The Institution is named after St. John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco, the founder of the religious and educational order ‘Salesians of Don Bosco’. Don Bosco was born in 1815, of a very poor family, near Turin, Italy. By dint of hard work and heroic sacrifices he became a priest in 1841. He dedicated himself to the service of poor youth, offering them food, shelter and eduction. He opened for them schools, technical schools, hostels and chapels. He founded a society of collaborators and extended his work to all Europe and eventually to all continents. Don Bosco died on 31st January 1888 and was declared a saint on 1st April 1934.
John Bosco the father and friend of youth was born on August 16, 1815, in a peasant family in the little hamlet of Becchi, some 20 kilometers from Turin, Italy. When John was only two years old his father, Francis Bosco passed away. His grief stricken mother, Margaret Occiena Bosco, had a harrowing time to bring him up.
To complete his education John had to do his share of work on the family farm and study during his spare time. Working as a servant, teaching, assisting a tailor, doing chores for a black smith and keeping score at a billiard table were some of the things he did in order to pay for his food, lodging and tuition while ate school. In due course John entered the seminary and was ordained a priest on June 5, 1841. From then on he was known as Don Bosco (Father Bosco).
Don Bosco’s work for boys started with one boy, a mason’s apprentice. Soon this boy brought others and the number of “Don Bosco’s friends” multiplied. He gave them facilities for games and taught them their religion.
Don Bosco called his method of education the ‘Preventive System”, based on REASON, RELIGION and KINDNESS. He told his disciples that education was to be based on love, on selfless service for the mental, emotional, moral and spiritual growth of the pupils.
Don Bosco also founded a Congregation of religious nuns known as the “Daughters of May Help of Christians” to educate girls with the same method as the Salesian used to educate the boys.Emblem of Don Bosco School
Don Bosco founded the ‘Salesian Co-Operators’ a Society of by collaborators, imbued with his spirit, to assist him in his various works.
Today, a hundred and twenty years after Don Bosco’s death, 36000 Priests, Bothers and Sisters carry out his work in 131 counties around the world. They are engaged in a wide variety of developmental works directed to the welfare of the young academic, agricultural and technical school, youth centers, hostels and parishes, catechetics, mass media and social communications, youth counseling and rehabilitation centers and a host of special services for the delinquents and the marginalized youth.
Don Bosco died on January 31, 1888 at the age of seventy three. He was declared a saint on April 1, 1934. His feast day is celebrated on January 31 every year.
Don Bosco Yadagiri envisions a positive change in the educational scenario of the region through our involvement in the B.Ed. and D.Ed. colleges, the school, the Technical school, the Hostel and the villages by making the beneficiaries well integrated persons who become agents of social transformation. Our involvement in the neighbouring villages and our parish ministry aims at empowering the people especially the underprivileged through evangelization and education.
The pedagogy of Don Bosco’s system of education is designed to enable a student to grow fully and freely into the kind of person he or she is ‘meant’ to be. Don Bosco himself called his educative method ‘the preventive system’ – a name he chose to contrast it with the ‘repressive system’ in vogue during his time. The latter was a type of education that used fear of punishment as the basis for control. In contrast, Don Bosco’s preventive method would seek to ‘prevent’ the very need for punishment by placing the child in an environment in which he/she is encouraged to choose the ‘good’ rather than the ‘bad’. In positive terms, this environment would create a healthy, congenial and friendly atmosphere in order to elicit the best that a student can offer – his/her complete self-expression.
The core principles of Don Bosco’s ‘Preventive System of Education’ are ‘Reason’, ‘Religion’ and ‘Loving Kindness’. The Preventive system is nothing but a system of PRESENCE AND ACCOMPANYING. In short, the presence of the teacher prevents evil.
To be present with someone is to be with that person, is to pervade his/her personality. To be present is to be part and parcel of someone else’s life. It isn’t just a physical reality. When I am present in the life of someone I have occupied more than just a corner in the mind and heart of that person. I make him or her real to me. My presence is accompanied by feelings, all kinds of feelings, and sentiments. A mere recalling of my presence evokes the particular feelings that I have created in him/her.
Physical presence of the teacher should be a welcome presence, one that the child longs for, one that facilitates happiness. It should stir up positive feelings and build up sentiments.
A presence that infuses enthusiasm, encouragement and is optimistic. The presence of the educator infuses in the child a thirst for knowledge through the tactful use of queries, experiments, and exposure to new and educative environments.
The presence of the teacher is such that each child feels known, loved and accepted. This is all the more essential when relating to children having different levels of intelligence who are weak, handicapped and underprivileged
Presence is challenging when it brings out the best in students especially under adverse circumstances. The teacher challenges them with his/her convictions, values, dedication and spirit of sacrifice.
It is a life-enhancing presence founded on genuine love, care and concern. It is a ‘no-strings-attached’ presence. It is an unconditional involvement in the life of the student, prompted by genuine love, accompanied by deep respect for the child.
It means seeing the world through the eyes of the child. As Don Bosco says, ‘loving what your students love’ or ‘getting under their skin’ so that they may learn to love what you love and the values you live by.
A presence that is open to the joy of discovery. Life is too short, too precious, too varied to be experienced between the fine print of cold textbooks or within the walls of classrooms. Being open to discovery means being ready to try new ways, new solutions, and new ideas.
A presence that prevents evil. Students are apt to forget rules. Being there with them would help prevent exposure to harm. A presence that instils fear and punishment does more harm than good. Accusations, name-calling, sarcasm, lecturing, moralising and generalising are to be avoided.
In his letter to his Salesians, Don Bosco advised:
My sons, how often in my long career has this great truth come home to me! It is so much easier to get angry than to be patient, to threaten children rather than persuade them. I would even say that usually it is so much more convenient for our own impatience and pride to punish them than to correct them patiently with firmness and gentleness.” (Letters of John Bosco, 201)
Accompanying is a process. It amounts to ‘being with’ the children through the thick and thin of their life. It requires of the teacher to stand by/with the children even when things go wrong and when seemingly insurmountable problems arise. It means to traverse the territory of the students and walk the way along with them to the place they are headed to.
It is a journey together. Accompanying becomes very demanding as far as the time to be spent with the children are concerned. The teacher should make himself/herself available to them.
In this process of accompanying the young, strong relationships are built. Relationship form a firm base for the teaching-learning process.
God accompanied the people of Israel, throughout their journey to the promised land. This accompaniment exemplified love, care and concern for His people. He remained faithful in the face of rejection and unfaithfulness. He loves them, in spite of all their infidelity, with an everlasting love. He continues to lead them on. Often He carries them in His arms. At time He corrects, clarifies, makes them understand and see reality from His point of view. (Cf. Ex 6:8; Ex 15:13; Dt:302-5; Ex 19:4)
Jesus accompanied His disciples as He taught and formed them. The Easter walk to Emmaus (Lk.24:13-35) is symbolic of Jesus’ way of accompanying. He becomes a fellow traveller. Jesus reaches out to the two disciples going away from Jerusalem. They are dejected, fearful, frustrated and thoroughly confused about the recent happenings in their surroundings.
He allows them to narrate their whole story. He listens empathetically to them. He listens without judging and with an open mind. re refrains from abrupt advising. He talks to them in a friendly manner. He expresses His concern towards them by asking pertinent questions in order to get to know more about them. He endears Himself to them through His loving and caring ways. All along He exhibits total acceptance. He gently begins to enlighten them and correct their views and perceptions. He calms their fears and enkindles their hope.
The teacher should be able to accept them students as they are. He/she entertains positive attitudes towards them and has a firm belief in their goodness and potentialities. The students should feel comfortable to be themselves. In an atmosphere of total acceptance, the teacher begins to clarify and sort out their doubts and calm their fears.
Flexibility and broad-mindedness in a teacher make him/her more approachable. It also enables him/her to accept the students as they are. The teacher has to overlook the childish behaviour and short-comings, till he /she gains their confidence.
The goal of accompanying is to empower and enlighten the students, to ignite their hearts and minds, just as Jesus did at the end of the walk to Emmaus, ‘did not our hearts burn within us when He talked to us on the road’.
Accompanying is a patient work. To continue to walk with them through the ingratitude, tensions and insecurities is indeed tough and demanding, but it is worth it. Endurance might seem fruitless at first, but it yields gratifying results at the end.
In the process of accompanying, the teacher must first listen to the things they are saying, to the things they are not saying, to the things they are afraid to say, and to the things they themselves take for granted. Observation and good listening skills are important because they will help teachers to discover and anticipate their student’s needs.
It is said that, we learn faster from people we love. We learn faster because we are loved. An atmosphere of trust and acceptance is the key to healthy growth. This is the place for teachers to begin – love between each other and love for their children.
Don Bosco Society, also known as “The Salesians of Don Bosco,” is a religious order of the Catholic Church. The society has over 32,000 members working in 131 countries. Through a global network of educational and social service organizations which include 15 universities, 58 institutions of higher education and thousands of schools and social development centres, it cares for the less privileged and marginalized sections of society. It currently caters to over fifteen 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.
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 31 colleges, over 100 technical schools, and a large network of high schools and scores of non-formal technical and agricultural training centres, spread across the country, covering the entire spectrum of social development. The society also runs literacy centres, shelters for street children and rehabilitation and relief operations.
Reaching out to the poor, especially the youth in need has been the priority of the Salesians of Don Bosco. We have tried to achieve this through our numerous institutions for the poor and through community based intervention and programmes. One such community based intervention has been the Deodurga taluk programme initiated in 1996.
Hyderabad – Karnataka region in the State of Karnataka is one of the most backward regions in South India. This region consists of the districts of Gulbarga, Yadagiri, Bidar, Bellary, Raichur and Koppal and constitutes the dioceses fo Bellary and Gulbarga. The Bishop of Bellary asked the Salesians to come to this region as early as 1982 and then after a long drawn out study, Hospet was chosen as the point of intervention, which started to function in 1989
The Salesians were again asked by the Bishop of Bellary to take up an area in the North of this region, more specifically in Raichur and Gulbarga for initiating community based programmes for the development of this area. To identify the most backward area in the region for their mission, a group of Salesians were formed into a commission and was sent to the area.
The commission submitted its report after visiting Devadurga about the starting of a centre in this region. The commission proposed that the mission area should extend to Gulbarga District too. Thus in 1996, Fr. Emmanuel and Fr. C. P. Varghese started the mission work in Devadurga. Fr. Thomas Myladoor, the then provincial and Fr. Jacob, the vice provincial went to see Yadagiri in 1996 after visiting Devadurga. After visiting Yadagiri, the provincial and the vice provincial, after taking into consideration the opinion of Frs. Emmanuel and C.P. Varghese, felt that the Salesians would be able to do something tangible in Yadagiritaluk. Fr. Thomas Myladoor wrote to the bishop of Bellary requesting him to hand over Yadagiritaluk to the Salesians for missionary work. Thus through a letter dated the 27th August, 1996, the taluk of Yadagiri was also entrusted to the Salesians for mission works.
The above Salesian priests pioneered the area. In 1997, Fr. N. M Thomas was sent to assist the Devadurga mission as Fr. C. P. Varghese was appointed as the diocesan youth animator. Those two years were limited to indentifying the needs of the people, making a study of the locality and in ministering to the Cathoolics in the substations. They had a tough time residing in an old rented house. At the province level there was a long debate going on as to whether this mission was to be continued and if so, what its nature should be. It was decided that the taluks of Yadagiri and Devadurga would continue to constitute the mission involvement in the Bellary Diocese.
Fr. Sunny T. J. Was appointed the sole missionary to the area in 1998. He ventured to initiate the beginning of various pilot experiments and activities along with the study of the place by the end of the year.
At the Province level Devadurga was recognized as a parish with two substations viz. Bommanagunta and Savanthikal and Yadagiri as a quasi parish. Fr. K.J. Jose was appointed the parish priest of Devadurga – Yadagiri mission in 1999.
Through the Yadagiri mission was started in 1996, it was looked after by Fr. Sunny, then in charge of Devadurga mission. Initially pastoral activities were given importance. Mass was celebrated in a house of one of the Catholics. On 23rd August, 2000, a farm was purchased and the visit of priests from Devadurga became more often. A house was rented in Yadagiri town and from June 2000 to August 2002 Fr. Sunny, the one in charge, used to remain in the same house and supervise the construction of the residence cum church while taking care of the pastoral needs of the Catholics.
The residence cum chapel was inaugurated on August 16th 2002 by Fr. Jose Kuttianimattahil the Provincial of Bangalore Province. It is beign used as the residence and the church for the Catholic community of Yadagiri. Sunday Masses and other liturgical services are conducted for the public. In the year 2003 fr. Jolly was appointed as the one in charge of Devadurga mission and Don BoscoYadagiri was made a separate presence with Fr. Sunny as its in charge. During the same year Fr. Sunny proposed the idea of Don Bosco College of Education with B.Ed, D. Ed. School, separate Hostels for boys and girls etc and the same was approved in the provincial council of October 26 2006. Meantime a project “Skill Training and Rural Empowerment (STARE) was prepared for our neighborhood involvement and sent of JDW. In 2004 a primary school was started. Durign the same year Fr. K. C. Mahtew joined the community as the administrator and in charge of the school. In December 2004 we got the approval of NCTE to start the D. Ed course and the course was started in January 2005 . In the year 2005 Fr. Joshy joined the community as vice – Prinicpal of the college. In August 2005 Don BoscoYadagiri became part of the newly established diocese of Gulbarga. In October 2005 the project “STARE” was approved and the implementation of the project started in November 2005. In November 2005 the NCTE gave the approval for starting of B.Ed Course and the course was stated in January 2006.
Fr. K.C. Mathew was transferred to Don BoscoDevadurga in 2007 and Fr. Jaison was appointed in his place as Administrator and head master of Don Bosco School Fr. Joshy went for Doctoral Studies. Fr. P. S. John joined the community in the same year as Vice – Rector and in charge of the college. In 2009 Fr. Regi was appointed as the director of Social developmental work. 2010 Fr. Saji George came as Vice – Rector, Vice – Principal and Administrator and Fr. Pius as the in – charge of the school.
In 2008 October Don Bosco Tech and Don Bosco School Building was inaugurated by Fr. Maria Arokiam, Regional Councilor for South Asia. In October 2010 MoRDProgramme began in the Technical School. In the same year the second floor of the Residence for the community was built.
In the year 2012 , in the month of May Fr.Sunny the pioneer and founder of Don Bosco Institutions yadagiri was transferred to Don BoscoPavur near mangalore. Fr.Pius the School In-Charge and Liturgical Animator of the community was transferred to Don BoscoTumkur. Fr.Saji George the administrator and Vice-rector was appointed the new Rector and School principal. Fr.Regi was given the additional charge of Vice Rector and Don Bosco Tech director. The house got a new administrator in the person of Fr. Devassy Kadparambil in the year 2012-2013. The year 2012-2013 Don Bosco Child labour Centre was begun with 50 Students intake which was supported by the Government of Karnataka SCLP Programme. The Year 2013-2014 two Salesians Fr.Yesudas and Bro.Nidhin joined the community. Two student brothers Bro. Jerome and Bro. Anoop who joined the Community in December are part of the community pursuing their Bachelor of Education Course in the College. With the permission of the Provincial and his council two new ventures were started namely ‘SavioBhavan Boys Hostel’ and Don Bosco P.U.College. First Batch of our S.S.L.C students appeared for the Board Examinations and we are proud of the fact that we got the best results in Hyderabad Karnataka region. We got a 100% First Class with many students having distinction marks. Our B.Ed. students also fared really well in the University Examination. Out of the 98 who wrote the examination 97 got distinction marks and 1 got first class. This was the best result ever that the college got in its past history. The Academic Year 2014-2015 Results our S.S.L.C students did exceptionally well and once again scored a perfect 100% First Class. P.U. College has picked up with two batches of students (Science & Commerce Streams) The college now has a strength of 120. Well furnished Labs (Compouter, Physics, Biology and Chemistry) have been set up. A church building for the would be Yadgiri parish is under construction. This Academic year as the students in the hostel has gone up to 90 boys, we have started the construction of a new hostel Savio Bhavan which will be inaugurated on 8th of December 2016.
Thus Academic year 2016-’17 the Salesian community has 6 Salesian Fathers. The names of the confreres presently in the community are Fr. Saji George SDB( Rector & School Principal), Fr. Jolly Jacob ( Vice Rector and Social Centre Director), Fr. George ( Administrator), Fr.Dr. Joshy Puthur( B.Ed. principal), Fr.Yesudas ( High School Teacher
P.U. Lecturer, Teacher and in-charge of music). The activities were given a new impetus with the new Salesian Community, the Nucleus of the Educative Pastoral Community taking up the reigns of the institution. Right from the beginning, the role clarification was done thus all started the new Year with great vigour and enthusiasm to do their level best to be signs and bearers of God’s love to all around .The Educational Pastoral Plan for the community was renewed to take forward our mission in Yadgiri in the Don Bosco way.
SH 51, Yadgir K Rural, Karnataka 585201