SANMILAN is the intellectual convergence organized by CMSDU since 2004 to bring the industry and the academia on a common platform. The 2020 edition with the theme Fitness and Wellness for Managers – The Future of Productivity which was scheduled on March 20 & 21, 2020 had to be postponed indefinitely. Finally, it was held on May 21 & 22, 2021 in the online format and was rechristened as SANMILAN 2020-21 . It was inaugurated by Prof. L K Nath, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Dibrugarh University in the presence of Mr. Prasanta Borkakoty, Resident Chief Executive, Oil India Limited as the Chief Guest; Prof. Jiten Hazarika, Registrar, Dibrugarh University, other dignitaries, teachers and students. Prof. Nath emphasized on the fitness and wellness of employees of an organization in the productivity and longevity of the organization. He also deliberated on issues that can arise if employees are unfit and its consequences. Earlier, Mr. Arshad Hussain, the Chief Coordinator of SANMILAN 2020-21 gave a brief about the current edition of SANMILAN and the situation behind conducting it online. Prof. Kumud Chandra Goswami, Chairperson, CMSDU thereafter welcomed the guests and said that physical wellness has to be broadened to include emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental, occupational, financial and cultural wellness. Prof. Goswami’s speech was followed by the online rendering of the Dibrugarh University Anthem. The inauguration by Prof. Nath was followed by a short keynote address from Mr. Borkakoty. In his address, he referred to the importance of fitness in the context of the COVID pandemic. He said that fitness is not about only going to the gym but any activity that keeps an individual active and keep a positive mind-set. After the keynote address, The Souvenir commemorating the holding of SANMILAN 2020-21 was released by Prof. Jiten Hazarika. He appreciated the hard work put in to organize the intellectual convergence and bring out The Souvenir, which was edited by Dr. Himadri Barman. The inaugural session ended with concluding remarks from the Chairperson, CMSDU and the vote of thanks from the Chief Coordinator.
The first event of the post-inaugural session was Manthan – the panel discussion on the theme. The experts who participated in the panel discussion was Dr. Ranjit Kumar Baruah, Retired Professor and HOD (Orthopedics), Assam Medical College & Hospital; Dr. Biraj Hazarika, Senior Manager (Employee Relations), OIL, Duliajan; Dr. Mantu Baro, Assistant Professor (Director i/c), Centre for Studies in Physical Education and Sports, Dibrugarh University; Dr. Tridib Ranjan Sarma, Associate Professor, Dept. of Business Administration, Tezpur University and Dr. Anwesha Dutta Gogoi, Dietician, Aditya Hospitals, Dibrugarh, Assam. The post-lunch session event was Straight Talk which had Mr. Bhargab Dev Choudhury who is an MBA, PGD in Sports Management, M.Ped, NS-NIS (Certificate in Sports Coaching), BCCI (NCA Level A Coach) as the expert.
The second day of SANMILAN 2020-21 started with BizMantra – the Business Quiz. The Quiz Masters were Dr. Dudul Das and Mr. Ashutosh Das. Around 150 participants from all over Assam had registered for the quiz. The quiz was won by Probit Jyoti Kalita (Tezpur University) followed by Aswani Kumar Sharma (Gauhati University) and Kingsuk Talukdar (NIT Silchar). In the next event, Empresa – the Business Plan competition, the winners were Puskar Sharma (Assam Institute of Management, Guwahati), Sahid M Ullah (AIM, Guwahati) and Biswajit Mali (Gauhati Commerce College) for their plan – One Stop Solution for Professional Services. The runners-up were Ankur Borah (Gauhati University), Manash Pratim Bharadwaj (GU) and Pankhi Kashyap (Tezpur Medical College and Hospital) for their plan – Health Plus. Empresa was judged by Dr. Rashida Tahira Noorain, Head i/c, School of Management and Entrepreneurship, ARGUCOM. SANMILAN 2020-21 ended with the concluding session in the evening with some songs, dances, speeches and the vote of thanks from Mr. Pransu Raj Kaushik, Assistant Professor, CMSDU. SANMILAN 2020-21 was entirely held online using the Zoom platform. Manthan was streamed live on the SANMILAN Facebook page while Straight Talk, BizMantra and Empresa were streamed live on the YouTube channel of the Centre. In a humanitarian gesture, SANMILAN 2020-21 provided a sum of Rs. 5000/- (Five thousand) only to Prerona Children Home, Dibrugarh who had requested for financial assistance through a report in The Assam Tribune.
SANMILAN 2020-21 was sponsored by a host of business houses – Oil India Limited, Numaligarh Refinery Limited, Digboi Refinery, Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited, Banalata, Bharat Lab, Commercial Equipments House, Furnishing Point, Hornbill Green Tea, KBQube, Manoj Cloth Store, Mantraa, Mohini’s, Mahaveer Publications, Payment Point, Photo Prabhu, Rapido, Royal Jewellers, Snack Rack, SG & Sons and Unique Fitness Centre.