Guwahati to host national media education conference

Prof Nagarj addressing ADBU students.

Prof K.V. Nagaraj addressing ADBU students.

Guwahati – The Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) departments of Mass Communication, and Educational Leadership are hosting a national conference in collaboration with Mizoram University department of Mass Communication.

Dr. K. V. Nagaraj, Professor at Mizoram University and Former Pro Vice Chancellor addressed ADBU students of Mass Communication and Educational Leadership today, 30 September 2015 in preparation for the upcoming “National Conference on ‘Quality Configuration for Media Education in India.’

The conference is being organized in collaboration with Mizoram University Dept of Mass Communication (estd 2011) and ADBU Departments of Educational Leadership (estd 2013), and Mass Communication (estd. 2014) from 2nd to 3rd November, 2015 at ADBU, Azara Campus, Airport Road, Guwahati.

Today, 30th September was the last day for submission of abstracts and full paper (
A Pre-conference Colloquium for students and research scholars is scheduled for 31st October on ‘Media, Culture and Society.’

Registration fee of Rs. 1000/- for Faculty – (Accommodation, local transport and hospitality for outstation participants) and Rs.200/- for Research Scholars and Students – (Hospitality and conference kit). Early bird registration starts on October 10, 2015 (With a concession of 10%).

Conference brochure can be downloaded from Brochure – National Conference on Quality Configuration for Media Education in India or from

Prof Nagaraj is an icon of media education in India. He served the Indian academics in different levels including lecturer, Reader, professor, chairman of faculties, Dean of faculties and Head of the department. He started his career as a sub-editor and sports reporter in Prajavani, a leading Kannada daily. He was an editorial trainee in Deccan Herald, Bangalore before shifting to academics and joined as a lecturer.

He is an advisor of Mass communication department in Dhaka, National Eligibility Test of University Grants Commission, Delhi, State Level Eligibility Tests of Maharashtra, Tamilnadu and Karnataka and Public Service Commissions of different states. He dedicates his time and energy for assuring quality contributions in research journals as advisor of various journals. He is visitor’s nominee, chairman and member of board of studies in different universities.

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ADBU T-School Bags Student Excellence Award

Ms Mumtaz Begum from DBU Global –  receives the award on behalf of ADBU.

Ms Mumtaz Begum from DBU Global receives the award on behalf of ADBU.

New Delhi — The Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) School of Technology has been awarded ‘Student Excellence Among Private Institutes in the East Award’ by Dataquest at T-School Conference and Award Function held at Jacaranda Hall, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, on 23 September, 2015.

Ms Mumtaz Begum from DBU Global – ADBU’s Online and Distance Learning centre received the award on behalf of the School of Technology.

ADBU Pro-Vice Chancellor Fr Joseph Nellanatt congratulated the students and alumni while handing over the awards to the Director of the School of Technology Prof. Manoranjan Kalita, 1st October.

Dataquest T-School Awards are given on the basis of Dataquest-CMR T-School Survey 2015 in which all the leading engineering institutions from all over India participated.

The awards ceremony recognizes excellence amongst technology schools on various parameters including placements, infrastructure, alumni, industry interface, HR scores, academic environment and more.

The conference covers technology, skill development and future of education specific to technology schools and brought together IT and Business decision makers of T-Schools and prominent people belonging to the Engineering Education community and the elite of the Indian IT industry under one roof to discuss how technology is aiding education and empowering IT companies around the globe.

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Indian Appointed Dean of Rome University Communication Dept

Prof. Peter Gonsalves SDB

Prof. Peter Gonsalves SDB

Kolkata, (C.M. Paul) – In the wake of the maiden visit of the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco and Chancellor of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) Rome to India (26th September) Fr Ángel Fernández Artime announced 24th September 2015 the appointment of the new Dean of the Faculty of Social Communications (FSC) Prof. Peter Andrew Gonsalves.

Professor of Communication and Education at FSC Dr Gonsalves hails from the Salesian province of Mumbai. He is the first non-European Dean of FSC which was established in 1988.

Former Dean of FSC Prof Mauro Montavani has been elevated as Vice-Chancellor of the same university, UPS Rome.

Speaking to Matters India on the significance of his appointment, Dr Gonsalves says, “[the appointment is ] perhaps, the fruit of a more inclusive mentality open to the wealth in non-European cultures; an appreciation of the work done in Media Education in India since 1984; a recognition of the contribution made to the global body on communication research through the analysis of the Mahatma’s sartorial/nonverbal communication.”

Peter Gonsalves BooksAuthor of three outstanding books on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Dr Gonaslves first book on Gandhiji (Sage 2008) – Clothing for Liberation: A Communication Analysis of Gandhi’s Swadeshi Revolution – is the first analysis of Gandhi’s dressing style in terms of communication theory and an exploration of the subliminal messages that were subtly communicated to a large audience.

Dr Gonsalves chose three famous theorists from the field of communication studies and looked at Gandhi through the lens of each one, to give a fascinating and new insight into one of the most famous men from South Asia, and India’s freedom movement.

His second book Khadi: Gandhi’s Mega Symbol of Subversion (Sage 2012) again on Gandhi investigates the power of a symbol to qualitatively transform society, studying Mahatma Gandhi’s use of clothing as a metaphor for unity, empowerment and liberation from imperial subjugation.

Dr Gonsalves’ third book Gandhi and the Popes, (Peter Lang 2015) investigates how Mahatma Gandhi – whether in his lifetime or posthumously – was respected, appreciated and – in one case – imitated by the Popes from Pius XI to Francis. In the process, he “explores and assesses the popular claim that Gandhi was influenced by Christ, and the not so popular conjecture that Pope Francis was influenced by Gandhi.”

Peter Gonsalves Collection of songs

Peter Gonsalves Collection of 70 plus songs

Dr Gonsalves began his career in media as media education trainer in 1984 and a community worker for rural development at the Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra, Ahmednagar. He founded in Pune (1992) Tej-prasarini a multimedia production centre to raise awareness of the urgency of life-based education in vernacular marathi language of Maharashtra state. Later in 1994, Tejprasarini was shifted to Matunga, Mumbai where it is a flourishing media house of Salesians in South Asia.

He promoted a series of teacher-training manuals called ‘Quality Life Education’, the first of which was his own work: Exercises in Media Education (1994). Using this, he conducted no less than 40 all-India courses on media education for schoolteachers, social workers and youth facilitators form diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

Dr Gonsalves also coordinated its first five-language web portal of the Salesians at its headquarters in Rome. He was also president of INTERSIG, the international wing of SIGNIS, a world association of communicators for a culture of peace.

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Alumnus pays bi-centennial tribute to Don Bosco through mural

Tribute to Don Bosco mural at the closing of bi-centennial celebrations South Asia at DB Liluah.

Mural at the closing of Don Bosco bi-centennial celebrations South Asia at DB Liluah.

Liuah — The bicentenary mural to be unveiled on the façade of Don Bosco School Liluah Auditorium is a tribute to the father and friend of youth Don Bosco by a DBL alumnus.
“It is my labour of love and I am privileged to do it for my alma mater,” says Mr Subrato Ganguly, CEO of the internationally renowned Kolkata based Churchart.

He adds, “Through this mural, I would like to eulogize the eternal friend and philosopher of youth St John Bosco, for the upcoming generations.”

The 11 ft by 6 ft mural depicts, in typical Indian motif, Don Bosco as the radiant Sun – the universal source of light and energy. Just as Lord Surya (the Sun God) rides in his seven-horse chariot spreading light, Don Bosco too has edified the youth dispelling the darkness of ignorance, hunger and sorrow. An inspiration for and embodiment of every human achievement in this institution,

Don Bosco the educator personifies wisdom (swans), knowledge (the quill) and joy (musical instruments). The fern leaves in the mural depict evolving life and civilization, the folded palms and flowers portray devotion and dedication, and the locomotive is a reminder of the association of Don Bosco, Liluah with the Indian Railways.

A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface. The first murals known to mankind goes back to 30,000 BC.
There are many different styles and techniqes and perhaps the best known is fresco.
The use of fibre glass murals, like the one presented here, is a relatively new concept in the modern world.

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Kolkata Salesians start bi-centennial initiative for scavengers

Bhagar 0Howrah, (C.M. Paul) – Keeping with the spirit of Don Bosco to respond to the needs of youth at risk, Kokata Salesians started a new initiative for youth who make scavenging garbage as their livelihhod.

“In 2014, seeing the pitiful living condition and health situation of the people, especially the women and the children and the youth, the Salesians of Don Bosco launched a multi-pronged project to reach out to these most poor and needy people,” says project coordinator Dr Mathew George, Secretary of the Salesian Province of Kolkata.

Speaking about the help extended to the scavengers Dr Mathew George explains, “we have initiated a monthly nutrition programme for 155 babies and their mothers.”

Bhagar 1Other helps given to scavengers include medical camps, healthcare and hospitalization programmes for the sick, especially those who needed surgery, income generating small scale business for young men and women who go for scavenging, computer classes for those lucky ones who are able to go to school, together with text books and note books.

Dr Mathew George hopes to start soon tailoring classes for women who want to learn an alternative occupation and earn additional income.

Former professor of of Theology at Sacred Heart College Shillong Dr Mathew George adds, “The focus of our outreach has been on health and hygiene, and improvement of the living condition of the people who live in sub-human conditions.”


Bhagar 2An estimated 7000 Dalits who were evicted from Bellilious Park Howrah on 2 February 2003 by the Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) having no other place to go were forced to settle down in Belgachhia Bhagar garbage dump area and in the open lands beside the railway track.

Situated 3 kms away from Howrah Railway station Bhagar, HMC’s waste dumping ground receives several thousand tons of garbage every day, brought in by hundreds of trucks operated by the corporation.

The whole area is dotted with hillocks formed over the years by the waste materials dumped. Nearly 500 families, mainly destitute migrant families from Bihar live in and around the dumping ground, and make a living by scavenging, looking for recyclable waste materials like plastics and bottles, etc.

The area is terribly unhygienic with dirt and slime everywhere and some 6,000 pigs jostle with humans for a place to live and survive. The area is a breeding ground for all types of sickness, especially brought about by highly contaminated and toxic water which form puddles all over the place. In rainy season the stench is unbearable and in summer the burning materials fill the area with smoke. Children and women are the worst affected.

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Rector Major will visit Hindu religious order – Ram Krishna Mission Belur

PM Modiji visiting Belur Math May 2015

PM Modiji visiting Belur Math May 2015

Liluah — The 10th successor of Don Bosco, Rector Major of the Salesians, on his first visit to India will visit the world headquarters of the Hindu religious order – Ram Krishna Mission monks at Belur near Liluah where he will attend the South Asia Salesian Family Congress marking the bi-centenary celebrations of the Italian saint and youth worker, Monday 28th September 2015.

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are twin organizations which form the core of a worldwide spiritual movement (known as Ramakrishna Movement or Vedanta Movement), which aims at the harmony of religions, harmony of the East and the West, harmony of the ancient and the modern, spiritual fulfillment, all-round development of human faculties, social equality, and peace for all humanity, without any distinctions of creed, caste, race or nationality.
RAMAKRISHNA MATH is a monastic organization for men brought into existence by Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), the great 19th century saint of Bengal who is regarded as the Prophet of the Modern Age.

belur0RAMAKRISHNA MISSION is a registered society in which monks of Ramakrishna Math and lay devotees cooperate in conducting various types of social service mainly in India. It was founded by Sri Ramakrishna’s chief apostle, Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), one of the foremost thinkers and religious leaders of the present age, who is regarded as ‘one of the main moulders of the modern world’, in the words of an eminent Western scholar A. L. Basham.

Although Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are legally and financially separate, they are closely inter-related in several other ways, and are to be regarded as twin organizations.

The Math and the Mission together have more than 180 branch centres all over India and in different parts of the world.
The Headquarters of these centres are situated in Belur Math. All branch centres of Ramakrishna Math come under the administrative control of the Board of Trustees, whereas all branch centres of Ramakrishna Mission come under the administrative control of the Governing Body of Ramakrishna Mission.

The Belur math, Ramakrishna Ashram - view from Hooghly river

RKM Goals and Objectives
The main goals and objectives of these twin organizations, based on the principles of Practical Vedanta, are:
To spread the idea of the potential divinity of every being and how to manifest it through every action and thought.

To spread the idea of harmony of religions based on Sri Ramakrishna’s experience that all religions lead to the realization of the same Reality known by different names in different religions. The Mission honours and reveres the founders of all world religions such as Buddha, Christ and Mohammed.

To treat all work as worship, and service to man as service to God.

To make all possible attempts to alleviate human suffering by spreading education, rendering medical service, extending help to villagers through rural development centres, etc.

To work for the all-round welfare of humanity, especially for the uplift of the poor and the downtrodden.

To develop harmonious personalities by the combined practice of Jnana, Bhakti, Yoga and Karma. The motto of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission is: Atmano mokshartham jagad hitaya cha,
“For one’s own salvation, and for the welfare of the world”.

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DB Skills Mission Teams up with Govt of India to train 2 million youth

Fr. A. M. Joseph, SDB (Executive Director, DB Tech)

Fr. A. M. Joseph, SDB (Executive Director, DB Tech)

New Delhi — Don Bosco Tech Society in Partnership with Ministry of Rural Development, Minority Affairs, DGeT and other ministries is implementing the skill development programme for youth. The project is PAN India and it aims to Skill 2 million youth by 2022. In the last 5 years DB Tech has trained over 2 lakhs youth and facilitated employment for more than 75% of the candidates.

DB Tech also tied up with Corporates like Accenture, ITC, Schneider Electric Foundation, Axis Bank Foundation, Godrej, Hans Foundation and others in scaling up the programme.

With NSDC’s mandate of training 500 million youth and DB Tech’s existing potential in training and the presence of infrastructure complements the vision of NSDC and DB Tech will be able to contribute to this vision. With over 300 centres and over 3,000 personnel managing these training centres, DB Tech brings in management and administrative expertise of large scale skills training programmes.

Through existing partnership with the industry we will add value to the skill development programmes through employment projections, curriculum design and ratification, guest lectures, on-the-job training, staff training and placements.

The training programme provided by DB Tech will be the answer to the development and growth hurdle of the nation which is un-employability due to lack of skills and access. DB Tech will deploy all its training centres and will interact and intervene with its mission and network partners for adding more centres to the infrastructure poo, thus ensuring maximum scale and reach to the project.

Don Bosco Skills Mission (DBSM), the master training skill development centre of Don Bosco Tech Society was inaugurated in Bangalore, Karnataka on March 19, 2015.

The newly inaugurated sprawling 75,000 sq. ft. campus of DBSM is a state-of-the-art innovation centre set up by DB Tech with the whole-hearted support of Don Bosco family. DB Tech understands that the trainers are the backbone of the organisation and the foundations in achieving the desired mission with greater quality.

Amalgamating quality with technological advancement, DBSM has been evolved as a master training centre for upscaling, upgrading and updating the technical and soft skills of trainers working across India in the common mission of ‘Skilling India’ and a target to train 2.2 million youth by 2022.

This resource development centre of DB Tech is having meeting halls, offices, conference room, auditorium, residential facilities, staff quarters and state-of-the-art labs for advanced skill development courses like Electrical, Plumbing and Air Conditioning with technical and infrastructural support from its long-standing partners like Schneider Electric, Jaguar, GREE, Taj, Accenture, Godrej and VDMA.

In coordination with Government departments, private and professional organizations, DB Tech will achieve its mission by innovating various skill training models catering to different groups of youth in various geographical locations and needs.

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