Monday, October 22, 2018


by Brother Jittin Mathew 

MUMBAI, OCT 22, 2018: Jannat Media Production in collaboration with Bosco Boys Home, Borivli organised a workshop on Personality Development for 20 children of the orphanage on October 14.

Pratima Karmarkar was the resource person for the workshop, and she stressed the importance of developing one's personality as it would help individuals make a mark on their employers or on society in general.

During the session that stretched for two hours, the boys were introduced to some soft skills with the help of creative and animated games. The session was well planned and divided into three parts, namely individual activities, partner activities, and group activities.

For the individual activities, the boys were given common tasks to perform and were evaluated on the basis of accuracy and spontaneity. For the other two activities, the boys were asked to prepare mimes and skits.

“Personality development goes a long way in reducing stress, conflicts and helps you develop a positive attitude in life. It helps an individual to inculcate positive qualities like punctuality, flexible attitude, willingness to learn, friendly nature, eagerness to help others,” Karmarkar said.

Deacon Romero D’Souza, the prefect of the boys, thanked Karmarkar and Director of the Media House, Nizamuddin Shah for their generous gesture towards the orphanage.

“Many of these activities were conducted and performed to help the boys develop their confidence and help them to express themselves more freely and explore their talents. I would like to thank the management and staff of Bosco Boys Home and Technical Institute for the support and co-operation offered towards us and for the good work they are doing and continue to do. God bless them,” Shah said.

“I really enjoyed the workshop and training they gave. I now feel confident to speak in front of the crowd, with the techniques shared in the workshop,”  Naval Mane, a youth, said. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018


by Ashish Rajkumar Sanglikar

MUMBAI, OCT 19, 2018: Students of Don Bosco Junior College, Pune participated in an awareness rally on Janajagruti Abhiyan relating to the environment, health, education, cleanliness, and road safety as a part of their co-curricular activity and Green Alliance on October 17.

Rajesh Yedlellu, the coordinator for Green Alliance, organised the rally, which began with students cleaning the area outside the college campus. They then marched from the school campus through the interior areas of Yerwada. The students held banners and posters to stress on their message.

The students also raised slogans such as Beti Bachao – Beti Padao (save the girl child -educate her), Jal Hi Jeevan Hain (water is life), Helmet Lagao - Jaan Bachao (wear a helmet- save life), Na Karo Cigarette Ka Sevan (do not consume cigarettes), Plastic Bandh (Stop using plastic), Prayavaran Ki Raksha Deshi Ki Suraksha (Protect the environment, protect the nation), Mobile off - Seatbelt on (Switch off your mobile, put on your seat belt).

The students interacted with commuters during the rally, making them aware of the importance of a clean and safe environment. They also performed a nukkad natak or street play to draw the attention of the local residents to environmental and social issues.

“Environment protection needs priority and such rallies draw the attention of many who are so engaged in their work ignoring the environment and social issues,” Julekha Myageri, a teacher who accompanied the students, said.

“During the rally, I stressed more on girl’s safety and spoke to the local residents about it and urged them to value and respect a woman, and support girls’ education,” Sapna Vishwakrama from standard 11, said.


by Sunita D’Souza

MUMBAI, OCT 19, 2018: Over 3,600 students from 97 Mumbai-based schools participated in a one of a kind Josephite Festival, which included 70 competitions, hosted by St. Joseph's High School, Wadala, as part of its centenary year celebrations from October 5 to 7.

The competitions included students exhibiting their talents, promoting arts and culture, through classical music and dance, mono-acting, storytelling, clay modelling, folk dances, drawing, craft, mimicry among others.

“Let not your lamp be hidden under the bushel. God has given us lots of talents. The Josephite Festival helps to bring out the hidden talents of

our children. Let our children shine in the world,” Father Diego Nunes, the Principal said.

The past-pupils of the institution also used the festival to create awareness about organ donation with ‘A Million Pledges’ stall. They were joined by a team from Greenline, a Salesian Go-green initiative.

At the grand finale, the Chief Guest, the Provincial Secretary of the Mumbai Province, Father Vinod Mascarenhas
congratulated everyone. “Each one of you goes home a winner having won a friend, goodwill and respect,” Father Mascarenhas said. 

“It is a pleasure to see so many students right from KG (kindergarten) to standard 10 coming to St. Joseph’s, mingling with each other in a healthy, competitive spirit. The talent they showcased was a veritable treat,” Sangita Bhattacharya, the headmistress, said.

Youth used the platform to exhibit talents in a competitive environment. “I got a chance to display my talent, had a lot of fun and I will cherish this memory all my life,” Ria Livlyn Thomas from St. Anthony Girls’ High School, Chembur said.

“St. Joseph’s has created a platform for students to portray their talents and compete at the same time,” Ranveer from Victoria School, Mahim, said.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


by Barrington Serrao

MUMBAI, OCT 16, 2018: For the second consecutive year, the Sports Journalists Association of Mumbai (SJAM) handed Don Bosco High School, Matunga top honours on October 11, for being the best city-based boys school in sports, for a consistent display at the Mumbai School Sports Association, district and other events held in the academic year.

The awards ceremony was held at the CK Nayudu hall, Cricket Club of India, with noted sportspersons MM Somaya, Padmakar Shivalkar, Adille Sumariwalla and Yasin Merchant distributing the prizes.

Being a powerhouse of sports, there are numerous sportspersons and coaches at Don Bosco Matunga who have achieved collectively or individually and brought laurels to the school. However, given the restrictions, only a few could represent the school at the award ceremony. The school contingent included Principal Father Bernard Fernandes, Vice Principal Father Roy Noronha, Barrington Serrao, sports coordinator, and coaches Mohan Pillay and Javed Sayed.

Several prominent student sports achievers were also present: Yohaan Panjuani (football), Hriday Sangoi (chess), Sahil Jadhav (cricket), Kris Benson (football, hockey, athletics), and Ayush Hindlekar (tennis).

There were different categories of awards ranging from the best sportspersons among the current generation to those who shone earlier. Cricketers Prithvi Shaw and Jemimah Rodrigues, and Shooter Tejaswini Sawant were notable winners from the current generation, and SS Narayan, football/basketball, Mary D’Souza, athletics, Murlikant Petkar, Paralympics, and Ramakant Achrekaraa, the coach of Sachin Tendulkar, were awarded the SJAM Lifetime Achievement Awards.  


By Ratandeep Chawla

MUMBAI, OCT 16, 2018: Over 70 people participated in a free Healthy Mind Camp, which was organised at Prafulta, Andheri to mark World Mental Health Care on October 14.

Psychiatrists associated with Prafulta, Doctor Ruksheda Syeda and Doctor Wilona Braganza, along with the Director of Prafulta, Father Godfrey D’Sa, and Ratandeep Chawla and her team of volunteers conducted the camp. It was aimed at those who could not afford treatment for mental health conditions.

The task ahead seemed difficult because many did not even know that psychological help existed at Prafulta. There was quite a bit of planning involved in the process to ensure a smooth flow of events and Doctor Braganza coordinated the various requirements. "It felt good to give back to community psychiatry,"  Doctor Syeda said.

As the camp began, the doctors were present at OPD for four hours without a break, as patients from across the city attended the screening. A few who could not make it called and took further appointments with the doctors.

A patient who traveled all the way from Badlapur requested the organisers to conduct a similar camp in his area. “It is very good and humble work that the organisation is doing,” another patient said, requesting to be informed about future events.

“If they reach out to us, we are here, to ensure we provide mental health care for everyone,” Doctor Braganza said. 


by Jessica Augustine

MUMBAI, OCT 15, 2018: One hundred and twenty-five students from Bosco Boys Home and Technical Institute, Borivli participated in a session on Rights of Children with reference to POCSO Act, 2012 and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 which was conducted by Doctor Chhaya Shah, Advocate Aarti Shah and Doctor Sabeena Gonsalves on October 12.

Deacon Romero D’Souza, the vice principal of the Institute, welcomed the guest speakers and thanked them for the initiative and service offered to the Institute. The session was organised as part of the many initiatives and awareness programmes conducted for the students to help them mature into good human beings.

The session began with Doctor Shah explaining how children are the future of our nation and hence it is our responsibility to ensure their welfare and protection of their interests. She discussed the Constitutional provisions relating to children and elaborated on the burning issue of Juvenile delinquency through cases and important provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. She concluded the discussion by emphasising on the reformative theory of punishment and that it is the moral duty of each stakeholder to protect the interests of children.

Advocate Shah then made the students aware about the help offered under the POCSO Act 2012 (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) to punish the abusers (saaja), and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 to mend their ways (sudhar).

“Being an Advocate is a noble profession. Law is a system of rules that regulates and ensures that individuals or a community adhere to the will of the state and help in the progress and development of the society,” Advocate Shah, said.

“This session made me contemplate about how society has become so insensitive towards another life. The crux of the matter was not to be a victim or fall into the category of a juvenile delinquent but as a responsible young citizen we too should empathize and be vigilant and safe. It was indeed an enriching and effective session,” Chiraj Shah, a student, said.

“I would like to thank the management and staff of Bosco Boys Home and Technical Institute for the support and co-operation offered towards us. I was impressed with the maturity of the students and the positive responses, which we received from them. I hope that the message given to them may spread to many more youngsters and together through their lived example and deeds we may be able to do something good for the society,” Gonsalves, the coordinator of the event, said.