Alumnews – September 2015
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Alumni and the college in the Post-Platinum Years

There are very few institutions named ‘Salesian College’ in the world. Two such are in Australia and both in the city of Melbourne. Salesians who work in the Don Bosco institutions were at one time – in the early 1940s and 50s – trained in Salesian College Sonada. Among the few who are still active in Australia, I was happy to meet up with one during the second lap of my journey to Melbourne to attend the Conference of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) held every three years and hosted this year at ACU-the Australian Catholic University. Frank Freeman is presently in the provincial office and works as the chief editor of the magazine called Salesian Bulletin for Australia. Fie was glad to receive a copy of the college magazine, Sparkle, and see the video on ‘Salesians in the Himalayas’.

What the alumni of SCS spread across the world brings home to us is that education received in one geographic, the cultural, ethnic, religious, linguistic backdrop can be of benefit to adjust and adapt to situations in other parts of the world provided the spirit of universal openness and adaptability to the truth, ever-unfolding in diverse ways, can be welcomed in and through a system of education like that of Don Bosco. May the Bicentenary of his birth is marked significantly across the globe prove evermore the relevance of his person and vision for our times.

Fr. George Thadathil
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.