Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has been honoured with ‘Leadership Award’ by National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, Govt. of India. The award was given to KISS on February 19 at a special function in New Delhi. Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu handed over the award to Professor Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS which carries a citation, medal and shawl.KISS is the first ever institute to get such prestigious award for its services in the field of education for Scheduled Tribes. As a mark of recognition for yeomam services rendered by educational institutes, including universities, colleges and schools, for upliftment of education among Scheduled Tribes, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes have been giving Leadership Award to one educational institute of the country. The award was given in the eve of the first ever Foundation Day celebration of NCST. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKISS is a unique initiative of social transformation through holistic education. Founded by noted educationist and social activist Dr Achyuta Samanta, it is the largest residential institute for the tribals in the world, providing accommodation, food, healthcare, and education from KG to PG, vocational training and all other basic amenities of life absolutely free to 27,000 poorest of the poor children since last 27 year. It is a home for 50,000 tribal students – 27,500 existing students, 15000 well-placed alumni and more than 10,000 students in its various satellite centers. The institute provides quality education from Kindergarten to Post-Graduation. This kind of model has not been possible across the globe. Expressing satisfaction, Dr Samanta said, it is a rare achievement. He dedicated the award to all teachers, staff and students of KISS.