Don Bosco Alumni Association : Bandel Unit
Formation : The inception of the Bandel unit can be traced back to 1987 when the ICSE pass outs felt reluctant to sever contact with their beloved Alma mater. Rev. Fr. Bertie Fernandes (Provincial Delegate , Calcutta Province ) and Mr. Ashish Paul ( Secretary of Calcutta Province ) encouraged them to become a part of the “Don Bosco Past Pupils”. The pioneering efforts of Rev. Fr. T.S.Gomes came to fruition when the Don Bosco Past Pupils Association (now called Don Bosco Alumni Association), Bandel unit , officially came into existence with a general meeting held on 03.04.1987. Fr. T.S.Gomes was nominated as Salesian Delegate, and Miss Ratna Haldar and Sir Champak Mondol were chosen as Non-Salesian Delegates. Mr. Shiv Kumar Agarwal , Mr. Ajay Kumar Agarwal and Mr. Kaushik Ghosh were elected as the first President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. The first AGM of the unit was held on 07.05.1987.
Activities of the Bandel Unit
The regular activities of the Bandel unit include the following :
1) Organising Social outreach programmes
2) Participating in Alumni activities at the Provincial level
3) Fellowship Activities
4) Organising important events
5) Reaching out to present students to animate future participation
The unit under the aegis of Rotary Eye Hospital, Hooghly organized two ‘Free Eye Check-up and Cataract Screening Camps’. In the first camp held in May 2015, around 100 patients got registered for eye check-up and eventually 37 patients underwent cataract surgery. The turnout for the second eye camp (August 2017) was even more overwhelming : 239 patients got registered, free spectacles were distributed to 105 patients and till date about 23 patients have undergone Cataract surgery.
In June 2015 , with active support from the Auxilium Convent Bandel Past Pupils (F.M.A.), the unit conducted a Blood Donation Camp and donor cards were handed out to 31 blood donors. On 26.01.2016 an Immunisation and Deworming Camp was conducted for the benefit of the younger aspirants of Don Bosco Bandel.
The unit has collaborated and assisted the school in arranging many mega events. During the Silver Jubilee celebrations of Don Bosco School , Bandel (2003) , the unit was entrusted with organizing a gala closing ceremony which featured the renowned play back singer Vinod Rathod. The Unit celebrated its own 20 years of inception in 2007 by organizing a lavish musical soiree in which singer Usha Uthup was the star performer.
The Unit’s Silver Jubilee year (2013) was also celebrated in a grand style through a musical concert featuring the rock band ‘Krosswinds’. In a bid to make its presence felt amongst the present pupils , the Unit organized football and cricket matches. Most recently, on November 14th 2017, the Unit decorated a part of the school campus to help in the celebrations of the Children’s Day.
The following is the list of Alumni members who will form the New Alumni Council on 10th December 2017.
DBB unit of the Alumni Association is animated by Fr. E.J. Anthony, the Rector of the Community. Office bearers of the New Unit Council are as follows:
President: Mr. Kasmic Kumar Pal
Vice President (Sr.): Mr. Ajay Prasad Gupta
Vice President (GEX): Mr. Rahul Singh
Secretary: Mr. Sourav Modak
Treasurer: Mr. Moitraya Das Gupta
The remaining Council Members are:
Mr. Ajay Kumar Agarwal
Mr. Rajat Bose
Mr. Soham Kanti Bishnu
Mr. Subhadeep Banerjee