PANJIM: Don Bosco College’s B P Ed department came out with flying colours with the eighth batch comprising 28 students securing cent per cent results
at the examination conducted by Goa University in April last.
Sixteen students secured distinction and 12 first class, thus giving the college an oustanding achievement.
Principal Dr Marie Raj stated that the department always did very well and that a vast majority of graduates would be readily absorbed inn various schools, both in Goa as well as outside the State. “The credit goes to the Salesians, the management, the faculty, including the guest lecturers and the students for achieving such a standard,” pointed out Dr Marie Raj.
Don Bosco (Panjim) Administrator, Fr Willy Fernandes recorded with gratitude the selfless and dedicated efforts of all those who were involved, directly or indirectly, in moulding the students during the past academic year, especially the head, faculty members, the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affaris, Sports Authority of Goa, Porto University, Sporting Clube de Goa, St John Ambulance (Goa), Lions Club of Panjim-Mala Fontainhas and several others who lent a helping hand in the organisation of several programmes including the workshop by Dr Ana Luisa Pereira, an expert of Porto University on sociology of sports.
Don Bosco’s is the only college in Goa to conduct the one-year degree course leading to B P Ed on their own, on self-financing basis, without getting Government’s grant-in-aid. The college has maintained high standards all these years, all by themselves and aims at raising the bar still higher with the help of Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs.
DSYA Director, V M Prabhudesai will address the students and hold a high-level meeting with the college authorities tomorrow with a view to further solidify the course within the prescribed curriculum approved by Goa University. “We need to lay more emphasis on the practical aspect, so that the students can demonstrate the expertise needed in various sports,” remarked Prabhuduesai.
Fr Savio Gomes, the new Rector, disclosed that the faculty has been strenghtened with two lecturers, both ex-students of Don Bosco College who were with the Pune and Bombay University institutions.
“Our students earn placements through campus selection. This year, eight of them were selected by an American Company based in Bangalore and have been already assured positions,” stated Fr Savio.
In order to provide high quality infrastructure, Don Bosco plan to shift the college in future to an independent location with state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities. They also hope that the Government will provide the necessary grant-in-aid, like it is being done for B A, B Sc, B Com courses in Goan colleges.
Don Bosco must be applauded for introducing the B P Ed course in the first instance in 2004, when actually there was a demand being made right from 1970s, when most of the P E teachers were being imported from elsewhere and the Goan boys and girls had to move out of the State in order to get the degree.
The Sports Policy talks about promotion of the physical education college and one hopes that the Government would only reinforce what exists today, for the private sector has always maintained high standards. That apart, the Government will have to overhaul the P E syllabus in schools with adequate evaluation system.