Skip to content Skip to navigation

ADBU students offer services to village students

A university community in northeast India has become a trend setter in offering development communication services when its students of the Schools of Technology and Social Sciences decided to reach out to its neighbourhod communities.

It all started 3 years ago when its Masters students of Social Work panned out to do a social audit and needs assessment of its neighbourhood communities and launched free tuition classes for high school students.

“Three years ago we started off with two hour evening sessions in Maths, English and Science for 40 neighbourhood students studying in classes 8, 9 and 10,” says Assistant Professor of Social Work Mr Victor Nazary, coordinator of the Swastyayan program at Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) in Guwahati.

Swastyayan – a commitment – offers free tuition classes for high school students, as well as skilling them with personality development, spoken English and leadership techniques.

Today there are over 300 boys and girls given free tuitions by some 60 ADBU student and faculty volunteers from Monday to Friday for two hours in the same classrooms where B.Tech students hold classes.

Besides, Social Work and B. Tech department staff and students, other departments of Psychological Counseling, Human Rights, and Mass Communication have volunteered to join the program.

Last month, the Psychological Counseling department started a Counseling Centre offering free counseling sessions every Friday afternoon for the Swastyayan students and their parents.

“The purpose of the centre is to promote the relevance and benefits of counseling, as well as provide free counseling sessions to Swastyayan community,” says Sabatina Changmai an MA student in Psychology. 

The Human Rights department has stepped in to ensure that in the neighbourhood communities of the university children enjoy Child Rights especially with regard to education,  prevention of child labour and trafficking.

This week, the Mass Communication department teamed up with the local community radio – Radio Luit – to highlight social issues and aired three programs highlighting health issues, busting exam stress, and a children’s day special.

Swastyayan’s third annual day was held today marking Children’s Day with a two hour programme for students and their parents in the presence of ADBU Pro Vice-Chancellor Fr Joseph Nellanatt, and director of the Schools of Technology and Social Sciences, Prof Manoranjan Kalita and Dr Riju Sharma respectively.

Deputy Director of Higher Education, Government of Assam, Miss Chinmoyee Talukdar, the Chief Guest at the event addressed the students and their parents. She encouraged all to emulate the example of late President of India Mr. APJ Kalam’s passion for learning and integrity, and make use of every opportunity the ADBU community is providing.

Author info

CM Paul's picture

Former HoD, Dept of Mass Communications at Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati, C.M. Paul was editor of The Herald weekly in Kolkata and director of Don Bosco International News Agency (ANS) based in Rome. He did MA in Journalism & Mass Communication from FORDHAM University, New York.

Add new comment

Random Stories

A D C held for taking bribe

14 Feb 2009 - 2:46pm | Dibya J Borthakur
The Additional Deputi Commisioner of Morigaon district Haripada Roy has been sent to police custody on February 13 for allegedly demanding and taking bribes against Permanent Residence Certificates (...

Stage set for first NRC draft

30 Dec 2017 - 11:42am | AT News
GUWAHATI: Only a day is left for Assam to publish the first piece of NRC draft forcing the authority to work in a war footing manner. Verifying officials are busy with final touch since the draft...

Son dumps mother

22 Oct 2011 - 9:49pm | Pankaj Sharma
In a very disheartening and tragic incident one Chinmoy Bora dumped his own mother near NH 37 at Nagaon to get hold of the family’s wealth.It is said that a person can never repay one’s...