A Day in KISS Delhi

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, Odisha is the largest free residential institute for the tribals (indigenous people) in the world. It provides Accommodation, Food, Healthcare, Education from Kindergarten (KG) to Post Graduation (PG), Vocational training and all other basic amenities of life absolutely free to 25,000 underprivileged tribal children with a job assurance after completion of education.

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is a brainchild of noted educational and social entrepreneur Achyuta Samanta, who established this noble institution with uncommon passion and effort. Today KISS has been widely acknowledged as a successful model of tribal empowerment through education by many Statesmen, Diplomats, Social Activists, Nobel Laureates, Chief Ministers, Senior Union Cabinet Ministers as well as leading national and international media.


The prayer is the best way to communicate with God. The daily prayer gives us an opportunity to share all the aspects of one’s life, gratitude and confessing our sins with the almighty. In KISS Delhi, greater importance is given to prayer and it is held twice a day as an act of worship and obedience. The prayer is observed under the guidance of the Principal, Attendants and Residential teachers.


The school assembly works as a unifying force. It works as a source of inspiration and its experiences widen and deepen students’ interests. Assembly is a platform for propagation of commendable work. Outstanding performances and achievements of students in curricular and co-curricular fields get recognized before the entire school. In short all the important news and announcements are done in the Assembly and it inculcates the habit of respecting others’ feelings, courtesy towards speakers and guests, sensible applause at the proper time.


For the primary section classes are held from 08:20 am – 01:00 pm with a recess of 20 minutes in the middle as a refreshment time. KISS Delhi has handpicked the teachers who have vast experience of teaching as well as are well qualified and suitable for the job. Greater importance is laid to teaching methodologies where the child learns from very basic and simple activities, it’s a fun learning session for the children. Supervised studies and Remedial Teaching are also practiced where all the students get their doubts cleared which are held on a daily basis after the classes are over. Special emphasis is laid on the weak students to bring them at par.


Nutrition is very important for everyone, but it is especially important for children because it is directly linked to all aspects of their growth and development, factors which will have direct ties to their level of health as adults. Hence, greater importance is laid on providing Healthy and Nutritious food to the children for their all round development. In the morning milk is given to the children followed by breakfast. Lunch is served to the children in the afternoon followed by refreshment and snacks in the evening. Dinner is served from 08:30 pm – 09:30 pm. It is ensured that protein diet is served which includes fresh Leafy Vegetables, Dal, Paneer, Chicken, Eggs. Sweet dish is cooked on the eve of National Holidays and during the Festival time.


We all know that active children are more likely to mature into physically active adults. The benefits of sport and physical activity for children include reduced risk of obesity, increased cardiovascular fitness, improved coordination and balance, better sleep and improved social skills. Thus KISS keeps a strict vigil on the sports and the physical activities of the children, the activities start in the morning. Bit of sports activities are also included in the school timings by the way of Physical education, Dance and Music classes. In the evening the children spend most of their time in the field where they play a variety of games like, Cricket, Football etc.


The students learn dance and music in the school. During any festival the students will be performing especially on Independence and Republic Day. The school will be celebrating the Annual Fest in which greater importance to the cultural activities/events will be given. It is also proposed to have a Dramatics Club in the school.


The children of the school are very young and belong to the age group of 5-7.5 years so counseling session is held each and every day as they are not used to leave their parents and stay alone. We at KISS spend some quality time with the children counseling them to help them adapt to the new environment. After Dinner, the students go off to bed at 10:00 pm with the lights being switched off.


Activity Duration
Sleeping 7-8 hours
Classroom Teaching / School Hours 5 hours 30 minutes
Study Hours/Remedial Teaching 4 hours 30 minutes
Vocational Education & Training 2 hours
Sports & Physical Education 2 hours
Dining 1 hour
Prayers & Other Activities 1 hour