Achyuta Samanta

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Achyuta Samanta
Achyuta Samanta Photo1.jpg
MP of Lok Sabha for Kandhamal Odisha
Assumed office
4 April 2018
Preceded byPratyusha Rajeshwari Singh, Biju Janata Dal
Personal details
Born (1965-01-20) 20 January 1965 (age 54)[1]
Kalarabanka, Cuttack, Odisha, India
Political partyBiju Janata Dal
ResidenceBhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Alma materUtkal University
OccupationSocial Worker & Entrepreneur
Known forFounder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences

Achyuta Samanta (born 20 January 1965) is the founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT); Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), which provides free accommodation, food, healthcare, and education from class 1 to post-graduation with vocational training; KIIT International School (KIS), an International Baccalaureate affiliated school, and Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), a medical college.

He is a promoter of culture and the arts through Kadambini Media Pvt Ltd (KMPL), an organisation he founded. He has been the organiser of Nanhi Pari, a Little Miss India competition, since 2000. He has established 25 spiritual centres and shrines, and is in the process of setting up 'Gandhi Gram' in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, a tribal museum to showcase tribal life, art and culture, and a centre for yoga and spiritualism. He got Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from Daffodil International University.[2]


Samanta was born to Shri Anadi Charan Samanta and Smt. Nilima Rani Samanta in the village of Kalarabanka in Cuttack District of Odisha in 1965. His father died when Samanta was four, and he grew up in abject poverty with his widowed mother and seven siblings.

Samanta received an M.Sc in Chemistry from Utkal University. He had a decade-long experience in teaching in colleges, mostly at Maharshi College under Utkal University, in Bhubaneswar as a chemistry lab assistant.[3]


Achyuta Samanta is the founder, ex chancellor, and secretary of KiiT University; and the founder of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), KIIT International School, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), KIIT School of Management (KSOM), KIIT School of Rural Management (KSRM), KIIT School of Computer Application (KSCA), KIIT School of Biotechnology (KSBT), KIIT Law School (KLS), KIIT School of Languages (KSOL), Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences (KIDS) and Kalinga Polytechnic.

Member of national and International bodies[edit]

He is a member of University Grants Commission (UGC), Executive Committee Member of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Academic Council Member of Central University of Orissa, Serving Member of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), Coir Board of India, National Executive Council Member of Indian Society for Technical Education, and Executive Committee Member of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA)

He was also a serving member of international bodies including the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), United States of America; Institute of International Education (IIE), New York City; Association of University of Asia Pacific (AUAP); University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), Bangkok, Thailand; Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health (APACPH); United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), and Asia Economic Forum (AEF), CIFEJ (Centre International Du Films Pour L'enfance Et La Jeunesse, Dubai).

Honoris Causa awards[edit]

  • Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha – Central University, Tirupati, India − 2011
  • Hanseo University, South Korea, 2010
  • National University, Cambodia – 2009
  • University of Cambodia, Cambodia, 2009
  • OIU, Colombo – 2002 and 2005 (D.Sc)
  • National Formosa University, Taiwan – 2012
  • Gandhi Mandela Peace Award 2019[4]

Awards and records[edit]

Samanta received a number of awards, and created new records in the field of social entrepreneurship. He was mentioned among the Top 15 Social Entrepreneurs of the World by the American Edge Foundation.[5] Samanta appears in The Limca Book of Records as the youngest chancellor of any University in India.

  • Conferred the UC Distinguished Professorship in Humanities by The University of Cambodia[6] - 2018
  • " Best Worker", top Civilian Award of Mongolia − 2015
  • Highest Civilian award of the kingdom of Bahrain – Isa Award for Service to Humanity – 2015
  • Hall of Fame Award presented by World CSR Congress, New Delhi – 2015
  • Successful Entrepreneur Award at Economic Times Entrepreneurship Summit 2015, New Delhi – 2015
  • Civilian Award by Jan Mládek, Industry & Trade Minister of Czech Republic, Vladimír Bärtl, Deputy Minister of Industry & Trade Minister of Czech Republic and M. Stašek, Ambassador of Czech Republic to India at Czech Embassy, New Delhi – 2015
  • Think India Award by Think Media at Transforming India Conclave 2014, New Delhi – 2014
  • Honorary Fellowship Award by Computer Society of India (CSI), Hyderabad, India – 2014
  • Visista Puraskar from 24th Annual Awards – 2014
  • Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Award, Moscow, Russia – 2014
  • Gusi Peace Prize International, Manila, Philippines – 2014
  • ‘2013 World of Difference Awards’ by US-based International Alliance for Women (TIAW) – 2014
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Award, 2012–2012
  • Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award (Social Bravery Award) in recognition of an exceptional Act of Courage – 2011
  • Priya Odiya Samman 2007 (Most Endeared Personality in Odisha), through a survey by a National TV Channel – 2007
  • Humanitarian Award from Mahatma Gandhi Remembrance Organization, Johannesburg, South Africa – 2004
  • First Oriya to receive International Award for Outstanding Social Work by the Indian Embassy, Muscat, Oman
  • Received ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in the field of Social Work from the Minister of International Affairs, Government of Cambodia [7]

Keynote speaker[edit]

  • Universities for Poverty Alleviation, Madrid, Spain, 2015
  • Oslo Summit
  • UNDP, Jaipur
  • Lal Baahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration
  • IFS Academy, Dehradun, India
  • UN Headquarters, New Delhi


  1. ^ ":: Dr. Achyuta Samanta-Founder, KIIT & KISS ::".
  2. ^ The Daily Prothom Alo
  3. ^ "KISS Award for Philanthropist". The New Indian Express. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Gandhi-Mandela Peace Award 2019 to Achyuta Samanta". KIIT News. 13 July 2019.
  5. ^ The New Indian Express. 12.01.2008 Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder Secretary KIIT & KISS has been placed among the top 15 social entrepreneurs of the world
  7. ^ "In Transit with Achyuta Samanta – Lok Sabha". Lok Sabha. Retrieved 20 July 2009.