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Overview
Genesis
Impact
Classwise Distribution of Students
Students' Strength Over The Years
Districtwise Tribal Children 2016-2017
Future Road Map
Overview

Started with just 125 tribal students in 1993, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has today grown into the largest free residential institute for indigenous (tribal) children. KISS provides holistic education from Kindergarten to Postgraduation (KG to PG), vocational training, food, accommodation, health care and all other basic necessities of life to 25,000 indigenous (tribal) children of the poorest of the poor background absolutely free. Students are enrolled from 62 indigenous communities (tribes) of Odisha, of which 13 are classified as primitive. There are some students from adjoining States as well.
The Institute plans to educate 2,00,000 poor indigenous (tribal) children over the next decade. To achieve this goal, it has set up or is in the process of setting up branches in 10 states, with the support of respective state governments, and all 30 districts of Odisha. Achievements of KISS students in examinations and other academic events speak volumes about high quality of education at the institute. KISS students, many of whom are first generation learners, have been achieving cent percent pass record in the final grade examinations for more than 10 years in a row. They have been representing State in the prestigious National Children's Science Congress every year since 2005. An indigenous (tribal) boy from the institute represented India in the Malala Day United Nations Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 2013. The students have also secured admissions in prestigious national-level institutes like NITs, IITs and IIMs, and bagged job offers from top companies like Accenture, TCS and Wipro. The course curriculum of the Institute is unique, for it incorporates vocational training with formal education, thus helping a child grow up educated as well as self-sufficient. Various activities are designed to help indigenous (tribal) children be rooted to their culture and tradition and remain integrated to their society. Students of KISS have proved their mettle not only in academics, but also in sports and cultural activities. Highpoints of these achievements have been their becoming Champion in Under 13 International Rugby Tournament held in Manchester, U.K. (2011) and participation of KISS students in Asian Games at Guanzhou (China) and Commonwealth Games (New Delhi). Each student passing out from the Institute is becoming a Change Agent for the future.

The unique experiment to eradicate poverty through education has become successful in KISS. Many world organizations including UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, and US Federal Government have come forward to be associated with various programmes of the Institute. Through successful initiative and relentless effort, KISS has come nearer to achieving some of the most important goals of the Millennium Development Goals. The Institute has been frequented by Presidents, Vice Presidents, Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, Policy Makers, Planners, Nobel Laureates, Social Activists, Academician and Diplomats who unequivocally have described it as 'Incredible'. Activities of KISS have attracted attention of leading national and international media. Eulogy and commendation for achievements of the institute have regularly featured in leading national and international newspapers and magazines like The Time, Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, Readers' Digest and Asia Post. Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), a top U.S. TV channel, has beamed a report on KISS in its news hour.

 

Genesis

Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KISS had always nurtured vision of a world free from hunger, poverty, illiteracy and ignorance because he himself had to go through all these things in his childhood. Untimely demise of his father when he was only four years old plunged the whole family comprising 7 siblings and widow mother into the mire of abject poverty and deprivation. With no fortune to fall back on, the family languished in their remote native village in Odisha and would often go without a square meal for days. The grueling experience of his childhood had convinced the young Achyuta Samanta quite early in life that hunger, poverty, ignorance, and illiteracy kill people from within and further deprive them of livelihood earning skills. With great hardship and struggle, Achyuta Samanta completed his Masters in Chemistry in 1987 and soon became an academic. But deep within his passionate heart, he cringed to do something to emancipate the poor and the deprived. His passion took him to the tribal hinterland where he traveled extensively and even stayed for days together among the poor and much alienated Juang tribal community in Keonjhar district and the Bhumija and Kolhas of Mayurbhanj district and watched from a very close range how the government and NGO organizations worked in their endeavor to develop the tribal communities.

His first hand practical experience made him realize that lack of education was the sole reason why the tribal were not developing despite tremendous contributions being made by the Government and different NGOs. The tribal had a different lifestyle of their own which had been solely dependent on the forests surrounding their habitat, but with gradual deforestation their very survival was at stake. The livelihood earning skills of the mainstream population was totally incomprehensible for them. Life for them had been of not much meaning. They lead mostly a listless life and lived from one moment to the other enjoying the sporadic small spots of affluence brought by the various schemes of the Government and the NGOs. Enriched with wisdom derived from experiences of his own life and that from his visits and stays in the tribal hinterland, the young academic Achyuta Samanta, with all his savings that amounted to only Rs 5000/- (100 USD), was prompted to start a small training institute - Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in 1992 at Bhubaneswar, the capital city in a rented building. He also set up another institute side by side, the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) dedicating it especially for the basic education of the tribal children starting with 125 poorest tribal children. He had approached Late Shri P. K. Bal, an eminent social activist & journalist, who shared his intention of tribal development, to be the President of KIIT & KISS. However, cruel hands of destiny even snatched this support in 1999, when Shri Bal had an untimely demise. Achyuta Samanta's brilliant visionary mind knew right from the start that KIIT would sustain KISS as he himself had neither a fortune of his own to spare nor any influential backing and banking support. KIIT has been deftly mentored by Samanta as a result of which it has consistently grown into a self-sufficient educational organization and nurtured the growth of KISS, from pillar to pillar. KIIT provided a sustainable financing and technically enabling model for KISS because living on donations, which would come by sporadically, could not have provided a sustainable source of finance and other resources. Since then both the organizations are prospering impressively. KISS, the philanthropic spirit of KIIT and its founder Achyuta Samanta, today has student strength of 25,000 of whom 12,200 are girls who receive holistic education from Kindergarten to post graduation and beyond with vocational training in a wide range of disciplines. Besides implementing the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals, KISS has been able to bring about much needed social changes in the tribal hinterland of the state and its neighboring states by arresting spread of Maoist and Naxalite insurgency in these areas and inculcating in the tribal minds a strong will to live life big.

KISS, through its 25,000 students who come from as many families in different villages across the state, is indeed transforming tribal mindset and triggering their joining the mainstream society. The innovative pedagogy and thoughtful curricula adopted in KISS ensures zero dropout, whereas tribal schools in the tribal hinterland suffer from rampant dropout menace. Staying in the middle of the mainstream population has been providing the much needed confidence and acquaintance with skills of the mainstream and for seamless coexistence. KISS students are excelling not only in their studies, but also in various extracurricular activities, particularly sports winning national and international recognition. Students on their graduation find gainful employment on their own merit in different organizations at par with their counterparts from the mainstream society. Today they even look forward to higher education in professional domains such as engineering, medical, law, management, etc. KISS's success story has spread far and wide and has been bringing many inquisitive visitors including State and Country Heads, Diplomats, Nobel Laureates, Social Activists, Social Researchers and Scholars, Legal Luminaries from across the world to its campus at frequent intervals. World organizations like UNICEF, UNDP, etc. have also come forward to join hands with KISS in its endeavor towards economic and social emancipation of the tribal. Press and Media from across the globe have been publishing the saga of success of KISS. The success of KISS has attracted the attention of planners and administrators of different governments within the country and abroad calling for replication of KISS in their respective areas. While a branch of KISS, KISS-DELHI, is operating successfully in the National Capital Region of Delhi, plans are in the offing to open branches of KISS in all the thirty districts of the state of Odisha, 10 states in India and in 10 foreign countries. KISS's founder, Achyuta Samanta's has been propagating the KISS Model in different developing and underdeveloped countries in his bid to change the lives of the poor and the hapless throughout the globe. KISS has grown as an amazing social initiative and is catching the fancy of great thinkers throughout the globe.

Today KISS has :-

Current Strength: 25,308 children (40% boys and 60% girls) as on 2016
KISS plans to educate
2,00,000 tribal children in its different branches located in Odisha & other states over the next decade.
Land Area – 100 acres
Built-up Area – 30,00,000 sq ft
Students are enrolled from 62 indigenous communities (tribes) of Odisha, of which 13 are classified as primitive
Students from adjoining States
5% reserved seats in different professional courses of KIIT University
Library in 25,000 sq ft building with over 20,000 titles
Year 1993 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2016
Students 125 1500 3000 5000 7000 10,112 12,310 15,083 20,900 22,500 25,000 25,308
Classwise distribution of students
Classwise Distribution of Students
Students' Status for the Academic Session 2016-2017
A. School Wing (2016-17)
CLASS GIRLS BOYS TOTAL
I - - 1500
II 1177 842 2019
III 914 1048 1962
IV 751 1195 1946
V 1010 1276 2286
VI 885 1317 2202
VII 883 1341 2224
VIII 875 1258 2133
IX 706 1006 1712
X 513 817 1330
Total 7714 10100 19314
N.B. * 1500 seats in Class-I will be allocated in the academic year 2016-17.
B. College & Higher Education (Only 2015-16) *
CLASS GIRLS BOYS TOTAL

+2 1st Year (Arts/Science/Commerce)

851 364 1215
+2 2nd Year (Arts/Science/Commerce) 560 655 1215
+3 1st Year (Arts/Science/Commerce) 417 247 664
+3 2nd Year (Arts/Science/Commerce) 264 400 664
+3 3rd Year (Arts/Science/Commerce) 425 239 664
PG (1st Year) 186 180 366
PG (2nd Year) 199
167 366
KIIT Students Pursuing Professional
Education
302 538 840
Total 3204 2790 5994
Grand Total 10918 12890 25308
* The student status of the college for the academic year 2016-17 will be
updated after the completion of the admission in July/August, 2016

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