Don Bosco College, Aluva began its new academic year on the feast of Visitation of Our Blessed Mother (31st May), with the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The Mass was presided over by Fr. Alex Kalathikattil SDB, the Rector of Don Bosco College. All the staff (except Fr. Vattukulam Francis SDB, the new Dean and Principal of the College who is completing his doctoral thesis in Rome) and the students were present. Fr. Alex exhorted both the staff and students to be the carriers of Christ to others as Mary. He pointed out that the aim of our education must be to prepare ourselves to be ‘people of service’ as Mary was to St. Elizabeth.

The Mass was followed by the inaugural academic session. Fr. Mathew Kumpukkal, the Superior General of the CST fathers was the Guest of Honour. Fr. Alex Kalathikattil SDB the Rector of Don Bosco College, welcomed the gathering officially, especially Fr. Mathew Kumpukkal CST, Fr. Malayil Cyriac SDB, Fr. Kuzhipala Tom SDB and the new students. While Fr. Cyriac has the double responsibility of being administrator and professor, Fr. Tom is a full time student of Masters in Theology at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Mangalapuzha and the in-charge of the Don Bosco Youth Centre. Fr. Mondoth Ittira SDB led the prayer of teachers and Br. Mundakkal Sachin SDB led the prayer of students. Fr. Cyriac presented the College report in the absence of the Principal.

There are 24 students (19 Salesians and 5 Josephites of Murialdo) for the first year of the regular philosophy course offered by the College and 26 students (19 Sisters of the Destitute and 7 Dorothean Novices) for the Introductory Course in Philosophy. Thus the total strength of the students in four batches (including the ICP) is 88.

Fr. Mathew Kumpukkal delivered the keynote address, reminding that the study of philosophy should not be done just because it is a pre-requisite for priesthood. He expressed his happiness on seeing the sisters pursuing the study of philosophy. Looking back into his own life, he reminded all, of the challenges of religious life. He was in full praise of the quality of education and the opportunities extended by Don Bosco College, which he said prompted him to send his own seminarians to Don Bosco College for various events like the Annual Debate. He also expressed his joy in having re-established his old friendship with the Salesians. The academic session concluded with the releasing of the College Handbook.
Edwin Kurisinkal SDB