A screen shot of the Street Play in satellite channel DY365
Sonapur (ADBU): A team of 30 student volunteers from Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) and University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO) staged a street play in Sonapur market here today 17th June 2017 on themes of education, alcoholism, education, land issues and sale of property leading to impoverishment. The play was watched by a huge gathering of market goers – men, women, children and youth. ‘The students did a wonderful play which portrayed a reality in our villages’ according to Ms. Rongpipi of Sonapur.
The play got a huge media coverage and was also telecast in News Live, Dy365, Protidin, and Prag News between 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm news hours. The team are having an intercultural exchange programme between the two institutions. It is a month long programme. It began on 9th June and will conclude on 8th July.
Children of Goriyaguli village dancing during inauguration
ADBU (Soapur): ADBU and UCDVO have commenced the international student volunteering exchange programme 2017 here today 11th June 2017 with colourful opening ceremonies in the villages of Hatimurah, Patarkuchi, Goriyaguli and Upper Tapesia. The opening ceremonies were participated in large numbers by villagers, well wishers and ADBU staff members.
The Exchange Programme 2017 is the fourth year of collaboration between ADBU and UCDVO. It began in 2014 with a team of 23 members and today the team comprise of 33 members.
The Exchange Programme aims –
To channel the skills, energy and enthusiasm of university students into projects
Children of Patarkuchi village dancing Assamese and Karbi mixed dance
which enhance the development of marginalised and underprivileged communities.
To create space and opportunity for university students from ADBU, India and University College Dublin (UCD) Ireland to share learning and experience in the areas of participatory community development and social outreach.
To enhance intercultural awareness between students and communities for the purpose of increasing global solidarity and interconnectedness.
To promote attitude of appreciation for other cultures, practices, and traditions.
ADBU, Sonapur: The 2015-2017 batch of 57 students of Master of Social Work, ADBU have began their final one month Block Placement – a requirement for academic accomplishment for the degree of Social Work today, 1st June in different organisations across the country.
The Master of Social Work programme in ADBU requires the students to carry out concurrent fieldwork in the first two semesters, two continuous placements of one month each in the third and fourth semesters, and a final Block Placement after the end semester examination of the fourth semester. The students are placed in different ogranisations and trusts – working in the areas of education, health, mental health, livelihoods, child protection, women development … to name a few.
The students report to the faculty in charge on a regular basis and mentoring is provided by the faculty on a daily basis.
Sonapur: The students and faculty of the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Life Sciences, ADBU, Sonapur campus celebrated the International Women’s Day today 8th March 2017. The celebration began with a rally (songs and slogans) from Kamarkuchi market to the academic building at 7.30 am. It ended with a speech delivered in keeping with the theme of the day “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” by one of the students of Social Work at the academic building.
The men members wished all women in the campus on the occasion.
Sonapur: The University, in its effort to carry forward its vision of being a catalytic agent to bring about progress and development to its neighbouring villages, launched its ‘Centre for Developmental Studies and Initiatives’ at an interactive meeting held with the leaders of local communities on 23 February, 2017 at Crystal Hall, Tapesia Campus.
Addressing the gathering of 78 people, including Panchayat Presidents, Village Headmen, School Teachers, Anganwadi Workers, Self Help Group members, students and staff volunteers, the Vice Chancellor Fr. (Dr) Stephen Mavely explained why the University takes such a step, “Opening this Centre is to formalize what we have been doing in bits and pieces during the last five years or so. This is a seminal gathering to bring about a participatory approach in our interactions and interventions with our neighbours. The university alone cannot work for the development of the communities but we would like to work together with you to see developments in the community in education, health and standard of living. The ‘Centre for Developmental Studies and Initiatives’ will become a hub for study, research and developmental activities as a regular feature of our university. My hope is that every graduate in our university will spend some quality time in volunteering for developmental work in the villages of North-East India as a compulsory part of their studies with us. This Centre will start organizing that as we go along.”
Mr. Surjya Das, President, Digaru Goan Panchayat expressed his gratitude for the existence of the university and said that he is looking forward to working together with the University’s various developmental initiatives.
Discussions were held on issues and challenges being faced by these communities in water supply, electricity, road, alcohol abuse, lack of infrastructure for social institutions, and disintegration of Government Assamese Medium Schools.
Earlier in 2015 and 2016, the Department of Social Work, ADBU in collaboration with University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas, Ireland had organized a one month Community Development Programme in partnership with local communities in these communities. Some of the project activities included repair of a well, capacity building workshops for livelihood development, English classes, and refurbishment of Anganwadis.
Sonapur/Azara: Assam Don Bosco University, Sonapur and Azara campuses have opened its admissions to various under-graduate and post-graduate programmes. One may login in the link http://web.dbuniversity.ac.in/admissions-2017/ and follow the necessary instructions.