«From the Founder’s Desk In 1993, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) started with only 125 poor tribal children in a rented house at ...»
From the Founder’s Desk
In 1993, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) started with only 125 poor tribal children in
a rented house at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. We had never imagined that God will give such a
magnificent shape to KISS as it stands today.
There are 25308 students at KISS of which 60%
of them are girls.
KISS and its students have achieved accolades
from India and abroad on different occasions.
The students of KISS have excelled in academics
and co curricular activities.
The students enrolled in KISS are the first generation learners in their family, yet they are no less than any other counterparts studying in public schools. It shows that if opportunity is given to the underprivileged children, they can excel. It is KISS’s constant endeavour to bring out merit in them and make them empowered and self reliant.
We are extremely glad that we shall celebrate the silver jubilee of KISS next year. An individual like me who had nothing in the hand except the experience of severe poverty and hunger and strong passion could start a model to eradicate poverty and hunger through education two and a half decades back. Today, this principle is the motto of each and every policy maker, country, including objective of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). KISS is the best model to fulfil all the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in true sense and spirit. It is the biggest anthropological laboratory of the world. We have myriad tribes studying at KISS and their rich heritage, culture, music, dance and practises are experimented, maintained and augmented in the most appropriate manner.
Today, when India is ranked 97th out of 118 countries on the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) Global Hunger Index (GHI) in 2016, KISS is trying in its small way to mitigate hunger and make a difference in the life of 25308 students and 7000 Alumni KISSians.
KISS in its course of operation for last 25 years has got many achievements in its kitty. It has been conferred with special consultative status by UNECOSOC since 2015. The students of KISS have made up to IITs, NITs, IIMs and other organisations of repute. They have participated and won in Olympics, ASIAD, Common Wealth, South Asian Federation Games and many other prestigious sports events. It is in the list of top 500 NGOs of the world and top 10 in India. It has been certified with Platinum level Guide Star India Award for maintaining financial transparency.
I am always grateful to my stakeholders of KIIT for their kind gesture to support KISS financially. I express my thanks and gratitude to all the well wishers and contributors. We can reciprocate their kind gesture with the prayers from the pure souls of 25308 tribal children for their peace and prosperity.
AchyutaSamanta Founder,KISS Appreciation.....
"I congratulate Dr.Samanta for establishing institutions of character like KIIT and KISS.
"KISS has gained good reputation in the country. I pray for further progress and growth of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).”
--Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Odisha "KISS is realizing humanitarian dream of quality education for marginalized children. "Your education here - your admission, your food, your hostel and soon-is all free. But I don't think it is free. There is a price that you must be prepared to pay. And that price is what Dr.Samanta expects from all of you.” – His Excellency Lyonchhen JigmiY. Thinley, Hon'ble Prime Minister, The Royal Government of Bhutan My visit to KISS has reconfirmed my belief that education is not preparation for life, but it is life itself. Dr. Samanta has successfully used education as a tool to fight poverty and inequality.”
-- His Excellency Mr.Rajkeswur Purryag, GCSK, GOSK, President of The Republic of Mauritius I had heard a lot about KISS, but after visiting the institute, I am astonished to see such a large number of students here. I have never seen such an institution anywhere in India.”
-- Shri Akhilesh Yadav,Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh "My country, Israel has 25000 students, but here at KISS, I see the same numbers. KISS is really impressive".
-- Prof. Ada Etil Yonath, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2009 from Weizmann Institute, Israel.
“It is amazing to see 25,000 children at one place. I have visited more than 70 countries, but I have never seen an institute like KISS”.
-- H.E. Richard R. Verma, US Ambassador to India "KISS, in my view, constitute a unique experiment in social transformation. It has a remarkably distinctive mission of lifting tens of thousands of children out of poverty and illiteracy and giving them the gift of education and lifelong skills."
-- Hon’ble Dr. Justice Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, Vice-president, International Court of Justice, The Hague “I have been to many countries in my career and met many young children, but I have not seen a place like KISS. KISS is so special because it was started as a result of a simple dream of a humble man to try to expand opportunities and education. I am humbled by Dr.
Samanta’s vision, ambition and commitment.”
-- Ms. Nisha Desai Biswal, Asst Secretary of State, South & Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Dept of State "I pay tribute to Dr. Samanta for having initiated this enormous task of transforming social lives of millions of people in this country that we admire. I come from where you come from. Different languages, different religion – yes!. But the same challenge. You have the luck of being at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences. Because you are a group of human beings – men and women – under the leadership of my brother, Samanta."
-- His Excellency Dr. Alejandro Toledo, Former President of Peru “You are the future of India as well as the world. Dr. Samanta has given you a tremendous platform to dream. KISS is the right platform to fulfill your dreams”.
-- Ms. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme.
"It is difficult to imagine how such a colossal organisation has been set up without Government support. Now that UN has granted a special consultative status to KISS, It will go a long way in furthering the rights of tribal children globally.
-- Mr. Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, India "It is an impressive institution that not only educates many young people but also gives them hope for the future. They will, no doubt, grow to become good citizens of the world."
-- His Excellency Mr. Hyun Cho, Hon’ble Ambassador of Republic of Korea to India "It is beyond imagination that KISS, which was started with only Rs.
5000/-, has grown into such a big social institution providing education to thousands of underprivileged tribal children, he stated. Appreciating the unique financial model of the institute, he said, there is a need to study how this model is put into practice."
-- Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India "KISS is like a Gurukul; the facilities and amenities are an eye opener for everyone; its incredible growth over such a short span of time amazes me."
-- Hon’ble Shri Justice Vineet Saran, Chief Justice, Odisha High Court, "Why not replicate KISS elsewhere, ignoring the problem of an inability to clone Achyuta Samanta?"
-- Padmashree Dr. Bibek Debroy, Eminent Economist & Members, NITIAayog, Govt, of India "I have seen the humane face of the University and, as an individual, I am deeply moved by the work being done here proving that they can do it by providing almost everything to more than 25,000 tribal children absolutely free towards creating an equable world sans impecuniosities."
-- Dipak Misra,Judge, Supreme Court of India "KISS is a real 'Lighthouse Project'. It is a manifestation of the motto of Art of Giving by its Founder".."
-- Prof. J. Georg Bednorz, Nobel Laureate in Physics-1987,IBM RESEARCH GmbH – ZURICH.
"I have been to more than 50 countries in the world and I have spent time in some of the countries much longer, but I have not come across any institution of this kind anywhere in the world – where 25,000 tribal children are given almost world class education free of cost. Great tribute to Dr. Samanta, we salute you for this."
-- Hon’ble Dr. Justice Dalveer Bhandari, Judge, International Court of Justice, The Hague "KISS is the wonder of the World. Expressing his satisfaction he said, everybody dreams, but a few of them make it reality. Dr.
AchyutaSamanta, Founder of KISS is one among few successful persons who make their dreams in to reality. We all should learn from him."
-- Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT. President, BCCI "When you go to KISS, you witness a University stands of Humanity.
When thousands of children are eating together. Then you see the elements of humanism on the campus of this university. It requires commitment of the highest order. It requires passion - almost close to obsession. Only then you can think about such kind of qualitative change."
-- Prof. Ved Prakash, Hon'ble Chairman of University GrantsCommission (UGC) " Such selfless service by one individual is unimaginable and this the most spectacular educational initiative for the tribal children. I will extend all the support to KISS for its initiative to skill India and make in India from my ministry"
-- Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) "I have never ever seen such a big tribal institution. I am visiting the largest tribal institution in the world for the first time. Expressing satisfaction over KISS visit he said, KISS is a noble work. One day students of KISS must bring laurels not only to KISS, but for the entire country."
- Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister for Railways.
"I have been to KISS on many occassions, but the more I visit KISS, I feel i am at home, Dr. Samanta is a living legend."
- Shri Jual Oram, Minister for Tribal Affairs.
"I thank Dr. Achuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for his contribution towards nation building through providing education to 25,000 tribal students of KISS. It is surely a noble work of Dr. Samanta, he added. He said, the aim and goal of Dr. Samanta to educate tribal students must be fulfilled.
- Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of state for Railways.
" KISS is a perfect example of how children are nurtured into special human beings. Nutritious food at KISS ensures these children have a better future."
- Dr. Hameed Nuru, Representative and Country Director, World Food Program, India.
Our Impact 25,308 children from indigenous communities provided with free holistic education from primary level to Higher education. Over 2 lakh children and adolescents reached through KISS initiative with UNFPA’s Life Skills Education and Adolescence Reproductive and Sexual Health Programme.
Plight of Tribals Tribal population of India is more than 10.2 Cr 8.6% of the total population of the country is tribal India has the single largest tribal population in the world Literacy rate among tribal population is less than 30% in India Approx. 24% of Odisha’s population is tribal
KISS at a Glance:
The state of Odisha is characterized by largest number of indigenous population constituting 24 percent of the total population of the state. These communities continue to remain as one of the most marginalised and deprived sections of the society. Realizing the problem behind the sluggish pace of transformation into mainstream society, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) was founded by Dr.AchyutaSamanta in the year 1993. The institute which started with only 125 tribal students in 1993 has grown remarkably, in all dimensions, to become the only institution in the world providing free education from Kindergarten to Post-Graduation with vocational and extracurricular training, free lodging and boarding, state-of-the-art pedagogy and facilities for more than 25,000 students of tribal origin. The major objective behind the conceptualization of the institute is to empower the indigenous children by free holistic and quality education. The students have earned recognition in academics, vocational capabilities and global recognition in sports also.
A DAY AT KISS Strength over the years
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C lass I-X, Affiliated to Board of Secondary Education (BSE),Odisha.
Class XI-XII, Affiliated to Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE),Odisha.
Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, Commerce & Science & Post Graduation in various streams (Under KIIT University) Offers Vocational Training.
Mother Tongue based multilingual education n for primary students.
NCC, NSS, Scout and guide, Youth Red Cross.
English classes through English Access Micro-scholarship Program
Uniqueness of KISS:
25,308 tribal students getting free education from Standard I to Post Graduation Largest Residential school for the tribal children in the world.
Free lodging, boarding, healthcare and vocational training Students Representation from more than 65 different tribes including 13 PVTG's and 10 states 100 acres of land area 35,00,000 square feet of built up area in three campuses 25000 square feet library building 12,000 capacity 3 dining halls 3 State of the art Mechanized Kitchen.
5% of total seat of KIIT University is reserved in professional courses for meritorious children of KISS to pursue free professional education.
Wi-Fi enabled campus Security system with Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras all around the campus 4 state of the art computer labs to seat 2000 students 850 KW Solar power plant in 3 campuses Solar Water Heating System for Mechanized Kitchen Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water plant 200 bedded in-house medical facility, duly supported by Kalinga Institute of Medical Science (KIMS).
Biogas Plant to process food waste into biogas for use in cooking purposes.
Science Park for children to understand various aspects of Physics and scientific learning.