Published On: Mon, Aug 1st, 2016

VUS in association with Odisha Govt celebrated Biju Patnaik birth Centenary at Banaras Hindu University

bijuVaranasi: Varanaseya Utkal Samaj (VUS) in association with Government of Odisha celebrated Biju Patnaik birth Centenary on 31st July, 2016 at Seminar Complex, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Shri Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of Culture & Tourism, Govt. of Odisha inaugurated the programme as Chief Guest. Shri Panda in his speech described the contribution of Biju Babu for Odisha and for the country. On this occasion, a one day seminar titled “Biju Babu: The Architect of Modern Odisha” was held. Prof. Surya Narayan Misra, Former Head, Dept. of Political Science, Utkal University delivered a talk on “Biju Era and Society Polity and Economy of Odisha” as chief speaker. Prof. Binda Paranjape, Vice-President, VUS had chaired the session. In the morning session, a painting competition on the “Portrait of Biju Babu” was also held among the students of Banaras Hindu University and Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi. Noted painter Shri Bijay Biswaal joined the programme as special invitee. In a special session, he demonstrated the art of painting. Varanaseya Utkal Samaj felicitated him for his remarkable contribution in the field of Fine art.
In the afternoon session, a panel discussion under the chairmanship of Prof. Gopabandhu Mishra on the topic “Role of youth for Modern Odisha” was held. Dr. Kalyan Ghadei was the moderator and Soumyajt Das, Saswati Anupama Sahoo, Sipun Das, Dilip Kumar Sahoo, Bandanarani Barik, Tanmya Ranjan Patra were the panelist. Prof. Mrutyunjaya Mishra, Dept. of Economics, BHU also delivered an invited talk on “Development paradigms for Odisha”. Dr. Amiya Kumar Samal, General Secretary, VUS conducted the programme. Prof. B. K. Panda, Prof. Pradosh Mishra, Dr. Swarna Khuntia, Dr. Manoj Mishra, Dr. Alekh Sahu, Dr. Kalyan Ghadei, Prof. S. N. Samal and around 500 Odia and non-odia people were present in the programme.

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