KISS-DU Organizes Induction and Orientation Programme (Deekhsarambh) for the Session 2023-24

KISS-DU organizes week-long Induction and Orientation Programme for the batch 2023-24 students from 4th – 9th September, 2023.

Day – 01 4th September

Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, the Vice Chancellor of KISS Deemed to be University addressed the students saying that students have a bright future in academics and they have enough potential to occupy prominent positions in our Society and act as change agents.

Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray Registrar, KISS-DU during his interactions with the students and delivered a speech on how students could feel secure and safe in KISS-DU residence.

Professor Nirmal Chandra Dash, Professor Brahmananda Satpathy, Professor Jagannath Lenka, Professors Emeriti had joined the session and delivered a motivational talk to the students.

Dr. Snigdharani Panda proposed a Vote of Thanks.

In the post lunch Session, the IT Team of KISS-DU presented a video clipping of the life’s journey of Professor Achutya Samanta, Hon’ble Founder of KISS and KIIT. Faculty members Dr. Dhanu Murmu, Assistant Professor, Dr. Barsha Biswal, Assistant Professor, Dr. Mrutyunjaya Nayak, Assistant Professor, Dr. Priyoneel Basu, Associate Professor, Dr. Parikshita Khatua, Assistant Professor, Dr. Kamal Prasad Mohanty, Assistant Professor, Dr. Swapnashri Patnaik, Assistant Professor and research scholars accompanied students for Campus Visit: Mega Kitchen, Science Lab, Language Lab, Innovative Centers, Vocational Centers, Herbal Garden, Sports Complex, Amphitheatre, Library (KISS & KIIT), and the new Academic Building.

In the evening, students expressed their satisfaction over the infrastructural facilities, system and ambience of the University. Research Scholars and PG Second Year Students interacted with the new students. Students organized a cultural evening at the Amphitheatre. The evening session concluded with a group photograph. The documentation work was carried out by Mr. Santosh Miniaka.

During the session, The Anti Ragging Cell Committee members spoke about the anti ragging policies, guidelines and the roles responsibilities of the cell to the new batch. Further, they made the students aware of the importance of reporting any incidents of ragging either on campus or in the hostel. The Convenor of the Cell disseminated that posters along with phone numbers of the concerned staff to put out at various places on campus including the hostel for the benefit of the students.

DAY-2 5th September

The Orientation Program was started with through discussions on Central Facilities of the Institution KISS-DU. Mr. Rudrakesh Jena, Deputy Director, Sports, KISS-DU showcased the excellent sporting infrastructure of the university and encouraged the students to take part in various activities. Dr. Tripura Mishra, Associate Professor and Chief Warden spoke about the Mentor Mentees system. Access to Lab (Computer) facilities and University Website was demonstrated by Mr. Atul Nag, Associate Professor, Computer Science Programme, KISS-DU. Briefing on library resources was demonstrated by Mr. Rabin Kumar Khandayatray, Chief Librarian, KISS-DU, Carrier Counseling by Dr. Kanhu Charan Mahali, Director General, KISS-DU.

Scholarship Details: UGC NET & JRF, Indian Council of Medical

Research (ICMR), Ministry of Science and Technology, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), Indian Council of Philosophy Research (ICPR), Ministry Of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) discussed by Dr. Anirban Bandopadhyay, Associate Professor, and Dr. Priyoneel Basu, Associate Professor.

Briefing on the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and Human Resource Development Cell (HRDC) was discussed by Dr. Chitta Ranjan Bhoi, Associate Professor and the Director HRDC, KISS-DU. Ms. Shweta Kochatta talked about students’ placement and threw light on the various prospects in emerging areas and career opportunities. Dr. Srinibas Panda, Associate Professor and Controller of Examinations had discussed about the University’s examination process and evaluation system.

In the post lunch session, Dr. Snigdharani Panda, Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Tribal Resource Management introduced the Seven Schools; and Seven Innovative Centers of KISS- DU. She highlighted the uniqueness of each center, their activities, academic performance as well as student’s achievements. Dr. Yasobanta Das, Associate Professor and Dean of School of Indigenous Knowledge Science and Technology. shared the UGC regulations related to curb the menace of ragging. Dr. Sujata Acharya, Associate Professor, School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology. highlighted the benefits of KISS Wellness Centre and explained how the students’ counselling process takes place at the Centre which was followed by distribution of leaflets and pamphlets by the senior students.

The interaction of Professors of Practice session was conducted by Dr. Kanhu Charan Mahali, Director General. He introduced three very knowledgeable indigenous personalities: Mr. Pabitra Patra for Ethnomedicinal Plants, who has the credit of developing his own Ethnomedicinal Garden with a rare species of medicinal plants. Mr. Patra delivered a talk on tribal health care which is more based on the practices of ethnomedicinal plants. He also showed the varieties of plants to the students. Mrs. Laxmi Sabar who is specialist in Saura Paintings and Mrs. Gurubari Sisa who holds specialization in specialist in Dhemsa Dance of Koraput spoke about the need of promoting indigenous art, dance and culture. They shared their long-standing experiences in their respective fields. These professors of Practice have conducted workshops from time to time. The cultural troops performed cultural function under the guidance of Dr. Tripura Mishra, Associate Professor and Chief Warden of KISS-DU.

DAY-3 6th September

The morning session took place parallelly in Seven Schools and Seven Innovative Centres; with respective Deans; Dr. Snigdha Rani Panda, Dr. Rashmi Mohapatra, Dr. Manoj Behera, Dr. Yasobanta Das, Dr. Ratnakar Mahapatra, Dr. Rasmita Tripathi, Dr. Pragyan Mohanty.

Seven Schools

  1. School of Tribal Resource Management (STRM),
  2. School of Comparative Indic Studies and Tribal Science (SCISTS),
  3. School of Comparative Tribal Language and Literature (SCTLL),
  4. School of Indigenous Knowledge Science and Technology (SIKST),
  5. School of Tribal Culture Philosophy and Eco-Spiritualism (STCP &ES),
  6. School of Tribal Heritage and Indology (STHTI),
  7. School of Tribal Legal Studies and Tribal Rights (STLS & TR)

Seven Innovative Centres

  1. Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Entrepreneurship (KISS Innovation Incubator)
  2. Centre for Sacred Groves
  3. Centre for Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Diversity
  4. Centre for Indigenous Science and Technology
  5. Centre for Indigenous Knowledge on Herbal Medicines and Therapeutics
  6. Centre for Indigenous Languages and Narratives.
  7. Centre for the Study of Indigenous Peoples across the Globe


The respected Deans discussed and oriented the newcomers about Institutional Orientation-Genesis and Development of the Institution, Choice Based Credit System, Value Added Courses, Non-Negotiable Academic Calendar, Semester Examinations, Question Patterns, Class Attendance, Mentor-Mentee Session (Tutor Mentoring).

In the post lunch session, Dr. Tripura Mishra, Associate Professor and Chief Warden and Dr. Yasobanta Das, Associate Professor and Dean informed the Students about the Rules and Regulations of the Campus, Hostel Premises and other facilities available on campus.

Prof. Namita Mohanty Prof Emeritus delivered a lecture on Mental Wellbeing (Students Life and Positive Emotions). She emphasized on self- control through meditation. She further said that every student should be positive in approach whatsoever the situation may be. She also urged the students to get connected with the mentors and express their difficulties to bring out a positive solution to their problems.

The end of the day, Mrs. Mamta Goswami (Assistant Director Vocational) delivered a lecture on Vocational Training. She encouraged the students to get involved in Vocational Training Unit and she also shared information about how the unit can help the students in self-employment.

DAY-4 7th September

The fourth day started with the deliberation of the Lecture on Gender Sensitization and Security by Mrs. Sadhana Mishra, gender specialist. Through her deliberation she said that all genders are equal, and everyone has a specific role to play in the society.

The post lunch Session, Dr. Meera Das, Medical Specialist delivered a Lecture on Reproductive Health and Hygiene. She listed the dos and don’ts related to physical and mental health with special focus on personal hygiene. The evening Session was concluded with the Lecture on Anti-Ragging of Students by Dr. Rajlaxmi Panda. She taught the students and gave many suggestions how to curb the menace of ragging and ensuring ragging free environment and encouraging anti-drug, smoking free, alcohol-free environment.

DAY-5 8th September

The morning session started with the lecture on Research Eco System delivered by Prof. Jugal Kishor Mishra, Director, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC). He also spoke about the active role the Research and Development Cell plays in creating research ethos on campus. In this context he emphasized University’s linking with Institution’s Innovation Council. He informed about the activities of the Seven Innovative Centers and the active involvement of the Students and Scholars. Further he spoke on the need of organizing more students’ presentations/seminars/workshops and visiting different industrial houses for experiential learning to create Entrepreneurship Eco-system.

In the post-lunch session Dr. Manoj Kumar Behera made a presentation on National Educational Policy (NEP)- 2020. He also highlighted the important aspects of NEP-2020 such as Multilingual Education, Tutor-Mentoring System, Inter-disciplinary approach to study and so on.

The evening Session was conducted by Dr. Anindita Nayak, Assistant Professor deliberated on Cultural Diversity. She highlighted the indigenous culture in India through visual documentation. Dr. Anwesha Chakraborty, Assistant Professor delivered a talk on Geographical Diversity in India inclusive of region, climatic conditions, bio-cultural adaptation in different regions.

DAY-6 9th September

The last day Orientation Programme started with a lecture delivered by Mr. Rudrakesh Jena on Sports and Yoga. He informed the students about the sports infrastructure and facilities in the Campus. In his inspiring speech he shared the success stories of national and international sports achievers of the university.

The session was followed by another on National Social Service (NSS) by Dr. Amulyaratna Nanda, Assistant Professor. He discussed about the mission, vision and the activities of NSS and how NSS is very important as well as it can help the students to get employment in all over India. Mr. Manoranjan Mohapatra, Assistant Professor helped the students to enroll in NSS. Mrs. Bedamati Pattanaik, Faculty informed the Students about Red Cross, the existing team and their activities. Mrs. Manashi Chandra Nayak, Faculty encouraged the students to engage in Rangers & Rovers, its benefit and importance of extracurricular activities.

The post lunch Session that was conducted by Dr. Tripura Mishra, Associate Professor and Chief Warden. She discussed the various Value-Added Courses (Art and Crafts, Photography, Poem, Essay Writing, Drama, Eco Club, Cultural Activities) and how these value-added courses are very much important for self-employment. She also informed about the Vocational Training Courses for the Students. Dr. Arpana Premi Oraon, Associate Professor encouraged the students to engage these types of activities, so that student’s imagination and aesthetic sense and creativity reflect through the work activities.