Social Work students mentored by UN termed ‘symbol of women Empowerment’

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ADBU, Social Work intents with Ms. Sunita Kashyap

Sonapur/Ranikhet: A team of six senior students from the department of Social Work, ADBU who are on fieldwork/internship with Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation (Grassroots), Ranikhet, Uttrakhand have been closely mentored and guided by Ms. Sunita Kashyap, who has been termed by the UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak, as a symbol and example of women empowering themselves and coming up with solutions to their problems, Monday, 12th March 2018.

While women face challenges, “rural women act as a major source of innovation, and ideas,” he told the inaugural session of the UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW) meeting on Monday.

“Take, for example, a woman named Sunita Kashyap. Her organisation supports 3,000 women farmers in India to grow and sell their own crops… These kinds of women do not need our help, in finding solutions” he added. “What they need is our support, in turning their ideas into reality.”

Kashyap founded Mahila Umang Producers Co., an organisation in Uttarkhand run by women farmers and producers. Besides marketing their products, it runs a micro-credit programme. Umang works closely with Grassroots, Ranikhet.

The interns are also staying in her house during the period of the fieldwork placement.


Junior Social Work Students present a Puppet Show


The Puppetry Stage

Sonapur: The junior students of Social Work, ADBU presented a puppet show to the university community here today 7th March 2018 on the theme of Social Commitment projects of Assam Don Bosco University, India. The show was a part of the Development Support Communication workshop that they have been undergoing for the past three days. It is an academic skill expected of every Social Work student of ADBU.



ADBU-UCDVO begin Volunteering Programme 2017


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 –

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. To enhance intercultural awareness between students and communities for the purpose of increasing global solidarity and interconnectedness.
  4. To promote attitude of appreciation for other cultures, practices, and traditions.

ADBU student selected for Global Shapers Community

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Miss Steffi Soibam

Guwahati  — An MA degree Mass Communication student from Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) School of Social Sciences is one of 11 young people selected to be part of the Global Shapers Community (GSC) – a  network of young people who are relentlessly working to better their communities across the globe.

Miss Steffi Soibam from Imphal (Manipur) who completed two-year MA degree in Mass Communication in May 2016 from ADBU Azara campus was one of 11 candidates shortlisted.

“The selection is however  provisional and subject to approval from the Global Shapers Community, Geneva of the World Economic Forum, based on the performance of each candidate during their three months of probation,” says Curator GSC Imphal-Hub Ms Monika Khangembam announcing the result of the final screening on 29 May 2016.

Steffi 1Miss Soibam currently placed in Imphal says, “I am overjoyed to receive this news, and I am privileged to be part of the youth group chosen to serve the community.”

The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.

A non- profit, non -political body under the initiative of the World Economic Forum the biggest world business forum, GSC is “One of best opportunities to connect with the entire world in just one platform.”

In a competition initiated last August 15, exceptional young people were to be selected to form a team for Imphal Hub under the mentorship of Mr. Armstrong Pame, I.A.S., the Founding Curator of Imphal Hub.

The Global Shapers Community is a network of city-based Hubs developed and led by young leaders between 20 and 30 years old who want to develop their leadership potential towards serving society. To that end, Hubs undertake local projects to improve their communities.

Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference.

The GSC is one of several multi-stakeholder communities at the World Economic Forum.

Other communities include the Young Global Leaders, the Global Agenda Councils, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.

MSW students in a fund-raising drive

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Share-a-pakoda stall

Azara: People in large numbers participated with great pomp and gaiety in the Community Self-Help Week in support of a social commitment project Swastyayan, organised by faculty, staff and students of social work and mass communication department, Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU).

Flagging off the weeklong event by making and selling the first pakora, Fr. (Dr) Stephen Mavely, Vice-Chancellor, ADBU, said, “This fund raising drive organised to support the educational aspirations of the poor and marginalised children of Azara, Garal and Dharapur gaon panchayats is unique and significant in the context of development in developing countries like India.” Dr Riju Sharma, Director School of Humanities and Social Sciences, ADBU, reiterated, “Making our social commitment programme self- reliant and sustainable is the primary aim of this venture. I am humbled by, and very appreciative of, the commitment and involvement of all the faculty, students and staff who are sacrificing their time and energy in this noble venture. I wish them all the best.”

The highlight of the program has been selling of pakoras, momos and other snacks by MSW students in the past one week in different parts of Guwahati. Car wash, Fun Games and Photo sessions have been the additional fund-raising attractions of the event all throughout.

“In order to give a befitting conclusion to the week-long programme, a grand Food Festival was organised in the premises of Assam Don Bosco University on the 31st January. Different activities like the car wash, games, etc. continued alongside dishing out of unique and mouth-watering cuisines of northeast India,” said Ms.Namita Ekka and Mr.Hebol Borgoary of the MSW Department. “A colourful cultural programme during the evening and the launching of the music band DB hey, in celebration of Saint John Bosco’s feast, closed the day and event,” said Ms. Hazel Wahlang.

It is worth mentioning here that, Swastyayan, meaning a fight to eradicate the ills of our societyis a social commitment project of Assam Don Bosco University; it was started in order to address the need felt by students and faculty of the ADBU to extend a helping hand to the community children around the University. The project initially focused on conducting tutorial classes for the children on the basis of their scholastic needs. In these classes, different subjects, such as, Mathematics, General Sciences, Social Sciences and English are being taught, besides providing inputs on soft skills, career guidance, personality development, etc. Computer Education Programme was another activity which was started in 2014 due to the felt need and requests coming from the community children themselves.

“In the past two remarkable years, the project has been able to support over two hundred children from the neighbouring villages and it has been successfully run with the help of over hundred students and faculty volunteers of the university,” said Fr. Nelanatt, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor. “We extend our warm and sincere invitation to one and all to partake in the events of Swastyayan and bring about change in the lives of vulnerable and marginalised children,” he added.

The Journal of Development Practice Launched

The Journal Home  Page

The Journal Home Page

Azara: The Apostolic Administrator of Jowai and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee-2011 Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil launched ‘The Journal of Development Practice, a peer reviewed international journal of experiences from the field’ an initiative of the Department of Social Work, ADBU at an august gathering of faculty members and students of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, ADBU, 25 September 2014. To go to the journal click here: The Journal of Development Practice

In his address Archbishop Thomas called on the members present to ‘bring intelligence into ones work’ with ‘sense of social responsibility’ while also cautioning that ‘valid ideas may not necessarily lead to development.’

In his message the Vice Chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University states, “conceived as a Journal that will rely on ‘experience’ as the base material for analysis, conclusions and assumptions for effective interventions in the field as well as grist for philosophising, we look forward to this Journal becoming an authoritative voice for practitioners and thinkers alike.”

“The journal aims at providing opportunity to authors who would like to construct knowledge from the FIELD, and contribute towards development in an academic ambiance. Equally important is the accessibility of knowledge to all for free- thus the free access journal,” says journal editor Jacob Islary.

The journal claims to be free open access e-journal, an annual publication with special issues on various themes of interdisciplinary in nature. Besides serious articles, the journal will have sections for views, book reviews, research summaries and field notes.

The hit count jumps to 1616 in 15 hours after launch.

The hit count jumps to 1616 in 15 hours after launch.

To promote “emerging academicians and scholars in the field of development practice’ the journal has developed its own, easy to follow, citation and referencing style called ‘the JDP style of citation and referencing.”

The first volume has 44 pages (A4 size divided into two columns) with six feature articles broadly covering themes of  Public Health, Social Work Education, Methodological Dilemma in Social Research, and Homelessness.

In a span of just over a year, this is the third scientific and peer reviewed international journal, ADBU has brought out starting with Journal of Northeast Indian Cultures, and Journal of Engineering Technology.