Kolkata: The State Government has set up a committee under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2.
There are 46 members in the committee. Members of the committee include members of Parliament (MP) Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Subrata Bakshi, Minister of State for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya and Chief Secretary Malay De. Vice-chancellors of Calcutta University, Rabindra Bharati University, Presidency University and Jadavpur University were also present in the meeting.
It has been decided that on October 2, a programme will be organised at Gandhi Bhavan, for which the government is chalking out a detailed plan.
Based on the philosophy of Gandhiji, elocution and essay competitions will be held in schools, colleges and other educational institutions in order to spread the messages of Gandhiji among the people, particularly the youth. A booklet named Father of the Nation, containing speeches of Gandhiji on different issues including communal harmony, national integration and patriotism, will be published on October 2.
Universities in the state will also organise programmes to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Presidency University has a centre on Gandhian awareness, where they will organise seminars and symposiums in this regard.