Delhi Branch of KISS to Start Functioning from This Year
The Delhi branch of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a free residential institute for underprivileged children, will start functioning from this academic session. An MoU to this effect was signed on June 27, 2013 between Sh. Lalmalsawma, Principal Secretary, Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minorities, Govt. of Delhi and Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KISS in the august presence of Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Raj Kumar Chauhan, Dr. (Smt.) Kiran Walia, Shri Haroon Yusuf, Shri Arvinder Singh Lovely, Hon'ble Cabinet Ministers of Govt. of Delhi, Shri Mahabal Mishra, Hon'ble MP, West Delhi, Mr. Bharat Singh, Hon'ble MLA, Najafgarh, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Mr. Deepak Mohan Spolia, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Delhi and many other senior Govt. and KISS officials.
KISS-Delhi will start functioning from this academic session where 1200 children belonging to SC, ST, Minorities, orphans and other underprivileged sections of the society will be prepared to become useful citizens of the country, said Smt. Dikshit. She described the commissioning of school a revolutionary step in bringing the wards of the poorest sections at par with other sections of the society. The school will impart education as per CBSE syllabus and make every effort to bring them to the mainstream.
The KISS would maintain and operate the school at Issapur on no-profit no-loss basis. Delhi Government has allotted about 20 acres of land with 2 lakh sq. ft. built up area in Najafgarh under Delhi Municipality for this purpose. Smt. Dikshit, who has visited KISS, Bhubaneswar twice in recent years, lauded Dr. Samanta's two decades of continuous efforts in creating this slice of heaven for the poor underprivileged tribal children where each one is given food, accommodation, health care and education from KG to PG absolutely fee. After seeing this unique institute in Bhubaneswar she had decided to set up its branch in Delhi.
All recurring and nonrecurring cost of the Delhi branch will be borne by Govt of NCT of Delhi, informed the Chief Secretary.
Expressing satisfaction over the cooperation and support extended by the Govt. of Delhi, Dr. Samanta said that this is an eye opener for other states. Establishment of the Delhi branch for 1200 students will provide visibility to the movement and social cause of this institute, he stated. It is a matter of pride for Odisha that a development model which started in the state is now being replicated in Delhi, he added.
A large number of people from Odia community in Delhi also joined the programme. They praised the effort of Dr. Samanta and KISS. Dr. Samanta and his team have shown the world that that empowerment of the underprivileged and their sustainable livelihood is possible through education, they said, adding that given scope these 'children of lesser gods' can outshine everyone.
KIIT & KISS Students in 'Global Walk-2013' in Korea
Three students from Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and KIIT University - Alekha Murmu, Rohan Anurag and Prajna Jena - are participating in 'Global Walk - 2013' being held in South Korea. Alekha is a 2nd Year Commerce student of KISS, while Rohan and Prajna are 4th year students in B.Tech Electrical and Mechanical respectively of KIIT. This international exchange programme started on 22nd June 2013 and will continue upto 6th July 2013.
Alekha, a 16-year old Santal Tribe boy from Patana block of Keonjhar district, has been selected for this event from KISS. He comes from a very poor family - his father Bira Murmu and mother Sambari Murmu work as daily labourers for their survival.
The event is organized annually by Hanseo University, Korea to promote intramural exchange among students from different parts of the world. This year about 1000 students are participating. The objective of the event is to understand mutual cultural characteristics and seek future developmental visions of people from different parts of the world through discussion in the course of the global walk. The selected students are representing India.
In 2010, Rajesh Kumar Barla of KISS along with Sangharsh Satpathy of KIIT had participated in “Global Walk-Green Earth” in Korea from June 24 to 30, 2010.
Many students from South Korea visit KIIT University and KISS annually under various student exchange programmes, said Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, adding that the event will enhance mutual cultural awareness among the students of the two countries.
KISS Boy Clears CAT
Ganeswar Miniaka, a B.Com. pass out student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), has joined IIM, Tiruchirappalli after clearing Common Admission Test (CAT), one of the most rigorous entrance examinations in the country. Ganeswar, who comes from a very poor Kandha farmer’s family from Serigumma of Rayagada district in Odisha, got six IIM calls, including those from IIM Ranchi (2 calls), IIM Raipur, IIM Kashipur (Uttrakhand) and IIM Udaipur. He preferred to join IIM, Tiruchirappalli after clearing the viva voce.
A brilliant student, Ganeswar took admission in KISS in 2010 in +3 Commerce. He has a good career with more than 68% marks both in Class 12 examination and a second division in Class X. He passed +3 Commerce in first class with distinction from KISS. Ganeswar attributes his success to continuous effort and the support he received from KISS, which facilitated him by providing coaching, study environment and proper care. He has two brothers, one is married and other is at home after completing bachelor’s degree.
Expressing satisfaction over the achievement, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS hoped that KISS would enable many more underprivileged tribal children to join IIM and other premier institutions of the country in the coming years.