ITANAGAR, Nov 18: “We must groom the young minds in right directions to build our country,”, said Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein in his concluding address to 7th national convention of Past Pupils of Don Bosco (PPDB) at DBYC here on Sunday.
The event, organized by Itanagar unit of Indian National Federation of PPDB, themed “towards nation building”.
“India is the country of innovations & technology and we must groom the young minds to develop, innovative ideas by making best use of technology,” Mein said, adding though “Arunachal Pradesh is a late starter in education, still we have come a long way”.
He stressed on skill development to the youths to make them capable of taking up self-employable activities after completion of their education and enable them to get jobs in private companies or in Govt. The distractions among the students and prevalent drug addictions among the youths are a huge challenge before us and “We must find out ways how to bring back those youths to the mainstream of life for a peaceful and healthy society”, he said.
Mein, who himself is an alumnus of Don Bosco School, Guwahati and chief patron of organizing committee, said, “we are groomed, shaped and nourished by school fathers during our childhood days”. Crediting his achievement to Don Bosco, he said, “we have become what we are today because of their teaching and disciplining us in our early age”. He expressed his thankfulness to Don Bosco fathers for the sacrifices they have made for the cause of spreading education and health services across India since the time of pre-independence era when people were still ignorant about e importance of education.
Former Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, also an alumnus of Don Bosco School, Shillong and a patron of organizing committee, recalled his experiences and memories of school days on the occasion. “We have learned to be on time, how to make use of scarce water and to value even each piece of food. Mother Teresa those days used to collect left out food of the hostels and gave it to those homeless and needy in the streets, he recalled.
About 400 delegates from all over India and abroad took part in the three-day convention. (PRO)