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Father Cyriac awarded Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Skill Development of Youth
By Fr. Christudoss
Dimapur, Aug. 31. DIMAPUR:  On the 69th Independence Day celebrations held in Itanagar, the Chief Minister Shri Nabam Tuki announced the awarding of five gold medals, ten silver medals and thirteen commendation certificates for meritorious services rendered. Among the gold-medal recipients was Father Cyriac Pulinthanathumalayil, the founder-director of Don Bosco Youth Centre in Itanagar for ''outstanding contribution to skill development of youth''.
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His programmes aimed at developing skills in computer, hospitality, spa and beauty, retail, travel and tourism, spoken English and other soft skills have opened fresh avenues to hundreds of job-seekers from the State. His novel idea of developing the personality and leadership skills of the candidates during a residential motivational soft skills training, before venturing out of the State for further specialized training and placement, has enhanced the success rate of the skill training programmes of the Government. Prior to his appointment in Itanagar, Father Cyriac had started the Don Bosco Youth Centre at Khonsa in the insurgency-infested Tirap District and initiated similar activities for the welfare of young people of Arunachal Pradesh.

The announcement and recognition of Fr. Cyriac's contribution has coincided with the celebration of the bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth on 16th August.   Don Bosco spent his life teaching useful trades to youngsters, especially the less fortunate ones. The awardee is treading the sure beaten path of the charismatic founder in ''empowering youth and enriching nation'' - the motto of the Youth Centre in Itanagar.  The Catholic Community of Arunachal is overjoyed at this singular achievement and is proud of the same. The award will be given at Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar on 20th February, the Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh.
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