The Don Bosco community envisioned in 1998 that quality professional education in computing as a realistic strategy to guarantee the employability of the rural youth. BICS InfoTech was begun to provide professional education. Sixty students were admitted per year for the one-year and three-year academic programmes. BICS signed memorandum of understanding with CDAC-Pune and IGNOU to conduct diploma and degree programmes. The Don Bosco community envisioned that quality professional education in computing as a realistic strategy to guarantee the employability of rural youth. A non-formal computer training and software development center (named as BICS InfoTech) was begun in 1998 to provide professional education. Sixty students were admitted per year for the one-year and three-year academic programs. BICS signed memorandum of understanding with CDAC-Pune and IGNOU to conduct diploma and degree programs. The institute functioned under three wings: Bosco Institute of Information Technology (BIIT), the Professional Education wing that prepared the students to become employable and obtain degree from IGNOU; Bosco InfoTech Services (BOSCO ITS) for software development and training for the graduates who passed out of BIIT; Arivagam (in 2006) as Knowledge Resource Centre.
SAINT JOHN BOSCO , popularly known as Don Bosco, was born at Becchi, in Piedmont, Italy, on August 16, 1815. From a very young age, he was inspired that he had been called to work for the poor boys when Europe was under the grip of the Industrial Revolution. Many young people who came to the cities to study or in search of work fell an easy prey to the social evils of the time. After being ordained a priest of the Catholic Church in 1841, Don Bosco came to the rescue of many poor boys with his novel method of educating them through total dedication and personal involvement in their lives and problems. He based his education on the three great principles of reason, religion and loving kindness. He loved those to whom he dedicated his life, as a caring father, and doing everything possible for their welfare. Don Bosco did not visualize education in isolation from the community. Vocational guidance, vocational training, job placement and follow-up were as integral in Don Bosco's scheme as they are in modern education. The system of education that emerged from these principles of Don Bosco is popularly known as the Preventive System. Joseph Zoppi, the Swiss educationist said, "If there ever existed, a method of education adapted to inspire confidence and love; it is the method of Don Bosco.” The system aims to create a generation of young men and women steeped not only in sound knowledge-based education but also in a strong value-based education for life.
Preventive System seeks to place the students in an environment in which one can be the best. It is a congenial, friendly and holistic approach to education. It creates a climate that draws forth the best in the young people; it encourages the youth’s complete and fullest self-expression; it assists young people in acquiring habits that will lead them to opt in favour of what is good, healthy, joyful and life-enhancing. Today, Salesians of Don Bosco have spread throughout the entire world in the service of young people, of the poor and suffering, with schools and colleges of every type and level, technical and professional institutes.
Inspired by the spirit, charism and conviction of Don Bosco, the Salesians do more and take up challenges to create a nurturing environment to develop youth capacities and make them productive, good citizens of the country.
Honor and glory to Don Bosco, who lived ahead of his time, had a vision and a practical approach for the development of the youth belonging to the poor strata of the society.