On November 22, 2020, KIIT Odisha concluded its 16thConvocation ceremony. In the past 17 years of its establishment, the University has created a unique space for itself. Kalinga Institute of Information Technology, Odisha, was founded in 1992-93 with a measly sum of Rs. 5,000 as its seed money. From such humble origins to its sprawling 25-acre campus accommodating 28 different schools, KIIT truly has come a long way through.
The University boasts of all-around excellence in every sphere. Its alumni have performed at the highest level to bring laurels and accolades to the University and the nation. Notable alumni such as Dutee Chand and Amiya Mallick have represented the nation and have made the country proud with their spirited performance at the international level.
The government recognized the institution's quality when it became the youngest institution to receive a 'Deemed to be University' status in 6 years! Later on, KIIT was also conferred 'Institute Of Eminence' status and has earned some of the top laurels for its qualitative performance over the years.
Institutional excellence apart, the identity of the institutional ethos is represented through an institution's students. It is the teaching and impartation of values that manifest in the student's behaviour and reactions. KIIT's commitment to society shines through its resolve and action. It is the only University in the world to integrate formal education and the social world. The offshoot of KIIT – Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is the only University in the country that provides food, accommodation, health, and education from Kindergarten to Post-Graduate for 30,000 underprivileged tribal children.
KIIT's unflinching support to create the first exclusive tribal University in the form of KISS is a major milestone in the education sector. It continues to bolster its societal contributions, be it the conversion of Kalarabanka into a model smart village or converting the Manpur Panchayat into a modern one. Even in these testing times amidst the Pandemic situation, students of KIIT reached out to distressed people and distributed food, ration, and essential supplies and assuring professional education for the children of the COVID-19 deceased free of cost. The University continues to support four hospitals that are designated to treat COVID patients. It also has delivered books and dry fruits to the 30,000 education beneficiaries in the hinterlands of Odisha.
The institution does the commendable work that truly serves as a reminder for society to be more humane in the face of adversity.