Who: Achyuta Samanta
What: Elected as General President of 105th Indian Science Congress
When: 6 January 2016
Dr Achyuta Samanta was on 6 January 2016 elected as the General President of the 105th Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) that is scheduled for 2017-18.
Samanta is also currently serving as member of Executive Council of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA).
With this, Samanta becomes the second person from Odisha to be elected as President of the ISC in its 102 years history. On last occasion, Prof Prana Krushna Parija, eminent Odia scientist, was elected as President of the 47th Session of the ISCA in 1960.
About Achyuta Samanta
• He has been the member of Executive Council of ISCA since 2011.
• He has also been the member of many prestigious educational and other national level apex bodies, including UGC (2008-2014), AICTE, National Coir Board, CAPART and NCTE.
• He was the only person from Odisha to be the member of both UGC and AICTE.
• Samanta has set up institutions like Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneshwar.