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.