BENGALURU: Bhubaneswar-based Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS) has announced that it will set up a branch on the outskirts of Bengaluru.The university recently became the first tribal institute in the country to be granted deemed status. Prof Achyuta Samanta, founder of the institute, made the announcement here on Friday. The varsity is in the process of setting up branches in 20 states. “We are planning to set up a branch on the outskirts of Bengaluru. It will be finalised soon,” he said.
Institute authorities said they received a communication from the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development on August 25 confirming their deemed status. Samanta said, “We will start seven new innovative departments which include department of tribal culture, philosophy and eco-spiritualism, indigenous knowledge, science and technology. There will be departments to study tribal literature and linguistics.”The institute was founded in 1992 with 125 tribal students. Now, it has over 27,000 students.
“About 60 per cent of the students in our institute are girls,” said Samanta.