Monday, August 21, 2017


by Mehtab Shinde


PUNE, AUG 21, 2017: Eight hundred and forty students from standard five to ten of Don Bosco High School, Pune participated in their first ever Bosco Kala Utsav, which is an exhibition of their talent in arts, fine-arts, languages and literature on August 18.


The institution was divided into various zones, namely the hall, the college basement and first floor. The first zone hosted the fine arts and fun games. The second zone hosted language and literature-based competitions and third zone was the arts zone.


In the first session that began at 8:15am, students from seventh and eighth standard participated in the 'minute to win it' and singing competition. Students from standard nine and ten, participated in english, marathi and hindi elocution, while students from standard five and six put their artistic skills to the test by making bookmarks, sandwiches, rakhis, 3D-greeting cards and painting t-shirts. 


Groups were then rotated in three zones so that they all participated in one art competition and one fine art or language-based competition. In all, the students had 15 art competitions and 19 language, literature and fine-arts based competitions to choose from.


Thirty-two experienced professionals from various fields were invited to judge the competitions. In all 110 individual certificates and 142 certificates for group activities were awarded. 


Felix Michael and Cixen Ohal from standard ten participated in Mock-Rock and received prizes for Best Drummer and Best Entertainer. "Since we have learning difficulties, it is very difficult for us to participate in any non-sport activity.  This is our first prize, ours mothers will be happy to see this," they said.


Sandhya Jadhav, principal of Appasaheb Jadhav School, said,  "We are invited here as judges but believe me we are feeling honoured to witness such a wonderful talent on display, everything is so well organised and each student is involved in some activity or competition."


Programme in-charge Mehtab Shinde alongside her coordinating committee consisting of Vineeta Jadhav, Victoria Dias and Shilpa Shelar spear-headed the event.



by Cleric Jeswin Mastan  


MUMBAI, AUG 21, 2017: Twenty practical trainees of the Salesian province of Mumbai met for their first official annual gathering with a special focus on Value Education and Catechesis for the year 2017- 2018. The theme for the meeting that was held at the Don Bosco Provincial house in Matunga on August 17 and 18, was Journeying and Faith formation. 


The first day commenced with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist by Father Godfrey D'Souza, the Provincial. Father Savio Silveira, the Vice Provincial, conducted the sessions and urged the participants to make the most of their training period. He helped them evaluate and become aware of themselves. 


Later in the day, Father Silveira dealt with the four dimensions of Salesian youth spirituality, namely, introducing the faith, group and social experience, vocational discernment and the cultural dimension. He further stressed on integrating youth spirituality with the forthcoming Boscoree 2018, which is an all-India gathering of scouts and guides from Salesian schools. 


Father D'Souza, in his address highlighted the importance of Don Bosco's Preventive System of education, which is essentially based on three pillars: reason, religion and loving-kindness. "We need to revisit the preventive system and use this phase of formation in deepening our Salesian identity, mission and work," he said. 


The following day Father Cletus D'Souza, animated the brothers on the theme of journeying with faith formation, which entails a deep nurturing and love for scripture and tradition. He focused on the role of the practical trainees as catechists in the various Salesian institutes.


For the trainees in attendance, it was a time of relaxation, a meeting point of ideas and a learning experience. "The meeting broadened my vision and helped me to look at education to the faith with a newer perspective," Brother Chris Ferreira, a participant, said. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017


by Father Rolvin D'Mello


PUNE, AUG 19, 2017: Forty women from a Self-Help Group (SHG) who participated in a specialised five-day training programme in 'spice making business' and 'phenyl and hand wash production business' were awarded certificates by the Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad on August 12.


The main objective of the venture was to empower the women from the slums of Chinchwad by teaching them some skills, which in-turn will help them to earn an extra income for their families. This programme was organised under the aegis of Women Empowerment Project funded by AXA Business Services. 

Kasturba Mahila Khadi Gramodyog Vidyalaya, a registered organisation with Khadi and Village Industries Commission, was the training provider who certified them on the basis of their knowledge and practical tests.


Minal Yadav, corporator – Chinchwad, was the chief guest for the programme, which began at 3pm. The welcome address was given by Lalita Choudhary, project co-ordinator – DBDS, who spoke about the Women Empowerment Project and the need to work for equality and empowerment of women.


Advocate Preeti Sathe also conducted an awareness session on the 'Rights of Women' in which she informed participants about their rights and legal remedies available in case of crimes committed against them and violation of their rights. 


Nagsen Chavan, training co-ordinator – DBDS, shared his knowledge and experience on 'micro-entrepreneurship'. He shared examples of SHG women who are running small businesses after completing their training.


Yadav expressed her joy that women in slums are adding to their skill sets and taking up small business initiatives to empower themselves economically and socially. She also visited the stalls put up at the venue by the SHG women to sell their products like various kinds of spices, liquid soap, phenyl and garments.


"Thanks to Don Bosco who helped me in learning phenyl and liquid soap making. I have already started earning through this business," Pratiba Bansode, a participant, said. Course conductor and senior technical trainer, Ramni Pillay, added, "The participants were very punctual and staff also extended their full co-operation to us."

Friday, August 18, 2017


by Uma Pant


MUMBAI, AUG 18, 2017: Over 60 students from standard 11 and 12 of the Don Bosco Junior College, Borivli had an opportunity to showcase their talents on stage on August 4, at the Talent Hunt Competition organised for them.


The competition gave the students a platform to perform and entertain the students and the staff through the wonderful gifts they are blessed with. 

All the students performed with confidence and grace in the different categories, which included solo singing, solo dancing, group singing, group dancing and mimicry. The competition was organised by Larissa Coelho, the chemistry teacher. "I express my gratitude to all the participants without whom this event would not be a success," Coelho said. 


The judges Priyanka Kale and Darshan Shah - teachers in  junior college - enjoyed being part of the event. "The event was one of its kind and displayed the unique talent present in the children, " Kale said.  "It was a pleasure to be a judge for an event like this. Don Bosco Junior College has got an amazing pool of talent," Shah added.  

"Don Bosco Junior College organises various activities for the students throughout the year and gives students a platform to perform which enhances their confidence, " Nathan Fernandes, a participant said.


by Bento D'Souza 


KARJAT, AUG 18, 2017: On 16th August, 35 trainees of the Don Bosco Yuva Sanstha, Karjat celebrated the 202nd birthday of the founder and Father Don Bosco. 

Four Salesians and eight  staff gathered in the audio visual studio to celebrate the date of birth of Don Bosco. Brother Alex Carvalho gave the introductory words and welcomed the students with theme: Don Bosco hamare sath rah.


The programme began with a song clip, a floral tribute, lighting of the lamp, a half an hour movie on the life of Don Bosco, a speech, song and ended with a prayer.

The three Salesians - Father Monty Rodrigues, Father Jesu Robinson and Father Bento D'Souza then sprinkled rose flower petals  on the icon of Don Bosco and lit the Indian diya. The cake to commemorate the birthday was then  cut by priests.


The Director, Father Rodrigues in his speech said, "Yesterday was the birth of Lord Krishna, today is the birth of our own Krishna named beloved Don Bosco. The 202nd anniversary of Don Bosco is the reason for us being together here.. a family of Salesians and young people," Father Rodrigues said. Salesians of Don Bosco work in 123 countries and in 12 provinces of India. 


Stephen Morias, a foundation course student  said, "The programme was very nice. I enjoyed it." All the students left energised by the memory of a man who laid down his life for the young to live. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


by Mehtab Shinde 


PUNE, AUG 16, 2017: The staff and students of Don Bosco High School, Pune used skits and dances to mark the 70th year of India's Independence on August 15.


Father Michael Bansode, the Rector, was the chief guest and hoisted the National Flag, while the National anthem was sung. Sai Sonawane, a student of standard eight, then delivered the Independence Day speech. Ranraj Kaur, a teacher, from Junior college, melodiously sung "Ae mere watan ke logon..." evoking sentiments towards the Indian soldiers.


Students of standard eight portrayed the contrasting picture of our nation in their skit, which left the audience thinking whether we are truly free. Equally spectacular was the theme-dance by the students that depicted the execution of our freedom fighters.  


"Most of the things that we have seen today are under the title of sacrifice that speaks about our freedom struggle as well. Independence being the fundamental right of every nation, calls for the use of it in the right spirit.  We need to emulate Mahatma Gandhi  as our role model.  We need to uphold the spirit of secularism and respect the preamble of our constitution," Father Bansode said. 


"It was so mesmerising.  For an instance I felt I am actually in the era of Independence. My eyes were welled up," Nayan Rathod, a student of standard 12, said.