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Shillong: A group of college students from northeast India spent their puja vacation learning leadership skills based on Biblical principles and Leadership Style of Jesus at Siloam wellness centre from 4th to 9th October 2019.

Some 110 students from 18 Colleges/Universities in northeast India including students from Salesian College Siliguri and Sonada, North Bengal participated.

Students from Manipur and Nagaland colleges could not participate at the popular annual event due to severe road conditions caused by landslides.

Eighth in a series, the program christened Galilee Trail 2019 is a 6-day intensive group program in Christian leadership for college students that seek to integrate social, cultural, spiritual and emotional dimensions of a person with the values and attitudes of the Person of Christ.

“Preparing student leaders to face life and its overall challenges effectively and confidently needs to go beyond academic qualifications and move towards harnessing at the human potential within them,” says founder director of the  centre Salesian Father Dr George Palamattam.

A psychology practitioner Dr Palamattam says, “Lack of realistic and holistic approach could lead a lot of well talented youngsters to fall victims to depression, disorientation, isolation and consequent loss of self and self-identity.”

The resource persons included, Bp. Jose Mukala,  Initiatives for Change executive, Mr Robert Solo from Kohima, Don Bosco Institute of Management Director Fr Johny Parinkimalil, Principal of St Anthony’s College Dr. Albert Longley Dkhar; Salesian Provincial of Shillong Fr Paul Olphindro Lyngkot; Registrar of Don Bosco University Guwahati Dr Biju Michael; Fr. V.C. Joseph from Malbassy West Sikkim, Salesian College Sonada Campus Minister Fr C.M. Paul, and several Jesus Youth leaders from Shillong ,like  Edward, Daphira, Nerissa, Eddy and Rodrick.

Besides a session on sharing of vocation stories by priests, religious and sisters from Shillong, the group had an interactive session with committed catholic couples, young and old .

The program focused on sessions for Self Discovery, Call to Discipleship, Jesus Style Leadership, Discipleship in Higher Education, Understanding the Bible,  Life Changing stories and testimonies from northeast leaders, with time for personal reflection and course correction.

One of the high points of the program was the day spent with and for the speech and hearing impaired children of Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre Umiam, Meghalaya.

“Learning to communicate with them in sign language and participating in the Sunday morning worship and later spending a few hours in the afternoon enjoying the chance games and watching the happiness on children’s faces made me realise how blessed I am, for being normal,” said Tarim Yani from Don Bosco College Itanagar.

Each participant had a speech / hearing impaired child to take care of during the day.

Established in 2006, the centre focuses on psychological, spiritual and developmental issues of students, youths, couples, families as well as professionals involved in various leadership roles towards renewal and reorientation.

The centre which caters to the outreach programmes of St. Anthony's College Shillong as well as students and teachers of all NE educational institutions,  envisages intervention in educational testing and evaluation, aptitude tests, promotion of self-confidence and self-esteem, personal and interpersonal communication skills, education to peace and cultural integration.

The Transformational Leadership Resource Centre at Umiam, Meghalaya is situated on an idyllic hillside on the shores of the Umiam (Barapani) lake near Shillong. The facility is set on a 14-acre pine forest, with excellent top of the line accommodations (single, double, group) for 100 persons.

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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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Gogoi to dedicate India’s first Hospital Ship

23 May 2013 - 6:54pm | AT News

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will conduct the formal dedication ceremony of India’s first Hospital Ship, an initiative of the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research and the North Eastern Council, on May 24 at Pandu, Guwahati, in the presence of his cabinet colleagues and senior officials of the North Eastern Council, NRHM and the Govt. of Assam. 

With a steady improvement in Assam’s health record and other basic indices, this represents another major step forward for sustained and sustainable health care in the Brahmaputra Valley.

The Ship is a work in progress and the Chief Minister is expected to dedicate its services, when complete, to the sustained health care of lakhs of people along the Brahmaputra in Assam and the NER.

The Hospital Ship (Floating Hospital) is the first of its kind in India, although C-NES, which is known of its path-breaking innovative initiatives, runs 15 boat clinics in 13 districts of Assam in partnership with the National Rural Health Mission, Government of Assam. The Ship was conceived by C-NES’ Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika, designed by engineers in Kolkata and Guwahati with inputs from health professionals and has received a building grant from the North Eastern Council, Government of India.  There are few such Hospital Ships on river courses in the world.

“When complete, the ship will provide specialized services on the river to island communities, particularly health care services to mothers and children, including safe institutionalized deliveries, as well as conduct operations,” says Mr. Hazarika, C-NES’ Managing Trustee, who praised the NEC for supporting the idea. 

The 130-foot-long vessel would be on three levels when complete and equipped with a modern Operation Theater, diagnostic facilities like portable X-Ray, portable ultra sound, laboratory, recovery and delivery rooms, sterilizer room, laundry room and separate wards for male and female with 5 beds each, Cabins for medical personnel and specialists as well as other staff including crew members will be in place. Recreation, kitchen and dining areas have been designed.

M/S P. Das & Company has been engaged to build the ship and construction is going on at their shipyard in Pandu, Guwahati.

C-NES, established in 2000 with offices at Guwahati and New Delhi, has worked tirelessly in the fields of health care delivery, education, conservation and livelihood generation for under privileged communities, especially those living in the chars/ saporis along the Brahmaputra and elsewhere in Assam and the NER.

The communities living on the islands of the Brahmaputra are a prime focus area of the organizations work along with a number of other projects implemented in the state since C-NES’ inception.  At present C-NES works in 13 districts with 15 Boat Clinic units in partnership with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM, GoA). Policymakers at the national level and international scholars and researchers regard this innovative initiative as a trailblazer in the field of PPP, reaching out to the poor and marginalized. Over ten lakh people have been positively impacted through this partnership, making it a model of sustained and sustainable health care. In addition, the Population Foundation of India is also supporting work in five districts to enhance the family planning outreach of the boat clinics.

Venue for the Hospital Ship dedication ceremony is- Shipyard of M/S P Das & Company, behind Pandu River Police Station (near Saraighat Bridge), Pandu, Guwahati
Time- Between 11.30- 11.45 am



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Sea of humanity in Barpeta

5 Mar 2015 - 12:42pm | AT News

Barpeta breaks into a sea of humanity after the holi, the festival got underway on Thursday with prayers and bursting of fire crackers early in the morning.

People from far flung areas thronged in thousands at the Barpeta monastery to catch a glimpse of the much vaunted festival of colour to mark the advent of spring.

Organizers told Assam Times that all arrangements are in place to ensure smooth celebration of the festival. District administration is also sparing no pain to make the ensure peace and normalcy during the festival of colour.

With cultural procession participated by thousands of people the idol of the Lord Krishna is being taken out of the monastery premises for traditional tour.

Over 100 foreign tourists are also joining the giant procession this time in Barpeta where the festival will conclude only the next week.

“I am extremely delighted to see the people dancing here with devotional music in their lips. I love this Indian tradition,” said a tourst from New Zealand.

Another tourist from Finland told Assam Times, “this is for the second time I am here to enjoy this festival of colour. This tradition gives me immense joy which can break the barriers of all castes, creeds and religions. India as a country will stand tall as long as this festival is observed.”

Jishnu Medhi receives media fellowship

4 Aug 2009 - 2:18pm | editor

The short term fellowship to study various aspects of pavement dwellers (primarily beggars) of Guwahati has been awarded to Jishnu Medhi of NE Television. Conducted by Guwahati Press Club with the support from ERD Foundation, Guwahati the one & half month fellowship is expected to provide space for the fellow to go for an in-depth study (and report) about the issue. The fellow will try to analyze the reason behind their homelessness, categorization and also the security aspect of the homeless persons in the city. The fellow Jishnu Medhi will receive a part of his fellowship money in an informal meeting at 3 pm on August 6 in the press club from the ERD Foundation chiarman M.Haque.