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History of the College

Don Bosco, a legendary Italian saint, a luminous educationalist and a great champion of youth, founded a Congregation of priests and brothers, the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) with its headquarters in Rome and branches in 132 countries. Enjoying the consultancy status at the United Nations, the Salesians of Don Bosco are globally recognized as professional managers of premium Institutes of Higher Education, with 15 Universities across the world. In India, there are 517 educational institutions of repute, of which 36 of them are centres of higher education including Don Bosco University, Guwahati in Assam, and Sacred Heart College (Autonomous), Tirupattur in Vellore District. This Global movement caters primarily to the children and the youth with a unique educational system founded on the core values.

Don Bosco College of Arts and Science, Dharmapuri, a constituent of the Don Bosco Group of Transnational Educational Network of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Chennai Province, Tamil Nadu, is wholly devoted to the training and equipping of young minds for a challenging and fulfilling career, under Periyar University, Salem.

Permission for the College was obtained from the Government of Tamil Nadu and Periyar University, Salem, by the initiative of Rev. Fr. Johnson Antonysamy, SDB, Rector and Rev. Dr. C. M. Varghese, SDB, the first Principal. Don Bosco College, the first and only minority institution for boys and girls, was established in 2007. The College is located on Adhiyaman Bypass Road, Sogathur, 5 kms from Dharmapuri town and about 1.5 kms from Don Bosco Roundhana at Sogathur Cross Roads Junction. Built in a serene and calm environment, the College provides a holistic ambient for the growth of the rural students.

The academic journey of the College commenced with 5 Undergraduate courses, 9 teaching faculty, 3 support staff and 258 students. In the past nine years, the College has grown in various dimensions and has been tirelessly proceeding to achieve its goal. The vast majority of our students hail from Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts, while students from other parts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Andamans and North East also are accommodated. The College takes pride in educating numerous first general graduates. The medium of instruction and evaluation is English. The College also provides separate hostel facility and excellent bus services to the remote villages.

From its humble beginning, the College has grown considerably as the result of collective efforts of many, including Salesians, staff and well-wishers. In the past few years, significant additions have been made to the infrastructure with an open auditorium, garden at the front yard of the College, compound wall with gates, state of the art computer and science laboratories, a well-furnished library with a reading hall, a Bosco Bicentenary Hall and a modern canteen. At present, the College has 2,523 students, 107 teaching faculty and 32 support staff, with 10 Undergraduate courses, 8 Postgraduate courses and 4 M.Phil. courses. MSW (Master of Social Work) course and UG course in DPM (Digital Print Media) are two specialised courses offered by this College.

Don Bosco College stands head and shoulders above others in winning trophies in games and sports in Periyar University, Salem, besides forming University gold medallists every year. Last year, 2 University gold medallists and 28 University rank holders added feathers to the cap in the academic journey of the College. The primary objectives of the College are for the public benefit, to advance education, experiencing religion, learning and research and the conduct of divine service in the College, to strengthen the College’s access and outreach programme, to enrich the teaching capabilities of the College, and to continue to improve academic performance in the exams.

Also we, the Salesians of Don Bosco, provide students outstanding social, cultural and sporting opportunities that are a key part of the experience offered by the College; conserved and enhanced the College’s buildings and grounds, whilst at the same time providing first-class facilities and infrastructure for the activities that take place within the College; preserve the College’s independence and self-determination, this with that of other Colleges is a fundamental ingredient in the diversity and success of the College; take a lead in sustaining and enhancing the ability of the College to continue as one of the best academic institutions of the state, in the face of increasing regional and national competition; recognise and value all our alumni as life-long members of the College community, appreciate for their continuing involvement in, and support of, the College; and operate on a sustainable basis, deploying our resources in a way that preserves intergenerational equity, and living within our means.

The College enables the young to find meaning in life to seek guidance and strength from above to foster a spirituality that can sustain them through the inevitable ups and downs of life, according to each one's belief and religious background. To become a center that moulds seekers of knowledge into integrated persons and upright citizens of academic competence, spiritual maturity and social consciousness following Don Bosco's system of education.

In addition, the same management runs the Don Bosco College of Education in a nearby campus in order to give a further boost to the aspirations of students to become professionally qualified teachers.