Friday, October 13, 2017


by Mukesh Garasiya


MUMBAI, OCT 13, 2017: Twenty-six social workers from various NGOs working with children attended a seminar entitled, 'Residential Issues and Challenges Faced by NGOs while dealing with Children from Destitute Backgrounds' on October 11 at Bosco Boys Home (BBH), Borivli.


The seminar was focused not just on residential issues and challenges of NGO's, but also on bringing together like-minded NGOs on one platform for experience-sharing, to build up a strong 'network web' for support and collaboration in the future.


Father Solomon Rapol, Rector of BBH, led the group in prayer at the onset. He then introduced the work done at BBH and also introduced the staff. Datta Gade, assistant coordinator at BBH initiated the introduction of the participants.


Mayuri Raj, coordinator at BBH, underlined the purpose of the seminar. Eustace Fernandes then did a presentation, highlighting the vision, mission and the various activities and courses conducted at BBH. Pramod Nigudkar, Chief Executive Ofiicer, MELJOL addressed the gathering about the 'Issues and challenges faced by residential institutions while dealing with children from destitute backgrounds'. In the session, he highlighted on a few questions like: "Why do we do what we do?", "How we do what we do?" and, "what are the issues and challenges of institutions at the macro level?"


One of the statements he stressed upon was, "Children are the main stakeholders and so we need to give their opinion importance in policy making." In a discussion that followed, it emerged that government interference led to institutions closing down.


Father Rapol took charge and spoke about the 'Concerns and Challenges in YaR (Young at Risk) work today'. He based his talk on three main elements, namely, compliance, care plus and professionalism in light of the Juvenile Justice Act (JJ Act). He highlighted the need to respond to the needs of the present day YaR and stated, "…we need to respond to the needs of today not rely on old methods".  


In the post-lunch session, Mayuri Raj presented the findings of the pilot study conducted on the perception of residential children towards service providers. Father Rapol then introduced Shriram Ghodke, PCI, MHB police station who spoke about the work load of the police force and how NGO's could assist in issues like tracing missing children.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


 by Joyce D'mello Fernandes


NAVI MUMBAI, OCT 11, 2017: Don Bosco School, Nerul trumped Ryan International School, Sanpada, 5-3 on penalties to clinch the DSO Under-17 football title in a closely-contested final at Delhi Public School grounds in Nerul on September 29.


Vincent Crispin, Nikhil Bangal, Sohel Tanaji, Bryan Pereira and Umesh Yadav converted their penalties after both teams ended regulation time at 1-1. The crowd gathered witnessed contrasting tactics throughout the match, as both teams played an attacking brand of soccer in the first half. The second half saw both teams defend and push for penalties. 


The Don Bosco side shone throughout the tournament, under the guidance of their coaches Rehan Shaikh and Nikhil Aher. They beat North Point, Nerul, in the quarterfinals and SBOA in the semifinals.


"The only thing going on in my mind was that, 'if I fail, the whole team fails and I cannot let that happen'," Nikhil Bangal, the Captain, who saved two penalty shots in the final, said. "Principal Father Donald Fernandez as well as our coaches were confident in our abilities. It is their support and our teamwork that made us win!" Shantanu Vanire, added.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


by Velda Ruth


KUWAIT, OCT 5, 2017: Thirty youth from St. Therese of Child Jesus parish in Kuwait participated in a Salmiya Talent Hunt at the Indian English Academy School to mark the parish feast on September 29.   


A team of the Salmiya Parish Youth (SPY) backed by their Spiritual Director, Father Lionel Braganza organised the event which presented youth with an opportunity to showcase their talent in dance and song. Maegan D'souza won top honours, followed by Trevor Furtardo in second and Theresa Franklin in third place. Glen Vas, Mercy Joseph and Shanice D'mello judged the singing competition.


The dancing contestants then took to the stage with pomp as the judges, Vrinda Lewis and Aarti Rohtagi kept tapping their feet to the enthusiasm, rhythm and energy of the dancers. 'The Next Episode Crew' claimed first place, while Fiona Vaz bagged second place, followed by Ramona Crasto in third place.

"Talent requires a platform to be brought forth and in the modern day of social media, there are various ways of discovering and nurturing talent," Joseph, a judge, said.


Crasto, who finished third in the dance competition, added, "This gave me the opportunity to be noticed out there and kick started me in the right direction as I'm passionate about dance. I am thankful to SPY for giving me this platform!"


by BIS Correspondent


MUMBAI, OCT 5, 2017: On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) organised a rally for 350 girls – from Mumbai slums - on 'Meri Suraksha, Mera Adhikar' which is 'My safety is my right' on October 2.


Father Rolvin D'Mello, Executive Director – DBDS, in his inaugural address asked participants to respect women as human beings and to ensure their dignity, safety and security is maintained. 


DBDS has been active in the sector of women empowerment for several years and organised the rally primarily with the aim of creating awareness on the issue of women safety in the society at large and also to communicate to the police and other government sectors to put 'Girl Safety' as their top priority.


The rally began from the campus of Don Bosco (Matunga), towards King Circle, Sion Hospital and ended at the Don Bosco campus again. Throughout the course of rally, the participants shouted slogans on safety and security and expressed their solidarity and commitment towards making a secure environment for girls in their homes and outside. 


"I hope that my country one day becomes a safe place for all of the girls to live and that the government and administration takes our safety as the top-priority," Shubhangi Manchar, a participant, said. 


by Linson Miranda and Jeffi Ann Thomas


MUMBAI, OCT 5, 2017: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society(GRSS), in collaboration with Don Bosco Institute of Technology (DBIT), Kurla conducted a two-day workshop entitled 'Remote sensing and GIS in rural agricultural system' at DBIT, aimed at educating the participants about the different applications of GIS and Remote sensing in the agricultural sector on September 22 and 23.

Students and faculty from colleges across Maharashtra, industrialists, water and agricultural sector, research scholars from IIT-Bombay participated in the event.


The event began with Dr Amiya Kumar Tripathy, Dean R&D, DBIT, the coordinator and in-charge of the event  felicitating and welcoming the dignitaries, Meeta Rajivlochan, IAS officer of the Maharashtra cadre, the Principal Secretary and Director, Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyaan, Department of Higher and Technical Education in the Government; Father Colbert Da'Silva, Director, DBCL, D Avik Bhattacharya, a senior member, IEEE GRSS-Mumbai Chapter and Dr Prasanna Nambiar, Principal, DBIT. This was followed by a prayer and lighting of the lamp.


Father Da'Silva addressed the participants and stressed on the need for educating the masses for life and livelihood and explained how DBIT, in collaboration with IEEE, wishes to make such data available to the masses. Dr Nambiar, in her address, spoke about how GIS as a technology can be used to mitigate problems and encouraged students to take active interest in using such technologies to solve social problems.


Anthony Lobo, Section Chair, IEEE-Mumbai Chapter, who could not be a part of the event, sent a message which was read by Dr Tripathy, in which he thanked the participants and the speakers for their presence and spoke about the importance of such workshops. Dr Avik Bhattacharya informed participants of the history of IEEE GRSS and the various applications of remote sensing in GIS. 


Meeta Rajivlochan gave the keynote address in which she spoke about the importance of GIS technology in the agricultural sector. She stressed on the importance of knowledge and productivity and the integration of geoinformatics and research in current education programmes which would help India transition into a knowledge economy. She also thanked DBIT for hosting the event.


Various topics like Principles of Remote Sensing, GRSS activities, Research issues in Geospatial Analysis, Smart Agriculture, GIS in climate resilient agriculture, Transit in the times of GTS, the Urban and Rural divide were covered by the research scholars.

The two-day event ended with a promise to have hands-on workshops on various topics at the earliest convenient time. The session also introduced various research and career options related to the field, to the students present there. It provided an opportunity for IT, computer and electronics engineering faculties to join hands with Remote Sensing and GIS for solving real world problems.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


by Susan D'costa


KUWAIT, OCT 4, 2017: Over one thousand youth participated in a Biblical Quiz competition, on selected parables from the Gospels, organised by a group of parishioners under the patronage of Hindi Bhashi Samudday (HBS), affiliated to the parish of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Kuwait at the Indian English Academy School, Kuwait on September 29.  


The students from standards four to ten spent part of their three-month summer break studying selected parables of Jesus, which was the mandated portion by the organisers. The elimination round, a written test was held on September 15, and 1200 youth participated. Twenty eight toppers were then selected and grouped into four teams, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Each team had seven participants.


In the mega quiz held on September 29, the four teams competed. Father Blany Pinto, Father Francisco Pereira, Father Johnson Nedumpurath, and Father Lionel Braganza were present during the finale.


Father Pinto in his opening message to the participants said, "By knowing the Bible we gain knowledge and this must lead to wisdom". He stressed that in participating in the quiz, one should never be over competitive but take part and make use of the knowledge we get, in our daily lives." Father Nedumpurath added, "Each parable of Jesus has a lesson for each one of us. If we reflect on the words deeply we get more insight and it becomes more meaningful."


The quiz consisted of seven rounds of questioning, namely, Ice breaker, Seek and you shall find, Knock and you shall receive, Audio-visuals, Parable quotes, Reflections and Rapid fire. The questions put forth to the teams were intriguing, exciting and made the audience go 'Aah!' and clap when the teams answered correctly. The audience actively participated in the various audience rounds. Maryann Soares, coordinator of team Matthew said, "The quiz was a huge success. Very well organised thanks to the hard efforts of the organisers".


Father Pereira advised the participants that like the neighbour in the parable, "Friend in need" (Luke 11), we should know when to pray and knock on the right door, do not delay to ask God for something you need. He also explained the symbol of the three breads in the parable, which refers to the Holy Trinity. He mentioned "How much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?"(Luke 11:19). He said that in this verse we have the Holy Trinity: Father, Holy Spirit and Jesus, who is narrating it to us.


The results were then declared. Team John stood first, and all members were awarded gold trophies along with the Championship Rolling Trophy, second position went to team Luke, and all members were awarded silver trophies, third position was bagged by team Matthew, all members were awarded silver medals, and team Mark in the fourth position were awarded with bronze medals. All the participants received certificates. Valence Fernandes, from the winning team, said, "It was a nerve-wracking experience. But all-in-all I had a great time."


Father Braganza interacted with the participants on parables, asked what their understanding was and explained the essence of parables. He also informed the participants of the very essence of the number '3' which appears many times in the Bible. The number 3 always refers to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.


The six months of relentless hard work by the organising team, along with the support of Father Pereira, Father Rodrigues, resulted in the event panning out as a success. "The parable quiz was well organised from start to finish. We appreciate all the efforts of the organisers and look to many more Bible quizzes," Violet D'Souza, a parent of one of the participants, said.