“Our Motto: From Darkness To Light”
The College envisages to provide an environment, where quality learning, character building and skill development, will equip the students, especially the less privileged to face the challenges of a changing world with ability and confidence.
- To strive to achieve excellence in education, and to make education as a tool for social change for the betterment of the society.
- To create and promote a learning community, in which all, especially those from the less privileged and poorer sections of the society get equal exposure.
- To provide an opportunity for the working people to pursue higher education.
- To inculcate a sense of unity and oneness among the students, taking into account the diverse background they come from.
ABOUT SANKARDEV COLLEGE, SHILLONG
“From Darkness to Light” – Sankardev College as an institution was established on the 2nd of September, 1962 and affiliated to Gauhati University. It was initially instituted as an evening College, but within a year of its inception, following an increase in the enrolment of students, the day shift was introduced. In 1972, with the creation of the State of Meghalaya and the establishment of a Central University in the State, the College was affiliated to the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.
In order to accommodate the ever increasing student strength, the College has had to expand its infrastructure from the old location and today it has a four storey building which houses the classrooms, the science laboratories, staff room, common rooms, the Conference room besides Departmental rooms and Departmental libraries. Annex I accommodates the Botany Dept. with all the requisites of laboratory facilities, a Seminar Room with a smart classroom and the training centre for the PMKVY. In 2013, a second Annex with an Indoor Sports Hall and classrooms was completed with funding partially received from the UGC. The Multi Facility Block was then constructed in 2017 to have more classrooms for both conventional courses and professional courses including the PG Block, classroom, new Library, a basement parking and Canteen.
Dr R N Upadhayay, was the founding Principal of the College and dedicated his services to the institution for 34 long years. It was during his tenure that the College diversified with the number of courses offered and introducing the Science stream. On his retirement in 1996,
Ms. D Dkhar took over as the Principal and steered the institution to greater heights with her commitment and dedication for 21 years. The infrastructure was developed with the construction of three new buildings to accommodate and meet the growing demands of an institution fast growing in repute and academic standing. The College undertook the tedious exercise of two NAAC accreditations under her leadership. It was during her tenure that the Women’s Hostel for the students of the College was started and also completed with funding from the UGC. In March 2018, the year of her retirement, she inaugurated the completion of the first phase construction of the Multi Facility Block which will house the PG Block, new library, classrooms and a basement parking.
Dr (Mrs) Eureka F P Lyngdoh then took over as the Principal on December 2018 and generated renewed enthusiasm amongst all stakeholders with her vision for the institution. Her focus on academic quality and performance, a conductive learning environment with discipline, has set the pace for the institution. In a short span of time, she has brought about immense changes in improving the overall infrastructure of the College with further up-gradation of facilities at hand. She has taken forward the process of completing the Multi Facility Block and the construction of an auditorium, which has been a long cherished need of the institution. She has also initiated the introduction of Post Graduate courses namely in Teaching English to Speaker’s of Other Languages (TESOL) and Khasi and the preliminary inspection by the Expert Committees from the North Eastern Hill University has granted permission to start with PG course in Khasi. As for TESOL, the formal consent is being awaited. Improved infrastructure includes a new Seminar Hall, a new Library, a new canteen and an approach road and driveway exclusive to the College. A Biometric attendance system has also been installed to digitally record the attendance of the students as well as to communicate with them, their parents and guardians, including the teaching and non-teaching staff by way of SMS. Recognizing the need to introduce vocational courses, she initiated the introduction of the course on Front Office Management under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) scheme the first batch of which was started in December 2019. A Certificate Course on Preparation and Marketing of Indigenous Food Products with an entrepreneurship program to benefit the students has also been started as well as a Courseon Learning German which will be certified by the Goethe Institute, Kolkatta. For the first time in the history of the institution, an e-learning portal has been set up and customized in the College website. This portal has been particularly very helpful during the lockdown period. Teachers and students were able to connect and discuss the course syllabus through this portal. Social extension activities of the College have also been diversified and programs are being carried out now and then.
At present, the College offers two Undergraduate courses – the Science and the Arts stream with Honours in both the streams. The Arts Stream offers two shifts- the Morning and the Day shift, while the Science stream is available only in the Day shift.
In 2013, the College the Higher Secondary Section of the College offering courses for Class XI and XII under the Meghalaya Board of School Education, was bifurcated and a School managing Committee running this section was constituted. The Higher Secondary Section offers two courses- the Science and the Arts stream and two shifts – Morning and Day shift. It functions within the umbrella of the College.
The College also provides hostel facilities for girl students and the Women’s Hostel was which had been established in the year 2014. This has greatly served the needs of outstation students who can now avail a safe, clean and healthy home-stay environment.
In 2007, a unique concept was introduced – the Student Adoption Program where each teacher gives personal attention to about 30 students in their overall academic and extracurricular activities. This program has been very beneficial to many of them. It has brought about a very productive student teacher relationship which has improved the general performance of the students both in their studies as well as in their fields of interests.
Another initiative introduced by the College was the formation of the Parents-Teachers Association which aims to improve the institutional environment by soliciting the views and suggestions from the parents in annual meetings, thereby also fostering a healthy relationship between them and the institution.
The College also enhances the life skills and the participatory spirit of the students by encouraging them enrol for the NSS and NCC and to participate in the different activities conducted by the units. Many of the NSS and NCC volunteers from the College have participated in regional and national camps while also being actively engaged in social extension programs.
In the field of academic learning, the students are given ample opportunities to facilitate their learning process as the institution provides academic and personal counselling through various mechanisms. The College has a Career Counselling and Placement Cell aimed at providing career related guidance to students in collaboration with specialised agencies. The Committee conducts regular sessions and talks on different employability skills by collaborating with experts in this field.
Besides shaping students academically, the College also facilitates in equipping its students with employable skills and competencies. In the year 2019, the College launched the vocational training course program, under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). At present, it offers a three month Front Office Management course, trained by experienced professionals in the field. It also offers a course on the Preparation and Marketing of Indigenous Food Products and Learning German.
As an institution, Sankardev College lays strong emphasis on catering to the educational needs of the underprivileged students. There are many working students who are engaged in part time jobs in the private sector. The College admits students with variant academic performances in the previous qualifying examinations. Through the dedication and commitment of the teaching faculty, the majority of the students performed better than their entry levels, have graduated to become more learned as well as good character human beings and responsible members of the society.
Sankardev College also caters strongly to the higher educational needs of the youth of North-Eastern region, creating an environment of intercultural learning and experiences for students. The richness of this multiculturalism is expressed through the various folk dances and songs exhibited by the students in the various events of the College. While academic excellence is given the maximum attention, it is also a very significant endeavour of the College to promote culture. The uniqueness of one’s identity is respected as well as espoused. The College can proudly be proclaimed as the Cultural Canvas of North East India.
In allowing students to explore strengths and talents outside of academics, various extracurricular activities and programs are organized for the students. In the year 2009, the College conducted the first ever Inter College Indigenous Archery Competition cum Seminar which had a participation from 12 Colleges in and around Shillong. It brought about immense interest among the students into this age old practice and generated valuable linkage with the sporting activities of the olden days.
In 2011, the College marked its Golden Jubilee celebrations and was observed through a yearlong celebration of programs and events. The Inaugural Program of the Celebrations was graced by Dr Mukul Sangma, the then Hon’ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya who had also kindly consented to be the Chief Patron of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations Committee.
It was indeed a momentous occasion and one which will be etched in the golden annals of the history of the College. The publication of the Golden Jubilee Souvenir was provided an invaluable reflection of the journey of 50 long years of the institution. It recollects the past with respect, gratitude and reverence to the members of the Governing body, the teaching and non-teaching staff who had rendered selfless service to the institution. The teaching faculty, office staff and students worked relentlessly for the success of the celebrations. It was indeed a privilege for them to be part of this historic occasion as they collectively endeavoured that it becomes a turning point in the growth and progress of the institution.
Today, the College has about 1100 students and a 70 strong faculty with 18 Departments.
In 2016, the College was reaccredited with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore and placed at B Grade.
As the saying goes, “Even the greatest trees grow from the smallest seeds”. The College from its humble beginnings has reached this far though the dedication and commitment of its faculty and staff and the quality leadership of the principals as well as guidance by the Governing Body. We cater to the overall growth of our student’s academic performance, character and personality – for it is not important where they stand in this world, but how.
We firmly believe that as an institution, there are always opportunities to reinvent and reassess ourselves, to work on our weaknesses, build on our strengths and to significantly help contribute to the growth of this nation through the noble profession of educating its young minds.
Criteria 1: Curricular Aspects
- Curriculum enrichment practices through field trips and study tours relevant to the syllabus and hosting of internal Departmental Seminars. Visits to industries are also taken to expose and educate the students with firsthand knowledge of the same.
- Teachers of different Departments represent the College in the Board of Studies of the University which chalks out the syllabus of the different subjects.
- Limited financial resources.
- Lesser flexibility of subject choice.
- Formal feedback system from stakeholders needs to be more systematic and a mechanism put in place to take it to the University.
- Possibility of tie up with industrial sector for Curriculum enrichment is limited because the industrial sector in the state is not very developed and most of those in existence are mining based.
- Present curriculum is traditional and lacks practical application aspects.
- Skill oriented and skill based courses may be introduced in line with the National Skills Development Corporation and the Meghalaya State Skills Development Corporation.
- Introduction of new streams (e.g. Commerce) and other vocational courses.
Criteria 2: Teaching – Learning and Evaluation
- A team of qualified and dedicated faculty
- IT and IT enabled teaching practices being followed.
- A time bound academic calendar.
- Interactive and communicative relationship with the students and parents and guardians
- College practices a policy of intake of students who are below average in the last qualifying exam.
- Students from different states of the North East are admitted enriching the academic and socio cultural environment of the College.
- Intake of students from low income groups and limited educational / economic exposure.
- Morning shift availability encourages students who are in gainful employment, or those who have dropped out in previous sessions to complete their education.
- Remedial Courses as prescribed and funded earlier by the UGC and now RUSA has been a practice.
- Admission of students from an average to below average academic performance.
- High Teacher Student ratio.
- To introduce electronic query support system for both students and faculty.
- To introduce e-mechanism for clarification/suggestion/feedback on class discussion, topics covered, tests, tutorials supplementing the day to day teacher student interaction.
- To encourage teachers for undergoing faculty development programs such as pursuance of PhD etc.
- Teaching students who are drawn mostly from an average to below average academic performance and very limited exposure.
Criteria 3: Research, Consultancy and Extension
- Promotion of research among the faculty by way of providing financial and technical support.
- Varied and extensive Community Campus activities and extension through the NSS cell and Community Outreach Committees of the College.
- Organising training programs for enhancing vocational skills for College students and the adjoining local populace.
- Limited availability of time for research activities during the peak academic session.
- Limited funding available for research activities.
- Avail the UGC provisions for Faculty Development Programmes and Minor/Major Research Projects.
- Tie up with local, municipal or Govt agencies for specific issue or topic based research.
- Identifying viable areas for research.
Criteria 4: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
- Ample utilisation of UGC and RUSA funding for improving available infrastructure.
- Annexe 2 caters to an indoor sports hall and additional classrooms.
- Lift has also been installed to aid the differently abled students.
- Women’s hostel completed which is catering to the students from outside the state.
- Fully Computerised library with adequate number of prescribed books.
- New PG block has been completed.
- Auditorium is nearing completion.
- Multi Facility Block which houses new classrooms, the new library, basement parking, PG block, Canteen, Boys common room, the Auditorium.
- Limited available free space for further expansion.
- Locational drawback since the college is a little bit away from the city centre.
- Limited number of computers available for use of the students and the student computer ratio is presently more on the higher side.
- Limited space for internet hub in the library.
- Upgradation and modernisation of laboratories, facilities and equipments.
- Inter college library networking.
- Creating more classroom space for introduction of new subjects and vocational courses especially with the commencement of the semester system.
Criteria 5: Student Support and Progression
- Students Adoption Programme.
- Soft skill development and Career counselling.
- Participation of students in extracurricular activities encouraged.
- Existence of an elected Students Council for inculcating responsibility, leadership skills and team work.
- UGC fund for establishment of a physical training facility not able to avail due to inadequate infrastructure prevailing.
- More intensive gender sensitisation awareness campaign.
- More Alumni activity and interaction.
- Encourage students to participate in sporting events held for selection to state and national competitions.
Criteria 6: Governance, Leadership and Management
- Vision and Mission of the institution are clearly defined.
- Grooms and mentors leadership qualities amongst all levels of faculty.
- An effective Grievance Redressal Cell.
- Sankardev College Employees Cooperative Mutual Benefit Fund Society.
- To introduce a more comprehensive feedback mechanism involving all stakeholders.
- To introduce a well-defined quality policy.
- To conduct more IT based training programs for the office staff.
- To mobilise financial resources for the various needs of the College such as improvement of infrastructure.
Criteria 7 Institutional Values and Best Practices
- Making use of the available eResources
- Robust and customised e Learning portal
- Net connectivity of the students in the rural areas are often found to be wanting.
- The need to have access to a smart phone, especially to students from economically challenged backgrounds.
- A significant percentage of students are yet to be fully equipped with IT skills.
- To make all students computer savvy and net informed.
- Optimum use of digital media and technology.
- To organise more workshops on IT
- To maintain innovation and efficacy of the entire e learning exercise
- To maintain the interest and attention span of the students.