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NRI lecturer motivates NE students

A non resident Indian (NRI) has taken upon himself the mission of paying back to society by spending his annual vacation and home visit giving motivational lectures to school and college students. He has been doing this for the past 33 years.

“I do not do it for the money. It is my way of paying back to society for the many blessings which I have received over the years,” confessed Dr. George Kallingal a Professor Emeritus at University of Guam (USA) who visited East and northeast India spending time in schools and colleges in Bengal, Assam and neighbouring Meghalaya.

His hour-long presentation combined academic achievement, spirituality, and realities of young people into sharp perspective.

Addressing B.Tech final year students starting their seventh semester at Assam Don Bosco University Azara campus, Professor of Clinical Psychology Dr Kallingal encouraged them to be “innovators and entrepreneurs, by being job providers than mere job seekers.”

“Entrepreneurship is an idea in you, it’s your attitude, values and commitments,” Dr Kallingal explained to the T-School faculty and students during an interactive morning session at ADBU Azara Campus, 14 July.

On the previous day Dr Kallingal had sessions with B-School students of ADBU at Don Bosco Institute of Management at Kharguli, Guwahati.

He bemoaned the present educational system which encouraged, according to his expression, “garbage in, garbage out.”

Addressing MA students of the School of Social Sciences in the afternoon, Dr Kallingal insisted on the need to “bridge the gap between physical sciences and social sciences.”

Social Sciences,” he stated, “unfortunately is not doing well in research.”

He appealed to the students and faculty, to engineer social change by “wanting and willing to do something for the sake of mankind.”

Dr Kallingal encouraged both students and faculty to implement the motto of the Salesian university “carpe diem” (by seizing every opportunity), to bring about social change.”

The session started with a brief presentation by ADBU Asst. Prof. Nabamita Das on a business plan to start Spoken English Tutorial for villagers. The start-up project worked out in detail was judged one of three best projects that faculty members came up with during two day Faculty enrichment program on “Entrepreneurship”.

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