Kolkata/Bhubaneswar, Nov 19 (LocalWire) Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a residential institute for tribal people based in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar, is all set to open a new branch in Kolkata city of West Bengal.
KISS will operate in Kolkata with the initiative of city-based NGO ‘Help Us Help Them’.
The ‘Bhumi Poojan’ (groundbreaking ceremony) for the new branch was held on Nov 18.
KISS-Kolkata will start functioning from the coming academic session from a 5-acre land near Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kolkata Joka.
In the first phase, 1000 underprivileged children will get education free of cost.
‘Help Us Help Them’ head Mukti Gupta was reportedly so impressed with KISS model during her recent visit to the institute in Bhubaneswar that she decided to start a similar model in Kolkata.
Encouraged by KISS founder Dr. Achyuta Samanta, in the last six months, Gupta organized two fund raising programmes to establish the KISS branch in Kolkata and collected Rs. 15 crore from one corporate house in the first phase and Rs. 10 crore from another corporate house in the second phase. The Rotary Club played a major role in this funding.