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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.

JDP recognised as a space for academic writing

Guwahati: The Journal of Development Practice (International) anchored by the department of Social Work, Assam Don Bosco University, India has been recognised and listed by the University Grants Commission (UGC), India as a space for academic writing followed by related rights of authors for claims of Academic Professional Index (API) for promotion in academic career.

According to the editor of the Journal, Jacob Islary ‘what began in a humble way with young scholars will remain to be so with its elements of endeavour for rigourous academic and professional writing.’

For more about the Journal follow the link http://journals.dbuniversity.ac.in/ojs/index.php/jdp/index

Partners visit from UCDVO

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Sonapur: Partners from University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO) Emily and Orlagh visited Department of Social Work, Assam Don Bosco University for a planning trip for the forth coming International Student Volunteer Exchange Programme June 9th to July 9 2017. It is project that is carried out between Department of Social Work, ADBU, India and UCDVO, Ireland in the villages of rural Assam. This year the project will be implemented in Kamarkuchi panchayat of Sonapur, Assam.

This is the second phase of the project. The first phase was from 2014 to 2016. In 2014 it was implemented in Azara panchayat of Kamrup district, in 2015 in Borkhat panchayat of Sonapur, in 2016 in Tapesia area of Kamarkuchi panchayat.

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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Chancellor of ADBU elected president of skill training umbrella body – India

THomas_20120519.jpgBangalore: President of the Conference of Religious India (CRI) Father V.M. Thomas has been elected president of a church-based Non Governmental Organization.

The Functional Vocational Training and Research Society (FVTRS), a broad framework for vocational training for the benefit of the unorganized sector in India, was instituted by Misereor, a German funding organization.

It comprises directors of leading NGOs engaged in social engineering such as Caritas, SKIP (Skills for Progress), Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSS) and other professional bodies.

The CRI is the national body of more than 1,000 major superiors of Catholic religious in India. It has more than 140,000 members.

Father Thomas is the founder of institutions– Don Bosco Institute and Don Bosco Institute of Management under Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) at Kharguli (Guwahati).

Over the years some 9,000 youth were trained and employed by DBI; 1,700 Below Poverty Line youth were trained in driving, weaving, embroidery and animal husbandry; 50,000 youth trained in soft skills and leadership for democratic living and participation; 3,500 government school teachers empowered to give quality education to rural youth as well as 1,000 Government School Principals were trained at Gov’s request.

Chancellor of ADBU Father Thomas, 66, an educationist and social worker for the past 40 years, has been helping thousands of Assam’s violence-hit children pick up the pieces of their life and join the mainstream society.

He is also founder director of Child Friendly Guwahati a civil society movement to re-habilitate street children.

Education and skill development has been the guiding principle of this Harvard graduate, Fr Thomas who teaches IAS / IPS cadres at the elite Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy in Mussoorie.

Speaking to Matters India soon after his election Fr Thomas said, “my dream is to empower many more deprived, unemployed, unreached, marginalized and vulnerable youth.”

Guwahati Salesian Provincial Fr V.M. Thomas who was unanimously elected president at FVTRS General Body meeting held in Bangalore, 17 March said, “This is an additional responsibility with major challenges to [help] grow the organisation and ensure bigger outreach and impact.”

Archbishop William D’Souza of Patna proposed Father Thomas for the post and FVTRS treasurer Father Peter Brank seconded the nomination.

Since 1993, FVTRS has teamed up with similar professional bodies in training some 120,000 disadvantaged youth; educated another 10,000 youth through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).

FVTRS now has several new initiatives like SKILL NET with some 50,000 members working in 20 states of India with the sole aim of making disadvantaged youth employable.

In less than 25 years of its founding FVTRS has successfully implemented 963 projects across 20 states of India with the collaboration of about 150 partners.

Fr Thomas underlined the fact that “a major skill development agency [FVTRS] has focused on drop out and marginalized youth in most unreached areas of Kashmir, Jharkhand, and Odisha’s most undeveloped district of Kalahandi.”

More than 50 percent FVTRS beneficiaries are women.

By CM Paul for Matters India (Except for the title the story has not been edited).

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.