The Prof. S.K. Joshi Memorial Invitational Cup-2021 (SKJMIC) concluded on Sunday (September 26, 2021) with the Grand Finale Match held in the distinguished presence of Dr. Dilip Kumar Agasty, Mayor, Durgapur Municipal Corporation, Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI and Shri Ajit Kumar Poddar, DGM, State Bank of India. The final match was held between Rapid Action Force Battalion-W.B. and Eastern Coalfields Limited. Eastern Coalfields Limited emerged as the Champion of the Tournament.
Dr. Dilip Kumar Agasty, Mayor, Durgapur Municipal Corporation, while delivering his Chief Guest address on the event stated that under the dynamic, intelligent and coordinated leadership of Prof. Harish Hirani, CSIR-CMERI has scaled new heights and has played a pivotal position in socio-economic uplift through science and technology.
Shri Ajit Kumar Poddar, DGM, State Bank of India, on the occasion stated that by showcasing a sporting event of such a stature, CSIR-CMERI has exhibited tremendous resilience and has shown us the way forward towards leading a normal life. Shri Poddar thanked CSIR-CMERI for giving State Bank of India the opportunity to be a part of this mega event and expressed that State Bank of India as an organisation will always support such events which help our society forward in overcoming challenges.
Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI, thanked the distinguished guests for their kind presence and congratulated both the champion and the runners-up for their exemplary showcasing of sportsmanship. He stated, hosting a sporting mega event during the current COVID situation was a difficult challenge. CSIR-CMERI deployed a team of dedicated medical personnel with round-the-clock medical Infrastructure to handle any kind of situation. Indigenously developed oxygen parlors were set-up to help the footballers rejuvenate and negate the ill-effects of fatigue. Live-streaming of all the football matches were done to ensure that all can enjoy the match from the comfort of their home. The organising of the Prof. S.K. Joshi Memorial Invitational Cup-2021 by CSIR-CMERI has showcased that any eventuality can be tactfully handled by science and any imposing challenge may be overcome through a ‘Spirit of Collaboration’. CSIR-CMERI has shown tremendous resilience by displaying how pandemic-phobia can be adequately addressed through strategic-planning and science, he added