The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, has recently been granted University status by the HRD Ministry, making it the first exclusive tribal university in the world. It has also been accorded Special Consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
The institution, founded by Professor Achyuta Samantha in 1993 with just 125 children from the neighbouring tribal areas, has grown over the years, with 27,000 students now. It offers holistic residential education from kindergarten to post graduation, along with vocational skill training and healthcare facilities, free of cost for all tribal students. Branches are to be set up in 30 districts of Odisha and other States over the next decade to provide education to 200,000 poor indigenous children.
Rotary News had featured about the institute in its October 2014 issue (https://rotarynewsonline.org/their-smiles-tell-the-story/).