Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a flag bearer in tribal education in the country held a grand guardians’ meet on its premises on 29 December 2017. During the meet around 60,000 parents and guardians of around 27,000 children who are currently studying at the institute got a chance to take a glimpse of the academic facilities available.
Assembly of such a large number of tribals representing 62 tribes and 13 tribal communities from all corners of Odisha and some other states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Assam is one of its kind.
Two parallel events were held, one at the KISS meeting ground and the other at Children’s Park where parents and their wards got a privilege to mingle with the staffs of this noble institution and shared their experiences and views. Around 10,000 alumni members of the institution along with their parents gathered at the Children’s Park meet. KIIT and KISS founder Dr Achyuta Samanta felicitated the guardians of KISS students, who are high achievers.
Dr Samanta cited the example of KISS student Sumitra Nayak who has been nominated for the 2017 International Children’s Peace Prize recently and was also present on the occasion. He advised KISS students to follow Sumitra’s footprints and bring laurels.
“The institute has become beautiful due to the beauty of the tribal people. I am happy that 10,000 more tribals have joined the guardians’ meet this year which also happens to be our silver jubilee year. We are working for the tribal development since 25 years and would continue to do so,” said Dr Samanta while addressing a huge crowd at the KISS meeting venue.
“The main objective of organising such a grand guardians’ meet is to enable parents to get first-hand information on the facilities their wards are getting at KISS. As far as women’s education is concerned, KISS plays a catalyst in this connection with 7000 tribal girls currently enrolled here,” said Dash.
A mega dining was also held for at least 1 lakh tribal students and parents who attended the meet.
Among others, KISS and KIIT President Saswati Bal, VC of KISS Prof. H K Satapathy, CEO of KISS Dr. P. K. Routaray, KIIT Registrar Sasmita Rani Samanta, KISS Registrar Julios Lakra, Livelihood Director of KISS Dr. PK Das, Secretary of KISS RN Dash, Secretary General of Western Odisha Adivasi Mahasabha, Niranjan Bisi were also present.