Bhubaneswar: Sports talents groomed by KIIT have flourished and brought laurels for the country and the state at international levels. Sporting talents from KIIT have left footprints in Tokyo Olympics this year.
Pramod Bhagat who won a gold at Tokyo Paralympics has been associated with KIIT for long. He has also won Gold Medal in World Badminton Championship and many other medals for the State and country. He frequently practiced for his games in KIIT Indoor Stadium.
In recognition of his outstanding achievements, KIIT and KISS Founder and Lok Sabha Member, Achyuta Samanta felicitated him in the presence of senior officials of the institution on Monday. KIIT honoured Bhagat with a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh
KIIT has decided to name the Indoor Stadium at Campus 12 (where he practiced his game) as ‘Pramod Bhagat Indoor Stadium’. Besides, Bhagat will be honoured with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from KIIT or KISS Deemed to be University.
Dutee Chand of KIIT School of Law, has been on the Olympics tracks for two successive terms including the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics-2021. She has also bagged two Silver medals in Asiad, and become the first woman in the country to win the Gold Medal in the World University Games representing this university.
In appreciation of her contribution to the athletics, KIIT has decided to name the Synthetic Athletic Stadium of KIIT after Dutee as ‘Dutee Chand Stadium’. Dutee’s name is also considered for an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from KIIT or KISS Deemed to be University next year.
KIIT is the first university in India to name its two stadiums after Olympians.
Two stadiums of KIIT will be named after these two Olympians in December 2021 informed, Dr Samana. He hailed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has been tirelessly promoting sports and sports persons for last so many years. He has especially promoted Dutee and Promod.
Another World Champion, Rakhal Sethy was also provided a check of Rs 2.7 lakh for a wheelchair to participate in Fencing Para World Cup in November.
Recognition and support to these outstanding athletes will not only encourage them, but also encourage other aspiring athletes and sports persons to strive for bringing more and more laurels to the nation.
Among others, Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-VC, KIIT Deemed to University; Prof. Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty, Registrar, and Dr. Gaganendu Dash, Director, Sports, KIIT were present on the occasion.