Don Bosco College Tura awarded ‘One District One Green Champion’ by MGNCRE

Don Bosco College Tura awarded ‘One District One Green Champion’ by MGNCRE

Don Bosco College Tura has been awarded by the Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education under the aegis of the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India “One District One Green Champion” Award for Swachhta Action Plan 2020-2021.

Only two colleges were selected from the State of Meghalaya St. Edmund’s College for East Khasi Hills District and Don Bosco College, Tura for West Garo Hills District. Altogether 400 colleges from the country were awarded by the ministry.

The Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills, Meghalaya Shri Ram Singh IAS handed over the citation to the Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura Rev Fr. Bivan Rodriques Mukhim SDB in an online webinar organised by the Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education. The webinar was attended by the Principals of Colleges and Schools of West Garo Hills.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest Shri Ram Singh IAS appreciated MGNCRE, Ministry of Education for setting up the District Green Champion, recognizing the Green efforts of colleges and schools all over the country. He appreciated the efforts of educational institutions that organised programmes in their respective institutions for a green and clean campus. He congratulated the Don Bosco College, Tura for receiving the District Green Champion and said that the Don Bosco College deserve the award because of the effort they undertook to keep their campus clean and imbibing in the students the need to do so.

He commended on the effort of the college who adopted villages and sending their students to undertake programmes in those areas. He however said that there are still lots of efforts to be put in to make the adopted villages and help them become self sufficient in many ways.

He called upon all those present in the webinar to join hand and come together to address the most important aspect of maintaining clean and green surroundings. He said that it is possible for head of institutions to come up with collected efforts from all stakeholders to work towards a greener campus.       

He handed the District Green Champion Certificate to the Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura.

Dr V Ravinder Ravi, MGNCRE Hyderabad congratulated Don Bosco College Tura, the recipient of the award and wish that other colleges and schools of West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya also take part in the swachhta action plan. He welcomes the Deputy Commissioner and thanked him for his availability to be part of the programme.

Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura presented the Swachhta Action Plan of the college. He highlighted the future plans of the college. One of the main thrust that the college wanted to do is to take forward the swachhta programme in the adopted villages. He informed that the college completed the External Green Audit undertaken by the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Shillong. The Green Club of the College under the chairmanship of Dr. Lilybell Ch. Marak and Dr. Sabindra Barman, Coordinator of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) of the college work really hard to achieve this feat. The constant support of the District Administration particularly of the Deputy Commissioner Sri Ram Singh IAS made this award possible for the District and in particular for Don Bosco College.

DBC Tura observes World Environment Day through Webinar


DBC Tura observes World Environment Day through Webinar

The Don Bosco College, Tura on 05th June 2021 joined the entire world to celebrate World Environment Day. To commemorate the event, the College organised a Webinar on the theme “Ecosystem Restoration through Stakeholders”

Shmt. Agatha K. Sangma, Hon’ble Member of the Parliament was the speaker and spoke extensively on the need to conserve the environment. She urges the students and the participants to do something to conserve the mother earth. She said that as a Member of the parliament she had great enthusiasm to safeguard the environment and said that she is ready to go out of herself to see that the environment is conserved by all.

Shri TTC Marak, IFS (Retd.), the Chairman of State Environment Impact Assessment Authority, Government of Meghalaya in his speech narrated the steps undertaken by the Government from earlier days to conserve the environment. He said that there is a great need to take care of the environment and successive governments in the state of Meghalaya have worked towards building a self reliance and a balance ecosystem in the state. He concluded by calling upon all to bring about awareness in the mindset to safeguard the environment.

Prof O.P. Singh, noted academician from the Department of Environmental Studies, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong delivered his message on the occasion and thank the Don Bosco College for giving the platform to speak on World Environment Day. He exhorted the students and the participants to avoid wastages and dumping of waste into the environment. He said in this way we can help in conserving the environment.

Others who spoke at the webinar included Shri Grebar Sonyo Ch. Marak, Forest Guard – Forest Department, Government of Meghalaya. Shri Abal Manda Sangma the Nokma of Romba A’dinggre. Shri Simpo D. Sangma, a Farmer and Shri James A. Sangma, a student of Don Bosco College, Tura. They shared their field of expertise in relation to the Environment.

The entire programme was conceptualized by the Department of Environment, Don Bosco College, Tura headed by Asst. professors Dr Aksana Neah Ch Marak, Head of the Department of Environment.

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
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.