The National Science Day

The Department of Zoology, in collaboration with EcoClub celebrated the National Science Day on 1st March, 2021. The Theme for this year’s Science Day is “Future of STI: Impacts on Education, Skills, and Work”. The day-long programme commenced with a welcome address by Ms. Dhritimoni Goswami, followed by the inaugural speech by Professor JN Vishwakarma, Director, School of Life Sciences. Professor Vishwakarma fascinated the audience with his profound knowledge and advocated on the need for taking science to the masses. An Annual Calendar 2021, designed by Miss Sangeeta Das, was released by Dr. Monmoyuri Baruah, Director, School of Fundamental and Applied Sciences. 

 

The events conducted in the first session included Lockdown Treasury, where students’ creative forms of art during the lockdown were showcased; and Campus Bird Count 4.0: A Presentation on Avian Diversity in Assam Don Bosco University  by Miss Sangeeta Das. The campus bird count is an annual event at Assam Don Bosco University which unveils some amazing species of birds spotted on our campus. A pre-event video presentation competition, Biology for the Young ‘un, was also organised with the aim of using one’s skills in explaining everyday scientific phenomena to young minds, particularly school kids!

In the second session, a Documentary ‘Three Identical Strangers’ was featured. The celebration concluded with a note of appreciation by Miss Emma Magdalene Nonglang, Student Coordinator of the Event. 

Certificate of Application From Health Department

The University is glad to share with you the Appreciation Certificate and Plaque we received from the Dept. of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Assam in recognition of the University’s contribution during Covid19 pandemic. The Certificate reads “The valuable contribution made by your esteemed institution in the fight against Covid19 in the State of Assam will be remembered for posterity. The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Assam takes utmost pride in honouring your distinguished institution as a mark of gratitude on behalf of the people of Assam”

Distribution of Food Packages
With many families being forced to stay at home to prevent further spread of Covid19, a new challenge was afoot – shortage of food. The University got permission from local authorities to distribute food packages to those who needed the most. Families were identified by the local authorities, food packages were prepared by volunteers from the University and were distributed to 1500 families. Food packages were also distributed to stranded construction workers and tea garden workers. The villages covered are Hatimura, Upper Tapesia, Amgdin, Belguli, Bamunkhat, Khulkhuria, Uralbasti, Sonaru Batali, Laflonggaon, Damrapathar, Hirapara, Ghogua, Hohara and Somata under Sonapur Circle and Keotpara under Azara Circle.

Counselling Services

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the concern for mental health rises sharply due to the unprecedented stress, anxiety and uncertainty among people of all walks of life. As a response to this situation, the University’s Department of Psychology and Counselling stepped up in providing mental health services through tele-counseling in collaboration with DHARA HELPLINE, receiving calls from the COVID19 front liners fraternity. The tele-counselors had also attended training and discussion sessions on tele-psychology and tele-counseling hosted by Global Pandemic Response Forum under eminent psychologists and psychiatrists prior to volunteering for this service. The Department of Psychology and Counseling has a faculty strength of 3 Clinical Psychologists, 3 Counseling Psychologists/ Psychotherapists and a Special Education Trainer (Ph.D) promoting mental wellness.

Online Classes and Examination

At the outset of the outbreak of Covid-19 and the beginning of lockdowns, the University immediately took action and started conducting online classes through various platforms including Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco Webex etc. With the admission season caught up in the middle of this pandemic, entrance tests platforms were designed quickly and entrance test for BTech, MTech, MCA and MSW were conducted successfully. Following the UGC’s Expert Committee’s recommendations and guidelines regarding examinations in the Universities, the University immediately took steps without a pause and successfully conducted online examinations for its final semester students using the University’s Online Examination Portal and mobile app designed for the examinations.

A Symphony of the World

To commemorate the International Mother Language Day, the American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) , one of our collaborative partner Universities is organizing Folklore 2021 – A Symphony of the World, a virtual international celebration of folk musical performances from around the globe! on Zoom, in which our University also is participating.

The main event will be on 21 February 1:30 pm IST. You can join the Zoom Meeting through https://zoom.us/j/94716519639?pwd=WitXOGRudnZFejdDaGtWYS9EVTdRUT09
Zoom Meeting ID: 947 1651 9639, Passcode: 938030

ICERME-2021: International Conference on SDG-7

Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) of India, being appointed as the leader of the cluster formed by the International Association of Universities for SDG-7, organized an Online International Conference on Emerging Renewable and Modern Energy (ICERME-2021) on the theme “Access to Affordable, Reliable, and Modern energy services to all” under its Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) of ADBU, in collaboration with Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, Sikkim Manipal University, India during 12-13 February 2021.

A total of 18 research papers on sustainable development and clean energy were presented on this global agenda. ICRME-2021 brought together researchers, educators, students and policymakers from various nations including Bhutan, Algeria, Thailand, UK and India, across academia, government, industry and non-governmental organizations to discuss, share and promote current works and recent accomplishments in various aspects of green energy sector.

ICERME-21 also featured a panel discussion titled “Synergies and trade offs between sustainable development goals and targets, with special reference to SDG-7“. The panel discussion of the conference was aimed at bringing some pertinent issues to the attention of the policymakers, budding researchers, innovators, industry professionals and the intelligentsia of the global community. With the active support and participation from various reputed institutions including IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, Royal University of Bhutan, SMIT Sikkim, NIT Silchar, Tezpur University, Assam Engineering College, RedLemon Technologies, etc., the International Conference concluded successfully.

Sustainable energy generates opportunity – it transforms lives, economies and the planet. There are tangible health benefits to having access to electricity, and demonstrable improvement in wellbeing. Energy access, therefore, constitutes a core component of the sustainable development agenda for energy. Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG-7), as set by the United Nations General Assembly, aims to correct the enormous imbalance by ensuring everyone has access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services by the year 2030.

Entrepreneurship Development through Aquarium and Ornamental Fishery

The Department of Zoology, Assam Don Bosco University in collaboration with Fishfed, Department of Fisheries, Government of Assam organised the 10th Lecture on “Entrepreneurship Development through Aquarium and Ornamental Fishery” as part of the Lecture Series ‘Science Behind Nature’ on 23 January 2021.

The lecture was delivered by Dr. Sanjay Sarma, State Fishery Coordinator, World Bank Funded APART Project, Fishfed, Government of Assam. Dr. Sarma shared his views on Entrepreneurship Development through Aquarium and Ornamental Fishery. The participants interacted with Dr. Sarma through the Question and Answer session wherein Dr. Sarma answered their questions and also shared a few tips with them on the management of this type of Fishery. The participants were motivated to take up Fishery as an alternative source of income as well as for aesthetics purposes.

One Day Entrepreneur Programme organised for Students

A one-day Online Programme for the students of the college on ‘Entrepreneur: Idea to Execution’ was organised on Wednesday 13th January 2021 by PRIME (Promotion and Incubation of Market-driven Enterprises), a comprehensive programme launched by the Government of Meghalaya.
The Online Programme was animated by Mr Flo Oberhofer, a social entrepreneur and Program Head of PRIME Start-up Hub seeks to create and promote an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state. He has taken up the charge of mentoring aspiring start-ups that are based across a plethora of fields, industries, and are harbouring at diverse stages.

The PRIME Start-up Hubs are centres for innovation, knowledge sharing, incubation, and skill development. PRIME, through its numerous initiatives and programs, imparts thorough guidance to budding entrepreneurs, encouraging them to translate their innovative ideas into business, and further, sustaining them in the long-run by actively mentoring them.

This interactive knowledge session, exclusively for the students of Don Bosco College – Tura, aims at guiding the students to take the next steps and turn their pioneering entrepreneurial thoughts into reality.

Principal Fr. Bivan Rodriques Mukhim welcomed the resource persons and the participants and wish that the programme transform the students to become entrepreneurs.

College celebrates National Youth Day

The Red Ribbon Club- Don Bosco College, Tura under the aegis of Meghalaya Aids Control Society celebrated National Youth Day / Vivekananda Jayanti today, the 12th January 2021. The theme of this year’s National Youth Day was Youth for Nation Building and the deliberations were on responsibilities of youth towards nation building woven together with health and life. While Fr. Bivan R. Mukhim, Principal, Don Bosco College Tura and Dr. Barbara S. Sangma, the Red Ribbon Club Nodal Officer of the College harped on youth and the ideals of Swami Vivekananda during the Inaugural function, the main thrust of the National Youth Day was Awareness on HIV & AIDS. The celebration was in two parts: the morning and afternoon sessions.

The Chief Guest of the Morning Session was Dr. Marwin R. Sangma, District Medical and Health Officer, West Garo Hills, Tura and he spoke on the spread of AIDS and the need to contain the malaise. He encouraged the students gathered for the programme that they do a lot to contribute to the over-all development of the country, beginning from creating awareness of HIV & AIDS.
The Resource Persons Dr. Rajamoni Marak MD, I/C ICTC and STI/RTI and Nodal Officer ARTC, Tura Civil Hospital gave a comprehensive presentation on HIV & AIDS and Ms. Narbecca Momin, Clinical Psychologist, Tura Civil Hospital also made a presentation on Mental Health with particular reference to HIV & AIDS patients.
The afternoon session was played out through a beautiful concept suggested by Meghalaya Aids Control Society. As a mark of effort to spread awareness about HIV & AIDS the students decorated a tree at William Point, Tura with red ribbons and cards carrying poignant messages signaling a message of solidarity and empathy with those suffering from HIV & AIDS and those who have from it.

The Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills Shri Ram Singh IAS was the Chief Guest. He spoke on the occasion and left a very pertinent message for the youth to be self-reliant, positive, constructive and to believe in oneself. Later the Deputy Commissioner administered a pledge of National Youth Day and hung the first card on the branch of a tree.

NESAC balloons launching

The North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) on 11 January 2021 conducted a demonstration presentation of tethered balloon and meteorological balloon launching at Tapesia Campus, in collaboration with the Department of Physics.

Dr. Arup Borgohain, NESAC Scientist gave a presentation in the Auditorium prior to launching tethered balloon/ kytoon with atmospheric science payload & an attached GPS sonde and meteorological balloon in front of Bosco Café.

This experiment is a part of NESAC’s campaign for the vertical profiling of aerosol and meteorological parameters over 4 selected places in North East region viz. Cherrapunji, Tapesia, Dhubri and Dibrugarh.

Tethered balloon filled with hydrogen gas with attached GPS sonde was launched 4 times per day at 6 hourly intervals for 5 days and meteorological balloon was also launched 8 times a day at 3 hourly intervals for 1 day.

The launching of balloons was witnessed by the Vice Chancellor, Fr. Dr. Stephen Mavely along with Dr. Samrat Dey, HoD, Department of Physics and faculty, staff and some research scholars.

INTERNATIONAL POETRY WRITING COMPETITION

Dr. Barbara S. Sangma, Associate Professor and Head of Department of English, Don Bosco College, Tura has been awarded with a Certificate of Appreciation for bagging the First Prize in the INTERNATIONAL POETRY WRITING COMPETITION conducted by All India Forum for English Stuents, Scholars and Trainers (AIFEST) in November 2020. Dr. Sangma has entered her poem entitled “A Crown, Anyone?”- a metaphorical and ironical take on COVID-19 Pandemic in the Open Category. The college is proud that one of its Professors competed with thousands other poets and writers from thirty-one counties of the world and emerged First.

The poem-reading has already been uploaded on You-Tube and her poem will feature in an Anthology of Poetry which is coming out soon.