Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)

A Note on CIPS research team’s visit to

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)

– A home for 25,000 indigenous children
  1. Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS) in its endeavor to design a model school for tribal children in the State of Andhra Pradesh had chosen Kalinga institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar for a field trip. It was an obvious choice in the sense that the research team had a firsthand experience on the know-hows of managing a school on such a large scale which is a home for more than 25,000 indigenous children. (refer Annexure 1 for composition of students)

    Research Team interacting with the children of KISS during the Assembly Session
  2. The research team consisted of the following members:
    1. Mr Vadrevu Ch Veerabhadrudu, Advisor, CIPS
    2. Mr. C A Mani Kumar, Deputy Director (Education), O/o CTW, Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada
    3. Mr. G Vijay Kumar, Deputy Director, Parvathipuram, Vizianagaram
    4. Mr. B Mallikarjuna Reddy, Deputy Director, K R Puram, West Godavari
    5. Mr Vishwanadham, Principal COE, Visakhapatnam
    6. Mr Suresh, Principal, RS, Seethampeta
    7. Ms. Swathi Dev, Project Research Associate, CIPS
    8. Mr CH NV Ashish, Project Research Associate, CIPS
  3. Dr. Achyuta Samanta (founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology & KISS) indeed believes that education is the only tool to eradicate hunger and poverty among the underprivileged, this aptly fits into the scenario of Odisha where around 24% of its population is tribal in nature. Dr. Samanta rose from humble beginnings and so as KISS, which started in a rented house with 125 poor tribal children (the migrant slum dwellers) mostly drawn from Bhubaneswar. (refer Annexure 2 for the Genesis of KISS and for a brief about Dr. Achyuta Samanta)

    A display board with in the campus depicting the collaborations of KISS
  4. KISS is the only institution in the world providing free education from Kindergarten to Post-Graduation with vocational and extra-curricular training, free boarding and lodging, state of the art pedagogy for tribal children at such a large scale (refer Annexure 3 for facilities at KISS). It ideologically addresses the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations and has collaborations with various multilateral institutions, NGOs, corporate giants. (refer Annexure 4 for various collaborations of KISS)

    A display board with in the campus depicting the Sustainable Development Goals
  5. Students are groomed from a tender age on various activities which ultimately help them in advancing their career either by pursuing higher studies or attaining a job. KIIT extensively lends a supporting hand to KISS in this regard as 5% of seats in all the professional courses are reserved for students from KISS.
  6. KISS’s in-house research units designed many innovative modules to improve the learning outcomes of children, this subsequently enabled KISS to act as a resource centre by itself. The Initiatives are as follows:
    • Life Skills Education Program funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to empower the students through Life Skills based Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) education
      • Students of class VI to IX are trained on personal hygiene and menstrual health management
      • A 30-session curriculum
      • Peer education at the college level
      • Community engagement through peer educators
      • Collaboration with the Govt. of Odisha to build the capacity of all the tribal residential schools
      • Provides technical trainings, monitors and supports the delivery of sessions in Govt. schools
    • Language lab on mother tongue based multilingual education supported by Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Netherlands
      • First Resource Centre of its kind in India
      • Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Early Childhood Education, an educational approach where the child learns in his/her mother tongue in the initial grades and gradually transits to the second language
      • Facilitates better learning, participation, adoption of skills and curbs dropout rates and enables a child to develop with a strong foundation
      • Identification of common community languages (a mix of tribal dialects) and mapping them to their respective locations
      • Preparation of learning material for children to ensure a smooth transition
      • An extensive 90-day school readiness program
      • Continuous supervision, training and evaluation of teachers
    • English Access Micro Scholarship Program
      • US Department of State flagship program
      • A foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20-year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions

    Research Team interacting with the children and teacher in the Language Lab on Mother Tongue based Multi-Lingual Education at KISS

    A map of the State of Odisha highlighting the areas (in red colour) where community languages are widely spoken

    Learning material for students to enable them a smooth transition into a formal language

  7. KIIT has a unique financial model where in its bye laws were amended in such a way that 7% of the total turnover is donated to KISS as a charitable work/ social responsibility. Also, provisions have been put in place to ensure that each and every faculty contributes 3% of his/her gross salary. (refer Annexure 5 for the financial model of KISS)
  8. The institute has many accomplishments to its credit such as two Guinness World Records, distinction to have hosted 10 Nobel Laureates (a world record of sorts, for any institute in the world), international achievements in sporting among others to name a few. (refer Annexure 6 for the achievements of KISS)
  9. Now, as a way forward the institute is planning to extend its services by opening of branches in 10 districts of Odisha. The KISS’s model is worth replicating in other states for all the good reasons. (refer Annexure 7 for a detailed project proposal by KISS)
  10. The Research Team had observed the following in this field visit, some of these also serve as key takeaways in the process of replication
    • A detailed documentation of the KISS model of imparting education: A detailed study on this model is the need of the hour. This enables all the stakeholders to get acquainted with the functioning of KISS and promote its replication
    • Language lab on mother tongue based multilingual education: This is one such key takeaway which makes a child to smoothly transit from his mother tongue to the formal language based education. This is one of the major reasons for KISS to maintain a low dropout rate i.e. < 1%
    • Life Skills Education Program funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to empower the students through Life Skills based Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) education: KISS facilitated the replication of this initiative in the State of Odisha. The teachers of the tribal welfare institutions were trained by the staff of KISS on Life Skills Education. Taking a cue from this, other States should follow the path of Odisha in imparting the Life Skills education to the adolescent children. It was a proven fact that this curbed the dropout rates significantly
    • Extensive vocational training as a part of the curriculum: Imparting the vocation education not only enhances the vocational skills but also helps to attain self-sustenance. Various activities like stitching, embroidery, drawing and painting are being carried out at KISS. It also has an inhouse chemical unit (to manufacture toilet cleaners, pickles etc.) sanitary napkin manufacture unit. This is can be made a part of the tribal school curriculum across various states

    A Student stitching his own uniform as part of the vocational training

    A Chemical Unit at KISS

    Students actively participating in a Painting Session

    A Sanitary Napkin Manufacturing Unit at KISS

    Steam based mechanized mega kitchens with a capacity to serve 40,000 people


3 responses to “Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)”

  1. SailaKumari Lella says:

    Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences services should be replicated in the needy areas.Services should be extended to serve the children with disability as well

  2. Sheikh Mastan sharief (H M) SNRM MPPSCHOOL GUDIMELLANKA says:

    Very nice and Humanistic work

  3. K. V. Ravi Prakash says:

    Excellent work by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, this model needs to be replicated in many tribal & rural area of our Country, its a pleasant surprise to know about KISS & their serious professional approach to the forgotten tribal community, wishing the students & team at KISS all the very best!!

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