Make ‘Vocal for Local’ Your Resolution, Governor Ganeshi Lal Tells KISS Students

Bhubaneswar: Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, celebrated its first convocation ceremony in virtual mode on Sunday, June 27. Delivering the convocation address, Odisha Governor Professor Ganeshi Lal congratulated the graduates, and said that there is no dearth of talents in tribal communities.

According to him, what needed is the right environment, encouragement and timely exposure. He exhorted the graduates to make the ‘Vocal for Local’ as their resolution and contribute to the successful making of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ through their participation and endeavours.

“My heart fills with admiration and appreciation for Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of this University for building such a unique institution that has drawn global attention. It was the idea of an equitable world that propelled Dr. Samanta to a great extent. What has been achieved with the love, compassion, dedication and determination of one individual is indeed remarkable”, Ganeshi Lal was quoted as saying in a press release.

He also received Honoris Causa Degree of D.Litt. from KISS Deemed to be University.

The University conferred Honoris Causa Degrees of D.Litt. upon three more eminent personalities from Odisha, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Girish Chandra Murmu; Member of Parliament for Kesses Constituency, Kenya and Founding Chairman, Mediheal Group of Hospitals, Kenya Dr Swarup Ranjan Mishra; and Fashion Designer and Costume Designer, New York, Bibhu Mohapatra.

KISS has indirectly impacted over a million tribal children and youth, which is in itself a milestone in the history of tribal empowerment.

“It’s the story of a dream-come-true which took off with 125 students on board in 1992-93 and has today become an inspiring tale of transformation beyond even my imagination. Development of education is the development of the country”, Dr Achyuta Samanta said.

Thanking the University for the honour, Murmu requested Dr Samanta to replicate KISS-like institutions in every nook and corner of the country. In their acceptance speeches, Dr Mishra and Mohapatra expressed gratitude to the University for recognising their contributions.

Addressing the graduating students, Chancellor, KISS Deemed to be University, Satya S Tripathi, said, “As you transition from student to graduate, please remember that your alma mater is a pillar of compassion and humanity and it is on your shoulders to carry forward this unparalleled legacy and tradition of selfless service with grace and conviction.”

Pro-Chancellor Dr Upendra Tripathy stated that KISS has shown how to lead the way from the front. It would be developed into a global academic centre under the guidance of world academic leaders in the coming decade, informed Dr Tripathy.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, in his report,  said KISS is a one-of-its-kind institution that offers specialization in innovative tribal centric areas and encourages research scholars to pursue their work on the indigenous population and topics close to their hearts. Prof. Pitabasa Sahoo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dr Prashanta Ku. Routray, Registrar also spoke on the occasion and expressed their best wishes to the graduates.

Malho Mardi (2019 batch), School of Tribal Resource Management and Prashant Majhi (2020 batch), School of Indigenous Knowledge, Science & Technology won Founder’s Gold Medal for securing the highest CGPA in the whole University across all Post Graduate programs. Similarly, 14 students were awarded the Chancellor’s Gold Medal, while another 14 students got the Vice Chancellor’s Silver Medal for their outstanding academic performance.

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