Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has given a reason to the Indians to be puffed up with great joy and pride. Having received an honorable University Status by the Ministry of Human Resource Development on 26th August (Saturday), KISS went on to become the first exclusive Tribal University in the World.
KISS University having been considered to be the deemed University under the De-novo category by the Union HRD Ministry, on the fortunate celebration day of Ganesh Chaturthi, has been awarded the University status for integrating complete quality education to the tribal students of Odisha. Founder of the University, Achyuta Samanta also shared the news on Twitter.
— Achyuta Samanta (@achyuta_samanta) 26 August 2017
Taking pride in having been established in 1993 with only 125 students, KISS University has recorded at least 25,000 tribal students in the campus presently. Thus, the institute has been considered as the world’s largest residential institute for indigenous children. The University is situated at Bhubaneswar, Odisha’s Capital, having been set up by Dr. Achyuta Samanta. KISS University provides free of cost education and lodging for tribal students and has over seven hundred teachers at Bhubaneswar.
The KISS University is a fully free, residential home for 27,000 poorest of the poor native children who are being given complete education beginning from Kindergarten to Post Graduation, along with basic facilities such as boarding, lodging, health care facilities, vocational and life skill empowerment completely free of cost. Further, the Institute aims to educate 2,00,000 poor native children over the next decade by setting up more branches in 30 districts of Odisha and across India.
As recorded in the first 6 years, the institute had 250 students. In 2015, it was awarded UN Grants Special consultative status. Plus, the students of the KISS University made the longest Human Chain for world peace. It managed to set double Guinness world records by making the ‘Largest Human Sentence’. Moreover, the University has recorded an almost zero drop-out rate with a distinctive focus towards the complete growth of students in sports and skill development.
The Kalinga model has managed to attract worldwide attention with numerous foreign countries showing interest in setting up same schools for the welfare of the disadvantaged children. With such grand success, numerous states across India specifically Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh have now planned to imitate the Kalinga model.
On the lucky occasion of being recognized as the first exclusive Tribal University of the World, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, KISS, and KIIT founder insisted the whole campus to enjoy the moment and also to keep proving that they are the best. He expressed his gratefulness to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar, and Jual Oram, Union Minister, among the people of the state for their wishes and support to the University.
Considering the future prospect, the University plans to initiate 7 new departments to offer a drive to research on tribal studies and to assist KISS to attain a place of high reputation in the field of tribal education and research all over the world.