Don Bosco, Palin is situated at a distance of 220 km from Itanagar and 185 km from Harmutty. It takes a grueling journey of twelve hours by bus to reach the spot.
The beginning of Catholic Church in the Palin area goes back to the year 1978, when a few people of the Rakso village became Catholics. They had to meet with stiff resistance from the Baptist community; the converts were chased out of the village and the Catholic Church was burnt twice between 1978-1980. But at the end, the Catholics prevailed. Mr. Tassar Takar, a pagan priest became Catholic and he helped immensely to spread the Catholic Faith. By 1987 the Church was well-planted in the area. The Christians were looked after by Fr. Kulandaisamy, and later by Fr. Jose Chemparathy and the others from St. Xavier’s School, Harmutty.
The foundation stone for the school and the residence was laid by Fr. Chemparathy Jose on 8th June 1994 and work progressed swiftly. By February 1995, the Confreres’ Residence, Teachers’ Quarters though with bamboo mats, were ready and the school was nearing completion. And on 2nd February 1995, Fr. Thottathimyalil Francis and Fr. Francis Tinglung came to stay at Palin marking the beginning of Don Bosco Centre at Palin. The inclement weather of the area, lack of facilities like water, electricity, phone, etc. made the beginning days extremely difficult.
The School was blessed on 25th March 1995 by Mgr. Robert Kerketta, Bishop of Tezpur amidst a mammoth gathering of 1,500 people. The school began on 27th March 1995. Adult education was introduced in the school in 1995 and about 70-80 adults attended the evening classes in three sections.
Don Bosco, Palin, began with about 150 Catholic villages in nine circles. The farthest villages are in the Sarli Circle which borders China. Mili, the last village on the outpost leading to China (Tibet) is situated at about 90 km from Palin and takes three days’ walk from Koloriang. There are about 24 villages in the Palin Circle
Don Bosco Centre, Palin, has emerged as a leading social centre, centre of education and a centre for spiritual animation. The Holy Rosary Church has been bifurcated and Koloriang Parish was established on 11th March 2007. The new parish in now being looked after by the Holy Cross Fathers. Now the parish of Palin has 34 villages in its jurisdiction.
There are 60 boys in the boarding in 2007. There are about 400 students in the school, from KG-I to Class VII. Abour 80 people attend the Adult Education programme.
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Don Bosco School
Kurung Kumey Dt. – 791 118
(03788) 244207 / 244206 / 244396