Salesian College is a Government recognized minority educational institution of the Catholic Church, run by Salesians of Don Bosco, Kolkata Province where over 2500 students do their regular B.A., B.Com & B.Sc studies under the University of North Bengal
Salesian College, established in Shillong, in 1933, was shifted to Sonada, in 1938. It comes under section 2(f) and 12 (B) of UGC Act, 1956. In 1935, Salesian College received affiliation to the Calcutta University for I.A., and in 1948 for B.A. Course in English, History and Latin followed by Economics in 1950. In 1962 its affiliation was transferred from Calcutta University as one of the founding colleges of the University of North Bengal.
It was in 1970 and 1979 that Salesian College received affiliation for B.A. Honours Course in English and History respectively. Later on Salesian College introduced Education and Philosophy as B.A. subjects. In 2006 it received affiliation for Education Honours course.
The College opened a Computer Skills Department in 2002, offering Diploma in Information Technology (DIT) and Advance Diploma in Information Technology (ADIT) courses of C-DAC, Pune, the Computer Application Certificate Course of University of North Bengal in 2004. In 2005, Career oriented programmes of Communicative English and Tourism and Travel Management were also initiated followed by Certificate course in Music from June 2007. Salesian College was also recognized as an IGNOU study centre from May 2005 offering courses in M.A., M.COM, B.A., B.Com., CIC and CLP.
Salesian College, Siliguri campus was inaugurated on 9th of July 2009. Siliguri campus offers Masters Courses in English, Psychology and Education. It also offers Under Graduate courses such as B.A. Honours courses in English, History, Psychology, Education, Sociology, Mass Communication and Journalism , Management Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics. B.Com Honours courses in Accountancy and Management, B.Com General, B.Sc Computer Science Honours with Statistics and Mathematics as electives are also taught. The COP courses in Travel & Tourism Management, Computer Application, Communicative English and Music are also offered as options.
SCS was accredited by NAAC on 16 September 2004 and was given the Grade C++ (Institutional Score between 65-70%). On 26 February 2010 Salesian College has been conferred the status of a College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) by UGC, New Delhi and into its 2nd Cycle from 1st April 2014. In March 2012, the College was re-accredited by NAAC with ‘A’ grade (CGPA of 3.16 out of 4) to be the first College to receive such grade under the University of North Bengal.
Salesian Publications, Salesian Research Institute and Salesian Translation Centre offer opportunities for capacity building for aspiring teaching and research personnel of the region. Salesian College Extension Activities Centre has trained and placed over 600 youth of the region in collaboration with Ministry of Rural Development and Don Bosco Tech, New Delhi. Salesian College invites young people and their parents to partner in nurturing an ideal society.