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Don Bosco Province of Panjim to Commence Agricultural College at Sulcorna, Goa

By Fr Allwyn D`Souza
The site of Don Bosco College of Agriculture at Don Bosco Agro-Ed Complex, Sulcorna, Goa
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Panjim, May. 27. The University Affiliation Inquiry Committee visited the agricultural college site at Don Bosco Agro-Ed Complex,  Sulcorna, Goa on May 25, 2015 and granted their consent to begin the B.Sc. 4 Year degree programme from the academic year 2015-16. in the state of Goa.
Through the gracious donation of Mr. Humberto Mascarenhas, in the early sixties, the Salesians of the Province of Panjim, inherited a huge farm of 810 acres. Initially besides carrying out some agricultural plantation, the Salesians ran a primary school for children of the farm workers. With the starting of a boarding in the late seventies the number of children in the primary school increased and the permission was granted to start an aided state school.

Now, as a project for the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco, the province decided to start a college offering Agriculture in 2015. The toil of a year and a half have slowly but steadily moved towards reaching this objective. In this month of May, Our Blessed Mother has assisted the management to get all the required permissions, the last of which was the visit of the Affiliation Inquiry Committee  which happened on the May 25, the feast day of Mary Help of Christians this year.

All preparations are now on to start the academic year on July 1, 2015. For greater upward mobility the course is recognised by Indian Council of Agriculture and Research, New Delhi and the syllabus followed is of National Indian Council of Agriculture Research. It is a grant-in-aid college where 50% seats are reserved for students from the state of Goa and the other 40% seats will be reserved for students from any other Indian state.

For the students to have ample amount of hands on training the managements has set aside 110 acres of fertile land to be used for the practicals. Organic cultivation will be given special emphasis all through the 4 year degree programme.
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