MoU with Adani: KISS-Mayurbhanj in offing

Bhubaneswar, Oct 24: The Kalinga
Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
with the Adani Foundation, Ahmadabad to set up a branch of the institute in the
tribals-populated district of Mayurbhanj.
Founder of KIIT & KISS Dr Achyuta
Samanta and Adani Foundation chairperson Priti Adani signed the agreement in
the presence of Adani Group president Goutam Adani and vice-chairman Karan
The Adani Foundation has agreed to
finance the infrastructural facilities. In fact, the KISS purchased the land in
Baripada, the district headquarter of Mayurbhanj, five years back for setting
up a replica of the KISS to impart quality education to underprivileged tribal
children of this district and other districts.
Dr Samanta had requested the Adani
Foundation regarding opening of a new KISS branch in Mayurbhanj. The Adani
Foundation president who had already been aware of the KISS readily agreed to
As per the MoU, the Adani Foundation
would provide onetime infrastructure assistance for the purpose. Goutam Adani
said, “It is our pleasure to be associated with a noble cause like KISS. The
Mayurbhanj branch will start operating from the next academic year. It would
provide underprivileged tribal students of Mayurbhanj and adjacent districts
quality education.”
It may be noted that the KISS has
already purchased land in many tribals-populated districts including Koraput,
Kalahandi, Balangir, Sundargarh and Keonjhar to set up replicas of the KISS.
For this, Dr Samanta has been contacting many corporate houses for their
support for last two years. Meanwhile, some corporate houses have agreed to
support opening of KISS branches.
Besides Emami-Balasore and
Adani-Mayurbhanj, six other corporate houses have been agreed to support KISS
branches in six 0other districts. As many as eight to 10 KISS branches would be
started in the districts concerned very soon, informed Dr Samanta, adding that
in each branch 1,200 students would be taken. He thanked the Adani Foundation
for its support for KISS-Mayurbhanj.
The KISS is the largest tribal institute
of its kind to provide education from KG to PG with free food and residential
facilities to more than 25,000 tribal children of Odisha and the neighbouring

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