Bhubaneswar: Sportswoman Purnima Hembram, who brought glory for the country in the Heptathlon event by bagging Bronze medal in the recently concluded 22nd Asian Athletics Championship held in Bhubaneswar, has joined Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) to pursue Graduation studies. Purnima joined in +3 Arts stream today.
Purnima, who hails from Mayurbhanj district, was welcomed to the KISS premises by renowned educationist and founder of the institution Dr Achyuta Samanta.
On her first day in the world’s largest residential institute for indigenous children, Purnima took a glimpse of the classrooms and other facilities inside the campus. Later, she participated in the prayer class with the students.
Expressing her happiness at getting a chance to join an institution like KISS, Purnima hoped it would greatly benefit her in nurturing her inner potential.
“Getting a chance to get into KISS is in itself a very big opportunity for tribal girls like us. I am from a very poor family. Tribal children are so poor that they can’t even afford to buy a pair of shoes, forget about higher education,” said Purnima.
Dubbing the KIIS founder as a man with a big heart, she said, ‘Dr Achyuta Samanta always helps sportsmen to realize their dreams.”
“It is a big thing that a sportswoman like Purnima has joined KISS. It is more important that tribal sports talents like Purnima, who hails from Mayurbhanj district which had produced several other big players for the State in past has faith in our institute. We hope she will nurture her talent by studying here and bring more glory for the country,” KISS sports director Gaganendu Das said on Purnima’s enrolment in the institute.
Notably, Jauna Murmu, another tribal sportswoman, had also joined KISS to pursue her Post Graduate degree recently. Jauna had qualified for World Athletic Championships to be held in UK in the 400m and 400m hurdles.