The Salesian fathers of Don Bosco have succeeded in getting their technical institute upgraded. While earlier diploma courses and non-formal vocational courses were offered in Fitter, Machinist, Welder, Motor Mechanic, Electrician, Electronic and Computers, the institute will now be offering four degree courses in Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Computer Engineering and Civil Engineering.
Don Bosco College of Engineering has sought recognition as a Christian minority institute which will enable it to have 50 per cent of the seats reserved for the management quota as against the present sanctioned 25 per cent of seats. Once the recognition is granted, the Don Bosco fathers will be able to reserve 50 per cent of the seats of Christians and not all of them will necessarily be filled up on merit.
While the tuition fees at Don Bosco College of Engineering is fixed at Rs. 26,000 per semester, the total fees per semester works out to Rs. 32,450 including the 5 per cent fees collected for the building fund and Rs. 1,450 as institutional fee.
However, 12 students recommended by the Directorate of Technical Education will be admitted under the Tuition Fee Waiver Scheme wherein they will not be paying the tuition fees. Besides, the Provincial of the Don Bosco fathers has also announced one seat in each of the four streams to be allotted to a deserving candidate who will not be paying the tuition fees.
Fomento group of companies which has a long association with the Salesian Fathers have also supported the engineering college by offering a sum of Rs. 5 crore for the two streams of Electronic & Telecommunication and Mechanical and in return they have asked for two seats in each of the four streams allotted to the management.
Fomento proposes to offer these seats to students from the mining belt who may not necessarily qualify for engineering colleges on merit.
For the first year, and particularly in view of the fact that funds have to be collected for the building, the management has charged students admitted under its quota a minimum fee of Rs. 50,000 per semester.
Don Bosco Collecge of Engineering has Dr. A R Naik as its principal along with nine other faculty members and two visiting lecturers. As the classes increase, the staff will also increase said Fr. Kinley D’Cruz, Director of the College. Dr. Naik was earlier associated with the Goa Engineering College where he was the head of the Mechnical Department and also a principal of the college.
Don Bosco fathers besides having an university in Guwahati also have various other educational institutes in India including six engineering colleges of which one is at Bombay.