ADBU-UCDVO begin Volunteering Programme 2017

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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
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    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.

Final Year Social Work Students begin Final Block Placement

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.

ADBU celebrate Women’s Day

IMG_20170308_081612.jpgSonapur: 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.

ADBU launches Centre for Developmental Studies and Initiatives

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.

ADBU opens admissions …

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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.

Student Volunteers contribute towards backward villages

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Pre and Post view of one of the projects

Guwahati: A team of Indian and Irish students from Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU), India and University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO), Ireland are doing a yeoman service in the backward and less privileged villages of Sonapur located in the outskirt of the city of Guwahati. The team comprises of thirteen Indian and ten Irish students and is a part of the International Student Volunteer Exchange Programme between the two institutions of repute.

 

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The Team Members, 2016

‘The programme aims at promoting understanding of multicultural issues and appreciation of cultures, practices and traditions at the global level by creating and providing an environment where volunteers from other nationalities interact, stay and work together in community  with its beauty and challenges’ says Jacob Islary, Asst. Professor of ADBU and coordinator of the programme. ‘We adhere to the principles and values of participatory development process and take into consideration the involvement of the community members as essential stake holders in the process of social and community development’ adds Dr. Riju Sharma, Head and Director School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The students repaired and renovated five anganwadi centers by fitting new GI sheets, painting colourful murals on the walls, provided fans and fitted the floors with vinyl and ser flooring, besides painting murals in two schools and reinstalling a hand pump which is the only source of drinking water to about 200 families of Kachari basti near Sonapur.

The team also organised workshops on health & hygiene, adolescent health, cooperative movement, livelihoods, and mother & child health care for the villagers, and conducted science experiments in the high schools of Kamarkuchi, Sonapur.

While for Ms. Rajkumari Mahato an anganwadi worker of Kailashpur in Sonapu ‘the anganwadi center has received another life from its brokenness’ and expresses happiness ‘of moving back to the center from the temple varendha’ where she used to organise the anganwadi programmes,  for Ms. Sita Rongpi another anganwadi worker of Jargaon village in Kamarkuchi her ‘after the colouful renovation of the anganwadi center level of happiness in teaching increases as she sees the anganwadi children running and pointing at the colourful walls and read the alphabets and count the numbers.’

According to Ms. Krishna Boro a youth leader in Kachari basti ‘the reinstalling of water pump is going to reduce the incidents of various waterborne diseases esp. diarrhea in the locality.’

Mr. Colm Flynn an Irish student commenting on experience of the programme proudly declares that ‘the programme has given experiences that have left imprints to last forever in my life’ and according to Mr. Mrinal Basumatary and Indian student ‘the experience of the programme has given and understanding to look development from a multidimensional perspective which will help in future programme and project planning.’

The exchange programme is in its third year and has renovated thirteen anganwadi centers, painted murals in three schools, installed a hand pump besides setting up of village groups and movements for sustainable livelihoods and a number of awareness programmes and campaigns through various medium like street plays, puppetry and grassroots comics. The fund of the programme is raised entirely by the students themselves and is audited by a Chartered Accountant. Currently a field survey study is being carried out for planning further projects.