L-R: Prof. (Dr.) Mool Chand Sharma, Former Vice-Chairman, University Grants Commission and Currently, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Haryana; Hon'ble Mr. Justice V. Gopala Gowda, Chief Justice, High Court of Orissa and Hon'ble Chancellor, National Law University, Odisha; Hon'ble Shri Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, State of Odisha; Hon'ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Judge, Supreme Court of India; Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman, Institute of Objective Studies
The occasion was graced by the august presence of chief guest Naveen Patnaik, the chief minister of Odisha, along with eminent persons like Justice Dipak Mishra of the Supreme Court of India (as the chief speaker) and Prof. Mool Chand Sharma, former vice-chairman, University Grants Commission and presently vice-chancellor, Central University of Haryana (as the guest of eminence) in the inaugural session.
Prof. (Dr.) Mool Chand Sharma
drew the attention of the gathering to a crisis that most institutions in the country were facing due to deterioration in the standards of democracy.
Speaker: Prof. (Dr.) Mool Chand Sharma, Former Vice-Chairman, University Grants Commission and Currently, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Haryana
termed democracy as a "constant tension" present in all aspects of life at all times.
felt the positive energy generated out of this tension could be channelised fruitfully.
As democracy became more demanding, this tension would be more visible.
Paradoxically, it also generated a greater scope for creative action.
also underlined the need for judges to have "compounded faculties of a historian, philosopher and prophet".
The first business session was chaired by Justice D.P. Mahapatra, formerly Judge, Supreme Court of India and Chairman, Odisha Human Rights Commission and in the second session, the chairperson was Prof (Dr.) Mool Chand Sharma.