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Mega Guardians' Meet at KISS
25.12.2016
 
Adani Foundation Chairperson Dr. Priti Adani visits KISS
20.12.2016
KISS Enters Non-profit ‘Ivy League’
Listed Among Best 223 NGOs of the World, Best 10 NGOs of India
08.12.2016
 
British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata visits KISS
01.12.2016
World AIDS Day Observed in KISS
01.12.2016
 

Mega Guardians' Meet at KISS

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) organized a mega guardians' meet on December 25, 2016. More than 50,000 people, all parents and guardians of tribal students of the institute, attended the meet. Assembly of such a large number of tribals representing 62 tribes and 13 primitive tribal communities from all corners of Odisha and some other states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Assam, is one of its kind.

Like every year, KISS authorities made elaborate arrangements, including food, shelter and transport, to host the parents in this mega assembly. They expressed their profound gratitude to Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for securing the future of their children through KISS, which provides education from KG to PG, vocational training, food, accommodation and all other basic necessities of life absolutely free of cost to 25,000 tribal children. Guardians were satisfied to see that their children are getting education and care at par with any good public school in a beautiful environment.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Samanta advised the parents and guardians that only education can ensure a dignified life to them, as the traditional way of living is now impossible due to lack of natural resources. Among others R. N. Dash, Secretary, KISS, Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS and Dr. P. K. Das, Livelihood Director, KISS also spoke on the occasion. Guardians of KISS students, who are high achievers, were felicitated during this occasion.

Adani Foundation Chairperson Dr. Priti Adani visits KISS

Dr. Priti G. Adani, Chairperson, Adani Foundation and also Chairperson of the Governing Body of Adani-KISS Residential School visited KISS on Tuesday. KISS is the role model for all towards social transformation, said, Dr. Adani on side line of her visit to KISS. The first governing body meeting of Adani-KISS Residential School was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Adani in presence of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and other members of the governing body including Subrat Tripathy, Director & CEO, The Dharma Port Company Limited (DPCL); Mr. Prasenjit Chakraborty, Assistant Director, Education, Adani Foundation; Mr. R. N. Dash, Secretary, KISS; Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS and Dwiti Chandragupta Vikramaditya, Advisor, KISS. The infrastructure work will start very soon and complete within six months decided in the governing body meeting.

She visited all campuses of KIIT and units of KISS and addressed ten thousand girl students of KISS. Addressing the students Dr. Adani said, it is a magical moment. I have never seen ten thousands of girls together. The love and affection that is showered upon me today is the greatest gift to me. The growth of nation is accelerated if the population is educated. KISS is giving best education as it’s evident from your glowing faces. It's my pleasure to see so much work for the girls.  Everyone knows that girls have to be educated to become virtuous citizens, she added. Advising students of KISS she said, never underestimate you. Everyone can dream and achieve. There are ups and downs in life. Accept failures and never give up. Find an opportunity in every threat. Always be grateful.

KISS Enters Non-profit ‘Ivy League’
Listed Among Best 223 NGOs of the World, Best 10 NGOs of India

In a major achievement, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar has darted into the list of top 223 NGOs of the world. KISS has also been placed among the 10 best NGOs of India in the prestigious ranking of world NGOs published annually by NGO Advisor, a Geneva-based independent media organization chaired by Jean-Christophe Nothias, former editor of The Global Journal. Currently on its 2017 edition, NGO Advisor is unique in publishing such a ranking. After a thorough observation by NGO Advisor, KISS has been placed in 223th place among thousands of NGOs worldwide - a matter of pride for both KISS and the state Odisha.

NGO Advisor had placed KISS among top 500 NGOs of the world last June. During a period of only six months, KISS has jumped 277 places in this prestigious ranking.  

The ranking is determined after evaluating tens of thousands of NGOs in every country on a set of stringent criteria. KISS was selected out of thousands of NGOs for its outstanding impact, innovation and governance. NGO Advisor, which uses public data for transparency, scores organizations based on their performance in 165 criteria. These criteria relate to the three pillars of interest - impact, innovation, and governance.

KISS, founded by eminent educational and social entrepreneur Dr. Achyuta Samanta in 1993, is acclaimed all over the world as a successful model of tribal empowerment through education. At present, 25,000 poorest of the poor children are pursuing their education here from KG to PG, making it the largest free residential tribal institute in the world. In 2015, it was granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the highest recognition to any NGO by the United Nations. Recently, it was approved for association with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI). 

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World AIDS Day Observed in KISS

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in association with Orissa State AIDS Control Society (OSACS) observed World AIDS Day on  December 1, 2016. It was a spectacular sight as 15,000 tribal students of KISS made human chain to organise themselves into a massive red ribbon formation, pledging solidarity for the cause of HIV / AIDS. 

The participating students took oath to spread awareness about HIV / AIDS infection and act as peer educators in their respective communities located at the inaccessible regions of Odisha. They pledged to volunteer efforts for achieving zero infection in the State by the end of year 2020. The activity was documented and an attempt to claim as 'Largest Human Chain in Red Ribbon Shape' for entry in Guinness World Records.

Shri Pradeep Kumar Amat, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Odisha joined the occasion as thChief Guest, while DrPradeep Panigrahy, Hon’ble Minister of Higher Education, Science & Technology; Dr. Pramod Kumar Meherda, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Odisha; Shrikant Sahu, MLA, Polasara; Dr. Ajit Kumar Mishra, Project Director, OSACS; Dr. Tripati Mishra, Joint Director, (IEC), OSACS, Dr. Chandrika Prasad Das, Additional Project Director, OSACS; Shri R. N. DashSecretary, KISS & KIIT and Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS were present.