Dr. Chinta Mani Sharma
M.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.
Principal, Biswanath College
Greetings from Biswanath College! We have the dream to make Biswanath College a premier institution of learning in the country committed to excellence. As I think of this dream, I bow in gratitude before those benevolent people of Biswanath Chariali whose courage and selfless service have placed the college in today’s pedestal. They had one thing in common: the urge to march towards enlightenment. Life is indeed darkness if we don’t have this urge. The logo and the motto line, तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय (lead us from darkness to light), of the college capture the essence of enlightenment which is the avowed objective of Biswanath College. In keeping with the vision and mission as set forth in its statement, Biswanath College strives to prepare its students for their all-round development. The college now envisions itself to be a premier institution of learning in the country committed to excellence. To be a premier institution of learning in the country it has to relentlessly try to impart quality education and the platform for all-round development to all its students. In this regard the college has come a long way since its establishment in 1960, and already carved a niche for itself in Assam as an institution of higher education.
Our college stepped into the diamond jubilee year on 7th September of 2019. The concluding programme of the year-long diamond jubilee celebration would have been spectacular one from all sides had there been no lockdown constraints. Despite the lockdown constraints, the IQAC of the college organized an International Webinar on “Mahatma Gandhi and his Legacy” to make the day remarkable, in which internationally acclaimed writer Professor Ramachandra Guha participated as the resource person.
Our College got recognition as a member institute of UNAI in 2020 and ISO certification in 2021. The IIC of the college received recognition as member of Innovation Cell of MHRD and got 2.5 star rating in the calendar year 2019-20. The college has signed MoU with other institutions like Biswanath College of Agriculture under Assam Agriculture University, Assam Start Up The Nest, operated by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, and made collaboration with E&ICT Academy under IIT Guwahati, Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health (LGBRIMH), Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA)—India (an NGO) and Forest Department of Assam to promote research, entrepreneurial and innovative works. It has green sprawling 29.62 acres campus with built-up area of 14300 square metres. It has adequate infrastructure for all-round development of students.
The College has spacious 50 classrooms with sufficient fans and light out of which 3 are smart classrooms and 2 are smart classroom-cum-conference rooms, 5 LCD projectors, 83 computers (74 desktops and 9 laptops) for students, office staff and teaching community for administrative and academic purposes,1 community hall that shelters two study centres (KKHSOU study centre and Gauhati University’s IDOL study centre for distance learning), 19 teachers’ common rooms for 19 departments beside one large teachers’ common room for all teachers, 1 computer lab, 1 language lab, and18 modernised laboratories. Most of the classrooms and the whole of the administrative building are under CCTV Surveillance Systems.
Today our college has four streams (Arts, Science, Commerce and Computer Applications), 18 UG programmes, 1 PG programme, 3 certificate courses, and offers honours programmes in 13 subjects.
The college has diverse student population belonging to almost all communities in Assam. It has been supporting the growth of the spirit of co-existence and cooperation among them in such a way that it is an example of unity in diversity.
Through the competent and committed teachers and effective student support mechanism the college maintains academically encouraging atmosphere. After graduation, significant numbers of our students move to post graduation and research.
We have central library with ILMS, good collection of books, journals and newspapers, Wi-Fi facility, open access system and spacious reading rooms which is the member of N-LIST. We have a democratically elected students’ body to best represent the aspirations of the diverse student population.
To turn a backward village into an ideal village, the NSS unit of the college in cooperation with NCC unit adopted an interior backward village Kro Arong, in Karbi Block of Biswanath.
Every year our students win prizes in dramatic, artistic and cultural competitions of the main Gauhati University Inter College Youth Festival.
Different departments and societies of the college give awards and scholarships to financially weak but meritorious students. They are as follows: 1. The Biswanath College Sanchai Aru Wrindan Samity Limited offers scholarships to meritorious students. 2. The Poor Student Aid Fund of the College offers financial assistance to the poor but meritorious students. 3. The Department of English of the College annually offers Purna Hazarika Memorial Award which includes a memento and an amount of Rs. 5000.00 to the best graduate of the department. 4. Full tuition waiver is given to a few exceptionally meritorious and needy students of the college. 5. Chabilal Upadhyaya Memorial Educational Trust of the College offers scholarships to the poor but meritorious students of science stream. 6. The Late Khagendra Nath Bhattacharyya Memorial Award was instituted to help one student who secures the highest marks in economics (honours). This award includes Rs. 1500.00 and a citation. 7. The Department of Chemistry annually gives Kamal Parajuli Memorial Award to the best graduate in chemistry. The award includes a certificate, a memento and an amount of Rs. 5000.00. 8. Ripunjoy Tamuly Memorial Trust offers books and the tuition fees to one poor but meritorious student of arts stream.
Every year Biswanath College Students’ Union in collaboration with Biswanath Chariali unit of AASU organises a wall-painting competition among the students of all institutions of the locality on environment-related issues.
Many of the college’s alumni have made mark for themselves in various fields. This is enough proof of the college’s pursuit for excellence. Will Durant rightly says, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Let the pursuit for excellence be our habit. Let us join hands to make Biswanath College one among the best educational institutions in India.
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय
Dr. Chinta Mani Sharma
Principal, Biswanath College