The 26th International Conference, Convocation & Awards presentation ceremony of the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines (IBAM) in association with World Yoga Foundation (WYF) was organized on 6th December, 2015 at The Park Hotel, Kolkata. Several ministers around the country such as Shri Narendra Modi (Hon’ble Prime Minister of India), Shri Devendra Fadnavis (Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra) and His Excellency Shri Ram Nath Kovind (Hon’ble Governor of Bihar) et al sent their greetings and best wishes for the success of this event. The conference witnessed the august presence of many eminent personalities across the globe. The participation of more than 600 people comprising of delegates, dignitaries and health practitioners from countries like U.S.A., U.K., Germany, Romania, Italy, South Africa, UAE, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Nigeria, Bahrain, Malaysia, Cyprus, Ghana, Mauritius, Kuwait, Philippines, Brazil, Switzerland, Iran, Czech Republic, Vietnam, Botswana, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, etc made the event worthwhile.
The Chairman, Prof. Prabodh Chandra Sinha (Former Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Govt. of West Bengal) and honoured guests of the event such as Her Holiness Mahatma Madam Chris Griscom (President of The Light Institute, U.S.A.), Prof. (Dr.) Joseph Okoro Akpa (President of Luminar International Institute for Oriental Medicines, Nigeria), among others graced the dais with their illustrious presence.
The inauguration began with the lamp lighting ceremony by Rev. Bishop P.S.P. Raju (Former Bishop of Calcutta), Prof. (Dr.) Sohan Raj Tater (Former Vice-Chancellor of Singhania University), Prof. (Dr.) Suresh Prasad Singh (Former Vice-Chancellor of Veer Kunwar Singh University), et cetera followed by the speeches from the special guests. An exhibition of the Shan folk dance was beautifully performed by some special guests from Myanmar. A brief condolence meeting was also held in the beloved memory of the Honorary Patron of IBAM, Late Justice Samir Kumar Mookherjee, Former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and victims of the Chennai floods and terror attacks in Paris.
The President of World Yoga Foundation, Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal held an Open Session on Yoga which the audience practiced jubilantly. Students of WYF demonstrated some micro and loosening exercises to the audience under the supervision of Dr. Agarwal. The event concluded with the presentation of awards and certificates to the students for their excellence in their respective field of specialization.
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