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ASSAM CM PRESENTED WITH STATUE OF DON BOSCO


By C.M. Paul
Provincial, Vice-Chancellor, and State Minority Commission Chairman with Assam Chief Minister.
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Guwahati, Jul. 25. The month of August will see several celebrations in the city of Guwhati, the gateway of northeast India, to mark the conclusion of the bi-centenary of the birth of St John Bosco.

The state of Assam and the city of Guwahati too will honour the saint of youth Don Bosco and in recognition of the work done by his sons and daughters (Salesian fathers, brothers and sisters, alumni and co-operators) for over 90 years in northeast India (since 1922), will install a life size state of the saint at Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Library junction.
Don Bosco was born in Becchi, in the the Piedmont province of northern Italy, 16 August 1815.

Provincial of Guwahati Salesian Province Father V.M. Thomas and Vice-Chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University, the first Don Bosco University in the English speaking world, met with the Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi at his residence office at Kainadhara Hillock, 23 July to invite him for the concluding ceremony of the birth Centenary of Don Bosco, 16 August.

The same day, 16th August also marks the inauguration of the University at its permanent campus at Tapesia near Sonapur, some 17 kms off the state capital Dispur.

Mr Allen Brooks, the chairperson of the Assam State Commission for Minorities accompanied Father V M Thomas, and Dr. Stephen Mavely who presented Shri Gogoi with the replica of the statue of St. John Bosco.

Other cities in northeast India which have honoured Don Bosco with life size statue are Shilong, Meghalaya (Don Bosco Road and Square), Dimapur, Nagaland, and Agartala, Tripura.
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