ADBU cover story in the Salesian Bulletin


Please read the cover story on pages 10 t0 13 .


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Varsity prepares backpack journalists


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Guwahati: Two years ago, an university in Guwahati launched a brand new program to prepare a new breed of social media activists with an MA degree in Mass Communication. The first batch of that group of 12 students who put their faith in the program will graduate in May end 2016.

The eight-year-old Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) based in Guwahati, claims the new course entitled Convergent Media and Technologies which started in July 2014 is “one of its kind post graduate degree program in backpack journalism to prepare citizen journalists.”

Speaking about the value added components of the course Jamia Millia Islamia Alumnus and Asst. Professor at ADBU – Mr. Kaushik Bhuyan says, “Today’s media professional needs to connect with her/his audience across multiple platforms – broadcast, mobile, on-line, social media and other new platforms. The MA degree course in Convergent Media and Technologies in the Dept. of Mass Communication provides this multiplatform environment to help students build their skills – conceptual and technical – to produce new digital content. This is the only MA course where students are taught to create multi-platform media content using professional Free and Open Source Software.”

IMG_7228.JPG“In our technology dominated world, the professions are multi-tasked and require one to be an expert in more than one narrow specialism,” says student from South Sudan Shyjan Job who did one month internship with EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) studios in Alabama, USA.

His two companions Sabin Sebastian from Vishakapatanam and Daniel Thomas from Thiruvananthapuram who spent one month with Goodness Television in Kerala say, “greater demands are made on modern media persons to become a producer, a director, a cameo actor, a scriptwriter, a copywriter, a video/audio editor, a PR campaigner, a cameraman, a journalist and even an advocacy enthusiast.”


“The MA programme,” says Aurelyne Mary, from Shillong who had her internship at Doordarshan Kendra Shillong “is designed to equip one with a thorough knowledge of the entire media spectrum from journalism to radio and video production, traditional to mobile media, the gamut of social media, citizen journalism, development communication and the world of public relations.”

Patricia Swer, Macdolina Shangpliang, Risa Laloo and Everwin Emlang Khongwar from Meghalaya joined Miss Aurelyne  for internship at Doordarshan, Shillong.

“For those who are not so social media savvy,” suggests Steffi Soibam from Manipur who did internship with Press Trust of India New Delhi, “there is another world out there for critical commentators to keep a tab on the ways in which media reflects, represents and influences the world.”

Jacob Malkias from Nashik and John Paul Tirkey from Salana (Nagaon) who did their internship in a television production house at Indore say, “The ADBU post graduate degree program takes students through hands on exercises in the glamour of the advertising gimmicks, showing the way how a news story gathers steam, and help students try their hands at getting a video from script to screen, and cause waves.”

“The media platforms – Blog, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Podcast, Facebook and other social media networks are so varied, pervasive, influential and fast changing that it is a continuous challenge to keep pace with the latest trends in media-related industries,” tells Assistant Professor Dr Robi Augustine.

Head of the Mass Communication Department Dr Machun Kamei says, “On-line admissions for MA Mass Communication will open in May-July for graduates in any stream.”

MCMT 6Dr Kamei adds, “Classes will begin on 27 July.”

The new academic year (2016-17) offers a bouquet of 10 programs in Mass Communication including: PhD; MA in Convergent Media & Technologies; MA in Development Communication; MA in Public Relations; PG Diploma in Convergent Media & Technologies; PG Diploma in Development Communication; PG Diploma in Public Relations; Certificate in Professional Communication Skills; Certificate in New Media and Citizen Journalism; and Certificate in Media Management and Entrepreneurship.

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MA degree courses in Mass Comm

FOUR New two-year MA degree Courses in Mass Communication from ASSAM DON BOSCO UNIVERSITY Guwahati, Dept. of Mass Communication – CLASSES START on 27th JULY 2016. Com banner

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Assam colleges opt for Open Source Software, get trained


Dignitaries at the first FLOSS meet for 27 knowledge centres in Assam.

Guwahati – In a first ever effort in the country to acquire skills in the use of Free / Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) Assam state has set the trend by sending representatives from colleges in all 27 districts for a training workshop organized by the first private university in the state.

“After promoting FLOSS right from the start of the university since 2008, today it is a dream come true for us to host faculty from colleges representing all 27 districts of the state,” says Pro Vice-Chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) Fr Joseph Nellanattu, a FLOSS apostle.

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Pro Vice-Chancellor Fr Joseph Nellanatt addressing the gathering.

“This is the first of its kind program in the state and we can be role model for other states,” said Deputy Director of Higher Education, Government of Assam Mrs. Chinmoyee Talukdar addressing the gathering of some 70 academicians from 53 colleges of Assam.

ADBU Vice-Chancellor Dr Stephen Mavely had words of praise for the Department of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) and Information Technology, School of Technology, for organizing the one-day Training in FLOSS, 2 December 2015 at its Azara campus.

Dr Mavely thanked IIT Bombay Spoken Tutorial Team for their active collaboration over the past five years in promoting FLOSS.

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FLOSS Workshop coordinator Mr Vijay Prasad conducts technical session.

Among resource persons are National Coordinator-Training, IIT Bombay Ms. Shyama Iyer, and Executive Officer & Training Coordinator, IIT Bombay Ms. Akanksha Saini.

“This ADBU initiative with CSE&IT department hopes to create greater and promote FLOSS and Spoken Tutorials,” said Workshop Coordinator Assistant Professor Mr Vijay Prasad.

Sessions include lectures on Spoken Tutorial project, Linus Operating System basics and installation, and hands on session in Libre Office.

At the end of the workshop, besides certificates of participation for all participants, all 27 knowledge centers will receive a book on FLOSS as well as DVDs with Spoken Tutorials.

The Spoken Tutorial Project is about teaching and learning a particular FLOSS like Linux, Scilab, LaTeX, PHP & MySQL, Java, C/C++, Libre Office etc. via an easy video tool – Spoken Tutorials.

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Consequences of Hatred: A Travelling Film Festival

EnoughMumbai, (Ranjan Kamath) — In the growing atmosphere of visceral hatred, intolerance and polarization engulfing our beloved country, as a film maker I would like to create an awareness through cinema, by organizing a traveling festival for those younger – particularly our children – who are unaware or remain ignorant of the Holocaust, Partition, Chile, Ireland, Palestine, Rwanda, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq. etc about the chilling consequences of hatred.

Ranjan Kammath

Ranjan Kamath

If there are like minded film makers, citizens who wish to sponsor, organize and sustain this endeavour then please connect with me.
You are most welcome to share this message so that we can achieve maximum traction.

For details contact: Ranjan Kamath

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Students’ Union pledges to re-assert Naga identity

Photo-1Guwahati – A group of students belonging to 12 Naga tribes came together to celebrate the golden jubilee of the Naga Students’ Union of Guwahati (NSUG) at Shilpagram, Guwahati last (Saturday) week.

“We met together with a great sense of rebuilding and reclaiming our significant identity as Nagas,” said Coordinator of the event Mr Phungreiso Varu.

The NSUG’s golden jubilee theme was “NagaMorphosis – Have the Courage to Fly.”

“Our strength and relationship and most importantly, trust and commitment to the future generation of Naga [students living] in Guwahati and beyond is through the process of re-Nagaization,” said Mr Varu.

NSUG executives with Chief guestOver 1,000 Naga students, families and their friends from the neighbouring north-eastern states participated in the daylong celebration along with many distinguished dignitaries, honored guests, donors and well-wishers, members of the Naga as well as other students’ union attended in the presence of Guest of honour.

A group of Naga warriors from the Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Guwahati, and NSUG General Secretary Mr Manikho Lazio, escorted Guest of honour Member of Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Laisam Simai to the celebrations.

The Convener of the Golden Jubilee, Mr. Phungreiso Varu and NSUG President, Mr. Limasashi Ao along with many other distinguished dignitaries and elders welcomed the guest of honour.

Photo-4Mr. Laisam Simai, MLA opened the jubilee celebrations in the presence of Mr. Y. Chuba Ao, first president of NSUG 1965, and Mr. Peter Thong, Pastor, Naga Christian Fellowship, Guwahati led the assembly in prayer.

The NSUG president reminisced about the long and exciting journey of the union and called on members for greater unity and action.

After rendering the jubilee theme song entitled “Have Courage to Fly” by golden jubilee choir the convener Mr Varu explained theme of Jubilee “NagaMorphosis – Have the Courage to Fly.”

Photo-5Former NSUG executives, various Naga student’s bodies and friends and Naga elders from Arunachal, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland joined the deliberations on “time to rebuild and reclaim identity as Nagas and Christians.”

Photo-2Professor Kedelizo Kikhi, HOD, Department of Sociology, Tezpur University (Academics) and Mrs. Konyak Konya, Director, International of Beyond Borders Initiative (Spirituality) directed the discussions on two topics “Relevance of re-Nagaization in the era of neo-liberalism” and “Re-claiming Christian Identity in the era of post-modernism.”

The celebrations ended with candle lighting and lantern lift off by federal unit leaders and lowering of the Jubilee flag.

The NSUG plays a major role in helping freshers each year to start off life in Guwahati and strive for cooperation and peaceful existence with all the communities.

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Varsity students philosophize on human rights and probity in public life

Prof Prosenjit Biswas addressing School of Social Sciences at ADBU Azara campus

Prof Prosenjit Biswas addressing School of Social Sciences at ADBU Azara campus

Guwahati – A group of students in northeast India celebrated world philosophy day, 4th November, in an attempt to philosophize on the national scenario of human rights violations and the need for probity in public life.

“As a university community we are committed to promote matters of importance of social responsibility – in provoking thought, discussion and policy making,” said Vice-Chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) Dr Stephen Mavely inaugurating the afternoon session marking World Philosophy Day.

The two hour event sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), New Delhi witnessed two renowned academicians speaking on pertinent issues plaguing India today.

Two speakers were Dr. Prasanjit Biswas of North Eastern Hill University, Shillong who spoke on ‘Human Rights and Child Rights and their Violation with Reference to North East India,’ and Dr. Sanjeeb Kakoty of Indian Institute of Management, Shillong who spoke on ‘Probity in Public Life and Corruption.’

Dr. (Fr.) Francis Fernandez, Controller of Examinations (ADBU) chaired the session attended by some 150 Masters level students of Social Work, Human Rights, Education, Psychology, and Mass Communication.

Speaking on basic concepts of human rights Dr Biswas said, “self determination is a moral and ethical concept which gives a person complete ownership upon oneself based on human freedom.”

He insisted, “The very notion of being human and democratic hold together.”

Commenting on today’s intolerant political scenario Dr Biswas warned, “No regime based on narrow sectarian view has survived, nor can survive.”

Dr Biswas cited the human rights case of India as one of the worst offenders of Protection of Child Rights. “Our position in child rights is a little above Myanmar and Uganda.”

To the utter surprise of the audience Dr Biwas said, “India is not a signatory to Palermo Protocol – on prevention of child trafficking.”

Speaking on probity in public life Dr Sanjeev Kakoty insisted on “honesty and integrity that people holding public offices must have.”

Highlighting what one individual and concerned young people could do to rectify the degenerating situation Dr Kakoty called on the social media generation “to make use of social media on which young people spend a conservative estimate of four hours a day,” to use it as an effective tool to fight corruption” by naming and shaming the officials.

“We need to demand probity and get probity,” said Dr Kakoty a Bosconian alumnus of St Anthony’s College Shillong.
The session concluded with interactive session by students.

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