The Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) has launched a new post graduate program in Child Rights and Development (MA-CRD) from this academic year beginning this month. The program, organized in collaboration with and conducted at the Snehalaya Centre for Child Rights and Research Guwahati, is the seventh Master’s program at ADBU with the others being M.Tech, MCA, MSW, MSc in Psychological Counseling, MA in Educational Leadership and MBA. ADBU Vice Chancellor Fr Stephen Mavely said today that the MA-CRD course focuses on Child Rights as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In the context of development using innovative research, education and capacity building, it seeks to draw on the strengths of children, their families, communities and culture, Mavely said. The Vice Chancellor pointed out that the aim of the course was to enhance the capacity of individuals, organizations, and governments, to effectively use the existing legal provisions, insights from developmental psychology and the findings of contemporary research to transform systems and create peace and dignity for children.
The practical involvement of the students will build a strong foundation given through theoretical inputs as the students would be exposed to ground realities, Coordinator of the Course and Director of Snehalaya Centre for Child Rights Salesian Fr Lukose Cheruvalel said. The Assam Don Bosco University was established as the first State University of Assam in the private sector by the Assam Don Bosco University Act 2009. The Don Bosco Society is spread across 130 countries and has 15 universities worldwide but ADBU is its first University in India.