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Salesian university's holistic education applauded

By C. M. Paul
The joint winners of Vice Chancellor`s Gold Medal for positive contribution to campus life Miss Sweety Mathew MBA and Mr Sanjay Chhettri M.Tech with Prof AN Rai and Dr Stephen Mavely.
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Guwahati, Sep. 21.  The rapid progress the Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) has made in the past five years came for much appreciation from the head of the organization that assesses and accredits institutions of higher education in India.
''It is indeed a matter of great pride that Don Bosco University with its modest beginning in the year 2008 has grown to encompass a wide array of courses in Engineering, Management, Social Sciences, as well as Distance and Online learning,'' said Amar Nath Rai, director of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.
Rai, who was the chief guest at the Salesian university's second convocation in Guwahati on Saturday, noted that the institution of higher learning has been stressing intellectual competency, social commitment while preparing knowledge professionals with holistic education.

He also hailed as noteworthy the university's commitment to inculcate in its students individualism, professionalism and scientific temper while rooting them on ethics and social values. ''Though I'm no stranger to this nascent university, I'm impressed by the rapid strides taken by it in terms of infrastructure, diversified academic activities and Service to the northeastern states,'' he added.

University Chancellor Fr V.M. Thomas urged the students not to give up when things go wrong. ''It is about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their passion for work too much to do anything less than their best.'' He added, 'Tough times never last. Tough people do.''

Fr. Thomas, who also heads India's 125,000 Catholic religious, applauded vice chancellor Fr. Stephen Mavely for taking the institution to ''greater heights of excellence'' despite several challenges.

Fr. Mavely outlined ADBU's progress over the past five years.

''From four courses in Engineering and Technology in 2008, today the University boasts of five Schools: School of Technology, School of Social Sciences, School of Applied Sciences, School of Commerce and Management, and School of Religion and Culture, conducting six undergraduate programs, eight post graduate programs, and a variety of doctoral programs in 13 disciplines.''

The Salesian priest said the university is all set to expand its course through the vast network of 42 colleges, 320 high schools and 123 technical schools the Salesian of Don Bosco manages in India.

The university now has 1,385 students for its campus programs, more than 600 of them availing of hostel facilities. It's Online and Distance Education wing, called DBU Global, has over 4,500 students, especially from abroad, pursuing a variety of study programs in Management and Information Technology.

ADBU networks and collaborates with 14 international and national institutes of higher learning.

Degrees were conferred on 298 students, and 11 medals under various categories were awarded to 9 outstanding graduates.


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