KISS as a Destination of WAC 2023

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is an NGO-cum-Deemed University located in the state of Odisha in India, providing free education from Grade 1 to PhD with vocational and extracurricular training, free lodging and boarding, state-of-the-art pedagogy and facilities for 60,000 indigenous students. Of these, 30,000 students reside at the primary campus in Bhubaneswar, 15,000 at various satellite centers across the State and country, while another 15,000 are now alumni.

In this endeavour, KISS is unique; besides being the world’s first tribal residential university, KISS has also gained special consultative status with the United Nations, and works tirelessly with NGOs, and other global and national organisations to provide various workshops, training camps and opportunities for its ever-growing family of students. Since its humble inception with merely 125 students, KISS has grown to its present strength, representing all 62 tribes of Odisha.

KISS simultaneously empowers tribal communities and preserves their culture and heritage, through founder – Dr. Achyuta Samanta’s – vision of literacy. By providing holistic quality education, food, healthcare and security to all its students, KISS enables tribal communities to understand their rights, thereby protecting them from the influence of forces who could take advantage of their isolation from urban India. In this endeavour, KISS addresses the visions of some of India’s founders such as Nehru and Gandhi, as well as recommendations of some of India’s earliest policies on tribal education, such as the 1960 Dhebar Commission Policy Review and the 1986 National Policy on Education. Central to these visions and recommendations was the importance of promoting higher education for tribal students, while celebrating their rich cultural identity and promoting their creative talent. These ideas form the very core of KISS’ relationship with its students, who are empowered – through quality curricular and extra-curricular education – to become torch-bearers of peace and progress in their communities. Our academic and philanthropic endeavours focus on promoting social sciences and tribal studies within the Indian context.

Through partnership with various UN bodies, and our 20+ years of experience within the development field of Odisha, we strive to propel KISS, and tribal Odisha towards the transformative 2030 Agenda shared by the United Nations. Our outlook and approaches are all geared towards a holistic and integrated approach towards the 2030 Agenda. KISS also prides itself on not only facilitating change with its direct student body, but also through its engagement with tribal communities of Odisha. We regularly host and facilitate trainings, workshops and outreach programmes that integrate tribal communities in more than one way. Instrumental to this approach are the parents & families of our students, our district coordinators, local governance and concerned volunteers and citizens of Odisha.

KISS stands for Gender Equity, Vocational Empowerment and Women’s Empowerment based on the 3E formula of “Enable, Educate and Empower.” The most important principle of the success of this model is the indigenous control of education, where importance is given to preserving the culture, heritage and traditions of tribal communities.

Explore KISS

KISS Foundation Overview

KISS University Overview

Green Initiatives by KISS

Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education

Jungle Cry – Movie Based on KISS Rugby Players


2012 Inter-Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), under the topic “Children and Youth in a Changing World”, jointly organised by IUAES Commission on Children, Youth and Childhood, and KISS.
A team of representatives from KISS were also present at IUAES World Congress 2018, Brazil, where they successfully bidded to host IUAES 2023 at KISS campus in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
The main conference was arranged to be held at KISS and KIIT Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India from 15th to 19th January 2023, with a Pre conference to be held at University of Delhi from 12th to 14th January 2023, and a Post conference to be held at Sambalpur University from 20th to 22nd January 2023.

Video Snippets

International Day Of The World’s Indigenous Peoples celebration at KISS

KISS to host 19th IUAES World Congress of Anthropology

Soumendra Patnaik, VC Utkal University & Deepak Behera, VC Sambalpur University

Press Meet – World Congress of Anthropology 2023

History of Hosting

KISS has a proven track record of successfully hosting numerous high profile academic events including:

  • 7th Indian Youth Science Congress in 2016
  • 41st All-India Sociological Conference (AISC) of the Indian Sociological Society in 2015
  • 85th Annual Session of National Academy of India, Sciences (NASI) in 2015

  • 88th Annual Meeting of Association of Indian Universities in 2014
  • 99th Session of the Indian Science Congress including Children’s Science Congress and Women’s Science Congress in 2012 (with more than 2000 academicians in attendance, graced by Prime Minister of India)
  • 36th Session of the Indian Social Science Congress in 2012

  • Inter-Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) on “Children and Youth in a Changing World” in 2012


KISS, along with its sister organisation, KIIT University have all the pre-requisite infrastructure needed to host large scale international events such as the proposed WAC 2023.

This includes:

  • 12 Auditoriums with Maximum 6,000 capacity
  • University spreading across 400 acres of land
  • 25 conference halls
  • 1000 Rooms for parallel Close panel & Open Panels Session
  • Open Air Theatres
  • University Guest Houses with accommodation capacity of 1000 people
  • Spacious multipurpose conference halls and auditoriums with the latest audio visual equipment
  • Several guesthouses, both on and off campus, and amenities including world-class sports and gym facilities and multiple dining halls and cafeterias
  • Well connected, spacious and eco-friendly campuses that foster a learning environment of diversity and harmony

Additionally, KISS has both buy-in and assurance for technical and logistical support (visa, accreditation, etc.) from the Government of India and the state Government of Odisha. In order to ensure a successful international event, we can leverage our extensive network with top political and bureaucratic leadership, academia, media and service providers – ensuring that the required funds, government approvals and support services are made available for the event.