Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) organized a mega guardians’ meet on December 29, 2017. More than 1 lakh tribal people including 60,000 parents and guardians of students of the KISS, 27,000 students and 10 thousand alumni attended the meet. Assembly of such a large number of tribals representing 62 tribes and 13 primitive tribal communities from all corners of Odisha and some other states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Assam, is one of its kind.
Like every year, KISS authorities made elaborate arrangements, including food, lodging and transport to host the parents in this mega assembly. They expressed their profound gratitude to Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for securing the future of their children through KISS, which provides education from KG to PG, vocational training, food, accommodation and all other basic necessities of life absolutely free of cost to 27,000 tribal children. Guardians were satisfied to see that their children are getting education and care at par with any good public school in a beautiful environment. Earlier in the morning the alumni meet held where more than 10 000 alumni got a chance for get together.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Samanta advised the parents and guardians that only education can ensure a dignified life to them, as the traditional way of living is now impossible due to lack of natural resources. The 37000 students including 10000 alumni of KISS have now become the change maker of their community, he added. Among others Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS; R. N. Dash, Secretary, KISS; Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS; Prof. H K Satapathy, VC, KISS Deemed University, Julios Lakra, Registrar, KISS Deemed University; Dr. Sasmitarani Samanta, Registrar, KIIT Deemed University; Dr. P. K. Das, Livelihood Director, KISS and Niranjan Bisi, Secretary General, Western Odisha Adivasi Mahasabha cum guardians’ representative also spoke on the occasion.