Don Bosco

Saint John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco (Italian for Father Bosco), was born at Becchi, in Piedmont, Italy on August 16, 1815. At a very young age, he had decided that he had been called to work for the poor boys. Europe was under the grip of the Industrial Revolution, and many a young person who came to the cities to study or in search of work fell an easy prey to the many social evils of the time. After being ordained a priest of the Catholic Church in 1841, Don Bosco came to the rescue of these poor boys with his novel method of educating youth through total dedication and personal involvement in their lives and problems. To ensure that his total dedication to their cause shone through his actions, he based his education on the three great principles of Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness, loving those to whom he dedicated his life as a caring father, and doing everything possible for their welfare. Don Bosco was attuned to the needs of his society. He did not visualize education in isolation from the community within whose parameters it functioned. Vocational guidance, vocational training, job placement and follow-up were as integral to Don Bosco’s scheme of things as they are in modern education.

Don Bosco Society

Don Bosco Society, variously known as “The Salesians of Don Bosco”, “The Don Bosco Educational Society”, etc., was founded by St. John Bosco. A religious order of the Catholic Church, the society has over 32,000 members working in 132 countries. Through a global network of educational and social service organizations which include 14 universities, 58 institutions of higher education and thousands of schools and social development centers, it cares for the less privileged and marginalized sections of society. It currently caters to over nine million young people the world over. Because of its reach and expertise in the field of education, the Society enjoys consultancy status at the United Nations.

Don Bosco Society in India In India, the Salesians of Don Bosco began their operations way back in 1906. From a small beginning with a trade school and hostel for poor children at Thanjavoor, Tamil Nadu, the Society today has over 5000 members (Fathers, Sisters and Brothers). Its services are offered through Don Bosco University, 28 colleges, which include 2 engineering colleges, over 100 technical schools, and a large network of high schools and scores of non-formal technical and agricultural centers, spread across the country, covering the entire spectrum of social development.

The society is also involved in literacy centers, shelters for street children and rehabilitation and relief operations. The government of India has recognized the Salesians of Don Bosco as the largest non-governmental provider of technical education in the country.

Don Bosco Society in Goa

In 1946 Fr. Vincent Scuderi was sent to Goa to begin work in Panjim. He established the Salesian presence by starting an oratory in Panjim. A host of activities for the young spread to every corner of the state and along the Konkan belt (comprising the neighbouring districts of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
In 2004 a Vice Province was formed which now has been formed into the full fledged Konkan Province. The various Salesian houses in Goa and some of the districts of Karnataka and Maharashtra run animation centers, high schools, higher secondary schools, technical centers, NIO’s, youth centers, village development programs, agriculture training centre, counselling centre and the Don Bosco College.

Don Bosco College, Panjim

Don Bosco College was established in 2001 as a follow up to the Salesian’s century old expertise in education and a recent entrant into tertiary education. The college is a self financing institution with a minority status and is affiliated to the Goa University; Commencing with the Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) course in 2001, the college obtained the sanction to start the Bachelor of Physical Education course in 2004. It is the only institution in the state of Goa to run this course. Ever since its inception; Don Bosco College has been striving to start courses which are industry oriented and to create business leaders, entrepreneurs of tourism. The outcome of such a thought was the Bachelors in Travel and Tourism Management (BTTM), now renamed as BBA (Travel & Tourism) which commenced in 2006, followed by the BBA in 2007. Keeping in mind the need for educating students in the media business, the college started the BA (Mass Media) course in the same year.2008 saw the introduction of a course very dear to the Salesians and in keeping with their mission, the Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW).This bouquet of unique courses offered by Don Bosco College is our strength.

The college has established international linkage with the University of Porto, Portugal, for its B.P.Ed course and with the Portuguese Olympic Association. The University of Porto has expressed its interest in the media course offered by the college.

The college is located in the heart of the capital city Panjim. All facilities are easily accessible to students intending to study here. The resources available are on par with the best colleges of Goa. Students will find an environment which encourages opportunities for academic and extracurricular activities, the counselling center, value education programme ensure a holistic development of the students.