SEMESTER INDIA PROGRAM
KIIT University, Odisha
Developing Global Citizens through International Education and Research.
KIIT University is located in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha on the Eastern coast of India. Odisha formerly known as Orissa, is the 9th largest state by area in India. Odisha’s history dates back to over 2000 years .It is home to nearly a thousand temples and is blessed with beautiful beaches and the myriad of tribal villages. It’s scenic coastal location and close proximity between northern and southern states exposes students to diverse lifestyles while enjoying the breeze from the Bay of Bengal.
Odisha is bursting with wildlife and forests covering 37% of the state. For amazing views and adventures, students may hike through the highlands, visit natural parks, elephant sanctuaries and tiger reserves
Bhubaneswar the capital of Odisha, and home of KIIT University, is also known as the city of temples. Legend says there were as many as 7,000 active temples in Bhubaneswar. This mystical city has a deep-rooted history as the place of origin of Buddhism in India. In modern times, the capital city is becoming known as the new academic center of East India because of this, the city is advancing at a rapid pace.
Population: 837,737 Languages: Oriya. Size: 151 square miles. Climate: Tropical savanna
Highlights of Bhubaneswar:
- The city of Bhubaneswar is less crowded compared to other big cities because of its excellent, well-planned roads. This adds to the modernity and makes it easy for students to travel around the city and take advantage of the many opportunities it holds.
- The most important temples in Bhubaneswar are Parasurameswara, Mukteswara, Rajarani, Brahmeswar, Vaital (black magic) and Lingaraj.
- Dhauli is where Ashoka embraced Buddhism in 260 B.C. Buddhist structures and remains have been found in different parts of Odisha, which is evidence to the Buddhist heritage of this site. This is an excellent place to learn about the history of Buddhism.
- The Regional Plant Resource Center (RPRC) has the largest rose garden in India and the largest cacti collection in Asia. For students who are interested in plants and the environment, this is a breathtaking representation of the plants in India.
- The Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves date back to the 2nd century B.C. and were chiseled out of rock by Jain monks and still remain in excellent condition today.
- Only four Yogini temples exist in India and they can be seen in Bhubaneswar. The rarities of these ancient structures give them their importance, as well as the deep yogic meaning within each part.
- Nandankanan Zoological Park, also known as the “Garden of Heavens,” is the only place in India where the White Tiger can be seen. Many other endangered animals fill the park for visitors to enjoy. It is conveniently located only a few miles from the university, so students may visit anytime!