"Collaboration, when well designed, is a powerful tool: It nurtures value creation and sparks creativity among individuals, teams and organizations"...Kellogg School of Management.
One important factor for successful management education is the pedagogy. Management education, like real businesses, relies greatly on collaboration and application; more so with the improvements in technology which has made the world flat. DBIM has established itself as the regional resource centers for Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) and Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur (RGNIYD).
In view of the aforesaid arrangements, DBIM conducted a certificate program in "Leadership and Managerial Proficiency (LAMP)" for 8 weeks starting from April 20, 2012. The program was conceived by XIMB in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Recently, DBIM hosted a month long internship program from January 15 to February 14, 2013 titled "Rajiv Gandhi Youth Leadership Internship Program (RGYLIP)"which had forty post graduate students participating from across the North East. The programme which was a joint initiative of the Tamil Nadu based RGNIYD.
An underlying principle that is widely supported as being crucial to an effective response to HIV and AIDS is the principle of the involvement of people living with HIV and AIDS. PLHIVs involvement is vital not only in campaigns, public speaking, counseling, treatment preparedness, service delivery, but also in policy formulation, development and monitoring of programmes, group networking and sharing, negotiations with decision makers and advocacy for effective implementation. Strengthening the capacity of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) therefore has significant importance in light of the need for promotion of greater involvement of PLHIV in response to HIV.
In order to facilitate and ensure PLHIVs active involvement in all these domains, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) had earlier designed and launched a Certificate Programme in Leadership and Managerial Proficiency (LAMP). This programme enabled 93 PLHIVs from different states of India in acquiring knowledge, skills and attitude appropriate to manage their professional and personal life. Based on this experience, UNDP and XIMB have decided to design and offer a similar programme for the People Living with HIV in the four North East States of India- Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland. This certificate programme is being conducted in collaboration with Don Bosco Institute of Management (DBIM), Guwahati and NACO's North East Regional Office (NERO), Guwahati.
The dedication of the LAMP programme for the North Eastern Region took place at DBI, Guwahati on Friday, 20th April 2012. The programme was dedicated by Fr. Johnson Parackal, Director, Bosco Reachout. Other dignitaries present in the programme were, Fr. V. M. Thomas sdb, Executive Director, DBI and Rector, DBIM, Prof. S Peppin, Programme Coordinator, LAMP, Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB), Ms. Lalnunmawii Pachuau, Regional Project Officer, UNDP (Mainstreaming) and Dr. Rebecca Sonate, Regional Programme Advisor, NERO. The programme is of 8 week duration comprising of 5 weeks of classroom learning and 3 weeks of field learning. The programme is residential and is being held at the Don Bosco Institute of Management (DBIM), Guwahati. In total 38 participants from Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland is attending the programme.
Don Bosco Institute hosted a month long internship program from 15th January to 14th Feb’13 titled “Rajiv Gandhi Youth Leadership Internship Program” which had forty post graduate students participating from across the North East. The programme which was a joint initiative of the Tamil Nadu based Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development along with DBI, was inaugurated by Fr. Johnson Parackal, Executive Director, DBI.
RGNIYD is a institute of national importance recognized by an act of parliament which endeavors to facilitate our nation’s youth with a conducive environment and tools that will enable them to make the most of their natural potential to realize their aspirations. The programme exclusively focused on holistic development of the youth through an array of training and innovative techniques of learning which included field visits and classroom sessions. The programme was designed to expose the participants to a wide range of topics from management, leadership techniques, conflict resolution, Governance and Transparency, Millennium Development goals and the role of youth, etc.
In his inaugural address Fr. Johnson, said that young people constitute the country’s vital resources and are important pillars that build the future of a nation. He also mentioned that the institute, being a powerhouse for young people , was privileged to conduct the programme for the youth of the region. He also implored the participants to grab the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents latent inside them.
The programme was co-ordinated under the leadership of Fr. Cletus, sdb, Deputy Director , DBI and was aided by Mr. Bikash Kalita, a faculty from DBIM. The objective of the programme was to provide the interns with genuine social experience and expose them to the ground realities of the society to enable them to enhance their leadership potential, to connect them to the community processes and provide them insights to social issues like gender discrimination and unemployment.
The month long programme had very eminent resource persons who took sessions for the interns including Dr. Athiqul H. Laskar, a retired Americal army officer and life skills trainer, Mr. Sunil Basumatary, Head of NSS Regional centre Guwahati, Dr. Rajmani Singh, Associate Professor from Manipur University, Dr. Mariett and Dr. Uma, Associate Professors from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, senior faculty from Assam Don Bosco University including a host of other eminent speakers. The entire faculty team of Don Bosco Institute of Management which manages the MBA programme was actively involved in the conduct of the sessions in varied management subjects ranging from business planning to Financial Accounting, Human Resource Development, Management Information Systems, etc.
The programme also included a four day study tour of Meghalaya which was undertaken from 1st Feb to 4th Feb’13. As it was exposure trip; the participants visited some of the socially significant sites as well as a few renowned institutes.
On the way to Siloam, the participants visited Shantivan, the Mother Teresa Leprosy Care Centre and the Save our Souls (SOS) village which is the home for orphaned or abandoned children. This really was an eye-opener for most of the participants as they gained a lot of insights by their interaction in both the places. Their stay was at Siloam, the Don Bosco Centre for Transformational leadership. Fr. George, the Director of the centre; a renowned psychologist and counselor took a session on Self-Esteem for the participants. During his interaction with the students, he emphasized on the different aspects of self esteem, both high and low and gave insights on how to check both in our everyday life.
The interns also visited some of the important tourist attractions in Shillong like the Shillong peak, Elephant Falls, the Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Culture at DBCIC(Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture), Mawlai, which is Asia's largest Museum of Indigenous Cultures of its kind. The participants also experienced the “sky walker” which gives a 360degree panoramic view of the picturesque city of Shillong.
They also had a brief stopover at Nazereth Hospital which is a is one of the oldest hospitals in Shillong belonging to the Archdiocese of Shillong. They also visited the Rural Resource and Training Centre (RRTC) Umran, Ri bhoi District and had a interaction with Fr. James Mani, sdb, who’s the Director. The participants were given hands on experience and gained a lot of knowledge on the subjects like organic cultivation, bakery, bee keeping, fishery, piggery, dairy farm, mushroom cultivation, food processing unit, integrated farming, bee keeping, horticulture etc. when they were taken on a tour of the campus of RRTC.
Another highlight of the study tour was the sightseeing trip to Cherrapunjee, which is regarded to be the wettest place on earth after Mawsynram. On the way they visited the Ramkrishna Mission at Cherrapunjee which is an institution which through its chain of schools fosters and strengthens the spirit of national integration. They also went to Mawsmai cave where they experienced the process of formation of sedimentary rocks, then to Thangharang Park, Cheerapunji which situated at a distance of 12 km from Cherrapunji. It is located just besides the Khoh Ramhah rock and offers a 180 degree view of the Bangladesh plains below.
Then, after spending half a day there, the participants boarded their bus towards their inward journey to DBI. For all the participants, it was as memorable outing, wherein they got an insight into the social obligations that we have towards the deprived sections of the society and also the limitless opportunities that awaits for employment generation to become dependable citizens of the community. All the participants came back with an aspiration to bring about positive changes to their own community as the trip opened up new perspectives of thought and they took a pledge that they would be the initiators of change as Gandhiji in one of his famous sayings said “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”
The grand finale of the month long internship program was held on 14th February 2013, which was graced by the presence of His Excellency, Sri Ranjit Sekhar Mooshahary, Governor of Meghalaya, as the Chief Guest and Fr. V. M. Thomas, sdb, Salesian Provincial, Guwahati, as Guest of Honour and Mr. Kumarvel who was the representative from Rajiv Gandhi University. Fr. Parackal, Executive Director, DBI welcomed and felicitated both the Governor of Meghalaya and the Salesian Provincial of Guwahati, to the Valedictory Programme. The Governor, in his speech, stressed on being sensitive to the changing values in the society and urged the participants to effective contribute to the nation building process. He said, “You are full of dreams now, but transform them into realities.” Fr. V. M. Thomas expressed his views on the importance of holding such programmes continuously in the region, by which the right leadership skills of the students can be built up. He said, “You are our future and you are a transforming power.”
The spectators were enthralled with some vibrant cultural shows which was choreographed by Fr. Cletus, the Deputy Director. The occasion also witnessed the release of a book titled ‘The Secrets of High Achievers – 17 Lessons from the World’s Great Achievers’, authored by Fr. John Parankimalil. The book is a wake-up call for those who aspire to be achievers. The Governor, while releasing the book, emphasized the students to stand united in the society, build their own future, achieve high success in life and be the World Changers.