Dr John Parankimalil, popularly called Fr. P.D. Johny is largely remembered for the change and transformation he brought into St. Anthony’s Higher Secondary School, Shillong where he served as Principal for long 14 years (Feb. 1993 – Feb. 2007). Presently he is the Principal of Don Bosco College of Teacher Education, Tura. He has served the State of Meghalaya as a member of various committees and has authored several books. Details of some of his achievements are listed below.



01 Received the 1st Computer Literacy Excellence for Schools from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India (2002).
02 Elected as Charter President of the Rotary Club of Orchid City, Shillong in 2003 and was declared a Paul Harris Fellow for his contribution to Rotary International.
03 Appointed as State Training Commissioner, Bharat Scouts and Guides (Scout Wing), Meghalaya – July 2006 to July 2009.
04 Awarded Ph.D Fellowship by ICSSR (Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi) for the Study of School Dropouts at Secondary Level in Meghalaya with Special Reference to East Khasi Hills District.
05 Awarded Guruvar Lifetime Best Teacher Award by Gems Foundation. The award was conferred by Shri. Kapil Sibal, HRD Union Minister at New Delhi on 23rd December, 2009. The award consisted of a citation and a cash prize of Rs. Ten lacs.
06 Is a Member of the Academic Committee of the UGC-Academic Staff College, NEHU (North Eastern Hill University)
07 Is a Member of BUGS in Education, NEHU
08 Was a Member of Meghalaya Board of School Education for two terms
09 Was a Member of the State Level Committee for Re-vamp of Education, 2005
10 Was a Member of Meghalaya State Education Policy
11 Was of Member of Higher and Technical Education Commission, Meghalaya
12 Was a Member of the  State level Screening Committee, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Meghalaya
13 Is a Member of the Committee to address various issues relating to Drop Out Rates of Students in Meghalaya and the feasibility of introducing State Specific Schemes for Mid Day meal
14 Is a Member of the Governing Body of Pine Mount School, Shillong
15 Is a Member of the Managing Committee of Loreto Convent School
16 Helped in the Organisation of National Integration Camps in St. Anthony’s College (1991) and St. Mary’s School, Shillong  (1993)
17 Authored the Following Books:
He Can Who Thinks He Can (Macmillan), 2000
The Way to Success and Happiness (Savio), 2004
On the Way Home, a collection of Moral Lessons (Scholars), 1996
An Elocution Manual (Orient Longman), 2003
Progressive Parenting (Pustak Mahal), 2007
Personality Development I&II (Savio). Introduced by MBOSE as a Text Book for Value Education, 2008
Inspirational Stories for Purposeful Living (Bhabani), 2010
How to Win Over Your Problems (Bhabani), 2010
18 Conducts Training Programmes for Heads of Schools, Teachers and Students and gives Motivational Lectures on Education, Personality Development, Leadership, Work Culture etc
19 Writes Articles and columns in News Papers and Magazines
20 Received many Merit and Recognition Certificates
21 Participated in the National Conference on Excellence in Higher Education, Delhi

Fr. P.D. Johny, Sdb, M.A., M.Ed, Ph.D
Don Bosco College of Teacher Education
Tura – 794 002,


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