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Guwahati — Vice-Chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Mavely was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by Confederation of Indian Universities on the occasion of 4th International Conference on  Environment and Ecology at Gauhati University Auditorium on February 12. 

The award is an international felicitation given by the confederation as per the recommendation of International Association of Educators for World Peace (affiliated to UN, ECOSOC, DPI, UNICEF).


"Don Bosco University has undergone a transformation in the recent years in terms of academics, infrastructure and overall development and has become a preferred institute not only in the North-eastern region but also for the entire nation,” says Confederation official. 


Fr. Mavely has also been nominated as a member of Academic Advisory Council for Massive Open Online Courses at Consortium for Educational Communication set up by University Grants Commission. 

Earleir in 2016 Fr Mavely was awarded the ‘100 Most Influential Vice-Chancellors’ in the Asia-Pacific Region by the World Education Congress, at a function held on June 23 in Mumbai.

The award, instituted for the Asia-Pacific and African countries, was based on criteria such as the importance given to strategic planning in the university, quality of infrastructure, future orientation, body of research, emphasis on sustainability, proven record of performance, personal integrity and ethical practices, Assam Tribune reported.

The founding Vice Chancellor of ADBU, Fr. Mavely had also received ‘Education Evangelist 2014’ award.

Education evangelists are the visionaries and change makers who have contributed and have been contributing towards the growth of Indian education system both quantitatively and qualitatively.

Fr Mavely became the first Vice Chancellor (President) of ADBU in 2008 while serving as the Principal of Don Bosco College, Guwahati.

Prior to becoming the Founder Vice Chancellor and Rector of ADBU, Fr. Mavely spent some 40 years devoted to the education of young men and women in North-East India – a mission to which he has dedicated his outstanding talents in a variety of fields: literature, media, psychology, communication, theology, management, and pastoral work.

When the concept of accreditation was still in its infancy in much of India, during his tenure as the Principal of St Anthony’s College (Shillong) he won for the college the singular distinction of being the first to be accredited in Eastern India and the first to be awarded the highest ‘Five Star’ status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India (NAAC). 

Among 5 Catholic univeristies in India currently are: ADBU, Christ Universty Bangalore, St Xavier Universities Kolkata and Bhubaneswar and St Joseph Unversity Kohima

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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 has MA degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from FORDHAM University, New York.

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7 hurt in Kokrajhar road mishap

15 Jan 2018 - 5:12pm | AT News

Kokrajhar: Seven wage earners sustained injury when the mini truck on which they were travelling from Bilashipara in Dhuburi met with a mishap in Kokrajhar on Monday. The incident took place in the morning when the Kokrajhar bound vehicle bearing registration no. AS 18A-1526  met with the mishap near Shyamaguri forest on the MK Road. Injured were rushed to hospital.

According to police, the driver lost control over his vehicle amid fog before the mishap took place. 

Naoboisa gangrape accused held

9 Apr 2018 - 11:11am | AT News

LAKHIMPUR: The Lakhimpur police have arrested four youths on Monday hours after they allegedly gangraped a 14 year girl in Naoboisa before dumping her on the roadside.

Acting on a tip off, a team of police picked up the four youths while another is absconding. Identified as Munindra Sarkar, Ramani Ghose, Gushan Mandal and Manoj Biswas, they were picked up from Kolakhowa area in the wee hours.
A team of senior police officers has been interrogating the accused persons who would be produced before the local court seeking them in police custody.

The gory incident took place on Sunday evening in Naoboisa area where the minor girl was  forcibly picked up from the road to be gangraped by five miscreants at night.

She was rescued in a critical condition on the roadside in the wee hours. Local residents and police have rushed her to the hospital where she has been battling to survive.

Meanwhile, many local residents and individuals have demanded exemplary punishment of the perpetrators.

E-waste awareness

30 May 2017 - 8:13pm | Syed Miraz Ahmed

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) in partnership with Consumer Electronics And Manufacturers Association (CEAMA), National Association of Software and Services Companies Foundation (NASSCOM) & Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology (MAIT) came up with a series of awareness programmes on Environmental Hazards of Electronic Waste under the ‘Digital India Initiative’ in the 10 cities of Imphal, Kolkata, Patna, Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar, Indore, Moradabad, Panjim, Pudicherry and Ranchi.

The programmes are an initiative to sensitize and impart knowledge among the students, teachers and parents about proper management, disposal and channelization of E-Waste, thereby reducing the impact of hazardous substances on the environment and encouraging environmentally sound recycling through collective efforts of all the stakeholders involved in the entire E-Waste value chain.

CEAMA in association with WWF-India, AAPSO and Delhi based Eco Roots Foundation conducted an E-Waste awareness programme at Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati recently. About 1250 students and teachers (in 2 batches) from 15 different schools of Guwahati participated in the event. Vinod Seshan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup Rural and Professor Dhruba Jyoti Saikia, Vice Chancellor Cotton College State University, Guwahati were present as Chief Guests

Seshan while addressing the audience emphasized that hazardous content present in electronic products are harmful for the health of people and for the whole ecosystem in large. He said that there is an urgent need to create awareness on E-Waste and urged the student community to create awareness among the public in keeping the city clean. While unsafe handling and dismantling of products is creating huge impact on people's life at the same time hazardous substances which are released during the extraction processes are being directly dumped into the river and land posing severe threat to the environment, added Seshan.

In his speech Professor Saikia said that E-Waste is an important subject which needs   attention. He said that students being the future of the state it is their responsibility to save the environment in which they reside. Students must become responsible consumers which will help in generating lesser quantity of all forms of waste including plastic and E-Waste, said Saikia.

Mita N Goswami, Senior Adviser, Eco Roots Foundation while addressing the audience emphasised on E-Waste discarding methods and said that one should opt to recycle E-Waste.

Rohit Kumar Singh, Manager, Corporate Affairs, CEAMA during his presentation elucidated the responsibilities of students and bulk consumers besides highlighting the hazards of E-Waste on environment. He said that students can act as a crucial stakeholder in educating the society regarding the impact of e-waste. India would become the biggest dumping ground of E-Waste by 2020 and therefore it is crucial at this juncture to ensure proper management and safe disposal of E-Waste in the country, he added.