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Don Bosco Communications South Asia plans to take on new challenges

By Bivan Mukhim
Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga (Right) felicitates Fr. Antony Earathara, the outgoing Delegate of Don Bosco Communications, South Asia, as Fr. Joaquim Fernandez (Centre) the new Delegate looks on.
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Guwahati, Apr. 28. The Management Council of Don Bosco Communications (BOSCOM), South Asia, consisting of 14 delegates from the different provinces of India, met at Kharguli, Guwahati, on 25-26 April to discuss the role of the commission in South Asia Region and plan for some up coming events. The meeting was hosted by Don Bosco Institute (DBI) Guwahati at its breathtaking campus overlooking the majestic Brahmaputra.
Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga, the Regional Councillor of South Asia, who was present at the meeting spoke to the members and said that the Salesians need to give a new dimension to the communication ministry in South Asia Region. ''We need to create a writer's forum to make the Salesians in India heard,'' he said. ''We need to keep in mind the changing scenario in communication sector and come out with alternate and innovative means of ministry. While making the local ministry more effective, common ventures with specific thrust areas each year are also important. Being the bicentenary year of Don Bosco's birth, it is a great opportunity for the commission to think out of the box and come out with new plans and projects that address the problems and challenges faced by the new generation,'' Fr. Kanaga said.

The Provincial of the Salesian province of Guwahati Fr VM Thomas, while addressing the members said that Social Communication is an area of ministry with tremendous potential in the present and for the future. ''While playing a supporting role to all other sectors such as formation, education etc., the social communication team must think in terms of reaching out more effectively to more and more young people through its own initiatives,'' Fr. VM Thomas said.  Fr. Noel Maddichetty, SPCSA secretary was also present during the meeting and made concrete suggestions for the well organization of the social communication commission.

At the outset of the meeting Fr. Joaquim Fernandez of the province of Mumbai and secretary of BOSCOM, took charge of the Office of the Regional Delegate for Don Bosco Communications South Asia, having been appointed to that post by the SPCSA, as  Fr. Antony Earathara completed a term of three years.  Fr. A. Raj, the editor of Salesian Buletin, from the Province of Tiruchi, was then elected as the new Secretary of BOSCOM South Aasia.

Some of the deliberations made during the management Council meeting touched the following points :

1. The role to be played by the communication commission in the two big events that are coming up as part of the bicentenary celebrations of Don Bosco's birth, in New Delhi and Kolkata. A six minutes video will be prepared to be screened on the occasion, showcasing Don Bosco and the Salesian works in South Asia, and some of the illustrious Salesian alumni.

2. Re-designing and giving a face-lift to the regional web portal for the conclusion of the bicentenary celebrations.

3. Appointing a seasoned editor to edit Bosco Information Service (BIS) news so that the news reports will reflect better quality in terms of news writing.

4. Plans of revamping the Salesian Bulletin (English edition) as presented by Fr. A. Raj, its editor.

5. Holding a multi-city film festival - Don Bosco Bicentenary International Short Film Festival of India (DBBiSFFi) - towards the conclusion of the bicentenary celebrations.

6. Appointment of a full timer to co-ordinate communication ministry of the region, with an office in New Delhi.

The meeting concluded in the evening of the 26 April with the members joining together to sing a hymn to Don Bosco. Earlier, the participants had a glance of the numerous cultures of the North East during a cultural evening organized by the students of Don Bosco Institute (DBI) to welcome the members of the Management Council to the institute and to North East.



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