“Anyone can love a rose, but only a great heart can include the thorns.” In this age of greed, selfishness and hatred, only a great heart can love the unlovable and the less-fortuned and accept them. It is not an easy task to render selfless service to the humanity, when the world around one is neck-deep in corruption, involved in organised loots, murder, scams and fraud to become rich. But in the midst of that also still there are human beings who are sacrificing their lives for the humanity’s sake and selflessly working for their uplift.

When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve.
A four-year-old poor tribal boy not only has proved this adage literally true through his life, but has shown the world that if one is sincere, dedicated, ready to sacrifice, and stays committed; he can overcome every obstacle in life and transform impossibilities into possibilities.
After a brief stint as an academic following completion of his Masters in Chemistry (1987), Achyuta Samanta, with all his savings that amounted to only Rs 5,000 (100 USD), started a small training institute – Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in 1992-93 at Bhubaneswar. He also set up another institute side by side, the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), and dedicated it especially for the basic education of the tribal children.
Samanta, with a vision to build up KISS as a preferred centre of learning for the poorest of the poor indigenous sections of the society, started the institution with 125 tribal children, providing them formal education along with sustainable livelihood and scope for all-round development.
He always nurtured his vision of a world free from hunger, poverty, illiteracy and ignorance because he himself had to go through all these sufferings in his childhood. He set his mission to eradicate poverty and empower the disadvantaged sections of the society through holistic education and providing them with sustainable livelihood. And through holistic education he tried to transform liability into permanent asset and tax consumers into taxpayers, prepare underprivileged children and youth as change agents for their community and to preserve tribal heritage, culture and values.
In 1992, the legendary social architect, embarked on a social development strategy that has been vindicated today, two and half decades later, by global leaders’ strategy for global development – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Started in a rented building, KIIT now stands over 400 acres with 1.5 million sqft of aesthetically built-up area. It has become the most promising university in India with A” category status granted by the Union Ministry of Human Resources.
The university today enjoys the trust of over 27,000 scholars from across the world. KIIT has also created indirect and subsidiary employment opportunities for a million people, besides direct employment to ten thousand people apart from supporting the philanthropic initiative – the KISS.

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)
Started as a protégé of KIIT in 1992-93, KISS, with over 27,000 students today has become the world’s largest residential institute for the indigenous Tribal children. The institute provides free education from kindergarten to post-graduation along with livelihood sustaining vocational and life skills, free lodging, boarding, comprehensive healthcare, and all other amenities that has been facilitating their wholesome growth and complete transformation from social liabilities to social assets, thereby fulfilling SDGs in letter and spirit.
KISS has been kindling peace and progressive spirit in the tribal hinterland of Odisha beleaguered by Naxalite insurgence. The institute has created two Guinness World Records recently. Earlier KIIT and KISS have attained 4 Limca Book Records and 3 Guinness Records.
KISS, which has recently been granted “Special Consultative Status” by the United Nations, is being replicated elsewhere in collaboration with various governments and Corporate. A clone of KISS, KISS-Delhi, established in collaboration with the Government of Delhi, has been operating successfully. Samanta’s “New Mind New Dream” aims at establishing one KISS clone each in 20 districts of Odisha and other state capitals.
Samanta’s brilliant visionary mind knew right from the start that KIIT would sustain KISS as he himself had neither a fortune of his own to spare nor had any influential backing and banking support.
KIIT has been deftly mentored by Samanta and as a result it has consistently grown into a self-sufficient educational organisation and nurtured the growth of KISS, from pillar to pillar. KIIT provided a sustainable financing and technically enabling model for KISS because living on donations, which would come by sporadically, could not have provided a sustainable source of finance and other resources. Since then both the organisations are prospering impressively.
The success of KISS has attracted the attention of planners and administrators of different governments within and without calling for replication of KISS in their respective areas.
Skill Development Programme at KISS links education with productivity, economic development & individual prosperity. Every student undergoes vocational education in one of the 50 trades offered as per his or her talent. It is designed to impart necessary occupational skills among tribal students to mould them into successful entrepreneurs & make them fit in the job market. Vocational education is an integral part of the curriculum at KISS. Along with formal education, it plays an important role in empowerment of tribal students. A remarkable feature of implementation of this important component at KISS is that it enables the students to ‘earn while they learn’.
As a result of this activity, products are made in large scale. These products are readily saleable in the market. KIIT, a large University with an area of 25 sq km, 18,000 students and 5,000 staff, needs these products in large number and is a ready market. It has been decided by the management to distribute one third of the surplus from such sale of products among children engaged in a particular vocational education. Students have the option to send this money to their parents living in villages in abject poverty or to deposit in their bank accounts for their future. More importantly, children are able to acquire skill in a vocational trade so that when he or she passes out is empowered with a skill that will enable them to earn their livelihood.
For example, about 1,000 students are involved in painting. Sale proceeds from this activity exceed Rs 1-crore, out of which Rs 25 lakh is surplus. One-third of this figure, about Rs 8 lakh, is distributed among 1,000 students undergoing vocational education in painting. This way, each student manages to make Rs 700 to Rs 1,000 per month. On one hand students are getting free education, and on the other each child manages to earn up to Rs 1,000 per month, realizing the goal of ‘earn while you learn’.
KISS has always given very high importance towards Academic excellence and providing various opportunities to the students. The students have benefitted from this policy of KISS and have done extremely well in academics and co-curricular activities. The academic performance of the students in the board examinations for the last 5 years has been 100%. The Year 2015-2016 was no different and student did exceptionally well in the board examinations.
KISS recorded 95% result compared to the State average of 85% in the 10th Annual Board Examination (BSE), Odisha-2016. A new record was also set when 1400 students appeared in the 10th board examination.
Faculties in KISS create an intellectual ambience through their research and perennial learning. Some of the faculties were awarded with PhD degree from different State level and National Universities. Similarly, 47 number of KISS students are enrolled for PhD’s.
KISS plans to start Interdisciplinary courses like Tribal Culture, Philosophy and Eco-spiritualism, Indigenous Knowledge, Science & Tech Comparative Tribal Linguistics and Literature Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology, Comparative Indic Studies and Tribal Sciences, Tribal Resource Management, Tribal Legal Studies and Tribal Rights in Post-Graduation from the academic session 2017-18.
The success of KISS has attracted the attention of planners and administrators of different governments within the country and abroad calling for replication of KISS in their respective areas. While a branch of KISS is operating successfully in Delhi, plans are in the offing to open branches of KISS in all the thirty districts of the Odisha, 10 states in India and in 10 foreign countries.

The Saga of Achyuta Samanta

“God raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; He seats them with princes, with the princes of their people.”
The story of Achyuta Samanta is no less than that of the log-cabin-to-the-white house saga of Abraham Lincoln. His life affirms that one needs only a good heart to help others.
Born in 1964 in a poor family at village Kalarabanka in Odisha state, Achyuta lost his father at the age of four. In the midst of abject poverty, along with seven young siblings and a widowed mother, he struggled for survival. The child Achyuta helped his mother while she worked as a menial worker, collected garden litter, pounded parboiled rice and did other menial jobs, did errands for the fellow villagers, tilled lands and grew vegetables and sold them in faraway markets. But he took every opportunity to educate himself and that transformed his life.
Realising that “Poverty creates illiteracy and literacy eradicates poverty”, Achyuta committed himself to self-sacrifice and to act as a medium to eradicate poverty faced by the deprived children, using education as the vehicle of social transformation.
With the single handed initiative Achyuta transformed his native village, Kalarabanka, to a model village in 2005 with all amenities that of a city – schools, library, post-office, banking facilities, hospital, telephone booth with internet facility, community spiritual centres, self-help groups, police outpost, all weather road connectivity, street-lighting, etc. Development of this village has also triggered developments of the entire cluster of neighbouring villages under Manapur Panchayat, which is well on its way to be a Smart Panchayat now.
In a bid to bring about a holistic change in the human society Achyuta has been promoting growth of arts, culture, literature, films and media, and spiritualism.
Achyuta, an icon of simplicity, modesty and transparency, absorbed in his profound epiphany- Art of Giving and Art of Appreciation, and campaigns like India against Negativity and KOMPASSIONS, has been relentlessly spreading the message of peace and universal brotherhood.
Undaunted by more than four decades of struggle-full life, Samanta, who has been honoured world-wide with coveted awards and honorary degrees, remains a classic saga of “Domestic help boy next door to a Gusi Laureate”, and continues his legendary messianic march for a world sans hunger and deprivation with indomitable effort, incessant hard work, unlimited patience endowed with abundant divine blessings.
The gruelling experience of his childhood had convinced this young man quite early in life that deprivation, poverty, ignorance, and illiteracy kill people from within and further deprive them of livelihood earning skills.
A good heart indeed touches every sphere of human living. Though he became an academic but deep within his passionate heart cringed to do something to emancipate the poor and the deprived. His passion took him to the tribal hinterland where he travelled extensively and stayed there for days with the poor and much alienated Juang tribal community in Keonjhar district and the Bhumija and Kolhas of Mayurbhanj district and watched from a very close range how the government and NGO organisations worked in their endeavour to develop the tribal communities.
AchievementsGusi Laureate Achyuta Samanta is founder of KISS Foundation, India; KISS Foundation, UK; and KISS Foundation, USA. He is the Founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology – A multi-disciplinary university with a current student strength of 27,000; Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)- world’s largest fully-free residential KG-to-PG institute for 27, 000 poorest-of-the-poor indigenous aborigine children, an institute with “Special Consultative Status” with the UN; Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences with a 2,000 bedded hospital and other allied institutes like Dental and Nursing Colleges; KIIT International School (with International Baccalaureate affiliation); Kadambini Media Pvt Limited, publisher of ‘Kadambini’ – a popular literary family magazine in Odia since 2000, ‘Kunikatha’ – a magazine for children since 2006, and maker of several award winning movies; Kalinga TV Pvt Ltd- 24×7 News Channel; and the promoter of ‘NANHI PARI’, one-of-its-kinds-in-the-world Little Miss India Competition.
As a social reformer he has been propagating ART OF GIVING (a philosophy of life), a concept aimed at bringing peace to human minds across the globe; ART OF APPRECIATION; and INDIA AGAINST NEGATIVITY to annihilate negativity in human minds. He worked for poverty alleviation; spread of quality education, social reforms, removal of illiteracy and other enterprises impacting socio-cultural and economic situation of the country; creating change agents for the indigenous aborigine community, developing quality sports persons, etc. A KISS boy has been selected to represent India in the 2016 & 2020 Olympic Games in archery.

RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION
Samanta was honoured with Isa Award-2015 for Service to Humanity (with one million USD as prize money) – the highest civilian award of the Kingdom of Bahrain; the highest civilian award of Mongolia-2015; GUSI PEACE PRIZE INTERNATIONAL (the Nobel Peace Prize of Asia) 2014; President’s Gold Medal, CIS International Association of Knowledge, Moscow; High Civilian Award of Czech Republic; ‘Hall of Fame’ Award from World CSR Congress; and the Economic Times Award 2015, for being in the top 50 successful entrepreneurs in India, besides 50 other national and 200 state level awards.
He has also received 36 Degrees of Doctorate/Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from different Universities in India and abroad, besides 4 national & international fellowships (ISTE, CSI, ICA, APACPH). Besides 3 Guinness World Records for KISS, there are 4 Limca Book of Records including one scripted in his name as the Youngest Chancellor of any University in India.
SOCIAL ARENA: Samanta is empowering about 2 Million people through education and skill development in collaboration with a number of organisations like UNFPA. At present he is working for establishment of 20 branches of KISS covering 20 districts of Odisha and another 20 branches across the country besides two branches abroad under his “NEW MIND NEW DREAM” programme, a vision for empowering socio-economic uplift. A Gandhi Gram, a tribal museum and the longest heritage corridor are under way. He has dedicated his life for selfless service for humanitarian cause and has remained a bachelor.
Youngest Chancellor of any Indian University
Prof Samanta served KIIT University as its first Chancellor and has had the distinction of being the youngest Chancellor of any Indian University. He served University Grants Commission (UGC) as Member for two consecutive terms (2008-11 & 2011-2014) and was a Member of the Executive Committee of All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE). He was also member of several other Government of India bodies like, NCTE, ISTE, ISCA, COIR BOARD, CAPART and many more. He has been a Member on the Academic Council of Central University, Silchar, Assam and the Central University, Odisha. He was the first Indian to be Member of both UGC and AICTE simultaneously and the first Odia to become Member of UGC and many other statutory bodies. Presently, he is the General President of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA). He has delivered nearly 100 motivational speeches, including convocation addresses and foundation day lectures, in different institutions and organizations across the country and the globe.

A HOME TO 27, 000 INDIGENOUS STUDENTS


KISS accorded “Special Consultative status with the UN-ECOSOC” is a unique institution which aims at enabling and empowering indigenous children from the hinterlands of India through transformative holistic education. This model of education, that started as a small social enterprise twenty three years ago is today standing proud as the world’s largest residential institute for the indigenous community. It has grown remarkably, in all dimensions, to become the only institution in the world providing free education from Kindergarten to Post-Graduation with vocational and extracurricular training, free lodging and boarding, state-of-the-art pedagogy and facilities for 25,000 students. Students of KISS represent all the 62 indigenous communities of Odisha including the 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG).

Facilities:
KISS has created adequate infrastructure facilities on a par with any other good public school to cater to the academic, residential, cultural, sports and other needs of its students. It has 35 lakh sqft of built up area sprawling over 100 acres of land in three campuses. The facilities include: A two storied computer laboratory equipped with latest hardware and software resources having seating capacity for 600 students; Library with more than 20,000 titles on various topics; A well-equipped modern dispensary with experienced doctors and other supporting staff; a well furnished gym with modern equipment; the campus is well equipped with Wi-Fi system; Separate hostels for boys and girls with two-tier dormitory beds; Clean and hygienic dining-cum-multipurpose hall to accommodate as many as 10,000 students at a time; water filtration plant, mega bathing complex; 10,000 litre solar water heating system; 1,000 kg capacity biogas plant; sewerage treatment plant; Mechanized laundry; Fully mechanized steam-based kitchen.

The Saga of Achyuta Samanta

“God raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; He seats them with princes, with the princes of their people.”

The story of Achyuta Samanta is no less than that of the log-cabin-to-the-white house saga of Abraham Lincoln. His life affirms that one needs only a good heart to help others.

Born in 1964 in a poor family at village Kalarabanka in Odisha state, Achyuta lost his father at the age of four. In the midst of abject poverty, along with seven young siblings and a widowed mother, he struggled for survival. The child Achyuta helped his mother while she worked as a menial worker, collected garden litter, pounded parboiled rice and did other menial jobs, did errands for the fellow villagers, tilled lands and grew vegetables and sold them in faraway markets. But he took every opportunity to educate himself and that transformed his life.

Realising that “Poverty creates illiteracy and literacy eradicates poverty”, Achyuta committed himself to self-sacrifice and to act as a medium to eradicate poverty faced by the deprived children, using education as the vehicle of social transformation.

With the single handed initiative Achyuta transformed his native village, Kalarabanka, to a model village in 2005 with all amenities that of a city – schools, library, post-office, banking facilities, hospital, telephone booth with internet facility, community spiritual centres, self-help groups, police outpost, all weather road connectivity, street-lighting, etc. Development of this village has also triggered developments of the entire cluster of neighbouring villages under Manapur Panchayat, which is well on its way to be a Smart Panchayat now.

In a bid to bring about a holistic change in the human society Achyuta has been promoting growth of arts, culture, literature, films and media, and spiritualism.

Achyuta, an icon of simplicity, modesty and transparency, absorbed in his profound epiphany- Art of Giving and Art of Appreciation, and campaigns like India against Negativity and KOMPASSIONS, has been relentlessly spreading the message of peace and universal brotherhood.

Undaunted by more than four decades of struggle-full life, Samanta, who has been honoured world-wide with coveted awards and honorary degrees, remains a classic saga of “Domestic help boy next door to a Gusi Laureate”, and continues his legendary messianic march for a world sans hunger and deprivation with indomitable effort, incessant hard work, unlimited patience endowed with abundant divine blessings.

The gruelling experience of his childhood had convinced this young man quite early in life that deprivation, poverty, ignorance, and illiteracy kill people from within and further deprive them of livelihood earning skills.

A good heart indeed touches every sphere of human living. Though he became an academic but deep within his passionate heart cringed to do something to emancipate the poor and the deprived. His passion took him to the tribal hinterland where he travelled extensively and stayed there for days with the poor and much alienated Juang tribal community in Keonjhar district and the Bhumija and Kolhas of Mayurbhanj district and watched from a very close range how the government and NGO organisations worked in their endeavour to develop the tribal communities.

Achievements

Gusi Laureate Achyuta Samanta is founder of KISS Foundation, India; KISS Foundation, UK; and KISS Foundation, USA. He is the Founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology – A multi-disciplinary university with a current student strength of 27,000; Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)- world’s largest fully-free residential KG-to-PG institute for 27, 000 poorest-of-the-poor indigenous aborigine children, an institute with “Special Consultative Status” with the UN; Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences with a 2,000 bedded hospital and other allied institutes like Dental and Nursing Colleges; KIIT International School (with International Baccalaureate affiliation); Kadambini Media Pvt Limited, publisher of ‘Kadambini’ – a popular literary family magazine in Odia since 2000, ‘Kunikatha’ – a magazine for children since 2006, and maker of several award winning movies; Kalinga TV Pvt Ltd- 24×7 News Channel; and the promoter of ‘NANHI PARI’, one-of-its-kinds-in-the-world Little Miss India Competition.

As a social reformer he has been propagating ART OF GIVING (a philosophy of life), a concept aimed at bringing peace to human minds across the globe; ART OF APPRECIATION; and INDIA AGAINST NEGATIVITY to annihilate negativity in human minds. He worked for poverty alleviation; spread of quality education, social reforms, removal of illiteracy and other enterprises impacting socio-cultural and economic situation of the country; creating change agents for the indigenous aborigine community, developing quality sports persons, etc. A KISS boy has been selected to represent India in the 2016 & 2020 Olympic Games in archery.

RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION   

Samanta was honoured with Isa Award-2015 for Service to Humanity (with one million USD as prize money) – the highest civilian award of the Kingdom of Bahrain; the highest civilian award of Mongolia-2015; GUSI PEACE PRIZE INTERNATIONAL (the Nobel Peace Prize of Asia) 2014; President’s Gold Medal, CIS International Association of Knowledge, Moscow; High Civilian Award of Czech Republic; ‘Hall of Fame’ Award from World CSR Congress; and the Economic Times Award 2015, for being in the top 50 successful entrepreneurs in India, besides 50 other national and 200 state level awards.

He has also received 36 Degrees of Doctorate/Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from different Universities in India and abroad, besides 4 national & international fellowships (ISTE, CSI, ICA, APACPH). Besides 3 Guinness World Records for KISS, there are 4 Limca Book of Records including one scripted in his name as the Youngest Chancellor of any University in India.

SOCIAL ARENA: Samanta is empowering about 2 Million people through education and skill development in collaboration with a number of organisations like UNFPA. At present he is working for establishment of 20 branches of KISS covering 20 districts of Odisha and another 20 branches across the country besides two branches abroad under his “NEW MIND NEW DREAM” programme, a vision for empowering socio-economic uplift. A Gandhi Gram, a tribal museum and the longest heritage corridor are under way. He has dedicated his life for selfless service for humanitarian cause and has remained a bachelor.  

Youngest Chancellor of any Indian University

Prof Samanta served KIIT University as its first Chancellor and has had the distinction of being the youngest Chancellor of any Indian University. He served University Grants Commission (UGC) as Member for two consecutive terms (2008-11 & 2011-2014) and was a Member of the Executive Committee of All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE). He was also member of several other Government of India bodies like, NCTE, ISTE, ISCA, COIR BOARD, CAPART and many more. He has been a Member on the Academic Council of Central University, Silchar, Assam and the Central University, Odisha. He was the first Indian to be Member of both UGC and AICTE simultaneously and the first Odia to become Member of UGC and many other statutory bodies. Presently, he is the General President of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA). He has delivered nearly 100 motivational speeches, including convocation addresses and foundation day lectures, in different institutions and organizations across the country and the globe.

 

Awards and honours

2004    Humanitarian Award from Mahatma Gandhi Remembrance Organization, Johannesburg, South Africa

Honorary PhD (2002) and DSc (2005) from OIU, Colombo

2007    Priya Odiya Samman 2007 (Most Endeared Personality in Odisha)

Placed within 15 best Social Entrepreneur of the world by Social Edge, an offshoot of Skoll Foundation

Youngest Chancellor of any University in India (Limca Book of Records-2007)

2008    Inducted as a member of UGC for 2 terms

2009    Gandhi Seva Medal by Gandhi Global Family in recognition of Philanthropic and Charitable works for the downtrodden

Degree of Honorary Doctorate (Honoris Causa) from National University of Cambodia

Nominated for International WISE Awards, Qatar Foundation, Doha

2010    Asia’s Best Social Entrepreneur by World HRD Congress, Singapore

National Young EDGE Award – Emerging Direction in Global Education (EDGE) for outstanding contribution in Education

Asia’s Best Social Entrepreneur Award by the World HRD Congress conferred on 23rd July, 2010, Singapore

Swami Vivekananda National Award by the Department of Youth Services and Sports, Govt. of Karnataka

Degree of Honorary Doctorate (Honoris Causa) from Hanseo University, South Korea

2011    Dainik Bhaskar India Pride Award 2011 for being a Change Agent in the field of Social Development and Equity

D.Litt. Degree from Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (Central University), Tirupati (AP)

Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award (Social Bravery Award) in recognition of an exceptional Act of Courage

ICON of Odisha – 2011 by Times of India

Rajdhani Gaurav Samman

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Samman – in recognition of outstanding services, achievements and contributions.

‘Ruchi Odisha Gaurav Samman’

2012    Inducted in the Executive Council of Indian Science Congress Association

15th Bhagwan Mahaveer Award

Honorary Doctorate by National Formosa University, Taiwan

Qimpro Platinum Standard 2011 Award for Education

Jawaharlal Nehru Award

2013    Lifetime Achievement in Education Leadership 2013 Presented by Education World

Kumara Shri 2013 Samman – Presented by YOUTH a socio-cultural organisation for exemplary work in the field of Education & Social Service.

The Highest Prize of Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS) – A Sculpture of Honour of the Goddess of Harvest OPS – in Prague, Czech Republic

Utkalshree Award 2012

2014    Awarded Gusi Peace Prize 2014, Asian Nobel Prize

Awarded President’s Gold Medal 2014 from Russia

Dr Pinnamaneni and Seethadevi Foundation Award

CSI Fellowship Award at Hyderabad

President’s Gold Medal 2014 from International Association of Knowledge, Znanie, Moscow

GUSI Peace Prize International 2014 at Manila, Philippines

Honorary Doctorate of Letters (DLitt) from Chosun University, South Korea

Honorary PhD from Roshdiyeh Higher Education, Tabriz, Iran

‘2013 World of Difference Awards’ by US-based International Alliance for Women (TIAW)

Honorary Doctorate of Letters (DLitt) from International University of Kyrgyzstan

Honorary Doctorate of Letters (DLitt) from Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2015    Civilian Award from Czech Republic

KISS accorded Special Consultative Status with UNECOSOC

Chronicled in Guinness Book of World Records on two counts

‘BEST WORKER’ Highest Civilian Award of Republic of Mongolia

‘Isa Award for Service to Humanity’, the highest civilian award of Bahrain

True Legend Award

Hall of Fame Award presented by World CSR Congress

Successful Entrepreneur Award at Economic Times Entrepreneurship Summit

‘Civilian Award’ Czech Republic

2016    Czech Varsity Confers Honorary Doctorate

Pride of India award

NIQR Bajaj Outstanding Quality Man Award

2017    Assumed charge as General President of Indian Science Congress Association

2017    Honorary Doctorate from North Ossetian State University, Vladikavkaz, Russia

Honorary Doctorate from Dibrugarh University, Assam

Unique Financial Model:
KISS follows a unique financial model, a brainchild of its founder Achyuta Samanta.
●  Growth of KISS has been linked to the growth of KIIT
●  5% of the total turnover of KIIT is donated to KISS as a
charitable/social responsibility
●  Each and every staff willingly contributes 3% of gross salary to KISS
● Contractors/vendors of KITT group contribute 2 to 3% of their profits to KISS
● About Rs 15-crore is received as donations from indi viduals, corporate and organisations
●  Stakeholders of KIIT, guardians of students contribute
benevolently for the noble cause
● About Rs 3–crore is realised from sale proceeds of vocational products by KISS.

Achievements:
Kiss created ripples in academic community by achieving cent percent results in Class X and XII exams. 17 Bonda students, one of the most primitive tribal groups in India, have cleared the 12th exam, as the first generation learners. KISS students brought accolades in academics, sports and other extra-curricular activities. Two of its students received the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2016 awards from President Pranab Mukherjee in 2016. Twenty students were selected for lectureship in different government colleges; 43 students received Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for PhD course; for the first time two tribal students in India have been selected as best Youth Venturers by Ashoka Foundation.
The first batch of KISS students passed MBBS from Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in 2015. Ranjit Naik, a student of the Institute, has been selected to participate in 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He has won many accolades for the country including silver medal in 2nd Asian Grand Prix in 2014 at Taipei, China. KISS students have scored hat-trick in Rugby, winning Rugby World Cup three times –U-14 Boys Rugby World Cup 2007 in London; U-13 Boys International Rugby Tournament 2011 in Manchester and U-13 Girls International Rugby Championship 2014 in London.KISS received recognition from World’s Children’s Prize for child rights. Renowned Professor in Anthropology, Christine Finnan has joined KISS for doing extensive research on the institute. This is the first time an American Fulbright Scholar will be working in any Indian institution.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO ICJ JUDGE DALVEER BHANDARI

Judge of the International Court of Justice Dr Dalveer Bhandari was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award by KISS on the occasion of the National Law Day on the KISS premises on 26th November 2017.  Saswati Bal, President of KIIT & KISS presented the award.

“I am humbled to accept this award as it has the Goodwill and soul of 27,000 children”, Justice Bhandari said. While addressing the gathering, he highly appreciated the selfless deeds of Dr Samanta and thanked the KISS authorities for the award.

KISS Foundation USA
KISS Foundation USA was incorporated on the 11th of August 2015. The purpose of the Corporation shall be exclusively charitable and education. One can make donations, grants and contribution to the KISS Foundation USA to support the education of impoverished children and young people in India and other countries, support the provision of healthcare, accommodation and training to children and young people in need, to raise awareness of the work carried out by the corporation and other educational and welfare organizations.  KISS Foundation USA (Employer Identification Number: 47 – 5363659) is an organization exempt under the Internal Revenue Code classified under the Public Charity section.

DALAI LAMA RECEIVES KISS HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Laureate the 14th Dalai Lama has been honoured with 10th ‘KISS Humanitarian Award’ at a special function held at KISS on November 21, 2017. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS and Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder presented the award before an audience of 27,000 indigenous students of the institute and a host of dignitaries.

In his acceptance speech, The Dalai Lama called for making this century a century of compassion and peace. “Previous century was marred by violence – There were world wars in which atom bombs were also used. Brains of brilliant scientists were utilized for destruction. Let the 21st century be the century of compassion and peace. Peace does not come from outside, rather it comes from inside. We need to destroy our anger, aggression and jealousy. Anger and violence always bring disaster and creates a fearful atmosphere. World peace can be achieved only by inner peace”, the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner said.

“Past is past, but future is in our hand. Your generation is the custodian of 21st century. You are the people who can create new shape of future. You have the opportunity and responsibility to create a new world”, he told the students.

Extolling the works of Dr Achyuta Samanta, The Dalai Lama said, “Dr Samanta is a great humanitarian who loves people and deserves to give humanitarian award and I am expressing my gratitude in receiving this award from him”.

KISS Foundation UK
England and Wales registered with charity number-1144046 is set up with a vision of educating and empowering the poor marginalized section of society who do not get square meal a day. It will support Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) which provides education to indigenous children with food, education, health facilities, sports free of cost from Class 1 to Post-Graduation & professional courses. The charity will broadly involve in education/training, the prevention or relief of poverty and will help children and youth. It will operate to make grants to organisations and provide advocacy / advice / information.
*Author is Executive Editor of Mitaan Express.