Pana Sankranti synonymous to worshipping Sun: Dr Yadav

By A O News Service
NIRJULI, Apr 16: Celebration of Pana Sankranti coinciding with Maha Bishuva Sankranti on Sunday symbolized the sense of Odiya community, particularly Arunachal Utkala Sanskrutika Parishad (AUSP), to worship Sun, the sources of all energy of the universe, said NEIRST director Dr H S Yadav.
The Odiyas are very brilliant and hard working for which they have proved their mettle in which ever capacity they have been working in Arunachal Pradesh, particularly faculty members Rajiv Gandhi University, National Institute of Technology, Dera Natung Govt College and North East Regional Institute of Science Technology (NERIST) and state’s pioneer journalist are glittering examples, he said with conviction for his long association with them.
Their association would herald a new era of progress for NERIST, he said while addressing Pana Sankranti celebration in NERIST campus here as chief guest. Dr Yadav concluded by reciting – kuch kiye bina hi jai jai kar nehi hoti, kosish karne walonki kabhi haar nehi hoti (There is no recognition for none doers but those who try never gets defeated) to encourage the younger generation.
The AUSP task force headed by president Dr Benudhar Nayak recalled that AUSP formed in 1992 at the initiative of the then governor Dr Surendra Nath Dwivedi after celebration of Utkal Diwas in Raj Bhawan. However, Utkal Diwas, Pana Sankranti and Ganesh Cahturthi are being celebrated regularly; he said and advocated expansion of activities.
The AUSP members from across Capital Complex, including Rajiv Gandhi University, NIT, DNGC and NERIST, after threadbare discussions at the initiative of task force general secretary Dr Sanjiv Kumar Jena unanimously decided the sources of funds for conducting various activities.
It was also unanimously decided to develop an Utkala Directory containing name, mobile number and mail address of each member for easy connectivity.
While welcoming new comers, task force vice president Kalapalata Behera sought willing support in future too. AUSP president Chabbi Nayak lauded all members for their cooperation for making every event successful.
Recitation of poems, songs and dances by kids added colour to the festival celebrated with great enthusiasm and traditional fervor.
Senior journalist Pradeep Kumar in his poem – Utkala Santana – reflected the age-old ties between Odisha and Arunachal Pradesh as King Ashoka’s son Mahendra and daughter Sanghmitra while propagating Buddhism in South East Asia had returned to India from Burma (Myanmar) through Patkai hill route as proved by the Buddhist script found in a hill in Nampong in Changlang district.

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