Mega Guardians' Meet at KISS
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) organized a mega guardians' meet on 27th February 2011. More than 30,000 people, all parents and guardians of tribal students of KISS, attended the meet. They got a first hand experience of the institute where their wards are studying during the day long programme.
Assembly of such a large number of tribals representing 62 tribes and 13 primitive tribal communities from all corners of Odisha is one of its kind. Like every year, KISS authorities made elaborate arrangements to greet the parents in this mega assembly. These arrangements included their food, shelter and transport.
Parents and guardians attending the meet expressed their profound gratitude to Dr. A. 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 15,000 tribal children. They were satisfied to see that their children are getting education and care at par with any good public school in a beautiful environment. They urged Dr. Samanta to replicate this initiative in all tribal districts of the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Samanta adviced them that only education can ensure a dignified life to them, the traditional way of living is now impossible due to lack of natural resources. Tulashi Munda, Eminent Social Worker, Ms. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS, Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS and Mr. P. K. Das, Livelihood Director, KISS also spoke on the occasion. As many as 50 guardians of KISS students, who are high achievers, were felicitated.