SIGNIS Asia Focus features Assam Don Bosco University Media Dept

Signis Asia FocusGuwahati — The Signis Asia Focus, a quarterly e-publication of the world Catholic Communications Asia group has run a two page feature on Assam Don Bosco University’s Mass Communication department. The news feature in its May issue is found on pages 9 and 10 of the attached PDF file. Signis Asia Focus-May 2016

SIGNIS Asia Focus is its official quarterly publication. The 20 member countries of Signis Asia are divided into three regions: South Asia (5), East Asia (5) and South East Asia (10) members. South Asia members are:  Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. East Asia members are: Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Maccau and Taiwan. South East Asia members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Timor Leste.

Signis is the World Catholic Association for Communication. http://www.signis.netSignis was created in November 2001 from the merger between two organizations (Unda, for radio and television; and OCIC, for cinema and audiovisuals) that were both created in 1928. Signis has consultative status with UNESCO, Ecosoc (United Nations in Geneva and New York), and the Council of Europe.

It is officially recognized by the Vatican as a Catholic organization for communication. The secretariat of Signis World is in Brussels, Belgium.

SIGNIS Objectives: Signis’ primary objective is to oversee and coordinate communications activites in the field of cinema, radio, television, audiovisuals, research and training.

Signis also involves itself in film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Venice, Ouagadougou, etc…) and makes the Church’s presence by being a member of the jury in most major film festivals of the world.

Members of Signis World come from all over the world representing 140 nations. Apart from nations, membership is also open to organizations and institutions who have similar objectives.

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Study becomes youth ministry, says Don Bosco Mission head

“I see no gaps between the pioneering missions and the university project,” says Visitor

0Guwahati – “Study becomes youth ministry,” said Don Bosco worldwide mission head Fr Guillermo Basanes addressing the first Salesian university community in the English speaking world at Assam Don Bosco University Guwahati at its Azara campus, 12th May 2016.

The words of Don Bosco, who told his boys “For you I study, for you I work, for you I live, for you I am ready, even to give my life,” must have been at the back of Fr. Basanes mind when he said it.

1In his concluding remarks to the university community consisting of nine Salesian students and seven Salesians from six provinces, the Extraordinary Visitor to the province of Guwahati said, “While studying with and accompanying young people, you not only do youth ministry, but also become promoters of the university.”

Among the nine young Salesians were students hailing from the Salesian provinces of Calcutta, Guwahati, New Delhi, Shillong and South Sudan, and seven staff from Guwahati, Dimapur and Calcutta provinces.

3Besides, Salesian students and faculty members, religious communities represented include Fransalians, Holy Cross, Pallotines, Claretians, Order of the Imitation of Christ, and several congregations of religious sisters. There are also diocesan priests from Calcutta, Jhansi, Tura and Udaipur dioceses.

While complimenting the staff and students from different provinces, the visitor expressed his desire for more active collaboration with all the members of the Salesian Family in the South Asia region for this “mega University project of the Salesians.”

Fr Basanes went on to recommend that each of the 12 South Asian Salesian provinces could meet together at least once or twice a year to be briefed on the progress of the university project to solicit their active collaboration in sending Salesians to work and study in the university.

0In clarifying any lingering doubts and allaying the fears that could lurk in the minds of some Salesians in India that the university project is “an unconnected reality with the charism of the pioneering missionaries,” Fr Basnes insisted saying “I see no gaps between the pioneering missions and the university project.”

“The university project is continuation of the missionary spirit, to provide the same service of higher education to needy youth,” said the Visitor emphasizing the fact that he is “loosing his time (9 to 12 May) in the university, is meaningful in itself.”

20160510_163120The visitor spent one hour each talking to every one of 16 Salesians in the university community, and encouraged them saying, “Keep / make the university [accessible] for the poorest youth of northeast India.”

In conclusion, Fr Basanes encouraged the university community to promote the alumni association.

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ADBU cover story in the Salesian Bulletin


Please read the cover story on pages 10 t0 13 .

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Varsity prepares backpack journalists


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Guwahati: Two years ago, an university in Guwahati launched a brand new program to prepare a new breed of social media activists with an MA degree in Mass Communication. The first batch of that group of 12 students who put their faith in the program will graduate in May end 2016.

The eight-year-old Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) based in Guwahati, claims the new course entitled Convergent Media and Technologies which started in July 2014 is “one of its kind post graduate degree program in backpack journalism to prepare citizen journalists.”

Speaking about the value added components of the course Jamia Millia Islamia Alumnus and Asst. Professor at ADBU – Mr. Kaushik Bhuyan says, “Today’s media professional needs to connect with her/his audience across multiple platforms – broadcast, mobile, on-line, social media and other new platforms. The MA degree course in Convergent Media and Technologies in the Dept. of Mass Communication provides this multiplatform environment to help students build their skills – conceptual and technical – to produce new digital content. This is the only MA course where students are taught to create multi-platform media content using professional Free and Open Source Software.”

IMG_7228.JPG“In our technology dominated world, the professions are multi-tasked and require one to be an expert in more than one narrow specialism,” says student from South Sudan Shyjan Job who did one month internship with EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) studios in Alabama, USA.

His two companions Sabin Sebastian from Vishakapatanam and Daniel Thomas from Thiruvananthapuram who spent one month with Goodness Television in Kerala say, “greater demands are made on modern media persons to become a producer, a director, a cameo actor, a scriptwriter, a copywriter, a video/audio editor, a PR campaigner, a cameraman, a journalist and even an advocacy enthusiast.”


“The MA programme,” says Aurelyne Mary, from Shillong who had her internship at Doordarshan Kendra Shillong “is designed to equip one with a thorough knowledge of the entire media spectrum from journalism to radio and video production, traditional to mobile media, the gamut of social media, citizen journalism, development communication and the world of public relations.”

Patricia Swer, Macdolina Shangpliang, Risa Laloo and Everwin Emlang Khongwar from Meghalaya joined Miss Aurelyne  for internship at Doordarshan, Shillong.

“For those who are not so social media savvy,” suggests Steffi Soibam from Manipur who did internship with Press Trust of India New Delhi, “there is another world out there for critical commentators to keep a tab on the ways in which media reflects, represents and influences the world.”

Jacob Malkias from Nashik and John Paul Tirkey from Salana (Nagaon) who did their internship in a television production house at Indore say, “The ADBU post graduate degree program takes students through hands on exercises in the glamour of the advertising gimmicks, showing the way how a news story gathers steam, and help students try their hands at getting a video from script to screen, and cause waves.”

“The media platforms – Blog, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Podcast, Facebook and other social media networks are so varied, pervasive, influential and fast changing that it is a continuous challenge to keep pace with the latest trends in media-related industries,” tells Assistant Professor Dr Robi Augustine.

Head of the Mass Communication Department Dr Machun Kamei says, “On-line admissions for MA Mass Communication will open in May-July for graduates in any stream.”

MCMT 6Dr Kamei adds, “Classes will begin on 27 July.”

The new academic year (2016-17) offers a bouquet of 10 programs in Mass Communication including: PhD; MA in Convergent Media & Technologies; MA in Development Communication; MA in Public Relations; PG Diploma in Convergent Media & Technologies; PG Diploma in Development Communication; PG Diploma in Public Relations; Certificate in Professional Communication Skills; Certificate in New Media and Citizen Journalism; and Certificate in Media Management and Entrepreneurship.

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MA degree courses in Mass Comm

FOUR New two-year MA degree Courses in Mass Communication from ASSAM DON BOSCO UNIVERSITY Guwahati, Dept. of Mass Communication – CLASSES START on 27th JULY 2016. Com banner

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Assam colleges opt for Open Source Software, get trained


Dignitaries at the first FLOSS meet for 27 knowledge centres in Assam.

Guwahati – In a first ever effort in the country to acquire skills in the use of Free / Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) Assam state has set the trend by sending representatives from colleges in all 27 districts for a training workshop organized by the first private university in the state.

“After promoting FLOSS right from the start of the university since 2008, today it is a dream come true for us to host faculty from colleges representing all 27 districts of the state,” says Pro Vice-Chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) Fr Joseph Nellanattu, a FLOSS apostle.

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Pro Vice-Chancellor Fr Joseph Nellanatt addressing the gathering.

“This is the first of its kind program in the state and we can be role model for other states,” said Deputy Director of Higher Education, Government of Assam Mrs. Chinmoyee Talukdar addressing the gathering of some 70 academicians from 53 colleges of Assam.

ADBU Vice-Chancellor Dr Stephen Mavely had words of praise for the Department of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) and Information Technology, School of Technology, for organizing the one-day Training in FLOSS, 2 December 2015 at its Azara campus.

Dr Mavely thanked IIT Bombay Spoken Tutorial Team for their active collaboration over the past five years in promoting FLOSS.

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FLOSS Workshop coordinator Mr Vijay Prasad conducts technical session.

Among resource persons are National Coordinator-Training, IIT Bombay Ms. Shyama Iyer, and Executive Officer & Training Coordinator, IIT Bombay Ms. Akanksha Saini.

“This ADBU initiative with CSE&IT department hopes to create greater and promote FLOSS and Spoken Tutorials,” said Workshop Coordinator Assistant Professor Mr Vijay Prasad.

Sessions include lectures on Spoken Tutorial project, Linus Operating System basics and installation, and hands on session in Libre Office.

At the end of the workshop, besides certificates of participation for all participants, all 27 knowledge centers will receive a book on FLOSS as well as DVDs with Spoken Tutorials.

The Spoken Tutorial Project is about teaching and learning a particular FLOSS like Linux, Scilab, LaTeX, PHP & MySQL, Java, C/C++, Libre Office etc. via an easy video tool – Spoken Tutorials.

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Consequences of Hatred: A Travelling Film Festival

EnoughMumbai, (Ranjan Kamath) — In the growing atmosphere of visceral hatred, intolerance and polarization engulfing our beloved country, as a film maker I would like to create an awareness through cinema, by organizing a traveling festival for those younger – particularly our children – who are unaware or remain ignorant of the Holocaust, Partition, Chile, Ireland, Palestine, Rwanda, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq. etc about the chilling consequences of hatred.

Ranjan Kammath

Ranjan Kamath

If there are like minded film makers, citizens who wish to sponsor, organize and sustain this endeavour then please connect with me.
You are most welcome to share this message so that we can achieve maximum traction.

For details contact: Ranjan Kamath

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