Shobhaa De Delivers Talk at KISS

Contributions of KISS in Tribal Empowerment Surprise Central Govt

KISS Model to be Replicated in all States: Hon'ble Union Minister Shri Kantilal Bhuria


Shobhaa De Delivers Talk at KISS

Ms Shobhaa De, eminent writer and columnist, delivered a talk at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on 27th February 2010. The talk constitutes a part of sixty-day Lecture Series under International Seminar on 'We and Our Tribes', organised by KISS and inaugurated by Shri Kantilal Bhuria, Hon'ble Union Minister of Tribal Affairs on 10th February 2010.     

Touching upon the subject, Ms De said that the tribal culture still in archaic mode in India. While everyone is moving forward in today's rapidly modernising world, this has failed to cast its influence on the tribal culture, she observed. However, it is important to respect and preserve their culture, she stressed. Ms. De was accompanied by her husband Mr. Dilip De on her visit to KISS, the largest residential institute for tribals in Asia. This is her second time visit to this institute.        

Showering lavish praises on Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, she said that that only ten more visionaries like Dr. Samanta are enough to ensure rapid development of the country. KISS should transfer his vision all over the world, she stated, while appreciating the achievements of KISS students in rugby, hockey, etc. The optimism seen on the faces of KISS students reflects Dr. Samanta’s dedication and tireless efforts, she said, adding that it is a matter of privilege to be here.

Expressing gratitude to literary genius Ms. Shobhaa De and Mr. Dilip De for visiting KISS, Dr. Samanta said that it is a golden moment to be in inspiring company of personalities like them.

Contributions of KISS in Tribal Empowerment Surprise Central Govt

Contributions and services of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in the field of tribal empowerment without any Government aid has surprised the Central Government. This sentiment was expressed by Shri Kantilal Bhuria, Hon’ble Minister for Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India, who returned back to Delhi after one-day visit to KISS on 10th February 2010. Taking a note of the worldwide reputation of this unique institution for tribals, Shri Bhuria lauded its activities terming it as an example to be emulated by all.

Facilities and care provided to 10,000 tribal children are no way less than any public school, he observed, while expressing surprise that KISS has come to this level without any Government aid. On the contrary, various projects similar to KISS have not had much success despite huge Government expenditure on them, he noted. Stating that experiences of KISS are a source of learning for the Ministry, the Hon'ble Minister requested Dr. A. Samanta, Founder of KISS & KIIT to help establish institutions on the patterns of KISS in every state of the country. Shri Bhuria assured all assistance to him in this direction.

The Minister was surprised to learn from Dr. Samanta about generous financial provision for KISS and its excellent management, despite a loan burden of 250 crore on KIIT. Students are insulated from any adverse impact from this. He assured all possible help to the institution from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for its further development. Prior to visiting KISS, Shri Bhuria had gathered detailed information on the institution.

"It is a noble initiative by Dr. Samanta, a man who has spent his childhood in poverty", the minister remarked, terming it one of its kind in the world. KISS was established in 1993 in a rented house with 125 tribal students. At present it has 10000 students.

KISS Model to be Replicated in all States: Hon'ble Union Minister Shri Kantilal Bhuria

An International Seminar on 'We and our Tribes' was inaugurated by Shri Kantilal Bhuria, Hon’ble Minister for Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on 10th February 2010. KISS is a model institute, which provides free health and food to 10,000 tribal students, besides education from Kindergarten to Postgraduate level, the Hon’ble Union Minister observed, while stating that educational institutes on the patterns of KISS would be set up for tribals in different parts of the country.     

He reminded Mahatma Gandhi's assertion that India can get independence in true sense of terms only when tribals will join the mainstream through education and said that KISS has realized this dream of Mahatma Gandhi. Informing that residential tribal institute on the patterns of KISS will be established on 40 acre land in every state, he welcomed the management of KISS to take initiative in this direction. All possible support will be extended by the Ministry for this, Shri Bhuria assured. 

He complemented KISS as the largest 'Santiniketan' in Asia. Vocation training imparted by KISS is of a high standard, Shri Bhuria said, while assuring all assistance through TRIFED to further develop it. He stressed on creation of market for the products made in vocational training centers. At KISS Campus, He unveiled a golden plaque in his honour and inaugurated a stall for vocational training products managed by the students of KISS.     

Lack of access to education is a major problem for tribals, he said and informed that the Ministry has initiated many measures to overcome this problem. Eklavya institutions have been started in all the States during the current financial year and adequate financial assistance made available to them, he stated.  

The Hon’ble Union Minister visited different units of KISS and planted a sapling. His other programmes in KISS included inauguration of UNFPA-KISS Life Skill Office and a Dongaria Kondh Demo House.  

Apprising various steps taken for upliftment of tribals, Dr. A. B. Ota, Director, State Tribal Research and Training Institute said that training has been provided to poor tribal to make them self dependent. They have also been provided housing under Indira Awas Scheme, he added. Informing about the Tribal Seminar, Dr. Satyendra Patnaik of KISS said that a large number of eminent academicians and personalities will deliver lecture on various aspects of tribal development during the course of next two months.

Delivering the welcome address, Dr. A. Samanta said that visit of the Hon’ble Union Minister and tribal leader Shri Kantilal Bhuria has fulfilled long standing wishes of the students of KISS. Smt. Saswati Bal, President, KISS also spoke on the occasion. Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS proposed vote of thanks.