Don Bosco School Guwahati is a Catholic institution affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It was established by the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in February 1948 primarily for the education of Catholic children and the children belonging to the weaker sections of society. Don Bosco School belongs to minority community and enjoys the safeguards as enshrined in the Constitution of India. It is one of the premier institutions in the field of education in the North East.
A brief history of Don Bosco School, Guwahati
The Salesians of Don Bosco (S.D.B.) were entrusted with the mission in Assam (which then comprised of the whole of North East) in 1922 by the Holy See in Rome. The first batch of Salesians arrived in Guwahati on the 12th February, 1922 led by Monsignor Louis Mathias S.D.B.D.D., Father Emmanuel Bars S.D.B.D.D., Father Joseph Gill, Father Joseph Huber Alsace, Father John Deponti, Father Paul Bonardi, Brother Gumersindo Cid, Brother Augustine Conti, Brother San Marino, Brother Laureas Santana, Brother Peter Aprile, and Brother Mario Calzi.
In 1923, Father Leo Piasecki S.D.B. from Poland was appointed for the Guwahati mission. He established “Our lady’s Orphanage” in 1926 and a carpentry school with just 12 students in 1928. The carpentry workshop was upgraded in 1938 and was named as Don Bosco Technical School. The Academic school was started for classes I to IV in 1937. The school was, however, taken over by the Army in 1942 at the outbreak of the Second World War and the school had to be closed.
The sad closure of the school owing to the outbreak of the Second World War did not dampen the spirit of the Salesians of Don Bosco from continuing with their mission. The Second World War ended in September,1945. The Salesians following the footsteps of Don Bosco and his pass word ‘at once’ restarted the school officially on 8th February, 1948 with a function presided over by Dr. Bhubaneswar Barua. It had a very humble beginning with only 92 students, studying in classes I to IV. During these years, parts of the school building were also being used by Assam Civil Engineering School and by Gauhati University.
Updated on: [October 31, 2017]