Bhima Bhoi chair to come up at Central University of Odisha, Koraput


BHUBANESWAR: Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan here on Saturday announced that a Bhima Bhoi Chair will be set up at the Central University of Odisha (CUO), Koraput. The University Grants Commission (UGC) will approve it soon.
While inaugurating Santha Kabi Bhima Bhoi mandap and library at Kalarahanga here, Pradhan said Mahima Gosain’s thought and Bhima Bhoi’s literary creations have been reflected in Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s plans and programmes for poor and downtrodden people.
“To make Mahima Gosain’s thoughts and philosophy more relevant for today’s society, the Centre has opened Bhima Bhoi chairs at different universities across the country. After establishment of Santha Kabi Bhima Bhoi chairs at two Central universities – University of Delhi and Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur in April last year, these Chairs have started research works,” said Pradhan.
He said the UGC will approve the Chair at CUO, Koraput next month to encourage higher studies and research on the humanitarian philosophy of the great saint and Mahima Dharma. Santha Kabi Bhima Bhoi, a proponent of Mahima Dharma, played a vital role in rekindling the cultural and literary consciousness in Odisha, he added.
Bhima Bhoi is a great philosopher of Mahima Dharma. Essence of the Mahima cult, a humanist cult, can be found in the writings of this nineteenth century poet. His famous quote, “witnessing the plethora of plights on earth how one could bear with; let the world get redeemed at my cost,” has been inscribed on the wall of the United Nations Organisation (UNO) hall in various languages.
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Bhubaneswar, a deemed to be university, has set up a Bhima Bhoi Chair and Research Centre to promote higher studies and research on the life and works of this saint poet.
Gangadhar Meher University (GMU) Sambalpur, a state public university, has also set up a Bhima Bhoi Research Chair to carry out interdisciplinary research in the arena of social sciences.
Sujit Kumar Pruseth, a faculty member of IIM Sambalpur who has made a English transcreation of Bhima Bhoi’s book, said the saint poet’s writings have emerged as the savior for humanity in contemporary times. More academic research, translation into English and other languages and wider dissemination of Saint Poet Bhima Bhoi’s eternal writings are the need of the hour, he added.

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