St. John Bosco (1815-1888), known as the father and friend of youth, is the founder of the Salesian Movement. As a young priest he found many young men in the city of Turin, Italy who were turning criminals due to the lack of love, care and opportunities in life. Dedicating his life for their cause, he founded the Salesian Congregation.
The Salesian Movement has about 2500 Institutions, including 6 Universities and 48 professional colleges in 132 countries.
Don Bosco’s system of education was simple, functional and person-centred. He summarized it in three words, Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness. Reason refers to a sensible and realistic approach to realities, goals and achievements. Religion signifies inculcating among the young a sense of the divine and preparing them for life, apart from equipping them for a livelihood. Loving kindness entails family atmosphere….a loving, friendly and trusting rapport between staff and students….spontaneity and openness in interactions.