Finalist

Engaged University of the Year Award

Assam Don Bosco University

Finalist of the Engaged University of the Year Award

"Moulding dependable graduates serving humanity"


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Summary

Established in 2008, Assam Don Bosco University was set up at Guwahati, the gateway to North-East India, as a response to the felt educational needs of the people of North-East India to offer them relevant study programmes with a focus on research and social commitment. True to the educational philosophy and praxis of Don Bosco, catering to the needs of the minorities, the under-privileged and the tribal population undergirds the plans and policies of the University. To be “engaged” in Assam Don Bosco University implies nurturing synergy in reciprocal learning and action based on student led initiatives, dialogue among concerned stake holders including University faculty, staff, alumni, parents, government and non-governmental organizations and community participation towards alleviation and resolution of issues afflicting communities and environment. With a vision of “Moulding young persons into intellectually competent, morally upright, socially committed and spiritually inspired citizens at the service of India and the world of today and tomorrow, by imparting holistic and personalized education” , the mission of the University is centred on a sustained effort to impact educative processes, strategies and policies for youth for their positive transformation and contribution as nation builders. Institutional Values supported by the Graduates Attributes Framework of the University is embedded in the ethos of Assam Don Bosco University and are reflected in the practices of the University in the areas of gender sensitivity, management of environment and water resources, waste disposal, use of renewable energy and building solidarity through empathy, equity and reciprocity in interactions.

Key People


Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Mavely
Vice-Chancellor
Administration,  ADBU



Fr. Joseph Nellanatt
Pro Vice-chancellor
Administration,  ADBU



Prof. Manoranjan Kalita
Director
School of Technology,  ADBU



Prof. J. N. Vishwakarma
Director
Research,  ADBU



Dr. Monmayuri Baruah
Director
School of Physical and Applied Sciences,  ADBU


Acknowledgements

Salesians of Don Bosco Dr. Ercole Luchini Richard Brosse, Porticus Foundation Leopold Bachmann Foundation

Images

Adult Literacy Class

Anganwadi Renovation

Awareness Programme on Cleanliness and Sanitation

Crisis Response

Focus Group Discussion with Village Women

Graduate Attributes

Skill Training in Solar Powered LED Lamps

Solar Powered Nano Technology based Water Purifier

Swastyayan Class

Workshop on Health

IMPACT STORY

Impacting lifes

A wonderful transformation took place in a village in which our university students from the department of social work and student volunteers from University College Dublin jointly carried out a social outreach program. The main objective of the program was renovation of the anganwadi centre (rural child care centre): providing a new roof for the shelter, plastering and painting the walls with pictures appealing to the children, cementing the floor and renovating the toilets. In this process, the students involved the men folk from the village. That is how the transformation took place.

As in many parts of North East India, a village can have more than one ethnic community, each with its own language and culture. In this village of our intervention, there were predominantly two communities: Adivasis and Boros. The people of these two communities were not united, not even talking to each other; instead there was a strained relationship. There is only one Anganwadi centre in this village. Our student volunteers involved the men of this village in the renovation of the anganwadi centre, in the planning and execution of the work of renovation. The students from University College Dublin provided the financial support. The entire village came together for this project because it was meant for the welfare of their children. They united together for the good of their children. More than providing a renovated anganwadi centre, we united the communities of this village. There was joyous celebration at the handing over function.

LEARNINGS

Lessons learned

A part of our university mission is moulding graduates who make a difference to the society, by making them aware that they belong to a privileged section (less than 5%) of India’s population who have had the fortune of graduating with a degree, and hence they have a responsibility to the 95% of the people of our country who did not have that good fortune. Making our graduates committed to the society’s welfare is the crying need of our education system. The value of social commitment must be inculcated into our graduates as a universal human value.

Our government is also seeing the need for such an objective in our education system. The importance given to NSS, Unnad Bharat Abhiyan, Swatchtha Pakhwada, mandatory requirement of 200 hours of community outreach by every student of engineering, etc. confirm the importance given to social commitment by our government. It is time that the importance given to social commitment and the tangible results achieved therefrom become a parameter for assessing the quality of a higher education institution.

FUTURE PLANS

What's coming?

Assam Don Bosco University considers Social Commitment as its institutional distinctiveness, serving as an Identity Badge for every student who has graduated from it. To realize this objective, a social commitment activity must become institutionalized, enduring and engaging continuously all our alumni for a long time. Our alumni association has agreed to a proposal to support the running expenses of a free residential school (no tuition fees, no hostel fees, no mess fees, no book fees) for the poor children of the North Eastern part of our country as a sign of living up to the value of social committment that they have imbibed while they were in the university. This project involves three main stakeholders.

1. Assam Don Bosco University that will provide the land and implement the project

2. One or more corporate houses that will provide CSR funds for creating the infrastructure for this residential school

3. Alumni of Assam Don Bosco University that will guarantee the sustainability of this project

The students admitted to this school should have: (i) passed class 5 despite their poverty, (ii) a desire to study and (iii) some ability to study. The school will have classes 6 to 10, and 11 and 12; first year after admission will be utilised for learning English, which will become the medium of instruction for the remaining years (classes 6 to 12). 5000 alumni will contribute Rs. 500 monthly to sponsor the running expenses of this school of approximately 500 students.


KEY STATISTICS

773

Teenagers catered to the educational needs

543

Faculty and students volunteering

100

Unemployed youths trained for free

7

Disaster Relief and Intervention Programme carried out

25

No of women in Adult Literacy Project

30

No of village women in Women Empowerment Program

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