"We, the Salesians of Don Bosco, are an International Organization of men dedicated full time to the service of young people, especially those who are poorer and disadvantaged. Wherever we work, 'Youth Resource Development' through education is the focus of all our concern - because we believe that our total dedication to the young is our best gift to humanity". Founded by St. John Bosco, an Italian saint-educator of the nineteenth century, we are in 128 different nations. In India, we are presently working in all the states and union territories. Our works include State University, Engineering Colleges, Professional Degree Colleges, Academic Schools, Technical Centres, Pastoral Institutions, Reach out institutes, etc. The official website of our international community will give you a glimpse into what we do, how we do it and why we believe that what we do is worth living and dying for. For us Journeying with the young is a part of the adventure of our Education.
Saint John Bosco, Popularly known as Don Bosco (Italian for Father Bosco), was born at Becchi, in Piedmont, Italy on August 16, 1815. From a very young age he had decided that he had been called to work for the poor boys of that era when Europe was under the grip of the Industrial Revolution. After being ordained Priest of the Catholic Church in 1841, Don Bosco came to the rescue of these poor boys with his novel method of educating youth through total dedication and personal involvement in their lives and problems.
To ensure that his total dedication to their cause shone through his actions, he based his education on the three great principles of Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness, loving those to whom he dedicated his life, as a caring father, and doing everything possible for their welfare. Don Bosco visualized a system of education in which one's community, vocational guidance, training and job placement played a vital role.
The system of education that emerged from these principles of Don Bosco is popularly known as the Preventive System, and is the system that is practiced in St. Anthony's College. It is a system that inspires love, confidence in the students and make the educator a friend guide and a mentor. 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. And the motto of the college says it all: Excelsior: Ever More and Better Ever.
The college is named after the great St. Anthony of Padua , O.F.M., (born Ferdinand Martins de Bulhoes; 15 August 1195 - 13 June 1231). He was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. Though he died in Padua, Italy, he was born to a wealthy family in Lisbon. Noted by his contemporaries for his forceful preaching and expert knowledge of Scripture, he was declared a saint almost immediately after his death. He was Ordained as an Augustinian Monk. But later joined the Franciscans inspired by the martyrdom of the Franciscans at Morocco with the name Anthony. He could not leave for Morocco due to poor health but decided to go to Italy but on the way the ship was driven by storm to the coast of Sicily. And he began his work in Italy. He was made a saint on 30 May 1232 a year after his death. This popular and much loved miracle worker saint is the protector and name patron of the college.