Prof. Sasmita Samanta is an accomplished academician and administrator with more than two and half decades of experience in strategizing excellence in professional and technical education. Currently she wears the mantle of Professor of Management and Vice-Chancellor of KIIT Deemed to be University. She is a visionary, researcher, motivator, popular teacher, author, phenomenal orator and engaged leader with a deep commitment to create a sustainable ecosystem for all stakeholders in her sphere of involvement.
Prof. Samanta’s intellectual capabilities is manifested in distinctions as Postdoc from Taiwan, Ph.D. in Management, a Stanford LEAD Alumna and Stanford Distinguished Scholar, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA; Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA, UK); and Fellow of Computer Society of India (FCSI, India). She has been trained in leadership from the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), USA and CSC Leaders programme, Common Purpose Charitable Trust, UK. Her academic areas of interest and specialisation include Organisational Behaviour, Human Development, Spiritualism and Leadership.
She has held leadership roles in various domains ranging from admissions, human resource management, talent acquisition, general administration, governance and competency management. Her emphasis has been on engaging and retaining people, bringing transparency in the system leading to high motivation, ownership and commitment among the employees, and increasing their productivity for the triumph of organizational goals.
Prof Samanta with her rich academic experience and professional expertise has pioneered the implementation of several technology-enabled innovations at KIIT, including e-evaluation and use of innovation technology in the teaching-learning process, which has been running successfully with more than 25,000 users and 4000 process owners.
Besides her role as the Vice-Chancellor of KIIT-DU, Prof. Samanta is the Chairperson of KIIT Technology Business Incubator (KIIT-TBI). Currently, KIIT-TBI is supporting 235+ budding technology-driven entrepreneurs to convert their new ideas into business processes or products. As many as 65 start-ups have received national and international awards, while more than 50 have received follow-on funding worth 350 crores. Over 4000+ jobs have been generated by the incubatees till date. Prof. Samanta has mentored more than 10000 potential entrepreneurs and incubatees to date.
Centre of Excellence on Occupational Safety and Health at KIIT-DU is among the many Centres of Excellence that she is heading. It was established in association with BG BAU, Germany; BG ETEM, Germany and Indo-German Focal Point, India to promote occupational safety and health in the country. She is the Chairperson of Centre of Excellence for Public Policy Research and Centre for Peace and Happiness Studies.