Founder, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences and Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Prof. Achyuta Samanta www.achyutasamanta.com founded and runs one of India’s largest tribal educational institute. Professor Samanta started Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) www.kiit.ac.in and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) www.kiss.ac.in in 1992-1993 with a mere savings of less than 100 USD (Rs.5000/-). While KIIT has become one of the most acclaimed and recognized Indian Universities that provides Professional Education to 30,000 students from India and abroad, KISS has become world’s largest tribal educational institution. Today, KISS is a home to 27, 000 poorest of the poor tribal children who are given free education from Kindergarten to Post graduation along with other avenues of Comprehensive Development. KISS has also created huge multiplier impact through its strong alumni base by developing a network of satellite centers of KISS in 10 districts of Odisha.
Professor Samanta lost his father at a tender age of 4 in a tragic train accident. His mother had to face unending struggles but through her commitment and determination, she did odd menial jobs to manage two square meals a day to raise her 7 children. A firm believer in power of education since childhood, Professor Samanta completed his Intermediate with distinction despite constant hardships and financial distress. Supporting himself and his siblings by taking private tuitions, he earned graduation and post graduation Degree in Chemistry from Utkal University.
For his work, Dr. Achyuta Samanta has been recognised and awarded nationally and internationally. In the year 2018, Professor Samanta has been nominated as the Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha. He also advises several state governments in India on educational policy and improving state of education in India.