JALUKBARI, Nov 24 - As part of the centenary celebration of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), which completes its hundred years of glorious existence, the alumni of the premier institution of India organised a daylong programme at a city-based hotel on Sunday.
The programme started with lighting of the lamp and singing of a �Kul Geet�, composed by Dr Santi Swaroop Bhatnagar, by all the alumni present.
A warm welcome address was given by renowned journalist and former student of BHU Dhirendranath Bezbaruah. He is also the president of the alumni association�s Guwahati chapter. Former BHU student and ex-CMD of Oil India Ltd Binnoybrat Sarma also spoke on the occasion.
The alumni recalled their days at BHU and an atmosphere of emotions prevailed in the hall.
Dr Nirmal Kumar Choudhary, former vice chancellor of Gauhati University and an alumnus of BHU who was present as the guest of honour , spoke on the contributions of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, one of the pioneers in establishing BHU, the sixth university of undivided India. He talked about the reform movement at BHU and the role played by Raja Ram Mohan Roy in the movement.
Dr Choudhary further added that Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya and Frank Lisman were highly instrumental in establishing the pioneer institution of the nation. He also recalled his days at BHU.
Bhanu Bhushan, a former BHU alumnus and ex-director of Powergrid, gave a power point presentation on the advantages of hydro-power.
The vote of thanks was given by Manasjyoti Bordoloi. Dr Sangita Kakoti presented a number of melodious songs.