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Bodoland University gets new VC

Kokrajhar: Bodoland University (BU), a premier educational institution in BTAD region gets new Vice Chancelore on its administrative working. Prof Laishram Ladusingh joined as voice chancelore on the Bodoland University on February 25 last and has been rendering services for the ushering of the university. On the other hand, Bodoland Students Union (BSU)  offered warm welcome to the new VC and felicitated with traditional Aronai art university office chamber on Monday.

The Bodoland University was created under the spirit of BTC accord(2003) to facilitate higher educational environment in the region. Earlier, it was set up Kokrajhar Campus of Guwahati University in 1997.Later,it was upgraded to Bodoland University by the state government to provide healthy education arena among the society.

Prof Ladusingh has emphasised to build healthy educational environment in the university among student community.He said that the process to accord 12B status for the university is goingon and expected the status is to be granted early through the proper official system. He has claimed that infrastructures of the university is taking place on progress besides appointments of the professors are going to get fulfilment in the university by the July August next. He said that the university has been emphasized to bring skill oriented management courses to offer skill development training among students so that they can have self development as well job profess careers in their life.

He informed that due to non availing of professor's appointments in the university, the 12B status was not granted in the university.

Prof Ladusingh told that university administration was working for the quarter educational environments. He said that he will try to bring better educational aspectations with quality education in coming days.
Meanwhile,a ten member delegation team from the BSU has welcomed the newly joined VC, Prof Ladusingh and wished healthy educational environment in coming days. The students union urged the university administration to initiate more educational activities in comong days.

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Coffee table book on Mishing tribe released

 Tani Cool by Fr Thomas Kalapurackal
4 Mar 2019 - 10:44pm | CM Paul

A priest social worker who has worked in northeast India for some 40 years has come up with a photo journal of his photographic collection chronicling the life and culture of Mising tribe among whom he has worked for some 15 years.

Fr Thomas Kalapurackal is the founder-director of Institution for Culture And Rural Development (iCARD) at Jorhat in Assam that focus on training young Mising tribal people in leadership to serve their community.

Salesian Provincial of Dimapur province Dr Jose Kuruvachira released Fr. Kalapurackal’s latest book called Tani Cool, on 4 March 2019 at Don Bosco, Baghchung, in the presence of a large number of educationists and social workers from Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts of Assam.  

Tani Cool is a random collection of photographs taken by the author, dating from 2000 to 2015. The colourful photographs depict the entire life and culture of the Mising people spread out in the rural situations of 11 districts of Assam and 3 districts of Arunachal Pradesh. 

The 100 page coffee table book describes pictorially 46 topics about the tribe. 

The word Tani in the title refers to the nomenclature of the tribe that once lived in the present day Arunachal Pradesh, and belonged to the Tani group of tribes. Misings are a cool people, who never had an army or a king. They were called upon by the British rulers to intermediate between the warring tribes living in the hills and plains of the region. 

Fr Kalapurackal is an Ashoka Fellow since 2002. Although hailing from Kerala, he has mastered the Assamese language, having obtained a bachelor’s degree in Assamese from Guwahati University way back in 1987. 

It is to be noted that Fr.Kalapurackal was given a fellowship by Ashoka Innovators for the Public, a USA based organization. Thus already in 2002, he became one of 250 specially selected social entrepreneurs of India for his work with school dropouts. Ashoka thus recognized him as a high caliber entrepreneur by this award into a global Fellowship.

I-Card has been serving the Mising community for some 20 years now to train youths, especially school dropouts, in community development services.

Since 2003 scores of youths of the Mising community called Takars take pledge to serve their community after having undergone training in various disciplines, namely community service and spirituality, for two years at the centre. 

Beltola violence triggers political blamegame in Delhi

2 Dec 2007 - 12:28pm | editor
A full circle political blamegame centring around the Beltola violence is being hijacked to New Delhi to get more colour.

The political leaders hailing from Jharkhand have already reached the capital saying the Adivasi people are besetted with a plethora of problems and that the ruling clique, mostly the Congress party is responsible for these state of affairs.

And the state leaders? They are not laging behind. Former Chief Minister and the lone legislator from the Pragatisheel Asom Gana Parishad Prafulla Kumar Mahanta is camping here.

Not only that, the MLA from Kaliabor, being indicted in the secret killing cases by the K N Saikia Commission, has called on President Pratibha Patil and home minister Shivraj Patil and demanded an impartial probe in the mob violence.

Mr Mahanta apprehended that the Manisena Singh Commission may not be an impartial. He further demanded Mer Gogoi’s resignation saying he holds the home portfolio.

On the otherhand, Asom Gana Parishad heavyweights including president Brindabon Goswami are gathering here to stage dharna on Monday.

The central Congress leaders are also formulating strategies to face the short but crucial debate on Assam violence on Monday.

Free coaching for high school students

26 Nov 2013 - 9:54pm | CM Paul

Assam Don Bosco University students held the annual day for tutorial students and their parents at ADBU Auditorium on November 26. Among the guests of honour were the Vice Chancellor and principal of the School of Technology along with Asha Bora and Azara Gram Panchayat President  Prabin Medhi. Vice-Chancellor Dr Stephen Mavely congratulated the students and faculty of both Schools of Technology and Social Sciences for organising the free evening coaching classes for high school students of the locality. Social Activist  Bora congratulated the Vice-Chancellor for the initiative and encouraged both students and faculty for their noble act toward the weaker students of the locality. “We are blessed with the presence of DonBoscoCollege and University in our Panchayat,” said  Medhi listing the progress made in just five years.

“What started off as outreach programme by some students of Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) seven months ago, as evening coaching classes for 11 high school students from Azara Gaon village, to day the project has more than 130 students spread out from classes 7 to 10,” recalled Principal of School of Technology Prof Manoranjan Kalita.

Christened SWASTYAYAN (commitment), the project, started by ADBU’s School of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work, was initiated to extend support and motivation among the children of communities in Azara Gaon Panchayat.

“It mainly aimed at providing them with tutorials in subjects like Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and English, besides taking care of their growth and developmental needs as adolescents in a climate of rapidly changing and often hostile environment,” says project coordinator  Victor Nazary of W department.

He adds, “Apart from academic inputs, the neighbourhood students were taken through a series of sessions on goal setting, time management, life-skill development, spoken English tutorials, recreation, games and sports that were intended to enthuse and enhance their overall personality and self-esteem.”

Various competitions in recitation, poetry, acting, singing, dancing, and drawing were conducted to identify the students’ talents so that their skills could be further honed.

The outstanding element of the programme has been the whole-hearted involvement of ADBU student communities of both Schools of Technology and Social Sciences.

Though it has been initiated and successfully run by the students of the Social Work Department, over a hundred students from the School of Technology participated as volunteers to teach, motivate, encourage and inspire the children from the neighbourhood.

Home-visits carried out in the communities, by the students of social work, have revealed peoples’ appreciation, gratitude and goodwill towards the programme, volunteers and the University.

The Swastyayan team conducted the Annual Day Programme, 26th November 2013,  to acknowledge and appreciate the dedication and efforts of the volunteers, on the one hand, and to gesture to the children and their parents that they’ll need to continue the good work with seriousness and dedication while preparing for their examinations in the coming days.

A pet project of ADBU Vice Chancellor Fr. (Dr.) Stephan Mavely, it all started last February with four W students, namely, Esalanmidaka Lyngdoh, Stephanie Nongkynrih, Habadei Kharsati and Veronica Nriame, facilitated by their Fieldwork Supervisor,  Narzary.

After an exploratory study to access the perception of ADBU students and faculty in undertaking a social commitment programme in the community the organizers initially got 30 participants to volunteer.

An ADBU team consisting of W Director Dr. Riju Sharma, Project Coordinator  Narzary, and four student volunteers visited community elders, Para Secretaries and the Sarkari Gaonburha,  Sarat Chandra Das and discussed the proposed intervention and invited their views on it.

The student volunteers proceeded on a door to door survey in four localities of Azara Panchayat to collect names and details of class 9 and 10 students willing to join the free tutorial.

In keeping up with its commitment to eradicate social evil of high school dropouts in the neighbourhood, ADBU extended its state-of-the-art classroo for the tutorial.

While several personality development sessions, recreational programmes and competitions were conducted to bolster the students’ growth and development, the volunteers had motivational and tutorial skilling sessions.

Recent home visits conducted reveal that the children, parents and community people are “highly satisfied by the service provided by the university through Swastyayan.”

Some of the parents suggested that “if the students could be taught English well, they could do well in other subjects too.”