During his visit to Bhubaneswar, (RID 3262), RI President Shekhar Mehta was conferred an honorary doctorate by educationist Achyuta Samanta, founder, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology. Mehta will be the global ambassador for the Art of Giving, a humanitarian movement led by Samanta with the aim to spread peace and happiness in the world. This NGO is present in more than 100 countries, involved in community activities to forge peace and happiness among the people.
Also, the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences provides free schooling, lodging and boarding to around 30,000 poor children from Kindergarten to higher education in RID 3262. In his address, Mehta talked about the beauty of giving and how education would usher in total literacy, eradicate poverty and hunger in the country.
Mehta inducted Samanta into Rotary by putting a Rotary lapel pin on him. The renowned social worker, also an MP, has received many civilian honours from different countries for his mission to eradicate global hunger and poverty through free education through his Art of Giving movement. Mehta noted that the educationist has all the attributes of an ideal Rotarian and “Rotary is proud to have Samanta as its member.” The event was attended by DG Santanu Kumar Pani, PDGs and senior Rotarians from RID 3262, besides academicians from both the institutes.
(Read about Samanta’s work in the October 2014 issue of Rotary News — Their Smiles tell the story https://rotarynewsonline.org/their-smiles-tell-the-story/)