St. John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco, was an outstanding personality of Italy of the 19th century. Don Bosco was a dreamer, a visionary, an educator and a priest. In him grace and nature, the divine and the human blended harmoniously. He devoted all his energies and talents to educating the young and shaping their lives. His methods of education based on ‘reason, religion and loving kindness’ which came to be known as the ‘Preventive System of Education’, is his unique contribution to the world.
The Salesian of Don Bosco (SDB), founded in Italy in 1859, in an international organization with a mission to be signs and bearers of God’s love to young people, especially those who are poor. With the support and collaboration of a wide partner network of men, women and young people of all affinities, religious affiliations and cultures; over 14600 SDBs today boldly and creatively translate this mission in diverse settings in 131 countries of the world.
The Salesian Family is a worldwide movement of people committed to the service of the young. Today, this family consists of over 400,000 people comprising 31 different organisations aligned to the spirituality and mission of Don Bosco. Currently, there are over 20 additional groups seeking membership to this family. The first four: The Salesians of Don Bosco, The Salesian Co-operators, Salesian Sisters (FMA) and The Salesian Past Pupils were founded by Don Bosco during his lifetime.
The Salesians of Don Bosco arrived in Assam in 1922. The work of education, socio-economic development, health care, women and youth empowerment, community development, skill training, vocational training along with many other development works continues today in every state of North East India, through a network of numerous Salesian centres. The Saleisans and their collaborators in the province of Dimapur render their services in the states of Upper Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh