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"Youths can be better utilised for development"

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Centenary Memorial Hall at Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School declared open in Thanjavur



BLESSING: Most Rev.Fr.Pascual Chavez, Rector Major, Italy, blessing school children in Thanjavur on Sunday. — Photo: M Srinath.

Thanjavur: Human resource, particularly millions of youth, is the main resource of India which can be better utilised for development, said Rev.Fr.Pascual Chavez, Rector Major of Salesians, Italy, here on Sunday.

He told presspersons that countries like Japan improved because of the human resource they had. Similarly, India can develop if the youths are properly trained.

Chavez was here to participate in the centenary celebrations of the Salesians landing at Thanjavur in 1906. He said that terrorism was a "big problem" faced by the world now. "To put an end to terrorism we must try to go to the roots of terrorism. We should appreciate differences in a multi cultural society. We should develop tolerance," Chavez said.

Chavez said that he visited Columbia and many African coutries where he saw youth with weapons in their hands. "These youth should be educated to work for peace. War can only help arms dealers. Wars will provoke only pain, it will destroy peace and economy," Chavez said. Describing his feelings about his visit to Thanjavur where Salesians landed 100 years back as one of "immense gratitude", he said that India was the country next to Italy where Salesian services were "well rooted" and expanded phenomenally. "Salesians in India are doing very well. There are 2,200 of them. They are committed to youth welfare. I feel proud of their services," Chavez said.

Salesians now plan to start colleges besides running schools. They are also on the social service like running youth homes, orphanages, working for street children and destitutes.

Rev.Fr.Amalraj Susai, Provincial, Province of Trichy, said that Salesians have planned to work for HIV and AIDS affected persons from this year.

Earlier in the day, Chavez declared open the Don Bosco Centenary Memorial Hall at Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School. S.S. Palani Manickam, Union minister of state for finance, P. Sekar, President of Nanjikottai panchayat, Rev.Fr.Benjamin Joseph, Principal of Don Bosco school, Rev.Fr.Raju, Editor, Alaigal, Clement and Phelomenathan, Salesian cooperators participated in the meeting.

In the evening, Chavez was given a warm reception by taking in a procession.

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