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The WTUN Welcomes Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology

The World Technology Universities Network is pleased to announce, following the signing of the Network’s Consortium Collaboration agreement, that Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) will formally join the World Technology Universities Network (WTUN) as a member from 1 August 2024. This news marks the second[1] institution to join the WTUN in 2024.

Professor Shirley Congdon, Chair WTUN, and the whole of the Network extends a warm welcome to Vice Chancellor Dr Saranjit Singh, PhD-Engg, Dr Vikas Kumar Sabata, Joint Director International Relations and Ms.Bandita Sahoo, Deputy Director International Relations and their colleagues to the WTUN, its Boards and programmes.

Professor Shirley Congdon, Chair WTUN
Professor Shirley Congdon, Chair WTUN

The WTUN’s diverse membership is united by a commitment to the inclusive advancement of sustainable scientific and technology teaching and research; each demonstrating a commitment to truly equitable innovation for the benefit of people and place.

“KIIT brings to the WTUN a commitment not only to the teaching and development of its 40,000 students but its central mission of social responsibility”

“We are delighted to welcome KIIT as member of the Network. Alongside scientific excellence,  KIIT brings to the WTUN a commitment not only to the teaching and development of its 40,000 students but its central mission of social responsibility” says Professor Congdon. “KIIT’s membership will strengthen our presence in India, complementing our existing membership and expanding the regional impact and opportunities for truly global collaboration on the challenges facing humanity”

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT)

Professor Saranjit Singh, Vice Chancellor, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology

“Together with WTUN and its esteemed members…[a] focus on sustainable technology and commitment to equity will pave the way for a brighter and more sustainable future…”

“KIIT Deemed University is delighted to enter into the partnership with the World Technology University Network (WTUN), marking our official membership in this prestigious network of universities” says Prof Singh. “The collaboration heralds exciting prospects for global mobility. We intend to nurture a sense of global citizenship by advancing research and innovation. Together with WTUN and its esteemed members, our collective mission is to confront global challenges head-on through research, knowledge dissemination, and innovative solutions. Our focus on sustainable technology and commitment to equity will pave the way for a brighter and more sustainable future.”

About KIIT

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), a household name in the education sector, has become a sought-after destination in India for professional studies. It is admired all over for the quality of its academic courses, its community outreach work and as a university of compassion and humanitarianism. It has become a case study because no other educational institution in India has grown in its scope and scale as much as KIIT has in a short span of 25 years. Its incredible transformation is truly a journey from Soil to Silver.

KIIT started in 1992-93 as an Industrial Training Institution. However, 1997 is considered the base year for the University as undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Engineering, Management and Computer Applications were added. In 2007, many new schools were added to its umbrella – School of Law, Biotechnology, Medical Sciences, Dental Sciences, Nursing, Mass Communication, Film and Media, Fashion and KIIT International School.

Today, KIIT offers professional education to around 40,000 students from across India. This includes 2000 international students from 65 countries. The alumni of KIIT, over a lakh (million) of them, have made their mark in their respective careers in academics, corporate organizations, civil services and enterprise. Furthermore, KIIT continues to shine on the global stage, with Stanford University’s latest database of the ‘World’s Top 2% Scientist’ featuring 20 distinguished individuals from KIIT and its constituent units. This recognition reaffirms KIIT-DU’s position as a hub for some of the brightest minds in the field of academia and research. (Continued below)


“To create an advanced centre of professional learning of international standing where pursuit of knowledge and excellence shall reign supreme, unfettered by the barriers of nationality, language, cultural plurality and religion.”


  • Imparting value based quality education of international standard and imbibing skill for solving real life problems.
  • Inculcating global perspective in attitude.
  • Creating leadership qualities with futuristic vision.
  • Fostering spirit of entrepreneurship and realisation of societal responsibilities.
  • Cultivating adaptation of ethics, morality and healthy practices in professional life.
  • Instilling habit of continual learning.
  • Encouraging and supporting creative abilities and research temperament.
  • Establishing and promoting close interaction with industries and other utility sectors and keeping abreast with state-of-the-art technology.

More about KIIT

KIIT-TBI has been awarded the Successful Incubator of the Year 2023 by the Startup Odisha, MSME Department, Govt of Odisha. KIIT-Technology Business Incubator (KIIT-TBI), the innovation hub of KIIT, has been conferred the ‘Incubator of the Year 2023’ Award by the Asian Association of Business Incubation (AABI) in Bangkok, Thailand. This achievement underscores our commitment to fostering innovation and excellence in the realm of science and technology

KIIT has persistently enhanced its position in numerous national and international higher education rankings, striving to establish itself as a global hub of quality education. It is gratifying to note that KIIT is ranked among the top 16 public and private Universities in India as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) India Rankings 2023 by the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India. The prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024 has placed KIIT in the cohort of 601-800 globally. In subject rankings, Computer Engineering and General Engineering programmes have been placed in the rank band of 401- 500 and 501-600 respectively. KIIT has been ranked 17th globally in Sustainable Development Goal 10 (SDG 10: Reducing Inequalities) & 201-300 in the Overall Category by THE Impact Rankings 2023. The University has been ranked 168th and 10th best among Indian universities in ‘THE Young University Rankings 2024’. KIIT has been ranked in the band of 351-400 by the QS World University Rankings: Asia 2024 & 90th among Southern Asia 2024. KIIT has also been the top university for innovation among private institutions for two consecutive years (2020, 2021) according to AICTE, Government of India. The University has also been accredited in the highest A++ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India. Due to its flexible academic design, the B. Tech programme of the University has received ABET Accreditation, USA besides accreditation from IET, UK. Further, all its undergraduate Engineering Programs have been accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) under Washington Accord for six years.

One would find it difficult to imagine that such a celebrated institution with a global reputation was established by an unassuming humble being, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, the Founder of KIIT (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology and KISS (Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences- World’s largest Tribal Institution), who started the institute with all of Rs 5000 as the initial investment. He had big dreams and a passion to make a difference. Dr. Samanta started KIIT in two rented rooms with 12 students and 2 staff. The modest institution has now grown to incomprehensible propositions and is spread over a vast 36-square-kilometre academic township. Its 25 lush green campuses employ over 3000 eminent faculty and researchers and 15000 staff. KIIT and KISS together is a family of over a lakh people. The campus houses a 2600-bedded super speciality hospital, KIMS, a multi-storey central library, a central research facility, a 22-storey research and innovation wing, auditoriums – the largest one with 5000 seating capacity, 18 sports complexes, many international standard stadiums covering all sports, 30 food courts, and a rose garden. The institution takes pride in being the greenest campus in India.

KIIT has made colossal contributions to Sports. Currently, 11 Olympians pursue their education at KIIT. The University has been conferred the Sport star Award and FICCI India Sports Award for the promotion of sports. KIIT gets the “Best Sports Facility” award in the first CII Sports Business Awards 2023 category for creating top-notch sports facilities in India. KIIT and KISS are the nodal centres for the FIFA Football for Schools Programme in Asia. KIIT has been chosen for the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2022 for encouraging sports through Corporate Social Responsibility. Besides its immense contribution to the development of the state and the city, KIIT has also promoted local art, culture, sculpture, rural development, literature and spiritualism. All the achievements of KIIT have been possible because of its founder – Dr. Achyuta Samanta – lovingly called Samanta Sir – the epitome of principles, discipline, hard work, and selfless service. It truly is an inspiring story of a humble man steering two institutions to glory despite all the hardships and struggles.

Source- Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology. https://kiit.ac.in/about/#

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