Hyderabad: Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS) is contemplating to establish a school for tribal students on the city outskirts. The proposal will soon be sent to the Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Speaking about the project Achyuta Samanta, founder of KISS said, "The KISS, home to 25,000 tribal children in Bhubaneswar, aims to provide holistic education by incorporating Telangana government's KG to PG scheme scheduled to begin from next academic year."
KISS is a sister concern of Kalinga Foundation which also runs the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University.
Addressing the media recently, Samanta said, "In the proposal, we have sought land from the Telangana government on the outskirts of the city to provide free education along with residential facilities to tribal students."
Initially, KISS intends to provide education to 1,000 tribal students from class 1 to 8. "Our aim is to have one KISS in each district of the country to provide free education to students belonging to below poverty line families," said Samanta.
The institute will either follow curriculum by the state-government or the Central Board of Secondary Education. To establish this institute, the KISS will seek an initial investment of Rs 15 crore.
The institute is also in talks with the Andhra Pradesh government for establishment of KISS. "During my last meeting with the chief minister of AP, Chandrababu Naidu, he had shown immense interest in setting up KISS in AP. This time, we plan to approach the government with a concrete plan," said Samanta.
KISS plans to operate in Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh
The parent institute of KISS is located at Bhubaneswar has recently been accorded special consultative status by the United Nations. Apart from Telangana, the institute also plans to expand its operations in Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, informed Samanta. "The model of KISS is widely appreciated by a lot of people in the society. This inspired us to spread our operations in other parts of the country so that education eventually eradicates poverty among tribals," said Samanta.