33 Bonda Students join KISS for Higher Education
Thirty three students belonging to Bonda primitive tribal group from Bonda hills in Malkangiri district took admission in Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) for higher education. Bonda tribe is regarded as one of the oldest, most primitive and educationally most lagging in mainland India. The students belong to Khairiput, Bilasanipada, Padeiguda and Mudulipada of Bondaghati area.
In the first phase, out of 33 students, who have all passed 10th Board exams, 16 boys and five girls reached KISS campus on August 12, 2014. Remaining students would reach soon. The admitted students would study +2 courses in Arts, Science or Commerce.
KISS, the largest free residential tribal institute of the world exclusively for tribal students, granted them admission on the request of the State Government, under the supervision of Malkanagiri district administration. Today the students met Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha at his Secretariat chamber. Shri Patnaik congratulated the students and praised KISS for giving them the opportunity for higher education. Expressing his happiness Sanjib Mishra, Secretary SC & ST Welfare Department said KISS is an exemplary Institute creates a special identity in world. Shri Lal Bihari Himrika, Hon’ble Minister, SC&ST, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare, Manas Madkami, MLA, Malkanagiri, and A.B. Otta, Director of SC&ST Welfare Department were also present. Chief Minster gifted Dictionary to each student.
Expressing their happiness and gratitude, the students thanked Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KISS and the State Government for providing them chance to pursue their higher education in an institution like KISS. They expressed confidence that the institute would provide them platform to achieve their dreams, as well as develop their community.
KISS, a brainchild of noted social and educational entrepreneur Dr. A. Samanta, provides free education in a fully residential setting to 22,000 poorest of the poor tribal students. Because of illustrious achievements of its students in academics and sports at national and international level, the institute is acclaimed worldwide as an effective model of tribal empowerment through education. Given proper opportunity and grooming, tribal students perform at par with mainstream students, said Dr. Samanta, while welcoming the Bonda students to KISS campus.