INDIA: Assam Don Bosco University awarded “University of the Year” by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
(MissionNewswire) The Salesian-run Assam Don Bosco University has been awarded “University of the Year” by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The university received the award at the 14th Chamber Higher Education Summit 2018, a global conference and exhibition held in New Delhi on Oct. 30.
R. Subrahmanyam, secretary of higher education for the government of India, presented the fifth higher education excellence awards to 13 educational institutions and leaders in the field of education. The awards recognize the achievements of educational institutions and leaders that have contributed to the development of the higher education sector in the country. Father Joseph Nellanatt, Pro Vice Chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University, accepted the award on behalf of the university.
“It is indeed a proud moment for our university. Assam Don Bosco University also received a Certificate of Special Mention for Institutional Social Commitment. At the university, we want to make social commitment as our institutional distinctiveness,” says Fr. Nellanatt.
In addition to educating students enrolled in university degree programs, the Salesian university is engaged in educational initiatives in surrounding neighborhoods.
Father Nellanatt explains, “If we compare the national statistics on literacy, at least 20 percent of our population cannot read and write. Only ten percent of the country’s total population has passed grade 10. So, we believe it is our responsibility on the part of the university to contribute to the society. It is our commitment to ensure that the villages located near our university also develop as our university develops.”
Assam Don Bosco University was the first private university to be built in Assam and was founded on March 29, 2008 by the Don Bosco Society in the Salesian Province of Guwahati. The university was launched to meet the educational needs of students in northeastern India and offers graduate and postgraduate degree programs as well as research programs in various disciplines.
Assam Don Bosco University is recognized by the University Grants Commission and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. The university has also established collaborative arrangements with universities and institutions in India and around the world.
India has the world’s fourth largest economy but more than 22 percent of the country lives in poverty. About 31 percent of the world’s multidimensionally poor children live in India, according to a new report by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. A “multidimensionally poor” child is one who lacks at least one-third of 10 indicators, grouped into three dimensions of poverty: health, education and standard of living.
India’s youth face a lack of educational opportunities due to issues of caste, class and gender. Almost 44 percent of the workforce is illiterate and less than 10 percent of the working-age population has completed a secondary education. In addition, many secondary school graduates do not have the knowledge and skills to compete in today’s changing job market.
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