International Award for KIIT & KISS Founder
Achyuta Samanta, Founder of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has been conferred on another international award ‘2013 World of Difference Awards’ by US-based The International Alliance for Women (TIAW). TIAW President, Lisa Kaiser Hickey presented the award to Dr. Samanta at a ceremony in Washington on March 27, 2014 for his work in the field of women's empowerment. The citation recognizes him as a "Champion of Women's Economic Empowerment". Three Indians, including Dr. Samanta, and four persons of Indian origin are among 100 recipients in different categories.
He established a small school for the indigenous Tribal people in the state of Odisha in 1993. It has now grown into the largest residential institute in the world – Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) - for more than 22,500 tribal children providing education, food, accommodation, clothing and health facilities absolutely free. About 50% of the students are girls. Not only this, Dr. Samanta is also promoting women empowerment through education, vocational training and employment opportunity.
A simple equation - ‘poverty creates illiteracy and literacy eradicates poverty’ - has inspired his vision. It motivated him to work relentlessly to create an equitable society without poverty and ignorance by educating girls. He believes that women need to be the fundamental actors of the society, which motivated him to focus on ensuring that girls are educated, who in turn would educate the next generation. KISS has introduced various programs like Life Skill Education in collaboration with UNFPA, vocational training, English Access Microscholarship Programme in collaboration with US Embassy and personality development so that girls can pursue successful careers. Girls from remote tribal districts are pursuing rewarding careers in medicine, sports, economics, etc since they have passed out from KISS.
The TIAW is a global community of economically empowered women across six continents aiming to leverage its reach and resources, creating a global community of economically empowered women.
Rousing Welcome to KISS Girls' Rugby Team
The KISS Girls’ Rugby Team, winners of "Touraid U-13 International Girls' Rugby Tournament-2014” in London, was given a rousing welcome on their arrival in Bhubaneswar by KIIT & KISS and Odisha Rugby Football Association (ORFA). The Team of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), representing India, bagged the champion’s trophy in the final match of the Tournament played in Saracens' Allianz Park, London, UK from March 5 – 15, 2014. Seven years after the Jungle Crows – as the boys’ rugby team of KISS was called - won the Touraid U14 in London and three years after the KISS boys won the Manchester Touraid Festival, the tribal girls of KISS completed a sensational hat trick by winning the 20 team Touraid Girls Festival.
KISS team was a class above others conceding only one try through the group stage. They defeated a spirited Uganda Bawala team in sudden death, score leveled at 5-5 after full time. KISS then went on to beat Hockerill (UK) 10-4 in the final on March 11, 2014. On its way to the trophy, KISS teams defeated Birchwood High School UK, Danes Hill High School UK, The Hemel Hempstead High School UK, Marchand Comb St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda Bawala and finally Hockerill A/E College UK.
The tournament had participation of eight international teams. Teams from Brazil, Colombia, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Swaziland and Uganda took part. KISS was representing India. In addition, 12 teams from UK participated.
This is the first time that under 13 girls team from Odisha visited London and defeated 20 international teams. It’s a pride for the state Odisha and India, opined sports enthusiasts. Congratulating the KISS team for the achievement, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said it is a matter of great pride not only for the institute, but also for the country, state and tribal community in general. He thanked Touraid for successful conduct of this international tournament.
Among others Dr. A. Samanta, Founder KIIT & KISS, Mr. Ashok Mohanty, Advisor, Odisha Rugby Football Association (ORFA); Priyadarshi Mishra, President, ORFA; Upendra Mohanty, Secretary ORFA present on a special felicitation programme held in Bhubaneswar.