The aftermath of Tsunami of 2004 brought along with it fresh challenges to the Salesians at Thirukazhukundram. It gave rise to a non-formal technical school under the aegis of the JDW project of German government and many young people those affected by the Tsunami and otherwise began their training in various trades such as carpentry, computer operation, two-wheeler mechanic, electrician, nursing, welding refrigerator & air-conditioning mechanic and tailoring. The Salesians wanted to continue this mission for the young people in meaningful and a higher level.
With that vision in mind, an application was submitted on 31st Dec, 2008 to the Tamil Nadu Government to establish a new Don Bosco Polytechnic college at Kothimangalam, Thirukazhukundram. Assisted by the grace of God the powerful intercession of Mary Help of Christians and of St. John Bosco, our Father and Founder, Fr. Balraj Sdb and Fr. Leo Sdb worked hard to get the approval of the college. Amidst a lot of difficulties, the AICTE approval for the college was obtained on 24th Aug, 2009. Don Bosco Polytechnic College was formally inaugurated on 31st Aug, 2009.
At present there are 800 students studying in 5 Branches such as Mechanical Engineering (DME), Civil Engineering (DCE), Electronics and Communication Engineering (DECE) and Computer Engineering (DCSE). The college has adopted a dynamic and high quality approach in its facilities. It has spacious classrooms, well equipped and duly furnished laboratories and workshops along with a very good library. Hostel facility is provided for boys. The college takes pride in having a dedicated set of faculty members who take great interest in sharing their knowledge with the students. Keeping abreast with the modern developments, Don Bosco Polytechnic College is ever growing “TOWARDS EXCELLENCE” which is the motto of the college.
Don Bosco Polytechnic College at Thirukalukundram with its motto “TOWARDS EXCELLENCE” will strive at the holistic welfare of the young person by adopting the “Educational Method of Don Bosco”. While improving the economic conditions of the coastal and rural poor youth by imparting sound higher technical training to them, they in turn will be empowered at all levels through an integrated life-oriented formative process.
In fulfillment of its motto “TOWARDS EXCELLENCE” as enshrined in the vision statement, the management pledges to do the following.
John Bosco the father and friend of youth was born on August 16, 1815, in a peasant family in the little hamlet of Becchi, some 20 kilometers from Turin, Italy. When John was only two years old his father, Francis Bosco passed away. His grief stricken mother, Margaret Occiena Bosco, had a harrowing time to bring him up.
To complete his education John had to do his share of work on the family farm and study during his spare time. Working as a servant, assisting a tailor, doing chores for a black smith and keeping score at a billiard table were some of the things he did in order to pay for his food, lodging and tuition while at school. In due course John entered the seminary and was ordained a priest on June 5, 1841. From then on he was known as Don Bosco (Father Bosco).
Don Bosco wanted to do something to the youngsters of his time in order to alleviate their plight. He began a technical school to teach them basic skills and help them to earn a sustainable livelihood. As a young lad he himself had learnt tailoring, music, shoemaking and bookbinding. This helped him to run a very efficient and model technical school. He began opening schools and orphanages and worked tirelessly for the marginalized youth. “I will spend my life to my last breath for my boys” was what Don Bosco used to say. Slowly his center was turning into a home where youngsters could frequent, where they felt loved and accepted. “It is enough that you are young for me to love you” was another maxim of Don Bosco. His work flourished and he founded a society of priests and brothers who would continue the work that he began. He is an educator at heart and created a system of education called the Preventive System. The system encompasses reason, religion and loving kindness a system that captures the hearts of the young.
The “Salesians of Don Bosco” is an international society founded by Don Bosco. Catholic priests and Brothers who are members of this Society work for the development and education of the young especially those most at risk. Through its 3000 Schools, Colleges, Technical schools and youth centers in 125 countries, the Salesians of Don Bosco serve all young people irrespective of religious differences or social inequalities. In Tamil Nadu, there are around 80 centers in his name, which includes 24 Technical Institutions. One such great centre is Don Bosco Polytechnic College – Thirukalukundram.