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Open up windows for poor, General Councillor tells varsity board


By C.M. Paul
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Guwahati, Mar. 8. Salesian General Councillor for Youth Ministry and patron of Salesian University Dr Fabio Attard, addressed 16 members of the joint board meeting of Assam Don Bosco University saying, ''I am impressed by the highly qualified assembly of so many people helping in this march, is highly encouraging.''
On a five day visit to Guwahati province Fr Attard addressed the joint meeting of the Board of Management and Governing g Board of ADBU, 7th March. It is the first time that a General Councillor addresses an ADBU Board Meeting.

Earlier in the week on 4th March, Dr Attard addressed the students of the School of Technology and the School of Social Sciences separately.

Presenting the worldwide Salesian experience in the university sector Dr Attard reminded the members of catering ''to the higher education of lower middle class, brings with it a certain type of requests and financial demands.''

''Those who are working for lower income groups today are having a bumpy road,'' stated Dr Attard sharing the challenges of over 10 Salesian Universities in South America.

He encouraged board members to come up with novel ways ''to open up windows for poor and low income families,'' with scholarships and patrons as ''given the little help our students are breaking the cycle of poverty... we have success stories of many people ... because we have helped.''

''We need to be inventive and creative, tap former students, forge partnerships with industry institutions,'' he asserted.

Chancellor of ADBU Fr V.M. Thomas affirmed that we have short cuts for making financial self reliance by opening up more top grade Don Bosco Schools in Guwahati city which gets more than 2,000 admission requests each year.

ADBU Governing Board member and alumnus of Don Bosco Halflong, a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance Dr Subimal Bhattacharjee, affirms, ''it is a privilege and honour for me, to witness growth of the school which started off from incomplete buildings and brought honour to the town bringing top results in the state.''

Another alumnus of Don Bosco Liluah and former Director of IIM Shillong Prof. Ashok Dutta believes ''Don Bosco can contribute a lot in the field of higher education.''

Board member, Vice Chancellor of Cotton College University Guwahati Prof Saikia encouraged ADBU to continue ''focus on education, health and environment.''

The ADBU Vice Chancellor Dr Stephen Mavely briefed the board about the first cluster of buildings and facilities being completed for the new academic year starting July 2015.

Besides quarters for 55 staff members, hostels for over 500 students, facilities cover over 200,000 sq feet.
Sport facilities at Tapesia Garden include one football court, 3 basketball courts, 3 volley ball and 3 badminton courts with a parking lot for over 100 vehicles.

Two major water reservoir being completed would cover over 12 acres with two water tanks of two lakhs liter capacity each. Water from four bore wells could also be bottled.

While four kilometers of road is completed, two kilometers more road is being built.

In the plantation sector, 2,000 rubber trees, 800 coconut trees are planted while preparations to plant nutmeg, medicinal and aromatic plants are afoot.

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