Bhubaneswar: Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar in partnership with British Council, India is hosting the ‘Commonwealth Big Lunch’ on March 23, 2018 uniting 30,000 staff and indigenous students of the institute with High Commissioners, Deputy High Commissioners and representatives from the High Commissions of 53 Commonwealth countries and delegates from British Council.
All the High Commissioners and delegates from different Commonwealth countries are reaching Bhubaneswar on 22nd March. They will join in various programmes at KIIT & KISS on 23rd March and take lunch with 27000 students of KISS from 12 noon to 1 pm. Three different venues have been prepared and ten different dishes will be served to all of them. It is a matter of pride for Odisha to host the dignitaries from 53 Commonwealth countries who will certainly carry a part of Odisha with them.
British Council is celebrating its 70 years of inception in Commonwealth countries of the world. On this occasion, the British Council is organizing this kind of Mega Lunch. It has selected KISS from Asia along with four other Commonwealth countries including Australia, South Africa, Ghana and Edinburgh (UK). KISS is the only organization from entire Asia which has been selected by the British Council to host Commonwealth Big Lunch.
The main motto of this programme is to encourage people to get together to celebrate their Commonwealth connections through food. Shared meal envisages binding the diverse and vibrant network that connects over 2.4 billion people from over 53 countries.
The Commonwealth Big Lunch is an international initiative launched by the UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The initiative comes as the UK is set to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, bringing together up to 52 leaders from across the Commonwealth to London and Windsor from 16-20 April 2018. Lunches of all shapes and sizes are set to take place between 12 March (Commonwealth Day) – 22 April. “Commonwealth Big Lunches will be an opportunity for people across the Commonwealth to come together and, over a shared meal, discover and celebrate their connections, experiences and stories”, said Theresa May.
KISS Mega Kitchen has been providing more than 1 lakh meals per day for the last 25 years on an average. It has also hosted a Grand Luncheon in 2011 with the Chief Justice of Supreme Court and High Courts, judges and legal luminaries of India.