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JUNE 2011

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

23.06.2011
Rousing Welcome for KISS Rugby Stars
Winners of International Rugby Tournament in U.K.
28.06.2011
90 Percent Result for KISS in HSC Exam
25.06.2011
 
KISS Champion in International Rugby Tournament
24.06.2011
Rugby Match at Manchester City Stadium-an impressive report
24.06.2011
 
KISS receives Prakruti Mitra Award
24.06.2011
 

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.

Rousing Welcome for KISS Rugby Stars
Winners of International Rugby Tournament in U.K.

KISS India Rugby Team, winners of International Rugby Tournament in Manchester, U.K., were given a rousing welcome upon their arrival here on 28th June 2011. Members of the victorious KISS team were also felicitated by Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS in KISS campus. It was a commendable feat considering the fact that the team has been raised recently. Ten members of the team, comprising of the tribal students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, KISS accompanied by their coach Roshan Xaxa and Debasis Rout were received by senior officials of KIIT and KISS. On 23rd June, the KISS India Team defeated the favorites Thailand in the final to clinch the U 13 Rugby International Title.

Our boys have brought laurel and glory to the State as well as the country, said Founder of KIIT and KISS, Dr. A.  Samanta. He attributed the success to hard work, team effort and blessings of God. Dr. Samanta, who is the inspiration behind this success, thanked the coach, trainers and others well wishers who supported the KISS India Team.  Mr. Upendra Mohanty from Odisha Rugby Association, Mr. P. K. Das, Livelihood Director, KISS, Mr. Gaganendu Dash, Sports Officer, KIIT and other officials were also present to receive the Champion Team.

90 Percent Result for KISS in HSC Exam

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has posted impressive result in High School Certificate Examination, Odisha, recording 90 percent result. The result was declared on Saturday. For last nine years, KISS has been recording cent percent result in the Class X examination of the Odisha Board. Continuing the successful run, about 90 percent of more than 500 tribal boys and girls of KISS who appeared the examination passed this year.

It is for first time in KISS, students from as many as 27 districts of Odisha appeared the HSC exam. Performance of KISS, which is an Institute exclusively for tribal students, is better than even general schools of the State. The pass percent for general school average only 62% across the Board. This shows high academic quality and consistency of performance at KISS. In all, 55 students of the Institute have passed in the first division and 147 in the second division. Remaining students passed in the third division.

Examinees from the Institute included students from primitive tribes such as Dangaria Kondh, Bonda, Lodha, Saura, Lanjia Saura, Juanga, Gadava, Koya, Birhar and Kharia. A girl of Birhar tribe, a Primitive Tribal Group, secured first division. Expressing happiness over the impressive pass record of KISS students, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said it could only be possible for the hard work of the students and teachers and blessing of God. This success will encourage the tribal students to do better in future, he added.

KISS Champion in International Rugby Tournament

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has emerged as Champion in Under 13 International Rugby Tournament held in Manchester, U.K. from 19th June 2011. KISS U-13 Team, which has been raised recently, won this prestigious title by overcoming stiff challenge from teams from six countries, including South Africa, England and Tobago & Trinidad.

KISS defeated Thailand by a margin of 5 – 0 in the Final match played on June 23. In the opening match on June 19, KISS Boys had humbled England team on their home turf by a margin of 7 – 0. Subsequently, the team defeated another team from England by 7 – 1 to prove that its opening match feat was no fluke. KISS team stormed into Final after beating South Africa by 3 – 0 in Semi Final. “We won because of all round excellent performance and hard work of each and every member of the team”, said Dharmanand Bhoi, captain of the team.

Expressing satisfaction over the excellent performance of KISS Team, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said that it is a matter of great pride for tribal community and the State of Odisha. Winning the International Title away from home braving challenge from teams like South Africa, England and Thailand, where rugby is a popular game, is no mean feat and is reflective of preparation and resolve of tribal boys of KISS.

Rugby Match at Manchester City Stadium

Participating Teams:

  • East Manchester Academy
  • Manchester College of Creative Arts Academy
  • Wright Robinson Sports College
  • The Manchester Academy
  • India – KISS School
  • South Africa – Nederburg Primary School
  • Trinidad and Tabago – Rainbows
  • Thailand – Phuket Lomas

On Thursday, all eyes were focused upon South Africa and Thailand.  These two teams were the favourites for the day.  The South Africa team had a very experienced coach and support from a World Cup rugby winner, Chester Williams and the Thailand boys were experienced and big strong lads!  The initial perception was that India had little chance against these two teams.

India’s KISS shattered the long held perception that rugby is only a ‘Big Lads’ game.  They played a new type of Rugby at the Manchester City ground.   KISS representing India demonstrated in each of their matches that rugby is truly a game that demands highest level of positive attitude, team spirit, coordination, speed, stealth and desire to win.  The KISS team had the passion ‘To Win’.  ‘India’s KISS’ team simply destroyed all the offensive and defensive capabilities of each and every team and left them confused and dis-orientated.  KISS simply took full control of the ground !

The first game of the day was with Manchester Academy – this was a simple game and a straight forward win.  The next match with Wright Robinson School was also a simple exercise, except on one occasion team KISS lost a little focus and that allowed Wright Robinson to score a try.  The match with South Africa was quite tense.  South Africa put up a tough fight, but they conceded to the 3S’s of the Indian team i.e. ‘Speed, Stealth and Strategy’.   

Then to the final match with the Thailand Phuket Lomas.  Phuket Lomas were an experienced rugby team and there were several big strong boys in their ranks.  But, they too did not stand a chance with India’s KISS team and were fully mown down.   KISS dominated the ground all throughout match and the game ended India KISS 25 – Thailand Phuket Lomas 0. 

When the final whistle blew, everyone came running into the pitch, congratulating the India team.  It was a moment to remember. 

Qualifying Matches

Participating Teams

Score

The Manchester Academy vs India Kiss

0 – 35

Wright Robinson Sports College vs India Kiss

35 – 5

South Africa – NPS vs India Kiss

15 – 0

Final Match

Participating Teams

Score

Thailand – Phuket Lomas vs India Kiss

0 – 25

Each and every one in the India Kiss team gave their best and played an excellent game.  The star’s of the day are listed below.

India – Kiss – Top Scores

Player Name

Score

Alekha

11 Tries

Dharma

1 Try

Prakash

2 Tries

Manoranjan

4 Tries

Kalicharan

3 Tries

Budhadev

1 Try

KISS receives Prakruti Mitra Award

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, a sister concern of KIIT has been awarded ‘Prakruti Mitra’ on the occasion of World Environment Day celebrations on 5th June 2011. On behalf of KISS, Dr. Prashanta Routaray, CEO, KISS has received the award from Shri Devi Prasad Mishra, Hon’ble Minister for Environment and forests, Govt. of Odisha. KISS has been selected for excellence in environmental conservation and promotion of environmental awareness and education. Recently a Mega Plantation Drive in KIIT & KISS was launched on the occasion of World Environment Day. KISS has been taking steps to control environmental pollution and to create a healthy ambience in and around the campuses of KIIT. It has been decided to plant more than one lakh saplings in this expanse of Chandaka Industrial Estate by July this year. Expressing his satisfaction over this success Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS thanked Govt. of Odisha and said initiatives to protect environment will be continue in future.