Student Volunteers stage Street Play

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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.

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 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

A renovated Anganwadi at Kailashpur in Sonapur copy

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.

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.