Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BIS #5164 A SALESIAN IS NEVER TOO OLD TO PLAY

by Brother Sheldon Dias 

 

CHHOTAUDEPUR, JULY 25, 2017: Twenty-seven teams comprising of 243 youth from across Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, participated in the 7–a-side Past Pupil Cup at the Don Bosco Chhotaudepur football pitch on July 23.

 

The tournament – with an aim to provide an inclusive platform to both present and past pupils – drew youth in their numbers to rejuvenate the Salesian spirit. The tournament, a festive gathering of students of Don Bosco institutions in and around Gujarat, was organised by the past pupils of Don Bosco Chhotaudepur under the guidance of Brother Ramesh Durairaj.  


The tournament kicked off with an exhibition match between the students of standard six and nine. The first round was held on a knock-out basis, after which the remaining teams were divided under four leagues. A round robin format followed, which eventually led to a 'Champions League' final where CFC Don Bosco edged out Don Bosco Snehalya 1-0 on penalties to claim the title. 

 

The CFC Don Bosco team consisted of the past pupils of Chhotaudepur 2014 batch. They gifted the cash prize of Rs 5000 to the institute for encouraging the present generation in sports. "The team spirit was fantastic," Ganesh Rathwa, a member of the wining team, said. "All the pupils supported each other really well and the day has marked a brilliant end retaining the title for us."


"We were thrilled to host the 7-a-side Cup once again following the success of the event in previous years," Brother Durairaj, said. Vijay Rauji, past pupil of the institute now currently working with Reserve Bank of India, sports department, was the chief guest at the event. He said, "Don Bosco has always catered to holistic formation of every individual and students like me are examples of its success. Yes, it has been an important part of my life. Thanks to all the fathers and brothers who made this difference in my life."

 

Father Charlin Chandran from Alirajpur was invited to represent all the Salesians - priests and brothers - from the region, who joined in the game too. "Sports is really a powerful means, to unite all of us under the banner of Don Bosco, " Father Chandran said.

BIS #5163 INSPIRING GIRLS TO BECOME ENGINEERS

by Mehtab Shinde

 

PUNE, JULY 25, 2017: Twenty- seven girls of Don Bosco High School, Pune, attended a career guidance course conducted by the telecom giant Ericsson at Giga Space, Pune on July 21.

 

An eight-member human resources team of the company led by Pradnya, organised and animated an interactive session on telecommunications, especially for girls to enhance female contribution in the IT field.  They began with dividing the girls in three equal teams with three different colour bands.

 

The groups were then taken to different stalls to study the working system of Ericsson and other telecommunication companies. Anushka, Atul and Kanika, currently working with the company as engineers, taught the girls about evolution of the concept of generations from 1G to 4G. There were other stalls that touched on the history and innovations of Ericsson.

 

In the second session, the girls were taken for a short visit to the different floors of the office where they learnt about the different facets of the company.

 

"It was a wonderful experience, the workspace and their system of working has really impressed me, I always wanted to take science after tenth but now I will ensure that I will take up subjects that are necessary to take up engineering after twelfth," Fatima Shaikh from standard 10, said.

 

"It's a pleasure sharing our experience with such young enthusiastic girls who are so inquisitive and I am sure soon we will step into 5G when you join us," Rajesh, from Ericsson, said. The students finally departed with goodies and certificates of participation on behalf of Ericsson, Giga Space.

BIS #5162 ELECTRICIANS COOL OFF AT THE WATERFALL

by Father Bento D'Souza

 

KARJAT, JULY 25, 2017: Ninety four non-formal technical students of Don Bosco Yuva Sanstha (DBYS)and Mountain eco–spirituality adventure camp embarked on a trek to Vadapgav's waterfall mountain on July 22 to mark the end of the 22nd Training course for electricians at DBYS in Karjat.

 

Forty-six electricians, 18 refrigeration and air conditioning students, 13 welding students and 17 foundation students were part of the group that set out for the day-long picnic.  

 

The monsoon splash in the waterfall ended with the group enjoying the speciality of Karjat, namely vada pav and tea. In all, 440 student electricians have got trained at the institute in a span of three months. Many have been successfully placed.

  

Following the picnic, 22 electrical students were felicitated at the morning assembly. Students sang the Bollywood tune, 'Chalte Chalte mera ye geet yad rakhna', to bid farewell to the class of 2017. 

BIS #5161 SCIENCE ON A TRAIN

by Himshweta Dubey 

 

MUMBAI, JULY 25, 2017: Students from standard seven of St. Joseph's High School, Wadala visited the Science Train Exhibition, which is the first ever mobile-science exhibition, held at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus on July 20.

 

The 16-coach train stationed on platforms 10 and 11 was fitted with exhibitions on various themes, including biodiversity, wildlife conservation and temperature change. It gave students the opportunity to conduct experiments and participate in various environment-themed games.

 

The Department of Science and Technology organised the novel event to raise awareness about climate change. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had inaugurated the exhibition in New Delhi on February 19.

 

The students from St. Joseph's alongside their teachers Mansi Chavan and Manali Bhanushali reached the iconic train station at 9:45 am. They were taught concepts like biotechnology, diversity and adaptations. It was a knowledgeable experience for the young lads.

Monday, July 24, 2017

BIS #5160 DEVELOPING A SCIENTIFIC TEMPER

by Perpetual Nazareth

 

MUMBAI, JULY 24, 2017: Around 300 standard eight students from Don Bosco High School, Matunga, along with their teachers, had a celestial experience on July 20, as they embarked on a star-gazing mission to the Nehru Science Centre, Worli as part of an experience to enjoy the basic principles and marvels of science and technology.

 

Given that – on July 20, 1969 - Neil Armstrong, had first stepped foot on the moon, the Science centre gave students an interactive show on the moon. The moon was projected on a giant animated 3D earth globe. This globe appeared to be floating in mid-air and even rotated on its axis.


"The show was fascinating. I came to know how the moon was formed, why it is spherical in shape and why it has craters," Craig D'Souza, a student, said. "We saw our planet Earth displayed as a giant 3D sphere. The oceans and our continents all looked so real."

 

"The information given in science on a sphere, about the moon made the students more curious to learn about our solar system," Nikki Sharma, a teacher, added.

 

The Science film "Alaska: Spirit of the Wild" was also screened and it took the students into the world of cold- where the director explored its rich history, varied wildlife and harsh climate. 


The film featured an abundance of Alaskan wildlife including the moose, bears, sea-lions, wolves, caribou and humpbacked whales. The 30 minute film was a perfect example of merging education with entertainment.

 

"I learnt a lot about the wildlife in Alaska, how they live in hibernation and also how they hunt for their food," Boris Fernandes, a student, said. "The movie on Alaska was an eye opener on how different species are becoming extinct due to global warming," a teacher added.

Friday, July 21, 2017

BIS #5159 VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FOR BMC NIGHT SCHOOLS

by BIS Correspondent

 

MUMBAI, JULY 21, 2017: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Matunga completed a Vocational Education Programme for more than 400 children, from 17 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) run night schools in Mumbai from October 2016 onwards.

 

The project was in collaboration with MASOOM organisation and included electrician, mobile repairing, beautician and two-three wheeler repairing courses. Night schools usually operate from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm and serve migrant and working class population.

 

DBDS staff conducted this programme twice a week for two hours each at all night schools. Students were motivated and eager to learn new skills. In addition to the experience gained, the programme also provided students with an extra income through DBDS placement assistance in the respective fields.

 

School dropouts and unemployed youth got a chance to equip themselves with skills required for employment. Youth already working got a chance to upgrade their pre-existing skill sets. Another positive result of the vocational education programme was that it saw an increase in the regular attendance of the night schools.

Father Rolvin D'Mello, executive director – DBDS, specially thanked Royal D'Souza and the entire outreach department of DBCL, Kurla (Mumbai) for supporting DBDS team in the implementation of this project.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

BIS #5158 SPREAD THE LIGHT: DON BOSCO TRAINS CITIZEN JOURNALISTS

by Chris Valentino 

MUMBAI, JULY 20, 2017: Don Bosco Communications, the media wing of the Mumbai Salesians of Don Bosco organised a two-day intensive seminar-cum-workshop for its media correspondents on July 18-19 at the sprawling Don Bosco Educational Campus at Matunga, Mumbai. 

Coordinated by Father Joaquim Fernandes, Regional Director of BOSCOM South Asia and Executive Director of Tej-Prasarini, over 60 participants availed of this opportunity to be trained in the rudiments of smart and sensible communication.

Dr Matthew Coutinho, Professor of Moral Theology at the Ratisbonne Theological College, Jerusalem initiated the proceedings and set the pace with his brief inaugural quip, "We need to be heralds of the good news with specific focus on communicating the truth in honesty, charity and with ethical sensibility." 

Presenting the Salesian Social Communication System, Father Fernandes, introduced the multi-faceted programme and invited the participants to "Be aware that we are creators, contributors and consumers in the 'digital continent' and that our playing field is the 'virtual playground'. What we write and post is out there for the entire world to see, since the Don Bosco Society is a mammoth network active in 132 countries," he said.

Karen Laurie, Editor, Bosco Information Service (BIS) accompanied the participants beginning with the 5W's + 1H formula, and walking them through the process of active reportage akin the La Pyramide Inversée model of news-writing. Covering the essentials Laurie demonstrated through interactivity, the know-how of 'headlines, bylines, the main content body and the wrap up'.

"It is extremely important to enable a logical flow of the event covered, or else one will be left riddled in the labyrinthic maze of heightened perplexity," explained Laurie, in her attempt to emphasise 'inclusion and avoidance' of certain debatable commonalities in the reports sent to the desk. Further on, the participants were guided to understand the process of 'interviewing, writing and publishing'.

Acclaimed journo couple, Shishir Joshi and Saira Menezes wafted in to a thunderous applause enlivening the closeted auditorium on a cloud-enveloped balmy Mumbai afternoon, adding the much needed zing to the communicative process. Drawing responses from the eager learners, pepped with his inimitable humourous sensibility, Joshi dwelt on the 'structure of the newsroom', the journalistic means and methods to cover a story by cutting off the noise while amplifying the significant. He enunciated, "Start with a 'hello'. Get into conversations, be relational, listen attentively, exchange pleasantries and engage in peacetime networking, if you wish to be a good reporter; for it is better to 'ask the horse' than rely on info gleaned from the chaotic social media." 

Thereafter, Menezes took over the reins and pressed on the pedal to get the participants thinking, doodling, and learning. With pertinent references to well-covered stories, Menezes' zesty presentation drove home the point succinctly, "If you want to be good correspondents, hone your skills to be comprehensive, engaging, relevant and interesting. There is a long way to go, yet you can make it if you think of yourself as a crossbreed with the depth of a hedgehog and the width of the hare."  


The evening was dedicated to "Stop Faking It: detecting, comprehending, fixing, confronting" the Fake News web of deceit. In a brief 30-minute presentation, Father Chris Valentino appealed that "we need to be informed citizens, act as catalysts to create and sustain a healthy ecosystem of truth-tellers amidst the alarmingly prevalent subgenre of misinformation and disinformation on social media platforms."

The news ninjas then clambered aboard into a bus, navigated through pothole-riddled, rain-distressed cho-a-bloc Mumbai homegoing traffic, to ascertain the ground reality at Don Bosco Centre for Learning Kurla, with Father Colbert DaSilva and Father Joseph Braganza who oriented the troop on "Writing for Success." 

Sabrina Alathi, video expert from Chennai, embarked on a dawn-to-dusk 'filmathon' on day two, with an extensive lecture-cum-practicum on 'Using Smart Phones for Social Change: Becoming a Pocket Filmmaker'. The participants went through the process of pre and post-production interspersed with visual learning, shooting and editing. "The creation should go beyond the creator and reach the end-user for whom it is envisaged; the onus hence rests on us who create videos to ensure intelligent deliverability employing the time honoured tips and techniques associated with filming," said Alathi. The participants were helped in the venture by the professional expertise of Nelson Fernandes, Founder-Director of Carnel Videos. 

The workshop comprised senior teachers, lecturers, media aspirants, media students and novice learners. "I just loved the entire programme," Aubrey Rebeiro said, adding, "The entire seminar was a learning experience." Simran Sharma, a media media student said, "I simply loved the entire thing. There is so much to learn and I enjoyed being a part of this workshop. I especially liked the presentation made by Karen." Perpetual Nazareth, a language teacher said, "It was wonderful. I had heard about it from one of my colleagues who had attended it the previous year and I was looking forward to being here. I loved the experience." 

Effusive appreciation justified the organisation of this timely programme, with the coordinating staff of Tej-Prasarini Don Bosco Communications and the hosts at Don Bosco Provincial House Mumbai hoping that 'learning would lead to action, and that action would conquer the fear of the mysterious, even as empowered reporters essay their roles responsibly'.

BIS #5157 YOUNG DON BOSCO ENGINEERS MOTIVATE RURAL CHILDREN

by BIS Correspondent

 

LATUR, JULY 20, 2017: What do most engineering students do after a gruelling round of semester exams? Relax and chill out, you would say. True. But for Kaustubh Morye, Sagar Mhashelkar, Vishal Manikades, Nitin Bohra, Shantanu Tekade, Ambesh Singh, all third year engineering students from Don Bosco Institute of Technology (DBIT), Kurla - it was different.

 

They volunteered to respond to an appeal from Latur district to conduct english speaking and personality development programmes in five zilla parishad rural schools from June 20 to 28.


The school children had a marathi medium background, so the objective was to help them reflect on the importance of english as well as to motivate and expose them to the english language. 

 

Using games, class room sessions, action songs, competitions as the play-way method, the volunteers got the eighth, ninth and tenth standard children to engage in english. The motive behind this programme was to encourage students to converse in english and overcome their fear, build confidence and support their effort at spoken english.

 

Principals and teachers of the schools supported the initiative and allowed the volunteers to extend their sessions as much as they wanted. It was observed that the young students' confidence increased and they took a liking to conversing in english. 

This engagement of city engineering students with rural children brought home a few realities to the DBIT students too, as they understood that despite their limited resources, the children from rural schools were determined to attend school and to dream big.

 

The programme was coordinated and conducted under the guidance of Royal D'souza, NSS head, DBIT Kurla, Father Anthony Santarita, Don Bosco Tech School project director and Kiran Patange, district coordinator – RMSA Project.  The Don Bosco Tech trainers Chetan, Ganesh, Sonali and Omkar also helped in the endeavour.

BIS #5156 PTA, STAFF COLLABORATE

by Father Cedrick Sankul

 

SAVEDI, JULY 20, 2017: Punctuality, attendance, dangers of watching cartoons, health, hygiene, sports, extra-curriculars and homework were some of the issues addressed at the first Parents Teacher Association (PTA) for Don Bosco Vidhalaya, Savedi in Ahmednagar held on July 15.

 

Parents of students from kindergarten to standard eight were present at the meeting, which began with a prayer by Father Cedrick Sankul, the principal of the school. Sushmita Padale, a teacher, who anchored the meeting, welcomed the management and the staff along with the parents.

 

Father Vishwas Pereira, the manager and the rector of the institution, addressed the assembly and urged parents to have self-discipline for their family and to keep their wards away from mobile phones. Father Sankul then highlighted certain issues and issued clarification on doubts like uniform and fees expressed by parents.

BIS #5155 BASTI WOMEN TRAINED TO BE ENTREPRENEURS

by Royal D'Souza

 

MUMBAI, JULY 20, 2017: While the cash-guzzling conglomerates, with deep pockets, grab the headlines in India, it is the small-scale establishments that struggle to feature. One such establishment is the Don Bosco Centre for Social Change (DBCSC) in Kurla, which has been working assiduously to support women make their dreams of owning businesses a reality.

 

With its experience of having trained over 1500 women entrepreneurs over the years, DBCSC offered a five-day long Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) to two batches of 27 women from Taddev, Rajodi and Thane areas in June. The training was inaugurated on June 7 in the presence of Linda Machado from SHARE, Bhakti from MarketPlace India and management from DBCL. The first session ran from June 7 to 12,  while the second from June 13 to 17, both at the SHARE and MarketPlace India office in Santacruz, Mumbai.

 

The main objective of the programme was to build leadership qualities within the members of women Self Help Groups (SHGs), to train the participants to identify and analyze constraints and barriers in women entrepreneurship and devise appropriate strategies to surmount these.

 

The EDP was designed only for women from SHGs. Competent and experienced resource persons from different backgrounds like marketing, investment, banking provided the right information and motivation so that the participants could become successful businesswomen.

 

In the five days of EDP training, the participants received information on personality development, leadership, marketing, finance and several practical tips on how to become successful businesswomen. The candidates enrolled for the programme are already into production as part of their Self Help Group's activity for MarketPlace India. They had received skill training from MarketPlace in tailoring and embroidery work.   

 

On the first day, participants were divided into two groups and were challenged to do business within 24 hrs with just Rs 100. It was a practical and fun experience that enabled them to think of all the aspects of business when they reflected on that experience.

 

At the valedictory function, representatives from the trainees shared their experiences about the programme. Mary Rodrigues said, "It was a wonderful experience for me that has given me the ability to start my new business confidently." Hirabai Sakpal, from the second batch added, "During the EDP training we learned everything practically regarding banking and marketing, specially the Rs 100 business exercise."

Monday, July 17, 2017

BIS #5154 MUMBAI SALESIANS ADMIN-ACCOUNTANTS MEET

by Father Chris Valentino

 

MUMBAI, JULY 17, 2017: One hundred and five, administrative and accountants from Salesian institutions participated in a seminar-cum-workshop at the Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga from July 13 to 15 to iron out queries related to the recently implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST) and to teach stakeholders about the new ACME ERP accounting software, which has been mandated by the Salesian Provincials Conference of South Asia (SPCA) for all the Don Bosco institutions across India.

Father Manuel Murzello, the Mumbai Salesian Economer was the coordinating director, and led the educative-informative-interactive workshop. The first and second day was primarily set aside for the learning of the newly to-be-implemented accounting software. Alexander, the software expert, introduced, explained and clarified doubts about the software.

 

"It was an extremely practical and worthwhile hands-on-training which is very much needed, since we have to keep moving with technological developments," Vidyadhar, a participant, said. Other administrative-accounting personnel, senior and the new initiates, too voiced similar sentiments. Senior CA Avinash Rawali then made a presentation on GST and answered queries related to the issue.

 

The final day of the workshop was dedicated to an enlightening expose on the GST and Trust matters. Bosco D'Souza, associate partner of Larry D'Souza & Co Chartered Accountants, dealt with 'Charitable Trust and Institutions' and 'Maintenance of Accounts by Charitable Trust and Societies'. In the largely interactive exchange, D'Souza highlighted with succinct examples the various legal implications associated with compliances and dwelt on the good practices that each accounting personnel had to adopt.

 

Senior accountant Ravi aptly summed up the seminar, "It was a very educative and eye-opening experience for me. Even with my experience, I am still learning newer things about technological developments and how we need to incorporate accounting into it."

 

Mukesh Khan, a participant from Alirajpur, added, "It was an enriching workshop. From time to time, such inputs and sessions are necessary for us. We need to adopt and adapt according to changing times. Hopefully, we will be able to implement majority of the learnings back in our institutions."

 

The workshop ended with an enlightening 'Q and A' session chaired by Bosco D'Souza for the Mumbai Salesian administrators. Father Murzello invited suggestions for improvement and Father Roy Noronha brought proceedings to a close with a brief vote of thanks.

BIS #5153 TATA HITACHI PARTNERS WITH ST JOSEPH'S ITI KURLA

by BIS Correspondent

 

MUMBAI, JULY 17, 2017: Kurla-based St Joseph's Industrial Training Institute (SJITI), by joining forces with Tata Hitachi, has become the first institution in India that will offer a Dealer Service Induction Training programme after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the institute and Tata Hitachi on July 15, a day fittingly marked to celebrate World Youth Skills Day.

 

Director of Don Bosco Centre for Learning (DBCL), Father Colbert da Silva and the Principal of St Joseph's ITI, Amarr Prabhu welcomed Ram Iyer, head customer services of Tata Hitachi and his team. Iyer and Father da Silva later inaugurated the Tata Hitachi Centre of Excellence by unveiling a plaque in the presence of the other dignitaries.

 

Tata Hitachi, a leader in the field of manufacturing and trading of earth moving and road equipment, is the 14th industry partner to have joined forces with St. Joseph's ITI. The programme will run for 65 days per batch of 20 auto tech trainees. The institute's instructors will be trained by the company. Phase one would be basic training at SJITI. The curriculum has been designed for cut sections of all machinery to be installed on the premises. Phase two would be 20 days on-the-job training (OJT) at the Tata Hitachi training facility in Dharwad, Karnataka. Candidates would be exposed to service maintenance of earth mover vehicles.

 

Father da Silva thanked the Tata Hitachi team for selecting St. Joseph's as the first institution in the country to conduct this important skill training. He assured the visitors that the students would excel and measure up to the company's standards.

Iyer then spelt out the dreams and expectations of his company. He assured all the help and support that the institute may need. He later replied to questions posed by students, urging them to keep upgrading themselves and to work hard. He also shared some of his mantras which have made him successful.

 

Raghavendra Kulkarni, head of the training academy briefed the audience about the programme. He made the trainees aware of their career progression as well as the various training initiatives and opportunities available with Tata Hitachi. There would be joint certification and placements were assured for successful candidates.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

BIS #5152 VASAI YOUTH REFLECT ON SYNOD DOCUMENT

by Sharon Quadros

 

VASAI, JULY 13, 2017: Seventeen youth from Resurrection Church Virar, joined over 300 youth from the Vasai diocese alongside Bishop Felix Machado, parish priests, parish youth directors and sisters involved in youth work in a rally, before they gathered for an informative session on the preparatory document of the Synod on 'Youth, faith and vocational discernment' at the Jeevan Darshan Kendra Giriz Vasai on July 9.

 

The youth themselves presented the highlights of the preparatory document letter drafted by Pope Francis, and stressed on the impact that social, cultural, technological and economical changes make on the youth of today.

 

Bishop Machado, the Chief Guest, too stressed that the event was a historic moment for the diocese. The Yuva Darshan group, under the guidance of Father Alwin - the director, shared their experiences and reflection on the Synod which was a memorable encounter for all.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

BIS #5151 THE PARLIAMENT AT ST JOSEPH'S SCHOOL WADALA

by Lidwina Mascharenas

 

MUMBAI, JULY 12, 2017: The Prime Minister, his deputy and a host of cabinet ministers took their oath in a grand investiture ceremony, held at St. Joseph's High School, Wadala on July 7, in the presence of Chief Guest Kalyani Armugam - principal of SIES High School, Wadala.

 

The ceremony began with the ushering in of the Chief Guest and Guests of Honour - Father Godfrey D'Sa, the principal, Father Vivian D'Souza, Rector and parish priest, Father Rosario Vaz, administrator and Father Nelson Falcao, cathecatical coordinator.

 

Nakhwa Faaiz, from standard ten, was appointed Prime Minister, Rajdeep More, the Deputy Prime Minister and other ministers holding portfolios such as Home ministry, ministry of Public Relations, Cultural ministry, Sports ministry, Environmental ministry, ministry of Community Work. National Cadet Corps (NCC) and Road Safety Patrol (RSP) were also appointed.

 

 "A leader lights the lamp of ethics, affection, determination, efficacy and respect. Congratulations to all the leaders. God has chosen you to serve your fellow beings. From this moment you have become responsible to serve your school without any bias and partiality. Respect yourself and respect others. Be an exemplary example for others to emulate," Armugam said.

 

Father D'sa said that Armugam has been instrumental in introducing the parliament concept in her institution as well. "It's a matter of pride to have Mrs Armugam in our midst today. An ardent educator and a firm believer of woman empowerment. Mrs Armugam has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and accolades and has given long years of service in the pursuit of education in shaping young minds to develop into great personalities," he said.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

BIS #5150 LEADING THE WAY

by Brother Aubrey and Sheldon Dias

 

GUJARAT, JULY 10, 2017 : Eighty-six participants from six Gujarat-based schools attended a seminar on leadership entitled "Leadership, not a mere title or designation, but an impact, influence and inspiration," organised by Amrut Dhara- the Salesian Animation Centre at Kapadvanj, Gujarat on July 8. 

 

Participants from St.Annes, Waghodia, Jesus and Mary Convent, Halol, Don Bosco School, Chhotaudeupur, Don Bosco School, Narukot and Don Bosco School, Dakor were present at the seminar. Father Mayank Parmar and Father Dinesh Vasava, the director of Amrut Dhara addressed the gathering on the concept of effective leadership. 

 

Activities began at 10 in the morning with a short prayer service, followed by a power point presentation on leadership. This was followed by a brief talk on the importance of a leader.

 

In the course of the seminar, participants were given a chance to explore new horizons and inculcate new values as leaders. Father Vasava, in one of his talks, said, "Leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It's about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others' success and then standing back and letting them shine."

 

He dwelt on the idea that participants must become the change they want to see in others. Father Parmar described the three types of leaders, namely those who lead from front, those who lead from behind and those who lead walking side by side. "True leaders don't command or push others into doing something. They work with others," he said. Volunteers then organised a game where leaders were given opportunities to showcase their talent.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

BIS #5149 SHELTER INTRODUCES HOUSE SYSTEM

by Cl Agnel James

 

MUMBAI, JULY 8, 2017: Shelter Don Bosco celebrated the feast of St. Dominic Savio by inaugurating a house system, after national symbols like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, B R Ambedkar and A P J Abdul Kalam. Four team  captains were also installed on July 6.  

 

The leaders took a solemn oath to see to the smooth running of the house. All the team members cheered their captains as Father Gregory D'Almeida handed them sashes.

The team leaders were encouraged to use the four national icons as an example while leading. A short video was shown on the life of these great leaders to inspire the team captains.

 

Father Pratap Damor then inaugurated a point system by giving 100 points to each team. In his vote of thanks, Father Roshan Gonsalves asked the teams to adopt healthy competition in the new point system. 

BIS #5148 WOMEN DRIVE PANCHAYAT TO STOP LIQUOR SALE IN THE VILLAGE

by FATHER ROLVIN D'MELLO

 

JALNA, JULY 8, 2017: A self-help group (SHG) run by Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra (BGVK), a Don Bosco institute in Dhoksal village, Jalna succeeded in prompting the local administration in banning the illicit sale of liquor in the village in a bid to stop cases of domestic violence and abuse.  

 

The women were part of the SHG for the last six years and participated in rural development projects run by BGVK in 60 villages of the region. Under the guidance of Rekha Shirgole, project coordinator of BGVK in Jalna, an application was drafted and submitted to the taluka police station.

 

The women along with the village Sarpanch took a morcha (protest) to the police station on July 5. The application to ban liquor was accepted by the Sarpanch and immediately action was taken the very next day to stop liquor sale in the village.

For the last eight years, two liquor shops situated in the vicinity, provided liquor to patrons, who in an inebriated state resorted  to domestic violence. Young girls and women found it extremely difficult to frequent schools and colleges due to the liquor-fuelled harassment. During the meeting of the Don Bosco managed SHG the issue was discussed and immediately the action to ban the sale of the liquor in the village was taken up.

BIS #5147 ENGINEERING STUDENTS MAKE CHULAHS ENERGY EFFICIENT

by BIS Correspondent

 

MUMBAI, JULY 8, 2017: The role of any engineer is to make life easier, reduce dependency on earth's resources and improve quality of life through his inventions. This task becomes even more satisfying when their effort benefits the poorest of the poor. Students of Don Bosco Institute of Technology (DBIT), Kurla, did just that by providing eighty households of Aadkhadak situated in Jawhar taluka of Palghar district, Maharashtra with devices that would cut their reliance on wood to fuel their chulahs to cook on a daily basis. 

 

The faculty and students of DBIT worked closely with the inhabitants of the village to identify problems and to solve them using relevant technology. The work was carried out under the guidance of Father Anaclete D'Mello and Bosco Samaj Vikas Sanstha (BSVS), Walvanda.

 

Locals have faced an uphill task, over an extended period, in sourcing firewood for fuelling their chulahs. They were forced to travel several kilometres every day and to carry several kilos of wood on their head. To reduce this drudgery, DBIT took up the project of improving the efficiency of burning in the chulahs .

 

After surveying literature and talking to experts including those from IIT Bombay, it was decided to use grates and swirlers which when introduced in the chulah increased the quantity of oxygen for burning and also introduced swirling of the air, both of which improved the efficiency of burning.

 

The grates and swirlers were designed and tested in the DBIT workshop for over three months to determine the most efficient designs. Samples were provided to some households in the hamlet for pilot testing. On obtaining favourable results, a meeting of the village women was held to obtain their approval for using these devices in their chulahs on a regular basis.

 

The women were asked to place an order for the device. On that basis, manufacturing of 100 such devices was taken up in the DBIT workshop. M/s Technotalent  Engineers Pvt Ltd, a Bangalore based organisation provided the funding. On June 20, the DBIT team comprising of Dr. Prasanna Nambiar, Principal DBIT, Royal D'Souza, NSS in-charge, Snehal Bandal and Varun Chowthkanthiwar, both research assistants at DBIT and Prakash Wagh of BSVS visited the village. The women of the village were given the gadgets. A demonstration was given on the usage of the devices.

 

The social workers in the area were requested to gather feedback from the women about the usefulness of the devices and the resultant lesser reliance on wood. If, as claimed the reliance on wood is reduced by 30 to 40 per cent, then similar devices would be introduced in other villages in the area as well.

 

The entire project was not only a boon for the women in the area, but was also beneficial for the student engineers. They made life easier for locals as their stock of firewood would last for a longer time. At Don Bosco Institute of Technology, the emphasis is always to add value to life, especially of the deprived and the disadvantaged. For students who participated in this project it was also a lesson on improving life.

BIS #5146 PRINCIPALS' MEET

by Father Bernard Fernandes

 

MUMBAI, JULY 8, 2017: Principals - priests and lay people - from 20-odd Salesian schools of the province of Mumbai, had their first meeting at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga on July 7, to set their targets and build a vision for the academic year ahead.

 

The day's programme began with the celebration of the holy Eucharist presided by the Provincial, Father Godfrey D'Souza, who during his homily outlined Pope Francis' call to Catholic educators to teach the grammar of dialogue. The agenda for the day's meeting included inputs from Father D'Souza, Vice-Provincial, Father Savio Silveira and the Economer, Father Manuel Murzello.

 

The Provincial touched on the four aspects that make Don Bosco schools different from the other educational institutions. They are namely teaching of Gospel values, quality learning and teaching, being a safe and caring community, and maintaining the Catholic identity of a welcoming and inclusive school.

 

Putting the assembly in context of the Lines of Action of PC 2016 – the one relating to Framework of Minimum Quality Standards (FMQS) – Father Silveira shared his personal reflections on some points that ranged from the classroom to the environment and social consciousness, that could find their way into the FMQS.  He said that the framework is not a set of good intentions, but a mandated framework that one needed to comply with to arrive at minimum quality standards. The Economer then provided administrative procedures and tips to the assembly of principals to ensure a smooth functioning of the institution.

 

Besides the business session that was taken up at the end of the day, a substantial part of the day's proceedings was set apart for the resource person Jeevan D'Cunha from Global Education Solutions to guide the members of the assembly into the preparation of a Framework of Minimum Quality Standards (FMQS), more specifically, Salesian Schools Quality Standards. Later, he also provided advice in 'dealing with difficult parents'. 

 

D'Cunha spelt out model for FMQS with the core Salesian values as the base or centre and the six focus areas that ought to reflect these core beliefs. The six focus areas included teaching-learning, student welfare, staff welfare, infrastructure, partnerships and school governance.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

BIS #5145 INSTALLATION OF RECTOR

by Father Bernard Fernandes

 

MUMBAI, JULY 8, 2017: Father Godfrey D'Souza, the Provinial of Mumbai, solemnly installed Father Crispino D'Souza as the Rector of Don Bosco High School, Matunga on June 27.

 

Members of the community, including the Vice Provincial, Father Savio Silveira and the Economer, Father Manuel Murzello were present to pledge support and to accompany Father Crispino in his ministry. Addressing the stakeholders – students, staff and parents – at the meetings and assemblies at the beginning of a new scholastic year, Father Crispino shared his vision and message for the year ahead, and promised quality and excellence at work.


Being the Platinum Jubilee year, celebrations are to continue as the school approaches the culmination of its jubilee festivities and the cherry on the cake is the splendid performance of the school SSC batch with a cent percent result. Indeed a promising start to a new academic year!

BIS #5144 WE NEED SAINTS. DO YOU WANT TO BE ONE?

by Perpetual Nazareth

 

MUMBAI, JULY 7, 2017: Young leaders of Don Bosco High School, Matunga – at their investiture ceremony on July 5 – were given an inspiring message on the virtues of being good leaders.

   

The ceremony began with the school management being welcomed through a guard of honour by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) to the beat of the school band. After the lighting of the lamp, class 8E conducted a thought provoking assembly posing a relevant question, 'We Need Saints.  Do you want to be one? ' Through a skit the class demonstrated how Saint Dominic Savio inspires teenagers to lead a holy life like him.

 

A good leader is one who knows the way, shows the way and goes the way. Father Crispino D'Souza, the Rector, highlighted this virtue when he spoke of the three P's - profit, power and personal glorification that each leader should avoid and the three S's - sacrifice, selflessness and service that ought to be pursued by every virtuous leader.  

 

Father D'Souza's message was followed by the oath-taking ceremony. The leaders were invested with symbols of authority and they promised to act as beacons of selflessness, humility and discipline. The nature club and the NCC students undertook a tree plantation drive urging one and all to wake up the leader within us to protect our nature and environment.

BIS #5143 IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DOMINIC SAVIO

by Mehtab Shinde

 

PUNE, JULY 7, 2017: Almost 200 young leaders from Don Bosco School and Junior College in Pune participated in the Investiture Ceremony on July 6, the day marked for celebrating the Feast of St. Dominic Savio Feast, at the institution.

 

The day began with the celebration of Holy Mass by Father Ajay D'Monte. For the non-catholics a prayer service was held which focused on the virtues of the Little Saint and how students could imbibe the same in their lives. It helped answer questions like, 'What is God', 'What is sin', 'Why should parents be obeyed'.


The second part of the celebration was the investiture ceremony. School captains, vice captains and the monitors were announced. Father Michael Bansode, the Rector, Father Bosco D'Mello, the principal, and Father Ajay D'Monte, the parish priest, led the oath-taking ceremony and invested the young leaders with ties as a symbol of their responsibility. 


"A leader is the one who has a vision for his community, may you be the righteous leader," Father Bansode, said.