IBAM - 6th International Congress, Convocation & Award Presentation Ceremony
IBAM organized its 6th International Congress, Convocation & Award Presentation Ceremony on 1st and 2nd December 1998 in Calcutta. Theme of the Congress was“Holistic Approach towards AIDS & Role of Traditional Medicine in the Prevention & Cure of AIDS”.
The Inaugural ceremony of 1st December was held at Taj Bengal Hotel. This day focused on various aspects of the ceremony, like convocation and gold medal presentation ceremony and award presentation ceremony. The occasion was inaugurated by H.E. Dr. A. R. Kidwai Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal. Dr. Pratap Chandra Chunder, Former Union Minister Chaired the ceremony and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Samir Kumar Mookherjee, the then Acting Chief Justice, High Court, Calcutta was the Chief Guest. Prof. Prabodh Chandra Sinha Hon’ble Minister, Govt. of W.B. graced the occasion as Chief Speaker. Sri Pratim Chatterjee Hon’ble Minister Govt. of W.B. was the Special Guest and Guests of Honour were Prof. Dr. Sanat Biswas Former Sheriff of Calcutta and Ms. Chris Griscom, U.S.A. The ceremony initiated with the inaugural invocational songs performed by Mr. Soumitra Mukherjee.
The next session that was held on 1st December was the Convocation & Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony, was Chaired by Prof. Dr. Sanat Biswas. Eminent Guests on the dias during this session were, Padmashree Dr. Vijay Kumar Shah Vice President, Dental Council Maharastra, Dr. P. Banerjee Hony. Homoeopathic Physician H.E. the Governor of W.B., Dr. A. K. Jain Hony. Ayurvedic Physician H. E. the Givernor of W.B., Dr. K. Surya Rao Member National AIDS Committee, Govt. of India, Dr. M.H. Shukla (Gujrat), Dr. Raju Rank (U.A.E), Dr. Shyamal Gupta (W.B.), Dr. B. Narashimha Rao (A.P.), Dr. K.K. Katar (New Delhi), dr. Victor Backus (Netherlands), Dr. Gary Cook (New Zealand), Ms. R. Kluny (U.S.A.), Dr. J. Ubaldo (Philippines), Dr. Margo D. Kooker (South Africa), Mrs. Jeanine M del Pilar Girod (Switzerland).
The third session of the day was the Award Presentation Ceremony. This Session was Chaired by Hon’ble Mr. Justice K. M. Yusuf. Mr. Nanda Gopal Bhattacharya Hon’ble Minister, Govt of W.B., Hon’ble Mr. Justice Basudeo Panigrahi High Court, Calcutta, Hon’blr Mr. Justice Barin Ghosh High Court Calcutta, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Amitava Lala High Court Calcutta, Prof. Dr. Sunil Thakur, Former Sheriff of Calcutta, Prof. Dr. Sanat Biswas National Professor and Former Shreiff of Calcutta, held the posts of Guests of High Esteem.
On 2nd December the Closing Ceremony was held at Uttam Manch, Calcutta. Chief Guest of this Occasion was Prof. Dr. I. S. Roy Hon’ble Sheriff, Calcutta. Padmashree Prof. Dr. Ranjit Roy Choudhury, Scientist Emeritus, National Institute of Immunology (Govt. Of India) held the position of Chief Speaker. Other renowned Guests were Dr. Sanat Biswas, Ms. Chris Griscom, Padmashree Dr. Vijaya Kr. Shah, Dr. J. Ubaldo (Philippines), Dr. Margo D. Kooker (South Africa), Dr. Gary Cook (New Zealand), Dr. Victor Backus (Holland).
More than 500 Special Delegates and Registered Delegates attended the ceremony along with near about 200 awardees and medallists belonging to various categories. About 100 of delegates participated through articles and speeches and thus contributed to this mammoth task.
Messages of wishes came in from various fields of excellence and high esteem. The then President of India Shri, K.R. Narayanan extended his warm greeting along with, Governors of various states like Assam, Sikkim, Orissa, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, many Ministers and Members of Parliament like Smt Maneka Gandhi, Sompal, Santosh Gangwar, Sri Kshiti Goswami, Pratim Chatterjee and many more. Greetings were also received from World Association of Universities and Colleges and World Health Organisation (WHO).