Birmaharajpur, 18/02(Odisha Samachara /Sudhir Kumar Biswal)- A national seminar organized by Department of History , Birmaharajpur College , Birmaharajpur, in the district of Subarnapur and sponsored by UGC on the topic “ Historical Landmarks and Cultural Legacy of Birmaharajpur – Subarnapur Tract” was held on 7th and 8th February. ‘The main aim of the national seminar is to enhance the glory of Birmaharajpur – Subarnapur Tract and to give a prominent place in the history of Odisha’ – says Dr. Himansu Sekhar Padhi , Head of the Department of History and Organizing Secretary of the National seminar . ‘ The discovery of Chalcolithic site at Khambeswaripali , near Birmaharajpur is a prominent event in the history of Indian Archaeology , ‘ he added . The seminar was inaugurated by Prof. Sadhu Charan Panda, former Vice Chancellor of Utkal University of Culture . In the Inaugural session held on 7th at 10.30.am Dr. Dadhibaban Mishra , former Reader of G.M. ( auto.) College , Sambalpur Prof. Byomakesh Tripathy of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University , Amarkantak , Dr. Prafulla Kumar Ratha , Retired Principal of Birmaharajpur College had graced the occasion as Chief Speaker ,Honourable Speaker and Gust of Honour respectively . While Prof. M.D. Hota , Principal Introduced and welcomed them , Dr. Padhi , Organizing Secretary discussed about the purpose of the seminar . Saroj Kumar Behera , HOD, Department of Odia accorded vote of thanks . The session was coordinated by Harapriya Mahapatra , Lecturer in Education .
The first Academic Session on the topic Historical Landmarks of Birmaharajpur – Subarnapur Tract , held on the same day after lunch was presided over by Dr. Bibhuti Bhusan Mishra , former Principal , Hirakud College . Prof . DadhibabanMishra ,Prof . Byomakesh Tripathy ,Prof . Sadhu Charan Panda and Prof . Ramaakrishna Dwivedi ,former HOD , Department of Ancient History , Culture and Archaeology , University of Allahabad and Dr. Dillip Gour of Attavira College were present on the dais as Resource Persons . Dr. Padhi coordinated this session .
On the second day i.e on 8th Feb. the Second Academic Session was held at 10 am . on the topic ‘ Cultural legacy of Birmahajapur – Subarnapur Tract . While Dr. Santosh Kumar Padhi , Principal , Sonepur College presided over it , Dr. Baman Charan Pradhan , Retired Reader , BJB ( Morning ) College and K.C. Dhir Bisoi , Principal Janata College Boinda and Dr. P.K. Ratha were present on the dais as Resource Persons . After that 7 scholars presented papers . Bijaya Kumar Purohit Lect. In English coordinated this session.
At 03. pm on the same day the valedictory function was held under the presidentship of Prof. Hota , Principal of the college . Prof . Rama Krishna Dwivedi , Gopinath Saraka , local Sub-Collector , Swayambhu Nath Khandagiri , veteran journalist and local correspondent, Dharitri, Dr. Debashis Pandia, Principal P.S. Degree College, Ulunda had graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guests of Honour respectively. While Dr. Padhi introduced the Guests and welcomed them, Satyanarayan Dash accorded the vote of thanks. Large no of History lecturers, research scholars and delegates from this state and out of the state had attended this seminar.