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.

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RIP to an MSW Alumnus, Hadwrshri Basumatary

Hadwrshri RIPADBU Sonapur: The Department of Social Work announces with feeling of sadness the demise of Ms. Hadwrshri Basumatary, MSW 2013-2015 batch. She passed away last night at 11.30 pm. She was in ICU at Apollo (International) Hospital, Guwahati. She suffered multiple organ failure and internal infections. She passed away while being transferred to a care unit from Guwahati to Kokrajhai her home town. She was a dedicated and hardworking student, volunteer and social woker. She was working as a School Social Worker after her MSW studies.

The Department of Social Work and ADBU community remembers her fondly and is proud of her short and beautiful life.

ADBU Disaster Response Team reaches out to Assam Flood Victims

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Women collecting their food packet

Tepesia Gardens: The Assam Don Bosco University, Disaster Response Team comprising of the faculty, staff and students organised a relief material distribution programme to victims of the Assam Floods in the Morigaon district of Assam here today 10th September (Sunday), some 120 kms away from the University Campus.

The team mobilised resources from within the university campus – Sonapur and Azara and was able to arrange food packets for 500 families and books, pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners and biscuits for 300 children of the schools that have been washed away by the recent Assam floods. The villagers are living in the camps as their villages have been eroded and now lie about 100 meters deep within the river Brahmaputra.

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The Relief Materials Transferred by a hand cart as the vehicle could not reach the Camp site. The water is part of the river Brahmaputra

The team members comprising of students and faculty from ADBU  – Social Work, Psychology and Life Sciences started at 8.15 am from ADBU Sonapur and arrived at the site at about 12.00 noon. It was a slow dive through flood eroded roads and half washed away bridges.

The distribution of books, pens, pencils, erasers and biscuits for the children was organised in a school ground near the main road. While the food packets were carried with the help of three hand carts to the camp site for distribution.

The programme was planned in consultation with the flood victims which was done through a planning visit in the month of August by an ADBU team. The staff of Morigaon Mahila Mefil, a local NGO guided the team in identifying the beneficiaries.

ADBU Senior Students Welcome Freshers

Fresher.jpgTapesia: The post-graduate students of ADBU organised Freshers Social to welcome the post-graduate fresher students who joined this year, 2017. The programme had a colourful line up of items- dance, songs, instrumentals and of course a colourful ramp walk to select the Miss and Mr. Fresher 2017. It was organised at the atrium of the main academic building.

The objective of the programme is to make the new students feel welcomed and know know one another. This year the university is growing in number . There are about 250 students in the various first year post-graduate programmes of Social Sciences, Humanities and Life Sciences. Besides them there are also about another 250 undergraduate students who have just joined for BA – English, Psychology, Media and Education degree in ADBU, Sonapur campus this year.

Workshop Series on ‘Understanding Child Growth and Development’ begins in ADBU

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The participants of the workshop

ADBU (Tapesia Gardens):  A series of workshop on ‘Understanding Child Growth and Development’ begins today at Tapesia Campus of the University.

This workshop, unlike other workshops is a series of capacity building workshop for Anganwadi Workers and Helpers of Sonapur, Assam. Apart from 33 Anganwadi Workers and Helpers, the Child Development Project Officer of Dimoria Block and 3 Anganwadi Supervisors attended today’s workshop which focus on ‘Education – importance –Child and Society’.

Organized under the International Student Volunteer Exchange 2017 between the Department of Social Work and University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas, the workshop will spread over 4 months, covering topics as given:

Dates Theme
06/08/17 Education – importance – Child and Society 27/08/17 Physical Development
10/09/17 Emotional/Psychological Development
15/10/17 Social Development and Needs
05/11/17 Special Needs – Focus on Special Education

ADBU organises Free English and Personality Development Summer School Programme

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ADBU Volunteers engaging the students

ADBU (Tapesia Gardens): Assam Don Bosco University started its free Summer School Programme at its Sonapur Campus here today 24th July 2017. The programme is attended by 59 students of Classes/Standard IX and X from the neighbouring villages of Tapesia, Mahilipara, Jargaon, Sagoligaon, Naziraghat, Jugdhol, Upper Tapesia, Gariaghuli, Patarkuchi and Hathimurah. The programme is for a week, 24-29 July 2017.

 

The rationale of the programme is to enhance and build the English language capacity of the school students who go the government and vernacular medium schools so that they can also compete in the world out there where English is taken to be a medium of communication according to the programme note.

The programme besides aiming at English language improvement aims also at personality development and career building as can be seen from the objectives below.

  • To enhance the command of English Grammar among the students of high schools
  • To increase their academic performance in relation to the language.
  • To develop their self esteem and emotional well-being.
  • To augment their resilience i
  • n their pursuit for successful careers.

The initiative is taken by Center for Development Studies and Initiative assisted by the Department of Social Work, Department of English and Department of Psychology