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Synod College, Shillong, Meghalaya
Address:Jaiaw - Lumdiengjri
Shillong (District East Khasi Hills)
Meghalaya, India
Pin Code : 793002


Synod College, Shillong Meghalaya is a recognised institute / college. Synod College, Shillong Meghalaya was established on / in 1965.


Principal of Synod College, Shillong Meghalaya is Dr D Wanswett .

Synod College, Shillong Meghalaya is situated in Shillong of Meghalaya state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Synod College, Shillong Meghalaya are 9436118942.

email ID(s) is Synod College Shillong Meghalaya

Website of Synod College, Shillong Meghalaya is http://www.synod-college.com/.


Contact Details of Synod College, Shillong Meghalaya are : Telephone: +91-364 2548317, 2547489


Courses

B.A, B.Sc, B.Com


Synod College, Shillong Meghalaya runs course(s) in Arts. Commerce Science stream(s).

Synod College is affiliated with North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong (Meghalaya)


Profile of Synod College

Synod College, Shillong is a Co-educational Institution run by the Khasi Jaintia Presbyterian Synod Sepngi. It was founded in the year 1965 (Registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860: No. SR/SC-6/75 of 1975) with the aim of imparting higher education to the youths of the State in particular, and the region and the country in general. Over the years, it has grown and attained high academic standards, making it one of the well-known Institutions in the region.

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Media coverage of Synod College, Shillong Meghalaya, Meghalaya

NAAC report of Synod College

SECTION I : INTRODUCTION
Synod College located in the scenic city of Shillong was established in 1965. It was the initiative of the Khasi Jaintia Presbyterian Synod, the then apex body of all Presbyterian Churches in Khasi and Jaintia Hills area. The college started Degree course in BA in 1967 with intake of about 45 students. Initially it was affiliated to Gauhati University. After establishment of North Eastern Hill University, the college stands affiliated to it and follows the curriculum prescribed by NEHU.

The college has made gradual progress with addition of courses in Arts and Science over the period of about 40 years. Recently, it has introduced Commerce faculty. The student strength has now gone up to 1258 with as many as 681 girl students in the UG level. The unit cost of education without salary component is Rs. 4,272.50. The college has its own building in an area of 1.30 acres. The college can also use another area of 3.44 acres which belongs to sponsoring body, KJP Synod. While the main building is shared by Higher Secondary students, the other facilities like Auditorium, Sports Ground, etc., are shared by other educational Institutions run by KJP Synod. The college is recognized by UGC under 2(f) and 12(B) provisions of UGC Act. The college receives salary grant from the State Government under the Deficit Scheme.

Currently, college offers BA Hons. in English, Political Science, Economics, History, Education, Geography, Khasi and Sociology. Honours courses in B.Sc. include Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany and Zoology. The college also offers Pass Courses in BA and B.Sc., besides recently introduced General Course in B.Com. The college has 54 permanent faculty members out of which 11 have Ph.D., and 9 are M.Phil. holders. The college also has 12 part time teachers. Eight administrative and 16 supporting staff assist in routine functioning of college. About 8 to 10% of the students are from other states.

Even though the college is situated in the urban setting of Shillong city, it primarily caters to the need of students from neighbouring villages. Another distinct feature of this college is that it has as many as 98% tribal student population. Over the years, the college has succeeded in providing opportunities of higher education to a predominantly disadvantaged section of the society and produced large number of students who occupy prominent positions in various walks of life in the state of Meghalaya as well as in the entire North Eastern Region.

Synod College volunteered for assessment and Accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted its Self Study Report on 2nd July 2005. A Peer Team comprising of Prof. A.C. Bhagabati, former Vice Chancellor of Arunarchal University as Chairperson, Dr. Aniruddha Deshpande, Principal, B.M. Commerce College, Pune, and Dr. A.K. Kundu, Principal, Barasat Government College, West Bengal, as members along with Dr. Jagannath Patil, Deputy Adviser, NAAC, as Co-ordinator visited the college on 16th and 17th September 2005.

The Peer Team interacted with various stakeholders, including students, teachers, Principal, Management, Alumni, Parents, etc., and visited various facilities to validate the Self Study Report (SSR) submitted by the college. Based on the SSR submitted by the college and the interactions held, the Peer Team has made a value judgement. A detailed report based on criteria identified by NAAC is given below.

SECTION II : CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion 1 - Curricular Aspects
Synod College follows the syllabi of the affiliating North Eastern Hill University for the Humanities, Science and Commerce faculties at the undergraduate level. It offers both Pass and Honours Courses which cater to the majority of study options of the students. The college offers a number of programmes and all the programmes are conventional in nature. The college takes one year or more to introduce new programmes after obtaining necessary approval from the University and the State Government. Being an affiliated college, it does not have the freedom to design the syllabi of the courses offered. However, some faculty members of the college are members of the respective Boards of Study of the University and play a constructive role in updating the syllabi of the affiliating University. The students have options in choosing elective and non core options. The college is yet to take inter-disciplinary approach in curriculum design. The college has introduced Commerce at the Pass level in 2005. The goal and objective of the college are clearly stated and efforts are being made to achieve the goals.

Criterion 2 - Teaching, Learning and Evaluation.
Students are admitted to various courses of study on the basis of their academic record of the last public examination and interview. No admission test is held to judge the students' aptitude at the entry level. The college arranges remedial courses sometimes for educationally disadvantaged students. The college mainly follows the lecture method of teaching. Occasionally, audio-visual aids supplement classroom teaching. Teachers may be encouraged to use more audio-visual aids, OHP and models in the classrooms. The college faculty comprises 54 permanent and 9 part-time teachers. Only eleven have completed Ph.D. degrees and 9 have M.Phil. degree. The remaining teachers should be encouraged to pursue research which would enhance the academic ambience of the institution. The teacher-student ratio appears to be reasonable. The number of teaching days of 183 exceeds the UGC stipulation. The syllabi are unitized according to the annual distribution of teaching assignments by 8 out of 14 departments. The full time teachers take about 90% of the classes. The examination performance is satisfactory. Some students secured first class and bagged ranks in the University. However, the dropout rate appears to be high in some of the departments. This needs to be examined. The college has a transparent system of recruitment of teachers following UGC and State Government norms. It has autonomy to appoint temporary teachers on part-time / full time basis on consolidated pay. The college is yet to follow self-appraisal method to evaluate the performance of the faculty members. However, the college has recently introduced a system of teacher evaluation by the students. Some departments organize seminar and lectures for their faculty development. Teachers are recruited not only from its own alumni but also from other institutions. The college has an effective system of screening students opting for Honours courses in the first two months of the academic year.

Criterion 3 - Research, Consultancy and Extension
Although some research activities are evident in a few departments, the college needs to propagate research culture further among the teachers. There are no ongoing projects funded by external agencies in the college at this moment. Quite a few teachers have authored books and published a number of research publications. Two teachers have been given additional charge for looking after extension activities. The college operates a number of extension activities through NSS and NCC. The NCC unit of the college has 80 boys and 50 girl cadets supervised by two teacher officers. Many of them have excelled in National level. The college conducts extension activities like community development, blood donation camps, AIDS and environmental awareness programmes.

Criterion 4 - Infrastructure and Learning Resources
Located in the heart of the city on a 1.30 acre campus with four-storey building, all facilities like classrooms, staff common room, students' common rooms, laboratories, library, canteen, etc., are available in the college.

Hostel for 15 men students is also available. Working in two shifts a day, the infrastructure is put to optimal use. The upkeep and maintenance of infrastructure is looked after by a Building Committee. Building fund is raised through fee from students, grants from Government and Sponsoring Body and hiring out of facilities to other Institutions. The college has submitted proposal to UGC for the construction of a women's hostel.

An advisory committee for library takes care of the various aspects of functioning of the library. The college library has 7,285 titles and 22,603 books. It subscribes to 16 journals and periodicals. Book Grant scheme for tribal students of Meghalaya has been introduced for the purchase of books. Reading room and home lending facilities are provided to students.

The college has 12 computers. Science Departments, library and office have been provided with computers and the central computer facility is used by other departments. It is advisable to provide more internet facility to teachers and students. Teachers may be encouraged to use audio-visual aids and modern teaching techniques.

The college has a large playground with facilities for football, cricket and volley ball, and provides facilities for indoor games like carom, chess and table tennis. There is also a basketball ground. Students have been participating in sports at various levels and recognized at the National and International levels in Arm Wrestling in 2003. The assembly hall and playground belong to the Sponsoring Body and made available to the college whenever required with the charges for maintenance.

The growth of the infrastructure has been undertaken by the college in phases to cater to the needs of academic growth.

Criterion 5 - Student Support and Progression
The college offering B.Sc. (Hons.) in 5 subjects and B.A. (Hons.) in 8 subjects enables its students to complete their graduation with specialization in their subjects. The performance of students at the qualifying examinations has shown gradual improvement in the last five years. A large number of students come from rural areas and belong to economically disadvantaged strata of society. Despite the hardships and unfavourable conditions, their success rate at the University examinations has been satisfactory. The dropout rate needs to be checked and controlled.

Annual Prospectus is published with all needed information, including the fee structure and courses available.

An Alumni Association has been recently formed. It has started the activity of career counseling for students. The college has several alumni holding important positions in different walks of life.

Financial aid to poor and deserving students in the form of Government scholarships and free studentships are made available by the college. Teachers of the college participate in academic counseling by interacting with students at personal level.

Extra-curricular and co-curricular activities of the college comprise of Nature Club, Debate Club, Student Magazine, Cultural activities, etc.

The college has developed a feedback mechanism through feedback forms filled up by the students. It contains questions related to teaching, infrastructure and support services. It is used as a tool for academic improvement. It would be in the interest of all the constituents to take the suggestions into account with a view to improving standard of performance.

Criterion 6 - Organisation and Management
The Governing Body constituted by the Sponsoring Body manages the affairs of the college. The Vice-Principal and Heads of Departments assist the Principal in coordinating activities of the college.

There are four committees looking after various activities of the college concerning the library, purchases, canteen, academic calendar, etc. Teachers and office staff participate in academic and administrative planning of the college.

Being an aided college getting financial assistance from the State Government of Meghalaya, the college collects fees authorized by the Government. For expenditure over and above the grants provided, additional fee is charged. Accounts of the college are audited annually.

The college has its Credit Society run by the staff which makes loans available to members of the staff.

A Grievance Redressal Cell has been recently established by the college and it is in the process of forming rules and regulations for its functioning.

The college runs only Government-supported courses and has no self-financing courses till date.

Criterion 7 - Healthy Practices
The Peer Team would like to mention some of the healthy practices observed in the functioning of Synod college.

The college has unique practice of holding regular prayers and assemblies to help impart value education to students.

The discipline among the students as well as teachers is noteworthy.

The college makes optimal use of infrastructure, building and other facilities.

The college accepts students from rural and disadvantaged sections of society and grooms them with rigorous training.

A strong civic sense has been created in the student community.

Encouragement is given to preserve and demonstrate cultural diversity of various ethnic groups.

A book grant is awarded to meritorious students.

Active participation of students in various activities of the college through student Association, NSS and NCC is praiseworthy.

The Management and Administration of the college is transparent and participatory in nature. A number of committees are there to assist the Principal and the Management in academic and administrative work.

The college has introduced Internal Quality Check mechanism like Student Assessment and inspection by the Government Body.

A vibrant atmosphere for extra-curricular activities exist in the college which encourages the students to participate in various competitions and events.

SECTION III : OVERALL ANALYSIS
Synod College, located in the bustling Jaiaw locality of Shillong, is sponsored by the Khasi Jaintia Presbyterian Synod Sepngi. Established as an Arts college 40 years ago, it now has five science departments (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany and Zoology). There are nine departments in the Arts Stream (English, Khasi, Hindi, Political Science, Economics, History, Education, Geography and Sociology). The Commerce Department has just been started this year (2005). All the fifteen departments impart instructions up to Under-Graduate degree level (B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com.). There is no Post-Graduate programme in any subject. There is Honours/Major programme in all subjects except Hindi and Commerce.

The college is unique in the sense that though located in an urban neighbourhood, it caters to the needs of collegiate education of a large number of rural Khasi and Jainitia tribal students (both boys and girls) of Meghalaya, in addition to a fair sprinkling of tribal boys and girls from the neighbouring states of North East India (Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur and Assam). Of the 1258 students, 78 are from other states. There are a few non-tribal students as well.

The college is housed in an impressive four-storey building with an annexe (canteen, NSS Unit and Chowkidar's lodge) and a car park in a built-up area of 1.30 acres. The central courtyard doubles as a basketball court. Another adjacent plot of 12,000 sq.ft., is available for future expansion. An annexe building is on the offing, subject to availability of funds. The college has full access to a beautiful and well-appointed auditorium as well as a spacious playground, belonging to the sponsors, close to the college building. There is a proposal for a girls' hostel in the immediate future. As of now, many students stay in private hostels and lodges in the vicinity. Adequate hostel facility for boys and girls is an urgent necessity.

As already hinted, the college offers conventional 3-year Undergraduate degree courses in Arts, Science and Commerce (just started). The syllabi are framed by the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) to which the college is affiliated. The college has no role in syllabi formulation. Some lecturers have, however, served as members of various Boards of Under Graduate Studies of NEHU at different times. The college is yet to start any vocational or skill-oriented 'add-on' courses which could widen the employability of the students and encourage them to start a venture on their own. The +2 (Higher Secondary Stage) continues in the college in keeping with the practice still prevalent in Meghalaya. There are about 1000 students in this level. In addition to the day programme, the college has a Morning Section in the Arts Stream (from 7:00 to 9:40 A.M.) for the benefit of working students.

The teacher-student ratio is reasonable (about 1:20), excluding the Higher Secondary stage. There are 63 teachers for 1258 degree-level students. Fifty four (54) teachers are in sanctioned, permanent posts and 9 are part-time teachers. Salary for the permanent teachers is received as Grant-in-Aid from the State Government. The remaining nine teachers are maintained from the College Fund on modest fixed salary.

The overall appearance and ambience of the college premises, the rooms, the facilities (teachers' lounge, boys' and girls' common room, toilets, canteen, library, the laboratories, etc.) are neat and tidy. There is an atmosphere of subdued elegance despite the obvious congestion of so many teachers, students and support staff milling around in the rather limited space.

Equipments available in the laboratories are adequate and help in the successful conduct of practical classes as per syllabus requirement. The library boasts of some 22,000 volumes, including multiple copies of prescribed text-books. A student can borrow upto 3 books at a time. Reading room facility requires expansion.

The teachers with whom the Peer Team closely interacted appeared to be a very articulate and competent lot. Their command over language (English) and communication skill are commendable. Of the 54 regular teachers, 11 are Ph.D. and 9 M.Phil. degree-holders. A few are enrolled in the Doctoral Programme of NEHU. However, the Peer Team is constrained to note that there is limited atmosphere of research and publication. Some teachers have several publications to their credit. No teacher has yet applied for minor or major research projects from the UGC or other funding agencies.

The college enjoys autonomy in administration under the guidance of the Governing Body and the benign supervision of the Khasi Jaintia Presbyterian Synod Sepngi. This autonomy could be effectively utilized for introduction of non-conventional, job-oriented certificate and diploma courses.

The Peer Team appreciates in particular the following features of the functioning of the college:

The devotion and commitment of the teachers are commendable. On an average, each teacher has to engage 16 to 18 classes in a six-day week. They are available in the college for 5 to 6 hours on any working day. The students have easy access to them outside of class hours for advice and guidance. The teachers have been undertaking many useful co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for all-round personality development of the students and to establish a healthy, vibrant society-college linkage.

As an urban college, the institution has been offering a remarkable service to a rural poor and essentially tribal hinterland. Many of these students would not have a chance to avail higher education without such a college in their vicinity.

The college has recently established a computer laboratory with 12 PCs which is accessible to Honours-level students. There is also internet facility.

The college has encouraged its faculty members and students to take part in extension activities, besides well-established NSS and NCC units. The NCC programme is equally popular among boys and girls and the cadets seem to be a highly disciplined, performance and work-oriented lot.

The library is reasonably stocked with text and reference books. There are a limited number of magazines and journals (only sixteen). Efforts are on to augment the collection through funds from the 10th Plan UGC allocation.

The college has full access to a spacious playground with an impressive gallery and an auditorium right alongside the building. In fact these two facilities are part and parcel of college life. A gymnasium with multigym facility is necessary for health giving exercises.

The recently formed Alumni Association of the college appears to be responsive to the needs of college and is willing to provide support for its all-round development. They have already launched some activities like career counseling, horticulture training and fund raising.

The college has a disciplined and responsible student community which seems to be fully aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the institution. They are sensitized by an elected Student's Association and the faculty for the growth of their alma mater.

The authority structure (represented by the G.B., the Principal and Vice-Principal) and the faculty, supporting staff and students appear to function as a harmonic whole so essential for day-to-day functioning as well as for future growth and development. There are no visible signs of stress and confrontation between various segments of the college community.

The Peer Team takes this opportunity to make a few suggestions which may set the roadmap for future development of the college and fulfill some of the demands of its stakeholders:

The college may try to introduce some skill-based, employment-oriented certificate and diploma courses in areas like horticulture, food processing, IT, fashion designing, mushroom cultivation, etc., which can be pursued under the vocational subject grid of the UGC or as fees-paying 'add on' courses. The expertise available with the Indian Institute of Entrepreneur (IIE) located at Khanapara, Guwahati, may be consulted to develop such courses of region-specific relevance.

The computer and internet facilities require expansion in order to benefit faculty and the students.

Gymnasium with multigym facilities and full-fledged sports-coaching provisions would enhance students' mental and physical development as well as for the emergence of athletes and sportsmen from among the students.

Establishment of an 'internal quality assurance cell' for encouraging and monitorinig various aspects of academic activities of the college may be considered.

A Planning Cell, consisting of representatives from the administration, faculty, governing body and the alumni association, may be immediately constituted as a regular think tank for future development and to devise programmes for non-conventional and 'add-on' courses.

A Language Laboratory may be set up in a modest way with the three Language Departments of Khasi, Hindi and English as nodal departments. This would help enhance the communication skill of the students in Hindi and English so important in the national job-market.

The college Library requires computerized cataloguing of all the books on an urgent footing. Efforts may be made to enlarge reading room facility. Acquisition of discipline-specific journals may be enhanced.

The teachers possess potential for research in their respective fields. They may be encouraged to apply for minor/major research projects from the UGC, ICSSR, ICHR, MAKAIAS and various other research funding agencies.

The college may open a Women Cell with UGC assistance.

The Peer Team also takes this opportunity to laud the efforts of various stakeholders who have diligently worked to create this disciplined, elegant and vibrant edifice of collegiate education in North East India. The Peer Team places on record its appreciation of the efforts of the co-ordinator and members of the Steering Committee of the college.

The Peer Team expresses its gratitude to all the constituents of the Synod college community for their unobtrusive, yet warm hospitality and other facilities readily made available to the Team during the period of visit. The Peer Team also take this opportunity to wish Synod college, Shillong, a glorious and fruitful future commensurate with its goals and objectives.

Dr. Annada Charan Bhagabati
Chairman

Dr. Aniruddha Deshpande
Member

Dr. Anadi Kumar Kundu
Member

(Dr. D. Wanswett)
Principal
Synod College, Shillong.

Place : Shillong

Date : September 17, 2005




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