Noted educationist and social activist Dr Achyuta Samanta addressed the British Parliamentarians at the House of Lords in London on Tuesday. He is the first Odia to get this honour of addressing the House of Lords.
Prof Samanta was invited for a discourse to be attended by Members of Parliament and special invitees. Recounting his past experiences, Samanta deliberated on poverty eradication through quality education and connected it with Sustainable Development Goals of 2030.
“The story of mega revolution through KIIT and KISS and its trajectory for the last 26 years is a stand-alone example for countries to emulate,” Achyuta Samanta said.
House of Lords member Baroness Prashar introduced Dr Samanta while British Parliamentarian Alam Gamen spoke on the occasion. Dr Samanta also addressed the Parliamentarians and other dignitaries in Birmingham. On this occasion, India’s Deputy High Commissioner Dinesh Patnaik and Consul General in Birmingham Dr Aman Puri were also present.
The Odia Association felicitated the Rajya Sabha MP on this occasion. A 10-member delegation led by Uttam Tripathy sought help from Samanta for construction of Jagannath temple and he assured to support.
Achyuta Samanta also discussed with Odia people living there on the ‘Ama Vidyalaya’ initiative of Odisha Government. They highly appreciated the scheme and 20 of them agreed to develop the schools in their respective villages.