Four alumni from the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences Sridevi Kanhar Anthropology; Jogesh Huika Sociology; Jagajeevan Majhi Social Work including one KISS-DU alumnus Khirananda Badnaik form Social Work have been selected for Emergent Convergent Fellowship (ECO Fellowship) Odisha by the Sambhav Foundation along with Poverty and Human Development Monitoring Agency (PHDMA), Government of Odisha as the knowledge and hand-holding partner.

ECO Fellowship aims to build the capacity of young people to become change-makers by inculcating hard skills related to understanding human development and soft skills to understand the journey of self-aspirations and life goals. The first cohort of the fellowship started with an intensive 12-day training programme by various industry experts and government leaders. The fellows will go through an immersive field experience while capturing the narratives of change and understanding last-mile governance implementation issues and resolving them with convergence.
The overall coordination was done by the Training and Placement Cell, KISS-DU.