GUWAHATI (Shiji James) — Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) hosted the blessing and dedication ceremony of its Azara Campus on 2 May 2012 at a glittering function attended by a large number of eminent persons. The occasion marked the conclusion of the construction and infrastructure development activities at Azara. The university now focuses its attention to the challenges of developing its permanent campus at Tapesia Gardens, on the outskirts of Guwahati city.
“DonBoscoUniversitychallenges its students to pursue an education that combines excellence in human development with specialised professional training”, stated Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati, in his Presidential address.
Congratulating the Salesian Province of Guwahati for daring to dream of a Don Bosco University at Guwahati the archbishop said, “God in his goodness brought together some of you, men of great vision and courage who are shaping the future of this University. We dare to hope that it will produce equally great men and women who will be agents of change and development of the society.”
Archbishop Dominic Jala of Shillong, shared a brief reflection on how everything takes place ‘in His time’ and pointed out the unfailing support of God that helped realise the dream of actualisingDonBoscoUniversity.
Provincial and Chancellor of DBU, Dr. Joseph Almeida, welcomed the gathering and spoke about the genesis of the University Project, the enthusiastic support it has evinced round the country and the world and the continuous challenges of actualizing the university vision.
The Vice Chancellor ADBU, Dr. StephenMavelySDB, presented an overview of the University Project, its progress so far and the plans for the future. His PowerPoint visualization of the dream campus mesmerised the audience and gave a glimpse of the world class campus planned for the university.
Apart from the construction of the permanent campus, the university intends to galvanize a vast array of professionals into an efficient network of researchers and research guides, to be a major player in ‘skilling India’ through certification of 125 DB Tech institutions and to network with universities and research institutes in India and abroad.
To mark the day’s importance the Vice Chancellor announced the offer of 1,000 (one thousand) scholarships to students from North-East India to pursue BBA and BCA courses under the university’s Centre for Online and Distance Education, starting from June 2012.
The Hostels at the campus, to accommodate 500 men and women, were named after three eminent Salesians – Carreno, Ferrando and Burns. The staff quarters was named Med Apartments, after a fourth Salesian. Fr Sebastian Karotemprel, Member of University Governing Body, shared his musings on the four Salesians.
Colourful dances and melodious songs by the inmates of the hostels and staff quarters enthralled the audience. Prayer moments at the end of the function led the gathering to thank God for his unfailing support in the realisation of the university project.