Gangotsav (23rd-24th March, 2001)

This two-day aquatic festival on the river Hooghli was hosted in collaboration with the Department of Sports and Youth Services, Government of West Bengal, to highlight the deep-rooted influence of the Ganga on our social, cultural and economic lives.

A colourful array of programmes like aquatic sports and display, panel discussion, exhibition and cultural shows, were organized to infuse in the people of the city love and affection for the Ganga and remind them of their obligation to keep the river free from pollution.

The panel discussion on the subject ‘Mythology and Science Concerning the Ganga’ attracted a host of luminaries like Dr. Ashish Ghosh, former Director General of the Geological Survey of India, Mr. Pranab Roy, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal, Mr. Nrisingh Prasad Bhaduri, eminent litterateur and Dr. K. K. Bandyopadhyay, former deputy hydraulic engineer, Calcutta Port Trust. Young swimmer of eminence, Ms. Bula Chowdhury was felicitated on behalf of the Institute by Mr. Hirak Ghosh, Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal.