In India, the Salesians of Don Bosco began their work with a trade school and hostel for poor children at Thanjavoor, Tamil Nadu in 1906. The Society today has over 2500 members (Fathers and Brothers). Its services are offered through Don Bosco University, 28 colleges, which include 2 engineering colleges, over 100 technical schools, and a large network of high schools and scores of non-formal technical and agricultural centers, spread across the country, covering the entire spectrum of social development. The society is also involved in literacy centers, shelters for street children and rehabilitation and relief operations. The government of India has recognized the Salesians of Don Bosco as the largest non-governmental provider of technical education in the country.