Raipur (thestates.news) | On 25 th June, 2022, Kalinga University, Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India hosted the screening of
international female tribal students for the “Tribal Queen Global Contest, 2022” that is going to be held at New Delhi on 9 th August on the eve of International Day of World’s indigenous people. Kalinga University always supports and encourages such diverse and welfare-oriented initiatives. So, Dr. Chidatmika Khatua, the founder and managing trustee of Adi Tribal Foundation was invited as the esteemed guest to conduct this selection event. Padmashree Anuj Sharma, a prominent film actor, singer, producer and director, Dr. Shama Hamdani, a seasoned clinical psychologist with a purpose mission to create a sustained impact in the society, Nisha Agrawal, President of Rotary Queen Club, Raipur, Dilip Mohanty, President (HRM) Jaiswal Neco Industries at Raipur, Dr. Sanyukta Gandhi, a passionate mathematics teacher, author, and trained REIKI practitioner with a zeal for social work, Nitesh Jha (NIIRA educom), Abhishek Chaudhory (NIIRA educom), Ankit Shukla, a writer and editor, and Ranjay Singh, a visionary entrepreneur were the other honourable guests who evaluated and shortlisted the students for the final event. The event was organized to screen international and national tribal women (comprising students of Kalinga University) for the main event on 9 th August which is focused  on a global mission for tribal women empowerment under “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”. Various tribal communities worldwide are unique in their culture, tradition, honesty, and simplicity. The initiative undertaken by Dr. Chidatmika is focused on women centric transformation of tribal communities and motivated towards generating their overall welfare. Prior to this event, “ADI RANI”, India’s first Tribal queen contest was organized in 2018 which was a pan India contest launched by Kalinga Gaurav Awards. “ADI RANI” initiative is to empower young tribal women to stand on their own based on their originality. In the year 2021, many tribal countries connected virtually for Global tribal conclave organized by Adi Tribal Foundation. The purpose of this current event is to highlight beauty that goes beyond just good  looks. The selected contestants will be groomed on soft skills and emotion control skills. Tribal Queen Global contest will be aimed at providing us with Tribal Queen India, Asia, Earth, World, and Global. The criteria for selecting the contestants from our university were 1) belonging from a tribal community, 2) age 16 years and above, 3) being capable of representing their culture and tradition, 4) Females (married/unmarried), and 5) participation in grooming and training programs. The selected candidates will be provided free travel, food, lodging and grooming in New Delhi prior to the Finale.
The esteemed guests were welcomed with tilak and the event was organized at the university auditorium. The event was initiated with lamp lighting. After the introduction, Dr. R. Shridhar- Vice Chancellor, Kalinga University delivered the welcome speech. Thereafter, Dr. Chidatmika Khatua and her team put forward the aim of this global contest and various works of the Adi Tribal Foundation (ATF) before everyone and screened the students on various above-mentioned criteria. Several international students at Kalinga University participated in the event and were all dressed up in their traditional attires representing their culture. All the honourable guests were presented with mementos by Dr. R. Shridhar -Vice Chancellor, Dr. Byju John -Director General and Dr. Sandeep Gandhi -Registrar of Kalinga University. Finally, the session was concluded with a vote of thanks.
The master of the ceremony was Dr. Sohini Bhattacharyya, Parvinder Shesh and Arpan Dubey were responsible for overall event co-ordination. Megha Mehra and Jitesh Mahant were protocol officers. Younis and Nandini Jawda were responsible for photography and creative contents. Manish Singh and his team was responsible for food and other necessary arrangements.