Tuesday, July 25, 2017


by Brother Sheldon Dias 


CHHOTAUDEPUR, JULY 25, 2017: Twenty-seven teams comprising of 243 youth from across Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, participated in the 7–a-side Past Pupil Cup at the Don Bosco Chhotaudepur football pitch on July 23.


The tournament – with an aim to provide an inclusive platform to both present and past pupils – drew youth in their numbers to rejuvenate the Salesian spirit. The tournament, a festive gathering of students of Don Bosco institutions in and around Gujarat, was organised by the past pupils of Don Bosco Chhotaudepur under the guidance of Brother Ramesh Durairaj.  

The tournament kicked off with an exhibition match between the students of standard six and nine. The first round was held on a knock-out basis, after which the remaining teams were divided under four leagues. A round robin format followed, which eventually led to a 'Champions League' final where CFC Don Bosco edged out Don Bosco Snehalya 1-0 on penalties to claim the title. 


The CFC Don Bosco team consisted of the past pupils of Chhotaudepur 2014 batch. They gifted the cash prize of Rs 5000 to the institute for encouraging the present generation in sports. "The team spirit was fantastic," Ganesh Rathwa, a member of the wining team, said. "All the pupils supported each other really well and the day has marked a brilliant end retaining the title for us."

"We were thrilled to host the 7-a-side Cup once again following the success of the event in previous years," Brother Durairaj, said. Vijay Rauji, past pupil of the institute now currently working with Reserve Bank of India, sports department, was the chief guest at the event. He said, "Don Bosco has always catered to holistic formation of every individual and students like me are examples of its success. Yes, it has been an important part of my life. Thanks to all the fathers and brothers who made this difference in my life."


Father Charlin Chandran from Alirajpur was invited to represent all the Salesians - priests and brothers - from the region, who joined in the game too. "Sports is really a powerful means, to unite all of us under the banner of Don Bosco, " Father Chandran said.


by Mehtab Shinde


PUNE, JULY 25, 2017: Twenty- seven girls of Don Bosco High School, Pune, attended a career guidance course conducted by the telecom giant Ericsson at Giga Space, Pune on July 21.


An eight-member human resources team of the company led by Pradnya, organised and animated an interactive session on telecommunications, especially for girls to enhance female contribution in the IT field.  They began with dividing the girls in three equal teams with three different colour bands.


The groups were then taken to different stalls to study the working system of Ericsson and other telecommunication companies. Anushka, Atul and Kanika, currently working with the company as engineers, taught the girls about evolution of the concept of generations from 1G to 4G. There were other stalls that touched on the history and innovations of Ericsson.


In the second session, the girls were taken for a short visit to the different floors of the office where they learnt about the different facets of the company.


"It was a wonderful experience, the workspace and their system of working has really impressed me, I always wanted to take science after tenth but now I will ensure that I will take up subjects that are necessary to take up engineering after twelfth," Fatima Shaikh from standard 10, said.


"It's a pleasure sharing our experience with such young enthusiastic girls who are so inquisitive and I am sure soon we will step into 5G when you join us," Rajesh, from Ericsson, said. The students finally departed with goodies and certificates of participation on behalf of Ericsson, Giga Space.


by Father Bento D'Souza


KARJAT, JULY 25, 2017: Ninety four non-formal technical students of Don Bosco Yuva Sanstha (DBYS)and Mountain eco–spirituality adventure camp embarked on a trek to Vadapgav's waterfall mountain on July 22 to mark the end of the 22nd Training course for electricians at DBYS in Karjat.


Forty-six electricians, 18 refrigeration and air conditioning students, 13 welding students and 17 foundation students were part of the group that set out for the day-long picnic.  


The monsoon splash in the waterfall ended with the group enjoying the speciality of Karjat, namely vada pav and tea. In all, 440 student electricians have got trained at the institute in a span of three months. Many have been successfully placed.


Following the picnic, 22 electrical students were felicitated at the morning assembly. Students sang the Bollywood tune, 'Chalte Chalte mera ye geet yad rakhna', to bid farewell to the class of 2017. 


by Himshweta Dubey 


MUMBAI, JULY 25, 2017: Students from standard seven of St. Joseph's High School, Wadala visited the Science Train Exhibition, which is the first ever mobile-science exhibition, held at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus on July 20.


The 16-coach train stationed on platforms 10 and 11 was fitted with exhibitions on various themes, including biodiversity, wildlife conservation and temperature change. It gave students the opportunity to conduct experiments and participate in various environment-themed games.


The Department of Science and Technology organised the novel event to raise awareness about climate change. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had inaugurated the exhibition in New Delhi on February 19.


The students from St. Joseph's alongside their teachers Mansi Chavan and Manali Bhanushali reached the iconic train station at 9:45 am. They were taught concepts like biotechnology, diversity and adaptations. It was a knowledgeable experience for the young lads.

Monday, July 24, 2017


by Perpetual Nazareth


MUMBAI, JULY 24, 2017: Around 300 standard eight students from Don Bosco High School, Matunga, along with their teachers, had a celestial experience on July 20, as they embarked on a star-gazing mission to the Nehru Science Centre, Worli as part of an experience to enjoy the basic principles and marvels of science and technology.


Given that – on July 20, 1969 - Neil Armstrong, had first stepped foot on the moon, the Science centre gave students an interactive show on the moon. The moon was projected on a giant animated 3D earth globe. This globe appeared to be floating in mid-air and even rotated on its axis.

"The show was fascinating. I came to know how the moon was formed, why it is spherical in shape and why it has craters," Craig D'Souza, a student, said. "We saw our planet Earth displayed as a giant 3D sphere. The oceans and our continents all looked so real."


"The information given in science on a sphere, about the moon made the students more curious to learn about our solar system," Nikki Sharma, a teacher, added.


The Science film "Alaska: Spirit of the Wild" was also screened and it took the students into the world of cold- where the director explored its rich history, varied wildlife and harsh climate. 

The film featured an abundance of Alaskan wildlife including the moose, bears, sea-lions, wolves, caribou and humpbacked whales. The 30 minute film was a perfect example of merging education with entertainment.


"I learnt a lot about the wildlife in Alaska, how they live in hibernation and also how they hunt for their food," Boris Fernandes, a student, said. "The movie on Alaska was an eye opener on how different species are becoming extinct due to global warming," a teacher added.

Friday, July 21, 2017


by BIS Correspondent


MUMBAI, JULY 21, 2017: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Matunga completed a Vocational Education Programme for more than 400 children, from 17 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) run night schools in Mumbai from October 2016 onwards.


The project was in collaboration with MASOOM organisation and included electrician, mobile repairing, beautician and two-three wheeler repairing courses. Night schools usually operate from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm and serve migrant and working class population.


DBDS staff conducted this programme twice a week for two hours each at all night schools. Students were motivated and eager to learn new skills. In addition to the experience gained, the programme also provided students with an extra income through DBDS placement assistance in the respective fields.


School dropouts and unemployed youth got a chance to equip themselves with skills required for employment. Youth already working got a chance to upgrade their pre-existing skill sets. Another positive result of the vocational education programme was that it saw an increase in the regular attendance of the night schools.

Father Rolvin D'Mello, executive director – DBDS, specially thanked Royal D'Souza and the entire outreach department of DBCL, Kurla (Mumbai) for supporting DBDS team in the implementation of this project.