39th World Congress of Poets: Important Details

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CongressThe president of the World Congress of Poets (WCP) and the founder of the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Prof Achyuta Samanta, informed that the World Academy of Arts and Culture (WAAC) and the two institutes—KIIT and KISS, will jointly organise the next WCP in Odisha. This announcement was made in the presence of the executive board member of the WCP and WAAC, Jacob Isaac and the senior advisors at KIIT and KISS, Dr RK Das and Dr BN Nanda, at a press meet in New Delhi.

Dr Samanta informed that the event is expected to be attended by more than 500 poets from around 100 countries. He further added that besides the poets, 2,000 writers and poets from India and another 2,000 delegates from Odisha are expected to join the congress.

“On the request of KIIT and KISS, the decision to organise this prestigious event at KIIT and KISS was taken by the executive board members of WAAC, the president of WAAC, Dr Maurus Young, senior vice president, Prof Ernesto Kahan and the general secretary Dr Maria Eugenia Soberanis, during the 38th WCP, which was hosted in Suiyang County of China’s Guizhou province,” said Dr Samanta.

WAAC, a UNESCO-affiliated body, auspices the World Congress of Poets (WCP). The WAAC was founded in 1969 and its Golden Jubilee will be celebrated along with the 39th WCP in 2019. Though WAAC is a 50-year old institution, it has so far conducted 38 WCPs. For the third time, the World Congress of Poets is going to be held in India.

Dr Samata elaborated that in a preliminary meeting, it was tentatively decided to hold the forthcoming World Congress of Poets from October 2-6, 2019. The inaugural ceremony will be held on October 2, which also  coincides with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. “It has been planned to hold a session on tourism poetry at Konark and a session on spiritual poetry in Puri, to promote tourism and culture of Odisha, in particular, and of India, in general,” said Dr Samanta.

The Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Deemed to be University, and the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed to be University, are two prominent academic institutes in India. The former is exclusively for the professional education, having more that 30,000 student from across India and 50 countries. Despite being a very young university, KIIT has secured an impressive position of 1001+ in the global university ranking of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2019.

On the other hand, KISS is the human face of KIIT. It is a home for 50,000 tribal students—27,500 existing students, and 12,500 well-placed alumni along with more than 10,000 students in its various satellite centers. The institute provides quality education from kindergarten to post-graduation in a fully-free, fully-residential setting. KISS holds the distinction of being the only university, exclusively for tribal students in India and globally. With the backing of huge infrastructure and other world-class facilities at KIIT and KISS, the universities have proved their mettle by organising hundreds of very prominent, national and international seminars, workshops and conferences for the last 10 years.

KIIT has hosted the prestigious national and international meets like the 99th Indian Science Congress in 2012, attended by 20,000 academicians from across India and abroad.  Similarly, KISS had organised the Commonwealth Big Lunch in 2018, where the High Commissioners from 50 Commonwealth countries interacted with 27,000 tribal students over lunch.

Dr Samanta also added that the Congress will see a good academic exchange as poets and writers from across the globe will come together. “I feel it will definitely give a very good boost to poets and writers in the state of Odisha and in  India as well. The Odisha state government has extended its cooperation to make the 39th WCP a grand success and we are seeking the support from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India as well,” said Dr Samanta

Writer and Courtesy: The Pioneer

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