Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 7:
Union minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan and Union minister of state for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation Upendra Kushwaha, visited KIIT and KISS in Odisha’s capital city on Thursday.
“My notion about Odisha has changed after visiting KIIT and KISS. There is a wrong notion among people outside Odisha that, the poverty of Kalahandi, backwardness are the identity of Odisha. But after visiting KISS I felt that notion is wrong”, Paswan said in his address to the KISS students.
“One should be ambitious enough to achieve anything in life”, he said.
The Union minister praised the vision and efforts of Dr Achyuta Samanta, founder of KIIT & KISS.
Earlier in the day, Kushwaha and Lok Sabha MP Ram Kumar Sharma MP also visited KISS and interacted with the students.
“KISS should be placed among the top five noble works of the world and its founders should get a place among the great personalities. KISS model should be replicated across the country for development of deprived class including tribal community. I saw smile on the faces of down trodden children of the country for the first time. In my political journey, I have addressed huge gatherings in different places. But for the first time I addressed a huge gathering of 22,500 tribal students in one place. KISS has afforded a beautiful environment and proper platform for your future growth and you should utilize it rightly,” he advised students of KISS.
The two Union ministers also visited KIIT and interacted with the students.
Among others Dr Prasanna Patasani, MP, Bhubaneswar, Sanjay Dasburma, state minister of Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare, Employment and Technical Education & Training, RN Dash, secretary, KIIT & KISS, Prof PP Mathur, vice chancellor KIIT University and Dr Sasmita Samanta, Registrar were also present.