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Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates Don Bosco Social-Technical Institute


By Fr. Bivan R. Mukhim
(Above) Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Sarbananda Sonowal, an alumnus of Don Bosco High School, Dibrugarh inaugurating the new centre at Tezpur. (Below) The officials at the dais during the inaugural programme.
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Guwahati, Aug. 17. Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, an alumnus of Don Bosco High School, Dibrugarh, on 16th August 2015 inaugurated the Don Bosco Socio-Technical Institute at Tezpur in Assam's Sonitpur district as part of the concluding programme of the Bicentenary Celebration of the Birth of Don Bosco of Guwahati Province. The concluding programme of the province brought together 500 youth leaders from the Salesian parishes and centres.
Present at the inaugural function were Vice-chancellor of Tezpur University, Dr. Mihir Kanti Choudhury and the Vice-chancellor of Cotton College State University Dr. Dhruba Jyoti Saikia and Tezpur MP Mr. RP Sharma.

The Institute was blessed by Rt. Rev. Michael Akasius, the Bishop of Tezpur while Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil SDB, the bishop in-charge of Jowai Diocese was the main celebrant at the Holy Mass. He spoke of the contributions of Don Bosco and the Salesians in North East India. Bishop Akasius Toppo of Tezpur was also present at the Holy Mass accompanied by Father V M Thomas, Provincial of Guwahati, the members of the Provincial council, Fr. Cletus Sabastian, the Director of the new centre, a large number of priests, sisters, religious and lay people.

While addressing the gathering the union minister lauded the Don Bosco society for the hard work put into transforming the society. ''Congratulations to Don Bosco Society for establishing this institute in Tezpur. The Northeast is a land of possibilities, potential and energy. It is not merely a land of problems. This institute will help the youth to be vibrant,'' the union minister said. He also praised the activities of the Salesians in areas pertaining to education and youth care. He encouraged them to augment the government initiatives in skilling India.

The Hon'ble member of parliament Shri R.P Sharma who was also a past pupil of Don Bosco spoke about the values he imbibed as a young person from the Don Bosco School he studied that has now helped him to reach where he is. Several other dignitaries who spoke commended the work that Don Bosco Fathers and Brothers and Sisters have been doing for the uplift of youth and improving the education scenario in the northeast.

Skills development has become a grave necessity today as educated unemployment is on the rise. The newly inaugurated institute will provide short-term skills training in such sectors as Security, Food & Beverages, Housekeeping, Nursing assistant, Basics in Computer, Spoken English and a host of other domains. The training is supported by the central government and the government of Assam thereby enabling the institute to offer these services free of cost. The institute will also undertake conflict-resolution activities as one of its major tasks. Assam and the northeast have been plagued by numerous inter-tribal and ethnic and religious conflicts. This institute intends to become a leaven of change in society by imparting peace and conflict resolution skills in educational institutions of Assam and encourage students to become peace volunteers, spreading awareness of peace and harmonious co-existence. In all this new initiative of the Don Bosco society in Tezpur is meant to transform the lives of youth of the region in days to come.
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