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MS Swaminathan Research Chair for Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences

The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation has signed a MOU with Bhubaneswar-based Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) to establish a Research Chair.

The Chair will be named after MS Swaminathan, father of Indian Green Revolution for promoting knowledge and skill for empowerment for less privileged children in India.

This is the first-ever initiative of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation to establish a Research Chair in any private institute in the country.

The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is the largest residential institute for the tribals in the world. It provides free of cost accommodation, education, food, health care  from Kindergarten to Post Graduation to more than 25,000 children of whom 12,200 are girls.


PM Narendra Modi inaugurates NISER campus in Odisha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the permanent campus of National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) in Jatani near Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

NISER has been established on the lines of IISc Bangalore and its five sister institutions IISERs that are being established at Pune, Kolkata, Mohali, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal.

Unlike the IISERs, which are governed by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD), NISER operates under the umbrella of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

The primary objective of NISER is to train and nurture human resources in the field of Sciences for the knowledge economies of the future.


The foundation stone for NISER campus was laid by then Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh in August 2006. Union government also had earmarked an initial outlay of 823.19 crore rupees during the first seven years of this project starting from September 2007.