In an attempt to provide education to disadvantaged youth, Salesian College of West Bengal’s Darjeeling has tied up with higher educational institutes in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The institutes have collaborated to conduct research on various aspects of higher education for the disadvantaged youth of the regions.
Salesian College has partnered with four South Asian colleges and universities including the two colleges in the neighboring countries. These colleges will be part of a three-year project that has been introduced by International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) on the theme ‘Continuing Education of Disadvantaged Adolescents’.
George Thadathil, Principal, Salesian College emphasized the purpose of the research that is being conducted by the colleges and said that there is a need to understand the ways in which education gaps can be bridged and the number of dropouts can be reduced.
Siliguri, a city in the East Indian state West Bengal has a slum population of 36.08% and has a large number of students who drop out. The city has been targeted for the research to materialize the commitment of the college, said Vice Principal, Aju Kurian who is also the team leader of the project.
The purpose of the research team is to rope in the services of state and local administration along with the NGOs to achieve sustainability within three years.
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Kurian also said that the less privileged students should also benefit from the resources that the college has to offer. He also said that the college will use its academic strength to influence and help decision-making policies of the government.