Achyuta SamantaA resilient personality who has embarked on the journey of overcoming obstacles, the life narrative of Prof. Achyuta Samanta reads like a stirring tale of tenacity, tenacity, and social responsibility. He was born and raised in abject poverty in a rural hamlet in Odisha. At the young age of four, he suffered the painful loss of his father, which set off a 15-year quest for survival and education. Nevertheless, he persisted, and at 22, he began teaching. At age 25, he set out on a quest that would forever alter his own life and the lives of countless others. He founded the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in two rented homes with just Rs. 5000 in his pocket.
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences – KISSThe Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is a residential school in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, providing free education, lodging and nourishment, healthcare, and vocational, athletic, and artistic training to indigenous children from 62 different tribal groups. A manifestation of the Founder, Prof. (Dr.) Achyuta Samanta’s philanthropic vision, KISS boasts of 30,000 students in KISS, Bhubaneswar, over 15,000 successfully established alumni, and 15000 students in 10 other satellite centres of KISS. Starting as a small initiative with only 125 students in the fiscal year 1992-1993, KISS has always upheld its objective of providing a decent life full of possibilities and opportunities for underprivileged children with immense potential.
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), one of India’s prestigious universities, is renowned for its research and teaching quality. In a rented home with 12 students and 2 teachers, it was founded as an industrial training institute in Bhubaneswar in 1992–1993. Prof. Achyuta Samanta envisioned a school that prioritises academic quality and provides innumerable opportunities for students to obtain in-depth information in an era of unpopular education and cautious acceptance of globalisation.
Respected everywhere for the calibre of its academic programmes, research opportunities, and involvement in the local community and its reputation as a school of compassion and humanitarianism, KIIT Deemed to be University has established itself as one of the Leading Education Centers in India thanks to the commitment, tenacity, and resilience of our Founder and the contribution of the hard-working team and well-wishers.
No other educational establishment in India has expanded in scope and scale as much in just 25 years as KIIT has, therefore it has become a paragon of growth. Incredibly, it has undergone a trip from soil to silver.
The Limca Book of Records proudly lists KIIT as the first Institute to earn the distinction of achieving University status in less than 6 years. According to the Ministry of Education’s ARIAA, 2022, it is ranked first among all self-financing universities in the nation.
With a varied student body from 65 different countries and throughout India, KIIT offers more than 115 academic programmes through its 23 schools, and more than 195 foreign organisations engage with it daily. KIIT, in virtually every area of interest, has a long history of hosting countless international and national seminars, conferences, workshops, and even significant sporting events.
TED which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, is a media organisation which hosts inspirational and empowering talks emphasising the slogan of “ideas worth spreading”. Richard Saul Wurman came up with the idea of a TED conference in February 1984 as a one-time event. Six years later, it was reinvented as a four-day conference in Monterey, California. By 2014, the TED conferences began a run in Vancouver, Canada, reflecting its growing international appeal.
TED’s early emphasis was on technology and design, consistent with its Silicon Valley origins, but it has since broadened its repertoire to include talks on many scientific, cultural, and academic topics. It is owned by Chris Anderson, a British American businessman, through the Sapling Foundation.
Over time, the organisation has successfully morphed itself into an international circle with an all-encompassing audience that welcomes the idea of harbouring change. The annual TED conference intends to acknowledge and propagate the effectiveness of simple ideas. By sharing the journeys of people who have carved their niche in the world, the conference aims at acknowledging the importance of soldiering through the hurdles in one’s path.
TEDxKIITUniversity Communication is an essential aspect of our daily lives, and as we interact with others, our minds become intertwined, leading to the formation of new ideas. These concepts could pioneer amendments of colossal expanse that can transform society. The TEDx community provides a platform to explore ideas that have the potential to bring unparalleled transitions, working towards improvement. Discovering unexplored horizons is always a challenging endeavour. Still, the maiden edition of TEDxKIITUniversity was a unique and unprecedented achievement in itself, which led to the success of the following editions. The exceptional levels of success speak volumes about the possible ideas that can help us conceive monumental metamorphoses for society. This year, the aim is to bring together intellectuals who can observe the world with a unique perspective, looking for ways to uplift humanity in every aspect of their lives. Such intellectuals can observe the Martian Spell with their finesse and work towards creating a better future. The goal is to generate ideas that can transform society, leading to positive changes that will benefit everyone. By creating a community of thinkers, TEDx provides a platform for people to share their ideas and work together to create a brighter future.
Our world and the path of history could both be changed by an idea. It has the power to mobilise people, inspire action, and build a better future for all of us. At TEDxKIITUniversity, this year, we are emphasising simple concepts that have significantly influenced society. The event gives those who have worked hard to make a big difference a platform. Even the smallest ideas can have a significant impact and alter how things are done. TEDxKIITUniversity brings well-known, inspirational individuals together to motivate and excite the audience with their thoughts, insights, and stories. Being able to share fresh ideas effectively is just as crucial as thinking creatively to generate new ones. The event mirrors Helen Keller’s belief, “Ideas must be the fundamental movers of society; the rest merely follows,” as it works to support students and thinkers in advancing their goals and philosophies. These concepts may act as a lighthouse that inspires positive societal vibes.