When he thought of establishing a self-financing institution, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), he also started implementing his dream, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) with an aim to give a smiling face to thousands of indigenous children. In 1992-93, India was just starting to integrate with the global economy and huge strides in the field of education were missing in Odisha let alone education for the tribal children. It was a gray area where the Government chose not to intervene except for the mere lip service and the private organizations could not muster up the courage to create waves of change. It was at that time, with limited or no finances, KISS was founded by him with a belief that Education can empower the people.
Starting was never easy. It had a lot of setbacks. The first ten years were very difficult for him and his team. The common man considered KISS’ initiative as intrusion. It continued overcoming all adversities as the thought process was based on two important pillars :
- Procedural – Free education from Kindergarten to Post Graduation and beyond in a fully residential campus
- Substantive – A unique financial model for sustainable functioning of KlSS, contributed by the stakeholders of KIIT, another institution founded by him