|Headmaster, Don Bosco School, Guwahati: After his studies in USA, He returned to Don Bosco Guwahati in 2001 as its Rector and Headmaster. During his second tenure as Headmaster, the School has undergone a sea change in curricular, extra curricular, sports and games activities.
1. The curriculum and method of teaching in Primary classes has been revamped and examinations have been replaced by continual evaluation through assignments and worksheets. The weekly tests in middle and high school classes were abolished and in its place unit tests have been introduced.
2. With the help of the British Council, Young Learners English Course has been started for various levels. The students appear regularly for Cambridge examinations for English.
3. Again, through his initiative, the Don Bosco Past Pupils’ Association (DBPPA) has become the nodal agency for the registration of students from Northeast India planning to go to British Universities. The association organizes the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) tests in Guwahati under the banner of the British Council.
4. Digital and multi-media teaching aids have been introduced to enhance teaching and learning.
5. Regular parents-teacher meets have been introduced to bring about cooperation and understanding between the parents and teachers.
6. Various co-curricular activities and competitions have been introduced to develop the talents of the students. Classes for physical education and games/sports have been introduced at all levels. The basketball courts, the football ground and the cricket pitch have all been renovated to provide better playing conditions for the students. The galleries in the football field have been remodelled and covered with an all weather roof. Additional chess, carom and table tennis boards have been provided so that more boys can participate in these games. Along with the School coaches, regular coaches have been deputed by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to give coaching to pupils in TT, cricket, basketball, badminton and swimming. Don Bosco Past-Pupils’ Association, under the guidance of Fr. Thelekkatt, has held the All Assam Open Ranking Table-Tennis Championships in 2003 and 2004. The winners were awarded rolling trophies and cash awards. Under his initiative, music lessons are being imparted to interested students who are preparing themselves for Trinity College examinations.
7. Fr Thelekkatt started the process of getting the school affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi and the school was granted affiliation in 2006 by CBSE.
8. To reduce the school bag load, Fr Thelekkatt has introduced the system of thematic teaching for the primary school students. The teachers prepare the course materials in work cards, which are distributed in the classrooms to the children. The students are thus spared the burden of carrying books to and from school.
9. He has initiated the co-educational system in Don Bosco Boys’ School and the first batch of girls will be admitted in 2009 to class I. The school will also be upgraded to Senior Secondary level from 2009.
10. He has also tried to create awareness about the local culture and festivities amongst the youth of the region by starting the Don Bosco Rongali Bihu Utsav in 2006. Students from various schools across the city of Guwahati take part in the Bihu dance and local games competitions which are held in the school. The Utsav has now become an annual event of the school.
Fr Thelekkatt has also undertaken many renovational and new constructional works. The computer laboratories, Vecchi and Vigano Compulabs, have been renovated and upgraded with new computers and syllabi. The Jeevansarathi Counselling Centre and the Delcol Seminar cum Digital Classroom was constructed under his leadership. The library has been renovated and has been air-conditioned. The process of computerisation is underway and new books and periodicals are being added to the library each year.
He has undertaken the ambitious centenary project to mark the hundred years (1906-2006) of work of the Don Bosco Society in India. The new block of classrooms, laboratories and recreational facilities will equip the school to meet the requirements of the proposed up-gradation of the school. The construction of the CENTENARY BLOCK commenced in November 2006.
The academic block of the proposed centenary block has been completed. The Academic Block houses 16 classrooms, three science laboratories, Maths and Language laboratories, new blocks of toilets and drinking water facilities on each floor for the separate sections of the school and a lift for the physically challenged.
The SPORTS & CULTURAL CENTER (Community Recreation Centre) is under construction. The new recreational block will house the Multi-gym, Table Tennis stadium, Billiards hall, Swimming Pool, Indoor Cricket Practice Pitch, a Mini Auditorium, a roof-top outdoor stage, Solar Energy Park and a Roof Garden. The Solar Energy Park and the Roof Garden are meant to teach and familiarise the students with the use of renewable energy and organic gardening.
Father Thelekkatt’s efforts to improve the sporting talents have not been confined to Don Bosco alone. He believes cooperation and fellowship are better pathways to development and growth than mere cut-throat competition. For his initiative to promote games and sports, he was awarded the Abhiruchi Sports Award, 2005 on Abhiruchi Sports day in Guwahati.
Guwahati Don Bosco School has had an enviable record of being a front-runner in every field of educational activity - be it academics or co-curricular. From the founding days to the present, the school has produced and continues to produce eminent personalities for the state. It is fondly hoped that under the leadership of Fr. Thelekkatt, Guwahati Don Bosco School will continue to shine and be counted as a premier educational institution of Northeast India for all years to come.
Innovation, change and dynamic growth are the hallmarks of Fr. Thelekkatt’s approach to administration and governance. He is never comfortable with status quo for he firmly believes one who does not progress, regresses! Under his leadership Don Bosco has certainly grown and developed to meet the challenges of our times.