About Us

The difference between achievement and failure is the lack of opportunities. Given opportunities, the weak too can excel.  Firmly believing in this ethos and the importance of Education in slaying poverty and hunger, KISS that started with just 125 tribal students in 1993 in a rented building in Bhubaneswar Odisha has today grown into the largest free residential institute for indigenous (tribal) children. KISS provides holistic education from Kindergarten to Postgraduation (KG to PG) along with food, accommodation, health care, all other basic necessities of life, life-skill and vocational empowerment to 25,308 indigenous (tribal) children of the poorest of the poor background absolutely free. 60% of the students in KISS are girls. 7000 students graduated from KISS have a secured future and are acting as catalyst of change in their community.Students are enrolled from 62 indigenous communities (tribes) of Odisha, of which 13 are classified as primitive. There are some students from adjoining States and African countries as well.

KISS empowers indigenous children and also keeps them rooted to their cultures and families. Students of KISS have proved their mettle in academics and sports and other co- curricular activities. KISS provides them “ a capacity to aspire”. This unique experiment to eradicate poverty through education has become successful in KISS. Many world organizations including UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, UNECOSOC and US Federal Government have come forward to be associated with various programmes of the Institute. Through successful initiative and relentless effort, KISS has come nearer to achieving some of the most important goals of the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.

The Institute plans to educate 2,00,000 poor indigenous (tribal) children over the next decade. To achieve this goal, it in the process of setting up branches in 30 districts of Odisha and all the states of India.

 

HISTORY

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, founder of KISS had always nurtured vision of a world free from hunger, poverty, illiteracy and ignorance because he himself had to go through all these things in his childhood. Untimely demise of his father when he was only four years old plunged the whole family comprising 7 siblings and widow mother into the mire of abject poverty and deprivation. With no fortune to fall back on the family languished in their remote native village in Odisha and would often go without a square meal for days. The grueling experience of his childhood had convinced the young Achyuta Samanta quite early in life that deprivation, poverty, ignorance, and illiteracy kill people from within and further deprive them of livelihood earning skills.

With great hardship and struggle, Achyuta Samanta completed his Masters in Chemistry in 1990 and soon became an academic but deep within his passionate heart cringed to do something to emancipate the poor and the deprived. His passion took him to the tribal hinterland where he traveled extensively and even stayed for days together among the poor and much alienated Juang tribal community in Keonjhar district and the Bhumija and Kolhas of Mayurbhanj district and watched from a very close range how the government and NGO organizations worked in their endeavor to develop the tribal communities.

His first hand practical experience made him realize that lack of education was the sole reason why the tribal were not developing despite tremendous contributions being made by the Government and different NGOs. The tribal had a different lifestyle of their own which had been solely dependent on the forests surrounding their habitat but with gradual deforestation their very survival was at stake. The livelihood earning skills of the mainstream population was totally incomprehensible for them.

Enriched with wisdom derived from experiences of his own life and that from his visits and stays in the tribal hinterland, the young academic Achyuta Samanta, with all his savings that amounted to only Rs 5000/- (100 USD), was prompted to start a small training institute- Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in 1992 at Bhubaneswar, the capital city in a rented building. He also set up another institute side by side, the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) dedicating it especially for the basic education of the tribal children starting with 125 poorest tribal children.

Dr. Achyuta Samanta’s brilliant visionary mind knew right from the start that KIIT would sustain KISS as he himself had neither a fortune of his own to spare nor had any influential backing and banking support. KIIT has been deftly mentored by Dr. Samanta as a result of which it has consistently grown into a self-sufficient educational organization and nurtured the growth of KISS, from pillar to pillar. KIIT provided a sustainable financing and technically enabling model for KISS because living on donations, which would come by sporadically, could not have provided a sustainable source of finance and other resources. Since then both the organizations are prospering impressively.

The success of KISS has attracted the attention of planners and administrators of different governments within the country and abroad calling for replication of KISS in their respective areas. While a branch of KISS, KISS-DELHI, is operating successfully in the National Capital Region of Delhi with the collaboration of the Government of Delhi, plans are in the offing to open branches of KISS in all the thirty districts of the state of Odisha and all the states of India.

KISS OVER THE YEARS

Historic MoU inked between United Nations Development Programme – UNDP and KISS to establish a Centre of Excellence for Skill and Entrepreneurship Development at KISS. First International student from Ethiopia joins KISS. Kalinga Fellowship, 1st season flagged off from KISS
KISS is ranked 223 among the top 500 NGOs in the world and among top 10 in India as published by NGO Advisor. Guinness World Record attempt to create largest Human Awareness Ribbon on the World Aids Day by 15500 students. KISS approved by United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI). KISS adopted Shree Mother Nepal Disabled Association Orphanage
UN grants Special Consultative Status to KISS. KISS Students make Longest Human Chain for world peace. KISS sets double Guinness World Records after making the ‘ Largest Human Sentence ‘ and ‘Most Simultaneous High-Fives’. RajnikantaNayak clears IITJEE with 245th All India Rank.
KISS girls, representing India, won Touraid U-13 International Rugby Tournament
KISS represented Asia in live discussion over video conferencing with UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon
Student strength increased to 20,000
KISS Boys Rugby Team, representing India, won U-13 International Rugby Tournament
Bhagyalaxmi Barik, a KISS girl, participated in the 16th Asian Games
Student strength increased to 10,000
KISS Humanitarian award launched,Student strength increase to 7000
KISS Boys Rugby Team, representing India, became World Champions
Student strength increased to 3000
Student strength increased to 1500
1st cent percent result in class X examination
Student strength increased to 250
KISS started as a residential tribal Schoolfounded in 1993

VISION

To build up KISS as a preferred centre of learning for the poorest of the poor indigenous (tribal) sections of the society with a focus on formal education aimed at providing sustainable livelihood and scope for all-round development.

MISSION

  • To eradicate poverty and empower the disadvantaged sections of the society through holistic education and providing them with sustainable livelihood.
  • To enable underprivileged people to join society’s mainstream though holistic education
  • To be a complete solution to pervasive poverty in the lowest strata of the society
  • To prepare underprivileged children and youth as ‘change agents’ for their community
  • To preserve tribal heritage, culture and values

KISS Society

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder & Mentor, KISS

Members of the KISS Society
1.
Smt. Saswati Bal President
2.
Shri Gopal Champati Vice-President
3.
Shri Rabindra Nath Dash Secretary
4.
Dr. Prashanta Ku. Routray Treasurer
5.
Mr. Gobardhan Nayak Joint Secretary
6.
Dr. Monalisa Bal Member
7.
Dr. Sasanka Chudamani Member
8.
Shri Pramod Kumar Sahoo Member
9.
Mr. Haraprasad Hepruka Member