IBAM – 4th International Congress, Convocation, Exhibition & Award Presentation Ceremony
In the year 1996, IBAM hosted its 4th International Congress, Convocation, Exhibition & Award Presentation Ceremony. It was held as a three days celebration starting from1st December till 3rd December. The ceremony was held on the occasion of World AIDS Day and was venued at Uttam Manch Auditorium, Calcutta. The theme of the congress being “the Role of Traditional Medicines in the Prevention and Cure of AIDS” and “Holistic Approach towards AIDS & Health”.
On 1st December, the Inaugural ceremony started with blessings of Dr. Swami Akhilesh (India) and inaugural songs sung by Mr. Mallar Ghosh & Mr. Soumitra Mookherjee. The occasion was Chaired by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Samir Kumar Mookherjee. Honoured Guests were Prof. Probodh Chandra Sinha, Hon’ble Minister Govt. of W. B., Sri Kshiti Goswami Hon’ble Minister Govt. of W. B., Hon’ble Justice B. Panigrahi, Prof. Dr. Sanat Biswas, Hon’ble High Sheriff of Calcutta, Prof. Rama Ranjan Mukherjee, Vice-Chancellor, Tirupati Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Mr. T.C.Dutta, Chief Election Officer, W.B., Prof. A.K. Shamsuddin Siddiquey, Director-General of Health Services, Bangladesh, Mr. D. Banerjee, I.P.S., Addl. Director General, Enforcement Directorate, Prof. Dr. Sunil Thakur, Residency Surgeon.
The Convocation Ceremony was held on 2nd December. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Arun Kumar Dutta graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Hon’ble Mr. Justice B. Panigrahi was the Special Guest of Honour. Prof. Dr. Sanat Biswas addressed the Convocation. Guests of Honour also listed many well-known social personalities, Dr. Rank, Hony. Advisor to Hon’ble Prime Minister, Trinidad & Tobago (West Indies), Prof. A.K. shamsudding Siddiquey, Director-General of Health Services, Bangladesh, Dr. Akhilesh (India), Ms. Chris Griscom (U.S.A.), Dr. G.M. de Kooker (South Africa), Dr. Jiten Bhat (India), Mr. Larise Du Plassis (South Africa) were some of them.
Award Presentation Ceremony was held on 3rd December. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Samir Kumar Mookherjee Chaired the ceremony. Honoured Guests were, Mr Pratim Chatterjee, Hon’ble Minister Govt. of West Bengal, Hon’ble Mr. Justice K.M. Yusuf, Mr. Nil Ratan Sinha, Dy. Mayor, Calcutta, Mr. R.K. Nigam, I.P.S., Former Director-General of Police, W.B., Ms. Paula P. Pereira (South Africa), Ms. Reene Tamer (U.K.), Dr. Mugeni (Malaysia), Mr. Larise Du Plassis (South Africa).
About 150 Foreign Delegates attended the Congress from various countries like Italy, Germany, Holland, United Kingdom, Spain, Greece, Brazil, Hong Kong, Malayasia, Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Japan, Poland, Srilanka, China, Australia, Pakistan, U.S.A., South Africa, Peru, Thailand, Belgium, Uganda and many more. More than 650 Delegates from India itself joined the conference as Speakers, Awardees, and Participants.
Good wish messages were received from many well wishers round the globe. Some of the most prominent messages received were from: Sonia Gandhi as Chairperson of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Heitor Gurgulino de Souza Rector of The United Nations University Headquarters, Mr A. M. Bhattacharjee Former Chief Justice of High Court at Calcutta and High Court at Bombay, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Samir Kumar Mookherjee and many more.