The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) would soon propose the idea of establishing a tribal school for the students of city outskirts to the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Telangana government has initiated their KG to PG scheme which is scheduled to begin from the next academic year, under which holistic and overall education of the school students would get ensured by the government. KISS has proposed to incorporate its idea of Tribal School under the scheme and provide holistic education to the students of the tribal community.
KISS is operational in Bhubaneswar, where it is giving home to 25000 tribal children and providing them adequate education. It is a sister organization of Kalinga Foundation, that also runs the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University. According to the founder of KISS, Achyuta Samanta regarding the proposal, “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.” He said that the intention of KISS is to provide education to at least 1000 students from class 1 to 8. He further mentioned, “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.”
The institute is expected to follow either state board curriculum or Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum. The KISS has demanded an initial investment of Rs. 15 crore from the government to establish the institute. Along with the Telangana government the KISS is also in talks with the Andhra Pradesh Government to establish tribal school for the children in the outskirts of the state.
The main institute of KISS is located at Bhubaneswar, Orissa, where it is presently accommodating and educating more than 25000 tribal students. It has recently been accorded special consultative status by the United Nations.