With the assistance of Ramakrishna Mission, Dhaka & Vivekananda Study & Philanthropic Centre, New York, the Philosophy Department of Jagannath University, Dhaka, arranged `Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Memorial Educational Scholarship’ Distribution program and a discussion meeting titled `Vishwachetanay Swami Vivekananda’ at the central auditorium of Jagannath University on 30 November 2022. A total number of 8 students having two financially less solvent but meritorious students (1 male & 1 female) per year from 2017 to 2020, who obtained good marks in graduation final Exam. were awarded with this scholarship. Each scholarship for one student had a price value of BDT 7,500/-. The scholarship was given from `Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Memorial Educational Scholarship Trust Fund’ which was made on 8 January 2017 with the direct supervision & guidance of Ramakrishna Mission, Dhaka and by the kind donation of Swami Chetananandaji Maharaj, USA, Swami Sarvadevanandaji Maharaj,USA, Dr. Dhananjoy Saha, USA Dr. Animita Saha, USA & Prakash Chakraborty, Vivekananda Study & Philanthropic Centre, New York, USA. A deed also has been made between Ramakrishna Mission, Dhaka on behalf of the donors and Jagannath University on 20 November 2017 in this regard.
It is to be noted that Swami Vivekananda came to Dhaka in 1901, delivered lecture at the then Jagannath College, now Jagannath University, on 30 March 1901 on the topic`What I have learnt’. On the next day (31 March 1901) also, he delivered lecture on the topic `Ours By-born Religion’ at Pogos School campus, nearby the then Jagannath College, infront of a large gathering (approx. 3000 people).
It is the 1st time at Jagannath University, such scholarship in the name of Swami Vivekananda was given to the students through a program on the 30th November 2022. The function was graced by Prof. Dr. Md. Imdadul Haque, Vice Chancellor of Jagannath University as the Chief Guest, Swami Purnatmananda, as the Special Guest & Keynote Speaker and Prof. Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed, Treasurer, Jagannath University as the Special Guest. Prof. Dr. Md Rais Uddin, Dean, Arts faculty, Jagannath University and Prof. Dr. Md. Abul Hosain, Dean, Social Science, Jagannath University addressed the audience as the Guests of Honour. Prof. Dr. Tawhidul Hasan, Chairmain, Philosophy Dept., Jagannath University was in the Chair.
An audience of about 300 people including students, teachers, dignitaries and others were present in the program. Food packets were served to the audience at the end of the program.
After the program Swami Purnatmananda visited the campus and paid homage to Swamiji by offering floral bouquet at the base of the Swamiji’s plaque situated in the campus of Pogos School. The plaque was built by Ramakrishna Mission, Dhaka and was inaugurated on 29 August 2010.
All ended peacefully.