The President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a Convention of Non-Resident Odias (NROs), Prabasi Odia Conclave, 2017 organized by the Odisha Forum and the Government of Odisha, in New Delhi on January 06, 2017.
The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik and the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan were present on the occasion.
Speaking of Prabasi Odias, the President Mukherjee reminded the legendary Utkal Gaurab Madhusudan Das, who spent considerable part of his life outside Odisha spearheading a movement to start the first ever step in the form of historic Utkal Aammilani in 1903 to unify Odisha as a separate state. It was also he who established the first educational institution for women which became a college in 1913 much ahead of the first women’s university in Bombay set up in 1916, a loft endeavour at the time and a worthy endeavour for all times.
“I am sure that the large gathering of Odias from different parts of India and world would bring together the diverse talent pool of the State and harness their capabilities and expertise for growth, development and onward progress of Odisha and India. I am sure that this Prabasi Odia conclave will take forward such a vision” the President stated.