ADBU and UCDVO begin 2018 Exchange Programme

Sonapur (India): The department of Social Work, Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU), India and  University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO), Ireland have began the international student volunteer exchange programme 2018 from today, 9th June 2018.

This is the fifth year of the programme. This year the students will be working in the villages of Sagoligaon, Hathimurah, Medhikuchi, Nam Tapesia, Morangabari and Jugdhol in the panchayats of Kamarkuchi and Digaru, Assam, India.

The 2018 programme has 15 Indian volunteers and 16 Irish volunteers. The team members will engage in activities like – community mobilisation, awareness campaigns, performance of street plays and flash mobs, anganwadi renovation, games and sport for children, youth and women to name a few.

The objectives of the programme are –

  1. To channel the skills, energy and enthusiasm of university students into projects 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.

 

 

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Senior Social Work Students submit dissertations

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MSW students with their dissertations

Tapesia Gardens: The senior students of Social Work, ADBU have successfully submitted their dissertations to the University. ‘The feeling of happiness and pride of successful completion of dissertation is exciting’ said Ms. Asha Sangrola who worked on ‘Dairy Farming Practice among the Napalese Community of Meghalaya from the Lens of Livelihoods.’

‘Research has made me gain greater insights into the meaning systems of my society’ said Ms. Memorial Khongkai another student who worked on ‘Decoding the Death Rituals of Khasi Society of Meghalaya.’

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Feeling happy after complications free delivery

The dissertation is a part of the requirement of the fulfillment for the degree of Master of Social Work (MSW) in Assam Don Bosco University. The dissertations submitted this year fall broadly within the areas of  – women, children, parenting, poverty, domestic violence, drug abuse, sex and sexuality, LGBTQI, community health, health behavior, health systems, high ways, gender issues,  identity, social system, culture, education, nutrition, conflicts, peace, livelihoods, farming, and mental health to name a few.

The students will have their viva voce examinations over two days, 10-11 May. They will be assessed on conceptualisation, theoretical framework of study, methodology, application and presentation skill.

Social Work – organise Exhibition cum Sale of art and crafts by the village students

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Tapesia: The department of Social Work, ADBU organised an Exhibition cum Sale of art and craft by the students of the Swastyayan – a student accompaniment programme with an aim of motivating students of neighbourhood to unleash their creative potentials here today Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the ADBU Cafe in Tapesia, Sonapur. The event was a product of the workshops on art and craft, and skills development activities that a team of students of Social Work ADBU – Ms. Gisel Erumachadathu, Ms. Alinisa Boro and Ms. Cherfully Nongrum have been carrying out in the villages around the ADBU campus.

DSC_7028Swastyayan is a social commitment initiative of started by the Department of Social Work, ADBU in 2012 and aimed at ‘enhancing the academic, social and psychological life of the students around the university campus. It organised tutorial classes on Maths, Science and English, personality development workshops and counselling sessions for youth and families and continues till today’ according to Mr. Victor Narzary, Assistant Professor ADBU.

“It feels great to volunteer with Swastyayan as it provides opportunity to develop our sense of social commitment backed by theories taught in classrooms with challenges from the field” said Ms. Alinisha Boro a student Social Worker involved in the project. According to Ms. Cherfully Nongrum another stuent volunteer ‘the project gives 360o exposure to challenges of Social Work in actual field setting.’ Ms. Gisel Erumachadathu speaks of ‘making life more reflective and ready to face challenges in future.’

The programme was attended by over 20 students from the Sonapur neighborhood area with couple of parents and relatives.

The programme is the first batch of students in the Sonapur Campus. It started in 2012 in its old  Azara campus which continues till today. In all about 200 students benefit each year of the programme.

Senior Social Work Students go for Continuous Fieldwork

Sonapur: The senior students of Social Work, ADBU are out for their fieldwork for a period of one month beginning 19th February to 21st March 2018. The students are placed in various organisations – private and government working in the areas of education, livelihoods, women, children, environment, energy, water, CSR, health and mental health to mention a few. Geographically the organisations are spread across the country – Uttrakhand, MP, UP, New Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura and Mizoram.

The fieldwork is a compulsory requirement of the degree for Master of Social Work, from ADBU. The students carryout three such continuous fieldwork besides two concurrent fieldwork. The university considers fieldwork essential and 100 percent attendance is required by the student.

Painting exhibition-cum-sale for Social Commitment in ADBU

artSonapur: The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, ADBU is organising a one day painting exhibition-cum-sale in its campus here at Sonapur to raise funds for the Social Commitment activities of the Department of Social Work, today 9th February 2018. The exhibition showcases the paintings of Mr. Tshering Dorji a student of Social Work, and Ms. Bhamini Kashyap a student of Language Studies, ADBU. There are thirty-six paintings in display. The paintings were were sold out soon after the inauguration.

Inaugurating the event the Vice Chancellor of ADBU, Fr. Stephen, thanked the student artists for their generosity and contribution towards the needs of society especially those who are less privileged.

Mr. Dorji is from Bhutan and teaches Fine Arts at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He is currently pursuing his Master of Social Work studies at ADBU, and Ms. Kashyap is from Assam and is pursuing her BA programme in Language Studies. Both  the artists have many achievements , awards an fellowships at national and international levels.

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ADBU Sonapur celebrate Feast of Don Bosco

IMG_20180131_124624.jpgSonapur: The Assam Don Bosco University, Sonapur campus celebrated the feast of Don Bosco here today, 31st December 2018 in the presence of students, faculty and staff with songs, dances, skit and narration of Don Bosco’s life. During the programme Ms. Deborah Sangma, a senior student of Social Work took the university community through a life narration of St. John Bosco. Speaking on the occasion Fr. Dr. Stephen Mavely SDB, the Vice Chancellor of the University said ‘Don Bosco is not a God. He is for us an inspirer, a dreamer, a man with a vision that embraced the world of the young… If we get energized by even a small spark from his vision to reach out to them and the disadvantaged, we (each one of us, I mean) will find ourselves working miracles of transformation wherever we find ourselves…’ He exhorted every one to be DREAMERS as Don Bosco was.
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Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati was setup by the Don Bosco Society to cater to the higher education needs of the young people especially in the Northeast India.