The Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS) is keen on establishing a school for tribal students on the city outskirts and a proposal will soon be presented to the Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The KISS, home to 25,000 tribal children in Bhubaneswar, intends to provide holistic education by incorporating Telangana government’s KG to PG scheme scheduled to begin from next academic year, said Achyuta Samanta, founder of KISS.
KISS is a sister concern of Kalinga Foundation which also runs the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University.
Addressing the media on Sunday, Samanta said, “In the proposal, we have sought land from the Telangana government on the outskirts of the city to provide free education along with residential facilities to tribal students.”
Initially, KISS intends to provide education to 1,000 tribal students from class 1 to 8. “Our aim is to have one KISS in each district of the country to provide free education to students belonging to below poverty line families,” said Samanta.
The institute will either follow curriculum by the state-government or the Central Board of Secondary Education. To establish this in stitute, the KISS will seek an initial investment of Rs 15 crore.
The institute is also in talks with the Andhra Pradesh government for establishment of KISS. “During my last meeting with the chief minister of AP, Chandrababu Naidu, he had shown immense interest in setting up KISS in AP. This time, we plan to approach the government with a concrete plan,” said Samanta.
The parent institute of KISS is located at Bhubaneswar where it accommodates and educates nearly 25,000 tribal students. Recently, it has also been accorded special consultative status by the United Nations. Apart from Telangana, the institute also plans to expand its operations in Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, informed Samanta. “The model of KISS is widely appreciated by a lot of people in the society. This inspired us to spread our operations in other parts of the country so that education eventually eradicates poverty among tribals,” said Samanta.