The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), that provides free education from kindergarten to Post-graduation to 37,000 tribal students in Odisha, would run a similar centre in Kolkata for poor children. The KISS has entered into an agreement with a Kolkata based NGO to run the centre in the Eastern metropolis from the academic session of 2019. Declared a Deemed to be University by the Union Human Resource Development ministry in August last year, the KISS has become the first tribal university in the world. "We have signed an MoU with a NGO (Help us to Help them) to run a centre like the KISS in Kolkata," Achyuta Samanta, founder of KISS told reporters here last night. "The centre to come up in Joka area would start functioning with 1000 children," Samanta who also founded the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KITT) said. Samanta said not only tribal but other poor children would be enrolled in the Kolkata centre for free education to bring them in the mainstream. Besides the one in Bhubaneswar, the KISS also runs a centre for 600 street children in Delhi. "We also plan to open such centres in Bihar and Jharkhand among others," the KISS founder said. Founded in Bhubaneswar in 1992-93 to wean away tribals from naxal influence in Odisha, the KISS has 27,000 students.
Besides, 10,000 of its alumni also stay in its facilities. "The KISS provides poor tribal students free food, lodging and education from KG to PG. We also provide them jobs after completion of education," he said. Asked about sourcing of funds to run such a mammoth institution, Samanta said a portion it comes from KITT's turnover and contribution from employees, sale of products made by KISS students of vocational training courses and from donation from donation. KISS founder Samanta was honoured with the top civilian award of Kingdom of Bahrain called 'Isa award for Service to Humanity' in 2015 and 'Gusi peace prize 'International', considered as "Noble Prize of Asia" for social work a year back in 2014.
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