Empowering the Future: IBM Skills Build Program Launch at Don Bosco Arts and Science College & SIGA Polytechnic College, Chennai

On the 15th of September 2023, Don Bosco Arts and Science College and SIGA Polytechnic College, Chennai, witnessed a significant milestone in their pursuit of academic excellence and student empowerment. The prestigious IBM Skills Build Program was hosted at these esteemed institutions for the third consecutive year, reaffirming their commitment to providing students with the essential skills and knowledge required to excel in the contemporary job market.

    The event was graced by the presence of esteemed dignitaries, adding an aura of significance to the program. Reverend Fr. John Alexander SDB, the Vice-Provincial of Chennai, presided over the event as the chief guest. Fr. Joseph Leo, SDB, the Director of SURABI, played a pivotal role in the organization and execution of the event, ensuring its success. Representing IBM were Mr. Vijaya Prakash and Mr. Lawrie Colaco, who brought with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the technology and skills development domain. The Consultant of REACHA, a key collaborator, also joined this distinguished panel of guests.

    In addition to the above-mentioned dignitaries, the event saw the presence of several other notable individuals who have made significant contributions to the educational and social development sectors. Dr. Xavier, the Principal of Don Bosco Arts and Science College, and Fr. Sagayaraj Kasi, the Vice Principal, were instrumental in the coordination of the program. Fr. Joe Anand SDB, Fr. Charles Leo SDB (Vice Principal of SIGA), Fr. Sunderdoss, Fr. John Joseph SDB, and Sr. Isbell FMA, added their valuable insights and support to the event, emphasizing its importance in the context of student development.

    The event began with a warm and enthusiastic welcome by Fr. Sagayaraj, setting a positive tone for the gathering. Fr. Leo Joseph then took the stage to delve into the "4 why" reasons, elucidating the profound significance of students' active participation in the IBM Skills Build Program. He emphasized the need for students to cultivate a deep understanding of why they are pursuing specific skills, thereby instilling a sense of purpose and direction in their educational journey.

    The highlight of the event undoubtedly was the inspiring speech delivered by Fr. John Alexander. He brought his wisdom and insights to the forefront, underlining the critical importance of competency development, skill honing, and staying updated with current employability trends. Fr. Alexander's words resonated deeply with the students, faculty, and guests, motivating them to seize the opportunities presented by the IBM Skills Build Program.

    In conclusion, the IBM Skills Build Program launch at Don Bosco Arts and Science College & SIGA Polytechnic College stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment of both institutions to equip their students with the skills and knowledge essential for success in the modern job market. Through collaborations like these, students are poised for a promising future, filled with opportunities and growth. This event serves as a beacon of hope, signaling the way forward in the realm of education and employability. Don Bosco Arts and Science College and SIGA Polytechnic College, along with IBM and SURABI, have once again demonstrated their dedication to fostering a brighter future for their students and, by extension, for society as a whole.

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