Salesian College (SC) is a Government recognized, minority educational institution of the Catholic Church, run by Salesians of Don Bosco, Kolkata Province where over 2000 students do their Arts/Humanities, Commerce, Science and Professional Courses (UG & PG) under the North Bengal University (NBU).
SC was established in Shillong in 1933, before being shifted to Sonada, in 1938. It comes under section 2 (f) and 12 (B) of UGC Act of 1956. In 1935, SC received affiliation to the Calcutta University for I.A., and in 1948 for BA 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 NBU. It was in 1970 and 1979 that SC received affiliation for BA Honours Course in English and History respectively followed by the introduction of 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 the DIT and ADIT courses of C-DAC, Pune, the Computer Application Certificate Course of NBU in 2004.
SC, Siliguri Campus was inaugurated on 9th July 2009. The Siliguri Campus offers BA/B.Com/B.Sc/BBA/BCA Honours & General courses with Career Oriented Programme (COP) courses in Travel & Tourism Management, Computer Application, Music, Sports Management and 3 Communicative English. SC is also recognized as an IGNOU Study Centre (from May 2005 in SCS and 2010 in SCSC) offering courses in BA, BCom., CIC, CLP, M A, MCom., BSW & BCA. SC was accredited by NAAC on 16th September 2004, with an Institutional score between 60-70%, recieving the Grade C++. On 26th February 2010, Salesian College was conferred the status of a ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ (CPE) by the University Grants Commission and now is in its Second cycle from 1st April 2014. In March 2012, in its Second Cycle, the College was re-accredited by NAAC with ‘A’ grade. The college has retained its ‘A’ Grade in the Third Cycle starting from May 2019, the first College to receive such grade under the University of North Bengal. The college has started MA in English from 2016-17 and MA in Education and Psychology from 2019.