Salesian College is a Government recognized minority educational institution of the Catholic Church, run by Salesians of Don Bosco, Kolkata Province where over 1400 students do their regular B.A., B.Com & B.Sc studies under the North Bengal University.
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, SCS received affiliation to the Calcutta University for I.A., and in1948 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 NBU.
It was in 1970 and 1979 that SCS received affiliation for B.A. Honours Course in English and History respectively. Later on SCS 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 the DIT and ADIT courses of C-DAC, Pune, the Computer Application Certificate Course of NBU in 2004. In 2005, Career oriented programmes of Communicative English and Tourism & Travel Management have been initiated followed by Certificate course in Music from June 2007. SCS is also recognized as an IGNOU study centre from May 2005 offering courses in B.A., B.Com., CIC and CLP.
Salesian College, Siliguri campus was inaugurated on 9th July 2009. Siliguri campus offers B.Com Honours courses in Accountancy and Management, B.Com General, B.Sc Computer Science Honours with Statistics & Mathematics as electives. 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.