Orientation and Induction Program for 12th Batch

MBA (RM) Program – 2018-20

 2nd (Monday) to 7th (Saturday) July 2018

2nd July, 18(Monday) Registration Lunch Break 1. Welcome address and Introduction to KIIT, KISS and KSRM (Prof. V Venkatakrishnan, Dean- KSRM)2. Faculty Self-Introduction3. Interaction with the students and their parents followed by high tea
3rd July, 18(Tuesday) Movie ‘Manthan’ and discussion Lunch Break Introduction to rural context and MBA(RM)-Program Design (Prof. Damodar Jena)
4th July, 18(Wednesday) Visit to Raghurajpur- An Artisan Village- Prof V Venkatakrishnan, Dean- KSRM Lunch Break Guest Lecture (Prof. Tapan Adya) 3.30 PM
5th July, 18(Thursday) Introduction to Computer (Mr. Anil Singh, Dy. Manager, IT- KSRM, KIIT) Guest Lecture (Mr Pradeep Lokhande)
6th July, 18(Friday) Visit to Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, BBSR – Prof Nirmal Mandal Lunch Break Campus Tour and Library Resources (Dr. A L Saha- Librarian- KSRM)
7th July, 18(Saturday) Visit to Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, BSSR- Prof Damodar Jena Lunch Break  Introduction to Odia language(Prof Damodar Jena & Ms Kalyani Tripathy
11th July 18 Visit to ICAR- Institute for Water Management Lunch Break


Orientation and Induction Program for 11th Batch

MBA (RM) Program – 2017-19

Visit to National Rice Research Institute (NRRI)

The visit to the NRRI in Cuttack, was highly fulfilling and educative for the students of MBA(RM) – Batch(17-19) on 4th July, 2017. Dr S.K Mishra (principal scientist )at the institute along with two of his junior colleagues interacted with the students.

In a brief presentation made by Dr Mishra to the students, the yeoman’s service rendered by NRRI to the nation since its inception in 1943 was highlighted. He also spoke on the challenges confronting the growth of agriculture sector with rice in particular .

Dr Mishra apprised on the efforts being made by scientists at NRRI in developing new varieties of rice with enhanced nutritional content , to tackle with the menace of malnutrition.

Students also visited few farms and got the glimpse of the 3 integrated rice cultivation models conceived by the scientists of NRRI.

The study tour ended with the visit to the museum in the institute .The museum showcased some path-breaking innovations in the field of agriculture and many new varieties of rice which have been developed by NRRI.


Visit to Central Institute for Women in Agriculture (ICAR-CIWA)

MBA (RM) students of 2017-19 (11th batch) visited ICAR – Central Institute for Women in Agriculture (ICAR-CIWA), Bhubaneswar on 5th July 2017. Dr Sabita Mishra, Principal Scientist (Agriculture Extension) made a presentation on the various activities of the Institute. She also shared information on how the challenges in recognizing the roles of women in agriculture are addressed. Dwelling on the multiple roles of women, she highlighted the efforts undertaken by the Institute in reducing the drudgery faced by women while performing various agricultural operations. Mr. Pragati Kishore Rout, Technical Assistant (Farm Machinery and Power) explained to the students about various farm machineries developed by the Institute for enabling the women in their agricultural activities. Mr Bhikari Charan Behera, Senior Technical Assistant (Agricultural Extension) led the students to various sections of the Institute and shared information on efforts to improve the agricultural and allied sector operations. The students had fruitful interactions with all the specialists mentioned above. Prof V Venkatakrishnan and Mr Anil Singh accompanied the students.


Visit to Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA)

Newly joined MBA (Rural Management) students 2017 had an exposure visit to Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Bhubaneswar on 6 July 2017. Dr. I Sivaraman, Scientist of CIFA explained in detail about the mandates and functions of CIFA especially on its applied research, training and extension to increase freshwater aquaculture production. Moreover, he inspired the students through screening documentaries on the potential livelihood options of scientific aquaculture in rural areas. Subsequently, the students were taken to CIFA’s aquaculture farms and feed processing plant. During the reflective session at the last part of visit, the students could appreciate the professionalism required to facilitate aquaculture as a lucrative livelihood option for farmers.



Inauguration of the 11th Batch of MBA(RM) Program

The inaugural ceremony of the new batch of MBA(RM) – (17-19) students was held at the KSRM campus. The occasion was graced by Hon’ble founder, KIIT & KISS, Dr. Achyuta Samanta. Also present on the moment were Vice Chancellor – Dr. P. P. Mathur, Secretary – Shri. R. N. Dash, Secretary and Advisor, KIIT & KISS and Registrar – Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Director – Dr. L. K. Vaswani and Dean, CAAS – Prof. Kumar Mohanty. In his address to students Dr. Samanta welcomed the new batch of 58 students called them to work hard to bring change in the rural society. Dr. Sasmita Samanta suggested that KSRM can connect KIIT University to community problems and work with other schools to resolve them . Dr. P.P.Mathur emphasized that KSRM should get involved in   interdisciplinary exchange of ideas among different schools in the University. Prof. Vaswani gave a brief account of KSRM activities while highlighting new initiative school is taking to keep itself relevant to partner institutions. The programme ended with the vote-of-thanks note delivered by Prof. H.S.Ganesha, Associate Professor KSRM.



Orientation and Induction Program for 10th Batch

MBA (RM) Program – 2016-18

Activities Conducted During Orientation and Induction Program (OIP)

Day 1- 4th July 2016

  • Registration of 10th batch participants

Day 2- 5th July 2016

  • Introducing KIIT, KISS and KSRM
  • Campus Tour
  • Movie: Manthan (discussion of learnings)

Day 3- 7th July 2016

Bishakha Bhanja, Regional Manager for WaterAid (India) East Zone office visited KSRM on 7th July, 2016

Bishakha BhanjaBishakha-Bhanja, Regional Manager for WaterAid India East Zone office inducted students on 7th July, 2016 in the beginning of their two year Post Graduate Programme in Rural Management on the nuances of rural life and emphasized on the principles of equity and inclusion. She exemplified the gaps emerging globally and the sharpening economic schisms and put forward to the students cases of the Indian Dalits and Adivasis “Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes” and the increasing disparity between the haves and have nots.

She also emphasized on the declining sex ratios as a result of the strengthening of patriarchy and the emergence of a strongly neoliberal market based model. She spoke about the widening inequities between the genders and the need to provide solutions to correct the lopsided growth models being followed globally. She appealed to the students of Rural Management to develop a deep understanding on exclusion and inequity to address widening disparities.

Day 4- 8th July 2016

Inspirational Talk by Sri Jagadananda Sri Jagadananda, Mentor and Co-Founder of CYSD and First Information Commissioner of Odisha, delivered an inspirational talk to the newly admitted students of MBA in Rural Management on 8th July 2016. He shared his life experiences as a development missionary. He emphasized on the necessity of a critical youth mass with development mission as change makers to eradicate complex problems in rural India. Responding to students’ query, Sri Jagadananda told that innovation, information and influence are the important criteria of identifying a development organization to get involved with.Visit to National Rice Research Institute (NLRI) Students of MRM 16-18 batch visited National Rice Research Institute,(erstwhile CRRI) on 8th July, 2016 was highly enriching. They got the opportunity to interact with Dr S.K Mishra (principal scientist) at the institute.


Dr Mishra gave an hour talk to the students covering the nuances of rice cultivation along with the integrated farming approach which is being advocated strongly under the new agricultural policy .He briefed them on the high-yielding variety seeds being developed by the scientists of the institute along with the innovations in farm equipment s to cater to the needs different categories of farmers . The students got a glimpse of the trend of agriculture production in India with rice in particular from the statistical data presented during the talk . The students also paid a visit to the museum in the institute .The museum showcased some path-breaking innovations in the field of agriculture and the contribution of the institute towards such developmental works. In its entirety the visit was highly resourceful and enlightening .

Day 5- 11th July 2016

A field visit to Central Horticulture Experiment Station (CHES) on 11 July 2016

 As a part of the induction programme, 33 students of MBA (RM) – 2016-18 were taken on a field visit to the Central Horticulture Experiment Station (CHES), located in Aiginia, Bhubaneswar on 11 February 2016 morning, accompanied by Prof.Ganesha H.S, a faculty member of KSRM. Upon reaching the site, the students were received by Dr.Sudhomay Mandal, senior scientist of CHES. The students were taken on a guided tour of various experimental plots of the station. In particular, students visited the plots of spine gourd, guava, mango and drumstick and the accompanying guide explained various researches being conducted by the station currently. Especially, as noted by the students, most of the current experiments are being done on pruning and canopy management of various horticultural crops. New methods of cultivation and self pollination varieties of spine gourd are also being experimented by the station.

 After the field visit, Dr. Mandal explained about the background and current research and experimental activities of the station and answered various questions of students and thanked all for taking this visit. Prof.Ganesha thanked the hosts for their hospitality and facilitating the field visit.

 Overall, it was a fruitful visit for the students.

Day 6- 13th July 2016

Orientation Visit to Centre for Research on Women in Agriculture (CRWA)

CRWA’s mandate is to provide ‘recognition to women farmers’. Students were sensitized on the role of women in agriculture. Usually the agricultural operations done by women are drudgery prone and go unnoticed. The scientists at the centre are working on technological innovations as well as extension delivery mechanisms to reduce drudgery and provide information and equipment to women farmers. Efforts are made to encourage women entrepreneurship and provide them economic stability along with nutrition and livelihood security.


Day 7- 14th July 2016

Visit to ICAR Institute of Water Management, Bhubaneswar

The students of newly admitted MBA-RM 2016-18 visited the ICAR Indian Institute of Water Management (formerly Directorate of Water Management), Bhubaneswar on 14 July 2016. Dr. Pravakar Nanda, the Principal Scientist facilitated the discussion with the students. Dr. Nanda introduced the institute with its vision, mission, and mandates in a lucid manner. He explained the importance of the scarce irrigation water, which need to be managed scientifically to ensure enhanced water and agricultural productivities and improved livelihoods.

Induction-2016-1In the process of discussion, Dr. Nanda tried to motivate the students by focusing on the importance of user friendly and bankable water management technologies, and the need and the role professionals to facilitate it. He also discussed about the management of rainwater, surface water bodies especially canals, groundwater and waterlogged area. In between, a documentary on the different inactive by the institute was screened.


 Orientation and Induction Program for 9th Batch

MBA (RM) Program – 2015-17

6th July (Monday)   to   15th July (Wednesday) 2015

Report Compiled by
Mr. Souradip and Ms. Shikha

Facilitated by
Mr. Advait Chourey, Ms. Supreeti Patra and Dr. Ajith P

Activities Conducted During Orientation and Induction Program (OIP)

Day 1- 6th July 2015

  • Registration of 9th batch participants
  • Welcoming participants and parents by the Director, Prof. L K Vaswani and Faculty

Day 2- 7th July 2015

Name of Event 1.Introducing KIIT,KISS and KSRM
2.Campus Tour
3.Movie: Manthan (discussion of learnings)
Venue KSRM
Resource Persons Dr. L K Vaswani, Dr.Sumita S., Dr. Ajith P.
Topic/Theme……………. About KIIT University, KISS,KSRM and  Manthan movie
Brief Content The Students of the 9th batch of MBA (RM) program were introduced to the faculties and other staffs. They were briefly informed about KIIT,KSRM and KISS and were taken for a campus visit later, during which they were made known about the different schools of KIIT University.
The students were enamoured to see around 20,000 tribal children studying together in a single campus and at the same time encouraged and motivated by the salubrious effort put in by Dr. Achutya Samanta. The students enjoyed the movie ‘Manthan’ which was a guiding light to their career programme.
Major Learning The students gained knowledge about the schools under the KIIT University and were inspired to know about KISS. It was encouraging to see how determined Dr. Kurien was to bring about changes. Yes, the movie “Manthan” was the very first step ahead.

Day 3- 8th July 2015

Name of Event Director’s Address, Introduction of Faculty, Programme Design, Library resources
Venue KSRM Conference Hall
Resource Persons Prof. L.K. Vaswani ,Prof. H S Ganesha, Prof. Damodar Jena, Dr. A. L .Saha
Topic/Theme…………… Addressing the students.
Brief Content

Prof. L.K.Vaswani, Director, KSRM along with all other faculties welcomed the students of the 9th batch. A brief introduction was given by the faculties and the students regarding their academic background and also other interests. Prof. H S Ganesha briefed the batch on the Program Design.

Prof. Damodar Jena took a session on Odia language with the assistance of Ms. Kalyani, Mr. Advait and Ms. Supreeti. Dr. A. L. Saha briefed the batch on the various resources available in the library.

Day 4- 9th July 2015

Prof H S Ganesha conducted refresher classes on quantitative methods. This was followed by field visit.

After the field visit, Prof. Damodar Jena took a session on Odia language with the assistance of Ms.

Kalyani, Mr. Advait and Ms. Supreeti. Prof. L K Vaswani took a session on ‘Rural Management Context’.

Name of Event Field Visit
Venue Indian Institute of Water Management
Resource Persons Dr. Sunil Kumar Ambast (Director), Dr. Damodar Jena
Topic/Theme…………… Need to conserve water and its importance
Brief Content The students were given a view of their future ahead with folks fighting for water since its scarce availability. The Director addressed about the importance of water in crops cultivation and   the role of the rural budding managers in conserving water. They were also briefed various measures which institute is promoting to conserve water, including construction of ‘rubber dam’ was really impressive. The senior researchers also provided a brief introduction to the world of bio-fertilizers.
Major Learning Water- Its uses in agriculture, conservation techniques including various types of irrigation, the use of BIO-FERTILIZERS.

Day 5- 10th July 2015

Name of Event Field Visit
Venue Directorate of Research on Women in Agriculture, Kalinga Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Resource Persons Dr. S. K Srivastava (Director),Dr. Savitra Mishra, Prof. Sumita Sindhi, Dr. Ajith P.
Topic/Theme…………… Women in Agriculture
Brief Content The Director stressed on the importance of women in agriculture and how they are neglected in the society. He was rueful of the gender issues in agriculture and the mindset of the society. He focused on the newly adopted schemes and women friendly technologies by the Directorate  to support women. The students were sensitised by the lack of women empowerment and look forward to solve further issues and provide equality.
Major Learning
  1. Problems faced by women in Agriculture.
  2. Government policies and schemes to help women.
  3. Women friendly tools and technologies to make their work easy.

 Day 6- 11th July 2015

Name of Event Field Visit to Raghurajpur Village
Venue Raghurajpur
Resource Persons Mr. Biswanath Swain, Dr. Ajith P.
Topic/Theme…………… Heritage Village Visit
Brief Content Raghurajpur, a village known for its tussar paintings, pattachitra paintings, palm leaf engravings, cow dung and paper toys and painted masks. The students were allowed to visit the houses and even buy some of their paintings. The most fascinating part of the trip was the Gotipua dance performed by the kids. Such effort and co-ordination with a touch of simplicity was sheer pleasure to eyes.
Major Learning
  1. The true, rich culture of Odisha.
  2. The source of income of the local denizens and the support provided by the government and the NGO’s.
  3. An insight on how the artists have mastered and adopted the traditional art form and have injected modernity into it without hampering the essence of it.

Day 7- 13th July 2015

Inauguration of the 9th Batch of MBA(RM) Program.

The inaugural function of the 9th Batch of MBA (RM) program of the School of Rural Management (KSRM),KIIT University was held on the 13th of July 2015. The Function was attended by   Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Hon’ble Founder, KIIT & KISS; Prof. P.P. Mathur, Vice Chancellor; Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar and directors of various other schools of KIIT University. Prof. Venkatakrishnan Veluchamy from Dodoma University, Tanzania and Prof. Viswanath from Pace University, USA, were present on the occasion.



Day 8- 14th July 2015

Dr. Achyuta Samanta Hon’ble Founder, KIIT & KISS gave a call to student to visit and work closely with ruralpeople and the need to develop model villages. He shared his efforts to set up a model in his own village nearly 10 years back, which was appreciated by the State Government and the Governor at that time. He also emphasized the importance of inculcating good behavior and appreciated the school for training ethical, disciplined and socially responsible managers.Prof. P. P. Mathur, Vice Chancellor in his address emphasized the need to reduce the high urban-rural divide visible in states like UP, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. He said the States like Kerala and Tamil Nadu in South India have managed to reduce this high urban-rural divide which is reflected in the various development indices of these states. He also pointed out that the increasing interest among foreign universities to send their students to India to understand emerging market with particular reference to rural market.Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar appreciated the good placement track record of KSRM and pointed towards emerging opportunity in the field of rural management. She was hopeful that the demand for
students of the school will grow in times to come and KSRM is capable of rising to the occasion.Prof. L. K. Vaswani in his inaugural address highlighted the strength of KSRM model which works in close association with 250 partner organizations across India. He also indicated possibility of KSRM launching
a new MBA Programme in Agribusiness Management from academic session beginning in 2016.Prof. H. S. Ganesha, MBA(RM) Coordinator proposed vote of thanks to all the dignitaries present in the audience including Prof. S.S. Ray, Director, School of Architecture and Planning; Dr. Anil Bajpayi,
Director, School of Management,  Prof. Adwaita Gadanayak, Director, KIIT School of Sculpture and Dr. S. Priyabadini, Director, Student Services.
Name of Event Field Visit
Venue……………………. Central Horticulture Experiment Station
Resource Persons Dr. Gobinda Acharya, Dr. Sumita  S., Dr. Ajith P.
Brief Content The students got to learn about the genetic resource management, production, protection technology and the transfer of technology. The research station is aimed at developing disseminating sustainable technologies for enhanced horticultural productivity, quality and profitability.
Major Learning
  1. Use of horticulture and technology in eastern region
  2. Transfer of technology,
  3. Impact assessment and human resource development in horticultural crops. e.g.-guava, mango, bael, gourd.

Day 9- 15th July 2015

Name of Event Field Visit
Venue Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI)
Resource Persons Dr. S. K Mishra, Prof. Prasanta Parida
Topic/Theme………….. Rice Production and Problems
Brief Content The students were introduced to the most staple crop, i.e. Rice. They were exposed to various rice cultivating techniques and the problems faced by the rice cultivating farmers. The institution is said to be focusing on mechanisation of agriculture for better productivity keeping in mind the welfare of small scale farmers. The students were also exposed to the fish-rice farming technique, various HYV seeds and hybrid rice cultivating techniques.
Major Learning About the “need” of every individual in the process of development.



Orientation and Induction Program for 8th Batch

MBA (RM) Program – 2014-16

The 8th batch of MBA – Rural Management (2014– 16) commenced on 7th July, 2014. The Orientation and Induction Programs were scheduled between 7th July to 12th July 2014 at School of Rural Management, Krishna Campus (Campus 7), KIIT University. After registration of the students on 7th July, orientation sessions started on the 8th July 2014.
SL. No. Subject Faculty
1 Effective Managerial Communication
Prof. Srikant Rath
2 Computer Applications in Management Prof. Utpal De
3 Mathematical Aptitude Prof. HS Ganesha
The orientation and induction program (OIP) started on 7th July 2014 at 9.00 a.m. and concluded on 22nd July 2014 at 5.00 p.m. Registration of candidates was the first activity and visit to CRRI was the last activity. There program was executed in 12 days.Objectives of the OIP included welcoming the 8th batch of students, introduction to the KSRM family and culture;sharing  the vision, mission and values of KSRM; introduction to MBA(RM) program and its objectives at a national and global level; helping each participant to set clear goals for the next two years; introduction to various institutions(nationaland regional) involved in rural development; highlight the competency needed to be a professional in rural management and
instill in them a career orientation from the day one; and also the introduction to the  macro and micro aspects of rural life, culture and economy.To assist the heterogeneous mix of students with various academic backgrounds, refresher classes were arranged in three areas namely Computer Usage Proficiency, Communicating in English Language and Maths. The sessions were handled by Prof. Utpal De, Asst. Prof., School of Computer Applications, Prof. Srikant Rath, Director, School of Languages and Prof. Ganesha H.S., Assoc. Prof. KSRM. To help students from states other than Odisha, Prof. Damodar Jena, Asst. Prof. KSRM conducted sessions on Conversation in Odiya.The director of KSRM, Prof. L. K.Vaswani addressed the students on what the school expects from them and what they can expect from the school. The students were taken for a campus visit, during which they were informed about the different schools of KIIT University.The main highlight of the campus visit was the visit to the KISS campus. The Students of 8th batch of MBA (RM) program were briefed by Dr R.V. Singh on the economic condition in the state of Odisha for the financial year 2013-14. Few of the key activities/events/ field trips are described below;Raghurajpur Village – On 12th July the students visited Raghurajpur which is a Heritage Village in Puri districts
of Odisha, known for its Pattachitra painters in the region and Gotipua dance troupes. The students moved from house to house to see the various kinds of paintings like Tussar paintings, Palm leaf engravings, Stone & wood carving; wooden, cow dung & paper toys and masks.CIFA and Directorate of Water Management – On 16th July the students were taken to CIFA and DWM to learn about the emerging issues in water management for sustainable agriculture, Challenges of water management for agricultural productivity enhancement and; Natural disasters and water management. The students got a golden opportunity to be a part of the 85th ICAR Foundation Day celebration by DWA.Visit to Directorate of Research on Women in Agriculture – Scientists of DRWA briefed the students about the how men have migrated to urban areas and women are managing farm activities in rural areas, the
nutritional needs of women as they manage farm activities and also about the steps taken to  reduce the drudgery of farm work with some indigenous equipments developed by DWI.Navjeevan Co-operative Ltd.(Kalinganagar) – Mr. Prabash Hakim and Mr. S Gautam of Renaissance, the implementation partner of Tata Steel’s rehabilitation and resettlement program assisted in organizing a full day experiential learning trip to Kalinganagar in Jajpur district of Odisha. In the  Rehabilitation and Resettlement Program at Kalinganagar, people were resettled at three different locations, Trijanga, Sansailo and Gobarghati.The major objective of the R&R program was the employment of women and education of children as the male members were given employment in the steel plant. The children were being given education from
1st to 10th  standard under Government program. The women having no knowledge other than agriculture activities were given basic training and employed in Stitching, Soura Painting and Stationery material production.Simulation Game (Naranpur Express) – On the 19th of July, the simulation game ‘Naranpur Express’,coordinated by Prof. Pradeep Mishra, was played by the students. The other faculty members also participated in the game. The objective of the game was to simulate the life and livelihood of small and marginal farmers in a small village dependent on rain-fed agriculture and acquaint the students with the problems faced by such farming families. The students played the game with good enthusiasm. At the end of the game the faculty team had a lively discussion with the students regarding the various challenges which the students faced as they played the role of farmers. The game provided the students deeper insight into the rural ecosystem. The students faced real time constrains that the Indian farmers face each and every day in their life. This simulation game made the students think about the agricultural problems and also the methods that the farmers usually adopt to tackle them. Central Rice Research Institution(CRRI, Cuttaak) – The students were taken to CRRI on 22nd July  to have an insight about the rice cultivation challenges in India.Senior scientist of the social science team, Dr. S. K. Mishra briefed the students about the various achievements of CRRI which includes production of various HYV & Hybrid varieties of seeds and Fish-Rice farming model. The students were told that the institution is focusing on mechanisation of agriculture for better productivity keeping in mind the welfare of small scale farmers. Increasing the productivity of paddy cultivation at a national level is an urgent need. In the process of development each and every individual should be kept in mind whether he is poor or rich. The challenges of dealing with climatic changes and the effective utilization of farm waste/residue(e.g  Mushroom cultivation on straw) was also discussed by Dr. S.K. Mishra and Mr. Jana of CRRI.