ENARADA, Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, August 2, 2016
A pall of gloom descended at the KIIT University and KISS campuses on Tuesday as the students and faculty lost their favourite ‘Maa’.
Nilima Rani Samanta, mother of KIIT & KISS founder Dr Achyuta Samanta breathed her last on Tuesday morning at 10:30am. Nilimarani was a source of inspiration of love and care; not just for Dr Achyuta but for the entire KIIT and KISS family.
Nilima, aged 89 years, developed breathing complications on Tuesday morning at her daughter Iti Samanta’s (editor of Odia Family Magazine-Kadambini) home in Bhubaneswar and was soon rushed to Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Bhubaneswar, where she breathed her last.
Nilima Rani singlehandedly brought up Dr Samanta and six of his siblings as she lost her husband at a young age. Despite abject poverty, she ensured that her children would never miss out anything. As Jeejabai was to Shivaji, Nilimarani was to Dr Samanta and his siblings.
Right from his young age, Dr Samanta learnt the life’s philosophy; especially the love and care towards others from his mother and probably this was the reason why he could go on to build KISS-which is the largest tribal school in the world which provides free residential schooling to more than 25,000 underprivileged kids.
Nilima Rani was also a social activist, religious minded and a well-known face in the entire Raghunathpur Panchayat area.She was instrumental in turning the backward Kalarabanka into a model village. Dr Achyuta Samanta always was advised by his mother to develop the area into a model one and Dr Samanta successfully followed it.
Not just the village but the entire panchayat was transformed into a model one in the Odisha state.
Nilima Rani had also taken a lead in setting up a charitable trust at Kalarabanka especially to empower the women self help groups. She had also initiated a library, Primary Health Centre and English Medium High School, Hanuman Temple, Bank, Post office, Street Lighting, roads and even sanitation system in the entire Raghunathpur Panchayat area. She had also constructed a huge tank to quench the thirst of the villagers.