GUWAHATI — A delegation from Assam Don Bosco University (DBU) met with the Chief Rector of the University, His Excellency, the Governor at the Raj Bhavan in Guwahati, on Friday, 18th June 2010 to appraise him about the developmental plans of the University and to seek his guidance and blessings.
“He is officially our Visitor to the University – the top official in the hierarchy of the university,” says DBU’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Stephen Mavely briefing on the visit.
Commenting on the cordial visit, Fr Mavely adds, “He was good, kept us for some 45 minutes and spoke at length also about the Don Bosco brand and about the religious tensions in Orissa. When he was Chief Minister, he said, he always foresaw possible communal problems and took anticipatory measures to prevent such things… He has also agreed to come for the inaugural function of our new academic year on 27th July 2010.”
Assam Don Dosco University claimed to be the first Catholic university in India started off with courses in Engineering, IT and Managment in 2008. Its sprawling 272 acres or 111 hectares campus at Tapesia Tea Gardens is on the highway just 16 kms off the state capital Dispur.
The Governor, His Excellency Janaki Ballabh Patnaik is a leader of the Indian National Congress. During his tenure (thrice) as the chief minister of Orissa, he served for the longest time on record from 1980 to 1989. He is also an eminent poet and writer, having won numerous awards from the Sahitya Akademi. He is the 27th Governor and the 25th person to be a Governor of Assam after independence.
Shri J.B. Patnaik took charge as Governor of Assam in December 2009.
Born in January 3, 1927, he completed his early education at Khurda High School and passed B.A. degree in Sanskrit from the Utkal University in 1947 and passed M.A. degree in Political Science from the Banaras Hindu University in 1949. In 1950, he became the President of the Orissa state unit of the youth Congress. In 1980, he became the Union Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Labour.