A branch of KISS is being set up in Kanker region of Bastar district, a tribal dominated and Naxal infested region of Chahattisgarh with assitance from National Mineral Devlopment Corporation (NMDC). As per the agreement, NMDC has provided 30 acres of land along with all financial assistance. In the first phase, 1000 tribal students will be admitted in the school. A total of 4000 students from five districts in and around Bastar will be educated in the near future.
Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS with Shri Rana Som, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) and other officials at the MOU signing ceremony between KISS and NMDC to set up Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in Bastar, Chhattisgarh on 23rd June 2011.
Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and Mr. G. B. Joshi, Director (Per), National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) signing MoU between KISS and NMDC to set up Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in Bastar, Chhattisgarh on 23rd June 2011. Shri Rana Som, CMD, NMDC and other officials look on.

KISS Replica Set up in Bastar, Chhattisgarh with Assistance from NMDC

 A branch of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), the largest tribal institute of the world, has been set up in Bastar, a tribal dominated and Naxal infested region of Chhattisgarh, with assistance from National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC). A Memorandum of Understanding to this effect was signed between Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and Mr. G. B. Joshi, Director, NMDC in the presence of Shri Rana Som, Chairman-cum-Managing Director at the Corporate Office of NMDC in Hyderabad on 24th June 2011. As per the agreement, NMDC has provided 30 acres of land along with all financial assistance to KISS in order to set up its replica in Kankar region of north Bastar district. In the first phase, 1000 tribal boys and girls will be admitted in this school. However, total 4000 students from five districts in and around Bastar will be educated here in near future. Like in KISS, education and all facilities will be provided free of cost to the students. The School will be a model school, for which development work has already begun. Various corporate bodies have welcomed the agreement between KISS and NMDC. 

 In the past, more than 20 national level NGOs had tried to set up such a school in Bastar with financial assistance from NMDC, a Navaratna PSU of Govt. of India. In view of high reputation and track record of KISS as well as abilities and dedication of its Founder, Dr. Samanta, NMDC had requested him to set up a replica of KISS in Bastar. It is learnt that NMDC authorities have been requesting him to set up ‘KISS Bastar’ for more than one year. There have also been consistent requests from many State Governments to establish replicas of KISS, a model institute having no parallel in the world, in their respective states. After Bastar, Governments of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi are keen to set up such model school bearing all financial commitment.

 It is believed that KISS will definitely be helpful for tribal people of Bastar to come out of illiteracy and poverty. Setting up of ‘KISS Bastar’ as well as interest of various State Governments to establish this model school in their states have given KISS model a national importance, opined intellectuals, adding that this is a matter of great happiness and pride. Expressing his happiness over the development, Dr. Samanta has said that no effort will be spared to take the new beginning to a fruitful conclusion.