Bhubaneswar, August 29 (LocalWire): KIIT Deemed to be University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences have been awarded Biju Patnaik Sports award for ‘Best contribution for promotion of sports and games’ on the occasion of National Sports Day, today. The Biju Patnaik Sports Award is the highest award instituted by the state government since 2001-2002.
On behalf of the two institutions, founder Dr Achyuta Samanta received the award, which carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, at a special function here.
Dr. Samanta said, ‘KIIT & KISS have been laying equal importance to sports and academics since their inception.
The institutions have created world-class sports infrastructure and engaged professional trainers and coaches in multiple sports disciplines.’
KIIT and KISS students have been participating in various national and international sports meets and bringing laurels to the state and country, he said, adding that now the focus is on grooming more sports persons from the two institutes for 2024 Olympics.
KIIT student Dutee Chand and KISS students Bhagyalaxmi Barik were also awarded.
They received Rs. 4.66 lakh and Rs. 3.40 lakh respectively.
Among others, the function was graced by Odisha Sports and Youth Services minister, Tusharkanti Behera, Youth Welfare Board Working President Bijay Nayak, Sports secretary Vishal Dev and Sports director Vineel Krishna.