Kolkata — Don Bosco School Liluah, or DBL, is an all-boys, English medium school located in Liluah, near the city of Kolkata, India. It operates under the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations and takes students from the lower kindergarten through grade twelve. The school was established in 1937, and is run by the Salesians of Don Bosco S.D.B. which is a minority institution within the Catholic Church. The patron saint of the school is St. John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco. The motto of the school is “Virtus et Labor”. The school celebrated its Platinum Jubilee in December 2012.
The DBL’s four storey main building with a statue of St. John Bosco on its roof was described in 1970 as the tallest building in Liluah. It houses classrooms as well as the school library; music room; 8 science and language laboratories; and an examination hall (which also doubles as multimedia teaching hall). The school auditorium seats 1500 people.
The school complex has a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit and emergency power generator capable of running the entire school. There are two playing fields, a series of gardens known as the Infant Jesus Park, and a combined basketball and tennis court (added as part of the 2012 Platinum Jubilee). The school also offers Digital Classes for the students. Night School and other social services.
Don Bosco Night School was started in 1976 by a group of past pupils and educates under-privileged young people in the area.It is staffed by Fr. Biji Thomas, the Rector, and Soumen Mark James along with ten other teachers. After finishing their night school course, a few students go on to join the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for their 10th and 12th standards. Under the Adult Education project, adults receive education and literacy instruction. The school is a NIOS centre.
A Free Medical Unit is run by the Past Pupil’s Association. Its doctors provide free treatment to local poor people. Free medicines are distributed every Sunday. Students of Don Bosco High & Technical School help by contributing during the Medicine Drives.
Don Bosco Technical School Liluah is affiliated to NCVT and SCVT Govt. of India with Industrial Training Centers (ITC) that are self –financing and privately owned training institutes that provide the same training programs as the ITI.
ITC provide technical knowledge in various trades ( both engineering and non-engineering) to candidates who have at least passed their 5th std examinations and who wish to acquire some technical knowledge instead of going for conventional higher studies.
ITC have been established to meet the present industrial and technological needs of the country. The main aim of the ITC is to impart craftsman training to aspiring technicians in an environment where they can grow to their full potential and become skilled and disciplined technicians as Fitter, Machinist, Tool and Die Maker Dies and Moulds, and Turner.
The school’s church is the Church of St. John Bosco. It was originally built in 1937 to serve the European and Anglo-Indian Catholics of Liluah Railway colony. The present church was built in 1985.