The symposium would not take place without the enthusiasm of DIN trustees and friends, the dedication of scholars from Indian and abroad, the unconditional support of our local friends, and the loyal presence of multiple patrons.

We are particularly thankful to Bharuch Municipality; Shri Nilang Modi and the staff of Raychand Dipchand Library; Collector Shri Sandeep Sagale and Superintendent of Police Shri Sandeep Singh; members of Bharuch Citizens Council, especially Shri Kamlesh Udani, Shri Harish Joshi, Shri Jivraj Patel and Shri Rakesh Agarwal; Jamshed Vakharia of BegumVadi; trustees of Meherwan Baug; Phiroz and Kamal Patel, Pilloo and Sarosh Ginwala, Archana and Tanuj Patel.

Great support came from several sponsors who greatly encouraged our initiatives and made “The Sea and Knowledge” challenge possible. We would like to thank in particular Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd., Torrent Power Ltd., Sofotel Infra P Ltd., Shaily Engineering Plastics Ltd., Zydex Industries Ltd., Rubamin Ltd., Ashok Krishnadas, Vashketu Foundation, Bharuch Citizen’s Council, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd., GPEC/CLP, Grasim and Reliance.

A big THANKS to Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and officers and staff of Indian Navy, who, as one man, were considerate and courteous, facilitating our demands.