MANTHAN: Churning The Ocean Of Knowledge
On 6th September 2017, the Govt. Of India decided to honour the spirit of freedom and the spirit of one of the most significant movements in the history of colonial oppression: The Quit India Movement. The Quit India Movement or the India August Movement was launched on 8th August 1942, during the World War II, demanding an end to British Rule in India. Upon the culmination of 75 years of this Iconic movement, the Skill India Programme and the Ministry of Human Resources Development of India came up with an ingenious way to commemorate and celebrate it. A series of brainstorming sessions and cultural programs were organized in leading Institutes of the Nation. It can be considered a privilege that National Institute of Technology, Rourkela was considered among the selected Institutes to host the event on its campus.
The event was organized in NIT Rourkela by the Student Activity Centre at Bhubaneswar Behera Auditorium. The academic and student fraternity could register and submit their questions for the discussion through a webmail circulated before the event. The Central Theme of the brainstorming session was Vision 2020. The subthemes were as follows:
1. Sustainable Development of Science and Technology.
2. Information Technology
3. Food, Health and Sanitation.
4. Environment and Industrialisation.
The event was scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM but commenced at 9:30 AM. Prof. Arjun Mukherjee welcomed the august gathering with a brief introduction about the spiritual and historical significance of the Quit India Movement and Manthan. The Lighting of the lamp marked the official commencement of the event. The dignitaries who graced the occasion were:
Keynote Speaker- Eminent Historian Prof. Prabhat Kumar Mallik
Acting Director (NIT Rourkela) - Prof. B.C.Ray
President (SAC NIT Rourkela) - Prof. Snehasis Chakraverty
Dean Student Welfare (NIT Rourkela) - Prof. S. Panigrahi.
Prof. Snehasis Chakraverty delivered the welcome address which was followed by an address of the Dean (Student Welfare) Prof. Seemanchal Panigrahi. Prof. Panigrahi gave the audience a clear idea of the day’s agenda and the themes for the brainstorming session. Prof. Prabhat Kumar Mallik addressed the audience next. His address delved elaborately upon the causes, happenings, and outcomes of the Quit India Movement. His spine chilling accounts of the happenings of the freedom struggle took the audience back to that era. He eloquently went on to elaborate upon the 75 years that followed and the achievements of India in the last 75 years. He touched upon a number of factors that have propelled or hindered India’s progress in the past 25 years, thus giving the audience clues for the brainstorming session. His enthralling speech managed to raise the intellectual spirits of the audience.
This was followed by the official commencement of the brainstorming session. The format that was followed is as follows: A faculty having the depth of knowledge about the theme in question introduced the topic. He/She then invited questions from the audience and the question was either answered by the expert or any member of the audience.
The format worked satisfactorily till the discussion upon the theme of Information Technology. Due to lack of time and some mismanagement, the discussion on the subsequent topics could not adhere to the aforementioned format. However, the NITR populace could come up with certain important points and ideas till the conclusion of the event. In the evening, NITR Junta had the opportunity to listen to a moving patriotic concert by the Rock Band SPAN.
NITR embraced the event gracefully and managed to conduct it successfully as the maiden version of MANTHAN came to an end with the performance of SPAN. Team MM looks forward to more such events that can challenge our youth intellectually, to make India they live in a better place.
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