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Johny Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco, was born in 1815 at Bechhi, a village near Turin, Italy. Though orphaned at the age of two, he made heroic sacrifices and through dint of hard work, often working and studying at the same time he acquired education and became a priest in 1841. The plight of countless boys and girls, orphaned through the long wars of Itlian Unification, moved him. Spurning very lucrative and prestigious offers, he decided to dedicate himself to the service youth, especially the poor and underprivileged by offering them acceptance food, lodging and education.

He gathered the boys in public places for the week ends. To those without home he started giving shelter soon make shift homes sprang up to accommodate the huge number of youngsters who saw in him a ray of hope.

The most significant achievement of Don Bosco was his contribution to the concept and practice of Education. The Educators love the youth like an elder brother/sister, father/mother. Don Bosco’s “Preventive System” respects every young person, even the lowliest and the ‘hopeless’ among them; the educator appeals to the sense of reason, creates a loving and safe environment and instils in them a sense of the Divine.

Today, Don Bosco’s followers known as Salesians of Don Bosco, continue to keep alive hope and cheer in the hearts of million of young people. Don Bosco institutions are spread over 130 countries around the globe. Over 2300 Salesians work with youth in 370 centres across India. Don Bosco College of Education, Karaikal is one of the 32 Don Bosco centres that offer higher education in India.

During these hundred years (1906 -2006) of Don Bosco’s presence in India, the church and the nation were blessed with schools, colleges, Technical institutions, parishes, street children projects, child-line/help-line services, literary centers, scouting/youth clubs, counseling centers, socio-pastoral services, publishing houses, media centers, volunteer movements and youth research/development.