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Don Bosco Institute of Management Holds Its 1st Graduation Day

By Fr. Fernandez sdb, Associate Director
Guwahati, Jun. 12. Another red letter day in the annals of Don Bosco Institute of Management was the first graduation of the institute on 11th June, and since DBIM is a constituent unit of the Assam Don Bosco University, it was also the very first graduation function declared by the University.
The function was held in the Saraighat Hall of the institute, presided over by Shri Soumitra Kumar Ghatak, Knowledge Mentor, Milagrow Business & Knowledge Solutions, with Dr. (Fr.) Stephen Mavely, Vice-Chancellor, ADBU, as the guest of honour. Other dignitaries included Dr. Basil Koikara, Registrar, ADBU, Dr. Pradip Kr. Sarmah, Executive Director, Centre for Rural Development and Mr. Nirjhar Chakravarty, AGM, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Ltd, Kolkata. Present were the parents of some of the graduating students as also other invitees.

After the opening prayer song, homage was paid to Stevenson Sona who had passed away on 6th October 2010 in a tragic road accident, by the lighting of a candle and a minute of silence was observed, for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

''Inside of you'' summed up the content of the theme song rendered in voices by the choir of DBI. Fr. V.M. Thomas, the rector of the institute, then welcomed all the guests, staff and students of DBIM, and specially the graduating class of 2011. He motivated the students to become the path breaking leaders of the society in their own spheres of work. He spoke to them of realizing the importance of shaping one's own life by himself/herself and becoming socially committed leaders. He emphasized the ideal, 'Give to the world the best and the best will come to you'.

Dr. Pradip Kr. Sarmah gave a very heart touching message on the social cum developmental activities that one needs to give importance to, while continuing their professional duties. He touched on the issues of the new rickshaw design which his Centre has developed with the help of IIT, Guwahati. He shared some wonderful thoughts and experiences dealing with the poor & homeless people in our society and how he came up with the idea of building cost effective home colonies for the poor pavement dwellers.

Dr. (Fr.) Stephen Mavely, Vice-Chancellor, ADBU, addressed his message to the outgoing students. He congratulated the students for achieving the fruits of labour i.e. the MBA degree that they have obtained after two years of hard work, followed by the good placements. He congratulated Fr. V.M. Thomas, the faculties and the whole Administrative group for making the day a reality. He shared the wants and demands of higher education students in the society. He guided the students to forget whatever sorrows or difficulties they faced in their stay at DBIM and to grab & nourish the good momentous occasions and grow from it. He told the graduating students of the permanent tag of 'Bosconian' which they have earned and to be proud of it.

Then came the 'waiting-moment' of the ceremony, the distribution of the Graduation Certificates. The VC of Assam Don Bosco University, Fr. Stephen Mavely, assisted by the Rector of Don Bosco Institute of Management, Fr. V.M. Thomas, handed over the certificates to the outgoing batch of students and congratulated them for their achievements. The icing-on-the-cake came with the distribution of wonderfully designed 'Prajjwal' Certificates to 7 students, who were deeply associated with the various social activities of the forum.

The wonderful Group Song by the 2nd Year students, entitled 'Hum rahe ya na rahe, yaad aayenge ye pal', really gave a nostalgic feeling to the whole function.

The Graduation Address by the Chief Guest, Shri Soumitra Kr. Ghatak, was very inspiring: 'We can't prepare the future for you, but we can prepare you for the future'. He told the students to 'remain hungry and foolish' for new knowledge. He recounted some very useful examples and proverbs to ignite one's mind. He spoke on the new blend of ROI, to promote growth & profit not only for the organization but also, for the society. He emphasized on the idea that management is not about surprises, but of predictability and responsibility.

Then came the moment of surprise - the newly instituted 'Julhash Ali Scholar Award', for the best student of the batch, in the academic, personal and social spheres. The coveted Award went to Ms. Prakriti Sharma, for her affinity towards the poor and socially deprived. Rupankar Das' final speech on the achievements and losses at DBIM, during their two years of stay gave the right ending to the Ceremony.

The graduating students, the second year students, the faculty and the management of DBIM met together for a time of reminiscences made visible through two AV programmes produced by the Institute, a sharing of experiences and sentiments and a fellowship meal, thus bringing to a happy and emotional close the experience of the first batch of DBIM, 2011, at the Institute.
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