India - "Assam Don Bosco University": building the nation through socially engaged research and sustainability

20 September 2019

(ANS - Guwahati) - The "Assam Don Bosco University" was founded in 2008 with the aim of "shaping intellectually competent young people, morally upright, socially committed and spiritually inspired to serve India and the world". The University was established to offer study programs relevant to the children of North East India, without neglecting their focus to social commitment. The objective of the "Assam Don Bosco University" is, and will always be, to form upright citizens, who can be active agents of social transformation in the future, wherever they are in the world.

The "Assam Don Bosco University" has joined the appeal launched by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modji, "Make in India". Indeed, the Nanotechnology Center of Excellence of the University has developed specific low-cost tools that have a significant impact on human life, including an innovative water purifier. The latter, which uses a "green" technology for filtration and purification of groundwater and surface water, has already been installed in 12 villages and guarantees easier access to drinking water.

Other innovative studies are carried out by the University's Organic Research Laboratory, currently involved, together with the Department of Biotechnology, in the development of synthetic strategies to create new antimalarial drugs. Furthermore, the Laboratory is studying the properties of Agar wood, a medicinal and aromatic plant from Northern India, with the aim of improving the living and health standards of the inhabitants of the country's rural areas.

Furthermore, the University is currently leading the "SDG 7" initiative, an initiative aimed at the use of clean and accessible energy, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the United Nations. For this reason, the "Assam Don Bosco University" has installed photovoltaic panels, using the free spaces on the roofs which, it is estimated, will reduce the energy costs incurred by the University by 16-20% per month. Always with the aim of making maximum use of renewable energy sources, the University has created water reservoirs that feed the entire campus, using natural waterways.

The University wants to convey a mentality of social commitment as a lifestyle for every student. For this reason, it is involved in numerous programs aimed at providing vocational training for unemployed young people and at guaranteeing educational support for children and young people in rural villages that are close to the campus.

"As responsible citizens," said Fr Stephen Mavely, Vice-Rector, "we must be aware of the choices we make, take responsibility for our actions and take proactive measures to safeguard and protect the environment."


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