IBAM – 7th International Congress, Convocation & Award Presentation Ceremony
In the year 1999, the 7th International Congress on Alternative Medicines, Convocation And Awards Presentation Ceremonywas held by IBAM, on 1st and 2nd December at Taj Bengal, Calcutta. The theme observed by the Congress was is perfect synchrony with the with the global theme for the 12th annual World Aids Day i.e., ‘Children & Young People : Listen, Learn, Live’.
The ceremony inaugurator was H.E. Shri Chaudhary Randhir Singh, Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim. Dr. Pratap Chandra Chunder Former Union Minister for Education and Social Welfare, India Chaired the ceremony. Chief Guest was Hon’ble Mr. Justice Murari Mohan Dutta, Former Judge, Supreme Court. Hon’ble Justice Samir Kumar Mookherjee, Former Acting Chief Justice, High Court Calcutta, was the Key Note Speaker. Prof. P. C. Sinha Hon’ble Minister, Govt. of West Bengal, Mr. Bhakti Bhusan Mondal, Hon’ble Minister, Govt. of West Bengal, Mr. Naren De Hon’ble Minister, Govt. of West Bengal, Mr. Kiranmoy Nanda, Hon’ble Minister, Govt. of West Bengal, participated as the Guests of High Esteem. Special Guest of Honour was H. E. Mr. Kawagashi Consul General of Japan in Calcutta. Prof. Dr. Sanat Biswas Former Sheriff of Calcutta, Shri gitanatn Ganguly, Chairman, Legal Aid Services, West Bengal Were the Guests of Honour.
The 2nd session held on 1st December was Convocation & Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony. This part of the program was Chaired by Prof. Amalendu Guha, Chairman Institute for Alternative Development & Research, Norway. Prof. Jan Hakemulder, President the Intercultural Open University, Netherlands, Dr. Md. Khalid Siddiqui, Director Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, India, Dr. Michel Culbert, President, International Council for Health Freedom, U.S.A., Mr. Allan Sweeney, Member House of Commons Parliamentary Group for Alternative & Complementary Medicines U.K., Dr, Josef De Ubaldo, President Phillipine Federation of Natural Health & Environment Friendly Organisations, Phillppines, Dr. Yoshiro Nakamats Japan, Dr. Ray Dixon, Australia, Dr. Clarence Stanislaus, Malaysia, were the Honoured Guests. The Convocation was addressed by Prof. Dr. Sanat Biswas, National Professor, India.
The Award Presentation Ceremony was held on 2nd December at Taj Bengal Hotel Calcutta. This ceremony was Chaired by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Samir Kumar Mookherjee, Former Acting Chief Justice, High Court Calcutta. . Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sujit Kumar Sinha, High Court, Calcutta joined the occasion as Chief Guest. Prof. P.C. Sinha Hon’ble Minister, Govt. of West Bengal participated as the Main Speaker. Guests of High Esteem were Mr. Kshiti Goswami Hon’ble Minister Govt. of West Bengal, Mr. Satya Ranjan Mahato Hon’ble Minister Govt. of West Bengal, Mr. Pratim Chatterjee, Hon’ble Minister Govt. of west Bengal. Special Guests of Honour were Prof. Dr. Sanat Biswas, Former Sheriff of Calcutta, Prof. Dr. Sunil Thakur, Former Shreiff of Calcutta, Prof. Dr. I.S. Roy, Former Shreiff of Calcutta, Shri Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharyya, Advocate General of Tripura.
There were more than 200 overseas participants and similar number of Special Delegates and Registered Delegates. There were more than 550 Awardees in various fields of specialization and several Speakers participated.
Several wishes were received from various eminent personalities of very high stature, like, the then President of India, Shri K.R. Narayanan, Her Highness The Queen of England, Speaker of Lok Sabha, World Health Organization (WHO), University For Peace of United Nations, the the Governor of Sikkim and many more.