What has impressed me about Don Bosco College, Tura, as one of its most distinct features is its high visibility. As an outstanding academic institution of higher education in Garo Hills of Meghalaya, the college is committed to its motto “In Pursuit of Excellence”. Following the spirit of Don Bosco, the Father and Friend of Youth, and the Patron of the College, all of us, the management, staff and student are invited to renew our pledge to strive to live out the motto of pursuing excellence in every field acquisition of knowledge, formation of values and building character, sharing resources, reaching out to the youth with special focus on the poor and the needy.
Don Bosco, our Father, was a man of dreams. His dreams were centred on the total well being of the youth. His dreams found concrete expression in many creative enterprises. Don Bosco mastered some eighteen skills in order to train youth with employable skills. He authored numerous books on a variety of subjects including academic and spiritual works for their formation.
The Salesian Constitutions describes Don Bosco as a “Man raised by God for the well being of young people”. Today the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) run some of the most outstanding youth services in 132 countries around the world. Don Bosco’s sons and daughters, staff of the numerous institutions, the alumni and the pupils along with thousands of collaborators and well wishers constitute a powerful force for good in the world. Each one of us at Don Bosco College too can be proud of being called to be part of this rich legacy. We are part of realising the dream of Don Bosco in this part of our great nation.
In a fast changing world we need to be, like Don Bosco, creative to find new ways to achieve excellence. In striving to do so we need to acknowledge and affirm the value of joining hands and hearts tog ether; for together we can achieve much more than what we would be able to do individually. May God help us in the arduous journey of life and our mission of service under the inspiration and guidance of Don Bosco.
Fr George Plathottam sdb