eNarada, Bengaluru, Sunday, January 26, 2018
A branch of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar will soon start functioning in the city of Kolkata in West Bengal. The ‘Help Us to Help Them (HUHT)’, an NGO based in West Bengal, has collaborated with KISS for the setting of a branch of KISS in Kolkata for the benefit of poorest of the poor children.
It all started when HUHT’s head, Ms. Mukti Gupta, visited KISS. She was impressed by the KISS model of the emancipation of the poorest-of-the-poor and the most-underprivileged children. Encouraged by Dr. Achyuta Samantha, the Founder of KISS, Ms. Mukti Gupta resolved to have a branch of KISS in Kolkata. The branch is to run in the name and style HUHT-KISS and shall start functioning with the commencement of the 2019 academic session.
KISS was started in the year 1992-93 academic year with only 125 students in a rented accommodation. These students were from the poorest-of-the-poor tribal community. They were given free education, free lodging and boarding, free clothing, free healthcare and all education support materials for free.
The institute began growing year on year and today it is the largest fully-free residential educational institute for the tribal offering a total transformational education from Kindergarten (KG) to Post-graduation (PG). On today’s date, the institute has over 27,000 students with 60 percent of the total strength being girls.
The KISS model which is fully free and fully resudential aims at comprehensive capacity building and empowerment and is based on holistic education. The model has proved to be successful as its students are not only excelling in academics but also proving their mettle in sports and other extra-curricular activities. They are being picked up by the corporates on their own merit while many have made their mark in national and international sports including the Olympics.
KISS, which received the coveted Special Consultative Status of the United Nations (UNO) in 2015, was conferred Deemed-to-be-University status by the Government of India in 2017. KISS’s founder has a vision to have one such branch in each state of India. A branch of KISS is already functioning in Delhi NCR. Many more state level branches are in pipeline.
With HUHT-KISS coming into operation, it is going to meet the hopes and aspirations for the poor and the underprivileged children of West Bengal.