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Vol: XIX Issue I MAY, 2014

Unmanifesto Youth Expectations and Political Promises


training of school principals in management and leadership


Spring Time

Awakening the current trends & concerns of women at workplace

Preparing the youth of today for a better tomorrow

Contents Director’s Message


Women at Workplace




Catechetical Training for Leaders


Teachers Effectiveness Training


Youth Care Department




Brothers' Congress


Feast Day of Don Bosco Celebrated


DB School Improvement Mission


Republic Day Celebration






MBA Department


Oscar Visits DBI


Youth Pasch 2014


EDITORIAL TEAM Director Fr. Johnson Parackal, SDB Editor Sr. Molly Kaniampadickal, FMA Associate Editor Fr. Bivan Rodriques Mukhim, SDB DTP/Design Birkhang Narzary Publisher Don Bosco Institute Despatch Angela Chetri

Fr. Johnson Parackal, SDB Executive Director, DBI

Director’s Message Engaging young people in the political process is a critical need today if we want them to be future-ready to own up the shape and the size of the world to come. The youth, who form more than half the population of this country, is perhaps the most vital segment of its population. What makes it so is not merely the sheer enormity of numbers, but the relative advantage it has on the age front. With time on their side, they are peculiarly positioned to make or mar the very world they will one day inherit. The little things they do, in that sense, are big exercises in nation building. The intricate nature of politics makes it desirable for all categories of young people – those wishing to embrace politics as their life's mission as well as those that only want to stake claim to their portion of democratic space that the ballot box offers, to get to know in depth the dynamics that propels politics to such near sacrosanct horizons. Dialogue, debates and focused discussions help young people learn about society, democracy and themselves. When youth are exposed to such discussions and deliberations they become aware of the entire gamut of political arithmetic, equations and compulsions. In earlier times, it was a domain reserved only for political pundits and experts. It is in this context that Don Bosco Institute hosted “Youth Interacts with Political Leaders” – a youth conclave on March 12. It gave young people and representatives of political parties a rare opportunity to interact with each other. The young people voiced the expectations they have of the candidates if they are elected to power. It was an exercise in promoting a participatory approach to governance and policy making of this great nation. The programme initiated by ComMutiny – the Youth Collective, “My Space – My unManifesto” was jointly organized by Pravah, Delhi, Bosco Institute, Jorhat and a host of other organizations to provide young people a platform to discuss their vision for the world they want to co-create. About 600 young people, who were part of a healthy and lively interaction with political leaders, felt their voices were heard, suggestions were welcomed and ideas were respected. I believe involving and engaging young people in such meaningful dialogues and productive exercises can go a long way in fashioning the future of our country. Perhaps, there is no better way than this. Another important programme that was organized at the Institute last month was the seminar on: “Women at workplace: concerns and challenges”. Attended by about 150 select invitees the programme engendered a thought-provoking discussion on issues that affect women, their career and society etc. It was pointed out that although some studies illustrate that during the last two decades there has been an increase in the proportion of women at entry and middle-level management positions, resulting largely from the activities of the women's movement, policies of the political system, and corporate equal opportunity initiatives, it is still felt that women at the highest levels of business are still rare. Even though women account for 48.5 percent of the total population of the country as per 2011 census, the labour force participation rate of women across all age-groups was merely 20.8 percent in rural sector and 12.8 percent in urban sector. This is pitiably low when compared to 54.8 percent and 55.6 percent for men in the rural and urban sectors respectively in 2009-10. In an effort to recruit more women employees, some companies are offering 25% bonuses for female employee referrals. India ranked towards the bottom of the 134 countries, with a ranking of 113, on the 2011 Global Gender Gap Index. India has a young workforce and population. In the next ten years, with both younger people and women entering the workforce, India expects to add an additional 110 million people to its labour force. Although one is able to perceive a slight shift in the attitude of the public toward women from homemakers to professionals in recent times, it must be said that only a microscopic minority of women have actually climbed up the management and leadership ladders. Women are now capable of moving to upper levels, but at some point they are still halted by some invisible barriers. I believe it's only empowerment of Youth and Women that can give a dignified existence to all young people and women of this country. May 2014


WOMEN AT WORKPLACE: CURRENT TRENDS AND CONCERNS One of the most significant features of the global labour market in the last half of the twentieth century is increase in the participation of women. Some studies illustrate that during the last two decades there has been an increase in the proportion of women at entry and middle-level management positions, resulting largely from the activities of the women's movement, policies of the political system, initiatives in the education, and corporate equal opportunity initiatives. Even though women account for 48.5 percent of the total population of the country as per 2011 census, the labour force participation rate of women across all age-groups was 20.8 percent in rural sector and 12.8 percent in urban sector compared with 54.8 percent and 55.6 percent for men in the rural and urban sectors respectively in 2009-10. India ranked towards the bottom among the 134 countries, with a ranking of 113, on the 2011 Global Gender Gap Index. Although attitude towards the women's role as homemakers is changing to being career people, only some women have made their approach to gradually climb up the management and leadership ladders. Just 3% of the women in India are of legislative, management, and senior official positions. Women in management in India face many challenges. Studies have found: 04

> Women have to work harder to prove

themselves; > Men do not respect women bosses (and

prefer to have them as subordinates as opposed to superiors); > Women are excluded from informal

networks. According to Gender Diversity Benchmark, 2011, India has the lowest national female labour force and the worst leaking pipeline for junior to middle level position women. > 28.71% of those at the junior level of the


Women at Workplace: Current Trends and Concerns

> 14.9% of those at the middle level. > 9.32% of those at the senior level.

Of 1,112 directorships on the Bombay Stock Exchange, just 59 (5.3%) are held by women. 34 out of 323 total executive directorship positions (generally considered to be prerequisites to holding the CEO position) on the Bombay Stock Exchange, just eight (2.5%) are held by women. 5 4 % o f companies on the Bombay Stock Exchange have no women board directors. D e s p i t e occupying small percentages of leadership positions, 97.2% of women (compared to 95.6% of men) aspire to jobs with increased responsibility. Against this backdrop, Don Bosco Institute of Management (DBIM) organized a seminar on “Women at Workplace: Current Trends & Concerns� on 1st March 2014 at Kharguli Campus in Guwahati. Speaking at the inaugural session of the seminar Padmashree Awardee Ms. Patricia Mukhim, eminent journalist and editor of the English daily 'The Shillong Times' said that

gender equality needs to be achieved in the work distribution, not only in the professional world but also in the personal workplace. Further, she emphasized that there are certain inhibitions regarding mentoring female subordinates especially at the higher echelons of an organization. Such things needs to be addressed and legislations/policies should focus on such

dimensions for effective gender equality. In his address Mr. B Paul Muktieh, Chairman cum Managing Director NEDFi, emphasized on the fact that we cannot ignore the increasing participation of women in our workplaces. He cited his personal experiences in the banking sector since 1980 in this regard. The seminar was attended by representatives of civil society, private corporate sector, government officials, educators and students. Some notable persons amongst them included Dr. Subrata Sarmah Bhattacharya, Vice Principal, Cotton College, Ms. Tanushree Hazarika, Managing Director, Eclectic Group, Ms. Atreyee Barooah Thekadath, Director, Web.Com India Pvt Ltd, Dr. Srutimala Duara, Associate Professor, Handique Girls College, Ms. Gitanjali Das Phukan, Head HR (NE), Aviva Life, Ms. Samhita Barooah, Asst. Professor, TISS and Ms. Jenifer Liang, ANT. This initiative was an effort on the part of the institute to sensitize and increase awareness level among society in general and working women in particular.

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UNMANIFESTO DBI Students Interacts with Politicians In order to best include the voices of young leaders around the world, it is critical that we understand how the youth communicate so that their concerns are appropriately and adequately addressed. With an objective to involve and change the mindset of the youth, Don Bosco Institute hosted the “My Space– My unManifesto” meet on 14th March 2014 at the institute campus at Kharghuli, Guwahati. Initiated by COMmunity – the Youth Collective, “My Space – My unManifesto” is a movement that has been kick started to bring together young minds to discuss their vision for the world they want to co-create. It has now spread across 20 states in the country. Since September 2013, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has come on board as a primary supporter and partner of the campaign. UNFPA is an international development agency that promotes the rights of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of good health and equal opportunity. The campaign is targeted at 14.5 lakh young people through both on ground and online interaction. As more people belonging to the younger generation are embracing politics each day of the year, it becomes important to be prepared to claim the democratic spaces for themselves by experiencing it firsthand. This opportunity will give them a real world experience to learn about 06

themselves, about society and about their democracy like no book or speech can offer. It is estimated that approximately half of India's population is under the age of 30. When half the population of our country is young, engaging them in our work becomes a necessity. This is particularly important now, as we develop a post2015 agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals. These goals will undoubtedly influence the direction and practice of aid and shape the world that today's youth will inherit. The event was titled“Youth and Political Leaders' Interaction” with an intention to create space where promising young people get an opportunity to have live interaction with the honorable politicians to learn and understand what politics is and how party manifestoes are made. It was also intended to convert our unManifesto (list of promises) into a manifesto by officially handing it over to the political parties. This campaign has been launched with the objective of “Learning and leadership building among youth to take informed stances and engage in everyday politics rather than just during election time”. Many senior and acclaimed leaders belonging to both the national and regional parties shared their views with the enthusiastic students from DBI and the various participating institutions. Some of


the delegates included Shri Bolin Bordoloi (INC), Dr. Debo (Trinamool Congress), Ms. Tinath Masood(INC), Shri Sameer Sharma(AAP).The senior representatives of the parties stressed on the need for involving the youth in the decision-making process of the government, promoting new leadership in political parties, encouraging entrepreneurship, women empowerment and decentralization of power. They welcomed the suggestions given by the students on 'Opening up Political Space and Building a New India'. The leaders stressed on the fact that the youth should have a say in every important decision the government takes which should be a two-way process. The representatives of the various political parties highlighted that North East India has remained one of the most backward regions of the country as a consequence of Geo-Political and Historical events. The bewildering varieties of racial and linguistic origin of the region's population, the complexities of their sociocultural ethos, difficult terrain, and peculiar geographical location have made communication of ideas and innovation in the North East an extremely difficult task. They remarked that this has resulted in high unemployment.

They highlighted on the importance of linkages between skill development, employment creation, poverty elimination and economic growth, all of which are the responsibilities of the educated youth who have to take the role of gate keepers and ensure that the funds marked for the North East are allowed to percolate down to the targeted groups and are properly utilized, thus inducing regional development. The programme ended on a positive note with the students cheering the delegates and wishing them their best for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The programme was anchored by Fr. Cletus, Deputy Director DBI.

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CATECHETICAL TRAINING FOR LEADERS A three day special programme on Catechetical Training for Leaders was organized by North East Education Commission (NEEC) in collaboration with Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati from March 28-30, 2014. Altogether there were 113 participants both religious sisters and young people who actively took part in it. The main objective of the training programme was to prepare the young leaders to celebrate the Easter better and train them to go back to their respective parishes to help and animate the others. In the evening of March 27, they were welcomed with an introductory session animated by Rev. Sr. Molly Kaniampadickal, FMA wherein they were

briefed about the various programmes of the following days. The Inaugural Mass on 28th morning was presided over by Most Rev. John Moolachira, DD, Archbishop of Guwahati diocese and concelebrated by Fr. Johnson Parackal, SDB, Director of DBI, Fr. Jose Varickasseril, SBD, Professor of Sacred Heart Theological College, Shillong and four other priests of DBI. During the entrance procession, a cross was carried to the sanctuary by some of the participants and placed near the Altar for all to see. The DBI students too joined and participated in the Holy Mass. In his homily, the Archbishop encouraged everyone to show concern for one another by simple acts of charity. The day's session on the topic “Walking with the Lord from Upper Room to Emmaus Room” was animated by Rev. Fr. Jose Varickasseril SDB. He 08

minutely explained the scriptures particularly the passion narratives with understandable language and with precision. Some of the points from the Gospels which were most inspiring were the sufferings of Jesus - physical, mental and emotional anguish, proof of the innocence of Jesus, the silence of Jesus, seven words from the cross etc. It has helped not only to broaden the knowledge of the Gospel but to understand it in a better perspective and to love the person of Jesus better. He told that, “It is not enough to go through the Word of God but the Word of God must go through you.” Everyone was encouraged and resolved to celebrate the Paschal Mystery with greater preparedness and love. In the evening the participants were divided into ten groups and were guided to share the Word of God in groups. It was an enriching moment for all of them. At 6.00 p.m. the participants joined the DBI community for the meaningful Way of the Cross animated by Rev. Fr. Bivan Mukhim, SDB, Associate Director of DBI with the help of the DBI students. It was very creative and inspiring wherein the daily life's situations were acted upon following the Stations of the Cross. On the 30th of March, the participants were fortunate to have various other enriching programmes right from the morning itself. The morning meditation was animated by Rev. Sr. Molly during which she enabled the participants to appreciate the love of God, his gift of life and to better understand the preciousness of it through the PowerPoint presentation on “The Chosen Vessel.” The Holy Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Varghese, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Guwahati. Speaking on the Gospel of the day i.e. “Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican”, he pointed out that the journey inward is the best pilgrimage a person can make in order to change one's life.

Catechetical Training for Leaders

Rev. Fr. Johnson Parackal shared about “The Revolutionary power of the beatitudes” which was really thought provoking. He also shared his experiences of the World Youth Day 2009 which he attended in Sydney, Australia. It was followed by the presentation of the Resource Book by Rev. Fr. Abhilash V. J. SDB, former assistant director of DBI. He encouraged the participants to make use of the book during the Holy Week for animation of the prayer services as it has been prepared for this purpose. Another interesting session was on Drama in Liturgy taken by Rev. Fr. Bivan Mukhim SDB, Associate director of DBI. He highlighted the importance of drama in the celebration of the Liturgy. He said that message conveyed through drama create lasting impression on the people. He exhorted the participants to make the liturgy and other celebrations interesting through dramas. He also discussed with the participants the advantages and the disadvantages of dramas and skits in the liturgy. In the evening, a very lively and interesting cultural programme was organized by the participants themselves. The day's programme ended with a show of the musical fountain in the awesome facade of DBI. On 30th March which happened to be the last day of the programme, the Holy Mass was

solemnized by Rev. Fr. P. D. Johny SDB, Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura. After breakfast the participants presented the Liturgy of the Holy Week in their own creative way. During the concluding session, the participants thanked Fr. Johnson Parackal, the director and all the DBI team for their help and animations and for all the good and memorable things they enjoyed at DBI. It ended with the lunch served for all after which everyone departed for their respective destinations enriched and enlightened with their lamps all trimmed ready to shed the light. Sr. Goyary Hathorky & Sr. Khangchian Monica

go o t h g ou n e t o od n G s i f o t I “ ord W e h t od h G g u f o o r th rd o W ” e but th hrough you. t o g t s mu May 2014


Teacher Effectiveness Training ( TET)

TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS TRAINING ( TET) The purpose of today's education is to make people aware of what was and what is in the world of competition and challenges. Educators require sustained and effective training coupled with a high motivation to enhance their knowledge, improve their skills and gather new information to face these challenges of the world. To improve current standards of teaching, the Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati organized and conducted a three-day Teachers Effective Training for the teachers of Don Bosco School Haflong and Don Bosco Ouguri (sub-centre of Bengtol Parish) from 13-15 February at DBI with the aim of equipping the teachers with the latest trends in quality education and teaching methodology to be better prepared to teach and equip young aspiring children in the 21st century. Topics: > 21st Century - Smart Teacher. > Power of Team Work. > Techniques of Teaching and Classroom

Management. > Lesson Planning and Micro-teaching. > Understanding Young Children.

SHARING IMPRESSIONS: “The Teachers Effective training has changed the way I believe what teaching is. It has taught me to love my students and my work. I feel proud to be a part of Don Bosco and it will remain till the rest of my life. It has boosted my confidence level and has shaped my personal values a lot.” Lydia Doungel – Don Bosco School Haflong “This training proved very productive because I learnt lots of things which are very enriching. The training has given birth to a bright light in my mind and love in my heart. I wish that every teacher gets an opportunity to attend this training, as they are responsible for building the future society.”Jacinta Jeme – Don Bosco School Haflong.


“The secret of education is respecting the PUPIL” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Youth Care Programmes

YOUTH CARE PROGRAMMES Spring months are the blossoming months that bring meaningful growth and rejuvenation in the wake. Spring enriches natural beauty and it seems as if nature is dressed in a beautiful green gown. The spring season is full of transformations. Besides the weather's transformations that occur in the spring season, we are transforming our lives too. When spring rolls on into our lives, we start to pick up the slack that winter instilled inside us of becoming sloths. “Spring the time of plans and projects” –Leo Tolstoy.

Some of the Highlights are Personality Development Career Guidance Motivational Skills

Coping with Adolescent Life

Communication Skills

Goal Setting

Self Discovery

Youth and Media


Dr. Martin Kasper from ChildAid Network, Germany interacts with students. May 2014







Batch I

St. Anthony's School, Gossaigaon


4 - 11Feb

Batch II

Don Bosco School Dimakuchi, Nirmala High School Damra

44 56

14 – 18 Feb

Batch III

Don Bosco School, Bengtol Don Bosco School, Amguri Don Bosco School, Joypur

35 27 22

25 Feb- 2 March

Batch IV

St. Paul Hr. Sec. School, Marbisu


5 - 9 March

Batch V

Don Bosco School Satgaon Don Bosco School Mendal Christu Jyoti Sec. School Bajengdoba

46 26 27

7 – 12 March

Batch VI

Sacred Heart School Udalguri


14 - 18 March

Batch VII

Don Bosco School Sojong Don Bosco school Amkachi

55 36

18 – 24 March

Batch VIII

Holy Rosary School Changlang Don Bosco School Kumarikatta

15 19

28 March - 2 April

Youth Department

Participants Speak DBI is a wonderful place for learning and unleashing our talents. We were able to know our potentials and develop our skills. It is also a place where we were able to meet new friends. We thank all the members of DBI. We will come back again. Long live DBI. Aldrin Narzary, Buddha Dev, Rosa Basumatary.

The teaching method in DBI is excellent. We learned things which we have never learned in the twelve years of our schooling. We enjoyed so much and we thank the fathers, sisters, brothers, teachers and all the staff members. We will keep in mind the

success mantra of DBI: I Know, I Can, I Must, I Will. Premina, Stefi, Sanjana.

DBI has really changed our lives. We are more confident and now we don't have the stage fear anymore. It gives immense joy to us that we were part of DBI and will always be. The best thing about DBI is the loving guidance of the teachers. They are so friendly, loving and they guided us a lot. They treated us very well. We also take the opportunity to thank Fr. Johnson for giving us the chance to be here in DBI. We love DBI. Neelque, Sunny, Tazneen, Renam

Spring is the best season to compare the youth to, as they too are full of budding hopes and aspirations.The youth are worthy and capable of achieving great success and are always open to learn new things.

Apart from these, special attractions include Aerobics, Nature Meditation, Adventure Trek, Guwahati Darshan and Cultural evenings.

Keeping this in mind DBI offers a special package, Spring Time Youth Build Programme, a week-long programme for the class X students from the rural areas of Northeast. It enables them to develop leadership qualities, helps them to have clear goals, develop healthy and pleasing personalities, equip themselves with Life Skills

DBI has successfully conducted Spring Time Youth Build programmes for 8 batches of students this year. It was a great learning experience for all the students who had the privilege to attend the programme. They went back with lots of fond memories and lifetime experience.

and also helps them to realize their potentialities and utilize them well.

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CARE Teachers Training & Salesian Brothers' Congress

CARE TEACHERS TRAINING Having understood the importance of education in bringing about transformation in the life of people, DBI in 2001 flagged off its Children At Risk Education (CARE) Programme in Kokrajhar and Udalguri Districts of Assam that was affected by ethnic violence in 1996. For people without education, living comfortably turns difficult, especially in the modern world where specific skills are often needed to work. Education is a key to peaceful life, a life of happiness that does not disappear. True education gives dignity to a person. At present there are 65 CARE centres, 120 CARE teachers and 6000 children regularly attending our schools in the interior parts of BTAD area. The performance of CARE teachers and children has improved by leaps and bounds. Through this programme a reliable and healthy relationship with the parents and guardians of students has been built. The ideas of the parents on education have changed a lot. The entire community has

come forward to extend their support for the benefit of the children. From 11th to 13th February intensive training for the CARE teachers was conducted at DBI. The resource persons from SSA, Guwahati imparted skills on how to motivate the village children and teach them in the given environment. The participants were also given training on lesson planning. Micro-teaching was another area where the participants could develop their teaching skills. The teachers were also taken for a study tour to the Science Centre and the Planetarium. This year 35 students from these schools have appeared for the Matriculation examinations. They were given two months of coaching in Don Bosco School Amguri from December 2013 to January 2014. CARE programme focused on motivating, training and engaging talented, unemployed young adults from the local community to participate as teachers. This has paved the way for employment and income generation and fresh purpose for the young teachers in various centres. Our mission to reach out from city to rural areas is seen as a big success.

SALESIAN BROTHERS’ CONGRESS The Seventh South Asian Salesian Brothers Meet was held at Don Bosco Institute, Kharguli from 30 December to 3 January. The resource persons with their inspiring animation programme helped everyone to appreciate and value the theme for the Congress: ‘Salesians, Be Holy.’ 14

Feast Day of Don Bosco

The congress was graced by the presence of three Salesian bishops, the Salesian Regional Councillor Fr. Arokiam Kanaga, 12 Salesian provincial superiors from the region as well as Rectors of major formation houses. “The objective of the congress is to re-read Salesian history and get a true picture of oneself from the prism of the whole context of the Salesian Mission” said the Congress Chairman and convener Br. Angelus Tete, Head of Department at Don Bosco Technical School Maligaon, Guwahati.

FEAST DAY OF DON BOSCO CELEBRATED The young people at the Don Bosco Institute, Kharghuli had a taste of the celebrating spirit of the feast of Don Bosco which was held on the 31 January at the institute. The celebration of the feast included a religious prayer function, the homage paid to the educator saint and friend of the youth and a cultural extravaganza in the evening.

During the homage to Don Bosco, the Chief Guest Rev Fr. Thomas Lakra SDB, the Vice Provincial of the Don Bosco Province of Guwahati said that Don Bosco was a man of dream. “Through his dreams, he was able to convert it into reality and today Don Bosco's Society is spread over 134 countries of the world, giving quality education and helping young

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DB School Improvement Mission (DBSIM)

people to achieve the dreams they have for the future,” Fr. Thomas said. He encouraged those present for the programme to have dreams for a better future. He also wished the students to grab the maximum of the opportunity they received at the institute. During the sharing, number of students and staff members shared their experiences at various Don Bosco Institutions. Some even said that what they were today was because of the knowledge and guidance received from the Don Bosco fathers who dedicated their lives to spreading the charism of Don Bosco to many countries of the world. Santosh Murmu, a final year management student in his talk said that he left his village to study in a Don Bosco Institute at a very young age and even today he is still part and parcel of a Don Bosco organization. “In my life I have come across many Don Bosco's fathers, their hard work and spirit of sacrifice has really inspired me,” he said. The day had begun with prayers at the institute's amphitheatre and was attended by all the students and the teachers of the institute. The evening extravaganza and celebration of the feast of the father of the young was filled with games, dances, singing and a DJ programme for the young people at the institute.

DB SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT MISSION (DBSIM) The Don Bosco School Improvement Mission (DBSIM) facilitated a two day retreat for all DB Principals in the province, 21-22 January 2014. 21 schools from the province were represented. Salesian Provincial, Fr. V M Thomas who inaugurated the session stressed on the need to


offer the highest quality education to the young people particularly in the rural schools. DBSIM Programme Advisor Mr. George Kolath and Shashipur Principal Fr. M C George SDB facilitated the 2-day sessions. Most of the Principals present acknowledged the

Republic Day Celebration

most promising outcome of the meeting was “a general consensus on the need of maintaining Don Bosco Brand in order to strengthen the network of DB Schools.” “This calls for coordinated effort to upgrade all our schools to a minimum set of quality indicators by 2016 to offer competitive education to children and young people, very specially, the rural youth,” said Director DBSIM Fr. Johnson Parackal. “DBSIM is aiming to work on the synergy of Don Bosco institutions through technical collaboration and self-funded resource mechanism. DB Principals have pledged on seed funding and annual contribution of 1% of total receipts at the school. The success and sustainability of DBSIM lies in participatory shared leadership,” said, Mr. Kolath.

While DBSIM is working on a comprehensive school excellence programme including professional leadership development, infrastructure, institutional policy and system development, it will initially focus on staff professional development in 2014. Most principals have requested DBSIM to emphasise on teacher improvement in the classrooms and teaching methods as a priority considering that 50% of the current teachers in DB Schools do not have basic qualifications to be effective teachers. The DBSIM Management Committee has also been formed which will be responsible for participatory leadership of various components of DBSIM. The Managing Committee consists of Fr. Johnson Parackal (Chairman), Fr. Januarius Sangma (CoChairman), Fr. M C George (Infrastructure), Br. Benjamin Rosant (Co-Curricular), Fr Damian B a s u m a t a r y ( Te a c h e r Coordination), Fr. Sebastian Mathew (Budgetting/Resource Mobilisation), and Fr. P D Johny (Curriculum/Teacher Training). DBSIM Secretariat confirmed that some of the immediate activities planned include teacher surveys, an institutional audit of all DB Schools in partnership with Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU), and DB Teachers Meet 2014.

REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION Republic Day marks the birth of our nation as a sovereign secular socialist democratic republic. The entire DBI family beamed with happiness and joy celebrating the Republic Day. The celebration commenced with the Holy Mass with Fr. M C George, the Head Master of Don Bosco School Sashipur, as the main celebrant and concelebrated by many priests who attended the DBSIM programme. The Solemn Eucharist was made more solemn by the lively singing of the DBI students led by the Hostel assistants. Soon after the Mass, a solemn flag hoisting ceremony was held in level 3rd terrace. The chief guest for the ceremony, Fr. P.O. Augustine, spoke on the importance of living in harmony and solidarity with one another. There were also three other speeches in Assamese, Hindi and in English by the MBA and DBI students. The event saw a colorful and patriotic presentation with dance sequence, tableau and drama by the DBI students. In the evening, cultural programme was organized for the students.The students showcased their talents by way of songs and dances, skillful rhythms to the tune of the popular patriotic beats. Lastly, the final performance by the hostel Assistant gave a perfect ending to the entire evening program. May 2014



FAREWELL A meaningful farewell get-together was organized to honour Fr. Abhilash V.J., Associate Director and Sr. Sania Rosemary, as they have worked dedicatedly for 5 and 3years respectively at DBI. The farewell ceremony was organized at DBI Amphitheatre. There were mesmerizing dances and songs performed by the DBI students. Fr. V.M. Thomas, the Provincial, expressed his emotions and sentiments of gratitude and recalled their journey in DBI as part of the core team.

Fr. Abhilash and Sr. Sania in their speech talked about various dimensions of increasing one's knowledge. They said they will remain in Guwahati and can always poke their friends in facebook or phones. Ultimately at the end of the programme department representatives presented gifts to Fr. Abhilash and Sr. Sania for showing their strength and character. one of the faculty members summarizes the farewell gathering with meaningful words of appreciation and vote of thanks.

Some faculty members from different departments came forward to share their personal views and relive the funs experienced with their mentors.

“May you have warm words on a cool evening a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door�


Welcome & DBIM Events

WELCOME Meetings create memories while departing preserves them. The DBI family gave a warm welcome to Sr. Flora Kujur, the new youth coordinator and Fr. Bivan R. Mukhim, the new Associate Director. On 25 January 2014, Fr. Johnson Parackal, Executive Director DBI, along with the staff and the students organized a solemn programme for Sr. Flora and on 27th January 2014 for Fr. Bivan Mukhim in the Rhino Square at DBI. The two energetic and youthful personalities were accorded a warm welcome with a traditional Assamese phoolan gamocha and a DBI scarf amidst joyful rendition of welcome songs led by Ms. Pinky. Sr. Flora in her speech said that it is God's blessing, that she is part of DBI family to serve the aspiring youth by way of conducting constructive programmes. Fr. Bivan delivered his personal views and articulated that he had visited DBI many times but never knew that he would be joining this institute to be a strong part of it. He viewed DBI as an amazing and wondrous place, a place for young people where Don Bosco's dream of working with young people, especially the marginalized,is fulfilled. As promised, they have immersed themselves into DBI with lots of innovative ideas which has brought extra spark and flair to the institute with no “yardstick to measure”.

DBIM PARTICIPATES IN BUSINESS SCHOOL EVENTS DBIM Students won the 2nd prize in the advertising and share market related events at Quasofiesta 2014 held at Guwahati Commerce College on February 19. First year MBA students Vidhi Maniktala and Rituparna Saha presented a beautiful TV channel advertisement called “Phaltu News”. The TV channel was projected as a news channel which provides 24 hours entertainment, news and information on politics, current affairs and other events. The concept was much appreciated and the students won the 2nd prize in the event named “Mad Ads” Einstain and Thuansing K.P. represented DBIM on behalf of the second year MBA students and bagged the 2nd prize in the investment related game called the “Share Market”. This year Quasofiesta was a scaled down version of the previous year event with no awards like Best Business School. Most of the leading business schools in and around Guwahati participated which makes these awards very prestigious for our students. May 2014


Campus Placements DBIM has seen robust placements for the second year in succession. On 22nd February, ICICI Prudential came for placements to our campus and offered jobs to 14 students. Two students have been placed with the Taj group of hotels and two with Aarohan Foods. One student has been offered a position as an HR trainee at the International Hospital, Guwahati. Airtel held a campus conclave on March 7, 2014 at DBIM. Around 150 management students from Guwahati University and GIMT participated along with DBIM students. Out of the 24 selected for the final round of interviews, 9 were from DBIM. Vodafone also conducted campus query and signed up 7 students from DBIM.

Oscar Fernandes Visits DBI Don Bosco Institute has plenty to boast about when it comes to eminent people who visited the Institution. The visit of Oscar Fernandes, Union Cabinet Minister for Transport, Road and Highways and Labour and Employment, Government of India on April 21, 2014 was one such proud boast for DBI. The visiting dignitary was accompanied by his wife and other government officials. He interacted with the students and shared inspiring thought regarding 20

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his dream of a better India. He spoke to the students regarding his experience in some of the remotest villages of North East and said that the most important aspect of the people in this part of the country is the ability to welcome everyone. The Union Cabinet Minister encouraged the students to have a sense of belonging to a country and to work for the progress of the nation. He asked the students to have a compassionate heart for all the citizens of the country. The students welcomed the visiting dignitary with a welcome song and interacted with him.

Young People celebrates 'YOUTH PASCH 2014' “Youth Pasch” – an event celebrated at Don Bosco Institute for the past 10 years, invites all young people to come together and celebrate their faith in the Risen Christ, by actively and enthusiastically enacting and re-living the most important events in the life of Jesus: His Passion, Death and Resurrection from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. Youth Pasch is a special time of grace and blessings for young people who want to spend their time with Jesus. Youth Pasch is a special experience, enriched by the active participation of young people who desire to encounter Jesus in a very personal way and who want to accept him as their personal Saviour.

This year too DBI offers this special spiritual package, so that, youth may become true witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus, youthfully proclaiming Jesus and his message. It is a time of Resurrection for young people too - for God has opened the window of new life in the Resurrection of his Son Jesus. It is a moment of inner transformation, a transformation from death to life, from despair to joy, from brokenness to wholeness. On Holy Thursday (17 May), during the morning hours the Christian doctrine of faith was shared to the young people and they are prepared well to enter into the paschal mystery of Christ. In the evening the Youth Pasch was celebrated solemnly

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and eloquently. The touching moments of washing the feet, the last supper etc. are done in a most remarkable and lively manner befitting youth expectations. The preparation that precedes the liturgy enables everyone to re-live the significant events in the life of Jesus that brought us redemption. On Good Friday (18 May) the focus was laid on the Passion and Death of Christ. The Way of the Cross gives the young people an opportunity to experience the meaning of sufferings and to consider their own difficulties in the light of Christ's suffering. The significant journey of Jesus through the Fourteen Stations was acted out by the youth themselves making everyone feel emotionally involved in the sentiments of compassion, sorrow and wonder at the immense love Christ has for each one of us. In the evening the young people are offered an opportunity to experience the healing power of the Lord through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Dance Drama entitled “He Lives� depicts the scene of Peter who denied Christ three times. Later Peter was healed by the Lord. It speaks to us that we too can be friends of Christ despite our faults and failings if we turn our gaze upon Him. On Holy Saturday (19 May), the young people are prepared for the vigil celebration through meditation and other input sessions. They enter into the mystery of new life in Christ and they


experience the power of His Resurrection, the true meaning of Easter in the life of each one of them. They are thus led to discover Christ personally and carry the joy of having met Him wherever they go. On Easter Sunday (20 May), after the solemn Eucharistic celebration, the young people had a picnic at Don Bosco School, Panbazar. The Young people expressed their joy in songs and dance in the company of their educators, peers and friends. Thus the four days of living together at DBI empowers and transforms the young people spiritually, emotionally and socially, enabling them to share their Christ's experience with all those who come in contact with them while they return to their own respective families. Filled with joy and happiness they shout aloud the song of Alleluia!



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