Union ministers praise Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences
Students, teachers and non-teaching staff members of the Kalinga Institute had a great time on April 15 (Saturday) as the institute was visited by five Union ministers, who spent time with the students and interacted with some of them.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh appreciated the institute's model and explained that education is the most effective way to counter violence. “I am delighted to know that more than 25,000 poor tribal boys and girls are studying here, while over 8300 have already passed out”, Singh stated. It is a great service by KISS, because, otherwise, many among them would have joined the Naxal extremism and become a burden on the Government and people, he explained, adding that with its focus on education of the girl child, KISS is also contributing to check women’s trafficking.
The home minister walked into the sea of children gathered to listen to him and freely mingled with them. He promised to visit again and spend two days at the institute. Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar called KISS as the manifestation of “New India, aspiring India and shining India”. Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” and “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikash” are translated into action here at KISS", Javadekar said. Students here learn values, tradition and culture, besides formal education, he remarked.
Javadekar mingled with the students and reciprocated their greetings. Venkaiah Naidu, Union minister of urban development and housing; urban poverty alleviation and information & broadcasting said that visiting the institute was an incredible experience. “I am seeing the India envisaged by Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi”, he remarked. KISS is a novel institution where poverty alleviation is done through education, Naidu said, adding that it is a role model and inspiration for all and all states should adopt this model. Vijay Goel, Union minister of state (independent charge) for youth affairs and sports dedicated a Sports Authority of India’s Extension Centre at KISS.
The institute will be developed into a laboratory of sports, assured Goel, who also freely mingled with the students reciprocating their greetings and singing with them. Faggan Singh Kulaste, Union minister of state for health and family welfare, who has visited KISS earlier also, said that this institute brings about real empowerment of tribal people at large scale at one place because of Prof. Samanta’s passion for the development of the underprivileged.
“I am thankful to the Union ministers for visiting KISS. Their powerful words motivate 25,000 students of the institute”, said Prof. Samanta, who made it possible for 25000 students to dream and enabled them to chase the dream. KISS is the world’s largest fully free, fully residential institute for 25,000 poorest of poor tribal boys and girls who are provided complete and holistic education from Kindergarten to Post Graduation along with lodging, boarding, health care facilities besides vocational and life skill empowerment.