CSIR - Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine celebrates its 77th Foundation Day

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Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu celebrated its 77th Foundation day on 3rd December, 2016. Ram Bahadur Rai, Veteran Journalist and President of Indra Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Delhi, was the chief guest and Dr. C.K. Katiyar, C.E.O., Health Care, Emami Ltd.; Kolkatta was the Guest of Honour on the occasion. The educationists, scientists, technocrats, farmers and members of civil society also joined the Foundation day celebration.

 

Dr Ram Vishwakarma, Director, in his welcome address introduced the chief guest and described him as statesman and investigative journalist. He further informed that Rai is former news editor of Jansatta newspaper. He has also authored books on Prime Ministers VP Singh, named “Manjil se Jyada Safar” and “Rahvari ke Sawal” on Chandrashekhar. He was a close associate of the Gandhian socialist and freedom fighter Jayaprakash Narayan, and was also part of the 11-member Steering Committee that spear-headed the JP Movement. Dr. Ram also told that Ram Bahadur Rai is the first journalist to report about the 1991 Hawala Bribery scandal while working with Hindi daily Jansatta.
Dr. C.K. Katiyar, the guest of honour while speaking on the occasion said that India has very rich knowledge of Ayurvedic system of healing and health care but unfortunately we seldom bother to understand the insight of this novel and glorious system.
Ram Bahadur Rai, the chief Guest of the function had delivered the foundation day lecture "Gandhi 150 Varsha: Mahatma Gandhi ke Sapanon Ki Rajya Vyavastha". During his lecture he dealt with the Gandhian principles of life and relevance of Gandhi in modern time. For the overall development of nation like India, Rai said that the governance should start from villages rather than from State or union capital.
As part of Foundation day, the institute celebrates 30th November as OPEN DAY in which about 700 students drawn from different colleges and schools of Jammu city were also taken on a guided visit to the various research divisions and medicinal farms of the institute. The scientists and technical staff have demonstrated their indoor and field research activities to the visiting students and other dignitaries.
Among many others, Rajneesh Anand, Chief Scientist, Dr. D.M Mondhe, Senior Principal Scientist, Dr. I.A Khan, Dr. Gurdarshan Singh, Dr. Zabeer Ahmed and Dr Asha Chaubey (Principal Scientists), Pankaj Bahadur, Controller of Administration, Satish Kumar, Finance & Accounts Officer and Praphul Kumar, Store and Purchase Officer were also present. Dr. Deepika Singh conducted the proceedings while Er. Abdul Rahim, Head PME and IT Divisions presented vote of thanks.