Prof. Achyuta Samanta is an educationist, humanitarian and a statesman. He grew up in Kalarabanka, Odisha amidst severe poverty with seven siblings and a widow mother. He managed to complete his Masters, struggling and braving the hardships from the age of four when he lost his father in a train accident. He founded a polytechnic institution while he was working as a Chemistry Lecturer in 1992 with $100, iron will and strong passion. The small industry training institution grew into a University in 2004, known by its acronym, KIIT, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology. In the same year, he also founded Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) for providing education to the indigenous boys and girls, free of cost.