The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, which has bagged the status of a deemed university, has decided to help tribal students steer clear of the path of Maoism.
The institute has the potential to bring students from the marginalised communities to the main stream, Achyuta Samanta, the founder and mentor of the institute, said today.
Samanta was in Calcutta today to announce the new status of the institute which, he said, should be considered as the first tribal university in the country.
The Union ministry of human resource and development had accorded the institute deemed university status last week.
The institute that started in 1993 have 25,000 tribal students from Odisha and other parts of the country on its rolls now. Education comes free of cost at the institute. Sixty per cent of the enrolled students are girls.