Alumnews – May 2015
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Bicentenary of the birth of DonBosco 1815-2015

2015 marks the Bicentenary of Don Bosco’s birth, the patron saint of young people. The birth of Saint John Bosco on 16th August 1815 deserves a celebration. Don Bosco whose life and ministry as a pastor and a brilliant educator made an impact not only on the lives of the marginalized youth and poor people of his time but continues to inspire and benefit young people and inspire Youth workers and educators over the years.

The theme of the bicentenary is “Returning to Don Bosco” and emphasizes on the “rebirth” of Don Bosco’s spirituality in every individual Salesian. The Salesian family over the last three years began a spiritual preparation with the sacred relics of the pilgrim Don Bosco and visiting the Salesian world and arousing a greater commitment to the Salesian Charism.

The Kolkata province has planned a three day Salesian Family Congress from 25th to 27th September 2015 at Kolkata. Events planned include an exhibition on Don Bosco’s life and works, panel discussions, presentations on and by the Salesian Family groups, a  mega public function at the city Indoor stadium for the young. Events for the celebration of the bicentenary of Don Bosco is being planned and discussions are being held by the college management team of Salesian College, Siliguri and Sonada campus to mark the occasion on 16th August, 2015.

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.