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DBI hosts 6th National Conference on Education Confronting Challenges Facing 21st Century Education

By Fr. Bivan Mukhim
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Guwahati, May. 22. Guwahati: The incredible advancement of technology that characterizes our times continues to engender ever fresh challenges in the field of education. They demand that all educators, particularly heads of educational institutions cope with hitherto unforeseen challenges in social networks and the mixed fare they offer. Keeping these challenges in mind the Don Bosco Institute (DBI), Kharghuli organized a three days National Conference on Education on the theme Confronting Challenges Facing 21st Century Education beginning on 21st May 2014 with the main focus on technology in education and educating the Net Generation.
The key topics for discussion during the three days seminar are Creating New Partnership and Opportunities in Schools for the Digital Generation, Modeling Excellence and Strategies to Lead and Learn as a Principal. The seminar will also feature Students' Panel on the Impact of Tech on i-generation.

During the inaugural function Rev. Fr. V M Thomas Sdb, the provincial of the Don Bosco Salesian Province of Guwahati and a reputed educationist of the North East in his message said the young people in our country can emerge as the power of the world. This is possible if they are given the opportunities and the chances. 'The young people are so talented and capable, but are deprived of the opportunity to become what they are,' said Fr. Thomas. Young people need motivation to build their dreams and shape their lives for their better prospect and the future of the nation.

He used the metaphor of the mighty Brahmaputra which flows so serene on its banks. He said that there are plenty of resources, but people are not making use of the resources from it. So too with the young people in the schools. There is so much of talents in them but are not given the opportunity to bring out the best. He therefore exhort those present at the inaugural function to give ample opportunities to the students in schools to exhibit their talents. He concluded his message by saying that 'nothing great can be achieved if you do not dare to believe in yourself and the students,' he said.

The Chief Guest of the occasion Prof. Dhurbajyoti Saikia, Vice Chancellor Cotton College State University in his keynote address said that education is important to build a more equitable society. He also said that application of technology in today's education is the need of the hour. He requested the principals participating in the national conference to give sufficient opportunities to students to have discourse regarding intellectual matters as those discussions he said could provide platform for discoveries and inventions. 'There is a tremendous potentiality in the students. There could be an Albert Einstein in Majuli or a Steve Jobs in Barpeta, they will prove so only if they are given a chance. Therefore we have to give the best to the children of today, for they are the one to build the future of the country.'' Prof. Saikia said.

Education is about the society at large, and so when we deal with education we should remind ourselves on how education should benefit the society and to imbibe a spirit of strong sense of value to build a society of tomorrow, Prof. Saikia said.

Fr. Johnson Parackal Sdb, the Executive Director of Don Bosco Institute was the convenor and coordinator of the seminar. The students of the Institute performed variety of items to welcome the participants. The students of Natun Fatashil Town H. S School and Little Flower H. S School, Hatigaon also performed dances on various themes. The inaugural function concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Sr. Molly Kaniampadickal FMA.



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