KIIT University, Bhubaneswar Scaling New Heights
The journey of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar, from a technical institute to a multi-disciplinary University is fascinating. The small engineering college of yesteryears has now been transformed into a world-class university; spread over 25 sq km of land, accommodating 17 sprawling Wi-Fi campuses with 7.5 million sq ft of built up area.
It is not the world-class infrastructure alone but the quality of teaching and research illustrated by accreditation of NAAC of UGC and NBA of AICTE, that makes KIIT one of the most promising centres of excellence. With 22 constituent schools offering 50 programmes, KIIT stands out as one of the finest universities of India, declared under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.
As an affirmation of its excellence, KIIT University has been chosen to host the 99th Session of the prestigious Indian Science Congress, which is singularly the most important meet, for scientists across the globe, in India. Total 15,000 scientists and academicians, including many Nobel Laureates, would congregate at KIIT from January 3-7, 2012. Holding of the Congress, which is customarily inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, is a matter of great pride for the state of Odisha as well, where it is returning after 33 years.
Location and Exposure
KIIT is located in Bhubaneswar, which is fast-emerging as an educational and IT hub in the country. Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, is well connected to all major cities of India through road, rail and air.
KIIT University is a vibrant institution on account of its exposure and favourable location. On one hand it has resulted in academic and industrial tie-ups with numerous national and international bodies, while on the other it has contributed to make it a preferred destination for prestigious national and global conferences and event.
KIIT University cherishes its diversity, both with respect to academic programmes and student body, and considers it an important strength. The gamut of academic programmes include undergraduate and post graduate courses in Engineering, MCA, Management, Rural Management, Law, Bio-technology, MBBS, BDS, Nursing, Fashion Technology, Cinema and Media Studies and Languages. The students’ strength currently exceeds 17,000, who have come from almost all the states of India and 20 different countries, including Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, UAE, Thailand, South Korea, China, Africa, Australia, Canada, the UK and the US.
National and Global Recognition
KIIT University is accredited by NAAC of UGC in ‘A’ Grade (highest CGPA among self-financing universities). It is also accredited by NBA of AICTE. Academic programmes of the University are approved by statutory bodies of the Govternment of India, besides UGC. It is a member of prestigious national and international organisations such as: International Association of Universities (IAU), Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), University Mobility of Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP), International Institute of Education (IIE), New York, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), International Association of Law Schools (IALS).
A strong team of faculty (800), scientists and researchers forms the intellectual capital of KIIT University. The faculty of the University, drawn from institutions of repute such as IITs, IIMs, XLRI, IISc, JNU, etc., is recognised by the peers as they carry out research that is not only published in journals with high citation index, but also has direct application. The multi-disciplinary research work has attracted financial support to the tune of few million dollars every year. The Vice Chancellor of the University, Dr AS Kolaskar is a well-known scientist who coined the term Bioinformatics and is an elected fellow of Indian National Science Academy and National Academy of Sciences—the premier scientists’ bodies. The University has also established a Centre of Scientific Research with seed money of $1.2 million, the only self-financing university in the country to establish such a centre.
As a global centre of excellence, KIIT University has collaborated with leading institutions and organisations from across the world. At present, the University has academic tie-ups with more than 60 international universities and institutions, and industrial collaborations with 15 corporate houses. Academic collaboration has led to joint programme delivery, and faculty and student exchange. Some of the institutions and organisations are mentioned below.
Research and Development
KIIT has 34 ongoing research and development projects to its credit. These are sponsored by reputed national and international agencies such as DST, Government of India, AICTE, MNRE, DRDO, DAE, DBT, ETH (Zurich), etc. Faculty of the University is active in research, and this has resulted in 600 publications in national and international journals. KIIT University has setup 10 interdisciplinary centres of excellence to provide impetus to research and development activity.
KIIT Technology Business Incubator (Supported by DST, MSME, DIT, Govt. of India); Biogas Development Training Centre (Supported by MNRE, Govt. of India); Centre for Children’s Studies (Supported by UNICEF); Centre for Innovation and Research and Development Cell; UMAP National Secretariat of India; Open Source Drug Discovery System (Supported by CSIR); IBM KSOM Centre of Excellence (Supported by IBM); Centre for Excellence for SAP (Supported by SAP UA); KIIT Centre for Environment and Global Sustainability; ISTE Students’ and Faculty Chapter.
Technology Intensive University
KIIT University is a pioneering institution to adopt modern technology. It is one of the first educational institutions in the country to offer intelligent wireless converged network, VPN connectivity, educational ERP and wireless campus with Wi-Fi laptop to each student and faculty. The network proudly privileges ICT facilities such as Wi-Fi hotspots installed over optical fibre and wireless bridge. Technology has been intensively used to improve teaching and learning experience. Apart from conventional classroom teaching, KIIT has adopted the method of learning through video conferencing and by use of the state-of-the-art technology.
Conferences and Seminars
Calendar of conferences and seminars at KIIT University is one of the busiest in the country. Apart from regular events relating to various academic areas, the University has organised many prestigious national-level conferences and meets in recent past such as National Children’s Science Conference, Indian Economic Association Conference and Indian Orthopedic Association Conference. International Conference on Distributed Computing and Internet Technology (ICDCIT), instituted by KIIT in 2004, occupies a place of prestige among international conferences, in the area of information technology.
Favourite Talent-Hunting Ground for Top Corporate Houses
KIIT University enjoys employers’ confidence on its ability to prepare its graduates for the present-day competitive business environment. The University has secured excellent placement for all its graduates passing out in 2011. This performance is being repeated from the last several years, proving that talents that are honed here enjoy special preference from top-notch recruiters. Highlight of this year’s placement is 658 job offers from TCS in a single day, which is a record in eastern India. Total 1,300 job offers in Engineering streams and 200 job offers in MCA were made by 35 companies. Further, 230 job offers were made in MBA by many top companies. While the average salary was Rs 4.5 lakh per annum, the highest salary package was Rs 9.5 lakh per annum.
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a home for 12,000 tribal children, is the finest expression of KIIT’s social commitment. It is the biggest Residential Tribal Institute in the world that provides accommodation, food, healthcare and education from Kindergarten to Post Graduation and all other basic amenities of life, absolutely free with a job assurance after completion of education and vocational training. KISS owes its origin to the philanthropic vision of Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions and KISS, who believes “Giving education to a deprived child is like giving sight to a blind.”
‘I congratulate Dr Samanta for establishing institutions of character like KIIT and KISS. I urge the students of KIIT and KISS to take lead in spreading the message of peace and non-violence in present-day strife-torn world.’
—Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India
‘We thank KIIT University and its management for a wonderful conference, an impressive inauguration of the School of Biotechnology and Convocation. Organisation of our visit and of the events was excellent and highly professional.’
—Prof Rolf M Zinkernagel, Nobel Laureate in Medicine (1996)
‘I have been extraordinarily impressed with the phenomenal work undertaken by KIIT/KISS. The work of these two institutions gives me great hope that the challenges facing eastern India can be translated into opportunity. You are truly inspirational for all of the world.’
—Dr Robert S Zeigler, Director General, International Rice Research Institute, Manila, Philippines.
‘This is a wonderful campus. I am particularly impressed with the great work of Dr Samanta, Founder of KIIT and KISS.’
—Mr EB Murray, State Senator, US
‘KIIT is comparable to Nalanda, Taxilla and Vikramsila of past.’
—Prof Said Irandoust, President, AIT, Bangkok