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Delegates from Germany visit Don Bosco Institute Guwahati

By Fr. A. Jayaprakash
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Guwahati, Jul. 27. A team of delegates from Germany led by Dr. Thomas Helfen visited Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati on 27th July 2013 on an official visit to the Institution managed by the Salesians of Don Bosco of the North Eastern Province of Guwahati. Dr. Thomas Helfen  is the Head of the South Asia division of German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). With him were also delegates from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), and Reconstruction Credit Institute (KFW) of Germany.

The main purpose of the visit was to work out for future collaboration and cooperation in the field of vocational training and skill development of youth with DBI Guwahati. The delegates were received warmly and accorded also a colourful cultural welcome by the students and staff of DBI. The cultural program ably executed by the students started on a fitting note with the performance of a spectacular dance in which they expressed the nation's yearning for 'Freedom' from fear, hunger, hatred, loneliness, darkness and corruption.

Fr. V.M. Thomas, Provincial of Guwahati Province, pointed out in a message given by him that  the German Government has helped in a very significant way in the past in the establishment of Don Bosco Institute. He spoke eloquently also about the various youth development activities of DBI which have helped the youth of the region to 'come-up & shape' their lives. He referred to the visit of Mr. Rahul Gandhi to DBI in 2009, during which Mr. Gandhi had observed that the youth of the region were indeed capable and talented as anybody else from anywhere in the country. Fr. V.M. Thomas stressed on the need of more good educational and technical institutions in the region to cater to the capabilities of the youth and to help them develop their skills.

Fr. Johnson Parackal, Executive Director of DBI, said in his welcome address that the  German partnership with  DBI has given hope to thousands of youth who lack self confidence and are often frustrated because of the situation in which they live. Thereafter 'Incredible North-East', a dance fusion depicting the different cultures of the seven-sister States of North-East India colourfully presented for the august visitors the true cultural richness of the region.

While giving his Message to the students and staff Dr. Helfen thanked DBI for the overwhelming welcome accorded to him and to the team of delegates from Germany. He mentioned about the long standing relationship between India and Germany, and reiterated that Germany has indeed recognized the educational and developmental activities of the Indian Government, different NGOs and groups of the region. He averred that it is in this context that Don Bosco stands out as a highly important and significant partner in the overall agenda of development of the education sector in India.

Dr. Helfen concluded his Message expressing his  hope and wish that the professional lives of all the students would truly become as wonderful as their dances on the stage.
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