Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 8:

The Director General of the European Commission for Education and Culture, Ms. Martine Reicherts and her team visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) on Tuesday.


Ms. Martine Reicherts and her team went around all the campuses of KIIT and various units of KISS.

“You are in the best school of the world. Students should trust on their school, teachers and lastly they should trust themselves”, she said, addressing 25,000 tribal students of KISS. Ms. Reicherts was all praise for KISS’ model of empowerment through education.

“I had heard about KISS earlier. You are the future of not only India; you are the future of the world. You can change the world as whole planet is now in your hands”, she told the students. Later, she also gave a talk to the students of KIIT University.

Dr. Achyuta Samant, founder, KIIT & KISS thanked Ms. Reicherts for visiting KIIT & KISS.

Thibault Devanlay, Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union to India, Ms. Claire Morel, Head International cooperation in education and youth and Jean Monnet actions and Mr. Sanjeev Roy, Senior Higher Education Expert, EU Public Diplomacy and Outreach in India and in the SAARC accompanied her in the visit.

The DG of the European Commission for Education and Culture is in the process of visiting institutions in India that are collaborating with the European Union. Her visit to KIIT and KISS was aimed at amplifying the collaborative work between these institutions and the EU.

This also has reference to EU being the main partner of the FICCI Education Summit being held in New Delhi from 10-12 November, 2016. Ms. Reicherts would make a statement together with the Union Minister of Commerce and the Minister of Human Resources at the “European higher education” session and an Erasmus+ workshop at New Delhi.

Among others, R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS, Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.