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American studies centre opens at KISS

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 15: US Ambassador to India Nancy Jo Powell today inaugurated a Centre for American Studies at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) here. The centre will run in collaboration with Ravenshaw University, Cuttack. It is the 41st such centre in the country and the first in state.

The centre would offer students the opportunity to explore more about the United States — its history, literature, politics, art, and culture.

The centre aims to provide excellent research facilities for students, scholars and professionals interested in the field. It would conduct research, host conferences, debates and various events for the general public. It would also come up with publications and periodicals.

“This collaborative enterprise of teaching and learning will promote mutual understanding between the people of India and the US,” said Powell, who distributed certificates for students of English Access Microscholarship Program.

The program (Access) launched at KISS in 2009 provides a foundation of English skills to talented 13 to 20-year-old youngsters from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions. It aims to impart English skills to the children taking part, which may facilitate better jobs and improve educational prospects. Participants also gain the ability to compete for and take part in future exchanges and study in the US. She gave away certificates to 100 participants, who have successfully completed the program.

Addressing the students, Powell said: “As English is the most widely spoken language of the world, it isimportant for all to learn it. Along with English language skills, one requires computer skills in addition to critical thinking to be able to exchange their views at global platforms.”

She interacted with the tribal students of KISS. The institute provides free education and residential accommodation to 20,000 tribal students.