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Achyuta Samanta converted his childhood hardship into his strength to rise tall, not by wealth but by ethical values of life.
Envisioning a world where poverty would not stand as a hurdle to one’s education, he founded Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS) in 1983 with only Rs. 5000 in his pocket. KISS is now the world’s largest free residential tribal institute, and KIIT, a world class university.
The tribal community in Odisha being one of the most neglected communities and has low literacy rate leading to low employment rate and leaving the tribal people in abject poverty.
KISS has been providing free residential education and training to poor tribal students from class one to the postgraduate level. Ample facilities are provided at KISS to the children to help them build their future. The institute has modern infrastructure and trained teachers and places special emphasis on all-round development of the children. KISS also provides nutritious food to the children, four times a day. The institute also has a 100-bed hospital to meet the health needs of the students.
The organization has produced many graduates from the poor tribal communities who are now well placed in different government departments and private organizations. The children under the organization's wings have also earned a name for themselves at national as well as international level. It has become the most cherished place for tribal students all over India.