eNarada, Bengaluru, December 25, 2016
The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is keen to open a branch in Bengaluru to provide free residential education to all the tribal and poor children in Karnataka.
Explaining this in detail, KISS founder Dr Achyuta Samanta said that he was holding talks with the Karnataka government for setting up a KISS branch in Bengaluru and if the state government was willing to provide land, then KISS would immediately start the construction of the first residential school in south India.
In a special interview to Vijayavani (one of the leading dailies of Karnataka), Dr Samanta said KISS was currently, the largest residential school for the tribals in the world.
The USP of KISS was that it would offer free residential programmes from KG (kindergarten) to PG (post-graduation). As per his mission, he was planning to open KISS branches in all the districts of Odisha. Similarly, he wants to expand the KISS’ footprints across the country. Unlike other institutes, KISS doesn’t expect anything in return and would provide only free education.
The KISS in Karnataka would be a big boon to the state for all those students who are unable to afford quality education. Today, KISS is one among the top institutes in the world and the students from KISS have found their places in Olympics and national level sports teams. The KISS students were also in the forefront of cracking many top entrance tests like IITs.
In the Vijayavani interview, Dr Samanta also recalled as to how he had to spend his childhood in abject poverty without able to eat a single meal a day. Taking this as a challenge, Dr Samanta decided to revolutionise the society by providing education to the poorest of the poor.