UK Professor holds 3-day skills training for Salesian College faculty

Trophy D'Souza with Salesian College Siliguri & Sonada faculty

Trophy D’Souza imparts skills training to Salesian College Siliguri & Sonada faculty.

Siliguri, (Rochelle Ann Lepcha & Sumina Chettri) — Salesian College Sonada & Siliguri campus organised a three day faculty development programme from 29th Oct- 31st Oct,2015 with Prof. Trophy D’ Souza to enable the faculty members to sharpen their communication and teaching skills.

On the first day Prof D’ Souza highlighted the importance of creating an inclusive classroom, on effective communication and Social-Cultural Awareness.

The second day began with presentations on Code Switching, and how the trend of approaching English influenced by different languages and cultures is on the rise.

The third day witnessed the participation of all the faculty members in various group activities assigned to handle different classroom situations. The groups presented solution to the situations assigned to them with much enthusiasm, displaying not only their teaching skills but also their acting abilities.|

Time for certificates and awards

Time for certificates and awards

The Faculty Development programme was “an interactive and enriching experience,” says College Rector Fr Mathew Pulingathil.

Prof. D’ Souza’s modules were communicated through power point presentations, humorous but insightful video clips and his anecdotes.

The programme concluded with a token of appreciation presented by Principal Fr. (Prof). George Thadathil and the distribution of certificates to the participants.

“The three days together as faculty provided an occasion to have learning experiences midst laughter, sharing of views and collaborative involvement in groups, making the workshop a gain some team building exercise,” says Assistant Professor & SC Siliguri Events Coordinator Mr Sandeep Singh.

Trphy D’Souza’s vast experience as a teacher in India, Middle East, East Africa and UK has now made him a motivational speaker and author of six books which celebrate human endurance in dysfunctional situations. His protagonists, both male and female, survive or evolve through seemingly complex situations with amazing resilience and self-belief which help them find solutions through unexpected human or divine intervention in their lives.

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ADBU holds ‘e-Vision for Digital India’

e-Vision posterGuwahati — Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) is holding POSTER and POWER POINT PRESENTATION COMPETITION as part of the symposium on ‘e-Vision for Digital India’.

The program arranged for High School / Under Graduate / Post Graduate students is organized by Dept. of ECE on Saturday 31st October 2015..

The subject is based on ‘Digital India: the positives we can aspire to and ways to achieve those. For example, students can share their views and ideas in developing smart cities in India.

The students need to submit an “Extended Abstract” on the topic – the length of the Extended Abstract is limited to 3 pages only.

The duration of oral presentation for each participants will be 10 minutes followed by five minutes slot for interaction. Participants should mention the preference of poster / oral presentation.

However, number of oral presentations will be limited due to time constraints.

For details please contact:

The selected participants were informed on 28th October 2015 for both oral and poster presentation.

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FISHERS OF MEN – Documentary on ghar vapasi program

Late BJP MP Judeo Dilip Singh of Jashpur and his ghar vapasi team.

Late BJP MP Judeo Dilip Singh of Jashpur and his ghar vapasi (home coming) team in 1995.

Ranjan Kamath and Padmavati Rao made Fishers of Men, a documentary on the adivasis of the Chota Nagpur plateau in eastern India, in 1996.
The film speaks of the tribal population of the region caught in the crosswinds of Christian missionaries on one hand, offering them the prospects of education and conversion, and of Hindu revivalist groups such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on the other, trying to reabsorb them back into their fold.

As Fishers of Men was screened recently, Kamath reflected on why it makes sense to revisit the film.

For over a century, a substantial number of Adivasis, or tribals of the Chottanagpur plateau, have been converting to Christianity in order to free themselves from bonded labour and feudal oppression still prevalent in rural India.
A combination of education and Christianity have helped the Adivasis establish an alternative identity outside the Hindu caste system, undermining feudal and Hindu authority. While the demand for a tribal homeland called Jharkand has been gaining momentum from a number of sources since independence, Hindu fundamentalist organisations such as the Rashitriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad have held the Christian missionaries singularly responsible for encouraging the Jharkhand movement.

In the absence of dialogue between Hindu revivalists and Christian tribals, this feature length documentary represents an effort to understand how the two communities will co-exist within a secular Indian fabric.

To see the movie please click the link :

FISHERS OF MEN – (Abridged Version) 1996 / DV – VHS Print

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Inspiring stories for young people

Francis FDZGuwahati, (C.M. Paul) — An inspirational book entitled “Life in all its fullness” was recently released to mark bi-centenary of the birth of St John Bosco and 10th anniversary of the foundation of Don Bosco Institute at Kharguli Guwahati.

The book compiled by Dr Francis Fernandez currently Controller of Examinations and Director of Campus Ministry at Assam Don Bosco University, runs into 90 pages and contains 46 anecdotes. Each anecdote is spread out in two pages and concludes with a brief moral lesson placed in a highlighted box at the bottom of the page.

Published by Don Bosco Publications Guwahati the book is priced at Rs.125.00.

Having been the associate director of Don Bosco Institute, Kharguli, for nearly 8 years since its inception in 2004, the author has chosen themes and examples that will play a vital role in the formation to maturity of the hundreds of young people that pass through the portals of DBI, a centre that has for its motto “building dreams and shaping lives.”

The book is designed to be a companion to young people seeking a sure foothold in life through learning skills toward a worthwhile placement.

Ready source of inspiration and reference, the anecdotes and reflections found in the book, the author says, “will enable every young person to believe in himself or herself. It will help young people to strive to attain that degree of maturity and motivation that will see him or her through the vicissitudes of life.”

The emphasis of the author in this book is to show the readers how positive thinking enables a person to learn and achieve. Importance is given to virtues, good behavior and practice, and good deeds and gestures. Author insists that the relevance and importance of these qualities has never been diminished and is true for all generations.

The author motivates young people with worthy and informative teachings like “most of the things we miss in life are due to saying ‘no’ too soon and ‘yes’ too late, “cultivate the art of smile”, “six steps to overcome shyness,” “self help is the best help,” to name a few.

Dr Fernandez holds a PhD in Christian theology and has to his credit a monograph and a number of edited works. Besides being 8 years in the editorial board of Mission Today – an international quarterly, he is currently associate editor of Journal of Northeast Indian Cultures – an international peer reviewed journal.

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Assam Don Bosco University Venue for INDIAN IDOL JUNIOR

indian idol juniorASSAM DON BOSCO UNIVERSITY – VENUE FOR INDIAN IDOL JUNIOR (season 2) AUDITION for northeast india – 17-18 OCTOBER 2015

The Indian Idol junior (Season 2) 2015 auditions at Assam Don Bosco University, Azara campus 17-18 October.

The Indian Idol television series is very popular singing reality show where talented young people grab worldwide fame. Indian Idol 8 Auditions will be held for Indian Idol Junior on Saturday and Sunday 17-18 October at Assam Don Bosco University, Azara campus.

Indian Idol started its first season in 2004 and the very 1st Indian Idol was Abhijeet Sawant, a boy from Maharastra. Amit Sana was 1st runner up also Rahul Vaidya was there on 3rd position according to audience poll.

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52 year old Mohammad Akhlaq was a farm worker.

The victim: 52 year old Mohammad Akhlaq.

Is beef not allowed for Hindus?
The recent mob lynching of an innocent Muslim gentleman (October 2015) on the rumor that he kept beef in his fridge and violent protests by some Hindu protesters demanding a ban on non-vegetarian food made one of my friends compile what Hindu scriptures say about beef…
I strongly believe that these protesters are ignorant of what their scriptures and law givers teach…

⚪ Manusmriti (Chapter5/Verse 30):”It is not sinful to eat meat of eatable animals, for God has created both the eaters and the eatables”.

⚪ Aapastanba Grishsutram (1/3/10): says, “The cow should be slaughtered on the arrival of a guest, on the occasion of ‘Shraaddha of ancestors and on the occasion of a marriage”.

⚪ Rigveda (10/85/13): declares “On the occasion of a girls marriage oxen and cows are slaughtered”.

⚪ Rigveda (6/17/1): states that, “Indra used to eat the meat of cow, calf, horse and buffalo”.

⚪ Vashishta Dharmasutra (11/34): says, “If a Brahmin refuses to eat the meat offered to him on the occasion of, ‘Shraaddha’ he goes to hell”😂.

⚪ Hinduisms great propagator Swami Vivekaananda said thus: “You will be surprised to know that according to ancient Hindu rite and rituals, a man cannot be a good Hindu who does not eat beef”.(The complete works of Swami Vivekananda Vol : 3/5/36)

⚪ The book “The History and Culture Of The Indian People” published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Bombay and edited by renowned historian R C Majumdar (Vol 2, page 18) says: This is said in the Mahabharata that “King Ratinder used to kill 2000 other animals in addition to 2000 cows daily in order to give their meat in charity”.

⚪ Aadi Shankaracharya’s commentary on Brahadaranyakopanishad 6/4/18 says: ‘Odaan’ rice mixed with meat is called ‘maansodan’ on being asked whose meat it should be, he answers ‘Uksha’ is used for an ox, which is capable to produce semen.”

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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.

Brochure-National-Conference-on-Quality-Configuration-for-Media-Education-in-India MEDIA EDUCATION CONFERENCE BROCHURE

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