Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), the largest tribal institute of the world, provides food, accommodation, health care and all the basic necessities of life absolutely free to 50,000 (30,000 existing students and 20,000 graduates) poorest of the poor tribal children to pursue their studies here from KG to PG as well as vocational training. KISS, as a unique experiment to eradicate poverty through education and use of education as a tool to empower the underprivileged section of the society and provide sustainable employment, is being hailed by statesmen, policy makers, planners, social workers from India and abroad.
KISS has been declared a Deemed University (U/S 3 of UGC Act, 1956) by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India on August 25, 2017. With this, it has become the First tribal university in India and in the entire world. Organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2015. NGO Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information ( UNDPI).