Bachelor of Arts

Applicants seeking admission in the Degree programme are required to qualify the 10+2 examination/ Equivalent conducted by any recognised board.

Professional Courses

Candidates who have cleared Plus Two from any stream are eligible for admission to the BSW course. Students who have completed their degree examination are also eligible for admission in this course.

Women’s College

Located at Upper New Colony, Laitumkhrah and operating from a compact, calm, serene and secure campus, Women's College, Shillong was established in 1984. Aided by a band of committed faculty, the institute, since inception, has been striving hard to translate its maxim Abirabirma Edhi (Radiance unto All) into reality through the spread of education amongst women, in particular, the tribal women belonging to India's north-east. As one of the premiere institutions in the state of Meghalaya, the institute is privy today to draw students from the neighbouring SAARC countries as well.

Education India

Education India, founded by a group of freedom fighters and social and political leaders of Independent India is essentially a tribute to India's 'Swadeshi Spirit'. They believed that the future of India lies in this spirit and as a linguistic minority not-for-profit education trust, Education India envisioned the establishment of institutions of academic excellence in the region that aims at building comprehensive and ethically wholesome individuals. Towards fulfilling that objective the trust currently sponsors and manages three institutions that includes Women’s College.

Vision

We aspire to develop our institution as a center of quality learning focussed on empowering women, in particular the tribal women of the region and beyond, by integrating our academics with research oriented and innovation driven exercises designed to make it truly enriching experience.

Mission

Our inspiration and dedication is steered by the spirit of our motto, “Radiance Unto All” that means an elaboration of the luminous sphere present in all individuals. Rather than acting merely as a pedagogical laboratory, our mission aims at helping students to discover their true essence.

Nation-Building

The National Cadet Corps (NCC) wing of the college remains actively engaged in inculcating a spirit of universal friendship and co-operation among the youth. Our NCC cadets take part in various national, regional and state level integration camps and a number of them have cleared the B level certification test.

Community Service

The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of the college takes a proactive role in supporting the adopted villages of the college by participating in the various rural developmental works undertaken there. The NSS unit regularly organises special camps and other social service activities in those villages.

Departments

Bengali

The Department of Bengali was established in 1985 to facilitate the Bengalee students in Bengali language and literature which is one of the prescribed languages by North Eastern Hill University, Meghalaya.Smt. Bandana Roy was the first faculty with whom the department started functioning.After her,Mr.Subhendu Sahiri was in charge of the department. At present Dr. Debasakti Dutta is the Head of the Department.

Anthropology

Leading anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen believes anthropology is a revolutionary way of thinking about the human world. Perfect for students and also for those who have never encountered anthropology before. Anthropology is the study of man – their evolutionary history, adaptation to the environments, building social relation with one another. The subject is linked with biology, physiology, genetics on the one hand while archaeology and socio-cultural aspects on the other. By studying anthropology one can grow unique set of skills for working with and understanding people.

People who have been associated with this department since inception: Anthropology as General Course started in this college in 1986 and have been offering Honours since 1993. A number of dedicated teachers have served the department from time to time. Ms. Ruma Choudhury, Dr Ila Das (serving as Regional Director, IGNOU), Dr. Nitul Gogoi (now Professor in Dibrugarh University), Dr. D.K. Limbu (currently Professor in NEHU), Dr Sharmila Talukdar, and Dr Nandita Mukherjee have hugely contributed to shape the department.

Students’ Achievements: Besides appreciable performances in the examinations, the students also partake in the co-curricular activities and have brought laurels to the institution. Students who have made us proud are Ms. Kipa Mete, adjudged the Best Speaker at the Inter-College Debate Competition conducted by Mary Rice Centre on June 6,2015; Ms. V.T.Lebani won the First Prize in the Table Tennis Competition organised by the Mizo Students’ Union, Shillong in 2014; Ms. V.T. Lebani won the First Prize in the Inter-College Table Tennis Competition organised by NEHUNSU in 2015.

Workshops and seminars organised by the department: The department also have a set of dynamic teachers. Dr Peacefully Kharkongor individually and jointly have organised two innovative workshops for the students of this college. She has conceived and organised a five-day workshop on Traditional Craft Making (July 10-14,2017) and a four-day workshop on Khasi Traditional Music (April 10-13,2019). Dr Kharkhongor also have accomplished a project by training the students to make replica of house types of North East in 2016. Dr Sarnali Saikia and Dr Asui Nsarangbe jointly convened a three-day Yoga workshop (June 19-21, 2019) for the college students. Dr. Chandana Bhattacharjee (HoD) has jointly convened a National seminar on Man-Forest Interface with special reference to North East India in 2009.

Economics

The Department of Economics comprises of four highly dedicated faculty members whose continuous endeavour has been to improve and excel in academics and related activities. It is incumbent on the faculty to follow the prescribed syllabus of the affiliating university. It provides a strong foundation in economic theory and quantitative tools of economic analysis. The department takes pride in stating that its students have generally had a 100 percent pass results in the university examinations with some of them featuring as position holders in the university list of top 10 meritorious students.

Apart from regular teaching and evaluation we are engaged in various activities of the college.Ms Mayashree B. Das is the co-ordinator of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell of the college. Ms Haimanti Choudhury is the convenor of the Internal Complain Committee and also manages the Disaster Management Cell. Dr Madhuchhanda Dasgupta takes care of the remedial classes meant for the slow learners. Dr Sangeeta Dasgupta is our alumna and as such she is in charge of the college Alumni Association. She is also a member of the college Internal Quality Assurance Cell. A talented painter, Dr. Sangeeta Dasgupta has been awarded the title ‘Chitramani’ for her contribution to painting from Surnandan Bharati, Kolkata in 2017. She has also participated in the First Annual Women in Watercolour International Online show from 25 June to 30 August 2020.

The faculty of the department regularly participate in various seminars, webinars, workshops, conferences and guest lectures within and outside the college. It also organized an international seminar on "Border Trade in North East India. A Politico Economic Perspective in the year 2016"

Education

Department of Education, Women’s College, has been functioning since the inception of the college in 1984. However,it was in the year 1994 that the department started with Honours course. Dr. (Prof.) BilorisLyndem, (Prof.) Sherwin Sungoh and Ms.PoonamRawat were the founding faculty of the department.

The department has so far completed three Research Projects, coordinated three national level seminars, two workshops, organised one book-release programme. Moreover, on regular occasions the department organises lectures by eminent scholars.

History

The department of History was established since the inception of the college in the year 1984 with the founding faculty members Ms.phioshuuakharkongor, and Mrs.NHazarika. Mrs. Hazarika resigned from the department in the year 1986. Following her resignation, the college authorities absorbed Ms.JudyH.Buam into the department in the year 1986 until her resignation in the year 1997. Thereafter, the college authorities absorbed Ms. Amita Roy in the year 1988 who is the current assistant professor of the department.Professor C.S Thakur of St Anthony's college,Shillong also rendered his voluntary service for the department in the year 1989-1990. The college also recruited Mr.B.Basumatary in the year 1997 but he resigned in 1998 to persue his teaching career in his hometown in Kokrajhar, Assam. In course of time the college authorities recruited Dr.(Ms).Angirakar in the year 2000 and Dr.(Ms) JayatiBhattacharjee in the year 2002.Both the teachers are currently assistant professors of the department. Eventually the major stream was introduced in the department in the year 1994. Major events/seminars:

The department had arranged guest lectures to commemorate special occasions: *Prof.AbhijitChowdhury,H.O.D history St Edmunds college shillong. *Dr.A.KThakur, reader, department of history, NEHU Shillong. * Dr.(Ms.)MMomin,HOD history, NEHU, shillong. *Dr.SKamare, Associate professor, department of history, NEHU,Shillong.

Achievements: Two faculty members of the department has been awarded the degree of philosophy (PhD)in history by the department of history, NEHU, shillong. *Dr.JayatiBhattacharjee 2011 *Dr.Angirakar 2017.

Students: To mention a few, we have the following students progressing for P.G studies: 1)Naomi chishi(MSW) department of social work,kaziranga university,Jorhat. 2)NidanNayan M.A History department of history,Himalayanuniversity,Itanagar. 3) Annamika Debbarma, M.A history, department of history, Tripura University. 4) khayewonMuinao M.A history, Department of history, William Carey University,shillong. 5) Lalrammuanpuii M.A (folklore) department of folklore, NEHU, shillong

Mizo

The Department of Mizo was established along with the inception of the college in 1984. Ms. Heather was the Head of the Department in the initial years. The Department offers both MIL and Elective to the students. At present, Mr. Roluahpuia Solo is in charge of the Department.

English

The Department of English, Women’s College, Shillong was establishedin the year 1984 along with the establishment of the college. Two dedicated founder teachers -Mrs.Sukla Roy and late Fatima ImdadHussain, were at the helm from 1985with an enrolment of twenty five students. They diligently built up the department of the college which began as a morning college in the St. Edmund’s College premises. Mrs.Hussain remained in the college until January 1999, proving to be our abiding inspiration.In 1986 Mrs. Julie Hazarika joined the department and is still serving as a guest lecturer.Major classes were introduced in the year 1994 and with the increase in the roll strength there was no looking back. Ms.BhaswatiChatterjee, Ms.BanitaGoswami and Mr.Abhijit Sharma Roy also contributed to the developmental process during their short tenures. Next to join the department was Dr.SukalpaBhattacharjee, whose career in the college was brief as she moved on to G.C. College in her hometown Silchar, and then on to NEHU, Shillong.In her short term, Sukalpa was very activein organising seminars and encouraging the students to participate in debates bringing laurels to the college. Like her predecessors, Sukalpa proved to be a great asset to the college.In 1996, Ms. K. Rita Devi joined the college and is serving still. She was followed by Ms.NiyontriBhattacharjee, who diligently served the department. Ms.Sunanda Bhattacharya, joined as a faculty in November 1999, and is providing active service. Dr.Preetinicha Barman who joined the department in 2013 was followed by Ms.ParijatBiswasin 2014 and Mr.AyushmanDutta in 2018.

Ms.MitaliBhattacharjee,Ms.Sengchi P Marak,Mr.SurajitSen, Ms.SandashishaLaloo ,Ms.ShimsoshinHungyo, Ms.Arundhuti Paul, Ms.NilanjanaGhatak,Mr.AveekLyngdoh, Ms.Lashynna Duncan and Ms.Archana K. Marak, also rendered their services to the department.All those who joined the department have contributed significantly to its development. The department gratefully records the invaluable service rendered by so many dedicated people.

The department is currently functioning with a total of six faculty members- Ms. K. Rita Devi, Dr.Sunanda Bhattacharya, Dr.Preetinicha Barman, Ms.ParijatBiswas, Mr.AyushmanDutta and Ms. Julie Hazarika. Guest Lectures are organised by the department on a regular basis. Seminars, Workshops, Inter- College Students’ Seminar are also organised by the department. Eminent scholars are frequently invited to address and interact with the faculty, staff and students.

Students of the department have excelled in various academic as well as extra- curricular activities of the college. In the academic field, other than Sophia Alphonse’s excellent results in 1996, a student of the department, HorchingRamrar, secured the First Class Tenth Position in English Honours, in the year 2017. The students have brought laurels to the department excelling in debates, poetry and essay writing competitions. Sophia Alphonse, PdianghunKharbithai and HorchingRamrarbrought laurels to the college as debaters.PdianghunKharbithai is a budding young singer and many of her songs havebeen recorded. HorchingRamrar participated in essay writing competition and was awarded on various occasions, even at national levels.Rodingpuiipublished a collection of poems entitled, Second hand Scars, from Gilzom Offset Publishers, Aizawl, in the year, 2019.She was also awarded the first prize inpoetry competition.

Hindi

The Department of Hindi was established in the year 1985.

Smt.Usha Thakur was the first faculty member who pioneered the Hindi department in this college and since then Hindi is one of the subject both in MIL(Mordern Indian Language) as well as an Elective subject has been incuded along with other subject in the curriculum at the degree level.

At present time Dr. Raj Kumar Jha is incharge of the Department.

Major events

The Department of Hindi conducted a one day Inter College Workshop on 13th March 2019 in the college auditorium on the topic of “Hindi poetry composition”.

Time to time the department of Hindi has also organized guest lecture in this college. On 27th September 2013 a guest lecture was delivered by Dr. M.P. Pandey Associate Professer Department of Hindi NEHU, on the topic of “The Spirit of Renaissance in the literature of Rabindranath Tagore and Premchand”. Another guest lecture was organized by this department on the 10th October 2015 in this college on the topic of “History of Hindi Literature “,the resource person was Dr. H.K Mishra Associate Professor department of Hindi NEHU.One more guest lecture was organized by the department of Hindi on 30th November, the resource person was Professor Dinesh Kumar Choubay, department of Hindi NEHU, on the topic of “The Golden Age of Hindi Literature”.

The department of Hindi has also sent their students to attend workshop and seminars in other colleges. As a faculty member of this department I (Dr. Raj Kumar Jha) have also presented five research papers in various National Seminars in different years and also participated in various workshops :

Khasi

The Department of Khasi, Women’s College Shillong was established since the inception of the College, in 1984. The first faculty members were Mr. Tom Taylor Mukhim, and Dr. Pascal R. Khongngai. Mr. Mukhim was also a local artist (singer) and had produced some cassettes in Khasi. Dr. Khongngai besides being a Homoeopathic doctor was also actively involved in research and was awarded a PhD degree in Khasi from NEHU a few years back. The Department is having a Pass Course only till date, with MIL and Elective papers in Khasi.

Mr.Cosmas Rynshon, M.A, HOD, joined the Khasi Department in September 1991. He has been the NSS Programme Officer from 2003 till date. He was awarded as the Best Programme Officer and the NSS Unit Women’s College as the Best NSS Unit from the NSS Cell, NEHU Shillong during the NSS Foundation Day in 2013. He published Ki Hira ka Jingim, a collection of 200 anecdotes translated into Khasi from English in 2017.

Ms, Olisha Warjri M.A, M.Phil, joined the Department in the year 2000. She was awarded M.Phil in Khasi in the same year. She is actively involved as an examiner in Khasi at the degree level. She is also a member of the Cultural Committee and actively involved in organizing various cultural events in the College as well as outside the institution.

Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy, Women’s College Shillong came into existence with the establishment of the College in 1984. Though initially only General Course in Philosophy was offered in the Department along with Pre-University Logic Courses, later in 1994 Philosophy was introduced as an Honours Subject and two students took the first Philosophy Honours examination and both came out successful.

The Department initially started with some part time teachers, Dr. Bubly Choudhury, Dr. Nitish Pandit, Ms. Anupa Saha and Ms Sumitra Majumder. The first full time teacher was Ms Sanu Mukherjee who joined the college on 1st February 1988. She also became the Head of the Department and retired from her post on 30th November 2011. After her retirement Dr. Monalisa Dey Banik took over the charge as the Head of the Department and has been continuing till date.

Today the faculty comprises of four full time teachers with varying specializations to meet the requirement of the curriculum .

Apart from teaching activities, teachers of the Department participate regularly in seminars and workshops organised by colleges and universities. The Department also organises Guest Lectures with eminent personalities on a regular basis.

Achievements of our past students: In 2011, Ms. Jayashree Biswas secured 1st class 4th position and in the same year Ms Kiran Kaur secured 1st class 6th position. In 2018, Ms Sanimanbha Siangshai secured 1st class 3rd position. In 2019, Ms Alfiness Dkhar secured 1st class 7th position.

Political Science

The Department of Political Science began along with the inception of the College in 1984 as a pass course subject.The department was granted affiliation for offering Honours courses by the North Eastern Hill University in the year 1994. Prof. B. Datta Ray,a renowned academician,along with a few like-minded,dedicated and sincere teachers were the founder members.Ms. Ipsita Bose,Mr. S. Mishra, Ms. V. Solomon,Ms. S. Bhattacharjee, Dr. P.Deb Barma and Dr. Rajesh Dev who were also part of the faculty rendered commendable,selfless services to it. The department has been trying to inculcate interest in the theoretical aspects of the discipline while at the same time incorporating real life happenings, thereby building a strong foundation for the students. Concepts-their formulations,applications and such are thus discussed with the students in and outside of the classroom. The department conducts student-teacher and student-teacher-parents meets to discuss aspects relating to the teaching methods,corrective measures for academic shortfalls and general discipline. The academic performance of our students has been consistently good in terms of pass percentage and quality of result with rank holders.In co-curricular activities also our students have taken a leading role. Our alumni are well-placed in society.Most of them are employed in the banking sector,law,and police departments,income tax and customs departments,universities and colleges and a good number of them have been and are pursuing research work in various fields. So far,the department has organized two international seminars,one national seminar,a few workshops and several guest lectures over the years. Matter of fact it is a continuing practice of the department to organize guest lectures by eminent scholars,workshops and seminars on a regular basis. Presently the department is functioning with four faculty members -Ms. Ruma Das(HOD),Ms.Rosemary Debbarma,Mr Vareipam Muivah and Mr. Elim Hmar

Social Work

The Department of Social Work was established in the year 2008. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) course is a professional course and it is affiliated to the North Eastern Hills University (NEHU), Shillong. The department had a humble beginning with two teachers Mrs Margrisha Lyngdoh Sawkmie and Mrs Parkordor Kharkongor.

The department over the years has organised the following events:

  1. Outreach Programs in the form of Health Camps, Awareness Programmes, Sport Competitions, Role plays, Mime shows, Flash Mob, etc.
  2. Observation of Important Days like International World AIDS day, International day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Anti Child Labour Day, etc.
  3. Observation of Birth/ death anniversary of important eminent personalities.
  4. Panel discussions
  5. Rural Camp, Study Tour, Orientation Visit as per the prescribed syllabus.
  6. Certificate course for the BSW students:
  7. Leadership Qualities and Confidence Building in collaboration with Polaris Enterprise, Shillong.
  8. Basic Computer Literacy Class.
  9. National Seminar on ““Child Advocacy: A collective call to action” in October 25th – 26th, 2013.

The department over the years has made the following achievements:

  1. Initiated a documentary on “In the Shadows: Voices of victims of Human Trafficking” in collaboration with the MSCW (Meghalaya State Commission for Women), Government of Meghalaya, India. Its first release was on the 10th July 2019 at the Auditorium, Yojana Bhawan, Main Secretariat Building, Shillong.
  2. Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking.
  3. Topped the University Examination holding several positions every year.
  4. Won first prize in Inter-State Level Invitational Choir Competition 2019 organised my Meghalaya AIDS Control Society (MACS), on the 27th March 2019.
  5. National Award for the best Red Ribbon Club of the state of Meghalaya by National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), 2019
  6. 1st Runners up in Role Play competition organized by NEIGRIHMS in observing Swachta Pakhwada held from the 1st – 15th April 2019.
  7. RiKhain Autumn Festival on the 1st and 2nd November 2019.

Landmarks:

  1. Inspection
  2. Affiliation

Sociology

Department of Sociology, Women’s College was established in the year 1984, headed by Mr. Y. N. Karna, Mr.AshokaLyngdoh and Ms.AkilarishaLyngdoh. These teachers were highly dedicated, inspiring and had given a wonderful service to the students’ community.

Eventually Ms.ChongboiLhouvum, Dr. Pr. Dimchuilui, Dr. Charles, Ms. Lisa Dkhar and Ms. Shelly Basumataryalso served in the department for some period of time. Currently, there are four faculties in the department, namely, Dr.NilaDutta (H.O.D), Dr. Eunice L. Neitham, Mr NehemaiahNongpluh and Ms.Enguhtrey N. Pyrtuh.

The Department has come a long way and has shown a significant growth in terms of the number and overall development of its students. From its inception, the department has focused and strived for excellence in academics as well as non-academic activities. The faculties always give more stress on providing the best opportunity to the students so that they become able to relate their classroom teaching with ground reality. The alumni of the department are well placed in different private and public sectors and organisations of the society.

Here, it is worth mentioning that as far as academic achievements are concerned, the department has always been consistent to produce rank holders with more than 90% pass percentage. The faculties adopt innovative teaching methods in order to discover the hidden potentialities of the students so that these could be best used for their future growth.

The Department has from time to time, organised guest lectures and students ‘seminars in order to make their students aware of the changing needs of the time. In the year 2014, the Department of Sociology had organised a two days National Seminar on “Rural Development: Problems and Prospects in the context of North-East India.”