Baripada: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Adani-KISS Tribal Residential School at Bankishole in Baripada of Mayurbhanj on Wednesday.
On this occasion Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group; Sudam Marandi, Minister, Revenue and Disaster Management, Govt. of Odisha; Shri Bishweswar Tudu, Member of Parliament (LS), Mayurbhanj; Smt. Sarojini Hembram, Member of Parliament (RS); Prakash Soren, MLA, Baripada; Dr. Priti Adani, Chairperson, Adani Foundation; Sh. Karan Adani, Chief Executive Officer & Director, Adani Ports, and Special Economic Zone Ltd. and Dr. Achyutananda Samanta, Founder, KISS, and KIIT were present.
Addressing the gathering Patnaik said, education is empowerment and the real transformation can possible through education. The work of KISS and its founder Dr. Samanta for the empowerment of tribals through education is really praiseworthy. Patnaik thanked KISS authority and Adani Group for establishment of Adani-KISS tribal residential school in Mayurbhanj district.
Addressing the gathering Dr. Priti Adani said, Education is the most powerful tool for social transformation. Adani Foundation is happy to strengthen the education scenario in the far off tribal areas of Odisha by partnering with the prestigious Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).
In his welcome address Dr. Achyuta Samanta said 28 years back KISS took initiatives to include the tribal community in the mainstream of the society through education, which has been proved successfully today. Now KISS is the largest tribal institution and the first Tribal University in the world. More than thirty thousand students are currently pursuing their education from KG to PG, while twenty thousand students completed their education successfully and place in different sectors. Ten thousand more students are pursuing their education in ten branches in ten tribal-dominated districts of Odisha in the current academic session. It is not important for KISS that 60 thousand students are getting an education; it is more important than, it has created awareness among more than 60 lakh tribal students of Odisha and other states of India, he added.
Dr. Samanta said many tribal organizations and intellectuals requested me many times to open a branch in the Mayurbhanj district for underprivileged and poor tribal children. Today their requests have been fulfilled. The poor tribal students of Mayurbhaj district will get quality education in Adani-KISS residential School. In the first phase, fifteen hundred students of Mayurbhanj district will be enrolled from standard I to XII. The pass out students of standard XII from Adani-KISS can pursue their higher education in KISS Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Also, it has been decided by KISS, that only the candidates of Mayurbhanj will get employment in Adani-KISS. Adani-KISS is fully equipped with all modern facilities. Adani-KISS is established on 50 Acres of land with the complete financial support of the Adani Foundation, Dr. Samanta said.
On this occasion, a 50-bedded hospital in the Adani-KISS campus was inaugurated by Dr. Priti G Adani. The hospital will serve the students, staff of Adani-KISS as well as the common people of Mayurbhanj district. The 24 x 7-hour hospital is managed by the Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Bhubaneswar, Odisha. As many as 20 thousand people from across Mayurbhanj witness the programme. Lastly, Karan Adani proposed the vote of thanks.