K'taka: Educationist to create tribal university

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Bangalore, Jan 25: Dr Achutya Samanta, who is credited with created a technical education hub in the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in Orissa, is now on a mission to set up another university exclusively to cater to tribal students.

Dr Samanta told visiting journalists from city that the first tribal varsity will initially have an intake of 10,000 students.

The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) set up by him in 1994 with an intake of 5000 tribal students to impart school education would be converted into India's first tribal university next year.

Dr Samanta, who is the Founder and Vice Chancellor of KIITU, said KISS has staked claim for entry into the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest residential tribal school.

KISS, started with just Rs 5,000 initially, has now become the preferred centre of learning in emerging areas with assets worth more than Rs 1000 crore.

Equipped with hostels, computer centres, medical facilities, library, and classrooms ensures proper tribal care under one roof and is being modelled as an another 'Shantiniketan' started by Ravindranath Tagore.

The new tribal university seeks to enable tribal children to lead a decent life through making quality education available to them.

He also had plans set up campuses of KISS at district level in Orissa to cater to tribal students of remote areas besides an International school.


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