India’s home minister has honoured a Catholic priest on the occasion of Arunachal Pradesh’s 31st statehood day. Salesian Father Cyriac Pulinthanathumalayil of Dimapur province received a state award Gold Medal for Excellence in Youth work from home minister Minister Rajanath Signh at a function on February 20 in the state capital of Itanagar.
The priest set up two youth centers in the northeastern Indian state
over past 16 years.
Fr. Pulinthanathumalayil set up the first youth
center at Khonsa in East Arunachal, district headquarters of Borduria,
in 2000. In 2007 he started the Don Bosco Youth Centre in Itanagar in
The citation reads, “The Don Bosco Youth center has
helped hundreds of young people from the state to find jobs in various
parts of the country.”
The award function, held at Indira Gandhi Park in Itanagar, was
attended by Chief Minister Pema Khandu; federal Minister of State for
Home Kiren Rijiju; Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein; Arunachal Home
Minister Kumar Waii and Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin.
Chief Minister Khandu visiting the youth center to inaugurate Tadar
Taniang Hall and unveil the foundation slab of Dorjee Khandu Annexe
said, “I appreciate that Don Bosco Youth Centre in Itanagar for last
many years have been channelizing the youth’s potential enabling them to
live a dignified life. I am happy that most of the passed out trainee
from the center have been able to secure a livelihood for themselves.”
Training programs at the youth center include skill training in
computer, hospitality, spoken English and other soft skills. The center
has also collaborated with India’s major vocational training providers
such as SBJ, Greater Noida; VLCC, New Delhi; MIE, New Delhi, Orion
Edutech, Kolkata; O2 Skills, Hyderabad; Chrysallys Accademy, New Delhi
and International Institute of Wellness, Greater Noida from 2011.
Besides providing career guidance to youth to join for appropriate
courses in these centers, Fr. Pulinthanathumalayil also followed
them up throughout their training by visiting them and providing them
follow-up counseling. The youth center in collaboration with Rajiv
Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur,
Tamil Nadu, has also initiated the much-appreciated North East Youth
Fest at Chandigarh which has become yearly feature for NE youth residing
Public Health Engineering Minister Bamang Felix endorses Fr.
Pulinthanathumalayil’s youth empowerment style saying, “His novel idea
of developing the trainees` personality and leadership skills during a
residential motivational soft skills training, before venturing out of
the state for further specialized training and placement, has enhanced
the success rate of the government`s skill training programs.”
the skilled entrepreneurs lack financial support to start their
business,” says 52 year old Fr. Pulinthanathumalayil who has engineered
pro-investment policies and land reforms which helps investors feel
secure to invest in the state.
In Itanagar Fr. Pulinthanathumalayil has established also Literacy
Centre and Computer Centre with a Library at E-Sector as well as a
Residential Skill Development Training Centre with residential
facilities for 100 boys and girls at Vivek Vihar. He has also
constructed the Tadar Taniang Hall in memory of late Minister of State
who held many important portfolios. It can seat 400 people.
Construction is soon to start for Dorjee Khandu Annexe in memory of
chief minister’s father late Dorjee Khandu former Chief Minister of
Arunachal at Vivek Vihar at an estimated cost of 60 million rupees. The
facility will have Administrative block, Smart Class Rooms, Computer
Rooms, Mini-Conference Hall, Labs for hospitality and beauty training
and a Gym.
Fr. Pulinthanathumalayil also manages a Childline in collaboration
with Childline India Foundation for children in distress in Itanagar.