Dr. Achyuta Samanta, founder of KIIT and KISS, has been conferred with the ‘Isa Award for Service to Humanity 2015’ in Bahrain on June 3, 2015. He received the award in the field of ‘Social Welfare and Fighting against Poverty’.
The award was bestowed upon Dr. Samanta by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.While presenting the award, the King appreciated the efforts of Dr. Samanta in unequivocal terms.
“This person has based his services to humanity on constant diligence, as he strived to find effective initiatives that would eradicate poverty, hunger, and illiteracy, while working on providing the less fortunate with job opportunities and a better standard of living,” he said.
“His initiative grew to become one of the biggest in Eastern India, offering free state-of-the-art education and accommodation on an independent campus. This initiative involves thousands of children and young people from the poorest families, to become a unique, unprecedented achievement and an example of giving and selflessness. So, tributes go to Prof. Achyuta Samanta for this pioneering accomplishment”, he added.
“We therefore express our congratulations to Prof. Achyuta Samanta for deservedly winning the Isa Award for Service to Humanity in its second round”, said the King.
The Isa Award for Service to Humanity has been instituted to honour these exceptional people, and celebrate their selfless and tireless efforts to create a better world for future generations.
Established in 2009 by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, the Isa Award is granted every two years to either individuals or organisations who have been selected through a gruelling process by an expert panel of jurists. The laureate will receive a Certificate of Merit, a Gold Medal and a prize of USD 1 million.
The award has been named after His Highness the Late Amir of Bahrain, Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa may God rest his soul in peace. It celebrates his long dedication to humanitarian causes and commitment to a world of tolerance and solidarity.