to Achyuta Samanta". KIIT News. 13 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to be awarded the First Gandhi Mandela Peace Medal". Business Standard India. 11 July 2019.
  6. ^ The New Indian Express. 12.01.2008 Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder Secretary KIIT & KISS has been placed among the top 15 social entrepreneurs of the world
  7. ^ "Achyuta Samanta conferred with 'Outstanding Green Activist' Award". KalingaTV. 16 December 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  8. ^ Educationist & Social Worker Dr Achyuta Samanta Conferred With Jeevan Gaurav Award || KalingaTV, retrieved 30 April 2021
  9. ^ "Dr Samanta gets FICCI 'Personality of the Year' award,millennium Post,Nov 28, 2019". ficci.in. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  10. ^ "39th World Congress of Poets at KIIT". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Changemaker Award to Achyuta Samanta". The Pioneer. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  12. ^ "THE CONFERMENT OF THE HONORARY DOCTORAL DEGREE ON JUSTICE DALVEER BHANDARI AND THE UC DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP IN HUMANITIES ON PROFESSOR ACHYUTA SAMANTA". The University of Cambodia. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  13. ^ "In Transit with Achyuta Samanta – Lok Sabha". Lok Sabha. Retrieved 20 July 2009.

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