HYDERABAD: School education system has to be strengthened to develop students as holistic individuals, stressed Achyuta Samanta, recipient of Gusi Peace Prize.
Samanta, founder of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneshwar, received Gusi Peace Prize in Manila, Philippines, a few days ago. He visited Hyderabad on Saturday to create awareness on providing right education to children from underprivileged sections to equip them with life skills to survive in today’s competitive world.
Achyuta Samanta was selected for the award for his efforts to alleviate poverty through education of underprivileged children. KISS, founded by him provides free education and residential facility to about 22,500 tribal children in Odisha state. Samanta founded the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University and the revenue from KIIT is being used to fund KISS.
“Odisha is home to more than 60 primitive tribes and we have selected the path of education to bring them into the main stream. Starting with just 125 students 20 years ago, today we have thousands of tribal students from KG to PG. Through KISS, we proved that education is the only truested source for the development of underprivileged children,” he said at a press conference here.
KISS has a branch in New Delhi and Achyuta Samanta is planning to set up another branch in Hyderabad too.
Impressed by KISS, the Delhi government has provided land and other facilities to set up the institute there. If Telangana government also provides us support, we will set up a branch in Hyderabad, added Samanta.