Bolangir: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated a branch of the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in the name of Motilal Oswal-KISS Residential Tribal School in Bolangir.
Women & Child Development and Mission Shakti Tukuni Sahu, local MP Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo, local MLA and Leader Congress Legislature Party Narasingha Mishra, Motilal Oswal Financial Services Ltd Group MD & CEO Motilal Oswal, Group Chairman Raamadeo Agrawal and, Motilal Oswal Foundation Chairperson Suneeta Agrawal and KIIT & KISS Founder Dr Achyuta Samanta graced the occasion.
Many tribal organisations and intellectuals had repeatedly requested Dr Samanta to open a KISS branch in Bolangir district for underprivileged and poor tribal children. These tribal students would now get quality education.
In the first phase, 1,500 students from the district would be enrolled from Standards-I to XII. The pass-out students of Standard-XII can pursue their higher education in the KISS University, Bhubaneswar.
It has been decided by the KISS authorities that only candidates from Bolangir would get employment in the Motilal Oswal-KISS. The school, established on 20 acres of land with complete financial support from the Motilal Oswal Foundation, is fully equipped with all modern facilities.
Notably, 28 years back, the KISS was set up to enable tribal community to join the mainstream of the society through education, which has been proved successfully. Now, the KISS is the largest tribal institution and the first exclusive tribal university in the world. More than 30,000 students are currently pursuing their education from KG to PG while 20,000 have completed their education successfully and are placed in different sectors.
Another 10,000 students are pursuing their education in 10 branches in 10 tribals-dominated districts of Odisha during current academic session. More important than providing education to 60,000 students, the KISS has created awareness among more than 60 lakh tribal people of Odisha and other States of India.