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Foundation Day 2009

Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, unveiling the foundation stone of IISER Mohali

On the 27th of September 2006, the Honorary Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh laid the Foundation stone of IISER Mohali. It was a day when a group of learned people started a new journey ‘In Pursuit of Knowledge’ and this lamp of light, IISER came into being with the motive to spread the light of science and fade the darkness of ignorance. Then onward, that historical day came to be known as the Foundation Day. The IISER family celebrated its third Foundation Day on the 27th of September 2009. The program started with felicitation of Professor I.B.S.Passi for his enormous contribution for the betterment of this institute since its commencement.Following this, Jitin Paul was awarded the CNR Rao award for an exemplary performance in the second semester. Also, Amita Agrawal and Parul Gupta were awarded the certificate of merit for a meritorious performance in the fourth semester. The Director, Professor N. Sathyamurthy talked about the journey of IISER Mohali from the Foundation day onwards to the present.

Dr. B.N. Goswamy, a distinguished art historian, and Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Panjab University, Chandigarh, was honored as the Chief Guest for this special occasion. Dr. Goswamy is the co-curator of Domains of Wonder: Selected Masterworks of Indian Painting, the San Diego Museum of Art. He has received the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, the Rietberg Award for Outstanding Research in Art History, the Padma Shri (1998) and the Padma Bhushan (2008). He works mainly on the Pahari Paintings. Dr. Goswamy delivered a Lecture on “A SENSE OF WONDER: The World of the Indian Painter” where he showed a vibrant collection of the Indian art work. He brought to the knowledge of the audience, that most of the Indian art work is anonymous and that the paintings made by the Indian painters were greatly influenced by the mythological stories of that time. The interesting thing is that even the paintings connoting the same subject are very different from one another, indicating the differences in ideologies of people from different regions and time. Each painting was so intricate and its details so subtle that when analyzed it lead to many explanations. Professor Goswamy delighted the audience with his interpretations of many such paintings. It was a mesmerizing session for a gathering having a scientific background. The celebration was concluded with felicitating Dr Loraiya, former Chairman, NITTTR who has helped the institute in its budding years.

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