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KISS Awarded Platinum Star for NGO Transparency
27.09.2016
KISS to Provide Education to Dana Majhi’s Daughters
KISS Branch to Open in Kalahandi
10.09.2016
UN Asst. Secy. General Visits KIIT & KISS
01.09.2016
 

KISS Awarded Platinum Star for NGO Transparency

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has been awarded the Guide Star India Champion Level-Platinum Certification by Guide Star India for NGO Transparency (Financial Transparency) on September 27, 2016. The award was given by GuideStar India at a special programme in Mumbai. More than 51,400 NGOs had applied through mail and workshop for GuideStar India Transparency Awards 2016. Only 307 organisations emerged winners at various levels. KISS is one of the 14 Platinum winners. Earlier, KISS had won Gold star award for its financial transparency.

This recognition follows KISS’ inclusion recently in the Top 500 NGOs in the world, widely regarded as the ‘non-profit Ivy League’, and top 10 NGO’s in India by the Geneva-based organization, NGO Advisor. As part of its commitment to maintain the highest level of transparency, KISS always publishes its accounts details, annual report and all other relevant information on its website, besides filing these documents regularly with authorities concerned. It is matter of pride that KISS has achieved Platinum certification despite being an NGO of only 20 years.

The award acquires added relevance as recently Hon’ble Supreme Court of India had noted that only 8% to 10% about 31 lakh NGOs in India filed their accounts with the Registrar of Societies, detailing their receipt and expenditure. KISS has always fulfilled all its regulatory obligations, maintaining the highest level of transparency in all sectors, including finance. KISS got Platinum award along with only 14 other Indian NGOs.

GuideStar India launched the GuideStar India NGO Transparency Awards to recognise organisations that practice and voluntarily demonstrate their transparency and accountability in the public domain. While there are many awards for NGOs, there is a need for awards to recognize transparency level of civil society organisations to inspire greater trust in their work and garner support for their cause. As many as 717 applications were received out of which 307 were declared winners.

KISS to Provide Education to Dana Majhi’s Daughters
KISS Branch to Open in Kalahandi

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) will provide education to three daughters of Dana Majhi, who was in news recently for carrying his wife’s body of on his shoulders for 10 km after ambulance allegedly refused to help.

The decision was taken after many tribal organizations of Kalahandi district, including Biswabasu Sabar Samaj, District Tribal Society, All Odisha Banjara Samaj, Tribal Employees Sangram Samiti, and local MLA Capt. Dibyasankar Mishra requested the KISS authority to take educational responsibility of Dana’s daughters. Representatives from these tribal organizations along with Dana Majhi reached here in KISS today and formally communicated their request to Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. KISS authorities agreed to admit Chandini, Sonei and Pramila, three daughters of Dana Majhi, in the institute.

The tribal representatives from the district also requested KISS authorities to open a branch of the institute in Kalahandi. A branch of KISS will start functioning in Kalahandi from the coming academic year, KISS authorities hinted. Though the land for this purpose has already been purchased since 2011, work has not progressed due to paucity of funds. The tribal organizations from Kalahandi further requested to admit 100 more children from Dana Majhi’s village and the local area in KISS, which was also agreed to in principle.

Dr. Samanta informed the tribal representatives about financial assistance from Government of Bahrain to Dana Majhi. He has already discussed with the Ambassador of Bahrain in New Delhi in this regard, he informed. An amount of Rs. 9 lakh will be given whenever Dana Majhi will visit the Embassy of Bahrain in New Delhi with a representative of KISS, Dr. Samanta elaborated. As per advice of the Ambassador of Bahrain, this amount will be deposited as fixed deposits in the names of daughters of Dana Majhi, he added. 

UN Asst. Secy. General Visits KIIT & KISS

Ms. Laxmi Puri, Hon’ble Asst. Secretary of United Nations and Dy. Executive Director, UN Women visited KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on September 1, 2016. Addressing the girl students of KISS, she said, “I have never seen such an empowered institution before. The girls you are today and women will become tomorrow, you are and will remain empowered. You will empower your family and community. You will achieve a great success”.

KISS is really exemplary for all of us and UN Women will work with such an exemplary institution, she stated. Thanking Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of the Institute, she noted that KISS is working in the field of gender equality and women empowerment. “It’s a great work done by Dr. Samanta. I am confident that, you will be the change agent to transform the world into a peace and prosperous world without caste, creed, colour and gender inequality”, she added. 

Among others, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS; Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar, KIIT University; Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS and Dr. P. K. Das, Director were present on the occasion.