FIRST ACCREDITATION OF SHILLONG COLLEGE, 2003
The College, keen to have itself assessed in order to identify its strengths and weaknesses, sought assessment and accreditation by the NAAC and submitted its Self-study Report. The NAAC appointed the Peer Team for the assessment of the college, comprising Professor R. K. Misra, former Vice-Chancellor of the Gorakhpur University, as the Chairman of the team; Dr. Sutanu Bhattacharya, Department of Economics, Kalyani University and Dr. Anadi Kumar Kundu, Principal, Barasat Govt. College, as the members of the team. Dr. M.S. Shyamasundar, Deputy Adviser effectively functioned as the coordinating Officer from NAAC. The Peer Team visited the College during August 5 - 7, 2003.
The Peer team is impressed by the well coordinated and all around efforts by the teachers,staff, and students of the College under the able guidance of the Principal and Vice-Principal of the College. The Peer team is confident that the College will achieve a fast and progressive transformation in course of a few years and would be able to face the challenges of higher education in the changing scenario. The commented that: “The college can well be described as a living monument to the spirit of dedication and missionary zeal of a band of young men, mainly local teachers in the then existing colleges.”
Some important points worth mentioning in the Peer Team Report are:
• Healthy and harmonious student life and vibrant cultural and physical activities;
• Nearly 40% of the students and similarly about 40 % of the teachers are female;
• Different ethnic groups pursue their studies in complete harmony and no group harbours a feeling of being discriminated;
• Quality education is being imparted at a lower cost;
• Imparting value based education through social awareness programmes, lectures by eminent persons invited from time to time and Principals address on important occasions;
• Involvement of majority of teachers in the administration of the college;
• Internal quality checks performed by various academic monitoring committees.
A novel experiment made by the college has been the establishment of a NGO named Shillong College Academic Society as a registered body in 1997. Amongst its objectives are to promote national integration, to uphold national ideals and to defend fundamental human values; to popularise science amongst people of Meghalaya and to help them develop scientific outlook. The record of working of this society during its six years of existence has been impressive. They have organised a number of National level Conferences, Seminars, Workshops on subjects of special relevance to the state. These activities were organised in collaboration with different Government. Agencies and NGOs. The proceedings of the major conferences and seminars have been published in well brought out volumes. The working of the Shillong College Academic Society provides an example of how an educational institution can seek collaboration with others, raise funds and serve the College and the society.
BASED ON OVER ALL ASSESSMENT OF THE COLLEGE AND REPORT OF THE PEER TEAM, THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF N.A.A.C. ACCREDITATED SHILLONG COLLEGE WITH OVERALL GRADE OF “B” (70-75%).