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Youth Centre Turns into Corona Care Centre, Run by Salesian Family
Shillong: Don Bosco Youth Centre, the educational-recreational hub in Shillong, has turned into a Corona...
The presence and the ministry of Salesians of Don Bosco in Agartala had its beginning with Don Bosco School Agartala (Nandan Nagar). The land for Don Bosco School Agartala was bought in August 1996, and it has an area of 13 acres. Fr. Joseph Pulinthanath and Cl. Amla Vinod (INM) took up residence there the same month. Initial works included doing a survey of the area, making a contour map, and preparations for the starting of the school. Work of a three storey building (the present Peace Centre) began in October 1996 and admissions to the new school were taken in January 1997. When it became clear that the building under construction would not be ready for inauguration of the school in May, a bamboo and tin shed was put up.
In April 1997 Fr. Mudakkampuram George (MC) who was appointed the first Principal of Don Bosco School arrived in Agartala and the school was officially inaugurated on 02nd May 1997 and he continued up to 07th June 2010. Housed in the bamboo and tin shed, the school had 253 students from Nursery to Class Two, seven teachers and two school buses. In 1998, the School was shifted to the three storey building that had just been completed. In 2000, the foundation stone for a well-planned full-fledged school building and campus was laid. The new building was inaugurated in 2004. The first batch of Cl. X students, 13 in number, appeared for their final Exams of Tripura Board of Secondary Education in 2005. The result was 100% pass. In 2006, the School was affiliated to CBSE. In 2008, the first batch of Cl. X appeared for CBSE board exams. In 2009, Cl. XI was started for Arts and Science streams. In 2010, the first batch of Cl.XII appeared for the CBSE exams. The school secured 100% pass in all the exams. At present the School is from Nursery to Cl. XII.
The SDBs cater to the spiritual needs of the three convents (FMA, MSMHC and SSPS or Holy Spirit Sisters) nearby. The School caters to the holistic formation of the students, providing ample opportunity for developing their talents. The well planned out campus and the exercise of Don Bosco’s system of education create an excellent educational milieu.
In 2004, the Salesian presence at Agartala was recognized as a canonical community with Fr. MC George as the first Rector.
In February 2009, a beautiful Church dedicated to St. John Bosco was blessed and consecrated.
On 8th June 2010, Bro. Albert Longley took over as the second principal of the School and was succeeded by Fr. Benny Mushahary on 13th June 2012.
Nandan Nagar was declared as a Quasi Parish in April 2012 by Bishop Lumen Monteiro. Fr. Davis Aricatt was the first Parish Priest. Fr. Joseph Palamthattel (Sunny) was appointed Parish Priest in May 2014.
The following confreres have rendered various services at Don Bosco Agartala: Fr. Joseph Pulinthanath, Cl. Amla Vinod (INM), Fr. Mudakkampuram George, Fr. Venadt Ronald, Br. Ignatius Toppo, Fr. Marianus Kujur, Fr. P.A. Peter, Fr. Elias Kerketta, Cl. George Shining, Fr. Joseph Puthenpurackal, Fr. Paul Panachickal, Fr. Pascal Dung Dung, Fr. Kunnappillil Thomas, Br. Albert Longley, Fr. Davis Aricatt and Fr. Gabriel Colney