KALYANI, (C.M. Paul) – Marking 30th year of the foundation of Don Bosco Vidyaniketan (15 August 1982) the erstwhile National Post Novitiate Training Centre for Salesian Brothers has launched a series of events to mark three year preparation for Bosco Jayanti Bi-centenary in 2015.
The two-week long celebrations started off with a seminar and exhibition on the theme: “Know Don Bosco” on Sunday 5th August. It was organized by the Don Bosco Youth Services Kalyani along with its past pupils.
“Don Bosco was a man of communications. He was able to establish friendship with young people in a very short time and train them to be God loving persons and honest citizens,” said director of DBYS Fr Raymond Tudu.
The main hall of the exhibition and the verandah had stalls with exhibits of books and films on Don Bosco, the 18 + index volume books of the Biographical Memories of Don Bosco, art work by young people, depiction of Don Bosco’s birth place Becchi, as well as the various trades Don Bosco taught the young.
There were also stalls on activities of the religious communities in parish (SMI, Holy Family and Salesian Sisters) as well as Ashalyam girls, Mother’s Self Help Group.
During the seminar Bro Sushanto Biswas made a PowerPoint presentation on “Don Bosco the Dreamer” and also showed film clippings of Don Bosco’s dream at the age of 9, showing his future work. Some 100 youth were present.
Students from the neighbouring High schools will visit the exhibition (5-7 August) and will have also the opportunity to watch a half-hour film on Don Bosco’s life in Bengali language.
Meanwhile, the Independence Day and Bosco Jayanti Football Tournament (15 & 16 August) for Sub-Juniors, Juniors and Seniors with cash prizes has been major daily attraction for young people all through July –August. Thirty eight teams are participating.
Among other events planned are the Bosco QUIZ, Bosco Talent Hunt, and Bosco Rally.
The programmes are scheduled to end on 16 August.
DBYS and Development Centre at Gayeshpur Check Post, Kalyani caters to the neighbourhood through various educative activities and soft skill training programs such as: Spoken English, Computer study, Typing, Music, Leadership Training, and Games & Sports (Football & Basket Ball, Table Tennis).