Deepak-In Quest Of Happiness

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Everybody in this world wants happiness. But the person who has the blessings, love and affection of his parents is really happy. Father and mother are two such unique personalities who symbolize the happiness of the whole universe. But there are many in this world who are deprived of the twin blessings in this world. Deepak, the protagonist of this case study is one such character. Though he is very young in age, he has been deprived of these blessings early in life by the hands of destiny. 

Deepak was born to Endriya and Panina Mondol of remote Jenapada village of Nuapada block in Guajarati district of Odisha. They belong to the tribal community of “Soura”. The father’s earning was not enough for the family. Yet they pulled on. Little Deepak spent his days in the love and affection of his parents. The parents dreamt a lot for the boy. But, the happy days did not last long. In a tragic and fatal road accident Deepak’s father lost his life. It was as if the sky fell on the family. Deepak was deprived of fatherly love before he could understand anything about this world. His mother was crestfallen. She could not figure out how she could survive alone in this world with her child without any support. All her dreams about her son evaporated in thin air. At this juncture, Deepak’s maternal uncle came to their rescue. Though not a well-to-do person himself, yet he tried to bring up little Deepak. It is said, time heals everything. In the meantime, Deepak’s uncle came to know about Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) at Bhubaneswar from one of his acquaintances. He came to KISS with a lot of hope with Deepak and his mother. The uncle longed to fulfil his nephew’s dreams and sought to provide him with a platform. 

Deepak was studying in class-I in village. He was admitted into class-II in KISS in 2018. The early days at KISS were difficult for the little boy as he left behind his village and mother and tried to adjust to the new environment. By this time he had understood the absence of his father. Gradually Deepak grew up in KISS. The supporting environment coupled with the love and affection of teachers kindled Deepak’s desire to do something in life. He has resolved not to let go the life time opportunity of making a mark in his life. Further he is motivated to study well, become a good man and make his distraught mother a little happy. At even this young age, he feels motivated by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and wants to give back to the society. Deepak wants to become an able teacher and teach poor children like him from his village, who are deprived from education. 

KISS was founded by eminent educationist, social activist and philanthropist Dr. Achyuta Samanta in 1992-93. After more than three decades of glorious journey, Dr. Samanta doesn’t require an introduction. From negotiating through arduous early years today he has become a great rallying point for people at home and abroad.

KISS stands out like a signature symbol of Dr. Samanta’s tenacity and determination. Currently, he is a Member of Indian Parliament, Lok Sabha. Besides education and tribal upliftment, healthcare and rural development, he has contributed immensely to art, culture, literature, film, media, society and national integration. His contribution to the field of sports requires a huge canvass to list its rise and expanses, right from the grassroots to the international victory podiums. The enormity of the man can hardly be elaborated within the concise space of admiration on papers.

Besides KISS, he also founded Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), and both educational institutions have achieved global repute and recognition. KIIT is an Institution of Eminence and one of the most prominent universities in India and globe for professional education having more than 30,000 students from all over India and 65 other countries. KISS is a home for 60,000 indigenous children all absolutely free. 

Tribal children are nurtured here to be the change agents and through their education and training they become India’s quality human resources. Earlier the indigenous children were lured by the ultras and with a few thousand rupees their parents too used to send them to join the disruptive forces. KISS has been able to stop this social menace to a great extent. Several schemes like ‘earn while you learn’, jobs after completion of education, trainings for sustainable livelihood, etc have motivated these indigenous youth not to become easy prey of the disruptive forces. Several boys and girls from KISS have represented India in various national and international sports competition(s) and brought laurels to the state and India. International organizations like UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, US Department of State, British Council, Australian Government, Bernard van Leer Foundation have been associated with the KISS. KISS is also setting up sister branches in different parts of the state and of country for the underprivileged children.

Deepak’s mother says that had it not been for KISS, her son would not have been anywhere and feels grateful to Dr. Samanta. It is hoped, Deepak will fulfill his life dreams with the grace of the Almighty.

Deepak’s story is one of the many instances where KISS continues to work in mission mode to remove poverty, hunger and illiteracy from the society.

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