Samartha Bharat Parva was celebrated by Vivekananda Kendra - Bhubaneswar in from 25th December to 12th January with special focus on Utkal University campus. A public meeting was organised in the Auditorium of Utkal University on 12th Jan evening 6.00 pm. Prof Asoka Kumar Das, Vice Chancellor Utkal University was the Chief Guest. Smt Amrita Dash (IPS), DCP(HQ) Bhubaneswar graced the occasion as the Chief Speaker and Sri PK Sinha, GM- SBI, Bhubaneswar was the Guest of Honour. Sri Surasen Jena, Prant Sanchalak and Prof G K Roy, Nagar Sanchalak VK & VRM were also on the dais. 280 people were present in the programme. Daily Bharat Mata Pujan and Vande Mataram was done in Kendra Karyalaya with an average attendance of 6 karyakartas.
In the University it was decided that the theme of the Parva would be “Love India Serve India”. Following programmes were organised by the youth karyakartas of the University:
1.) In Utkal University campus Bharat Mata Pujan was done by youth in front of PG Boys Hostel no.1 daily in the evening. Swadesh Mantra was read in lead and follow pattern daily after the pujan. Average attendance was 20.
2.) As an aspect of Serve India - Winter clothes were collected from the staff quarters of the University and distributed among the street and pavement dwellers of Bhubaneswar on 10th January night.
3.) PPT on Samartha Bharat Parva was shown in 6 Post Graduate Departments of the University and in 1 Graduation level college. About 200 students participated. On 12th afternoon a quiz based on the PPT shows was conducted for interested students, at 11 am. 86 students participated.
4.) A “Run for the Nation” was held in the University campus on 12th morning at 7.00 am.Dr Santosh Tripathy – Director, College Development Council, Utkal University flagged off the run. 81 students completed the run.
A good youth team was formed in the University in the entire effort.