News & Events
KIIT-TBI Organises Business Plan Competition
99th Indian Science Congress
Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh Launches National-level Essay & Quiz Competitions at KIIT
KIIT School of Biotechnology Gets Award for Best Biotechnology Institute
Symposium on Advanced Space Science and Technology at KIIT
International Conference on ‘Cell Signaling and Diseases’ in KSBT
International Conference on Bioinformatics Inaugurated


KIIT-TBI Organises Business Plan Competition

KIIT - Technology Business Incubator organized a Business Plan Competition “Innovio” for research scholars and students above the age of 18years studying in Odisha. The winners were awarded at a glittering award ceremony at KIIT University on 4th February 2012. Giving away the prizes, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS underscored the importance of such competitions in development of innovation and entrepreneurship in the state.

Sudha Manajari Mishra won the first prize for her proposal on Teaching Learning Materials (TLM). She beat 63 other participants to emerge winner. She bagged a cash prize of Rs.50,000/- along with a six month free incubation period at the Technology Business Incubator. Dr. H.C. Rajhans and Niladri Pati bagged the second prize and Rs.30,000/- for their proposal on Fuel and Pollution Controller. Mr. Satyapriya Jena won the third prize and Rs. 20,000/- for his proposal on Chitosan Nanoparticle based polyherbal wound Healing Spray.

There were presentations of 10 shortlisted proposals in the final round. The proposals were scrutinized by a panel of judges which included Dr. Koteswar Rao of Transgene Biotek, Hyderabad; Mr. Anil Joshi, Mumbai Angels; Mr. S.S. Acharya, DGM, SIDBI; Mr. Chander Sundaram, NSRCEL, IIM Bangalore & Mr. Arbind Sahoo, Director, OOFML, makers of Ruchi Masala. Mr. Joshi expressed surprise at the level of talent in the state and it’s potential. 

The competition was supported by SIDBI, Bhubaneswar and NSRCEL, IIM Bangalore. It was started during September 2011 with call for proposals.

99th Indian Science Congress
Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh Launches National-level Essay & Quiz Competitions at KIIT

Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, Hon’ble Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences during his visit to KIIT on 19th October 2011 heaped a shower of praise on KIIT and its Founder, Dr. A. Samanta for the meticulous planning to hold the 99th Indian Science Congress in KIIT from 3-7 January 2012. Expressing his happiness, the Hon’ble Minister said that there could not be a better place than KIIT University to hold the 99th Indian Science Congress just a year before of its Centenary celebration.

The Hon’ble Minister came to KIIT to set the ball rolling for all competitions, in a programme which has been aptly named as ‘Igniting Sciential Atmosphere Before the 99th Indian Science Congress’. He had all the praise for the efforts of KIIT and said if the aim of science is to serve the society, then what better example is there than KISS which takes care 15,000 poorest of the poor tribal children. The Hon’ble Minister addressed the students of KIIT & KISS and expressed his happiness over the preparedness of KIIT to hold the 99th Indian Science Congress to be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Indian Science Congress established in 1914 with the objective of promoting and popularizing science has not achieved the desired object in full, despite a century old legacy. Though there have been several sessions in different parts of the country, yet it has not been able to bring every Indian child to be involved in the study of science.

Indian Science Congress has been organizing various competitions among the young scientists besides holding Children Science Congress as a component of it. Despite all the efforts, there is no mechanism till date to involve everyone in the country, and in the process, creating interest in the study of science particularly among the youth. With this background, KIIT’s initiative to involve every school and every college in the 99th Indian Science Congress is definitely praiseworthy.

KIIT has planned to organize an essay and quiz competition on subject related to science and society. The competition is planned to be held in two categories. Children from Class-8 to Class-12 will be placed in the junior category, whereas students from Class 12th to postgraduate level (M.A., M.Sc. etc.) have been placed in senior category. Each and every school, college and university has been informed and the final competition on the basis of the result of State-level competition will be held in KIIT

Prize money of Rs. 5 lakh, Rs. 4 lakh and Rs. 3 lakh has been fixed for the senior and Rs. 4 lakh, Rs. 3 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh for junior category. Apart from the prize money, the best three winners in each category would be provided higher education in any branch of study in KIIT absolutely free. Even the state toppers will be awarded cash prizes and each finalist will get merit certificates. The total amount of the prize money and the expenditure of the studies is more than Rs. 1.5 crore. Incidentally, it is the biggest expenditure for popularizing science by any institute.

Though for a self financing Institute without getting any support or grant from any quarter organizing such an event and spending so much of money can never be an easy task. It may create some financial hardship for KIIT, but for the prestige of the state and to achieve the mission to popularize science, KIIT would never compromise and would try to do everything possible said Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.

KIIT School of Biotechnology Gets Award for Best Biotechnology Institute

Bhubaneswar: KIIT School of Biotechnology (KSBT), a constituent of KIIT University, has been awarded by the Brands Academy, New Delhi as the Best Institute for Biotechnology Studies in India. Mr. Chetan Bhagat, eminent writer handed over the award to Dr. Mrutyunjaya Suar, Director, KSBT in Hotel Crown Plaza, Gurgaon on 28th May 2011.

There were more than 2000 nominations. Many other institutions, including XLRI, Jamshedpur, MDI, Gurgaon, Galgotia University, International Institute of Finance, Fortune International Business School, D Y Patil University, etc, also received the award in various categories. Expressing his satisfaction over this success Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS thanks Brands Academy for the effort.

KIIT School of Biotechnology (KSBT) was established in 2007 as a constituent of KIIT University to be the first institute in the state to have integrated academic and research programmes. Besides developing qualified personnel, KSBT has established a Technology Business Incubator facility (KIIT-TBI), for the promotion of entrepreneurs in making and juvenile industries. The School’s association with several national and international (Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University of Florida, Texas A & M University, ETH-Zurich, EPFL-Lausanne, UNIL- Lausanne, EAWAG-Duebendorf, Max-Planck, Germany, University of Marburg, Germany) laboratories allows collaborative research, benefits growth and facilitates student scientific exchange programmes.

Symposium on Advanced Space Science and Technology at KIIT

KIIT University is organizing a symposium on ‘Advanced Space Science and Technology Programs’ on 12th March 2011 at Campus-7 auditorium of the University. Senior scientists and engineers from various ISRO Centers like ISRO Satellite Centre, ISRO Head quarters, ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network and National Remote Sensing Centre will deliver technical talks on the cutting edge technologies developed by ISRO. The deliberations will be beneficial to academic fraternity - students and faculty from different engineering schools, who will get the unique opportunity to interact with these senior scientists.

The symposium will lead to avenues of collaborative research and development programs with ISRO and may benefit the student community to have job opportunities in this premier research organization in India, informed Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, VC, KIIT.

Valuable talks on topics like “Chandrayaan and Beyond”, “Remote Sensing”, Advanced Sensors for Remote Sensing Applications” and “Space Electronics and Communications” would be delivered by eminent scientists like Shri N. S. Hegde, Mission Director, ISRO Satellite Centre Vimanapura, Bangalore, Shri P.G.Diwakar, Associate Director, Earth Observations System, ISRO Head Quarter, Bangalore; Dr. V. K. Dadhwal, Associate Director, National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad; Shri A. M. Jha, Deputy Director, RDA, ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network, Bangalore respectively. There will also an interactive session of faculty and students with ISRO scientists.

International Conference on ‘Cell Signaling and Diseases’ in KSBT

KIIT School of Biotechnology, a constituent of KIIT University, organized an International Conference on ‘Cell Signaling and Diseases’ from 29th to 30th October 2010. Cell signaling is an emerging field of study in biotechnology which can lead to easy identification of many diseases, thereby, aiding in their effective treatment. In theory, artificial tissues can be created using the knowledge of cell signaling. The two-day international conference brought together the scientists, researchers and students from across the world to share advances in the field.           

The conference was inaugurated by Prof. Iain Mattaj, DG, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany in the presence of Prof. Jayant Udgaonkar, NCBS, Bangalore, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, VC, KIIT, Dr. Mrutyunjay Suar, Director, KIIT School of Biotechnology and Dr. Avinash Sonawane, faculty, KSBT. Inaugurating the conference, Prof. Mattaj said that it provides an opportunity for researchers to present their work and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. Dr. Samanta expressed gratitude to Prof. Mattaj and welcomed all the speakers and all participants to the conference.

The conference featured wide range of topics like Spatial Regulator of Nuclear Assembly in Mitosis, Protein misfolding and disease, Telomerase and DNA repair, Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) entry and replication in Hepatocytes, Epithelial functions and initial defenses, etc. 

The focus of the conference was to bring together academicians, researchers, students and practitioners under a common umbrella, so that each one on the platform gains and understands the research needs and expertise of the other person. It sought to cultivate the culture of inter-institutional team work. The main focus was on infection biology and emerging diseases, cell signaling, genomics, and proteomics. The conference provided a unique opportunity to the biotechnology students of KIIT University to directly interact with renowned researchers and scientists. It also provided an international exposure to KIIT.    

The conference was attended by many eminent speakers from across the globe, including Prof. Sameer Bramhachari, CSIR, Delhi, Prof. Jeffery Cox, University of California, USA, Prof. Alain Filloux, Imperial College London, UK, Prof. Birgitta Agerberth, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, Prof. Gudmundur Gudmundsson, University of Iceland, Iceland, Dr. Sunil K. Lal, ICGEB, New Delhi, Prof. M. P. Hande, NUS, Singapore, Prof. V. Nagaraja, IISc, Bangalore, Dr. H. Mazumdar, IICB, Kolkata, Dr. Sanjeev Galande, NCCS, Pune and Dr. Sudhanshu Vrati, NII, Delhi.

International Conference on Bioinformatics Inaugurated at KIIT

An International Conference on Recent Advances in Bioinformatics, organised by School of Biotechnology of KIIT University, was inaugurated here on 3rd September 2010. The conference was inaugurated by Prof. Richard Lavery, IBCP, Lyon, France in the presence of Dr. T. Madhan Mohan, Advisor, DBT, GOI, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Dr. Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University, Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Mrutyunjay Suar, Director and Head, KIIT School of Biotechnology (KSBT) and other important dignitaries.

The three-day conference aims to bring together academicians, researchers, students and practitioners who are working in emerging and evolving areas of bioinformatics and foster productive interactions amongst medical, agricultural, biological, computer science and information technology sectors. Bioinformatics is a science which helps in predicting bevaviour os a particular molecule, such as drugs, proteins, vaccines.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Prof. Richard Lavery said that the conference will provide hands-on experience in various tools and techniques used in the fields of Life Science and Bioinformatics. It will also throw light on basic methods of handling biological sequences using bioinformatics tools, he added. Outlining scope of bioinformatics, Dr. T. Madhan Mohan said that it is like research, development or application of computational tools and approaches for expanding the use of biological, medical, behavioral or health data, including those to acquire, store, organize, archive, analyze or visualize them.

Dr. Samanta hoped that this conference will provide fairly good amount of knowledge about handling of biological databases and analysis of the sequences which is essential in all fields of Life Sciences today. He also expressed his heartiest gratitude to Prof. Richard Lavery, IBCP, Lyon, France and Dr. T. Madhan Mohan, Advisor, DBT, GOI for giving their valuable time at KIIT University.

The conference topic includes Genome Analysis, Metabolomics, Proteomics, Drug Design and Development, Data Mining and Intelligent Network Computation. Many renowned speakers, researchers and scientists would be presenting their papers. They include Prof. Pandjassarame Kangueane, AIMST University, Semeling, Malaysia, Prof. Manju Bansal, IISc, Bangalore, Dr. S. Sowdhamini, NCBS, Bangalore, Prof. Velmurugan, Univ. Madras, Chennai, Prof. B. Jayaram, IIT Delhi, New Delhi, Prof. Santosh Kar, JNU, New Delhi, Dr. Pinakpani Chakrabarti, Bose Instt. Kolkata, Prof. Debashisa Mohanty, NII, New Delhi, Prof. Andrew Lynn, JNU. New Delhi, Dr. Sangeeta Sawant, Univ. of Pune and many more.