Assam Don Bosco University holds its First Convocation

Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU), the first State University of Assam in the private sector, held its first convocation ceremony at its exquisite state-of-the-art campus on Airport Road, Azara, Guwahati on 19 September 2012. His Excellency, Shri Janaki Ballav Patnaik, Governor of Assam, Shri Tarun Gogoi, Honourable Chief Minister of Assam and Shri T K A Nair IAS, Adviser to the Prime Minister attended the glittering function in the company of dignitaries from various prestigious academic institutions, the graduating students and their parents. 279 graduates were conferred bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Information Technology Engineering and master’s degree in Computer Application and Business Administration. The venue was adorned with festive mood.

Commenting on the significance of the event, His Excellency, Shri Janaki Ballav Patnaik said, “This colourful convocation of the university sends the message that the university has come to stay in the field of higher education in the state of Assam with its immense potential for growth and excellence.” He reminded the graduating students of the importance of remaining true to their values and traditions and said, “As you start to go out and explore a brand new world I would like to remind you never to forget your roots, the place where you’ve come from. You belong to this land and this land belongs to you.” Shri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister, in his speech commented on the visible signs of the university’s growth and said, “This is the first private sector university in Assam and I want it to be an example to the region, country and the world.” He urged the graduating students saying, “You have been given wings to fly, to live a life independent. Every decision you make along the way will have direct impact on your life, so learn to make decisions wisely.” Shri T K A Nair in his convocation speech expressed his happiness over the overwhelming response which the University has received from the Government and the society. He appreciated the Don Bosco Society which has taken initiatives in various sectors, especially in the educational front and technology development. He congratulated the students and wished them every success in their endevours to live a life of dignity, sharing the values and aspirations of the emerging young India.

Emphasizing importance of the occasion, Fr. V.M. Thomas, Chancellor said, “Today is a touchstone event in your life, a day filled with pride for what you have accomplished – appreciation for the sacrifices made to reach this pinnacle and anticipation of the limitless, wide-open horizons of opportunities that await.” He challenged the students to become the instruments of change to impact the world around saying, “Nothing great has been achieved except by those who dared to believe that there is something in them superior to circumstances. I am sure you have it in you to change the world around you.” Vice Chancellor, Fr (Dr) Stephen Mavely extended a warm welcome to the august gathering and gave brief account of the establishment and growth of the University. Calling the attention of the graduating students Dr. Mavely said, “As a University, we can confidently tell any potential employer about you that, yes, here you have a batch of graduates who are not just employable, but who, more importantly, are dependable human beings armed with a new mindset; and who, apart from the quality of their learning, have it in them to retool themselves with new skills, and a vibrancy to make lifelong learning the constant companion of their lives.” He concluded extending his heartiest wishes to all graduating students and said, “With pride in your achievements, with confidence in your abilities, and with our prayers to accompany you, we wish you every success in the years ahead. As you graduate today, let me wish you God’s blessings as you begin to navigate your unique, individual careers – definitely a much harder task today than in our time.”

 

 

 

 

 

Assam Don Bosco University launches Student Exchange with the University of Arkansas

Dr. Stephen Mavely, third from left, with officials of the University of Arkansas, USA.
Shraddhanjoli Bhadra, Barasha Hiloidhari, Tavleen Kaur and Manas Pratim Mahanta

Four students of Assam Don Bosco University left for a year of study at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA on 14 August as part of the ‘Student Exchange Programme’ between the two universities.

The students have just completed four semesters of study at Don Bosco University. They will complete the 5th and 6th semesters in Arkansas, without having to pay the university fees of Arkansas.

Speaking of the Exchange Programme Dr. Stephen Mavely observed, “This is an exciting time to be developing links with the universities abroad, and we are happy that we have found new avenues that would provide best of platforms for our students.” He added, “Our students will have a remarkable exposure as they will be opened to new culture and environment, and we are very pleased to undertake such programmes.”

An MOU was signed on 13 March 2012 between Don Bosco University, represented by the Vice Chancellor Fr. Stephen Mavely and the University of Arkansas, represented by Dr. Jerry G. Stevenson, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Extended Programmes. The MOU seeks to promote educational and cultural cooperation in the areas of education, research and exchange



Bhutan Consul inaugurates Don Bosco University’s Academic Year

Consul General of Bhutan in West Bengal and Assam, His Excellency, Dasho Tsering Wangda, inaugurated the fifth academic year of Assam Don Bosco University at its Azara Campus, 31 July. “People today are being inexorably drawn towards our own doom by adopting a creed of materialism, consumerism and greed,” the Consul General said urging the gathering to review one’s attitude in order to make life more meaningful by conserving the environment and contributing to the “Gross National Happiness.”
 

In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor Dr. Stephen Mavely, recalled Don Bosco Society’s association with Bhutan some decades ago with the setting up of a Technical School, which has now become Royal College of Engineering at Phuntsohling. He then expressed the University’s desire to begin a vibrant collaboration with the Kingdom of Bhutan in the field of higher education. After welcoming the first year students and their parents, Dr Mavely presented the theme for the new academic year: “churning dreams into goals.” While the Principal of DBCET Azara, Prof. Manoranjan Kalita briefed students on the general rules of conduct in the college and introduced the management and staff members, the Registrar Prof. Basil Koikara, briefed the new comers about University norms and regulations. The Controller of Examinations, Fr. V.A. Cyriac took the opportunity to highlight the value addition in the higher education system. A glimpse of the past academic year, a short skit and dances added colour to the day’s event.

 

ADBU Signs MoU with DeSales University, USA

Adding to its leverage of networking with educational institutions across the world, Assam Don Bosco University achieved another milestone with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with De Sales University, USA, on 7th March 2012. Fr. Stephen Mavely SDB, Vice Chancellor, Don Bosco University and Fr. Bernard O’Connor OSFS, President of De Sales University, represented the institutions.
The MoU helps to maintain contacts that would co-ordinate academic and research activities between the parties on the basis of friendship, equality and mutual assistance. It also envisages the establishment and strengthening of cooperation in specified areas.
 

 


DBU Launches Ph.D. Studies in 24 Areas

Adding to its leverage of networking with educational institutions across the world, Assam Don Bosco University achieved another milestone with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with De Sales University, USA, on 7th March 2012. Fr. Stephen Mavely SDB, Vice Chancellor, Don Bosco University and Fr. Bernard O’Connor OSFS, President of De Sales University, represented the institutions.

The MoU helps to maintain contacts that would co-ordinate academic and research activities between the parties on the basis of friendship, equality and mutual assistance. It also envisages the establishment and strengthening of cooperation in specified areas. 


 


2nd National Conference on Computational Intelligence and Signal Processing

The 2nd National Conference on Computational Intelligence and Signal Processing (CISP) was held on 2nd-3rd March 2012 at Don Bosco College of Engineering and Technology, organized by Assam Don Bosco University and technically sponsored by IEEE and supported by AICTE.

The inaugural function was graced by the Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University, Prof. Akhil Kumar Medhi, as the Chief Guest. He appreciated the initiatives of Don Bosco University to contribute to nation building through quality education and shared some of his motivating experiences while studying in Don Bosco School, Guwahati

Fr. Stephen Mavely, the Vice Chancellor, welcomed the participants and briefed them about the plans and programmes of Don Bosco University in the coming years. He also made a presentation on the permanent campus of the University which is scheduled to be constructed within two years.
The keynote address of the conference was delivered by Prof. Nikhil Ranjan Pal from ISI, Calcutta, on “Dimensionality reduction in a connectionist framework”.
Prof. D. P Kothari, Ex Director in charge IIT Delhi, talked on optimization in power system and Prof. Probin Bora, IIT Guwahati, Prof. C. A. Murthy, ISI Calcutta, Dr. Joydeep Sen TCS, Prof. Shyamanta Moni Hazarika, Tezpur University, and Dr. Aditya Bihar Kandali, JEC, enlightened the audience through their speeches related to computational intelligence and signal processing.
The valedictory function was presided over by Prof. Krishnamachar Sreenivasan, IIT Guwahati, who delivered the Plenary Speech on “A framework for Analyzing Cloud System Performance”. The conference came to an end with the vote of thanks proposed by Prof Basil Koikara, Registrar, ADBU.

A large number of researchers working at reputed research organizations and premier institutions across the country responded to the call for submission of papers given by the organizers of the conference. There was indeed a great improvement in the scale of participation in comparison to that of the 1st National Conference on the same theme. This is a matter of great satisfaction as well as an encouragement to the organizers to embark upon more such ventures.

 



Assam Don Bosco University signs MOUs with ‘Classle Knowledge’, ‘I Create India’ and ‘PanIIT India’

Assam Don Bosco University signed MOUs with ‘Classle Knowledge’, ‘I Create India’ and ‘PanIIT India’ on 25th January 2012 in a formal gathering held at Azara campus.

As part of its policy to promote state-of-the-art educational practices, the University signed an MOU with Classle Knowledge Pvt. Ltd. The MOU aims at increasing the quality and relevance of education among the faculty and students of higher education through an innovative online platform which allows them to enjoy learning innovatively without incurring any cost.

In a related development, the University also signed a tripartite MOU with ‘I Create India’ and ‘PIAI (PanIIT Alumni India)’. I Create is an award winning non-profit entrepreneurship and employability skills training organization. It has a technical partnership with New York based Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a highly reputed international entrepreneurship training organization.

PanIIT is a not-for-profit organisation representing alumni from Indian Institutes of Technology. With its vast reach across the world with top class working professionals and entrepreneurs, the organization is focussed on nation building activities.

The MoUs were signed by Fr. Stephen Mavely, Vice Chancellor, ADBU, Mr. Vaidya Nathan, Founder and Director of Classle Knowledge, Mr. Ulhas Kamat, Director of I Create India and Mr. Satish Kini, COO, PanIIT Alumni India.

 

 

 


UGC Expert Committee Visits Assam Don Bosco University

The UGC Inspection Team arrived at Assam Don Bosco University campus on 2 November 2011 and they were warmly welcomed by the Vice Chancellor, Fr. Stephen Mavely and his team. The inspection was conducted as a pre-requisite for granting recognition under Section 12B - right to get grants of various types except for salaries - of the UGC Act in addition to the recognition under Section 2(f) - right to award degrees - of the same Act that the University already enjoys.

Considering the importance of the visit the University was fully ready with all round preparation. The inspection team thus had a firsthand view of the University set up and standards, and commented positively on its growth potential.

The team inspected the facilities of DBCET and DBIM on 2 November 2011. They took note of the beauty and cleanliness of the campuses, the disciple among the staff and students and the variety of facilities provided. On the whole, the team was appreciative and supportive of the way the University is carrying out the task of reaching out far and wide with its education programmes.

On 3 November the team held a joint meeting with the Governing body and the Board of Management of the University. They had a thorough discussion on the present programmes of the University and its future plans. Keen interest was evinced in the Online and Distance Education Programmes of the University which aims at reaching out to thousands of students across the globe.

On 3 November, Prof. Rajneesh Arora, the Chair Person of the UGC Team, addressed the staff and students of Don Bosco University at the morning assembly. He held the attention of the audience with his motivating speech on the unlimited possibilities awaiting those who dare to face challenges with an entrepreneurial spirit. He challenged his listeners to be job creators rather than job seekers constantly whining about placement.

He asked the students to take pride in developing the best in our cultures rather than just aping the West. Commenting on the boundless possibilities that await us he said that India can become more powerful than China. In this context he reminded his listeners of Dr. APJ Kalam‘s dream about India-Vision- 2020.

 

 

DBCET Adheres with IIT Bombay to Enhance Teaching Skills

A two-week workshop on "Software Development Techniques for Teachers of Engineering and Science Institutes" was held at Don Bosco college of Engineering and Technology, which is a permanent remote center of IIT Bombay for all the workshops under its mission to enhance the te aching skills, an initiative which has now become a part of the National Mission on Education through ICT, supported by MHRD.

The workshop, started on 5 November, was spread across five weekends and ended on 4 December 2011. It was to allow interested participants to attend the workshop during the semester. The workshop had live lectures through AVIEW mechanism of interaction on the Internet with participants and labs were conducted locally. Siddhartha Roy, Asst. Prof. of DBCET, the workshop coordinator and Bikash Agarwal, Asst. Prof. of DBCET, the remote center coordinator who received rigorous training from IIT Bombay, ably managed the entire programmme.

 

 


Regional Superior of Don Bosco Society, South Asia, Visits DBU

“In the educational system of Don Bosco, you are given the central place; the Institution, its infrastructure, the personnel involved etc. are all for your growth and development,” said Fr. Maria Arokiam, Regional Superior of the Don Bosco Society, South Asia, while addressing the students of DBCET on 3 May, 2011.

Speaking about the difference between a career and a vocation, he said, “Career is the profession that you undertake while vocation is the driving force of your life.” He further added, “Career is only a means to realize your vocation. It may differ in its expression, but vocation is same for all, namely, to love God and neighbour.”  

He held a special meeting with the Faculty Members of the College and reminded them of their role in inculcating love for the poor and the underprivileged members of society. He stated, “The Salesian history of India has been one of closeness to the poor. Among them, the poor youth have always taken the centre stage. This was true not only in educational institutions but also in the multifarious social work initiatives of the Society.” Commenting on the role of Don Bosco University that is committed to an integral and personalized education of the young people who will be at the service of the world of today and tomorrow, he said that it should be pro-poor, pro-morals and pro-divine.  

Later, in the evening while speaking to the students of the College hostels, Carreño Hall and Ferrando Hall, he spoke about the importance of bringing out the best in each one that will lead to the building up of a better world. Giving a new terminology for the most used abbreviation, ‘www’ he said that the first ‘w’ stands for the ‘wake- up call’, the second for ‘work’ and the third for ‘worship’ - three elements essential for any life to blossom.

Fr. Maria Arokiam is the Regional Superior for Don Bosco Society, South Asia, which has 11 Provinces and close to three thousand members who work in various centres of education and social work. His office is at the Headquarters of the Society in Rome.


Don Bosco Relics at India’s First Salesian University

Hundreds thronged to pay homage to the relics of St John Bosco at Tapesia Gardens, Guwahati, the permanent campus of the first university of Don Bosco Society in India, on 1 June 2011.

The event was marked by a solemn Holy Eucharist presided over by Fr. Joseph Almeida, Chancellor, DBU and Provincial Superior of Guwahati Province, concelebrated by a number of priests present on the occasion.

Fr. Almeida addressed the gathering and spoke about Don Bosco’s life and the impeccable wisdom that guided him throughout his life. He attributed him as the Saint of the young people and said, “Don Bosco dedicated his entire life for the young. He spared no effort to bring the best in the young people for whom he lived.” Calling the attention of the people to the casket containing the relics of the Saint he said, “Today Don Bosco has come to bless this land of the University. His presence amidst us is a sign of God’s assurance to make our dream come true.”

Speaking on the importance of the pilgrimage that covers some 130 countries, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Stephen Mavely said, “The Relics of St John Bosco, which is on a five continent pilgrimage starting from Valdocco, Turin (Mother House of the Salesians of Don Bosco), 25 April 2009, celebrates not only 150th year of the founding of the Salesian Congregation, but also is a preparation to honour the bi-centenary of Don Bosco`s birth in 2015 (16 August).” He further added, “The occasion serves also to enliven the commitment of thousands across the world to the ideals and vision of Don Bosco, and that should lead to a resurgence of Don Bosco’s mission of reaching out to an ever-widening clientle in India and elsewhere”.

The second phase of the programme at Don Bosco College of Engineering and Technology (DBCET), Azara, presented an occasion for everyone to relive the memories of Don Bosco and to revere this great Saint. The beautifully decorated atrium, music, prayers and chorus punctuated the colourful evening.






DBCET Training and Placement Office Inaugurated

Guwahati: A NEEPCO sponsored Training and Placement Office (TPO) of the Don Bosco College of Engineering and Technology (DBCET), Azara, was inaugurated by Shri I P Barooah, CMD, NEEPCO on 14 March 2011. Introducing Shri Baroah, Chairman and Managing Director of NEEPCO – North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd, a company that has consistently got the rating ‘excellent’ year after year, Fr. Stephen Mavely, VC said, “NEEPCO has not only offered support for setting up our Training and Placement Office but also summer internship for a sizeable number of our students.”

Shri Baroah in his brief address to the Students spoke about NEEPCO’s role in the integration and development of hydroelectric and thermal power that covers all aspects such as investigation, planning, designs, construction, operation and maintenance of hydroelectric and thermal projects which in turn would effectively promote the development of the region. He brought to the attention of the gathering some of NEEPCO’s important current projects in the region, its future plans and the tremendous amount of scope for the engineers in the near future.

He also responded to a couple of queries made by the students on the power scenario in the North-East and the various prospects that NEEPCO can offer to Young engineering graduates.

The function ended with Shri Barooah inaugurating the Training and Placement Office and holding a short discussion with some of the stakeholders of the TPO over a cup of tea.







National Conference on Computational Intelligence and Signal Processing

In response to the developments in the computer world of today, Assam Don Bosco University organized a two-day National Conference on Computational Intelligence and Signal Processing (CISP2011) at Don Bosco College of Engineering & Technology, Azara on 2-3 March 2011.

The Chief Guest of the inaugural function, Mr. P.K. Das, Director, STPI emphasized on the convergence of academic research and industrial reality. He spoke of the need of removing the conflict between academia and industry for enhancing technological development.

Fr. Stephen Mavely, VC, Assam Don Bosco University welcomed the participants and made a short presentation on the University’s vision to create a centre of excellence in the field of research, intellectual framework through creative thinking, employment generating courses as well as in social responsibility.

Dr. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, IIT Bombay, in his key note address spoke on “NLP (Natural Language Processing) and IR (Information Retrieval): Coming closer or moving apart.” He highlighted the cross lingual information retrieval fare having an efficient search engine. He discussed about the different algorithms that removes different types of problems in a search engine like malapropism, spelling mistakes, etc.

Robotics and Automation, Cognitive and Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Cloud Computing, Distributed Control System, Expert System, Embedded System, Green Computing, Natural Language Processing, Image Processing, Speech Analysis, Recursive Estimation and Filtering, Sensors, Optimization Techniques, Neutral Network Based Approach to Signal Processing, Adaptive Signal Processing and Control, Digital Signal Processors and Wavelet Transform were some of the topics that were covered during the six technical sessions of the Conference.

The Conference CISP2011 aimed at creating awareness about the developments in the inter-disciplinary field that combines signal processing with computer hardware and software technologies and to promote research and developmental activities for real life applications. CISP2011 created a forum for industry professionals, researchers and academicians gather together to present their findings and have intellectual deliberations on emerging technologies.

The conference sought to be of immense benefit to the people of the North-East India as it provided them with the opportunity to diversify their research in this fast developing area of computation and communication technology. It also encouraged local entrepreneurship in this industry. The programme helped the professionals in the relevant fields from this region to gain new insights by interacting with national experts.


New Constructions

Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, Guwahati, blessed and laid the foundations of three new buildings for the Department of Engineering of the University on 27th November 2010: Civil Engineering Wing of the college to admit students from July 2011 PG Hostel (for MCA and M Tech students) to accommodate 100 hostellersStaff Quarters containing 12 family apartments and 10 bachelor accommodations


Setting up of ‘Centre for Distance Education’

A joint Inspection Team of Distance Education Council of India (DEC), University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) visited the college on 9th December to verify the preparedness of the University to start Distance Education under the newly created ‘Centre for Distance Education’.

The team was chaired by Prof Latha Pillai (Pro Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi) with Prof Altaf Khan of Jamia Milia University representing AICTE, Prof Karmeshu of Jawaharlal Nehru University representing the UGC, Prof Kamal Yadav representing DEC, and Dr R R Rausaria (Director, DEC) as the Coordinator of the visit.

The team found the University well prepared starting distance education programmes. Official communication from the Distance Education Council is expected in January after the meeting of their Executive Council.


DBU Launches Online Degree Courses

Don Bosco University is offering global access to its degree courses in seven programmes in three disciplines. “We hope to target thousands of working-class young people across the globe,” says the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr. Stephen Mavely SDB, explaining how the classes and study will take place on the Web, enabling students to have access to the best professors from around the country.

Using state-of-the-art Virtual Classroom Technology, the varsity will run the programmes designed for working executives and professionals looking for study projects that complement their work and their need to juggle a career, a family and professional advancement studies.

These programmes give an option for anyone anywhere to be part of Don Bosco University (DBU) backed by its worldwide network in education and other developmental works. Currently Don Bosco Society operates in 132 countries.

Workshop on SCILAB and SPOKEN TUTORIALS

DBCET organized a Workshop on SCILAB and SPOKEN TUTORIALS on 7-8 December 2010 with the aim of increasing awareness about the availability and benefits of SCILAB both at the academic and research levels. The programme aimed at setting up a SCILAB User Group at Guwahati that can assist SCILAB users in troubleshooting and to build up resource centres in the region for providing expertise in the deployment of software under Free and Open Source Software for Science and Engineering Education (FOSSEE). Faculty members from GMIT, Guwahati, Rangia College, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, and DBCET participated in the two-day workshop.

Prof Kannan Moudgalya, IIT Bombay, member of the SCILAB Consortium’s Scientific Board generously initiated and guided the workshop, funded by the MHRD; and, Fr. Joseph Nellanatt, Pro VC, DBU, was the driving force behind the organization and success of the programme.

Prof. C.S. Kumar, Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, and Ms. Nancy Varkey, IIT Bombay who is coordinating the efforts for the creation of spoken tutorials, were among the resource persons of the workshop.

The first day’s sessions on ‘Virtual Lab’ helped the participants to understand the use of SCILAB and its importance. The second day was dedicated to ‘Spoken Tutorials’, dealing with the preparation and usefulness of tutorials with screencast and narration fora computer based activities. The workshop was made interesting as each of the participants had to create his/her own piece of tutorial. The group was also given inputs on the technicalities of dubbing them into other Indian languages.

Mr. Ranjay Das, one of the participants, commented, “The workshop was unique in its concept of spreading the message across the nation as it aimed at imparting education to all sections of people. The point was made very clear by the resource persons as they encouraged the group to imagine and prepare a lesson for a working girl child in a remote village at midnight trying to learn with the help of free and open source software and the spoken tutorials.”

SCILAB is an open source, cross-platform numerical computational package and a high-level, numerically oriented programming language. It can be used for signal processing, statistical analysis, image enhancement, fluid dynamics simulations, numerical optimization, and modeling and simulation of explicit and implicit dynamical systems. The SCILAB Consortium is involved in the Open Source world in multifarious ways.

The Spoken Tutorial project is the initiative of the ‘Talk to a Teacher’ activity of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT), launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

Hostels for Men and Women Opened

26 July 2010 saw the two college hostels– Carreño Hall for men and Ferrando Hall for women – welcoming their first inmates. Designed to accommodate 500 (400 B Tech students and 100 MCA students) when the constructions will be over, these hostels provide room for 120 inmates at the moment.




Assam Governor Inaugurates the New Academic Year of DBCET, Guwahati

“It is just about a year ago that the first State University in the private sector, sponsored by Don Bosco Society, was established through an Act of the State Legislature of Assam. As the Governor of the State, I am proud and privileged to be the Visitor of this University” said His Excellency, Shri J B Patnaik, Governor of Assam on 27 July 2010 while inaugurating the new academic year of Don Bosco College of Engineering and Technology, Aza ra, Guwahati. Commenting on the main objectives of the University he said that providing quality education at the university level and making higher education more accessible to the disadvantaged sections of society are, indeed, the crying needs of our society today. He appreciated the Don Bosco Society which has come forward to provide quality education in the State of Assam. He made a special note on its noble idea of making education accessible to the disadvantaged sections of society and said that it is the objective of every enlightened government and expressed his joy of having such determined partners in making this a reality.

Stating the University’s choice on the courses of study, its assurance of the employability of every one of its graduates and its aim to create generations of men and women who will have the capacity to transform and empower society, the Governor said that this University has come to meet the need of the time. Calling on the attention of the budding engineers of DBCET, the first constituent college of Assam Don Bosco University, His Excellency spoke of the importance of quality education that helps to mould well-rounded men and women who will be an asset to the State. He affirmed that societies such as Don Bosco Society have a proven track record of establishing and managing institutions of excellence in India and all over the world whose graduates become the leaders and transformers of society.

The Governor appreciated the chosen theme for the academic year ‘tapping in to the Goodness Within’, and said that this simple concept can make a world of difference by tapping in to the goodness within oneself and appealing to the goodness within the others.
Welcoming the august assembly Fr. Stephen Mavely, Vice Chancellor of Don Bosco University expressed his joy at having the esteemed presence of His Excellency, Shri JB Patnaik, Governor of the State, as the Chief Guest and said, “He is someone special. He is the Visitor to the University”. He thanked him for his keen interest in the growth and expansion of Don Bosco University and for his gracious presence at the function to inaugurate the academic year. He also welcomed the Guest of Honour, Dr. PK Goswami, Director of Technical Education and thanked him for being the tower of strength from the inception of the College.
Extending a special note of welcome to the new batch of students and their parents he said that they now belong to the worldwide family of Don Bosco, and many, many doors are open to them as a result of that. He assured them offering the best of resources available and said, “We will spare no effort to see that you have the best by way of teaching and facilities, and that your placement will be, not just a hope, but a certainty”. He exhorted them to become concerned and committed human beings and not mere engineers, managers and executives. Remarking on the theme of the year he said that tapping into the wealth of goodness within us and around us, we can reach out to each other, and to our neighbourhoods, and make a difference in the lives of those less privileged than ourselves…”
Dr. PK Goswami, Director of Technical Education in his message encouraged the students to start the new year with fervor and enthusiasm.

The students of DBCET added colour to the day’s function with their singing, dancing and acting. Remarkable among these was the musical drama which explained the ideals of ‘Bosconians’.

Vice-Chancellor of DBU Makes a Presentation on DBU to Chief Minister, Assam

On 8 July 2010 Fr. Stephen Mavely, Vice-Chancellor and Team from DBU met the Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Tarun Gogoi at the Secretariat. Fr. Stephen made a brief presentation on Don Bosco University Project and spoke about its significant milestones, developments and future plans.  


Don Bosco University Delegation Meets Governor of Assam

Fr. Stephen Mavely, Vice-Chancellor of DBU along with Fr. Joseph Nellanatt, Prof Basil Koikara and Prof Manoranjan Kalita met with the Governor, His Excellency, Janaki Ballabh Patnaik at the Raj Bhavan in Guwahati, on 18 June 2010. The Governor is ex officio, the Visitor to the University - the top official in the hierarchy of the University. The occasion offered a wonderful chance to brief the Governor about Don Bosco University, and its present and future developmental plans. The meeting that lasted for 45 minutes had an informal tone and discussions were held on varied subjects. His Excellency consented to come as the Chief Guest at the inaugural function of the next academic year at DBCET, Azara on 27 July 2010.






Collaborations and Exchange Programmes



The Vice Chancellor, Fr Stephen Mavely, was away on a visit to the States in the month of May, with a view to firming up on possible collaborations with a number of universities that had expressed interest in doing so. Here is a report:

De Sales University, run by the Oblates of St Francis de Sales, located at Center Valley in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, shares the same spirit and vision as the Salesians of Don Bosco. Their website (www.desales.edu/) states, “At DeSales University, you'll find a positive approach to life. Maybe it's the friendly, unpretentious nature of our students, faculty, and staff, or the upbeat spiritual perspective of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, who have shaped the University and its character. Maybe it's becaus e of our great academic programs, the personal atmosphere of our small suburban campus in Pennsylvania's scenic Lehigh Valley, and our supportive learning environment. At any rate, there's a remarkable experience to be found at DeSales University”.Fr Stephen spent two days at the university looking at the programmes of study offered by the university and interacting with the President and Heads of various academic programmes. The President of the University, Fr Bernard F. O’Connor, will be visiting our University in March 2011 to carry forward the discussion.
Drexel University, Drexel University is a private co-educational university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It was founded in 1891 by Anthony J. Drexel, a noted financier and philanthropist. Drexel is composed of nine colleges, including the College of Information Science and Technology and the College of Arts and Sciences; and the Drexel University College of Engineering, for which Drexel is perhaps best-known. The Goodwin College of Professional Studies - full-time programs include Sport Management, Culinary Arts, and Applied Engineering Technology. The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design houses Design and Merchandising, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Digital Media, Architecture, Fashion Design, Photography, Visual Studies, Performing Arts, Music Industry, Entertainment and Arts Management, Film and Video, Screenwriting and Playwriting, and Dance.Fr Stephen spent one day at Drexel University looking at their schools in management and performing arts, and interacted with several Chairs of Departments. Prof Douglas Michele Turco from the School of Management will be visiting our university in July 2010 to look at possible areas of collaboration or exchange.
Salve Regina University at Newport, Rhode Island, USA, is a co-educational university owned and managed by the Mercy Sisters of America. They have strong programmes in Nursing and Teacher Education as well as an eminent Campus Ministry Programme. We intend to collaborate with them when our own departments of Teacher Education and Nursing start off.
Brown University at Providence in Rhode Island, USA, is one among the Ivy League Universities of America. Professors involved in Anthropology and Cultural Studies are keen to link up with our university for study, research and exchange programmes as our study programmes in these disciplines take off at the main campus.

He also met with Fr Mark Hyde, the Director of Salesian Missions at New Rochelle and explored ways of finding sponsors, agencies and foundations that could be approached for fund-raising.

Governing Body Meeting of DBU

The Board of Management of the University met on 10 May; and the Governing Body of the University met on 16 June 2010 at its temporary Headquarters at Azara to discuss a variety of issues concerning the growth, development and administration of the University.

‘Pathways to Future’ – an industry-academia interaction

The Training and Placement Cell of the College organized an 'Industry Academic Interaction' on 10 April, 2010. The programme was aimed at putting forward the present scenario of the IT industry and to make the students acquainted with the methods of recruiters in this sector.Dr. Jaydip Sen, Senior Scientist, Innovation Labs, Tata Consultancy Service (TCS), Kolkata was the resource person. He started off the session pointing out one of the important essentials required to succeed in life: to be a good h uman being who is socially committed and possessing adequate moral values. He emphasized that one needs to be a good human being before he/she embarks on the journey of seeking lucrative jobs, and preparing for it by attending to mastering the core academic curriculum.

He spoke about IT industries, their working strategies and their recruitment policies, and more especially about the expectations of industry from the freshers’ of an Engineering College. He also stressed on the importance of ‘C’ language and its pivotal role in IT field; and emphasized that in order to get recruited in companies like TCS, Wipro, etc., a student must have a good mastery of ‘C’ language, together with competency in two or three other programming languages and good soft skills. To get into innovative fields, he underlined, core engineering knowledge plays a major role. He advised the students not to get carried away by IT jobs alone.  To have a satisfying career, he advised the students to focus on fields that excite them, and for which they have a passion.

He also urged the students to go beyond their curriculum and to keep themselves abreast with advanced topics from the internet and other sources. During the student interaction session, Dr. Sen answered the queries put forward by the students and suggested ways and means to realize their dream of working with the IT giants.

Medical Camp.at.DBCET, Azara

It has been said that health care is vital to all of us some of the time, but community health is vital to all of us all the time. Seeking the importance of ‘health care’ for all, from this year, DBCET, Azara has introduced a health care service in collaboration with the NGO, ‘Society for Promotion of Health and Lifestyle Consultancy’. The agency has    conducted its first annual medical check up and maintained the health records of each student on 7 May, 2010.

DBCET Students to NEHU for Workshop on Robotics

The Students of DBCET, Azara participated in a workshop on Robotics at NEHU, Shillong on 1-2 May, 2010. The programme was conducted by Robosapiens, India in collaboration with the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University. 26 students from DBCET accompanied by four faculty members attended the programme

A Way Forward to Become Socially Committed

Considering the importance of orienting students to social commitment, one of the key building blocks of education today, DBCET, Azara organised a study session with Fr. Jerry Thomas sdb, Director of Bosco Institute, Jorhat and Mr. Joseph, Lecturer, MSW, Bosco Institute, Jorhat, on 20-23 April, 2010. The interactive sessions on all three days with the students in different groups, opened up a way forward to plan a series of social commitment programmes. Signing up for an issue, gathering relevant information of the issue, selecting an area or locality and getting to know the people and the place, fund raising, ways of implementing the project etc. were some of the steps sorted out during the sessions. 


Industry Academic Interactio

Placement Cell of DBCET organized an ‘Industry Academic Interaction’ on the 10 April, 2010. The programme aimed at putting forward the present scenario of the IT industries and to make the students acquaint with the methods of the recruiters of these industries. Dr. Jaydip Sen, an eminent source person from Tata Consultancy Service (TCS), Kolkata was the resource person.

National Conference - NABSET 2010

The first national conference of the College, NABSET 2010 (New Approaches of Basic Sciences towards the Development of Engineering and Technology) was held on 12-13 March 2010. The Conference organised by the department of Basic Sciences of the College had the objective of bringing together researchers in the field of Basic Science and Engineering to interact and exchange new ideas which can be applicable in Engineering and Technology. It aimed at discovering the prospects for potential application of different fields of Basic Sciences and their recent developments in the field of Engineering and Technology. Besides invited talks by distinguished scientists, it provided an opportunity to young researchers and students t o present their work. 
   
Prof Hiralal Duorah, Retd. Vice-Chancellor, Gauhati University, the Chief Guest of the inaugural function, expressed his joy on the development seen in DBCET and expressed his confidence in its ability to provide the best education for today’s young people. The keynote speaker, Prof Vadrevu Sree Hari Rao, Department of Mathematical Science, JNTU, Hyderabad presented a panoramic view of the past and present scenarios of technologies using different analogies and led the audience to have a calculative and reasonable perception of the future in terms of Science and Technology. Fr. Stephen Mavely, Vice- Chancellor of Don Bosco University in his words of encouragement wished the conference every success and expressed his hope that there will be ample opportunity to share thoughts and insights on how to bring out a resurgence of interest in Basic Sciences, and especially in the way they are taught, because they are the building blocks for success in our country’s march towards a balanced development. The Guests of honour, Prof. Dilip Bhattacharya, Department of Mathematics Jadavpur University, Calcutta and Dr Prodyut Kumar Goswami, Director of Technical Education, Assam were the other speakers of the occasion. Prof. Manoranjan Kalita, Principal DBCET welcomed the august gathering and Prof. Basil Koikara, Registrar, DBU made an informative presentation on the University and the College. Various sessions that lined up for the two days gave way to the display of knowledge and skills of well known scholars and researchers of the time.

CBCI General Body at Guwahati gets a glimpse of the First Catholic University in India

Fr. Stephen Mavely along with the core group of Don Bosco University made a presentation on the University Project to the CBCI General Body on 3 March 2010 at Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati. With the help of a PowerPoint presentation he briefed the assembly on the inception, progress, present status and future plans of the project. Naming it as ‘an idea that has taken wings!’ he said that this idea has been around for quite a while with a perception that this is one frontier that we needed to cross as there was a felt need to be involved in public policy and debate. “Involvement in university education”, he asserted, “was an answer to our urge to be there where leaders of society are formed”. Commenting on the factors that contributed to its setting up he said, “This is an idea that rode on a combination of factors such as spontaneous enthusiasm in the Province, full-throated support from the Salesian world and the Church in India, a responsive and welcoming government and the compulsion to grasp an opportunity that beckoned.”

Speaking on its basic orientations, he said that Don Bosco University would be ‘a University with a difference’ and its difference would be built into its underlying Christian inspiration, its distinctive Salesian educational philosophy, its commitment to access and equity, striving for excellence and professionalism, responsiveness to the times, fundamental orientation and ethos, organizational and work culture, the quality, the training and involvement of its staff, the courses it chooses to offer, and the formation of its graduates. The implications of these orientations, he said would be reflected in its planning, programmes and courses which would emphasize self-reliance, wisdom and social responsibility.
Presenting a visualization of the central plaza of the academic complex at the permanent campus, Fr. Stephen spoke of the Society’s decision to plan and build a residential campus for five to six thousand staff and students in three to five years. He also presented the plan to cater to one hundred to two hundred thousand students through web-based courses in five years and to gain national and international recognition as a centre of excellence in the chosen sectors and areas in five to ten years.

Noting the risk undertaken by the Congregation in starting the first college in the Salesian world in 1934 at Shillong in spite of the scarcity of men and resources they had then, Fr. Stephen said that venturing upon starting a university, almost a century later, was no less a daunting task. However, in view of the commitment of the Salesian world towards this project, and the enthusiastic welcome it has received from the government, civil and ecclesial leaders, and especially the youth of the region, he said that this venture holds promise of blossoming into one of the most significant works of the Church and the Don Bosco Society in India.

DBCET Opens Training and Placement Cell

Training and Placement Cell’, an integral part of DBCET was opened on 24 February 2010 to plan and organize placement and training opportunities for the students. In order to ensure right placement for each student, the cell is geared to work towards developing their core competencies and interpersonal and communication skills.

The cell plans to promote industry-institute interaction by arranging industry visits, technical talks and career seminars in order to provide a platform for the budding engineers to interact with professionals from various industries. The national and international linkages of Assam Don Bosco University and its curriculum, which is designed to meet the changing demands of the industry, will also give the students of DBCET an advantage in the employment market.

Meetings of the Governing Body and Board of Management

The Governing Body and Board of Management meetings were held on 6th February 2010. They reviewed the functioning of the university since inception, studied the report of the strategic planning sessions, finalized the list of members of the statutory bodies of the university, debated the fund-raising strategies, and the plans of the university. The meetings also finalized the list of Advisory Board Members of the university.

DBU on its First Phase of Strategic Planning

The first Strategic Planning Retreat of the Don Bosco University was held on 16 January 2010 at its Headquarters, DBCET, Azara. Over thirty Salesians and collaborators from different parts of India attended the one-day programme.

“In a short span of time the University Project has gone a long way. We thank and congratulate Fr. Stephen Mavely and all his collaborators for the hard work that has been put in,” remarked Fr. Joseph Almeida, Provincial Superior of Guwahati, at the inaugural session. Prof Ashoke Dutta, Director, IIM – Shillong, and Prof Edward Sarbin from University of California were the resource persons.

The Retreat centred aound one important question: What do we want Don Bosco University to be in the coming years? A number of presentations on the university project were made right at the beginning as a backdrop to the discussions to follow: ‘The Concept Paper - the raison d’être of the University’ by Fr. Stephen Mavely, ‘The Status of the University - the milestones and what it is today’ by Fr. Joseph Nellanatt, ‘The Master Plan for the University at Tapesia Gardens’ by Prof. Basil Koikara, ‘The Vision Statement - an attempt to actualize it’ by Sr. Celine D’Cunha and ‘The Strategic Planning Process - the why and how of the process’ by Dr. Peter Paul Hauhnar. The strategic planning exercise was ably guided by Prof Ashoke Dutta. The issues were visualized under four themes: Identity (Catholic/Christian, Salesian and Indian); Academics (Courses, Departments, Priorities); Governance and Human Resource Management (Policies); Infrastructural facilities and Fund Raising.
After a brain-storming session on what the university should be in 2015 and 2020, discussions were held in groups. The suggestions and opinions were presented at the plenary assembly; and, long term objectives were drawn up.

Archbishop of Guwahati Blesses the Foundations of the DBCET Hostels

Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil blesses the foundations of the hostels for men and women at Azara, Guawahti. The hostels will be ready for accommodating 100 students each by the start of next academic year in July 2010. When the construction will be completed by December 2010, the hostels will provide accommodation for 500 students.

Notification on Don Bosco University under section 2(f) of UGC Act, 1956

The UGC has notified {Vide F No. 8-13/2009(CPP-1) dated 13th November 2009} that “Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati, has been established by Act (No. 09 of 2009) of State Legislature of Assam as a State Private University and is empowered to award degrees as specified by the UGC under section 22 of the UGC Act, 1956...”

DBCET, Guwahati, Initiates ‘Free and Open Source Software’

A workshop on ‘Free and Open Source Software’ (FOSS) was held at Don Bosco College of Engineering and Technology, Azara, Guwahati on 16-17 November 2009 with the aim of popularizing the relevance of FOSS in North East. About 100 participants comprising of officials from public and private sectors, faculties and students from various Colleges of Guwahati joined the two-day programme. Shri M.K. Yadav, MD, AMTRON, Chief Guest of the inaugural function, captured the attention of the audience on FOSS with his talk on its relevance today. He introduced FOSS as software that can be used for system development and named it a ‘powerful tool’ which makes applications easy and accessible.

Shri Probir K. Das, Development Commissioner, Special Economic Zone (IT&ITES), Director STPI, Eastern India in his keynote address spoke about the benefits of FOSS today. He said that the approach to FOSS has gained wide acceptance and its potential benefits are being increasingly recognized by both individuals and corporate players.
Dr. P.K. Goswami, Director of Higher and Technical Education, Assam and Mr. Varad Gupta, Resource Team Leader were the other speakers at the inaugural function.
Mr. Varad Gupta (Founder Director of Keen and Able Computers Pvt. Ltd., Delhi), Mr. KB Shiv Kumar (Project Leader, Spectranet), Mr. Atul Jha (Research Programmer, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy), Mr. Ashutosh Taiwal (Programmer, Fostering Linux) were the resource persons of the workshop.
The workshop aimed to increase the awareness about the availability and benefits of FOSS both at the academic and governmental level, to set up a Linux User Group at Guwahati that can assist Linux users in troubleshooting problems, and to build up resource centres in the region for providing expertise in the deployment of FOSS and developing more products under open source. The sessions adopted a hands-on approach, focusing more on the practical aspects without neglecting the fundamental theoretical concepts such as Linux File System, Kernel and Shell.

Rector Major Blesses the Foundation Stone of the new Don Bosco University Campus

Rev. Fr. Pascual V Chavez, Rector Major of the Don Bosco Society blessed the foundation stone of the new Don Bosco University Campus and dedicated the Don Bosco College of Engineering and Technology to the people of North East India on 10 November, 2009. The function began at 10.30 am with a colorful welcome to the Chief Guest and the dignitaries. An assembly of about 1,500 gathered to witness the visit of the Rector Major to DBCET, Azara. A number of eminent guests, both church and government officials, academicians, students from various city schools joined DBCET and DBIM students. In the afternoon, the Rector Major had a brief meeting with the members of the Core Committee of Don Bosco University at the Rector’s office and discussed on matters concerning the University. Fr. Stephen Mavely presented the master plan for the permanent campus and a PowerPoint presentation on the University. In appreciation for all that is being done for the project, the Rector Major said that the very fact that this is the first Catholic University in India should motivate everyone to take this work forward with all the dedication it calls for.


 
 
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