Odisha: KIIT DU Gets Its First Woman Vice-Chancellor

Bhubaneswar: Professor Sasmita Rani Samanta has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of KIIT Deemed to be University.

Prof Samanta assumed charge from the outgoing VC, Prof. Hrushikesh Mohanty on Friday. Prior to this appointment, she was working in different senior positions, including Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Registrar of KIIT-DU, for the last 26 years. Prof. Samanta has over 25 years of experience in academics and administration.

Prof. Samanta is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA, UK) and a fellow of the Computer Society of India (FCSI, India). She is trained in leadership from the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), USA, and CSC Leaders Programme, Common Purpose Charitable Trust, UK.

With the term of outgoing VC ending this month, applications were invited through media advertisement for the post of Vice-Chancellor.

After verification of records and proper scrutiny of applications, the Search Committee selected names of 13 candidates for presentation and interaction.

The Committee recommended three candidates to the Chancellor Prof. Ved Prakash for approval. Prof Samanta was appointed next Vice-Chancellor of KIIT Deemed to be University for five years. The post of Vice-Chancellor has been occupied by eminent academicians in KIIT-DU since its inception. Prof. Samanta, is the first woman VC of KIIT.

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