Original Plan and Present Status
For our friends physically distant but close in spirit and via internet, we would want to explain the former name of our center: Vidyaniketan. It is a typically Bengali expression and it is composed from two words: Vidya that means learning and niketan – a house, abode. It is therefore a house of learning the Don Bosco way. Since three year this has turned into Juboniketan (Youth Centre), an animation centre for the neighbouring youth for their growth in an oratorian style.
The Raghunathpur-Kalyani Mission has emerged as a fruit of relief work done by Ranaghat Parish in the Chakdah Area in 1971 for some Adivasis of Kestopur Village, on the boundary of the Kalyani township who showed interest in the faith. Later the Adhibasi Unayan Samiti was formed, a primary school was opened and the SMI provided instruction and medical care. The community steadily grew, with Sunday Mass being offered by the priests from Ranaghat. Later the vision of Fr. Gobetti of having a Church surrounding by Christian families, was realized with settlements around a Church which was recently built through the contribution of the Arvedi family under the patronage of Fr. Austin Guerneri. Along with the Salesian community the FMA and the SMIs built their settings with schools, boarding and residences etc. The Salesians, set up a National House of Formation, a Juniorate for the Salesian Brothers. Don Bosco Vidhyanikctan was officially inaugurated in 1982 as an approved Salesian community with the Salesian parish attached to it. Therefore, formerly the Post Novitiate formation house for the Salesian Brothers of South Asia, initiated its program as the Province Youth Centre since June 2010 (DBYAC). Right from its foundation in 1982, DBV had one objective, that of providing a thorough Catholic Salesian Religious education for Salesian brothers
Updated on: [August 28, 2018]