Alumnews – June 2016
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Dear Friends,

It is indeed a source of comfort and encouragement to know that there are old students of the college in different parts of the world, who keep following up the developments in the college, and are happy to give feedback and support for our continued work in the same place that they were years or decades ago. It is indeed gladdening to read the comments, and reports from different parts of the world and to get to know what you – the alumni – are doing now.

In fact, in some sense, the place and the ambience remains the same, though materially some additions and subtractions have happened and the nature of activities have undergone a change, despite the persons – both faculty and students keep changing. What everyone, Salesians, or former Salesians, who have been through the earlier years of the student in house training recall fondly is the intensity of the life lived, experiences garnered and skills acquired in the process of technically achieving a Bachelor’s degree and/or Philosophy Certificate.

As life rolls on for each one, in different countries, contexts, and circumstances, it is indeed an ennobling factor to note the recurrence of that part of ‘life together as batch mates or classmates’ at Salesian College Sonada or Siliguri as having had an indelible impact, especially when it comes to the search for meaning and purpose in what we do. Those years, whether recent or past, act as a touchstone to the values you valued and the ‘rectitude’ you sought after.

I guess this continued search for the norm of valuation of the ideal, the perfect, the better, the good, the wholesome act in each and every stage of life and when it comes especially to passing on to children or students of a new generation, it matters much to say there is something of an ‘ideal attempt at living fully’ that one can look back and cherish. Our concern and constant struggle is, of course, is to retain and remodel the possibility of such a wholesome experience being offered again in its total sense to new generations of students, brothers
and sisters who come into the college year after year.

With Best Wishes,

Fr George Thadathil sdb
Principal, Salesian College

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.