YOUTH EXPO NEW DELHI 2015…Youth Expo Brochure 2015
Guwahati — Two representatives from the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce on a visit to northeast India made their first stop at Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) Azara campus, 15 May 2015. Former director of IIM Shillong Prof Ashoke Dutta introduced them to ADBU.
The ADBU Pro-Vice Chancellor and Registrar received the regional director of IGCC Calcutta Sabina Padey and Executive Sharon Mogose and briefed them about the Don Bosco University project. HoD Electronics and Communication Dr Sunandan Baruah and HoD Mass Communication Fr C.M. Paul briefed the visitors.
IGCC is engaged in vocational training in India especially in the field of mechatronics, metal working and tool handling.
They also offer the possibility of Senior experts sharing their expertise for training the trainer programs for small enterprises for short term duration.
The Vocational Education and Training Network (VETnet) project is one of the IGCC experiments being implemented as a pilot project at Don Bosco Tech Pune.
The VETnet project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and supported by the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).
Similar vocational training projects are being implemented by the German chambers of commerce in Brazil, China, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and Thailand.
The IGCC also offers 3 to 6 month practical training programs to German students either as a practical trainee or a legal trainee in all IGCC offices in India.
The IGCC has more than 6,700 members comprising of German, Indo-German and Indian companies and has close links with the Indian industry.
The ADBU Campus Life video is made by students – “10on10 DESIGNS” and released on Friday 8th May 2015.
INDIA RELIGIONS FREEDOM REPORT 2015
Kolkata – In a surprise birthday celebration with confreres joining from neighbouring houses Fr Joseph Punchakunnel celebrated his 79th birthday in the company of his students and superiors at the Salesian provincial house Kolkata, 11th April 2015.
Kolkata Provincial Fr Nirmal Gomes while thanking Fr Puncha for his dedicated life and continued service as a religious hailed him as “the best rector” he ever had.
Fr Gomes also assured him of “the chance to be Director of Novices, if he gets well.”
Fr Puncha who returned to Kolkata province in 2012 due to ailing health received a hero’s birthday celebration with a Solemn Eucharistic celebration held at the Provincial House, Kolkata.
The veteran missionary, Fr Puncha was Rector and principal of Salesian College Sonada Darjeeling and several years Director of Novices at Siliguri before he left for South American missions – in the Bolivian mountains.
His brother, Salesian Fr Thomas Punchakunnel, also from Kolkata province, is currently missionary in East Africa for some 35 years.
Since 2011, another young missionary from Kolkata province Fr Shiju James Thottupurathu has joined Bolivia province where Fr Puncha served.
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Written by Julio Ribeiro | Updated: March 16, 2015 10:57 am
MUMBAI — There was a time, not very long ago — one year short of 30, to be precise — when only a Christian was chosen to go to Punjab to fight what then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi termed “the nation’s battle” against separatists. I had accepted a “demotion” from secretary in the Union home ministry to DGP of the state of Punjab at the personal request of the prime minister.
Then home secretary, Ram Pradhan, and my dear friend, B.G. Deshmukh, then chief secretary to the government of Maharashtra, were flabbergasted. “Why did you accept this assignment?” they asked. The same question was put to me over the phone by then President Zail Singh. But Arjun Singh, the cabinet minister who personally escorted me by special aircraft from Delhi to Chandigarh, remarked that when my appointment was announced the next morning, the Hindus of Punjab would breathe more freely and rejoice. I presume Hindus would include RSS cadres who had been pinned into a corner by the separatists.
When 25 RSS men on parade were shot dead in cold blood one morning, then Punjab Governor S.S. Ray and I rushed to the spot to console the stricken families. The governor visited 12 homes, I visited the rest. The governor’s experience was different from mine. He was heckled and abused. I was welcomed.
Today, in my 86th year, I feel threatened, not wanted, reduced to a stranger in my own country. The same category of citizens who had put their trust in me to rescue them from a force they could not comprehend have now come out of the woodwork to condemn me for practising a religion that is different from theirs. I am not an Indiananymore, at least in the eyes of the proponents of the Hindu Rashtra.
Is it coincidence or a well-thought-out plan that the systematic targeting of a small and peaceful community should begin only after the BJP government of Narendra Modi came to power last May? “Ghar wapsi”, the declaration of Christmas as “Good Governance Day”, the attack on Christian churches and schools in Delhi, all added to a sense of siege that now afflicts these peaceful people.
Christians have consistently punched above their weight — not as much as the tiny Parsi community, but just as noticeably. Education, in particular, has been their forte. Many schools, colleges, related establishments that teach skills for jobs have been set up and run by Christians. They are much in demand. Even diehard Hindus have sought admission in such centres of learning and benefited from the commitment and sincerity of Christian teachers. Incidentally, no one seems to have been converted to Christianity, though many, many have imbibed Christian values and turned “pseudo-secularist”.
Hospitals, nursing homes, hospices for dying cancer patients needing palliative care — many of these are run by Christian religious orders or Christian laymen devoted to theservice of humanity. Should they desist from doing such humanitarian work for fear of being so admired and loved that a stray beneficiary converts of his or her own accord? Should only Hindus be permitted to do work that could sway the sentiments of stricken people in need of human love and care?
The Indian army was headed by a Christian general, the navy more than once, and same with the air force. The country’s defence forces have countless men and women in uniform who are Christians. How can they be declared non-Indians by Parivar hotheads out to create a pure Hindu Rashtra?
It is tragic that these extremists have been emboldened beyond permissible limits by an atmosphere of hate and distrust. The Christian population, a mere 2 per cent of the total populace, has been subjected to a series of well-directed body blows. If these extremists later turn their attention to Muslims, which seems to be their goal, they will invite consequences that this writer dreads to imagine.
I was somewhat relieved when our prime minister finally spoke up at a Christian function in Delhi a few days ago. But the outburst of Mohan Bhagwat against Mother Teresa, an acknowledged saint — acknowledged by all communities and peoples — has put me back on the hit list. Even more so because BJP leaders, like Meenakshi Lekhi, chose to justify their chief’s remarks.
What should I do? What can I do to restore my confidence? I was born in this country. So were my ancestors, some 5,000 or more years ago. If my DNA is tested, it will not differ markedly from Bhagwat’s. It will certainly be the same as the country’s defence minister’s as our ancestors arrived in Goa with the sage Parshuram at the same time. Perhaps we share a common ancestor somewhere down the line. It is an accident of history that my forefathers converted and his did not. I do not and never shall know the circumstances that made it so.
What does reassure me in these twilight years, though, is that there are those of the predominant Hindu faith who still remember my small contribution to the welfare of the country of our birth. During a recent trip to Rajgurunagar in the Khed taluka of Pune district to visit schools that my NGO, The Bombay Mothers and Children Welfare Society, had adopted, I stopped at Lonavla for idli and tea. A group of middle-aged Maharashtrians sitting on the next table recognised me and stopped to greet and talk. A Brahmin couple returning from Kuwait (as I later learnt) also came up to inquire if I was who I was and then took a photograph with me.
It warmed the cockles of my heart that ordinary Hindus, not known to me, still thought well of me and would like to be friends 25 years after my retirement, when I could not directly serve them. It makes me hope that ordinary Hindu men and women will not be swayed by an ideology that seeks to spread distrust and hate with consequences that must be avoided at all cost.
*The writer, a retired IPS officer,was Mumbai police commissioner,DGP Gujarat and DGP Punjab,and is a former Indian ambassador to Romania.