|Project:||Bosco InfoTech Private Limited|
|Date of foundation:||1998|
|Province:||Chennai (previously Madras) – INM|
In May 1998, the province of Chennai launched an initiative to take computer literacy to the rural and poor youth. Fr. Francis Guézou, the French Missionary, came forward to support the venture and thus was born Bosco InfoTech with two divisions, one at Yellagiri and the other at Chennai.
At Yellagiri a full-fledged 3 storey building is dedicated to the training of 350 students who are recruited only from poor rural families. The various courses offered are Government certified and include Bachelor and Master diplomas in computer applications.
Software programmes are created here, as part of the training and production initiatives of the students. Some examples are a financial accounting package, children’s learning programme, a mailing solutions programme, a library cataloguing system, etc.
The Chennai centre on the contrary recruits young people who do not need to have any prior knowledge of computers. Over a period of 2 years, they absorb comprehensive skills in computers by gainful employment through various production works done for local and foreign clients.
In 2002, this programme was transformed into a Private Limited Company with 100% stake for the Salesians. Furthermore, partnership with Saffron Page, a UK based firm was established the same year.
The total staff of the two centres consists of 43 persons, most of them young people themselves. This project that enables talented young people to help other disadvantaged youth has paid rich dividends. It has realised the dream of many poor youth to leap on to the tracks of the informatics highway of the new millennium.
Name of Institute : ‘Vazhikaatti’ Centre for Job Placement and Career Guidance
Vazhikaatti was set up to reach out to the rural and underprivileged youth who are in search of employment.
From January 1998 to August 2003:
Director: Fr. Bosco
The above are just two initiatives taken up by the province of Chennai. There are 369 confreres spread out in 51 different works which have a very definite thrust towards the poor and underpreviliged youth. Besides parishes and educational institutes, some of these services also include technical institutes, boardings and hostels, centres for communication and catechetics, a printing press, a home for people affected by leprosy, homes for street children and youth-at-risk