Respected Fr Principal, Dr George Thadathil, Members of the faculty (old and new), and my dear students and parents,
It is my joy to address you as you begin the new AcademicYear. It was a pleasure for me to be present for the second day of the faculty orientation programme and to say a few words before you began your interactions. The faculty members are all well-equipped to begin this new session.
My dear Parents, Faculty members and students: You are at Salesian College. The word that characterizes our college is “Salesian” means Don Bosco. This year on 16 August we celebrated the 205th birth anniversary of this great teacher and friend of youth. He was a great teacher because he dedicated his entire life to make young people true believers and honest citizens. Keeping this aim, we at Salesian College are committed to make a harmonious development of your time, talent and resources.
The college emblem has the words: “FlammaArdes et Lucens” - A flame that enlivens and enlightens. It is this flame that the members of the faculty want to spark in you. There is a goodness in every person that you meet. It is enough to discover that and it will make a difference. This little light will light up other lights and dispel darkness. This will bring about a change in your life, in your college, in the society and the world at large.
I wish and pray that the new faculty members, parents and students together will strive to keep the motto of the college high and make all efforts to make it shine every day and everywhere in our lives. God bless you all.
Fr Dr Joseph Pauria, sdb
President, Founder Body of Salesian College
27 August 2020
Dear Students, Parents and Members of the Faculty,
Welcome and Welcome back to Salesian College Sonada and Siliguri!
Dear freshers, Congratulations, on becoming a Salesian! Hearty welcome! I am sure you will find in Salesian college a home and school rolled into one. Enjoy the scope, enthusiasm, energy and expertise of a worldwide network of Salesian HEIs.
Dear Parents and guardians, welcome to the Salesian family. Thank you for choosing Salesian to form your wards to be competent and responsible citizens of our country. We deeply appreciate the trust you have placed in us and we look forward to engaging you in collaborative partnership.
Dear new members of the faculty, a warm and cordial welcome to you all. You are entering an academically enriching and challenging campus. I am sure you will grow personally and professionally as you work with us. Wish you a long and fruitful stint at Salesian!
Dear others, I’m glad to see you back on campus, safe and sound. Let me extend my sincere appreciation for the dedication and hard work you put in to keep the college going online during the pandemic. May this year prove fruitful and fulfilling in every way.
We are about to embark on a new academic session albeit with some anxiety and uncertainty about what lies in store for us. We may have many questions about the future in our minds. How long is the current Covid situation going to last? How longer can I stay inside and stay safe? What would be the impact of Covid on education and employment? How long can we hold out against the Covid caused financial downturn? It is natural and human that these questions keep assailing us. Remaining in the grip of anxiety is no solution at all. Hope needs to be kept alive. The first two lines of a song in Malayalam caught my attention, “orumazhayumtoratriunnittilla, orukaattumanayatirunnittilla (no rain has not ceased; no storm has not subsided). There is reason to believe that life is changed but not ended. Let the hope for a better tomorrow prompt us to take reasonable risks to explore new avenues and possibilities, and reinvent strategies to cope with Covid.
It is at the take-off that an aircraft needs most amount of fuel and the crew needs to be most attentive. Now we are at the point of an academic take-off. Just as the crew pays great attention to the comfort, safety and security of the aircraft and the passengers, we need to pay great attention to make everyone on board comfortable, respected and valued. Similarly, we need to put in our best energies and resources for a perfect take-off. Then we can ensure a safe flight no matter what turbulence we may encounter en route. Wish you a pleasant flight with Salesian!
Finally, I thank God for the graces He has bestowed on us and for keeping us safe during the pandemic. I commend all of you to His providence and protection.Let us put our best foot forward to make our Salesian experience a memorable and profitable one.
Fr (Dr.) Tomy Augustine, sdb
Salesian College Sonada
Welcome to Salesian
Welcome to pursue Art and Arete: Art, originally a Latin word, meant in the earlier centuries of its usage 'the ability to make an artifact'; the skill to do painting or sculpture or dance and got extended to mean developing any of your skills. Arete is a Greek word in its origin and means Excellence or Quality. Arete, as quality and excellence is the essence of the Universe, and it is a potential in You.
Congratulations on embarking on this Journey in Salesian. Enjoy what you Do. Perfect What you Do. Be the Spark of Quality. A Flame that Enlightens and Enlivens!
Fr. (Dr.) Àngel Fernàndez Artime SDB
Salesians of Don Bosco
Opere Don Bosco, Via della Pisana, 1111
Rome – 00163 – Italy
Fr. (Dr.) Joseph Pauria SDB
Salesians of Don Bosco,
52A RNC Road, Kolkata – 700 015, India
Fr. (Dr.) Tomy Augustine SDB (SCS)
Fr. (Prof.) George Thadathil SDB (SCSC)
Fr. (Prof.) George Thadathil SDB
Br. Augustin Joseph SDB (SCS)
Fr. (Dr.) Saju Puthuserry SDB (SCSC)
Fr. (Dr.) Babu Joseph SDB (SCSC)
Fr. C.M. Paul SDB (SCSC)
Fr. Nirmal Topppo SDB (SCS)
Br. Roshan Ekka SDB (SCS)
Fr. Jagjivan Tirkey SDB (SCSC)
Fr. Nirmal Toppo SDB (SCS)
Fr. (Dr.) Babu Joseph SDB (SCSC)
Dr. Gunjeet Aurora Mehta (PG)
Dr. Terence Mukhia - Arts & Humanities (SCS)
Mr. Uday Malla - B.Voc, B.Com, BCA (SCS)
Mr. Peter Lepcha - Arts & Humanities (SCSC)
Mr. Patrick Johnson - Commerce & Management (SCSC)
Mr. Dhirodatta Subba - Sciences (SCSC)
Ms. Sradha Pradhan (SCS)
Mr. Dhirendra Newar (SCS)
Ms. Tshering Dolma (SCS)
Ms. Prashant Rai (SCS)
Mr. Pawan Rai (SCS)
Ms. Shruti Chettri (SCS)
Mr. Anirban Ghosh (SCSC)
Ms. Ganga Parajuli (SCSC)
Mr. CS Chandan Gupta (SCSC)
Ms. Yadika Prasad (SCSC)
Ms. Monika Rana (SCSC)
Mr. Sangam Ghatani (SCSC)
Ms. Srijana Sinha (SCSC)
Mr. Wilson Bara (SCSC)
Fr Jagjivan Tirkey SDB
Dr. Paramita Dutta