Women's Cell

The Women’s Cell, Shillong College was constituted on 3rd April 2009, under the able and dynamic leadership of Dr. (Mrs.) M.P.R. Lyngdoh, Principal, Shillong College. The Cell will endeavour to equip women in the educational process with the capacity to become leaders of the future. The main objectives of the cell are:

  • Enhancing self-esteem and self-confidence of women students, faculty and staff in the college.
  • To develop critical thinking ability of women students etc.
  • To foster decision-making ability and action through collective processes.
  • To enable women to make informed choices in areas like education, employment and health especially reproductive health.
  • To enhance their participation on an equal footing in all areas.

The members of the Women’s Cell are:

Co-ordinator Dr. M. Dey   Vice Principal, Shillong College 
Convener Dr. (Mrs.) E. Kharkongor ,Deptt. of Economics, Shillong College
Jt. Convener Smt. S. Khyriemmujat, Deptt. of Sociology, Shillong College
Members

Dr. H. Iangrai , Deptt. of Education, Shillong College

Dr. (Mrs.) A. Nongbri, Deptt. of Khasi, Shillong College

Dr. (Mrs). S. Pandey, Deptt. of Hindi, Shillong College

Smt. I.S. Kharkongor, Deptt. of Economics, Shillong College

Smt. W.C.K. Sohliya, Deptt. of B.B.A, Shillong College

Smt. S.R.J. Khongwar, Deptt. of Sociology, Shillong College

Smt. P. Das, Deptt. of Statistics, Shillong College

Students’ Representatives

1. Smt. Rosana Marbaniang, BA 3rd Year
2. Smt. Suklang Lyngdoh, BBA 3rd Year 

he Women’s Cell, Shillong College was formally inaugurated on 19 June 2009. The inaugural programme was organized in collaboration with Ka Lympung ki Seng Kynthei, Shillong. The inaugural theme adopted for the programme was “Women and Leadership”. Dr. (Mrs.) M.P.R. Lyngdoh, Principal of the College presided over the function and Smt. M. Iawphniaw, Chief Post Master General, North Eastern Circle, graced the occasion as Chief Guest. 

The inauguration had a keynote address on the “Relevance of Setting Up Women’s Cell in Higher Educational Institutions”, by Prof. S.M. Sungoh, Chairperson, Women’s Cell, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong and the inaugural address on the theme: “Women and Leadership” was delivered by Smt. M. Iawphniaw. The other speakers in the inaugural function included Padmashree Theilin Phanbuh, President, Ka Lympung ki Seng Kynthei and Prof. K.S. Lyngdoh, President, Governing Body, Shillong College. 

The inauguration was followed by a deliberative and interactive session, which included lectures by three resource persons on specific topics. The first lecture was delivered by Smt. W.C.K. Sohliya, Department of Commerce & Management, Shillong College on the topic, “Understanding the Labyrinth of Leadership and the Woman lost in it”. The Speaker dwelt on the various issues that act as barriers to “Women Reaching the Top”. She emphasized that women have to be equip to be able to effectively deal with the various barriers that confront them on the path to professional achievement. The second lecture was delivered by Dr. A.K. Nongkynrih, Reader, Department of Sociology, North Eastern Hill University on “Women and Grassroots Institutions: A Generalists View”. The speaker describe that customary beliefs and practices seems to be the major influences towards women and their political participation not only in grassroots institutions but also in political institutions that is based on the principles of constitutional provisions. He also stated that the social acceptance of women as an equal partner in the area of power and authority is a major challenge which has to be dealt within the institutions of the society. This was followed by a lecture on “Women and Politics”, by Padmashree Patricia Mukhim, Editor The Shillong Times & Social Activist. The speaker reiterated that India still have a long way to go to be able to fully accept women as equal partners in the decision making process. She advocated policy changes for gender sensitization and encourages women to come forward and contribute their best efforts to build up a better future. 

In the interactive session, many interesting questions were raised and discussions were held on the various issues related to women and their position as equal partners in nation-building. This was followed by the Chairpersons’ remark, which summed up the entire proceedings. The chairperson emphatically stressed that women must be ensured of equal participation in decision – making at all levels. She pointed out that although there are constitutional provisions to safeguard women but a majority of them especially in rural areas are not aware of their rights, which are guaranteed by the Constitution. Hence, she advocated that the Constitution should be translated into different local languages to be able to serve the purpose of guaranteeing equal rights to all the citizens specially women. Finally, the programme ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. (Mrs.) S. Pandey, Department of Hindi, Shillong College. 

Recognizing the challenges that women face in governance and decision making in the country in general and particularly in our State in which by custom and tradition women have never played an active role in politics and governance, the Women’s Cell have endeavored to create awareness, educate and mobilize opinions on the Women’s Reservation Bill. In this regard, a Panel Discussion was organized on “Women’s Reservation”. Are We Ready For It?” On 29 May 2010. The panelists include: Shri Toki Blah, President ‘I Care & Social Activist; Prof. P. Malngiang, Deptt. of Political Science, NEHU, Prof. V. Pakyntein, Deptt. of Anthropology, NEHU, Shillong, Advocate F. Nonglait and Smt. Angela Rangad, Anthropologist and Social Activist. Sr. Xavier, Co-ordinator, Leadership Training Service, North Eastern Region was the moderator for the discussion. This programme coincided with the movement “Reservation Express” launched by ANHAD, New Delhi, which is a journey across the nation covering 56 cities in support of the Women’s Reservation Bill. This group that had arrived in Shillong visited the College on 29 May, 2010 and participated in the discussion which was well attended by various women’s organization, academicians, political leaders, teachers, students, print and electronic media etc. The discussion raised various issues of women in governance in the North East and Meghalaya in particular. The deliberations and interactions that followed clearly highlighted that women are ready to take up the challenges that the Women’s Reservation Bill will bring in polity and governance.