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Shilpangon 2011 - Shaping Nation Builders
By KNOTS Correspondent
Kolkata, Jun. 2. Shilpangon 2011 - Don Bosco Job Fair was organized by Don Bosco Tech. Kolkata at Don Bosco School, Park Circus on 20th May, 2011. Mr. SJ Amalan, Reg. Director, RDAT Eastern Region, Government of India, addressed the assembly as the chief guest, while Fr. AM Jose DB Tech Head, Fr. MC Jose DB DOC Director and Fr. Jose Podimattam Technical Head shared the dais with Br. TV Mathew who was the moderator of the function. The Job Fair was participated by over 1000 students, who were interviewed by 27 companies.
Shilpangon 2011 began on a joyful note with a welcome speech by Fr. Siby Vadakel, Rector and Principal of Don Bosco School, Park Circus. While describing the works of Don Bosco Institutes, he stated that the society is enriched by the God fearing, productive, responsible and dedicated young apprentices who pass out of Don Bosco Institutions.

The prayer dance prepared by Don Bosco Nitika Tuition Centre preceded the welcome accorded to the dignitaries and the lamp lighting ceremony. Shaping Nation Builders -  a short documentary on DB Tech Schools in Kolkata province, was screened.

Bridging Gaps - a symposium centered on the theme - brining industries and skilled labour together, was moderated by Br. TV Mathew.  Br. Mathew spoke about the wide gap that is existing between the Indian workforce, estimated to be four hundred million and the meagre two percent skilled human resources. He highlighted that Don Bosco Tech has made tangible contribution by training 11,600 youth who are not only just breadwinners but also nation builders.

Mr. SJ Amalan, the chief guest addressed the youth with a presentation on Government's Plan to empower the youth to bridge industry's skill gap. He compared the Indian skill scenario with the European society and job market, while stressing on the need for a shifting paradigm, whereby people centric business needs to evolve. He congratulated Don Bosco team for uplifting the low performers and collaborating with the Government.

Fr. AM Jose, the Executive Director of DB Tech India, spoke about DB Tech's role in bridging the skill gap.  He gave an outline of DB Tech projects which spread across twenty five states, with the objective to train one lakh BPL youth by 2012. He said that tie-ups with several industries namely ITC, Taj, Siemens, TATA, Kitex and many others have enabled the training institutes to bridge the gap between providing employment and the needs of the industry.

Mr. Sankar Goswami, Siemens Regional Head - East, spoke on the Expectation of the industry and the emerging technologies of tomorrow.  Siemens an international company is currently making its presence in 192 countries. Around 30,000 to 50,000 operators are required for three shifts as annually 20, 000 machines are imported by the industry. In the Eastern region of India, Siemens has collaborated with Don Bosco for the past five years. Mr. Goswami said that Don Bosco students are knowledgeable, communicative and dedicated to their work.

Fr. MC Jose, Director of Don Bosco Development Society Calcutta (DB/DOC) inspired the youth with a short description of the life of Don Bosco. He spoke about the work of the Salesians in various Indian provinces empowering the poor and contributing to nation building.
Fr. Jose Podimattam, the Technical Head of Don Bosco Kolkata thanked the Core Team, the supporters as Srachi, Kingfisher, Sana Beach, Tata Steels, Munna Maharaj, Past Pupils of Don Bosco, Designers and others attending the Job Fair, as well as the students and the staff and all who were present.

The symposium was followed by recruitment and interview sessions which concluded at 5.00 PM.  The different domains represented were: Mechanics, Hospitality, ITES, R & A/C, Welding, Construction, Electricals, Electronics, Sales & Marketing, ISMO, Tourism, Financial Accounting, Automobile and Carpentry.

Shilpangon 2011 which is becoming a household name, is the first fair of its kind, to be passed on. It is essentially the continuation of the work that Don Bosco started to meet the demands of the industry, during the time of the industrial revolution.
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