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.
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 (27,500 existing students, 12,500 well placed alumni and 10,000 students in its various satellite centres) 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.
Established in 1992 by eminent educationist and social activist Prof. Achyuta Samanta and opened five years later as a centre for higher learning, KIIT Deemed to be University is today one of the most prestigious universities in India. Its commitment to teaching excellence led to the grant of university status under Section 3 of UGC Act, 1956 by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India in 2004, within only seven years of its inception. KIIT is relatively young, but prizes excellence and ambition. The contributions of KIIT's faculty, students and alumni have been earning national and international recognition.
It serves more than 30,000 students through its 19 Schools imparting globally recognised bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programmes in 100 plus disciplines, spanning engineering, medicine, management, biotechnology, law and more. Apart from global recognition and pedagogical excellence, the University provides the best possible academic and non-academic grooming and empowerment that enable one to become a global citizen and make an impact in the global workplace.
KIIT is an internationally-focussed university and welcomes students from all corners of the globe. With international students enrolled from around 50 countries, it prides itself on being a cosmopolitan and multicultural campus. Laying claim to a global mindset, the university actively partners with other leading higher education institutions around the world to provide international opportunities to its students and faculty. With tie-ups with over 175 leading institutions of the world, KIIT has a presence in over 50 countries, including USA, UK, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea and Kenya.
KIIT is a multi-campus university. Its 23 campuses span 25 sq. km. and have a built up area of 13 million sq. ft. Apart from academic blocks, administrative blocks and student residences, attractions on campus include a Rose Garden, Art Gallery, Sculpture Garden, Tribal Museum and a 35000-capacity multisport stadium.
KIIT emphasises close collaborations between faculty and students to address academic, technological and societal challenges. A strong and effective tutor-mentoring system is among many innovative teaching-learning and student-friendly initiatives taken by KIIT. Students of the University have not only gone on to join some of the world's most successful companies, but also excelled in fields of their choosing, including participating in Olympic games as a member of Indian contingent.
KIIT is unique in integrating professional education with social concern. Its protégé, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), provides holistic education from KG to PG, food accommodation, health care and all basic necessities absolutely free to 27,500 poorest of the poor tribal children.National & International Standing
Committed to excellence and global cooperation in higher education, KIIT Deemed to be University is member of prominent national and international university networks such as: