Bhubaneswar, 19th March 2017 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): The Day 2 of the ‘International Conference on Indian Cultural Heritage: Past, present & Future’ (ICICH) became enriched with the presentation of scholarly papers by the researchers and academia from countries like India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The conference was divided into Opening session, two plenary sessions and seven technical sessions.

The Day 2 of the conference was organized at Directorate of Distant and Continuing Education (DDCE), Utkal University campus for the whole day followed by a wonderful cultural evening. Among the academia, scholars and organizers Prof. Susmit Pani, Director, DDCE, Utkal University, Dr. Daya Edirisinghe, Retired HoD, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, Prof. Himanshu Pattnaik, Retired Professor in History, Utkal University, Prof. Punya Prasad Parajuli, Lumbini Buddhist University, Nepal, Prof. Aditya Mohant, Retired Professor in Philosophy, Utkal University, Prof. Dasho Passang Dorji, Bhutan, Shri N B Jawale, Director, Culture, Govt. of Odisha, Prof. Upendra Padhi, Convenor, ICICH & Director, IMS, Shri Nilambar Rath, Co-Convenor, ICICH & Founder Director-cum-CEO, OdishaLIVE and Prof. Swarnamayee Tripathy, Coordinator, ICICH & HOD, Dept. of Public Administration, Utkal University have graced the occasion.

Delegates were enthusiastic to read as well as listen the papers presented on the various concerns relating to Indian Culture, its evolution, global appeal and especially its affluent impact on the cultural diversity of South Asian countries. It provided an active platform to discuss, debate, exchange ideas and viewpoints leading to a better understanding of Indian culture, carrying forward the essence and securing its future.

As Shri Aurobindo rightly said ‘past is our foundation, present is the material and future is the summit’, inspired the participants to relook at past, present and future of Indian Culture with its uniqueness. Key Note speakers debated on whether the force of technology, urbanization and globalization will pose challenge of losing this distinctive cultural identity, the wealthy heritage and concluded with positive note. The Valedictory function is planned tomorrow morning at DDCE. Interested people can obtain more information from the Conference Website www.icich.org.

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