Dr. Achyuta Samanta is an Indian educationist, philanthropist, and social worker who campaigns for empowerment through quality education. He is the founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), both educational institutions of global repute and recognition. KIIT is an Institution of Eminence and one of the most prominent universities in India and globe 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 60,000 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, Achyuta Samanta has contributed to art, culture, literature, film, media, society and national integration. He has also founded Kadambini Magazine, the first and only family feature magazine in Odisha and Kuni Katha exclusively for children. Besides, he is also the founder of Kalinga TV and K News Odisha. He has converted the remote village ‘Kalarabanka’, Cuttack into a Smart Village and Manpur Panchayat into a model panchayat.
He has been conferred with more than 50 International and National awards and over 200 state awards besides the two highest Civilian Awards from the Royal Kingdom of Bahrain and Mongolia called ISA Award for Service to Humanity and Best Worker Award respectively. He has been conferred with 45 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 a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Kandhamal, Odisha and also the President of the Volleyball Federation of India. He is the designated President (India) of Democracy without Borders and founder of Parliamentarians for Indigenous People.
As a social reformer, he has been propagating the Art of Giving (philosophy of life), a concept aimed at bringing peace and happiness around the globe. He has also spearheaded movements like India Against Negativity, Kanyakiran, Education for All, Health Care for Rural Odisha (HERO), New Minds, New Dreams.
Despite all his achievements, he leads a simple lifestyle, keeps on marching towards the cause of spreading smiles among millions and achieving zero poverty, zero hunger, zero illiteracy.
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