Indian sprinter and student of KIIT Deemed to be University Dutee Chand was felicitated by Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in New Delhi on 31st August 2018. Earlier she was given a rousing welcome at the airport, where KIIT & KISS Founder Prof. Achyuta Samanta was present to receive her.
Felicitating Dutee, Prof. Samanta said, she has become the pride of the nation, as she brought laurels to India by winning two silver medals. Dutee joined legendary P T Usha in the list of Indian Athletes to have won more than one medal at the Asian Games. She clinched medals both in 100m and 200m race, becoming the first Indian woman in 32 years to achieve this rare feat.
In 2016, ace sprinter Dutee Chand was the first Indian female athlete to qualify for the 100m dash in Olympics in 36 years as she booked a Rio Games berth at the 26th G Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It has been an outstanding performance by the 22 year Dutee who missed out on competition in 2014-15 due to the IAAF hyperandrogenism policy. But she did not give up hope. She won at the International Court of Arbitration for Sports. Recently, under a revised rule of the IAAF, Dutee was left outside the purview of the hyperandrogenism policy which gave her liberty to pursue her career. Now she has been trying to erase the ghosts of the past.
She had got Bronze Medal in Asian Athletics Championships held in Bhubaneswar in 2017; Gold Medal in Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Taipei and Bronze in Asian Athletics Championships held in Pune. At 17, she was setting records on the track. In 2013, she became the first Indian to reach the final of an international 100m event, at the IAAF World Youth Championships. Then she became the senior national champion in 100m and 200m. In 2014, Dutee won two gold medals at the Asian Junior Championships in Taipei, a first for an Indian athlete.
Dutee hails from a very poor family from Jajpur district of Odisha. She is the 3rd child among seven siblings of her parents. Her early life was full of struggle. She had faced many challenges in her childhood, but was never distracted from her goal.
In 2013, Prof. Samanta spotted Dutee and brought her to KIIT. Since then, he has been giving her all types of support and guide her till today. During the height of controversy relating tohyperandrogenism policy, her most painful time, Prof. Samanta gave her moral support and stood behind her. Dutee has been pursuing her education in KIIT Deemed to be University since last five years. KIIT has been taking all care of Dutee to enable her to achieve her dream of winning Olympic medal for the country.