Bhubaneswar: Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, Hon’ble Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences during his visit to KIIT on 19th October 2011, heaped a shower of praise on KIIT and its Founder, Dr. A. Samanta for the meticulous planning to hold the 99th Indian Science Congress in KIIT from 3rd to 7th January 2012. Expressing his happiness, the Hon’ble Minister said, that there could not have been a better place than KIIT University to hold the 99th Indian Science Congress just a year before of its Centenary celebration.

The Hon’ble Minister came to KIIT to set the ball rolling for all competitions, in a programme, which has been aptly named as ‘Igniting Sciential Atmosphere Before the 99th Indian Science Congress’. He had all the praise for the efforts of KIIT and said, if the aim of science is to serve the society, then what better example is there than KISS which takes care of 15,000 poorest of the poor tribal children. The Hon’ble Minister addressed the students of KIIT & KISS and expressed his happiness over the preparedness of KIIT to hold the 99th Indian Science Congress to be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Indian Science Congress, established in 1914 with the objective of promoting and popularizing science has not achieved the desired objective in full, despite a century old legacy. Though there had been several sessions in different parts of the country, yet it has not been able to bring every Indian child to be involved in the study of science.

Indian Science Congress has been organizing various competitions among the young scientists besides holding Children Science Congress as a component of it. Despite all the efforts, there is no mechanism till date to involve everyone in the country, and in the process, creating interest in the study of science particularly among the youths. With this background, KIIT’s initiative to involve every school and every college in the 99th Indian Science Congress is definitely praiseworthy.

KIIT has planned to organize an essay and a quiz competition on subjects related to science and society. The competition is planned to be held in two categories. Children from Class-8 to Class-12 will be placed in the junior category, whereas students from Class 12th to postgraduate level (M.A., M.Sc. etc.) will be placed in the senior category. Each and every school, college and university has been informed and the final competition on the basis of the result of State-level competition will be held at KIIT.

Prize money of Rs. 5 lakhs, Rs. 4 lakhs and Rs. 3 lakhs has been fixed for the senior and Rs. 4 lakhs, Rs. 3 lakhs and Rs. 2 lakhs for the junior category. Apart from the prize money, the best three winners in each category will be provided higher education in any branch of study in KIIT absolutely free. Even the state toppers will be awarded cash prizes and each finalist will get merit certificate. The total amount of the prize money and the expenditure of the studies is more than Rs. 1.5 crore. Incidentally, it is the biggest expenditure for popularizing science by any Institute.

For a self financing Institute without getting any support or grant from any quarter, organizing such an event and spending so much money can never be an easy task. It may create some financial hardship for KIIT, but for the prestige of the State and to achieve the mission to popularize science, KIIT will never compromise and will try to do everything possible said, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.