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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 Adani.

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 help.

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 States.  

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