“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
In 1962, Shillong, the-then capital of Assam, had only a few colleges catering to the needs of the student community from the North Eastern Region for pursuing higher studies. This appeared to be the prime reason for the establishment of a College that would accommodate the needs of the socially and economically weaker sections of the society.
The College started functioning on the 2nd September 1962, with a small number of students, after getting permission from Gauhati University. The College was first instituted as an Evening College, catering mostly to the working people, but within a year the day shift was introduced, as the number of students increased substantially.
In 1972, the state of Meghalaya was created with Shillong as its capital, and with the establishment of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) the College was affiliated to it. At present the College offers two Undergraduate courses- in Science and Arts Stream with Honours in both the streams. Students are accommodated in two shifts, Day and Morning. Science Stream is available only in the Day Shift while the Morning Shift offers UG Course only in the Arts Stream, catering also to working students who desire to pursue higher studies.
The College also caters to teaching the class XI and XII courses under Meghalaya Board of School Education, and a separate Section for Higher Secondary education has been set up in the year 2013. A full batch of Teachers in the HS section was appointed after the normal process of recruitment, and it has taken off very well.
For creating a quality atmosphere and to give the students frequent opportunities to assess themselves in their academic performances as well as their understanding of the topics covered, the teachers conduct regular class tests, tutorials and home assignments.
A novel concept introduced in 2007 was the Student – Adoption Program where each teacher gives personal attention to about 20 students in their academic and extra curricular activities. This program has been very beneficial to the students. It has also brought about a very productive student teacher relationship which has improved the general performance of the students both in their studies as well as their fields of interests. Recent results have proven this.
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 all the classrooms, science laboratories, conference room, staff room, common rooms, the main Library besides Departmental libraries. An Annex accommodates new Departments like Statistics, a Seminar Room, a Science Laboratory along with the Botany Dept. with all the requisites of laboratory facilities. With UGC funding and contribution from the College fund, we have also completed the construction of a second Annex with an Indoor Sports Hall and classrooms in 2013. A Women’s Hostel has also been established and the building was completed in the year 2014 with the first batch of student hostellers admitted. This has greatly served the outstation students who can now avail a safe, clean, healthy and economical hostel facility, exclusive to the students of the College. The College has instituted a Building Committee and the Planning Board which oversees to the various infrastructural needs and development of the College. The Committee meets regularly to take timely and relevant decisions so that the College infrastructure keeps up not just with the growing student strength, but also to accommodate an aesthetic sense, a fresh environment with latest facilities including those for the physically challenged.
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 professional counselor in addition to the Counselling Committee of teachers to address any personal attention needs of the students.
The College also enhances the life skills and the participatory spirit of the students by encouraging them to participate in different activities conducted by the NSS and NCC unit of the College. 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.
Another initiative introduced by the College has been the formation of the Parents-Teachers Association which aims to improve its relationship with its Stakeholders, i.e. the parents.
One unique feature of Sankardev College is that it is an institution that lays strong emphasis on catering to the educational needs of the underprivileged students. There are many working students who avail of the Morning Shift course and a number of them are small time or part time employees in the private sector. The College also admits students not having very bright academic records or whose performances in the last qualifying examinations are well below the general average performance. However with the dedication and commitment of the teaching faculty, these students have always performed better and have graduated from the College more enlightened, learned but most importantly, 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 irrespective of their religious affiliations or ethnic backgrounds. The College can proudly be proclaimed as the Cultural Canvas of North East India. This creates in the campus a very colourful atmosphere and is a learning experience for many of the students, particularly when the multi cultural dances and folk songs are exhibited by them in the different programs and activities conducted by 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.
No Matter where we go
No Matter what we become
We must always remember who we are
And from where we have come.
In this line, in the year 2009, the College conducted the first ever Inter College Indigenous Archery Competition cum Seminar which had a very high participation from 12 Colleges in and around Shillong. It brought about immense interest among the students into this age old practice and also generated lots of linkages into the sporting activities of the olden days.
The grandest event was the Golden Jubilee celebrations which commenced on the 2nd of September 2011 and concluded on the 15th of September 2012. The Inaugural Program was graced by Dr Mukul Sangma, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya who also kindly consented to be the Chief Patron of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations Committee. Many programs and events were conducted and organised during the year long celebration. It was indeed a momentous occasion and one which will be etched in the golden annals of the history of the College. The faculty, staff and students while working relentlessly for the success of the celebrations also participated in many of the activities. While all the programs were documented with photographs and videography, the publication of the Golden Jubilee Souvenir was the epitome of this grand occassion. This is more than a book. It is a reflection of the journey of 50 long years of this institution. It remembers the past with respect and gratitude, with reverence to the stalwarts and teachers who had served the College selflessly, including the non teaching and office staff who ensured the perfect performance of their administrative and office duties. We were all privileged to be part of this historic occasion and endeavoured that it becomes a turning point in the growth and progress of the institution.
The College is now bracing itself for the third cycle of NAAC accreditation. We have tried our level best to meet up with the expectations of the last Peer Team and also the needs and expectations of modern day education curriculum and practices.
Today the College has about 1500 students and a 70 strong faculty with 20 Departments including the recently launched Department of Khasi Traditional Music and Sociology.
As the saying goes, “Even the greatest trees grow from the smallest seeds”. The College from its humble beginnings has reached this far because of the dedication and commitment of its faculty and staff. We cater to the wholesome growth of our students and ensure that for us, it is not important where they stand in this world, but how.
We look forward to reaccreditation and we firmly believe that as an institution, it will also be an opportunity for us to reinvent and reassess ourselves, to work on our weaknesses, build on our strengths, catch hold of the opportunities at hand and to significantly help contribute to the growth of this nation with the noble profession of educating its future.
- Teachers represent the College in the Board of Studies of the University which chalks out the syllabi and curricula of the different courses and subjects.
- A team of qualified and dedicated faculty
- Interactive and communicative relationship with the students and amicable approach with their parents and guardians
- Students from different states of the North East are enrolled; enriching the academic and socio cultural environment
- Organising training programs to enhance vocational opportunities for College students and the adjoining local populace through Women’s cell program
- Varied and extensive Community Campus activities and extension through the NSS cell.
- Fully Computerized library with adequate number of prescribed books, journals and e-resources
- Students Adoption Program.
- Soft skill development and Career counseling..
- Intervention classes for students
- Self-defence classes for Girl-students
- Existence of an elected Students Council for inculcating responsibility, cooperation and team work.
- An effective Grievance Redressal cell
- Introduction of Sociology as new subject in the Degree Course for flexibility of subject choice.
- Admission of students coming mostly from an average to below average academic performance.
- Constraint of time for research activities for faculty members during the peak academic session.
- Locational drawback since the college is a little bit away from the city centre.
- Skill oriented and skill based courses may be introduced in line with the NSDC and the MSSDC.
- To encourage teachers for undergoing faculty development programs such as pursuance of PhD etc.
- Avail the UGC provisions for Faculty Development Programmes and Minor/Major Research Projects.
- More intensive gender sensitization awareness campaign.
- Introduction of new streams (e.g. Commerce) and other vocational courses.
- Creating more classroom space for introduction of new subjects and vocational courses especially with the commencement of the semester system.
- Teaching students who are drawn mostly from an average to below average academic performance.
- Encourage students to participate in sporting events held for selection to state and national competitions.
- Introduction of PG courses
Introduction of PMKVY courses