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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ADBU Holds Seminar on Electrical System Protection

Er Utpala Sharma

Er Utpala Sharma

Guwahati — As a part of the effort to bridge industry-academia gap, department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE), School of Technology (SoT) Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU), organized a seminar by industry professionals on 31 October, 2015. Er. Utpala Sharma, CGM, PP&D (Retd.), APDCL delivered a lecture on “Electrical System Protection” to the B.Tech. and M.Tech. students of Electric and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department.

Er. Utpala Sharma, with her lifelong experience in many power systems planning, design and various academics in NE region, talked on various aspects of maintaining a secured and reliable electrical power system network; starting from the basics of protection fundamentals, various schemes and equipment with their operation and behaviour, to the modern age digital protection.

Er Sharma elaborated on the basic function of a protective system, nature and types of faults in power systems, key components of protective scheme like various relays, CBs, instruments transformers, and static relays.

The session was interactive and informative for the students.

Er Utpala Sharma's session at ADBU

Er Utpala Sharma’s session at ADBU

“The shortage of appropriately skilled persons across many industries is emerging as a significant and complex challenge to India’s growth and future,” says EEE Assistant Professor Mr. Jesif Ahmed.

According to NASSCOM, each year over 3 million graduates and post-graduates are added to the Indian workforce.
SoT Director Prof Manoranjan Kalita says, “It is sad, of these only 25 percent of technical graduates and 10-15 percent of other graduates are considered employable by the rapidly growing IT and ITES segments.”

Department of EEE believes that tuning individuals for the jobs of the future and allowing them to visualize what is possible today will not only make a difference in their lives but will enrich our communities now and for the future.

Commenting on the employability of graduates today Prof Kalita says, “What we have today is a growing skills gap reflecting the slim availability of high-quality college education in India and the galloping pace of the country’s service-driven economy, which is growing faster than most countries in the world.”

Prof Kalita insists, “Its high time now for us to reboot the Indian education system and joint initiatives by the industry and academia will play an important part in plugging the talent gap in the years to come.”

As businesses propose to double and treble their workforces and India strives to maintain its position in the global marketplace, it has become imperative that ADBU prepares and plan for a world-class, competent, talented and innovative workforce.

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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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