IIMs after tribal youth
Ganeswar Miniaka, 20, who belongs to Odisha's primitive Kandha tribe, has been invited by several prestigious institutions, including Indian...
Ganeswar Miniaka, 20, who belongs to Odisha's primitive Kandha tribe, has been invited by several prestigious institutions, including Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), after he scored 56.46 percentile in the Common Admission Test (CAT) held in October last year - thanks to his efforts and the support provided to him by a private institution here. "Although I have got six calls including those from IIM-Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Kashipur (Uttarakhand) and Udaipur (Rajasthan), I have decided to join IIM-Thiruchirapalli," Miniaka said. Miniaka, a resident of Serigumma village in Rayagada district, about 550 km from here, attributes his success to his continuous efforts and the support he received from Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), which provided him free coaching, study environment and proper care. Located in Bhubaneswar, KISS is home to around 20,000 tribal children who receive free education from kindergarten (KG) to post-graduate (PG) level and vocational training. Miniaka was invited by KISS in 2010 to take admission in a three-year degree course after he passed the Class XII examination with 68 percent marks from a college in the district headquarters town of Rayagada. He cleared the commerce degree programme this year with distinction. "I used to help my father in agricultural work during my school days. I had never thought I would ever be able to study in a B-school. It has become possible only because of KISS," he said.