ENARADA, Bhubanewsar, January 22,2016
The students studying at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) are the future mirror of India as they represent a change in society where in even the remotest tribal students are receiving quality education, according to the U.S. Ambassador to India Mr. Richard R. Verma who visited KISS campus on January 22, 2016.
Interacting with 25,000 tribal students of the institute, he stated, “It is amazing to see 25,000 children at one place. I have visited more than 70 countries, but I have never seen an institute like KISS”, he said in his address to the students adding that “You are the future mirror of India as well as the world. I am looking forward to see our young Indians to lead the country and world.”
Education is the most important factor that opens floodgates of opportunities, he said, while telling the students to be proud of the education they are getting at KISS. Many children of the world do not have opportunity for education, he said, adding that Founder of KIIT & KISS, Dr. Achyuta Samanta has been doing a tremendous work for education through the two institutes, he added.
In his welcome address, Dr. Samanta informed that two U.S. Ambassador to India have visited KISS before Ambassador Verma. However, visit of Ambassador Verma is very special because of his Indian roots, he added. To this, Richard said, “My parents and grandparents were from India. My father and my mother were teachers. My grandmother was also a teacher. However, my grandfather did not get scope for education. The condition in the country was bad at that time, but now the country is emerging as a global power, he observed. “I am standing before you as US Ambassador due to my parent’s hard work and the education that I received”, he told the students.
Ambassador Verma also inaugurated the English Access Micro-scholarship Program of the U.S. Government and distributed certificates to 16 students from the new Access class.