St. Michael’s Industrial School was founded in 1947 by Rt. Rev. Ignatius Mummadi, Bishop of Guntur. The orphanage and the school offered training in carpentry and printing to poor and orphan boys. In 1964, the Bishop, the first and the greatest benefactor of the Salesians in Andhra Pradesh, offered the Institution to the Salesians. Fr. John Med, the then Salesian Provincial, accepted the offer. The Salesians, Fr. Benjamin Puthota, Fr. P.E. Abraham and Br. Gabriel Fernandes arrived at Guntur on 24th June, 1964. Soon, new machinery and equipments were added and two new wings of the orphanage were constructed in 1971 by Fr. Benjamin. The Allwyn Type Foundry was inaugurated in 1972. The Church of Mary Help of Christians was blessed on 30th June, 1973. The auto mechanic section was added to the technical school on 16th August, 1977. To those who completed the courses, the school issued Certificates, counter signed by the Director of Technical Education, and it is recognized by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Due to labour dispute, the trade school remained closed from January 1979 to July 1980. During this period, the orphanage maintained 30 of the most needy boys. On 16th July, 1980, the industrial school was reopened as Don Bosco Technical School.
The boys were given opportunities to appear for 7th Std. and SSC Public Examinations. Night classes were conducted to prepare them adequately for these examinations. The industrial school was upgraded into an ITI in 1982. The Don Bosco Technical School students continued as non-formal students, as Technical Education Department stopped counter-signing the ISLC certificates. The ITI has grown over the years and has the following trades:
- Motor mechanics
- Hand composing
- General Electronics
Non-formal training is given in the following trades:
- Off set printing
St. Michael’s became a centre of vocation promotion in Andhra Pradesh in 1977. Till the Gunadala Aspirantate was started, this institute was also a centre for the training aspirants of the Andhra region. Parish has been added to the complex in 1988 under the title of “Sahaya Matha Parish”. Its first parish priest was Fr. Varicatt John.
- To give vocational training to poor boys, including formal training (ITI) as well as non-formal training, especially to catholic boys of Guntur diocese.
- To provide systematic formation for poor boys with hostel accommodation.
- To cater to the needs of the young at risk.
- To spread Marian devotion through the shrine and various publications.
- To maintain a center to promote Salesian literature.
- To cater to the neighbourhood Catholics through the parish.
GUNTUR – 522 007
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