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Salesian university plans special projects to help northeast students


By C. M. Paul
Vice-Chancellor Fr Stephen Mavely & Chancellor Fr VM Thomas.
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Guwahati, Sep. 18. The Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) has announced a plethora of scholarships to help for students from northeastern India.

''The Don Bosco Society is in northeast India for the last 90 years, and both the vice-chancellor and I have been serving the region for the past 50 years,'' Chancellor Fr V M Thomas told a press meet today at Guwahati on the occasion of the university's annual convocation.

''We are not a fly-by-night company, but we are here to stay,'' asserted the priest who is also the president of Don Bosco Society Guwahati.

According to him, setting up the university has been ''an ambitious project'' carried out by vice chancellor Fr. Stephen Mavely, who was the principal of Shillong's St. Anthony's College for 15 years.
The priest, who is also the head of India's 125,000 Catholic religious, regretted that some 50,000 students from the region leave the region for higher studies in other parts of India. Such a trend, is ''huge brain drain, as well as financial loss for the region,'' he added.

''We want to arrest this migration, loss of brain and money by setting up the university in Guwahati, the gateway city of northeast,'' he added.

The vice chancellor Dr Stephen Mavely listed some schemes already in place through DBU Global, ADBU's distance education program which has some 5,000 people registered from all over the world.

''Each year we plan to give 1,000 northeastern students full scholarship for our online Bachelor's degree courses in Business Administration and Computer Application. He also announced scholarship for families with single girl child,'' Fr. Thomas said.

DBU Global's other partial scholarship schemes include: Samarthan - Defense - for Serving / Retired members of the Defence Services of India as well as their spouses and dependent children are entitled to a scholarship amounting to 25 percent of the Tuition/Academic Fees.

Another scheme is Avalanab - Disability - People with 40 percent or more disability, with a Certificate of the same, are entitled to a scholarship amounting to 25 percent of the Tuition/Academic Fees.

Saathi - Candidates working in the Non Profit Sector, either Social (NGO) or Religious Organizations, are entitled to a Scholarship amounting to 40 percent of the Tuition/Academic Fees.

Sangee - Ex Don Bosco Alumni - Students who have cleared either tenth or twelfth grade from any Don Bosco School in India, are entitled to a scholarship amounting to 25 percent of the Tuition/Academic Fees.

Sadhak - Performer - Students with 75 percent and above marks in the twelfth, and 70 percent and more in graduation (all year average), are entitled to get 3 percent scholarship in PG Programs.

Protsahan - Students with 75 percent and above in tenth and twelfth grades will get 30 percent scholarship in UG Programs.

Another scheme to benefit economically backward but meritorious students is free education for 1,000 high school students from northeastern India who will have a residential school in the permanent campus at Tapesia.

Apart from these schemes, the university assists students to take 'Education Loan' from banks through the University Development Office. The university has a tie-up with Punjab National Bank, North East Region, for this purpose. It also collaborates with the State Bank of India, North Eastern Circle.
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