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2 KISS students win Kalam IGNITE Awards

Bhubaneswar, Oct 25: Two tribal students of the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) are among the national-level winners of the prestigious Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2016 Awards. They will receive the awards from President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on November 7.  

The two are among the 30 winners out of the 59,400 ideas and projects received by the National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF), an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology. The NIF declares the annual awards on October 15, Dr Kalam’s birthday and also celebrated as the Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day.

Dhanurjaya Dehury, a student of Class-VIII of KISS, was selected for the award for his innovation “Pedal-operated vegetable cutting machine”. Sebati Kutruka, also a Class-VIII student, bagged the award for her project “Machine to dig out sweet potato”.

Expressing his happiness over the success of KISS students, KIIT & KISS founder Dr Achyuta Samanta said tribal students are second to none if they are given proper care and quality education. These two students have shown their talent at national level, which is a great achievement not only for the KISS but for the entire tribal community. Dr Samanta congratulated both the students and their guide teachers for their success.

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