The Salesian Society in India
The Salesians of Don Bosco began their operations in India way back in 1906. Its services are offered through 28 colleges, which include 3 Engineering colleges, over 161 Technical schools, a large network of High Schools and scores of Non-Formal Technical and 4 Agricultural Colleges, spread across the country, covering the entire spectrum of Social Development. The Salesians have their own University in Guwahati in the North East India. In the state of Goa the Promoter’s have 1 Professional Degree College in the heart of Panjim city, an Engineering College at Fatorda (Near Margao), 4 Goa State Board Schools, 3 Higher Secondary Schools, 2 National Institute of Open Schooling and two non-formal technical schools.
Don Bosco Agro Ed Complex , Sulcorna
The Salesians of Don Bosco, Panjim-Konkan Province, with headquarters in Panaji- Goa, were desirous of empowering the youth through skills in agriculture so as to enable them to set up their own enterprises or to be gainfully employed to have a better quality of life than was available to them. In the year 2006 it set up a Agriculture Training and Research Centre at the Don Bosco Agro Ed Complex in the Sulcorna ward of the Pirla Village Panchayat of Quepem taluka in South Goa district of Goa state. The province has been able to establish a degree college in agricultural sciences on the campus and students have enrolled for the first year B.Sc (Agri) degree program as per the ICAR syllabus and with affiliation to Goa University. The Goa Salesian Society and its affiliate organizations are in possession of about 810 acres of land [approx 32 lakh sq.m.], of which about 260 acres is under field crops like sugarcane with irrigation from the river dammed at three places along its course through the farm. The Don Bosco Farm High School, also located in the same complex has a large number of students, both residential as as day scholars travelling from home. The Agriculture Training and Research that was registered in 2011 and has been in operation ever since, is bound to benefit from the interest in the college of Agriculture.