KISS’s Novel Initiatives towards Gender Parity
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), two sister institutions of global repute, have been striving for gender parity from the beginning. Kalinga Fellowship is a novel initiative by KISS along with Bridge Institute, Singapore, Ashoka Innovators and philanthropic organizations like Prajwala, Dasra and FXB India Suraksha to create path-breaking solutions to the problems of sexual assault and promote gender justice. The second edition of Kalinga Fellowship concluded in Hyderabad recently. It brought key stakeholders like Business, Government and Civil society together to co-create several sustainable and actionable strategic plans to bring about zero tolerance to sexual assaults on girls. The first edition of Kalinga Fellowship was held in KIIT and KISS last year. The Kalinga Fellows work throughout the year as ambassadors of change by strategically contributing to the cause.
KIIT & KISS believe that growth happens only where women and girl children are empowered and safe. It is a place with zero tolerance to sexual assault. It is the first institution in India with a detailed 24 x 7, 365 Protocol to ensure a free, protective, enabling and empowering campus for girl students. Girl students of KISS, besides core curricular education, are also encouraged to participate in sporting activities, life skills education and various vocational education for economic empowerment. As a result, they have been showing great merit in academics and the extracurricular activities. They have participated in many national and international sports events and tournaments and have brought great glories for the country, the state and the institute as well.
'Kanya Kiran' is another milestone and flagship programme launched by KIIT and KISS in the year 2018. Urban or rural, women in Odisha are getting involved in this year-long programme that extends the same cause and works on similar lines by reaching out to the unreached, remote communities in Odisha. The students, alumni and staff of KIIT and KISS are reaching out to the rural pockets, engage with the parents and guardians of the students and their communities involving their leaders to spread awareness on Zero Tolerance to Sexual Violence and eliminating it.