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Media Celebrate Don Bosco Day in Jorhat, Assam


By I-CARD Reporter
Media representatives of North East India meet at Life Plus to celebrate Don Bosco Day on 31 Jan, 2013
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Kolkata, Feb. 1. Institution for Culture And Rural Development (I-CARD) organized a special event for some North Eastern Media agencies on 31st January to celebrate Don Bosco Day at Life Plus, Jorhat. Representatives of six local newspapers and magazines, viz: The Ecletic, The Assam Tribune, Eastern Chronicle, Jan Sadharan, Asomiya Khabar and Amar Oxom gathered in Don Bosco Lotta, to celebrate and honour  this Media Giant, Don Bosco, who passed away 125 years ago on this day.
The celebration started with a cultural programme, compered by  Puspalata Mili, a school dropout now become Masters in Communication and Journalism. ''The meet was an honour to Don Bosco, a saint who was himself a Media giant'', said Fr. Thomas, director of I-CARD.

After highlighting the Media contributions of Don Bosco, Fr. Thomas invited the reporters to think how the Media personnel can make development happen rather than be mirrors to events. He pointed out that the Media need to turn from being passive spectators, often focusing only on the negative dimensions, and become proactive agents of community transformation. Fr. Thomas cited the example of Mr. Suryya Kr. Chetia, one of the local Media reps who, at his invitation, entered into discussions with the ITI, Jorhat and with ONGC, Nazira, inviting them to contribute to the employment related developmental initiatives of I-CARD. Both ITI and ONGC responded positively.

Fr. Thomas offered the I-CARD premises and facilities, together with free meals, to Media persons if they would like to conduct annual in-service training programmes for themselves or skill upgradation workshops.  ''I-CARD would be proud'', said Fr. Thomas, ''to collaborate in making the Media more professional and up to date''.

Mr. Suryya Kr. Chetia of Assam Tribune, and a few other Media persons had been ruminating  over the idea of starting an Upper Assam news agency based at Jorhat. I-CARD has offered all possible help to such a move. The 350 branches of Young Misings, based in as many villages, spread over 8 districts of Assam and 3 districts of Arunachal Pradesh, said Fr. Thomas, would be an apt hinterland for news dispersion and news gathering. Besides, the plans of I-CARD to set up an audio-video recording studio in its premises, supported with community radio, would be additional platforms in this venture.

The dropout students, trained by I-CARD, presented an hour long cultural programme of Mising tribal dances, as the Media persons were served ethnic items in bamboo plates at ''Haim Do:lung'', the food court of I-CARD.  

I-CARD is an N.G.O. founded by Fr. Thomas Kalapurackal SDB, for the cultural, social and economic development  of   Mising Tribe spread over Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The January 31 event is being planned as an annual event, honouring both Don Bosco and the Media.
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