KIIT & KISS miss their favourite Maa

neelima rani Samanta

Dr.Achyuta Samanta used to draw Inspiration and motivation from his Mother, Nilima Rani Samanta. ‘Maa’ breathed her last on Tuesday morning.

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.

8 thoughts on “KIIT & KISS miss their favourite Maa


    This is a irreparable loss not to our Honorable Founder , but also to the entire family of KIIT & KISS.

    May her soul leave in peace.

  2. Bandita

    It’s an irreparable loss to our founder. May her soul rest in peace and keep blessing Dr. Samantha to be strong and go through this difficult phase of life.

  3. Indrani Mitra

    Very sad to hear this…bt truly an inspiring “Maa” to all of us and may she rest in peace…..

  4. Dr. Hrudaya Kumar Tripathy

    Loosing a parent means loosing some hope in life….but this is god’s creation….Always we need our parents wishes and blessings. I know it is a great loss and irreparable to our beloved founder, Dr. Samanta Sir…not only for him but for all of us his family member as a faculty community.
    Dear Sir, from a far away I pray Lord Jagannath to give you strength, support and patience in this odd situation . May her soul rest in peace.
    Dr. Hrudaya Kumar Tripathy
    School of Computing
    Universiti Utara Malaysia,
    Sintok, 06010 Kedah,


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