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Education Conference " Empowered by Knowledge, Driven by Skills" organised by DBI


By Father Bivan R. Mukhim
Guwahati, May. 26. The former governor of Meghalaya Shri Ranjit Shekhar Moshahary said that knowledge is to be used for the betterment of the society. ''Education is for service,'' and encouraged the teachers to help the students to be service minded. He was speaking at the inauguration of the 8th National Conference on Education for Teachers organized by Don Bosco Institute at its campus on May 26. The theme of the National conference is ''Empowered by Knowledge, Driven by Skills.''
The former governor stressed on the role of the teachers in empowering the students of the present generation. He said that the outcome of poor education system is lack of good citizens. ''We need to have citizens who are kind, truthful and courteous and not who are superstitious, jealous and hateful,'' he said. Shri Moshahary added that human values should not be neglected while interacting with students in the classroom.

Lauding the Don Bosco Institute at the initiative of organizing the National conference he said that Don Bosco create human beings who have the qualities to become responsible human person. He challenged the participants to be good teacher so that we are able to create good citizens in the society. He spoke of the role of teachers in molding society. ''Teachers' role is not only to give and to make students score marks but to succeed in life,'' he added.

The Salesian Provincial of Guwahati Rev Father VM Thomas in his address said that the world is changing very fast and that young people are changing along with it. He spoke of the capabilities and capacity of the young people of the region and said North East youth are being loved and recognized everywhere because of the inborn talents in them. ''The youth of North East can transform societies,'' he said. He also said that we cannot blame the society for the lack of opportunities but need to create opportunities in school for young people to grow. ''Do not look at the past and the lack of opportunities, but empowers the students in your schools with knowledge and skills that are available today,'' he added.  

Father Johnson Parackal, the Director welcomed and felicitated the chief guest and the participants. He wished that the participants build a better educative community through skills that are available in the school. The book entitled ''Life Skills for the 21st Century'' authored by Fr. John Parankimalil, the Principal of Don Bosco College of Teachers Education, Tura was released by Shri Ranjit Shekhar Moshahary.

The students performed prayer dance and a theme presentation. In the afternoon, students from different city schools participated in the students' panel ''Skill Education: Harnessing Possibilities'' moderated by TV artist and presenter Mrs. Tinnat Masood.          
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