DON BOSCO (1815 – 1888) : The Educator Saint

Bosco College of Teacher Education, Dimapur, Nagaland, is an educational institution of the Catholic
Church, belonging to and managed by the Salesians of Don Bosco, Dimapur Province. The College is
named after St. John Bosco (1815-1888), popularly known as Don Bosco, the Father and Friend of Youth.
John Melchior Bosco (Don Bosco) was born into a family of a poor Italian farmer on 16th August, 1815,
at Becchi, a hamlet near Turin, Italy. At the tender age of two he lost his father, and he had to undergo
immense sufferings and challenges in his early life.
His mother, Margaret, took on the task of bringing up her three children with tenderness and great
courage. She taught them to till the soil and to see God’s presence in the beauty of the sky, in the
abundant harvest and even in the storms which destroyed their vines.
A mysterious dream at the age of nine left an indelible stamp on his entire life. He saw himself amidst a
group of scruffy street children who were fighting and using abusive language. He jumped into their
midst to stop the commotion, hitting out wildly with his fist. A majestic personage, who introduced
himself as Jesus, stopped him. He promised to give John Bosco a ‘teacher’ who would show him how to
deal with the ragamuffins, who, to John’s horror, had metamorphosed into ferocious beasts!

At this moment a beautiful lady appeared, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the promised teacher. “Not with
blows,” she said, “but with
loving kindness!” And as she spoke, the wild beasts became gentle lambs! She left him with an agenda
for life: “Make yourself humble, steadfast and strong.” John saw in the dream a divine commission to
work for poor and abandoned urchins and the youth. The long years that followed were directed by an
amazing enthusiasm to make that dream come true, which was not without its share of challenges and
incredible hardships. However, adorned with the gift of splendid blending of nature and grace, Don Bosco
accomplished incredible feats in the service and welfare of the poor youth, and his mission was widely
acknowledged all over Italy and the rest of Europe and Latin America.
As his zealous work for the poor and marginalized youth acquired recognition and spread beyond the
confines of Italy, Don Bosco felt inspired to begin new initiatives in order to embrace many more needy
young people and to reach out them. He founded societies like, ‘The Salesians of Don Bosco’, ‘The
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians’ and ‘The Union of Salesian Cooperators’.
Having spent his entire life and energy at the service of the young, Don Bosco breathed his last on 31st
January 1888. He was canonized as a universal Saint of the Catholic Church on 1 April, 1934, by Pope
Pius XI. The three societies he founded bear witness to his ardent love and concern for the young and
continue to carry out his vision and mission all around the world.
But undoubtedly, the greatest gift and legacy he has left behind is his unique way of educating: A path
based on reason, religion and loving kindness, a system that had the hallmark of total personal
involvement, a method that was inspired by his one magnificent dream:

“It is enough to know that you are young
for me to love you very much.”- Don Bosco

Management

The Management of the College is with the Salesians of Don Bosco, Dimapur Province. The
Provincial, who is the Superior of the Salesians Province of Dimapur, along with his Council,
constitutes the Governing Body of the college, and has the final authority for all policy matters
pertaining to the college.
The Provincial, who is the president of the Governing Body, constitutes the managing committee of the
college as per the rules and regulations of the society and in keeping with the norms laid down by the
university and NCTE.

Don Bosco’s System of Education (Preventive System)
Don Bosco was orn at Becchi, in Piedmont, Italy, on 16 th August, 1815. He was acutely
sensitive to the needs of his times. From a very young age, he was convinced that he had
been specially called to work for the marginalized and the poor youth of that era. It was the
time Europe was under the grip of the Industrial Revolution and youngsters were easy victims
of exploitation, social evils and moral degradation. After being ordained a priest of the
Catholic Church in 1841, Don Bosco came to the rescue of these poor youths with his novel
method of education through total dedication and personal involvement in their lives and
problems.
To ensure that this total commitment to their cause shone through his actions, Don Bosco
envisaged his method of education on the Preventive System, basing his education on the
three great principles of Reason, Religion, and Loving Kindness. He dedicated his whole life
as a caring and concerned father, doing everything for the welfare of his youngsters. Being a
gifted and able educator, he did not visualize education in isolation from the society within
whose parameters it functioned. For him, education was a sacred and divine means for the
positive and constructive transformation of human beings and for building up of a more just
and humane society. He was convinced that an education that was alienated from the needs
and aspirations of the society, emphasizing merely technical proficiency and creation of
insensitive intellectuals, had no relevance for the humanity.

Recognition and Affiliation

Bosco College of Teacher Education, Dimapur, Nagaland, has the privilege of being the first B.
Ed. College started by the Salesians of Don Bosco in India.
It is affiliated to the Nagaland University and approved by the National Council for
Teacher Education (NCTE) vide: ERC/7-31 (ER-31.10.6)/2003/243 dt. 28.01.2003 and F.
ERC/NCTE/(NA-S/N-1/2002)/ APE00168/B.ED.(Revised Order)/2015/31888 dt. 23.05.2015.

Location of the College

Bosco College of Teacher Education is located in a spacious, eco- friendly campus at Kuda
Village, ‗A‘ Khel, Nagarjan, Dimapur. It is 4 kms away from Dimapur Railway station and Bus
stand.

College Emblem and Motto

The Cross is the universal sign of Sacrificial Love. The Book represents Eternal Wisdom.
Don Bosco is the Great Educator, Father and Friend of Youth. Mithun Head symbolizes the
Local Cultural Heritage.
The Spears represent the rich Naga Culture.
Exemplo Docemus in Latin means: ‘We Teach by Example.’

The motto of the College is Exemplo Docemus, meaning, ‘We Teach by Example.’ It throws
light on the supreme importance of the person of the teacher and educator in imparting
knowledge. The pupils learn more from the personal example of the educator than the lectures in
the classroom. “Lead by example”, must be a constant self-reminder for every educator. Our
teaching should not end in the classroom; an educator has to be a role model both in the
classroom, and more especially, out of it. The educators can reform others unconsciously, when
they live uprightly. Verba movent, exempla trahunt – ‘Words move, example drags,’ so runs the
ancient wisdom. Example is more forceful than precept. Eloquence can move people, but a lived
example has the innate force to literally drag the people to action. Example is the school of
humanity from which everyone learns without being taught. We can teach better with our life
than with our lips. The example of great and noble educators can become contagious and lead
others to noble thoughts and deeds. Indeed, the greatest gift that we can bestow on our pupils and
others is good example.

General Norms

  1. The teacher trainees are admitted to the college on the clear understanding that they will
    observe all the rules and regulations of the college and abide by all the academic and
    professional demands of the college and the courses offered. Anyone who is not willing
    to subscribe to these requirements should in no way be taking admission in this college.
  2. All the teacher trainees are expected to be courteous and considerate towards others and
    maintain a high standard of integrity, personal ethics and behaviour. The teacher trainees
    should maintain a standard and modest dress code which is becoming of an educator.
  3. The use of all tobacco products, liquor and drugs in any form is totally prohibited in the
    college campus.
  4. The college infrastructure and its property (land, buildings, furniture, equipments etc.)
    must be treated with extreme care. Anyone found damaging or destroying these will be
    liable to make good the damaged or destroyed goods by its monetary value or total
    replacement of the same.
  5. Silence in the college library is to be observed at all times. A teacher trainee can take out
    only two books at a time for consultation and personal study. These books should be
    returned to the library after two weeks, and if needed, these can be borrowed for another
    one week only. No one is permitted to take any personal bags or belongings inside the
    library.
  6. Ragging in any form is absolutely prohibited. Anyone indulging in it is liable for
    immediate expulsion from the college. Matters regarding ragging should be brought to the
    immediate notice of the principal and the anti-ragging cell.
  7. Regular attendance at classes is compulsory for all teacher trainees. A minimum of 85%
    of attendance is mandatory for all candidates of this college to appear for the Selection and
    the University Examinations. Any absence from the regular classes will require prior
    permission from the principal and a letter from the parent/guardian stating the authenticity
    of the reason. Any unnotified absence which exceeds more than five continuous days will
    automatically disqualify a candidate from the ongoing course, and those who wish to
    continue
    must take readmission to the college with the required admission fees. Punctuality in
    coming to the college must be observed by all and everyone is expected to be in the
    college campus at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the daily classes and
    programmes. Participation at all the co- curricular activities of the college is mandatory
    for all.
  8. The college authorities are in no way responsible for any loss of the belongings of anyone
    from the college premises and its campus. Those who bring any valuables to the college
    must take care of these by themselves. In addition to this, the college will not be
    responsible for any indiscipline/misconduct of the trainees outside the college campus.
  9. The college authorities are in no way responsible for any loss of the belongings of anyone
    from the college premises and its campus. Those who bring any valuables to the college
    must take care of these by themselves. In addition to this, the college will not be
    responsible for any indiscipline/misconduct of the trainees outside the college campus.
  10. The college authorities are in no way responsible for any loss of the belongings
    of anyone from the college premises and its campus. Those who bring any valuables to the
    college must take care of these by themselves. In addition to this, the college will not be
    responsible for any indiscipline/misconduct of the trainees outside the college

Our Vision and Mission

Inspired and guided by the educational philosophy of St. John Bosco, Bosco College of
Teacher Education aims to impart a holistic and qualitative education to future educators
and teachers. We intend to impart a contextualized and value based education to the aspiring
teachers and educators of the Northeast region in particular.
We believe that our educators and teachers are the architects of the future generations, and
their responsibility as educators is a noble and dignified one. Unless our educators and
teachers are first ‘educated’ in the full sense of the term, their own mission as moulders of
future society will bear no lasting effect on the generations to come. Following the footsteps
of Don Bosco, the visionary and educator, we strive to impart a harmonious education to our
educators that will cater to the cultural, moral, intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions
of the sacred mission of education.
The classic advice for the teachers of all time is: “When you stop learning, stop teaching.”
Teaching is an ongoing process that must be supplemented by a relentless striving after
knowledge and wisdom. Constant updating is a must for any profession, and teachers need it
more than anybody else. The college offers a wonderful opportunity for the teachers to learn
and teach, keeping in mind the triple mission of a sound education: to form, inform and
transform. It will be our endeavour to make learning more relevant, practical and useful for
life. Teachers are the beacons of light in every society, and theirs is a sacred and noble mission.
Every civilization is indebted to its teachers for bringing up its young in a moral and healthy
ambiance and assuring the continuity of all that is good in its life and culture. A life-oriented
and value- based education imparted by the teachers is a lasting legacy to be cherished by all.
And more than anything else, it is the person of the teacher who leaves a lasting impression on
the pupils. A well- prepared teacher is an invaluable asset for the whole society not only in its
striving after knowledge, but the whole gamut of its cultural, moral, intellectual and aesthetic
enrichment.