On 6th March, 2020, Jaipuria Institute of Management, hosted a Sammaan Samaaroh, to honor and felicitate Padma Shri Dr. Yogesh Praveen, Indian Author and Expert on the history and culture of Avadh, and he has had a colossal contribution towards society. He holds Master degrees in Hindi and Sanskrit, best known as a walking encyclopedia on Awadh. He has authored 20 books on Lucknow, and has his contribution towards films like, ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’, ‘Junoon’ and ‘Umrao Jaan’. He is a playwright and his dance ballets are immensely popular.
The Chief Guest for the ceremony, Padma Shri recipient, Dr. Mansoor Hasan and Guest of honor, Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullah. The SEC President, Ankush Singh invited upon the stage, the organizer of the event Prof. Manisha to address the audience and the eminent guests for the event. The ceremony began with Dr. Kavita Pathak addressing the audience. She said it is indeed a matter of great pride, to honor such an eminent personality since decades. She said he is the reason why Lucknow is said to be the Best Cosmopolitan city on the World map.
Later on, distinguished Professor, Mr. Jayant Krishna had an intriguing conversation on the culture of Awadh with Dr. Yogesh Praveen. He asked for some enriching experiences that made him what he is.
Dr. Yogesh Praveen said, the city does not care if you are a Hindu or a Muslim, a Shia or Sunni — it wants the beloved “The reason being, people of different regions have always lived here together. The city is a beautiful bouquet which has flowers of many colors and fragrances. And this is why the city embraces everyone and the people to merge with myriad colors of Lucknow. No city has such a character in the world,” he said.
Thereafter Guest of Honor, Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullah gave a heartfelt speech expressing his gratitude. He said, Lucknow's beautiful sprawling gardens, polite mannerisms, fine-cuisine, music, and poetry (Shayari), has found a patronage in the Shia Nawabs of the city who loved Persian. The city has been given various other names too, such as The Constantinople of India, Shiraz-I-Hind and the Golden City of the East. Today, it is known as one of the most important cities of the country which is now emerging in various sectors like retailing, manufacturing and commercial.
At the end of the ceremony Chief Guest, Padmshri, Dr. Mansoor Hasan, gave away the award and this brought the wonderful evening to a close and then, Director Kavita Pathak, Dean R.K. Ojha and Prof. Masood Siddiqui presented the esteemed guest, for the evening, with the memento.