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St Bedes College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh


St Bedes College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Address:Nav Bahar
Shimla (District Shimla)
Himachal Pradesh, India
Pin Code : 171002

St Bedes College, Shimla Himachal Pradesh is a recognised institute / college. Status: Aided. St Bedes College, Shimla Himachal Pradesh is managed by Society: St Bedes Educational Society. St Bedes College, Shimla Himachal Pradesh was established on / in 2009.

Principal of St Bedes College, Shimla Himachal Pradesh is 13th Principal: Sr. Molly Abraham (earlier 12th Principal:Dr Sr. Melba).

St Bedes College is situated in Shimla of Himachal Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Shimla comes under Shimla Tehsil, Shimla District.

Fax # of St Bedes College, Shimla Himachal Pradesh is +91-177-2842498.

email ID(s) is St Bedes College Shimla Himachal Pradesh

Website of St Bedes College, Shimla Himachal Pradesh is http://www.stbedescollege.in/.

Additional Information about St Bedes College, Shimla Himachal Pradesh is : It is a Christian Minority Institution..

Contact Details of St Bedes College, Shimla Himachal Pradesh are : Telephone: +91-177-2842304

Faculty Members:
Mrs Anuja Sharma M.Phil Dept of English Sr. Lecturer

Ms Nandini Pathanina, M.Sc Home Sc., Dept of Home Science, nandini29@yahoo.co.in

Ms Neelam Bali, MA, Dept of Psychology
Mr Vikesh Kumar, PGDCA, MCSE Dept of Computer Science
Dr. Anjali Dewan, Head of the Deptt


St Bedes College, Shimla Himachal Pradesh runs course(s) in degree, Business Management stream(s).
B.Sc. Hons Microbiology
B.Sc. Hons Biotechnology

Approval details: St Bedes College is affiliated with Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)

Profile of St Bedes College

St Bedes College had its humble beginning in 1904 as a Teacher�s Training College. It would seem pertinent to mention here that the history of St. Bedes would be incomplete without at least a passing mention of 'Chelsea', which is an integral part of our campus amongst other things.

The school was first founded as an orphanage for the children of British soldiers in 1864. The extensive and ideally situated 'Chelsea' estate was purchased in course of time and the other (existing) management was entrusted to the Religious of Jesus and Mary.

All was not easy however. Mother Clare won a hard (and long-drawn) legal battle with the authorities and the local administration. The College was formally opened in the summer of 1904. From this day on, St. Bede�s and Chelsea combined to work earnestly for the development of education in India.

The period of World War I did not seriously affect the educational aspect of life in Punjab. However, the day was dawning when the peaceful security would end. India had openly and overtly launched its campaign for freedom and there were already visible signs in the horizon indicating that the campaign would not be won without sorrow or bloodshed.

Despite the turmoil, St. Bedes and Chelsea saw through the times with courage and fortitude. It was known in town that the nuns had Muslim pupils � the anxiety was at its climax . However, under military protection, quietly at dawn one morning, a party was sent to Pakistan. Later, they heard with relief of their safe arrival at Pakistan.

In 1947, at the dawn of India�s Independence, the college which was previously meant (mainly) for Christian girls, opened its doors to students of different faiths; later, on by popular demand, they started a course for undergraduate studies as well. They grew in strength and a need was felt for additional class rooms. A new block with modern architecture and design was commissioned in 1964 � it consisted of a library, class rooms and an upper floor dormitory.

It is interesting to note here that in 1967, the college superiors decided to close the college-they were of the opinion that the students would be served better in the new Jesus and Mary College at New Delhi. However, St. Bedes being a premier institution for women in the region, an appeal was made by the HP Chief Minister, Dr. Y S Parmar, and several local dignitaries to His Lordship Bishop Alfred for the continuation of the College. The appeal bore fruit and the college was saved from extinction.

In its new lease of life, the institution has not belied the confidence and trust of both the Superiors, officers of the state and the common people, going from strength to strength both in academics as well as in extra-curricular activities and sports. In fact, every year, St. Bede's holds several positions in the University merit lists.


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NAAC report of St Bedes College

St. Bede's College, a girl's college located in a scenic terrain at Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, has a long and distinguished history. It has just crossed a century of its existence. It was founded in 1904 as a Teachers' Training College by Mother Clare. The components of a general college were added to it after Independence, and its affiliation was transferred to Himachal Pradesh University in 1970. It is recognized by the University Grants Commission under 2f (07-1970). Its management was taken over by the newly formed St. Bede's Educational Society in 1974 from Chelsea Community that had been running it earlier.

St. Bede's Community is now a large network including a Teachers' Training College, a 10+2 School and a college of general education for girls. The last of these three runs undergraduate programmes in Science and Arts and offers pass B.A. courses, as well as Honours B.A. courses in Economics, English and Geography.

The College was residential to begin with and had evolved for long as such. Later, however, it has accommodated day scholars as well. Now it provides hostel residence for about 200 students. The roll strength of its teachers amounts to 37 in all. It is a grant-in-aid College, which receives 95% of the salary component for its staff from the State Government. Of the 26 non-teaching staff, 17 are technical and 9 administrative. The College presently has 846 students, the unit cost being Rs. 13,050 per year. It follows an annual system of teaching and evaluation.

St. Bede's College enjoys its own reputation as a premier institution that has imparted quality education to girls. It is a Christian minority college and has also contributed richly to the development of the quality of life of girls of other communities. One is impressed by the wholesome personality development that takes place in its students and the self-confidence as well as skills of articulation in English that they come to acquire.

Its mission statement, 'Not for Ourselves Alone' with its objective of forming 'well-integrated individuals who are assets to contemporary society', is sought to be realized in its products across the decades.

The Peer Team consisting of Dr. Pabitra Sarkar, former Vice-Chairman, West Bengal State Council for Higher Education as Chairman, Dr. Mrs. Moni Mathur, Professor and Head, Dept. of Botany and Bio-technology, Sarojini Naidu Govt. Girls PG College (Autonomous), Bhopal, M.P. as Member and Dr. C. Thangamuthu, Professor and Head, Dept. of Economics, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapally, Tamil Nadu as Member Co-ordinator, visited the college on 8-10 March, 2004. The Team visited all the constituents of the College, interacted with the Principal, management, faculty, staff, students, alumni and parents, and also verified/validated all the relevant records/documents. Based on these observations/perceptions, the Peer Team is giving below its report on the College, in accordance with the criteria as prescribed by the NAAC.

Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The College offers two streams of U.G. programmes, one being pass course and the other Honours. Under B.A. (Pass course) the College offers as many as eleven subjects categorized into three alternative groups. Choosing not more than one subject from these groups, the student has to opt for two elective subjects, besides the language courses English (or French) and Hindi. The three groups of elective subjects are as follows: (i) Hindi or French or Psychology or Mathematics or Elective English (ii) History or Economics or Music (Instrumental and Vocal) and (iii) Political Science or Home Science or Geography. Thus, there is a fairly good flexibility in the choice of subjects. It is appreciable that electives include subjects like Music (Instrumental and Vocal) and Home Science which are of special interest to the girl students. The B.Sc. (Pass Course) has two streams - medical and non-medical (the nomenclature is perhaps drawn from the respective subject groups under Plus Two): (i) Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and (ii) Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. Besides these, under UGC-sponsored vocational courses, Computer Applications is offered as one of the elective subjects to a limited number of students in the Arts and non-medical groups who are selected through a written test.

In addition to the pass courses, B.A. Honours stream is offered in three branches: English, Geography and Economics. These Honours programmes involve an addition of one subsidiary subject in lieu of one of the elective subjects and two more language courses. Of course there is specialization in the select elective subject by additional courses. But ironically enough, B.A. Pass course has an academic advantage over that of the Honours. The Pass Course graduate has option to pursue P.G. in any one of the electives whereas the Honours graduate has the restricted vertical mobility of doing P.G. in the only elective subject which she had opted for Honours. Though, generally an Honours graduate is preferred in the admission to respective PG programme, there are not many takers for the Honours programmes. In fact, the college offered B. Sc. (Honours) in Chemistry but had to wind it up because of lack of student patronage for the programme.

The College deserves commendations for the initiative it has taken in offering the five-year integrated MCA programme, which is affiliated to Guru Jambeshwar University, Hissar, Haryana under its Distance Education mode. But, for all practical purposes, the programme is an intensive full-time programme with adequate practical input. The programme is run on self-supporting basis under which the student fees are shared between the College and the University. This is a good curricular as well as managerial innovation. Many such ventures on self-financing basis in the thrust areas may be considered for introduction.

Some of the teachers of the college have contributed to curriculum making through their membership in Boards of Studies and subject textbook committees. Some teachers (English) have participated in the compilation and editing of the textbooks prescribed by the University.

It is also commendable that the college has chosen to offer value education as formal additional input. One hour is earmarked in the weekly timetable for this purpose during which the respective teacher-mentor would offer value education to the group of students under her mentorship. At present, a textbook prepared by AIACHE is covered over a period of three-year UG programme. Efforts may also be undertaken to re-conceptualise the spectrum of value education to include inculcation of scientific temper, secular and rational attitude, and gender sensitization with a view to face emerging socio-economic challenges. In short, the girl students may be attitudinally nurtured to become the harbingers of modernization and social change. It would be appreciable if some special award is instituted for the over-all proficiency in value education which might further strengthen and sharpen their motivation learning.

While appreciating the curricular initiatives of the college, it is suggested that the College may explore the possibility of offering, in its own label, a short-term certificate course in computer applications. This may be offered to almost every student of the College, as an additional enrichment input, in order to make them computer literate. It is heartening to note that the college made some initiatives in this regard, in collaboration with some computer companies and that the student response was not so encouraging, partly because most of the students (from the elite sections) had been familiar with the basics of computer. In such context, the course content may be suitably planned.

Such certificate/diploma courses can be offered on concurrent basis to the college students and also the women community around, with adequate curricular flexibility in designing and delivery. At present the College Women Cell is organising training in sewing and knitting to the women in the neighbourhood. The College can think of evolving a structure of 'Community College' under whose umbrella, such skill-based short-term courses, with specific target groups, can be organised leading to women empowerment.

The students/parents, if necessary, may need to be properly counselled and motivated on the utility of such skill-based and career-oriented short-term courses. This would eventually improve the clientele for the courses to make them viable.

That the College has already completed 100 years of its service may signify the need for revisiting its academic thrust in tune with the emerging trends. Programmes with career orientation rather than the liberal education may be the need of the hour. Service sector segments such as Tourism, Marketing, Insurance, Finance and Management, and cutting-edge fields such as Bio-technology, Information Technology, Mass Media and Visual Communications etc. can be considered as agenda for the prospective plan of the College.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The teaching-learning process is quite rigorous and systematic. It is evident from the consistently high percentage of pass in the University examinations and also a good number of University ranks/gold medals secured by the college students. The conventional chalk and talk method of classroom teaching is supplemented by assignments, seminars, group discussions and field visits. There is occasional use of audio-visuals and e-learning techniques. The use of these may be made more frequent and almost a regular component of teaching-learning process. The e-learning resources could be strengthened accordingly.

The teachers are recruited based on their academic qualification and their demonstration of classroom teaching. The U.G.C. norms of 180 teaching days are adhered to. There is a practice of student evaluation of teachers but done on a voluntary basis. A well-structured questionnaire is administered for the purpose. It is suggested that the practice could be quite systematically adopted, not necessarily leaving to the discretion of the individual teachers. The outcome of such evaluation could also be appropriately followed up.

The admissions are based on the academic merit subject to reservation norms of the government. Of course, Christian and poor Catholic students are given some preference in the admission, the College being a minority institution.

The University conducts annual examinations. The college has the distinction of conducting class tests and house exams quite regularly and also returning the valued answer scripts then and there. There is also a system of maintaining annual progress report for every student which gives a comprehensive record of all the student-information pertaining to not only marks in class tests/assignments/house examination etc. but also on regularity of attendance, fines imposed and over-all impression about the students from each mentor-teacher. The good conduct certificate is issued based on the progress report. This practice ensures a rigorous regularity and accountability on the part of the students. The parental pro-active involvement in the progress of their wards could also be enlisted by periodical parent-teacher meetings.

The college can also provide remedial teaching in order to enable the weaker students cope with the demands of the system, particularly in subjects like compulsory English and others. Similarly, the potentials of the better performers could be brought out through giving opportunities for doing Project works, though they are not envisaged under the curriculum. Such enrichment avenues could enhance the profiles of teaching-learning proficiency.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Most of the teachers have acquired research qualifications. Out of 37 teachers, 15 are Ph.D. and 15 are M.Phil. There are a few recognized research guides who guide Ph.D. on a part-time basis. One teacher (History) has produced a Ph.D. and another (Psychology) is guiding two candidates one of whom is a JRF awardee. Working in a UG Department, the motivation of these select teachers to guide Ph.D. deserves appreciation.

A few teachers (Psychology and English) have research publications to their credit. There are some creative writings by some faculty (French and Hindi). But most of the teachers, despite their research qualifications and some of them (Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry) with a good record of publications during their Ph.D. period, have almost lost track of their research. There seems to be a general mindset that the U.G. teachers are not expected to be active in research. This needs to be corrected. After all, the academic reputation and the visibility of an institution can be improved by the publications of the faculty. Even if they are popular writings of regional relevance, they would serve the needs of the society.

The teachers can be encouraged and also facilitated (with some seed money support) to apply for minor research projects to the funding agencies. These projects can culminate in some publications. The College, as part of the centenary celebrations, has brought out a research journal with a plan of making it a regular annual number. This may be sustained and the standard raised to higher professional levels. An international seminar on women and environment was also conducted.

The consultancy service can be initiated in an informal way on an honorary basis. The faculty expertise can be applied to practical issues pertaining to the local community and its resources used towards socio-economic issues. This consultancy can be offered by establishing linkages with the various agencies including GOs and NGOs.

The extension services are offered under the structures of N.S.S., Women's Cell and Nature Club. Besides these, there is a Ford Foundation-sponsored Campus Diversity Initiative (C.D.I.) which serves as a wide canvas to organise programmes of counselling, career guidance, and other extra-curricular tasks. The N.S.S. activities include tree planting, blood donation and other community oriented agenda. The Women's Cell organises a programme to impart training in sewing and knitting to women in the neighborhood. The Cell also sensitises the students on the gender issues. The Nature Club organizes programmes for emphasizing the need for preserving the bio-diversity and protecting environment. Some students in the College hostel are conducting remedial classes for the poor school children from the neighbourhood who regularly attend these classes organised for one hour in the evenings. These children are also provided with some clothes and other reading materials at the initiative of the college students.

Some of the teachers, in their individual capacities are associated with and working voluntarily for some NGO's such as Gyan Vigyan Kendra, All-India Women's Cell, Red Cross, DOST (a de-addiction centre), State Science Technology and Environment Department and the Y.M.C.A. The College is also a member of the AIACHE, Xavier Board and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The Principal of the college has secured awards and honours for her special services rendered to improve the learning of poor school children.

While commending the various initiatives on extension services, it is suggested that the extension services may also be made discipline-related so that such community inter-facing would facilitate better teaching-learning and research perceptions as well.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College has good and well maintained infra-structural facilities. The campus extending to an area of over two acres in the center of the city of Shimla, also accommodates a Teacher Training Institute (at the post plus-two level) which is the oldest one and a post secondary school offering Plus Two courses. The pressure on the physical facilities has been tactfully managed through appropriate scheduling of working hours. Such an 'educational complex' provides for optimal or maximal utilization of some central facilities, including the science laboratories.

The classrooms are spacious and well maintained. They are adequate for the programmes on hand. Offering of new programmes may involve expansion of physical facilities.

There is a multipurpose auditorium used for morning student assembly, college functions, conduct of examination, and also as indoor games hall by removing seats for playing badminton and table tennis etc. The auditorium is also thrown open for external agencies. These arrangements are quite imaginative as well as beneficial to the institution.

The College library has a stock of 20,000 volumes and some periodicals and magazines. For a 100-year-old campus, the stock in the library needs to be improved. The library has been recently providing with a multi-media facility. The Internet and reprographic facilities need to be provided in the library. The college can go in for more e-learning resources as part of the library upgradation. The library catalogue may be computerized. The reference hours may be extended beyond 4 p.m. for the benefit of the hostelers and the day-scholars who could stay on for reference work.

The College has a computer center with 25 terminals and some systems are also available for administrative purpose. The office automation can be improved. The administrative staff may be provided with training in computer applications and also in basics of professional management. The individual departments can also be provided computers with Internet facilities, which can help modernise teaching methods.

The sports infrastructure includes a gymnasium, a basketball court and a hall for indoor games. The sports facilities and proficiency of the students could be improved further.

There is a hostel facility catering to around 200 students (including the Plus Two and TTC), some of whom are drawn from far away places. This is a special strength of the institution. The canteen, PCO, an internet café, bookshop, medical facility (through visiting doctor), a bank counter (operating three days a week) are the other strong points of the infrastructure.

Cubicles for individual teachers and a non-resident student center with all facilities may be provided to improve academic ambience of the campus.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The student support services include some of the management-sponsored fee concessions and hostel concessions, in addition to the regular government schemes of the scholarships. The management offers fee concessions to the students from the low-income groups just on the basis of their self-declaration (without insisting on any other certificate of evidence). Similarly, to those who cannot afford, the management collects a nominal hostel fee, which is substantially lower than the usual fees. Though the number of beneficiaries under these concessional supports is not many, the gesture of the management is appreciable. The spirit of service may be sustained and improved in order to attract the meritorious students from the underprivileged sections of the region. This would go a long way in arresting the possible image of an elite bias, if any, in such reputed institutions.

By way of information dissemination, the College prospectus is updated annually and it is comprehensive enough in giving details on the programmes on the campus. The College has also created a web-site, which needs to be updated constantly.

The student admission procedure is fairly transparent. The dropout ratio is just about one percent. In some programmes (especially Science and languages like French etc.), however, the student intake is rather low. Many girl students, as responded by the Principal, do not seem to show much interest in taking enrichment courses. Necessary counselling and guidance may need to be provided to the students/parents to improve their motivation.

Among the other support services, mention should be made of the mentor system (details already explained) and the CDI through which career guidance and counselling services are provided. It may be desirable to have a separate career guidance and placement cell with some secretarial support.

The College takes appreciable efforts to promote leadership qualities among the students. The Student Council is organised through keenly contested elections. Each student is assigned to a group called 'ship', at the time of her joining the College. Most of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are organised according to the ship system. The over-all incharge of the fleet is the Admiral assisted by Vice-Admiral. A ship Captain followed by Vice-Captain heads the ship. A number of student societies/clubs such as Nature Club, Debates and Dramatics Society, Magazine Society and Cultural Society provide fora for extra-curricular activities. These societies organise annual inter-ship competitions and encourage student participation. Every student is expected to participate in one or the other activities which go on record in the annual progress report of the students. These are appreciable efforts.

The alumni association has been just launched which needs to be better organised and structured. Feedback sessions from the alumni on the campus profiles may be organized periodically. The distinguished alumni placed in responsible positions would be of immense help towards College development; their support could also be harnessed towards career guidance and placement of the outgoing students. In the emerging scenario of global cutting-edge competition, one has to get rid of complacency and venture into quite innovative methods of student support services, in the interest of institutional sustenance.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The College, being run by the sisters of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, has a disciplined and well-structured management. The Congregation runs two other colleges in India and the sisters are transferable among them. The international headquarters for the congregation is located at Rome, whose head makes a visitation to the college once in six years. Thus, the organisational structure with its religious interfacing provides for a natural commitment and full devotion to running of the institution.

The management has the rich experience in managing several educational institutions, the nuances of the art of maintaining discipline, a good working ambience and conducive learning atmosphere as they are quite evident on the College campus. The resource management in the context of a multi-institutional 'educational complex ' as the present one provides ample scope for frugal and efficient fund management through maximal use of several central facilities by various constituents of the campus and also transfer of surplus to the deficit pockets. These would give a broad cushion for smooth and efficient resource management.

The Management deserves appreciation for venturing into a tie-up with a University located in Haryana in offering a five year integrated MCA programme on self-supporting basis. More such collaborative ventures may be required for offering programmes in the thrust areas. These would, of course, involve some trial and error and also certain amount of risk management. The Management, generally characterized by a tradition of a steady and cautious approach in campus management, may have to break new grounds of entrepreneurship in order to survive and surpass in the competitive world of market paradigm.

The administration of the College activities by the Principal is helped by the Staff Council consisting of teachers of all the constituents (College, TTC and the School). There is a Staff Association. Various faculty level committees enable participation in decision making. They include Budget Committee, Examination Committee, Library Committee, and various extra-curricular committees.

The management, though a minority institution, accommodates a government representative to sit on the selection Committees. This avoids unnecessary friction and possible litigation.

The system of election to form the student council is free from campus politics. The management deserves appreciation for democratising the student body, of course, under its over-all supervision and guidance. Grievance Redressal mechanism may be established for the various sections of the college community; these would largely obviate any lurking grievances affecting the work ethics.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The College has several healthy practices nurtured over a period, some of which are indicated below:

Provision of fee concession and hostel concession to the poor students, just on their self-declaration.

A good blending of discipline and participatory style (allowing election to the student council, faculty level committee for budget allocations).

Organising tutorial classes on a regular basis to the poor school children in the neighbourhood, through the hostel inmates taking the role of tutors.

Venturing into tie-up with outside University for a self-supporting programme.

Recruitment of faculty purely on merit without religious and other discriminations (the management also recruits additional teaching and non-teaching staff for efficient functioning).

Some of the teachers are engaged in research guidance for Ph.D. notwithstanding their teaching at the UG level.

Organising one-week Orientation for the teachers at the beginning of every academic year.

The concern for maintaining the heritage (the 100 year old structure is maintained intact).
Compassion for the class IV staff by supporting their children's education and also providing employment wherever possible; interest-free loan is also provided.

Fairly imaginative pooling and sharing of campus facilities (there is a logic behind spacing and location of the Departments in the campus); library, laboratories are used as common facilities by students of college/TTC/school.

A modest and more of a businesslike culture of managing the College functions (without getting involved in big fanfare and extravaganza).

An award instituted for the best user of the library.

A comprehensive record card of progress of every student in various dimensions (academic, attendance, extra and co-curricular performance) being sent to the parents at the end of every academic session.

Faculty in music (Vocal and Instrumental) giving public/popular performance (TV/AIR; some are 'B High' grade artists of AIR).

Ingenious use of some facilities for multipurpose; basketball court also used as tennis court, open-air stadium, street-play venue etc.; the spacious and elegant multipurpose auditorium used as indoor game hall (table tennis and badminton) and also for conduct of examinations.

Mentor system functioning quite effectively for the last four years.
Concept of 'educational complex' permeating to the student level also (under mentor system, the group is so mixed that students from school, TTC and college sit together in the same class for value education; this helps inter-group interaction).

Roll of honours giving the names of the University gold medallists, sports champions, Admirals prominently displayed in the Auditorium; this mechanism acts as a potential incentive towards excellence.

Administrative economies of scale, since the same office personnel/Principal administers all the constituents; Staff Council also consists of teachers of all the constituents (School/TTC/College) participating in collective/consensual decision making.

The Peer Team, inter alia, has observed the following commendable features in the college:

Making the best of the multi-institutional educational complex by resource pooling and optimal utilization strategies.

Qualified and committed faculty with good rapport with the students.

Consistently good record of success and ranks in the University examinations.

Special thrust on value education through mentoring system.

Venturing into five year integrated MCA with a tie-up and affiliation of a University outside the state.

Good and well maintained physical infrastructural facilities and a conducive academic ambience, with good hostel accommodation for the students.

Ensuring holistic development of student personality through a mechanism of comprehensive recording/monitoring of student profiles every year.

Compassion for the poor and underprivileged (fee and hostel concession; free remedial classes for the school children around).

The Peer Team, based on its perception of the college, makes the following recommendations for its consideration:

The College can prepare a perspective plan with a futuristic vision in order to sustain its reputation earned over the period.

Planning for and starting of career-oriented programmes in the emerging disciplines such as Mass and Visual Communications, Management, Insurance and Finance, Global Marketing, Event Management; and Bio-technology, Information and Communication Technology and so on; in the given conditions, these may have to be offered on self-supporting basis.

The College can explore the possibility of starting PG programmes in the disciplines in which they have strong record of UG programmes; for instance Home Science, Psychology and English may be considered to start with.

The teachers may be encouraged for more research orientation and being productive in publishing materials ranging from popular articles, textbooks as well as research papers.

Departments with Honours should have departmental libraries.

The library may be provided with Internet facilities for students. There may be a fee for its use, hour wise.

The departments deserve computers of their own, with internet connections.

The College can organize more academic seminars, departmental and national; guest faculty may be invited to familiarize the teachers and students with the emerging horizons in the subjects.

Creation and strengthening of separate structures for Career Guidance and Counselling, and a Placement Cell (at present the CDI is used as an over-all structure to cover these activities which might tend to diffuse the focus and thrust).

A Health Centre, with the service of a medical doctor and a nurse available in fixed hours may be added to the features of the College. The sports facilities may be improved further.

The library needs expansion (the management is already committed to this), modernization and also strengthening of e-learning resources.

The concept of community college could be explored and tried as an umbrella for short-term skill-based courses aiming at women empowerment.

More interactive sessions between parents and management and the students/staff council members could be organized so that the felt needs and aspirations of the latter could be eventually reflected in the campus programmes/actions (this is no reflection on the current position but only by way of proactive suggestion).

Grievance Redressal Cell may be established for various constituents of the college community.

Some special be made to attract to attract overseas students by providing the relevant facilities.

A Consultancy Cell be created to publicise, channelise and link up with the potential users.
More intensive and frequent use of e-learning techniques to the classrooms be encouraged.

Bridge courses and remedial teaching be adopted more systematically; better performers may be encouraged to do project works.

Office automation and professional training of administrative staff be an ongoing process (the college has made a good beginning in office automation).

Alumni Association be strengthened and organizationally better structured; Alumni web-site may be launched for enlisting more members.

Student feedback (both from current and past students) on the campus profiles be obtained on a regular basis.

Better thrust be given on outreach community activities, logically linking them with the respective disciplines (not necessarily confined to NSS alone).

The St. Bede's College has earned its reputation over the period as one of the best centres of higher education for the girls in the region. The college community can be legitimately proud of their accomplishments. But the college may have to revisit its agenda, work out new strategies and strive hard to sustain and improve upon its reputation/visibility, particularly in the context of the unfolding challenges associated with the highly competitive world of higher education. The college has the necessary potentials and inclinations to emerge as an autonomous college.

Dr. C. Thangamuthu
(Member Co-ordinator)

Dr. (Mrs.) Moni Mathur

Dr. Pabitra Sarkar

Dr. (Sr.) Melba Rodrigues

Oldest Girls College of country St Bedes

Shimla:Its International Girl Child Day and the countrys oldest institution of higher education for girls St Bedes College, is threatened with closure because reduced grants leave it fending rising staff salary bills, which the all women management is unable to meet. 'We have knocked the doors of the government, urging them not to reduce our grant from 95% percent, otherwise we will be left with no choice but to close down the college,' says Molly Abraham, principal St Bede’s. Our Delhi Provincial has already asked us to draw up plans for closing down, she added.

Modifying the grants-in-aid rules, the government from March, 2008 has reduced grants to all private colleges from 95 to 50 percent. We face a double whammy – the 1994 grant rules provide that pay scales and allowances to staff be at par with government pay as per UGC scales and now cut in grants leaves us saddled with bills, which we cannot meet. For the moment we are raising loans to meet expenditure, said Abraham.

Under the 1994 rules 4 private colleges got grants but now there are about 20 colleges sharing the cake. Secretary education PC Dhiman says, 'my hands are tied by a 2006 High Court judgment that directs us to disburse grants among other colleges also on a equitable basis and not just the 4 colleges that were getting it since 1994.'

Says Abraham 'Raising fee structure defeats our objectives of providing affordable girls education and even the state has made higher education for girls free, says the principal. Implementing 6th Pay Commission recommendations here will simply force us shut down.

St Bede’s happens to be the only college in the state that enjoys A+ grade NAAC but it charges a per month fee of Rs 50 from undergraduate arts students that was fixed in 1970 to partially meet rising staff salary bills. Counted among Asia’s first exclusive women colleges that was opened in 1904, it has received support by way of grants-in-aid from the central and state governments.

Started as an institute that began with a teacher training program, its alumni include, princesses, famous actresses, doctors and other professionals who have carved reputations in their fields of work. Old Bedians include, Pratibha Singh, parliamentarian and wife of former chief minister Virbhadra Singh, Priety Zinta, daughter of former chief minister Shanta Kumar, grand daughter of education minister ID Dhiman and a host of others.

'In 1967, when there was a move to close down St Bede’s and open up JMC College Delhi, it was at the behest of the then chief minister YS Parmar and other citizens that the sisters running the institute decided to keep it operational.' Today JMC College enjoys a constituent college status with Delhi University getting 95% grant from UGC and we are struggling just to keep the college open, concludes Abraham.

100 years of St Bedes, Shimla - Light of learning atop a hill in Shimla

The first thing that strikes one about St. Bede’s College is the picturesque, almost idyllic, location of its campus. Nestling amidst spruce, fir and oak trees that have witnessed hundred years of the college’s growth, the institution has been a learning ground for numerous ex-Bedians who became "ladies from girls." As a small college housed in a single block with only 15 students, initially set up to impart the TTC or the Teachers’ Training Certificate, its aim was to raise the standard of education in north-western India. Bede’s is now a sprawling campus with six buildings that house 1400 students and 66 teachers. It has grown not only in size but also significance. Belonging to the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, founded by St. Claudine The’venet, Bedewas set up in 1904 by Reverend Mother St. Clare. A young educationalist, her conviction was that keeping young people happy kept them good. She overcame all the obstacles that came in the way of setting up the institution because of her belief 'difficulties are made to be overcome...'

The first Principal of the college was Mother St.Gregory Canty (1904-932). Up to 1958, the Principal of St. Bede’s was British. The college witnessed two world wars and the struggle for Independence. The European students gave way to girls from royal families and to those from affluent families living abroad to local girls who were enrolled in the 50s.

The exhibition in the college library of the college’s archives is not only a trip down memory lane for ex-Bedians and visitors but also a reconstruction of history. Earlier principals are seen wearing frilly caps and trailing habits and students wearing crinoline skirts and hats. If there are pictures showing a bomb extinguishing workshop in progress, there is a pretty tablecloth embroidered by the TTC students of 1928, called 'In perpetuity' with the embroidered autographs of all the students.

The library, that started off with 200 books, has more than 2,000 titles now and has been computerised. It is a treat to see rare books on display, some of them dating back to the 15th century. For instance, Christmas with the Poets, a collection of songs, carols and descriptive verses from the Anglo-Norman period to the present, dates back to 1647. Embellished with 53 gold inlaid illustrations it was published by Ward, Lock and Tyler, Warwick House, London. The pictures as well as signatures in the visitors’ book include those of eminent visitors to the college like Jawaharlal Nehru, Vijaylakshmi Pandit, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, Jacqueline Kennedy, the Beatles, Benazir Bhutto and Indira Gandhi with Sanjay and Rajiv. One realises that as a student, the importance of the institution had not sunk in. It was just the sense of belonging that was overwhelming. It was Sister Agatha, the dynamic Irish principal who infused life into an institution which was on the verge of closure. As she remembers her tenure, she says her guiding principle has always been love and not discipline that she gave students and which was returned to her in ample measure. Looking back at her tenure, she says though the environment matters and Bede’s ambience certainly is captivating, it is people who are of prime importance. She managed to get the affiliation of the college with Panjab University first and later with Himachal Pradesh University and raise funds.

Further progress was overseen by Sister Rose, warm-hearted and with her roaring trademark laughter. She ticked off girls with as much apnapan as she hugged them. Sister Collete, who was as gentle as she was friendly and soft-spoken and the present Principal Sister Melba, gracious and charming—all stress upon the need to impart an education that is holistic and extends from the classroom to life. From gauche, socially awkward, impressionable girls to young women with a definitive personality, social skills and values that will see them through life is what the staff at Bede’s ensures. Perhaps that is the reason that for most girls who pass out of convents, there is no rupture and college remains an extension of school. Not many seem to mind this lack of unlimited freedom, as is the case with other colleges where students are largely left to their own devices.

Along with the phenomenal growth of the institution not only in terms of newer courses, increased students’ strength, benchmarks in academic performance as in consistently good results every year, is the contribution towards personality development. The college badge symbolises the lamp of wisdom, open book of knowledge (learning is an ongoing process and one is a student throughout life), unity stresses the need for unity for students and the spray of lilies towards the side portrays purity in thought, deed and word not for ourselves alone but for all those whose lives we might impact. After all, the motto, designed by Mother St. Clare was Non Nobis Solum or Not for ourselves alone. Skills are of no use unless they are used to guide us through the eddies and troughs of life and in spreading the light of love into lives other than ours.

The most significant aspect of St. Bede’s is the manner in which the students and the staff relate to each other. They encourage them to participate in activities that will help them to realise their potential. That is why it is sad that the institution that gave so much to so many girls should face a financial crunch now. Only if the state steps in to save the situation can we hope it will survive hundreds of years ahead and continue like a lighthouse of learning.

Talking to Ma'am Devi, the librarian who guarded the library with as much diligence and ferocity as she inculcated the reading habit in each of us, brings back memories of those formative years.

Walking through the tree-lined roads, sitting on the iron benches or sitting in the parlour in Marion Block, the oldest building, memories form a collage. Whispered secrets, shared laughter, suppressed giggles and unshed tears, friendships that survived the upheavals of life and above all an innate strength that has helped one face life head-on. Many Bedians would join me in saying: 'Thank you St. Bede’s we owe a lot to you.'

Brief Profile of St Bedes, Shimla

St. Bede's College is a path-breaking institute that has moulded a new generation across the country. Located in Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh , St Bede's Nestles amidst spruce, fir and oak trees that have witnessed hundred years of college’s growth. The institute was established in 1904 with 12 students on its rolls, housed in a single block, now called the Marian Block. Initially set up to impart TTC or teacher training course to raise the standard of education in North west India, Bede’s is now a sprawling campus with six buildings,1200 students, 65 teachers and has the streams of BA/BSc/BBA/BCA; honours in English, Economics, Geography; Add-on certificate Diploma course in Travel Tourism, Fashion Designing and communicative English. Belonging to the congregation of Jesus and Mary founded by St. Claudire Thevenet, Bede’s was set up Rev. Mother St Clare. The first principal was mother St. Gregory Canty and presently Sr Moly Abraham is the thirteenth principal of this prestigious institution. St Bede's college society is like a path work design made up of samples of humanity sent by fate or choice into one harmonious whole blending into it beautiful environment. The vision of the college is 'To build well integrated individuals who are assets to contemporary society'. The Motto of St Bede’s is 'Non Nobis Solum'- Not for ourselves alone. Not for ourselves the wisdom, the knowledge, the unity but for all those with whom we interact- the children we teach, the teachers with whom we share our daily toil, our relatives, our friends and even our enemies must feel the strength of our ideals and recognize the power within us.

Students' initiative to save St Bede's

Students of four college to take out rally on November 4. Four colleges in Shimla today announced to launch a joint action to save St Bede’s College from closing down.

The college was faced with the problem of shortage of funds after the government decided to reduce the grant of all private colleges from 95 per cent to 50 per cent.

Shikha Chauhan, president of the Student Central Association of the Himachal Pradesh University, today said a joint action forum of students from all colleges in Shimla would generate public opinion for government’s support for the college.

St Bede’s College has been an institution for girls' education in Himachal for over a century.

'A signature campaign urging the state government to restore grant-in-aid to the college would be carried out by all students of St Bede's College and it would be submitted to the Chief Minister,' she said while talking to the mediapersons in Shimla.

Students of four colleges including Rajkiya Kanya Mahavidyalya, Rajiv Gandhi Degree College, Chaura Maidan, Rajkiya Mahavidyalya, Sanjauli, and St Bede’s would take out a joint rally in Shimla on November 4 to support the cause.

Though the government is taking support of the court's directions in slashing the grant-in-aid to private colleges, there is also an option to give exemption in some cases, she said.

'The government should not hesitate in protecting the future of such institution,' she urged.

The principal of the college Sister Molly Abraham has already said that due to shortage of funds it has become tough to run the institution effectively and they would finally be compelled to close it down.

The government had expressed its inability to bail-out one college and leave out the others.

Famous Alumni of St Bedes

Some famous ex-students, members of our Alumni Network, who have truly done us proud with their achievements…

The first IPS lady officer in Himachal Satwant Atwal Trivedi.
The first HPS lady officer (Himachal Police Services) Ms Punita Kumar.
Ms Anjana Kuthiala – a renowned painter, former Miss India
Preity Zinta – Film Actress
Ayesha Prem – Model
Monveea Dhanda – Model
Rupali Thakur – topped the Himachal Administrative Service Exam.

Dhumal govt comes to St Bedes rescue

Shimla’s iconic St Bede's Girls' College, which completed 100 years in 2004, is set to bid its financial troubles goodbye with the Prem Kumar Dhumal government set to restore its previous grant-in-aid.

Senior officials in the state's Education Department said, 'The exercise is already on to work out a bailout plan for St Bede's and even other aided colleges —a total of five eligible for the assistance'.

The issue had figured in the July 18 Cabinet meeting with there being a unanimous view on the restoration of grants to support institutions like St Bede’s, which has the distinction of being the only surviving all-girls’ college set up by the British. Following a High Court order, the state government had framed a new grants-in-aid policy last year to accommodate new institutions leading to the grants of five institutions being cut from 95 percent to 50 percent.

St Bede's college,which was getting a grant of over Rs 1 crore to meet its annual expenditure on the salaries of the teaching and non-teaching staff, was left with financial support of only Rs 60 lakh. The college management had made a representation to the government explaining that the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendation would make it impossible for the college to function without enhanced financial support.

The management of the college had announced last year that they may be forced to close if state support was not restored and had approached the High Court for relief. The students and alumni had taken out candlelight vigils and approached the Chief Minister for the restoration of the grant.

The Chief Minister had presided over the Freshers’ Day function of the college last week, however, prior to his visit there had been signals that the administration would be examining the possibility of restoring grants. Government officials said, ' We recognise the standing of the college and its services in the last 105 years and hopefully, something will be done to help the institution.'

From the Pen of Principal Sister Molly Abraham

St. Bede's College, one of the premier educational Institutions in Shimla, North India, has created many successful and dedicated women in different walks of life. Affiliated to the University of Himachal Pradesh, the college is popularly known as 'St. Bedes' run by the Sisters of the Congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary, founded in 1818 in Fourviere, Lyons, France, came to India in 1842. St. Bede's, an academic fraternity of individuals dedicated to the mission of educating young girls, has been particularly careful not to lose sight of the ideals of our Foundress St. Claudine Thevenet, canonized in 1993.

When Mother St. Clare, then Assistant General, came out to India in 1902, she could foresee the changes in the environment and the need for a Catholic Training College for Teachers in order to make strategic moves to build up a better society.

The College was opened as a Teacher Training College with the motto Non nobis solum 'not for self alone' in March 1904. Mother St. Gregory was its first Principal. In 1948, Under Graduate classes of the B.A. and B.Sc courses were started in order to prepare students as private candidates. St. Bede's, being proactive to define and redefine its mission and strategies reading the signs of the time, started new BBA and BCA courses under the HP University opened in 1970, and XI and XII courses under CBSE. We have 200 resident students form all over the country and abroad.

St. Bede's, having celebrated its centenary, renews every year its resolve to improve upon its heritage and tradition. True to this resolution, St. Bede's College presented a series of orchestrated efforts on the academic and co-curricular fronts. With commendable achievements to their credit, the staff and students not only lived up to the tradition, but also made a substantial contribution to it.

The Vision Statement

To form well integrated individuals who are assets to contemporary society.

Our Priorities: To reach out to more marginalised students.

Action Plan: To disseminate information through posters and by word of mouth through the staff. Support these students with Personality Development, and Functional English classes.

St. Bede's College founded by the Religious of Jesus and Mary in 1904 is managed by the St. Bedes Educational Society. The college celebrated its centenary in 2004. It is a Christian Minority Institution, which aims, primarily, at higher education of the Catholic Community and the preservation of the Catholic faith and religious practices. It also aims at the training of young women to fit them to fulfill their obligation in their homes and society.

Preference in the admission to the college will be given to Christian students. Admission will, however, be open to students of other communities without distinction on grounds of caste or creed.

With a view to preserving the Catholic faith, classes in religion will be conducted and it will be obligatory for Christian students to attend these classes. The college stands for academic excellence, development of skills and character formation based on the love of God and service of others, modeled on the persona of Jesus Christ. Situated at an elevation of nearly 7,500 ft. above sea level, the college is perched atop one of the most healthy and picturesque parts of Shimla.

External examinations for T.T.C. I and T.T.C. II years are conducted by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School education. The T.T.C. (Trained Teachers Certificate) course has the NCTE recognition and the equivalence to the J.B.T. of H.P.

Outreach Programs of the College

The college under its Reach out program has adopted a Govt Middle School in a village in Theog (30km form Shimla). The school has approx 100 students from 2005 onwards; St Bede’s has contributed in its growth in terms of expansion, social sensitization, hygiene, environment conservation, self employment skills to village women and awareness of self and environment. The pathway students are actively involved in these programs. As the area is dry and does not regular water supply St Bede’s helped construct a Rain Water Harvesting Tank, with art financial and from the govt the whole project was initiated by st. Bede’s and a 15000 liter rainwater tank was made in 2006. The did not have toilets either for staff or students Bedes’ once again aided and inited the construction of these. The Pathway students are regularly involved in spreading health and hygienic awareness through skill and chart demos. As Cultural exchange – the Himachal Pradesh Folk dance “NATTI” prepared by the school children was performed in St Bede’s. Our city-bred students gave a standing ovation to the village children for a flowers performance. Under village empowerment: village women (Mahila mandal) were taught low cost nutritious recipes of local products like apples potato, peas and cabbage. Basic tailoring classes were also conducted to make the women self reliant. As the women did not have palace to get to their and work, a one room set was constructed for them again by appealing to the panchayat and govt who released some grant for it. The money collected by students through various activities like food canteens, selling of handmade article etc is used for providing the school children with basic amenities like, durries, chairs and play ground equipment. The innovative activity that the college undertakes is - value education and mentoring. A batch of 30 students is assigned to each staff member and mentor cards are maintained which help in issuing recommendation letters to them when they leave college.

History of St. Bede's College

St Bede's College founded by the Religious of Jesus and Mary in 1904 is managed by the St. Bede's Educational Society. It is a Christian Minority Institution, Which aims Primarily at Higher education of the Catholic Community and th preservation of the Chatholic faith and religious practices. It also aims at the training of young women to fit them to fulfil their obligations in their homes and society.

Preference in the admission to the college will be given to Christian students. Admission will, however be open to students of other communities without distinction of caste or creed

With a view to preserving the Catholic faith, classes in religion will be conducted and it will be obligatory for only Christan students to attend these classes.

The college stands for academic excellence, development of skills and character formations based on the love of God and service of others modelled on the person of Jesus Christ.

The college celebrated its centenary in 2004. and had a commemorative postal stamp of Rs 5/- released in 2006.

The college is situated in one of the most healthy and picturesque parts of Shimla at an elevation of nearly, 7,500ft. above sea level.

The college is affiliated to the Himachal Pradesh university.

The College is NAAC accredited with A grade.

Shimla college turns 100

SHIMLA SEPT. 29. The Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh, has felicitated the management and teaching fraternity of St. Bede's College, Shimla, for maintaining high academic standards during its long journey of hundred years and making its place among the best educational institutions for women not only in India but also abroad. He was speaking at a function organised by the college last evening to mark its centenary celebrations. The Chief Minister said that women were making their presence felt in all fronts showing awakening and progress among them to prepare themselves to meet the challenges in their lives. Institutions of par excellence like St. Bede's college were major contributors for this achievement, he added.

Mr. Singh said the global scenario has been changing fast and women were excelling as leaders in almost every field. He said that it had been possible due to the liberalization of our society and progressive policies and programmes of the Government towards betterment of women in the society.

The Chief Minister said that in Himachal Pradesh women were better placed and educated. The female literacy had crossed 68 per cent which was much higher than the national average. He said that efforts were afoot to improve the female literacy further and a programme `National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary level' in seven development blocks, which had lower literacy rate, had been launched recently. He said that girls' education was being given added priority. They were being imparted free education up to university level. He said that scholarships were being provided to encourage girl students. He informed that with the launching of universal elementary education programme in the State, education up to middle standard would be made compulsory and additional infrastructure created to match the requirements for the success of the programme.

Mr. Singh said that the State had a vast network of about 14,000 educational institutions in the Government sector and many more private institutions were supplementing the efforts of the Government in bringing about complete literacy in the State. He said that the Government proposed to open or elevate 277 new educational institutions during current financial year while special emphasis would be laid on bringing about qualitative improvement in the educational activities. He said the Government had decided to introduce English subject from First Standard from next academic session.

The Chief Minister announced Rs. 30 lakhs for centenary celebrations of the College. Sister Dr. Melba, Principal of the College, gave details of the programmes lined up for the centenary celebrations.

A treat for theatre buffs

The sunny afternoon of September 8, 2001, was an occasion to celebrate in Shimla. After a drought, here came a glimmer of hope for theatre buffs and drama lovers in the town — the staging of Arthur Miller's renowned play, 'All My Sons', by the Dramatics Society of St Bede’s College, in the college auditorium.

Shimla has had a rich tradition of English-language theatre since the days of the British Raj, when it was the summer capital of the government. Gaiety Theatre was then the hub of all dramatics productions by the Simla Amateur Dramatics Club (better known as the Simla ADC). Unfortunately, over the past half century and particularly over the past two decades, English theatre went into a decline and was more or less eclipsed by the new generations, cultural preferences — tastes which excluded any serious or meaningful plays in the English language, at least.

St Bedes, the premier women’s college in the state, can also look back with pride at a long history of English-language stage productions. But, even here, nearly a decade had elapsed since the last big play, the Greek tragedy 'Antigone', which was performed open-air in the college. With the year 2000, however, the college resolved to stage at least theatre on the campus. September 2000, therefore, witnessed the performance of Ayn Rands, 'Night of January Sixteenth', by the college Dramatics Society.

Encouraged by the success of the play, intrepid members of the society decided to stage American playwright Arthur Miller’s, 'All My Sons', a play set in the post-Depression America of the 1940s.

Miller's plays have a didactic flavour to them and 'All My Sons' is no exception. In the first place, he is sharply critical of the values promoted by the market culture prevalent in the American society of his time and the depersonalisation of man by man by those very values. He also shatters the popular notion of 'the American dream', which projects America as the land of unlimited opportunities, by laying bare the harsh underside of this dream and showing that frustration, degradation and a loss of moorings are equally part of this system.

In 'All My Sons', Miller, the master dramatist, tells the tale of the Killer family and how their lives are shaped and twisted by the environment of post-Depression America. The Dramatics Society of St Bede’s left no stone unturned to bring this story to life when they put it up for discerning Shimlaites. From the set, which incorporated an ivy-wreathed cottage, to the sensitive acting of each member of the cast, it was a polished showing by youngsters in the age-group of 18-21 years. A rapt and appreciative audience watched this complex drama unfold in three acts to its tragic climax.

The play was directed by Ms Madhu Parmar, a lecturer at the college. She now hopes that the process of reviving an interest in English language theatre has been set in motion within St Bede’s.

Shimlaites should now look forward to the next play by Bede's...next year!

Profile of the College

Located in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, St. Bede's College nestles amid spruce, fir and oak trees.

Its origins can be traced to the second half of the 19th century, when it was founded for orphaned children of British soldiers. Over time, the managing organisation, the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, felt the need for a centre of academic excellence, and that’s how St. Bede's College began life in 1904 as a teacher's training college with 12 students.

Once housed in a small block, the college now has a sprawling campus with six buildings. It has 1,200 students on its rolls – not just Christians, though they do get priority in admission – and a faculty strength of 65.

Famous for English (Hons) and geography (Hons) are the most popular courses. St. Bede's is also considered one of the best colleges in Himachal Pradesh for teacher's training.

Programmes: BA, BSc, BBA, BCA (Hons) in English, economics, geography, add-on certificate diploma courses in travel tourism, fashion designing, and communicative English. New courses started from this year are BSc (Hons) in microbiology and biotechnology, and BCom (Hons). The college regularly conducts personality development and faculty enrichment programmes that help students and teachers upgrade themselves.

Infrastructure The college has a well-equipped auditorium that seats about 1,000. The hostel has been divided into three blocks which house about 150 boarders, the rest of the students being day scholars from Shimla. A well-maintained basketball ground and a gym allow students to keep fit. A cybercafé is located on the campus.

College societies: The National Social Service: Members go to teach in villages.

Women's Cell: Raises awareness about the status of women in India, interacts with NGOs working with women.

National Sports Organisation: Members represent St. Bede’s in inter-college sports tournaments.

Debates and Dramatics: Members represent college in competitions. A play is staged at the college annual fest. Also organise inter-house debates.

Wish list: A proper college cafeteria with good music and proper sitting arrangements,” says Akanksha Prasher, a BA II student. Others feel that the annual college festival needs to open itself to the participation of more colleges from outside the state

Fact file: St. Bede's college for women was founded by the Congregation of Jesus and Mary in 1904. Managed by the St. Bede's Educational Society, the college serves as a finishing school for boarders, teaching them everything from handling cutlery to conversation skills. St. Bede's College has been given an 'A' grading by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for maintenance of high standards in academics and extra-curricular activities.

St Bedes in trouble, govt denies any bias

Shimla, September 24, 2008: At a time when new private institutions of higher education are preparing to set up campuses in Himachal Pradesh, Shimla's St Bedes, a leading college of north India, seems to have run into serious trouble.

The fund crunch faced by the college is directly attributed to the state government’s decision to reduce the grant-in-aid from 95 per cent to 50 per cent, a notification for which was issued in March. Since then, the college authorities have been trying to seek restoration of the funding, but in vain.

College principal Sister Molly Abraham says, 'The crisis, which is a result of shortage of funds mainly due to the state government's decision to cut down grant-in-aid, has made it tough to run the institution effectively. We will be compelled to close down if grants are not restored.'

But the government has expressed its inability to bail out one college and leave other aided education institutions, approximately a dozen, in the lurch. 'We have framed a new policy to give grant-in-aid to all aided colleges equally. All are equally affected by the decision,' asserts P.C. Dhiman, Principal Secretary (Education).

Dhiman doesn't deny that St Bede's stands out amongst all privately-run colleges and says thats why the government has not deprived the college of its due share in the grant-in-aid. 'After all, everyone also knows about the state's fiscal health and mounting debt liabilities. We want the private colleges to become self-reliant and share the government's burden,' he says.

The congregation of Jesus and Mary institutions, to which St Bede's College is affiliated, has also been briefed about the situation. The college, Sister Molly asserts, cannot charge high fees from girl students due to the free education policy for girls. The college has already implemented the UGC scales for the staff.

The Hostel

Students seeking readmission for the new academic year will be required to submit an application form before the 30th of April.

No readmission will be granted to those who fail to make the grade in the Annual Examination.

No readmission for those students whose behaviour and performance are not found satisfactory during the session.

Students are not called to use the telephone or parlour during class or study hours. They are allowed to receive telephone calls on working days, between 6.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. only. No student may use the telephone for longer than a period of three minutes.

Only those persons authorised by written permission from parents may take the students out. Parents may furnish the college office with a list of the names of such persons. Perission to this effect, sought by telegram, fax or by telephone is not entertained. Permission letters should be sent by parents by post. Visitors are allowed in the parlour from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only, with the permission of the Superior/Principal or the Warden. Visitors will not be permitted to the rooms.

A record will be kept of those who go out without permission and those comeing back to the hostel later than the appointed time.

Three warnings will be given to such students and then serious action will be taken.

The students should get their applications for going out, signed by the Principal between 8.00 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. In case they have to go out urgently on week days, written permission should be taken from the warden before they go out. On Sundays and holidays when they are allowed to go out, they should sign the Register available with the hostel warden and should return to the hostel at the appointed time and report to the warden.

No leave of absence will be granted during the academic year except for valid reasons such as demise of parents/grand parents or marriage of sister/brother.

Students should not take a lift on scooter, car or any other private vehicle from strangers. Disciplinary action will be taken if any student disobeys this instruction.

Students are advised not to keep expensive jewellery or large amounts of cash in their rooms. Money may be deposited with the Warden/Bursar.

Seats in the hostel are allotted when the students join to the hostel at the beginning of the academic year. Merit in the previous University Examination, in extra curricular activities, in games or in regular attendance at classes and college functions may also be taken into consideration.

Only those students desiring to stay in the hostel for the complete session are granted admission to the hostel at the beginning of the year.

The use of any electric appliances in the hostel is not permitted.

All the blocks in the college will be closed at 9.00 pm sharp.

Lights are switched off at 11.00 p.m.

Loud talking in the residential quarters is not allowed and complete silence should be observed from 9.30 p.m. till 6.00 a.m.

Bedroom slippers must be used when students get up in the night. not to disturb others.

No student will be allowed to visit other blocks without permission of the warden.

No one is allowed to go to another room without the permission of the warden.

Beds should be made before breakfast. Students are not permitted to sit on their beds or permit anyone to do so. Counterpanes must be folded before going to bed. Curtains and counterpanes should be kept clean.

Balls and games apparatus of any kind should not be kept in the bedrooms.

Day students and men folk are not allowed into the hostel rooms.

Students are not allowed to stick posters on walls and/or scribble on furniture.

The use of transistors, cassette players etc. is allowed only during the following hours:

8.00 to 9.00 a.m. 4.00 to 5.00 p.m. 6.30 to 8.00 p.m.

When a student is sick, the nurse should be informed; bed rest will be allowed only if the nurse advises so. No medicine should be retained by the student without the prior permission of the nurse.

Compulsory study is from 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. daily.

Fines and punishments are imposed on those whose conduct interferes with this programme of living. The Principal decides the punishment or the amount of fine involved.

Boarders should not visit the hostel during college hours i.e. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There is a dhobi on the premises for the washing of clothes. No washing of clothes will be permitted in the hostel.

St. Bedes in a bind

The 104-year-old women's college in Shimla faces the threat of closure after the state government slashed financial support to the premier institution. Pratibha Chauhan reports from Shimla

In 1967 the management of St Bede's College wanted to move out of Shimla, but the Himachal Pradesh Government stepped in to stop the relocation. Four decades later, now it is the management of the college that wants the state government to intervene and prevent the closing down of the 104-year-old institution.

St Bede’s, one of India's first women's colleges, is facing a severe resource crunch and is on the verge of closure. The college is trying to get the government to bail it out.

Over 40 years earlier the then chief minister, Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar, had made a special request to the college authorities to stay put and keep going. At that point of time the management had been considered closing down the college to open another one in Delhi. But it had agreed to the government's request, as several dignitaries in the state did not want such a reputed college to close down.

Today the college management, run by the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, wants the state government to bail them out of this financial crisis.

'But is it fair to equate a college with a 104-year-old illustrious history and contribution towards women's education and empowerment with a practically unknown newly opened college that is still finding its roots.' say Sister Molly Abraham, Principal, St. Bede's.

Since the college relies heavily on the government help, the threat of closure looms large over it because the 95 per cent grant-in-aid being given to it has been reduced drastically, leading to a grave financial crisis. The decision to reduce the grant has come in wake of a High Court order after another private college filed a petition seeking a similar amount of aid as is being received by St Bede’s College. The order directed the state government to treat 18 other private colleges in the state on a par with the four educational institutions, including the renowned St Bede’s College, with respect to 95 per cent grant-in-aid. Till March this year only four private colleges received 95 per cent grant, while all the others received much less.

'But is it fair to equate a college with a 104-year-old illustrious history and contribution towards women’s education and empowerment with a practically unknown newly opened college that is still finding its roots,' asks Sister Molly Abraham, Principal of the college. Though anguished over the government decision to reduce the grant-in-aid to 50 per cent, closure of the college would only be the last resort in case things do not work out, she says.

'Closing down a century-old-college is not easy but then where do I get the money to pay the salaries of the 53 members of the staff having the UGC scale,' she inquires. The pain of almost everyone who has ever been associated with the college in any capacity is understandable as over the years St Bede’s has successfully tread the path of value education, without which education is practically worthless.

The alumni, too, are pained at the very thought of their college closing down but at the same time feel the management could certainly explore other options. 'It is an institute which gave us a strong foundation, based on moral and ethical values. It feels sad to hear such kind of news but the college authorities should focus on resource mobilisation rather than considering closure,' says former student Parminder Mathur, Additional Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh. She had passed out in 1969.

There are others who echo similar sentiments while giving full credit to the college for having come such a long way. 'Why should private colleges look towards the government for support, more so when a college like St Bede's can take advantage of its long standing and elite status in the field of education,' point out many government college teachers.

Those who have remained associated with St Bede’s are not only feeing nostalgic but emotional about the place where they have spent some of their most memorable years. Babli Mohan, who was the college admiral way back in 1959, feels the government should not let down such an old college, which has turned out many a teacher and students of quality. She says the alumni are willing to do whatever they can to save the institution. 'How can the government remain a mute spectator to the death of an institution, which has not only contributed towards women's education since 1904 when there were very few colleges in the region but also produced quality teachers,' says Neeta Khanna, another former student from the 1971 batch, who is now heading the teacher training course in the college.

P.S. Chandel, who heads the Chemistry department, has been teaching here since 1976. 'There could be a change of regime but this should not affect the running of a college which has a century-old tradition. Also in the twilight of our careers where can we go in case the college closes down,' he says.

With a student strength of 1,200 and 120 hostellers, the college charges only Rs 50 as tuition fee from the undergraduate students, which, too, is deposited in the government treasury. 'We are told to adopt a higher fee structure but would it be fair to do so when women’s education has been made free till the graduation level and we start charging exorbitantly,' questions Principal Molly.

Efforts to generate resources through self-financing courses like Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) have failed to deliver the desired results. With the courses being offered by the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) and other government institutions at much lesser fee, there are few takers. Even those who join the course, leave midway when they get admission in other colleges having lesser fee, not just wasting a seat but also seeking refund of the fee paid by them. Four such cases of fee refund are currently subjudice.

Meeting the annual salary bill of about Rs 1.80 crore to pay the 53 UGC scale holder teachers is the biggest challenge. Besides this the college has around 24 teachers on contractual basis. Faced with a severe financial crisis on reduction of the grant-in-aid, the college has enhanced the hostel fee to Rs 1 lakh per annum from Rs 62,000. 'With the hike in hostel fees now there are very few takers. Against the 200 seats in the boarding only 120 have been filled,' says Mother Superior, Sister Rosina.

'The Chief Minister must come to our rescue as I am sure even he would not want to see such an old institution dying for want of funds despite rendering valuable service in the field of education,' says Sister Rosina, who, too, graduated from here in 1971.

The college authorities say the struggle is not just for survival but also to protect the interest of the 53 UGC scale staff so that they do not suffer at this stage in their career. Besides this the hostel staff of about 20 also gets government scales so that nobody remains underpaid. The enhanced salaries, on account of the Sixth Pay Commission, will further burden the already strained economy of the college.

Correcting some misconceptions Sister Molly says, 'Our accounts are audited by the HPU and the government so there is nothing to hide and the fact that we get foreign or outside aid is simply a misconception as we manage our own affairs as an independent institution under the Congregation of Jesus and Mary.'

Other staff members hasten to add that more than 50 students from the economically weaker sections are being provided free education at the college, so it is not just the college for the privileged.

The admiral of the college, Prerna Stephen, is in the final year so closure of the college would not affect her directly. But she is equally pained, 'Everyone is nostalgic about their college and would not want it to be closed down but this particular closure will deny so many girls the privilege of quality education which prepares them for life,' she says.

Admission related

St. Bede's College was founded by the Religious of Jesus and Mary in 1904 is managed by the St. Bede's Educational Society. It is a Christian Minority Institution, which aims primarily at higher education of the Catholic Community and the preservation of the Catholic faith and religious practices. It also aims at the training of young women to fit them to fulfill their obligations in their homes and society.

The college stands for academic excellence development of skills and character formation based on the love of God and service of others, modelled on the person of Jesus Christ.

The college celebrated its centenary in 2004. The college is situated in one of the most healthy and picturesque parts of Shimla at an elevation of nearly 7,500 ft. above sea level.

The college is affiliated to the Himachal Pradesh University. The college is NAAC accredited with A grade.

Courses of Study offered:
Bachelor of Arts (B. A. Pass)
Bachelor of Arts (B. A. Hons.)
Bachelor of Science (B. Sc. Pass)
B. C. A.

Eligibility Condition:
Plus 2 examination or an equivalent thereto of a Board/University established by Law in India with pass in five written subjects (including English). or Any examination of a University/Board/College or School in a Foreign country recognized as equivalent for the above purpose by the Vice-Chancellor/Equivalence Committee either of its own or the recommendation of the Association of Indian Universities.

For admission to B. Sc Pass the candidate should have taken Science group: Physics, Chemistry, Maths/Biology at the Plus 2 Stage.

If the candidate opts for Science group with Biology at +3 stage she must have taken Biology at +2 stage.

Rounding of fraction of marks is not permissible.

If candidates do not produce the actual marks from a University/Board in respect of +2 equivalent examination where the result is shown in grades and standards etc. the minimum percentage of marks for each subject given in standards will be taken into consideration for determining their eligibility.

Combination of Subjects
B. A. (Pass): A candidate taking Arts group shall be required to take English Compulsory (to be read for three years) and Hindi core qualifying exam (in I & II years) and Environmental Studies and any two of the following elective subjects: Foreign Passport holders may take a paper in French in lieu of Hindi in the Ist & IInd year.
Hindi or French or Psychology or Maths (for those taking Hindi, Sanskrit will be taken in Ist & II year)
History or Economics or Music (Instrumental or Vocal)
Political Science or Home Science or Geography
SCIENCE: The candidate shall be required to take in B. Sc. Pass, any three elective subjects out of the following and Environmental Studies. Besides, in the Ist & IInd year she will have to read English and Hindi (General). Both these will be compulsory qualifying papers and their marks will be added for division.

Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics OR Chemistry, Botany, Zoology

Computer application is offered as one paper for those interested. Only those with Maths in +2 and not having combinations of (iii) Arts and (ii) of Science may opt.

Eligibility condition:
Mathematics in +2 is required for Economics Honours & Mathematics. English Honours student will be tested for English.
Combination of Subjects:
With a main subject and subsidiary subjects according to the following schedule:

Main Subject Subsidiary Subjects for the first two years one of the following: Additional Subsidiary Subject

1. English; History/Psychology/ Economics/Political Science/ Home Sc. Hindi (2 Papers)

2. Geography Economics/ History/ Psychology/Maths English (1 paper) Hindi ( 1 paper)

3. Economics Geography/Psychology/ Political Science/ Maths English (1 paper)

Hindi (1 pap)

B C A from the Guru Jambheshwar University, Haryana; recognized by the UGC. It is a 3 year degree course, run by the Bells Society of Education Chandigarh. No compartment cases will be admitted. The fee structure for this course is Rs. 21,900 per annum. Separate forms have to be filled.

Eligibility Conditions

Eligibility conditions for admission to B Sc./B.A. Honours and Pass courses and B.B.A./ BCA for regular students.

Minimum percentage of marks required for admission to B.A./B.Sc. Pass course shall be as under:

1. Science 50% 2. Arts Pass Course 40% 3. Arts Honours 55% 4. BBA/BCA 50% 5. XI Science 65% 6 XI Commerce 60% 7. XI Arts 50%

Add on Courses(Fee 12000 PA Non Refundable)

Fashion Desiging Functional English Travel and Tourism

Certificate in 1st Year- Diploma in 2nd Year- Advance Diploma in 3rd Year

However, the cut off percentage will depend on the number of applicants.

(a) Plus2 examination or an equivalent thereto of a Board /University established by Law in India with pass; in five written subjects (including English).


Any examination of a University/Board/College or school in a Foreign country recognized as equivalent for the above purpose by the Vice-Chancellor/Equivalence Committee either of its own or the recommendation of the Association of Indian Universities.

(b) For admission to B.Sc. Pass, the candidate should have taken Science group: Physics, Chemistry, Math /Biology at the Plus2 stage, and passed in each one.

(c) If the candidate opts for Science with Biology, she must have taken Biology at XII stage.

(d) Rounding of fraction of marks is not possible.

(e) If candidates do not produce the marks from a University/ Board in respect of XII eqivalent examination where the result is shown in grades and standards etc. the minimum percentage of marks for each subject given in standards will br taken into consideration for determining their eligibility.

The T. T .C (Trained Teachers Certificate) course has the NCTE recognition and the equivalence to the J .B. T of H.P. The course has been approved by the government of Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states. The external examination for T.T.C I and T.T.C II years are conducted by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education.

The candidates should have passed XII with at least 50% marks. Compartment cases will not be considered.

Those selected for the written test will be intimated in time and will come with their call letters and original certificates and Mark lists of X and XII, since the interviews will be held that same day in order to make the final selection. The test is in English, Hindi and Mathematics of X level.

Candidates must be between the ages of 17 and 25 on July 1st. of that year. Their school education should have been preferably through the medium of English, and they should have taken the following subjects: English, Maths., Science, History, Geography and Hindi.

The academic year begins in June and ends in April.

Record of survival, Govt Stand

St. Bede's has produced many quality teachers, says Neeta Khanna, a former student, and head of the teacher training course

IT was the dream and vision of Mother St Clare that saw St Bede’s make a humble beginning with a mere 15 students enrolled for the teacher-training course in March 1904. The aim was to train capable and highly efficient teachers, who could provide and maintain high academic standards in Northwest India.

She entrusted the task of running the college to Mother St Gregory from England, who was its first Principal. The college started in a building adjoining Chelsea, which, too, had started as an orphanage for the children of the British soldiers in 1864. Sister Felicity from France was in charge of the kitchen, she kept it so clean and organised that the wives of different Viceroys made it a point to visit the Bede’s kitchen as it was worth seeing.

Despite the turmoil in 1947, the college coursed through the difficult times with courage and fortitude. The heat of communal riots after the Partition was felt in Shimla, too, but it braved the turbulent days. There were some Muslim students in the college but their safe passage to Lahore was ensured.

After Independence, the college, which had catered to the needs of Christian girls till now, threw open its doors to students of all faiths. Undergraduate classes were started. In 1970 the college became affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University. A year later science course, English honours and home science courses were introduced.

With the burgeoning numbers and ever-expanding curriculum, the college grew in size and stature. Notwithstanding its image of a college for the elite and the glamour-struck, its students bag more than half of the top 10 positions in the merit list, especially in the arts stream, every year.

Official stand
THE government says it would want an institution like St Bede’s to flourish and grow further but it is constrained by various factors. Secretary, Education, P.C. Dhiman says, 'My hands are tied by the court ruling which says treat all 22 private colleges on par with each other as far as the issue of aid is concerned, so there is little that I can do.' He says the government does want to support the college in every possible way, but it can only do what is permissible under the rules. 'When other renowned public schools like Lawrence School, Sanawar, and others located in Dalhousie and Dagshai have been able to manage their affairs, I am sure a elite college like St Bede’s should also not have a problem,' he opines.

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