by Mr. Ian Lemos
AHMEDNAGAR-MAHARASHTRA, FEBRUARY 24, 2015: On February 20, 2015 the campus of Don Bosco Community College was throbbing with joy and excitement as 156 students graduated from the 8th batch of the project 'Skills for livelihood & Sustenance'. Rev. Fr. Elson Barretto was the Chief Guest for the programme.
The 8th batch was launched in mid October and after three and a half months the students successfully completed their training in various departments like: computers, electrical, tailoring, beautician, spoken English and typing. Among these, 109 students have appeared for government exams in their respective departments and have done exceedingly well. The highlight of this batch were the 8 blind students from the typing department, all of whom did exceedingly well and one of them getting a job in the collector's office.
The Graduation day function began at 11.00 a.m. with the lighting of the lamp and the students thanking God for His blessings. Fr. Thomas D'Costa (Rector) welcomed the gathering and also spoke about Don Bosco's worldwide mission. Fr. Elson – the Chief Guest expressed his joy on witnessing so many youngsters benefiting from the services offered at Don Bosco Community College. He also exhorted them to use the skills they learned at DBCC for the betterment of society and the world at large.
The distribution of certificates and prizes was followed by the speech of Fr. Rolvin D'Mello (Director); in which he encouraged the students to be the salt and light to the world (Matthew 5:13-16). The function ended with snacks and refreshments being served to those present.