Priyanka Dutta, Kolkata: It is a matter of great joy and honour for entire Odisha and India that the City-Based Kalinga Institute Of Social Sciences (KISS) has the first exclusively Tribal University In The World.
KISS, which has already received the deemed to be university under Section 3 of UGC Act,1956 by the Union HRD Ministry, received the University status for imparting holistic quality education to the tribal students of Odisha.
KISS has been declared a Deemed University under Denovo category.It will help KISS achieve a place of prominence in the world in the field of tribal education and research. In the first phase,KISS University will introduce seven new innovative departments to provide impetus to research on tribal studies.Deemed University status has been granted with this hope.
According to reports, though the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU) in Amarkantak of Madhya Pradesh was the first Tribal University, students of other categories also study there while all of KISS students are tribal.
On Sunday,expressing his satisfaction, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS University said, this became possible due to the blessings of Almighty and good wishes of people of Odisha. He expressed gratitude to the people of Odisha. Dr. Samanta, on behalf of KISS, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.
Expressing his gratitude to Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Samanta said that without his blessings and good wishes, KISS could not have scaled such height Dr. Samanta also thanked the students and employees of KISS. He urged everyone to celebrate the moment but to prove that they are the best.
KISS is a fully free, fully residential home for 27000 poorest of the poor indigenous children who are provided holistic education from Kindergarten to Post Graduation along with lodging, boarding, health care facilities besides vocational and life skill empowerment.
With a humble beginning in 1992-93 with only 125 students, KISS has now become the world’s largest residential institute for indigenous children. The Institute plans to educate 2,00,000 poor indigenous children over the next decade by setting up branches in 30 districts of Odisha and all the states of India.