It was indeed a long standing cherished desire of the Salesian Province of Kolkata to have a centre at Biratnagar to cater to the youth of the plains. The land was acquired ten years ago and the construction of the present building began just two years ago under the guidance of Fr. PV Jose SDB; later on, the responsibility was handed over to Fr Jacob Thenganakunnel SDB, who is also the present Director of the Institute. He has done a marvelous work in getting this building built within a short span of only two years.
“We are grateful to the benefactors, especially to the citizens of Germany via Don Bosco Mondo Germany in realizing the project at Biratnagar,” say the Salesians.
The courses offered by the project are for: Hotel Management, Electricians, Plumbers and Welders, all of them lasting three months. Considering the need of Nepal's road to development, especially its young boys and girls, the school began the courses on April 2 with a total number of 55 students.
After the course, the students shall be offered "On the Job Training" for a period of one month; thereafter, every student is assigned a job according to their respective trades. Admissions will be open all year. The fee structure aims to be easily affordable for even the poorest students, and may be lowered still depending upon the financial situation of the student's family.
The Salesians have also started Computer Literacy and English classes for the youths of the neighborhood for a very minimal charge with classes held between 3 and 7 pm, except on Saturday. As a sign of solidarity, a Study Center or Tuition Centre will be open at DBI from 4 to 7 pm every day so children can relax and do their evening studies.
The Salesians are also planning to upgrade the Hotel Management Course to the level of a 4-year Degree Course, which would mean that the Don Bosco Institute will become only the second Institute to offer a Degree Course in Hotel Management (BHM) under the University of Purvanchal in Nepal. Another major project: the start of a Polytechnic Institute offering a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering.
Finally, it is the intention of the institute to help the community's women gain independance by making them members of a Social Service Group through which they can raise funds on their own, funds they themselves are to use and manage according to the successful model started by the late Fr John Prakash SDB, now run by Sr. Smitha CJ.