Sibsagar Commerce College has decided to expand education beyond the walls of a classroom.
In line with this, the college has adopted a village, Palasani, 15km from its campus, at the initiative of its former principal Kartick Ch. Dutta. And the adoption has turned out to be a major success story for the college.
The teachers and students have been telling the villagers about the importance of education and the provisions of the Right to Education Act and many villagers have started sending their children to nearby schools.
Several programmes also have been undertaken, including repair of the road leading to the village under the aegis of DRDA, electrification, loan facility to villagers for poultry farming with help from Nabard and construction of latrines with support from the public health department.
The Sibsagar Commerce College, established on June 30, 1969, on the initiative of distinguished personalities like Gauribhusan Barua, Dipali Chaliha and Kartick Ch. Dutta, has created a niche for itself among premier educational institutions of the Northeast.
Being situated in the heart of the Sivasagar town, it is well connected by rail, road and air.
The current principal, Saumar Jyoti Mahanta, who is not only an academician but also a noted critic and writer, is a guiding force and a great source of motivation for the college to take its activities beyond classrooms.
The college has always been very positive about innovative practices in teaching and learning. At the initiative of the principal, the career-counselling cell of the college had organised several employment programmes.
The college, from time to time, has been taking initiatives to develop an overall awareness among its students.
The Women’s Study Cell had organised a workshop on environment protection in association with the state pollution control board in July this year.
Another sensitisation programme was held on youth empowerment and traffic awareness on August 6.
On Independence Day, a tree plantation programme was organised on the campus in association with the social forestry department, with an aim to contribute to the social cause of environment conservation.
The college has a Wi-Fi enabled campus with modern facilities such as classrooms with LCD projectors, audio-visual systems, and a computer centre with the latest software installed in more than 50 computers, an indoor stadium and a hygienic canteen.
There are separate girls’ and boys’ hostels to ensure that the students have an access to a comfortable and state-of-the-art infrastructure.
The college has plans to develop a fully digitised library and setting up of a language laboratory.
A health club with modern equipment is also on the pipeline.