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posted May 23, 2018, 10:02 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 23, 2018, 10:02 AM ]

DBCL hosts Mahakaushalya 2018

Don Bosco Centre of Learning (DBCL) and St Joseph Industrial Training Institute (SJITI), with its mission to skill the young for life and livelihood, played host to the MahaKaushalya 2018: India Skills Maharashtra Competition, organised by the Maharashtra State Skill Development Society (MSSDS) and Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET), in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The mega event was preceded by a cluster skill competition held on May 4, which was the elimination round for the state level competition. Fr Mario Vaz, Vice Rector and Executive Director of DBCL, welcomed the gathering and gave a brief introduction of Don Bosco and DBCL Kurla.

The event started with the inauguration ceremony at 11 am, where the speakers emphasised that skills are the foundation of modern life. Everything from the houses we live in, to the societies we create, is the result of skills. They are the driving force behind successful careers and companies, thriving industries and economies.

The World Skills Competition takes place every two years, and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects the global industry. The competitors represent the best among their peers, and are selected from skills competitions in World Skills member countries and regions. They demonstrate technical abilities, both individually and collectively, to execute specific tasks for which they study or perform at their workplace.

After the inauguration, the competitors reported to the various testing areas to participate in the event. Training was provided by experts to give equal opportunity to the competitors, and then the testing was conducted. Competitors showed their skill in auto body repair, automotive technologies, car painting, architecture, stone masonry, electrical installation, electronics, floristry, beauty therapy, brick laying, carpentry, cabinet making, information network cabling, IT software solutions for business, industrial control, hair dressing, mechanical engineering, CAD, refrigeration and air conditioning, web design and development, welding, industrial control, bakery, cooking, confectionery and restaurant services.

It was a tough challenge, and the competitors battled it out to win a berth in the regional competition, followed by a national skills competition. Russel Fernandes from automotive technology, Rohit Kharatmol from car painting, Shivaim Shukla from electronics, Saifali Khan from refrigeration and air-conditioning, and Belim Hanif from plumbing, won gold medals; Akash Pawar from car painting, Nishad Chandan from auto body repair and Shrinavas Boga from cooking, bagged silver medals for DBCL Kurla. Only one candidate from each trade will represent India at the World Skill competition 2019 in Kazan, Russia.

The final Awards ceremony began at 6 pm in the presence of the Guest of Honour E Ravindran, CEO Maharastra State Skills Development Society, Anil Jadhao, Joint Director – Directorate of Vocational Education and Training, K Nandkumar, Chairman and MD of Chemptols industries Pvt. Ltd and PV Rao, Director of HR – Blue Star.


Kick, Dodge, Goal, Repeat…

On the first anniversary of the consecration of Bishop Allwyn D'Silva, the second edition of the 'Bishop Allwyn D'Silva Rink Football Championship' was organised on May 19-20, 2018 by the Sports Council of St John the Baptist Church, Thane.

The Sports Council believes that sports are as important as academics. 32 enthusiastic teams participated this year, coming from 25 parishes of the Archdiocese of Bombay, giving them a platform to perform and showcase their skills on St John's ground. The aim was to ensure healthy participation, teach values and life lessons for building character. The participants, through their words and actions, translate the values of sports into daily life; respect for oneself and others, fairness, grace in defeat, and humility in victory. Discipline, hard work, sacrifice, practice, and preparation maximise the chances for success. Learning to cooperate with others, working for a common goal and believing that importance of the team supersedes individual accomplishments encourages good team bonding.

The inauguration ceremony commenced with the ribbon cutting by Bishop Allwyn D'Silva and our Chief Guest, Dy. Commissioner of Police – Economic Offences Wing and Cyber Crime, Thane City Dr Sandeep Bhajibhakare, accompanied by Parish Priests Rev. Fr Gerry Fernandes (St John the Baptist, Thane), Rev. Fr Rudolph Andrades (Our Lady of Mercy, Pokhran), Rev. Fr Gervis D'Souza (Our Lady of Fatima, Majiwada) and the Parish Fathers. The dignitaries were welcomed and felicitated on the dais, and the welcome address was delivered by DCP Dr Sandeep Bhajibhakare, who highlighted that sports teaches many things that books cannot. He emphasised that just victory and defeat are not important, but in trying, we learn to win and lose gracefully. A souvenir was released to mark the second edition of the Bishop Allwyn D'Silva Rink Football Championship. Being Pentecost, the hymn 'Welcome Holy Spirit' was appropriately sung, followed by a reading, prayer and recitation of the 'Sportsman Prayer' by one of the players. 22 matches were conducted on two grounds simultaneously. All had a great day, and had their fair share of cheering and motivating to help the players showcase their best. The games were completed in time with no casualties.

The Chief Guest for the Finale on Day 2 was Mr Henry Menezes, CEO of the Western India Football Association and a former Indian Goalkeeper. Mr Menezes shared his thoughts on sports being the best teacher to inculcate discipline, camaraderie and fitness. Seven matches were held on the final day. Once again, the finale began with a kick-off by Bishop Allwyn D'Silva and Mr Henry Menezes. The two teams that reached the final were Sacred Heart, Vashi and St Blaise, Amboli. Both teams put their best foot forward to the very end.

Sacred Heart, Vashi, led by Axel Peters, was declared the winner, and the Runners-Up was St Blaise, Amboli, led by Joel Fernandes. The Player of the Tournament was Francisco Domnic from Sacred Heart; the Top Scorer was Jason Miranda from St Blaise. Both teams were felicitated by Bishop Allwyn D'Silva and the Chief Guest Mr Henry Menezes with trophies, medals, cash prizes and gifts.

Rev. Fr Ernest Fernandes thanked one and all for their love and support in executing the entire Championship for the two days and for making it a grand success.

RIP, Fr Lloyd Rodrigues SDB

Fr Lloyd Rodrigues SDB passed away at 4:30 pm. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Karuna Hospital, Borivli, Mumbai. He was the Vice Rector and Administrator at Bosco Boys' Home, Borivli. The Requiem Mass was held on May 18 at Don Bosco Church, Borivli (W). The Funeral Mass was held at 3:30 pm on May 18 at the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Matunga, followed by burial at the Sewri Cemetery.

Fr Lloyd Rodrigues was a joyful priest who touched millions of hearts with compassion and love. He is deeply mourned by his mother, Philomena Rodrigues, and his loved ones, and the Salesians of the Salesian Province of Mumbai.

He was born on January 4, 1962, and completed his first profession and joined the Salesians on May 24, 1980, and was ordained a priest on December 29, 1990 at the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Matunga.



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