Milestones along the Journey...

Focussed work on setting up the University began in early 2006. The whole of year 2006 could be viewed as a gestation period during which the focus was on clarifying ideas, preparing concept papers, making presentations before potential stakeholders, and formal application to the General Council at Rome to obtain the final go-ahead - time well-spent as it resulted in clarifying the vision, the objectives and the approach to the entire project.

The Rector Major and the General Council of Don Bosco Society gave the final approval to proceed with the project of establishing the university on 10th January 2007 (Approval No. Prot. 015 dated 10th January 2007). 2007 saw hectic activity to get the project off the ground - endless meetings of 'ad hoc' committees, 'core' committees, finance and fund-raising committees, drafting committees, short-listing and hiring of consultants, preparation of Detailed Project Reports, search for suitable land, etc. It culminated in a presentation of the project to the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Tarun Gogoi and his cabinet colleagues and top government officials on 23rd October 2007. We were delighted with the enthusiastic welcome that our proposal received on that day.

The proposal of Don Bosco Society, submitted to the Government of Assam on 8th November 2007, to set up a private University was examined by the Expert Committee of the government; and, as recommended by the Committee, the government, on 29th March 2008, issued the Letter of Intent (LOI) to the Salesians of Don Bosco to establish the University at Guwahati in Assam (Letter No. AHE.384/2007/49 dated 29th March 2008).

The Letter of Intent was followed by an Ordinance of the State government on 3rd December 2008 (The Assam Don Bosco University Ordinance, 2008, dated 3rd December 2008), following which the University was formally inaugurated by Shri Tarun Gogoi, the Chief Minister of Assam, on 6th December 2008. Eventually the Ordinance was replaced by an Act of the State legislature (The Assam Don Bosco University Act, 2009) on 9th January 2009, and published in the official gazette of Assam on 12th February 2009.

Don Bosco Univeristy Project

A Record of Meetings, Planning Sessions, Consultations and Significant Milestones
(01 Jan 2006 to 31 December 2011)

2006
  • 24 January Fr Joseph Almeida and Fr Stephen Mavely meet for preliminary discussions on setting up a university in North-East India.
  • 06 February A draft document prepared and circulated on "A Salesian University in North-East India..?"
  • 08 May Governing Body Meeting of Don Bosco Society - Azara
  • 14 May Ad Hoc Committee Meeting gives the nod to proceed with the project
  • 13 Jun Document sent to the General Council together with 'A Declaration of Intent' - 'Rationale for starting a University in North-East India'
  • 15 July Document - 'Answers to the queries from the General Council'
  • 09 August Project presented to the 'Salesian Provincials' Council of South Asia' and approved unanimously at Mumbai
  • 10 September Meeting of Select Committee decides to locate the university at Guwahati
  • 12 September Project presented to the Pastoral Council of North-East India
  • 04 October Project presented to the 'Meeting of Rectors' and approved unanimously
  • 08 October Meeting of Sub-Committee on lobbying political support
  • 08 November Provincial Council of Guwahati approves the university project
  • 11 November Document circulated - 'Some thoughts on a Concept Paper for the university project'
  • 14 November Governing Body Meeting of Don Bosco Society - Azara
  • 22 November Core Committee Meeting with the Archbishops of Guwahati and Shillong
  • 14 December First draft of 'Concept Paper on Don Bosco University' circulated
  • 03 December Formal application submitted to the General Council for permission to establish the university
2007
  • 10 January: The General Council approves the university project
  • 05 February: Application to Government of Assam for allotment of land
  • 05 March: Finance and Fund-raising Committee Meeting
  • 03 April: Final draft of 'Concept Paper on Don Bosco University' circulated
  • 12 April: Draft notes on 'Detailed Project Report'
  • 22 April: Select Committee Meeting
  • 13 May: University Project presented at IUS India Meeting at Bangalore
  • 16 May: University Project presented at IUS World Conference at Rome
  • 14 June: Appointment of 'M/S Kalinga Software' as official consultants
  • 26 June: Governing Body Meeting of Don Bosco Society - Azara
  • 23 October: University Project presented to the Chief Minister of Assam and government officials
  • 01 November: Governing Body Meeting of Don Bosco Society - Azara
  • 08 November: Formal application and 'Detailed Project Report' submitted to the government of Assam
  • 14 November: Signing of agreement to buy 'Tapesia Gardens' from 'M/S Sonapur Tea Co. Ltd'
  • 03 December: Joint Meeting of Core Committee and Provincial Council
  • 22 December: Catholic Bishops' Conference of Italy (CEI) becomes a major partner in the project
2008
  • 30 January: Letter of Intent (LOI) for the engineering department from the All India Council for Technical Education
  • 19 March: Final payment and registration of 58 hectares of 'Tapesia Gardens' for the university project
  • 29 March: Letter of Intent (LOI) for the university from the government of Assam
  • 03 April: Thanksgiving Meet with Core Committee and the Salesian Houses of Guwahati
  • 26 April: Governing Body Meeting of Don Bosco Society - Azara
  • 13 May: Submission of 'Compliance Report' to the government of Assam
  • 14 June: Meeting of General Councillors and Core Committee with the Archbishop of Guwahati
  • 30 June: Letter of Approval from All India Council for Technical Education for engineering courses
  • 28 July: Core Committee Meeting with the Governing Body of Don Bosco Society - Azara
  • 11 August: Inauguration of 4 Graduate Courses in engineering (B Tech) at Don Bosco College of Engineering and Technology
  • 23 September: Core Committee Meeting with the Governing Body of Don Bosco Society - Azara
  • 03 December: 'Don Bosco University Ordinance, 2008' promulgated by the Government of Assam
  • 06 December: Inauguration of 'Don Bosco University' by the Chief Minister of Assam
2009
  • 09 January Assam Legislature passes 'Don Bosco University Act, 2009'
  • 01 February Core Committee Meeting with the Governing Body of Don Bosco Society and Don Bosco University
  • 12 February 'Don Bosco University Act' 2009' published in the Gazette of Assam
  • 24 February Governing Body Meeting of Don Bosco Society and Don Bosco University
  • 24 March Governing Body Meeting of Don Bosco Society and Don Bosco University
  • 01 April Core Committee Meeting
  • 20 July Governing Body Meeting of Don Bosco Society and Don Bosco University
  • 20 August Inauguration of Post Graduate Course in Computer Applications (MCA)
  • 27 August Inauguration of Post Graduate Course in Business Administration (MBA)
  • 10 November Rector Major, Fr Pascual Chavez, blesses the 'Foundation Stone' for the permanent campus at Tapesia Gardens
  • 01 December Core Committee Meeting with the Governing Body of Don Bosco Society and Don Bosco University
2010
  • 06 February: Meeting of the Governing Body of Don Bosco Society
  • 05 March: Visit of Dr Ercole Lucchini
  • 16 June: Meeting of the Governing Body of Don Bosco Society and Don Bosco University
  • 25 September: Meeting of the Governing Body of Don Bosco Society and Don Bosco University
  • 04 December: Meeting of the Governing Body of Don Bosco Society and Don Bosco University
  • 06 December: Inspection by the Joint Committee of UGC-AICTE-DEC
  • 08 December: Inauguration of the Centre for On-Line and Distance Education
2011
  • 09 April: Meeting of the Governing Body of Don Bosco Society and Don Bosco University and the Board of Management of Don Bosco University
  • 26 July: Graduate Course in Civil Engineering started at Don Bosco College of Engineering
  • 06 August: Meeting of the Governing Body of Don Bosco Society and Don Bosco University and the Board of Management of Don Bosco University
  • 23 August: Inauguration of Post-Graduate Course in Social Work (MSW) and in Technology (M Tech)
  • 23 August: Inauguration of Doctoral Studies in 24 areas in 8 disciplines
  • 01 September: Inauguration of PG Diploma in Child Rights and Development
  • 31 October: Don Bosco Society joins hands with Prajyotish Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society to set up an educational complex at Tapesia (Kamrup District, Assam)
  • 02 November: Visit of the Inspection Team from University Grants Commission
  • 03 November: Meeting of the Governing Bodies of Don Bosco Society and Don Bosco University, and the Board of Management of Don Bosco University

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