Ravenshaw University is all set to host the 74th session of the prestigious Indian History Congress (IHC) from December 28 to 30.
The Congress would be held in the State for the third time with Ravenshaw University playing host for the second time.
Around 2,000 delegates from India and outside are expected to attend the three-day event and deliberate on different aspects of history from the ancient age to the contemporary world, particularly in context of India.
Around 1,200 papers are likely to be presented during the session covering six major sections - ancient history, medieval history, modern history, archaeology, of countries other than India and contemporary history.
The main objective of the Congress is to promote scientific and secular history. It will work towards curbing the politicisation and ideological manipulation of history by presenting facts in an accurate manner.
Themes and issues beyond the realms of history and concerning contemporary society will also be discussed while a special session on Odisha is being planned.
“The IHC has always taken a stand on issues of importance during its sessions. This year will be no different. A special session “Odisha through the ages” is being designed with the objective of re-mapping the contemporary history of the State,” organising secretary and IHC executive body member Prof Chandi Prasad Nanda said.
A delegation of IHC on Friday met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Chief Secretary BK Patnaik on the issue. “The response was positive and Government has assured us of all support to make the event successful,” Nanda said.