Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar is featured on ‘India’s Mega Kitchen’ programme of National Geographic channel.
It is the world’s largest tribal school, provides accommodation and study both along with healthcare food to 25,000 on daily basis. Its students are educated from kindergarten to post-graduate level at the KISS school and the associated KISS college for higher education.
The institute was founded in 1993 by Achyuta Samanta, who also founded the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT). It began with 125 tribal students and some financial support from the ministry of tribal affairs.
The institute is setting up 20 KISS branches in Odisha’s tribal areas. Work has also started in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Delhi with support from the non-profit KISS Foundation. The foundation’s aim is to educate 200,000 adivasi (tribal people) by 2020. The foundation follows what it calls the “Art of Giving”, a humanitarian and philanthropic concept of simple living and high thinking.
KISS is a converging point of 62 tribes of which 13 primitive tribes come from isolated corners of Odisha and India. They have different culture, dialect and food habits. But a single institute unites them all. 25000 students stay in a single campus, eat healthy nutritious food and get quality education. It is a herculean task.
KISS serves more than 50,000 meals to its students on a daily basis. Watch this episode of India’s Mega Kitchen to know more about KISS, Bhubaneswar.