Don Bosco University offers 5,000 full scholarships to Northeast Students

GUWAHATI, (C.M. Paul) – The Assam Don Bosco University based in Guwahati into its fifth year offers an ambitious outreach programme for students in northeast India. The offer also marks the beginning of a three-year celebration of the upcoming birth bi-centenary of its patron Don Bosco (1815-1888). This significant educational scheme is christened the DBU Global North East Outreach Program.

“The initiative aims at awarding a 100% fee waiver scholarship to students from North East India, with a mission to cover over 5,000 students in the next 3 years,” says the founder Vice-Chancellor Dr. Stephen Mavely announcing the scheme. One thousand scholarships are designated for the current year,” says the founder Vice-Chancellor Dr. Stephen Mavely announcing the scheme.

“These students can enrol for an Online Graduate Degree Program without incurring any expense whatsoever, with the University funding their entire program, including the cost of course books,” explains Dr Mavely.

The Outreach program plan has identified and started the setting up of seven student support Centres, one each in each of the seven states (Assam, Arunachal, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura), at various Don Bosco Institutions. These centres will provide computer centre facilities, library and online classroom access to students enrolled via the Outreach Program, as well as act as Examination Centres for these students.

Currently the university offers two undergraduate programmes under this initiative: Bachelors in Business Administration – a three-year degree program that provides a fundamental education in business and management principles. With a solid academic foundation and practical management training it provides students with tools to successfully navigate a large or small organization or a career in the public sector.

Bachelors in Computer Application – equips students to cope with the changing aspects of human life; trade, commerce, communication, manufacturing, service, entertainment, education and global security.

Looking for Collaborators and Sponsors
The Outreach Project Coordinator and Controller of Examinations of DB University, Fr V.A. Cyriac informs that “impressed by the initiative shown by the University, several Corporates have already expressed interest in participating in the project under their own Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) departments, helping to increase the size of the scholarship grant to cover more students. Institutions already working with the University in other areas have also come forth and expressed keenness to join in on this project.”

He hopes, “with increased individual and institutional participation, thousands of students across the North East are projected to benefit from these scholarships in the coming years.”

Corporate funds could either be used to sponsor the setup costs of a Centre (at Rs.5,00,000/= per Centre), or to fund the courseware costs of a student (at Rs. 3,125/ (USD 56) = per student for a 3 Year Degree Program). For instance a Rs. 25,00,000 (25 lakhs) donation will fund either 5 Centres, or the courseware given out to 800 students.

Permanent Campus Plans
With the help of past pupils, benefactors, its own institutions in India and abroad, Foundations and agencies, the University has acquired 500 acres of land on the outskirts of Guwahati to build its permanent campus. The main campus at Tapesia Gardens (16 kms off state capital Dispur) when completed in five year’s time will house some 6,000 staff and students and research scholars.

The Assam Don Bosco University, set up by the Don Bosco Society, was established as the first State University of Assam in the private sector by the Assam Don Bosco University Act, on 29th March 2008.

For details of various degree programs DBU offers, kindly visit: http://www.dbu.edu.in or http://www.DBUglobal.com

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One response to “Don Bosco University offers 5,000 full scholarships to Northeast Students

  1. Dear Dr. Stephen Mavely,
    I am very happy to read the news of supporting the most needy students of NE India.In fact Education is the only’ Amodh Ashtra'(unfailing weapon) to fight ‘ chakraviyuh’ of individual life where you alone face the fight from all sides.
    May I share y own life.My parents were illiterate.I had no concept of future (life).I paid utmost importance to education,coming in the first division ,wic y parents could not celebrate as they did not know what it was except that their only child is passing regularly. In M.Sc.Math I topped the list of all successful students of all faculties of Gorakhpur at the exam of 1963.I joined the University as a Research Scholar and subsequently selected as a lecturer after my Ph.D. in a subject I had never known.It was the guidance of the world renowned scholar inn the subject that I opted for the unknown subject.Today by Grace of God I am counted onje of th person in Ramanujan’s mathematics ,not only in the country but in the world.
    “Motivated by my educational miracle I gave the top most education to my children,no one offered mathematics.The First child,my son topped the University in 1987,Second ,a daughter,is a sickly child,third ia Ph.D in Geography,fourth.has a Doctorate in Ag.Eng,is now in Amsterdam,sent by the World bank for future studies in remote sensing,is a Prof.of Ag Eng.in Allahabad Deemed University.The fifth Child a girl is MA in Pol.Sc..,has been a national Athlete in 100,200&400 meters.The first one is a computer Scientist.
    The are all doing very well in life..It is only due to education,rather good education. i did not have enough income to educate them,I took up LIC agency in the name of my wife,carried it on for 20 years and gave when my children were through.
    My story may inspire some people.
    I am happy that your University has taken up the good cause.These children will not be a liability on the society but assets.My only suggestion is that there are very meritorious students out side your target area.It will be worthwhile including some of them in your programme.
    With my prayers

    Prof.Remy Y.Denis
    National President ,
    All India catholic Union
    Based at Gorakhpur
    27.07.2012

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