Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Sunday said young minds need to be groomed properly to build the nation.
Mein said this while attending the concluding session of the 7th national convention of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco (PPDB) at Don Bosco Youth Centre here.
The convention was organised by the Itanagar unit of Indian National Federation of Past Pupils of Don Bosco with the theme, ‘Past Pupils of Don Bosco towards Nation Building’.
Mein said, “Ours is a country of innovations and technology and we must groom the young minds to develop innovative ideas by making the best use of the technology. Though Arunachal Pradesh is a late starter in the field of education, we have come a long way.”
He emphasised to impart education on skill development to the youths to make them capable of engaging themselves in self-employable activities after completion of their education and enable them to get jobs in private companies or in government.
He also said that distraction among the students and prevalent drug addiction among the youths is a huge challenge before us. “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, an alumnus of Don Bosco School, Guwahati and chief patron of the organising committee further said, “We were groomed, shaped and nourished by the fathers of the school in our childhood days.”
Crediting his achievements to Don Bosco, Mein said, “We have become what we are today because of their teaching and disciplining in our early age.”
He also thanked the Fathers of Don Bosco for the sacrifices they have made for the cause of spreading education and health services across the country since the time of pre-independence era when our people were still ignorant about the importance of education.
Former Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, an alumnus of Don Bosco School, Shillong and one of the patrons of the organising committee, shared his experienced and memories of the school on the occasion. “We have learned to be on time, how to make use of scarce water and to value even one piece of food,” he said.
About 400 delegates from all over India and foreign delegates participated in the four-day convention that concluded on Sunday.