4 March 2008

Don Bosco Siharam

Last week some friends and I drove to the North side of Arunachala to visit Devanandayal Village. In the distance we could see a very handsome building and we wondered if it was some kind of school or college. Well, fate intervened and we were soon to find that this interesting campus is in fact the Don Bosco Siharam Institute (Salesian Institute for the Holistic Advancement of the Rural and the Marginalized)

The below photograph is of Father Edwin Vasanthan who very kindly showed us around the Don Bosco facility.

The Institute which was opened on the 24th May, 2007 now offers courses in Computer Application, Hardware Training and in Catering. Below some photographs of an IT class.

Most of the students are recruited from remote villages of outlying Districts and are housed at the Institute's boarding facilities located on their 7 acre campus.

Below the dining room and kitchen which has seriously sized pots to cater for the large number of students.

The Salesians of Don Bosco are a Catholic organisation and as well as the IT Institute at Tiruvannamalai also have primary and secondary schools (with boarding facilities) for orphaned and semi-orphaned students in Tamil Nadu and other South India States, a college and some technical schools.

To find out more about Don Bosco Siharam, please check out this month's Arunachala Grace News which will be sent out to inboxes tomorrow. If you wish to become a free subscriber to the monthly Arunachala Newsletter, please fill out the facility at the left hand column of this page.

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