Alumnews – January 2016
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Alumni set up first DB Varsity in India

Have you ever wondered SCS Alumni could be setting up university! In fact, a group of them is setting up the first Don Bosco University. First not only in India but also the first Don Bosco University in the English speaking world! Wow, that’s cool. (There are 15 Don Bosco Universities around the world spread out in Latin America and Europe!)

The ambitious Don Bosco university project was conceived and launched under the leadership of the winner of the Education Evangelist Award 2014 – Dr. Stephen Mavely (SCS 1971 batch). He is the Vice-Chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) Guwahati since its inception in 2008. The Planning & Development Officer and Administrator of the University Dr. Peter Paul Hauhnar belongs to the 1971 batch while the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Fr Joseph Nellanatt (1972 batch). The Controller of Examinations Dr. Francis Fernandez (1975 batch) and the first Head of Mass Communication Department under ADBU Fr C.M. Paul belongs to the 1974 batch.

Currently situated at Azara on Airport Road the permanent campus of ADBU is a 500-acre tea garden located some 17 km outside state capital Dispur on NH37 at Tapesia near Sonapur. The ADBU School of Social Sciences consisting of five departments (Social Work, Education, Mass Communication, Psychology, and Human Rights) are scheduled to move into the new campus for the start of the academic year 2016-17 in July.

Fr. C. M Paul, Assam Don Bosco University
1974 batch of Salesian College Sonada

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.