Don Bosco Technical School, Shillong, one of the first skills training institutes of the north-eastern region of India stands conspicuous in the city of Shillong surrounded by hills and valleys in the state of Meghalaya.
Right from the early stages, the school, along with the academic and technical training has influenced all sections of the society as envisaged in the Salesian Charisma. The Salvatorian missionaries had started a small printing press at Laitkynsew (near Cherapunjee) in 1897. This small printing press was transferred to Shillong in the year 1907. In the same year a few Brothers of the society of the Divine Savior who were experts in carpentry, shoe-making and smithery, began instruction of young Khasi boys in these trades.
Thus began the first trade school in Shillong as part of St. Anthony’s school and orphanage. This venture had to be shutdown at the departure of the Salvatorians in 1915. The courses that the Institution offers are geared towards equipping the youth with some skill in hand to help them to earn a living.
At present the institution offers training in nine NCVT recognized ITI courses – Book Binding, Carpenter, DTP, Electrician, Electronics, Radio and Television, Machinist, Motor Mechanic, Welder, Wireman, and twenty Modular Employable Skills (MES) training in the above trades for school drop outs. Besides this, the Institute has courses for Office-assistants, Driving, Computer Hardware and Networking on a regular basis.
Don Bosco Technical Institute strives to promote the personal, social and emotional growth of its students. The school provides opportunities and experiences, both in and outside the classroom, which assist a trainee in developing a sense of self worth, respect for self and others and acceptance of responsibility in the society.