Painting exhibition-cum-sale for Social Commitment in ADBU

artSonapur: The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, ADBU is organising a one day painting exhibition-cum-sale in its campus here at Sonapur to raise funds for the Social Commitment activities of the Department of Social Work, today 9th February 2018. The exhibition showcases the paintings of Mr. Tshering Dorji a student of Social Work, and Ms. Bhamini Kashyap a student of Language Studies, ADBU. There are thirty-six paintings in display. The paintings were were sold out soon after the inauguration.

Inaugurating the event the Vice Chancellor of ADBU, Fr. Stephen, thanked the student artists for their generosity and contribution towards the needs of society especially those who are less privileged.

Mr. Dorji is from Bhutan and teaches Fine Arts at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He is currently pursuing his Master of Social Work studies at ADBU, and Ms. Kashyap is from Assam and is pursuing her BA programme in Language Studies. Both  the artists have many achievements , awards an fellowships at national and international levels.

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ADBU Sonapur celebrate Feast of Don Bosco

IMG_20180131_124624.jpgSonapur: The Assam Don Bosco University, Sonapur campus celebrated the feast of Don Bosco here today, 31st December 2018 in the presence of students, faculty and staff with songs, dances, skit and narration of Don Bosco’s life. During the programme Ms. Deborah Sangma, a senior student of Social Work took the university community through a life narration of St. John Bosco. Speaking on the occasion Fr. Dr. Stephen Mavely SDB, the Vice Chancellor of the University said ‘Don Bosco is not a God. He is for us an inspirer, a dreamer, a man with a vision that embraced the world of the young… If we get energized by even a small spark from his vision to reach out to them and the disadvantaged, we (each one of us, I mean) will find ourselves working miracles of transformation wherever we find ourselves…’ He exhorted every one to be DREAMERS as Don Bosco was.
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Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati was setup by the Don Bosco Society to cater to the higher education needs of the young people especially in the Northeast India.

West Assam Milk Producers Cooperative Union Limited orients Students of Social Work

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Sonapur: The West Assam Milk Producers Cooperative Union Limited (WAMUL) visite the department of Social Work and interacted with the senior students of Social Work on 23 January 2018. WAMUL is managed by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), India. WAMUL works with milk producers of rural Assam and has about 6000 registered members with its union.

The visiting team comprised of Dr. Roy Choudhury and Mr. Alan Savio. They emphasised on the role of young leadership in sustaining a project.

 

Dept of Social Work organise Life Skills Workshop

Life SkillsSonapur: The Department of Social Work, Assam Don Bosco University Organized a three days (19, 20 and 21 January 2018) workshop on  ‘ Life skills Training’ for the senior students of Social Work. The workshop focused on  – exploring self and the world they live in, create space and opportunities by self discovery, build on their strengths and understand and improve on their weaknesses, deal with their fears and anxieties and psychological wounds, re-discover dreams and reignite passion and articulate their aspirations realistically.

WAY Foundation, (We are Young) a ‘youth led’ organization, working on empowering young people through life skills facilitated the workshop.

Social Work Students go outside classroom to learn

ADBU Sonapur: The students of Social Work, Assam Don Bosco University are undertaking an academic study tour and rural practiccum from today the 8th December  till 22nd December 2017. While the senior students of third semester are travelling in four different groups in four different destination covering Kolkata, Jaipur, Delhi, Chandigarh and Mumbai; the junior students of first semester students are going for Rural Practiccum to an interior village near Indo-Bhutan border and last village called Kumarsali before entering Manas reserve forest .

The activities are part of academic requirements and are credited. While the study tour aims at exposing the students to various organisations – models and approaches of Social Work; the rural practiccum aims at orienting the students to understand the rurality – beauty, harshness, rustic life, generosity, poverty and honesty of Indian villages.

Graduation Ceremony of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers

Graduation picSonapur: The student volunteers of Department of Social Work, Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU), India and University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO), Ireland organised the much awaited Graduation Ceremony of the Anganwadi Workers and Helpers of Dimoria Block (Integrated Child Development Scheme -ICDS), Sonapur here today 22nd November 2017 in a simple but meaningful programme. The participants had attended a series of five workshops titled ‘Understanding Child Growth and Development’ between 6th August to 5th November 2017. It covered modules on – Education, Physical Development, Psychological Development, Emotional Development, and Special Needs. In all 43 participants graduated.

The workshop was a part of International Student Volunteer Exchange Programme 2017 between ADBU and UCDVO.

 

Rector Major Visits ADBU

RMSonapur:  The University today, 10th November 2017 received Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime, Rector Major (the 10th Successor of Don Bosco) of Salesians of Don Bosco at Tapesia ADBU Campus.

Welcoming Fr. Artime among our midst and inviting him to bless the newly erected bust of Don Bosco, the Vice Chancellor Fr. Stephen Mavely expressed the University’s heartfelt gratitude to the Rector Major for his ardent support for the development of Don Bosco University in the North Eastern part of India. He also explained how the dream of Don Bosco has been carried on by his followers as Fr Artime blessed the bust which sits above a plague that simply reads ‘To Don Bosco – the Dreamer’.

Interacting with the students and faculty of the University, Fr. Artime explained the beauty of the mosaic of cultures and beliefs, saying, “No matter where we come from, noIMG_20171110_121019 matter what or how we worship, in the end, we are human beings sharing and living in the same world, and the secret of achieving peace in the world is to respect each other’s beliefs and religions”.

Answering questions from the students, he shared how his humble beginning from a small town in Spain, a fishing community, helps him interact and work effectively with the less privileged people. While touching the subject on a connected world through social network, he urged the students not to lose in touch with the real world. Expressing his deep gratitude to the warm welcome, he said, “You stole my heart; if you are like this every day, I could stay with you forever”.

This is his maiden visit to the University, and he was accompanied by Fr. Arokiam Kanaga, General Councilor, Don Bosco Society, South Asia; and Fr. Thomas Vattathara, Chancellor, Assam Don Bosco University.

Before he left, Fr Artime picked up a guitar and serenaded the gathering with Mexican songs to the wonder and joy of the students and staffs who broke into dancing to the beautiful tone and catchy tunes.