BOBP-IGO celebrated its New Year with Mr. Lars Engvall, its First Director (1979-1994) on 05 Jan 2023. The Veterans of his times assembled at the BOBP Secretariat to relive the era of the key architect of the Bay of Bengal Programme, as its Founder Director. Mr. S.R. Madhu, Information Officer (1979-1988); Dr. Rathin Roy, Senior Extension & Communications Officer (1987-99); Mr. R. Ravikumar, Naval Architect (1982-1995); Mrs. And Mr. Anbarasan, Consultants (1982-85); and Mr. Vijay Kumar, Videographer (1987-92) were amidst the BOBP team.
Each one of them cherished their association with BOBP and highlighted the successes made with an inter-disciplinary approach. Dr. Krishnan, Director welcomed the ideas shared by the veterans and assured to evolve a mechanism to have intellectual engagements with the experts, who were forthcoming to contribute in every possible endeavor of the IGO.
Mr. Engvall, who, at 87, still has space in his diary for sports and intellectual assignments, said that he feels rejuvenated to being part of another success story of BOBP.