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A coffee table book titled Becchi to Guwahati: A Bicentenary Tribute to Don Bosco, by Guwahati Province. As this year (2015) marks the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco, we join the entire Salesian Society to celebrate this occasion and to pay rich tributes to St. John Bosco, whose legacy continues to live on, building dreams and shaping the lives of millions of our youth. This coffee table book is a humble acknowledgement and recognition of the mighty transformation that this great saint has brought to the state of Assam and to the entire Northeast region through his system of education.

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  • It is enough that you are young for me to love you. Don Bosco

  • It is enough that you are young for me to love you. Don Bosco

  • 07 |

    Credits

    Advisor

    Fr. VM Thomas SDB

    Editorial Team

    Fr. Johnson Parackal SDB

    Dr. Francis Fernandez SDB

    Rahul Karmakar

    Photographs

    Anupam Nath

    Birkhang Narzary

    Design and Layout

    Birkhang Narzary

    Publisher

    Don Bosco Institute, Kharghuli

    Guwahati 781004, Assam, India

    Don Bosco Publications, Guwahati

    ISBN: 81-87637-54

    First Published :2015

    No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval

    system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means (electronic, mechanical,

    photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the prior written permission of the

    publisher. Any person who does any unauthorized act in relation to this publication may be

    liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages.

    Printed at Bhabani Offset & Imaging Systems Pvt. Ltd

    7 Lachit Lane, Rajgarh Road, Guwahati - 781007

    06 |

    The world's largest tea-growing region, Assam has 312,210 hectares under

    tea cultivation and produces 507 million kg of the beverage annually.

  • 07 |

    Credits

    Advisor

    Fr. VM Thomas SDB

    Editorial Team

    Fr. Johnson Parackal SDB

    Dr. Francis Fernandez SDB

    Rahul Karmakar

    Photographs

    Anupam Nath

    Birkhang Narzary

    Design and Layout

    Birkhang Narzary

    Publisher

    Don Bosco Institute, Kharghuli

    Guwahati 781004, Assam, India

    Don Bosco Publications, Guwahati

    ISBN: 81-87637-54

    First Published :2015

    No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval

    system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means (electronic, mechanical,

    photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the prior written permission of the

    publisher. Any person who does any unauthorized act in relation to this publication may be

    liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages.

    Printed at Bhabani Offset & Imaging Systems Pvt. Ltd

    7 Lachit Lane, Rajgarh Road, Guwahati - 781007

    06 |

    The world's largest tea-growing region, Assam has 312,210 hectares under

    tea cultivation and produces 507 million kg of the beverage annually.

  • 09 |

    CONTENTS

    1. Brightest Light

    2. From the Editor

    3. Educator Extraordinaire

    4. Divine Dates

    5. Enjoyable Education

    6. Qualities in an Educator

    7. Visionary Transformer

    8. Don Bosco & Northeast

    9. Guwahati Province

    10. DB in South Asia

    11. DB in India

    12. DB Worldwide

    13. World of Don Bosco

    14. Language Promotion

    15. Bicentenary Rally

    16. A Saint's Relics

    17. Passage to Northeast

    18. Incomparable Institutions

    19. Youth Services

    20. Boscoree

    21. Harnessing Resources

    22. Unique Institute

    23. Veritable Varsity

    24. Splendid Schools

    25. Special Schools

    26. Campaign for Children

    27. Radiant Region

    28. Bharat's Bosco

    29. Beyond Guwahati

    08 |

    Assam is blessed with

    the best of nature.

  • 09 |

    CONTENTS

    1. Brightest Light

    2. From the Editor

    3. Educator Extraordinaire

    4. Divine Dates

    5. Enjoyable Education

    6. Qualities in an Educator

    7. Visionary Transformer

    8. Don Bosco & Northeast

    9. Guwahati Province

    10. DB in South Asia

    11. DB in India

    12. DB Worldwide

    13. World of Don Bosco

    14. Language Promotion

    15. Bicentenary Rally

    16. A Saint's Relics

    17. Passage to Northeast

    18. Incomparable Institutions

    19. Youth Services

    20. Boscoree

    21. Harnessing Resources

    22. Unique Institute

    23. Veritable Varsity

    24. Splendid Schools

    25. Special Schools

    26. Campaign for Children

    27. Radiant Region

    28. Bharat's Bosco

    29. Beyond Guwahati

    08 |

    Assam is blessed with

    the best of nature.

  • The teacher who is seen only in the classroom is a teacher and nothing more; but if he joins in the pupils' recreation he becomes their brother. Don Bosco

    11 |10 |

    The Brahmaputra, Assam's lifeline, is intrinsic to

    the cultures of diverse communities in the state.

  • The teacher who is seen only in the classroom is a teacher and nothing more; but if he joins in the pupils' recreation he becomes their brother. Don Bosco

    11 |10 |

    The Brahmaputra, Assam's lifeline, is intrinsic to

    the cultures of diverse communities in the state.

  • 13 |

    BRIGHTEST LIGHT

    When God said, Let there be light, He probably meant enlightenment through education and knowledge. So God chose

    St. John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco, as the medium of spreading this light on earth. Don Bosco was a giant

    of sanctity, a man who blazed new trails in the horizon of education, a man who lit the undying ame of hope in the hearts

    of millions of youngsters, an educator par excellence of the 19th century who fascinated the world of the young by

    opening new horizons before them. The horizons that Don Bosco opened in the eld of education have been expanding at

    an incredible pace. Don Bosco was a teacher, who had the father's heart and a father who had a teacher's mind and

    method.

    In this age of e-learning and information bombardment, it seems incredible that a visionary teacher used unconventional

    methods to ensure spiritual and physical health, besides making the pursuit of academic excellence enjoyable for the

    youth. But then, Don Bosco was ahead of his times by more than 150 years.

    The Salesians came over to India more than a century ago to keep the torch of education, youth and social development

    that Don Bosco lit, burning bright. Today, more than 1000 institutions with a dedicated team of 6500 men and women

    are dedicated to the cause of the poor youth in our country. A major focus area is the Province of Guwahati that has

    several Don Bosco institutions spread across 15 districts of lower Assam and the Garo Hills of Meghalaya.

    The passion for service to humanity has taken the form of schools, colleges, universities, orphanages, hostels and homes

    for the young people at risk such as street children, migrant youth, child and bonded labourers. There are a number of

    social work centres, technical schools, educational support systems such as transit schools, open schools, tuition centres

    and school dropout prevention centres. These offer group and community experiences, sports and cultural activities,

    formative and spiritual experiences besides academics and learning employment and life-oriented skills.

    Beyond its institutions, Don Bosco serves in the open society, creating self-help groups, children's parliaments, youth

    movements, socially conscious and constructive initiatives for human rights and responsibilities, networking with like-

    minded NGOs and collaborating with government projects. Good will prevails in every activity undertaken, which is

    what Don Bosco envisaged.

    On Don Bosco's 200th birth anniversary, we re-dedicate ourselves to the path he had shown for creating a better

    Northeastern region, a better India and a better world. This Coffee Table Book is in remembrance of this visionary saint

    the brightest educator who instinctively adapted his educational method to suit the psychology of the growing

    adolescents.

    May Don Bosco be our teacher, our guide and model!

    12 |

    An egret shows off the best

    of Assam's rich avian fauna.

    Fr. VM Thomas SDB

    Provincial, Guwahati

  • 13 |

    BRIGHTEST LIGHT

    When God said, Let there be light, He probably meant enlightenment through education and knowledge. So God chose

    St. John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco, as the medium of spreading this light on earth. Don Bosco was a giant

    of sanctity, a man who blazed new trails in the horizon of education, a man who lit the undying ame of hope in the hearts

    of millions of youngsters, an educator par excellence of the 19th century who fascinated the world of the young by

    opening new horizons before them. The horizons that Don Bosco opened in the eld of education have been expanding at

    an incredible pace. Don Bosco was a teacher, who had the father's heart and a father who had a teacher's mind and

    method.

    In this age of e-learning and information bombardment, it seems incredible that a visionary teacher used unconventional

    methods to ensure spiritual and physical health, besides making the pursuit of academic excellence enjoyable for the

    youth. But then, Don Bosco was ahead of his times by more than 150 years.

    The Salesians came over to India more than a century ago to keep the torch of education, youth and social development

    that Don Bosco lit, burning bright. Today, more than 1000 institutions with a dedicated team of 6500 men and women

    are dedicated to the cause of the poor youth in our country. A major focus area is the Province of Guwahati that has

    several Don Bosco institutions spread across 15 districts of lower Assam and the Garo Hills of Meghalaya.

    The passion for service to humanity has taken the form of schools, colleges, universities, orphanages, hostels and homes

    for the young people at risk such as street children, migrant youth, child and bonded la