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Diphu Bishop inaugurates Don Bosco Junior College


By Bivan Mukhim
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Guwahati, Aug. 23. In a glittering ceremony attended by a host of distinguished persons, educationists, college and school students and parents, the Don Bosco Junior College Diphu in Karbi Anglong District of Assam was inaugurated on 22nd August. The Chief Guest, Shri Dominic Uphing Maslai, the Executive Member i/c Higher Education in the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, unveiled the inaugural plaque, which was blessed by Dr. Paul Mattekatt, the Bishop of Diphu. Fr. V. M. Thomas, the Salesian Provincial of Guwahati, dedicated the Junior College to the people of Karbi Anglong. A variety of perfectly rendered songs and dances by the Junior College as well as by students from catholic schools of Diphu, Sojong, Amkachi and Manja enlivened the inaugural function.
The Chief Guest was full of praise and appreciation for the great work done by Christian missionaries in the field of education. ''I have seen various schools of the Christian missionaries and I see that there is so much of commitment and dedication that was put into the well running of the education institute. The commitment of the Christian missionaries is a clear evidence of the love that they have for the society. Karbi Anglong is one of the biggest districts of Assam, but it still lacks education facilities. There is only the Diphu Govt College. the starting of the Don Bosco college will bring about the education improvement in the district of diphu'', Mr. Dominic said.

Bishop Paul Mattekatt, the bishop of Diphu spoke of the dream he had of establishing a college for the people of Karbi Anglong and appreciated the Salesians for coming forward to accept his invitation. He recalled the moment when he decided to call the Salesians to begin a college in Diphu diocese.

The Junior College now functions temporarily at Manja, in the land and buildings placed by the Bishop at the disposal of the Salesians. The permanent campus of the College will also be built on 50 acres of land donated by the Bishop to the Salesians.

Fr. V. M. Thomas, the provincial spoke of the power of education in transforming generations of young people. He viewed education not by the harvest reaped, but by the seeds planted for future generations. He promised the immediate construction of the college buildings so that the college can function at the permanent campus from the next Academic session itself.

Fr. Cyriac Vettikathadam, the Director of the newly inaugurated college welcomed the guests to the inaugural function. He thanked the bishop in a special way for putting his trust and confidence in the Salesians. He also expressed words of appreciation to the bishop for allowing the use of the temporary Don Bosco Junior College which is now managed by its Director Fr. Cyriac Vettickathadam and the Principal Fr. Jimmy T. Sangma.
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