Alumnews – April 2016
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From the West Coast

Just as the spirit of Bombay differs from that of Kolkata, so too, in the US, the East Coast with its prime city New York of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Ground Zero fame is quite different from the West Coast with  its Los Angeles, the Hollywood city and San Francisco with its Golden Gate  Bridge. The University of Stanford and the University of California with its many campuses along the east coast, too, differ from the Ivy league eastern universities of Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth and Princeton.

However, in all of them the Alumni are a constant and towering feature. Stanford Alumni  association is 125 years old and has members in over 150 countries. The University of Stanford is right in the heart of the Silicon Valley and has computer science and digital innovation research as its mainstay. Though over a century old, the phenomenal growth the University has undergone is a feature that began from the late nineteen  seventies.

I am dreaming of a day when Siliguri with its Commercial Lead in the state and the region, coming to make a mark through the college alumni in effecting a landmark growth for service over the years. I want to congratulate the leadership of the Alumni and all the members for passionately promoting, in their own ways, the cause of the institution that is ever on the look out to provide the best opportunities for growth to every new student entering into the College.

Together, if we attempt to create ‘a thing of beauty’, as Dominic Colney reminds us, not only the beauty created but all those who make it happen too, shall become ‘Joy forever.’

In the spirit of education for change,

Fr George Thadathil, sdb
In San Francisco on Sabbatical
(Hosted by Don Bosco/Salesian Alumni)

Salesian College, Sonada was accredited by NAAC on 16 September 2004 and was given the Grade C++ (Institutional Score between 65-70%). On 26 February 2010 Salesian College has been conferred the status of a College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) by UGC, New Delhi, and into its 2nd Cycle from 1st April 2014. In March 2012, the College was re-accredited by NAAC with ‘A’ Grade (CGPA of 3.16 out of 4) to be the first College to receive such grade under the University of North Bengal.
The College retained its A Grade under the New stringent Format of Accreditation in May 2019 and it is valid till 2024.
Salesian Publications, Salesian Research Institute, and Salesian Translation Centre offer opportunities for capacity building for aspiring teaching and research personnel of the region. Salesian College Extension Activities Centre has trained and placed over 600 youth of the region in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development and Don Bosco Tech, New Delhi. Salesian College invites young people and their parents to partner in nurturing an ideal society.