Bhubanswar: Education is the key to all development, said Mr. Austin Fernando, H.E. Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India during his visit to Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and KIIT on August 24, 2019. Addressing students of KISS, Mr. Fernando said, “Tribal people are living in a state of deprivation. Only education can eradicate deprivation. So the tribal students should educate themselves to come out of poverty”. He advised students to prepare themselves well to face the challenges of the future.
Appreciating the work of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, he said, “Through KISS, he has proved that one man can also make a difference. He has proved it through KISS and set example for others in the globe”. Students should learn from Dr. Samanta to give something back to their families, community, society, state and country. “You should learn from him the qualities of humanity. You should develop yourselves as good human beings. You should not search for your role-model anywhere, because your role model is in front of you. He is none other than Dr. Samanta”, he told the students.
Mr. Fernando, his wife Madam Silviya Fernando and Achini Perera, Counsellor, Sri Lankan High Commission also visited various campus of KIIT and units of KISS. Dr. Achuyta Samanta; Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS; Prof. Harekrushna Satapathy, VC, KISS Deemed to be University; Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS; Prof. H. K. Mohanty, VC, KIIT Deemed to be University and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.